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Hard Summer and Hard Red Rocks – Show Reviews

Hard Red Rocks (written by Matthew Holmes)

*Click here to see our photos from HARD Red Rocks 2014 on Facebook!*

As I made my way into Red Rocks I was able to catch Destructo throwing down on the decks. People were certainly feeling the groove as he threw down some of his well-known tracks. The highlight of the set was his latest track with YG called “Party Up” which really got the energy going. After Destructo did his thing it was time for Rudimental to take the stage. The group from the UK were a delight to watch as they were very energetic and very engaged with the crowd throughout their performance. They also brought the live aspect to the table with their live trumpet player and a number of live singers that stole the show. After the great showing by Rudimental, and a short intermission to build the stage, it was time for Dillon Francis himself to take the decks. As the man in the suit took the stage he took us on a journey of Moombahton, Trap, and House. Showcasing many of his songs off his new album and many of his of his long time staples, Dillon put on a show to remember. Like I have said many times behind all of the online antics and social media ploys, Mr. Francis has proved time and time again that his music is just as big as his social media presence. Last one to take the stage at Hard Red Rocks was the bass duo Nero. Taking cue from the opening acts Nero kept the energy coming. Mixing in some of their big time tracks from their massive album, Welcome Reality with some of their newer tracks from Satisfy, Nero had the bass happy crowd loving life. It was great to see the bass legends return to the rocks and put on one heck of a high energy show.  Thank you to everyone that came out and be sure to check out the photo album to see some great photos of the event!

HARD Summer (written by Jon Gilman)

**Click HERE to see Official HARD Summer Day 1 Pics | Click HERE to see Official HARD Summer Day 2 Pics**

I’ll preface my wrap-up of HARD Summer by saying it will only cover Day Two. Due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to get to the festival for Day One, missing out on acts like Jack U, Axwell, Sharooz, GRiZ, Tchami, Oliver, Dusky, Jack Beats, The Martinez Brothers, Tiga Vs. Audion, and so many more who I was excited to see. 

Though I was only able to enjoy 50% of HARD Summer 2014, I still had an absolute blast and I think it’s safe to say most of the people in attendance did too. Once I got a lay of the land, it became obvious why Whittier Narrows was chosen as the venue for HARD Summer 2014: it was spacious enough to house five stages, carnival rides, food and beverage, and spaces to take a load off everywhere in between. But it certainly wasn’t all packed in there and I didn’t experience a single dose of sound bleed from one stage to the next.

While my friends and I dipped our toes into the waters of all five stages, we spent most of our time hopping between the Pink and Green tents and spent minimal time at either of the HARD stages (“HARD” and “HARDer” – which acted as the main stages). Not that I’m against the main stage these days, but my tastes have evolved to prefer artists who are more typically on side stages. But I wasn’t alone – there was a huge contingency of ShipFam (Holy Ship alumni) who were gathered at the Green Tent for most of the day, some of them never leaving. This is probably because artists like Shiba San, Destructo, Hannah Wants, Kill Frenzy, and plenty more were at the Green Tent – all DJs that Holy Ship loyalists have come to adore. The Green Tent, at least on Day Two, had become a haven for G-House, Garage, and a cross-roads where off-the-beaten-path House music could come to thrive.

Meanwhile, the larger and louder Pink Tent showcased DJs who fell in the Deep House, Techno, and Tech-House realms. One big surprise of the weekend, for me, was Jimmy Edgar’s hard-hitting Techno-fueled set. Though it was early in the day, there was a large group of people congregated to enjoy the heavy beats, only to double down when Danny Daze went on immediately after. Other sets I had the pleasure of witnessing in the Pink Tent included the always-great Claptone, Gorgon City, Julio Bashmore, and Maya Jane Coles. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Julio Bashmore’s set. Not to say I don’t love his track “Au Seve”, among others, but he really threw down and it was my first time seeing him. Maya Jane Coles I had seen before, but she really cranked up the energy to bring us a great way to close out the weekend.

When I wasn’t at the Pink or Green Tents, I ventured to the Purple Tent to see Wave Racer – a set that may have taken the cake for the weekend. We also saw A-Trak do his typically awesome A-Trak thing at the HARD stage, and Nero and Sub Focus bring out the heavy bass at the HARDer stage. One thing to note is how much dust was flying around the two main stages – something for the HARD team to consider for next year.

All-in-all, I had a fantastic weekend experiencing HARD festivals at Red Rocks and in Los Angeles and I want to say thank you as always to the HARD Team as well as all the folks as MSO PR for working with us here at MMIBTY.

