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RECAP: Lights All Night 2016

lanbs24Lights All Night marked its seventh year with even more lights, effects, and talent.  For two days, the Dallas Market Hall was transformed into a raver’s paradise with the massive Mothership main stage equipped with state of the art screens and affects, the Satellite stage that was home to a variety of dubstep, trap, and trance, and the Silent Pyramid for anyone craving a nonstop silent disco.

Highlights from the first night included memorable sets from Tchami, Above & Beyond, and Zedd.  Although each drew a slightly different crowd, all three sets included a mix of old favorites and newer material that created vibes of nostalgia among the high energy crowd.  Over at the satellite stage, Kayzo and then 12th… Continue reading

Texas Gets Ready to Ring in 2017 at Lights All Night

p1030764Lights All Night returns to Dallas bigger than ever before, even with adding a sister show in El Paso on New Years Eve.  Now in its seventh year, the festival has become Texas’ largest EDM festival.  Ravers from last year will return to the Dallas Market Hall for the two day festival, but will be pleasantly surprised at the promised overhaul of the venue layout designed to make entering more efficient.  The event will also be broadcasted live this year so that no one has to worry about missing any moments despite a few scheduling conflicts.

Day 1

Start the weekend off with some future bass from Luca Lush on the early side.  Be sure to allow plenty of time after… Continue reading

Day For Night Lights Up Houston

 

unspecified-copy-4Describing Houston’s Day For Night as a music festival just doesn’t cut it. The idea behind the new festival is to showcase artists with a talent for highly visual performances all while exhibiting massive art installations by artists from all over the world.

After hearing about the festival back in September, I watched all of the promo videos and trailers and I still arrived in Houston not really sure what to expect.  So is this a festival?  An art exhibition? I found that Day For Night falls somewhere in the middle of the two labels, all while surpassing any previous expectations.

At the center of the hype was the festival’s Bjork Digital virtual experience, the U.S debut of video and digital… Continue reading

Happy 15th! Your Guide to ACL 2016 Weekend One

P1020065Austin City Limits returns to Zilker Park to celebrate its 15th anniversary.  The annual, two weekend festival has come to be known for its eclectic talent and friendly culture that its hometown has come to be known for.  When it comes to navigating the lineup and discovering your new favorites, we’ve got you covered.… Continue reading

Riot Fest Chicago 2016: Who to See

chicago_2016_admat_SINGLEDAY_16-9Labor Day weekend is over and with it, Riot Fest Denver. But fear not, for in two weeks, Riot Fest Chicago is going down. This year’s notable headliners include The Flaming Lips, Morrissey and The Original Misfits alongside Death Cab For Cutie, Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, The Deftones, Jimmy Eat World and let’s not forget about the carnival atmosphere. B-Sides will be there to cover the insanely packed lineup the fest is toting this year and we put together a list of the top 5 desirables on the schedule.… Continue reading

Who To See at FYF Fest 2016- Los Angeles, CA

FYFposterUPDATED-657_zpsbuply86kFYF Fest is an annual two-day music festival held in Los Angeles, started in 2004. FYF Fest, short for the eloquent “Fuck Yeah Fest Fest”, showcases a multitude of music including rock, electronic, and hip-hop mashing them all together at the Los Angeles Sports Arena & Exposition Park. The festival has brought out some heavies for the 2016 lineup this year including Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes, and Air, but it’s always the lesser known bands on the bill that we like to give exposure to. Below are 10 acts to look for as you wind your way to FYF Fest.… Continue reading

PREVIEW: Imagine Music Fest – Less than a day away!

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In a just a couple of hours, the Atlanta Motor Speedway will be transformed into a submerging water-world rippling with art and bass. Imagine Music Festival 2016 will capture over 25,000 visitors with electronic sound by Adventure Club, Benny Benassi, Excision, Gramatik, Nero, Borgore, Zeds Dead, Steve Angello and many more. There will be pool parties, water slides, 3D water holograms, mermaids and more.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day Three

major lazer- OSL16Outside Lands 2016 was on the verge of becoming one of the more chillier weekends of the eight-year event but alas the sun made its appearance and warmed up the crowd for the final day of great music. With the sun shining, British duo Oh Wonder provided the perfect soundtrack to lounge on a blanket and enjoying some of the great food. Things picked up as both Jack Garratt and Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem delivered solid sets, especially the former, whose one-man show demonstrates how talented Jack Garratt is.

Third Eye Blind delivered all of the familiar 90s songs from the band’s catalog that included “Jumper,” “Graduate” and “Semi-charmed Life.” Prior to the latter song, the San Francisco band launched into a four song David Bowie medley that consisted of ”Young Americans,” “Heroes,” “Modern Love,” “Ziggy Stardust”) with a 30-person choir (donning fire engine red wigs) and 12-person orchestra on the Lands End Stage in front of a hometown crowd.