My Top 5 Acts from HARD Summer:

  1. Wave Racer
  2. Jimmy Edgar
  3. Sharam Jey
  4. Julio Bashmore
  5. Maya Jane Coles

*Much love to all the friendly people we met in Denver and Los Angeles!*

*9/22/14 update: HARD dropped the official video recap last week*

Emissions Festival 2014 [PREVIEW & TICKET CONTEST]

In just a couple weeks I will be picking up my life and moving out to San Francisco from Boston. A couple weeks after my move, a relatively new dance music festival will be taking place in the woods of Belden, California from May 16-19 at Camp Question Mark. Entering its sixth year, the relatively unknown Emissions Festival is a celebration of the rich, creative culture surrounding the West Coast’s Bass Music and festival community. Emissions Festival shares both a forward-thinking lineup that stands out, and an intimate communal festival experience. This all takes place within a welcoming atmosphere of true enjoyment for the music and everything surrounding. I say it’s relatively unknown because it hasn’t gained national attention the way other dance music festivals have – but I’m here to help change that.

Although only the Phase One lineup has been announced, with Phase Two coming this week, it’s obvious the folks behind Emissions Festival plan to keep the theme of the weekend pure Bass Music. The main headliner is Deltron 3030 which is an alternative Hip-Hop supergroup composed of producer Dan the Automator, rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien, and Kid Koala. While I don’t necessarily consider Deltron 3030 to be Bass Music, I am a fan of their work and I’m excited to see them in a live setting. Other standouts from the Phase One announcement, personally speaking, are Brillz, Minnesota, and CRNKN – but as always I’m looking forward to checking out some new artists.

Last year’s event was the highlight year at it’s new location in gorgeous Belden, CA. This year is sure to excel by going back and really doing it proper. With its new lineup, full creative immersion and easier processes, Emissions Festival 2014 is set up to be the year to remember. Share in what has grown for the past six years to become an extremely gratifying event beyond anything hoped for. The festival organizers want you to expect: Music to Feel; Original, evolving stage designs; Well-represented low end vibration and complete audio bliss from PK SOUND; Unique items from the culture that are as inspiring as they are trend setting; Daytime beach stage area for thick sunshine vibes while it’s light out; Extreme creative expression everywhere you look; Lush shaded camping, with some located right along the Feather River.

Head over to the Emissions Festival website to read more about it!

*You can purchase tickets HERE*

Click through for a musical preview!

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Come Alive by Mutrix ft. Charity Vance (Clark Kent Remix)

California based producer Clark Kent has done it again with his remix of Come Alive. As we have seen with his previous remixes Kent is sure to deliver an epic combination of lyrics and tactically placed drops that bring the track to life. Kent builds the track around the gorgeous vocals provided by Charity Vance and adds a plethora of new sounds to the original Mutrix edit making for quite the banger.

Mutrix – Come Alive ft. Charity Vance (Clark Kent Remix)

Check out Clark’s Soundcloud & Facebook here for more great music.

Preview: Seven Lions – Days To Come (Original Mix) + EP Teaser

Seven Lions – Days To Come

Genre: Dubstep | Label: OWSLA | Release Date: Oct 16th 2012

Rising EDM star and California native, Seven Lions has produced a near perfect mashup of dubstep and trance with his track, Days to Come.  Jeff Montalvo  is the latest to sign onto Skrillex’s OWSLA label. This producer is quickly becoming a huge name by creating tracks with a unique new style and tranquil beauty.

This tracks uplifting trance elements combine perfectly with the soft yearning vocals by Fiora that will lift you higher and sink you pleasantly into a state of calm. In contrast, Seven Lions never fails to feed the bass addiction with his circuit-jamming smoothness, surging bass, and bizarre effects. This track is a heartfelt song about closing the disconnect between one’s internal feelings and an external reality, the type of sound that grabs my soul and pulls at my heart strings.

Click through to hear more Seven Lions!

Seven Lions – Days To Come Ft. Fiora

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Kicks n Licks Makin’ Us Wobble Once More

 As the world travels further into the realm of house and techno beats, dubstep has once again fallen from the top and placed in the back tents at most festivals. It’s a result of the huge spike in popularity that occurred with the rise of Bassnectar, Skrillex, and Flux all perfecting and reinventing the genre constantly. The bubble seems to have burst recently, with more and more fans turning to alternative or crossover genres like moombahton and trap. While the true bassheads are staying strong and somewhat isolating themselves from the rest of the edm community.

Whenever I start thinking like this it is always refreshing to hear some new, but true dubstep coming from my speakers. Acts like Krewella and now Kicks n Licks are bringing back the true roots of dubstep on a much smaller and enjoyable stage. Kicks n Licks reminds me a lot of present day Flux Pavilion with not as many drops as bass cannon. The featured remix was released on Thursday and bumps well in the speakers..

Gansta Fun – California (Kicks n Licks Remix)

I would be doing this duo I great injustice if I was to only feature their most recent work. They represent the best of what dubstep has to offer and continue to put out great summertime anthems. Listen to Time immediately as it is by far my favorite track I’ve heard from them.

Kicks n Licks – Time

Kicks n Licks – Monsters

New Years Eve Dance Music Event Schedule

Everyone knows that NYE is the biggest night of the year to party. And considering the world is going to end next year, this is the last one we’re gonna have! Or at least we should party like it will be! Promoters and artists alike have taken notice and now epic late-night shows celebrating the tick of the second hand are a dime a dozen. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the legwork of finding THE BEST parties across the countries featuring some of our favorite artists and we hope you’ll be able to join us at one of them.