In the weekend’s second nod to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Major Lazer got the crowd into a frenzy as Diplo rolled into the crowd in hamster ball-type balloon as they performed a highly energetic set.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day Two

halsey - OSL16Many attendees we’re hoping for warmer weather on the second day of Outside Lands but the fog never burned off. The skies were overcast throughout the entire day and winds picked up throughout the night but most attendees of Outside Lands we’re prepared.  Nothing was going to stop them from having the time of their lives while their favorite performers took the stage, starting with The Knocks and The Wombats and ending with Zedd and Radiohead.

There were surprise guests during the second day as the rumored collaboration of hip-hop legends Warren G. and E-40 popped up late in the afternoon.  The performance marked the first time that they performed their track “Saturday” together live on stage.  The Knocks got the crowd moving early and brought out guests St. Lucia, who performed the day before and the indie-pop duo, Powers.

Years and Years brought their catchy 90s-tinged electro-pop to the main stage mid-afternoon and the party kept getting better with an impressive set by Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Jauz.  Halsey continues to demonstrate her ability to command an audience as her outstanding set drew an overflowing crowd who danced and sang along to nearly every one of her songs.  Simultaneously, Sufjan Stevens impressed a good-sized crowd with a stage presence reminiscent of Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day One

lcd soundsystem - OSL16The first day of Outside Lands 2016 was met with great anticipation by music fans who attended the event at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from all over the country. The typical chilly August weather didn’t stop the crowd from enjoying great music as early performers Marian Hill impressed many at the Twin Peaks stage while Ra Ra Riot got people dancing to both their new material and earlier standbys on the main stage. The crowds started filling up throughout the day with many eager to see headliners, the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem later in the night.

There were other attractions as strong as the music in the Barbary tent, which featured various comedy acts, as well as Gastro Magic, which combined musicians with culinary masters. A highlight of the day at Gastro Magic included Ra Ra Riot performing as their alter-ego cover band, A Humiliating Kick In The Crotch, who performed as a Police cover-band dressed in wigs while cooking demonstrations were going on that even included a fish getting filleted. … Continue reading

10 Artists You Need To See At Outside Lands 2016

ol_logo2016As with every major festival, the headliners cap off what would otherwise already be a full-day of musical discovery and soundtrack to memorable moments with friends and family. The 2016 edition of Outside Lands brings back Radiohead, the band that headlined the inaugural Outside Lands in 2008. LCD Soundsystem and Lionel Richie are the other weekend’s headliners in addition to J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Zedd, Halsey, Major Lazer, Duran Duran, Grimes, Miike Snow, Beach House and many others.

Outside Lands not only has expanded its breadth in the musical component but also its comedy lineup headlined by Fred Armison and Friends featuring Bob Mould and Charlene Yi. Wine Lands is unique to San Francisco where numerous regional winemakers provide a taste of what Northern California has to offer. Another component of the festival which encapsulates another aspect of San Francisco that is known worldwide is its reputation for amazing food and drink.

Gastro Magic returns to Outside Lands where numerous renowned culinary experts team up with musicians to showcase, educate and entertain festival attendees.

Of course, there are lots of bands to check out aside from the headliners and our first pass list of who to see follows!… Continue reading

WARPED TOUR INTERVIEW: Maxx and Zach of Set It Off

_DSC0654Set It Off isn’t the typical rock and punk band usually seen at Warped Tour. They mix together traditional punk sounds with pop vocals and beats. But they always put on a high tempo and energetic performance that placed them a spot on the Main Stage at this year’s Warped Tour. Formed in 2008, in Tampa, Florida, Set It Off began making a reputation for themselves. Currently made up of vocalist, Cody Carson, lead guitarist, Dan Clermont, rhythm guitarist, Zach DeWall, and drummer, Maxx Danziger. The group is packed with genuine and extremely talented guys that made a great addition to Warped Tour 2016.… Continue reading

Lollapalooza 2016: Preview & Recommendations

LollaIn 1991, Perry Farrell and Jane’s Addiction were calling it quits. One of the foremost bands to start the late 80s and early 90s movement into the Alternative wanted to go out with a party. So they invited along some friends to tour with them on their farewell venture. The first incarnation of the event is a history guide to that movement including Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Ice T & Body Count, Rollins Band, and the Butthole Surfers. The anything goes, dance party, heavy metal atmosphere was a staple of that time and moved on to permeate the tour. The 1992 version saw the festival double with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, and Soundgarden headlining and a side stage that included the always interesting Jim Rose Circus.  1993 saw the mighty Metallica, Tool, and Rage Against the Machine headline. And so on until 1997, when interest waned and the tour was cancelled. Jump to 2005 when the tour was turned into a 2 day festival in downtown Chicago and has increased in size ever since. 25 years on and Lollapalooza is a place where left of center bands want to play, coming back from the dead to go international with festivals in North America, South America, and Europe. The 2016 lineup is once again a guide to today’s alternative music and has branched to include metal, hip-hop, and EDM, with a continuation of that anything goes atmosphere. To acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the festival, this year’s event extended to four days in Grant Park with headliners J. Cole, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem. Check out our preview of some of the lesser known but severely talented artists.… Continue reading

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