[expand title="Dec. 30 - 31: Pretty Lights NYE - Broomfield, CO"]

Colorado’s own producer/DJ Pretty Lights is returning to his home state to celebrate the New Year with the craziest crowd in the US. The last time Derek played in Colorado was this summer at a sold out Red Rocks show where he played for over three hours never willing to let up. This New Year will be no different as he brings in two of electro house’s biggest emerging names in Zedd and Porter Robinson. The shows are already sold out as the fans here are die hard never passing up a chance to see those oh so pretty lights.

Date: Fri/Sat Dec. 30/31, 2011
Time: 8pm – 2am
Location: 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO
Age Restriction: TBA

Official Website [HERE]
Purchase Tickets [Sold Out]

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[expand title="Dec. 31: Decadence - Denver, CO"]

From the producer of Global Dance Festival comes the debut New Years celebration in our biggest and most extravagant venue yet. With headliners including Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Feed Me, Bad Boy Bill, BT, and Dirtyphonics this is going to be the party of the year in Colorado. The last time I was in the Convention Center was for the Great American Beer Festival and I couldn’t get over how massive the venue is. Come to Colorado and ski during the day then party the year away!

Date: Sat Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 7pm – 2am
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver
Age Restriction: TBA

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 29-31: SnowGlobe Music Festival - South Lake Tahoe, CA"]

In true ski bum form The SnowGlobe Music Festival has gotten a late start to the game, but with epic powder and the headlining acts one can only wish they were lazy enough to not have NYE plans yet. With major headliners booked for awhile we are all patiently awaiting what kind of support SnowGlobe would be able to pull in. They surely didn’t disaapoint with the likes of Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, Doctor P, Paper Diamond, Emancipator, and even Robotic Pirate Monkey all on the bill. Even if you aren’t a skier, this is an event not to be missed! First off, Lake Tahoe is world renown for its’ powder skiing, something that Epic Pass holders can take advantage all trip. Second, have you ever seen how the kids of Tahoe throw down, this is gonna be blackout central. And finally the quality of acts already announced rivals that of SnowBall’s inaugural event last March. Judging by the artists prior announced NYE events the lineup should look something like this…

Thursday: Pretty Lights
Friday: Bassnectar
New Years Eve: The Glitch Mob

Date: Thurs – Sat Dec. 29-31, 2011
Time: TBA
Location: Bijou Park, Lake Tahoe Community College
Age Restriction: TBA

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 30-31: Lights All Night - Dallas, TX"]

So far this seems to be the place to be when the ball drops! Over the course of two nights the Dallas Convention Center will play host to many of the worlds greatest DJ’s as well as many up and comers. The idea of spending NYE at a festival seems so appropriate to us, catching so many great acts and meeting people from all over the world. For about double what you would spend on a one name NYE’s show (ex: Avicii, Pretty Lights, Flux) you get over 20 international know stars playing on two stages all night long! Buy tickets now and spend the upcoming months planning your trip down to Texas!

Date: Fri/Sat Dec. 30/31, 2011
Time: 6pm-2am
Location: Dallas TX – Dallas Convention Center
Age Restriction: 18+

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE
www.highlandentertainment.net

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[expand title="Dec. 31: EverAfter w/ Deadmau5 - New York, NY"]

One the biggest Dj’s in the world is coming to the best city in the world for NYE, New York City! Taking over the massive 64,000 sq ft Pier 36 for a night to remeber. All tickets include a four hour premium open bar tab from 8pm till midnight, which will surely get you ready to celebrate the new years. Opening sets are still in the works, but buy now before it sells out!

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 7pm – 4am
Location: Pier 36, NYC
Age Restriction: 21+

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 31: Avicii @ Pier 94, New York, NY"]

Remember how long it took this event to sell out, something like ten minutes!? Well anyways thought I would include this event for the lucky few attending this gala. I’m sure the crowd will include some of the best looking in all of NYC so I am extremely jealous of missing this one.

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 9pm – 2am
Location: Pier 94, NYC
Age Restriction: 18+

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 31: Super You & Me w/ Laidback Luke, New York, NY"]

The wealth of talent descending on NYC is as insane as ever with every possible venue being booking by the biggest EDM acts in the world. Pacha NY has deemed Laidback Luke their guy to bring the new year and I couldn’t be happier. Laidback Luke is one of the most dynamic and talented DJ’s around with sets packed full of nonstop bangers. He is a personal favorite of mine and may be my top pick for events in NYC. It doesn’t hurt that Pacha NY is a state of the art venue that has hosted everyone in the game.

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 9pm – 4am
Location: Pacha, New York City
Age Restriction: 21+

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec 31: New Years Eve Ball w/ Nero @ Webster Hall, New York, NY"]

I had the privilege to attend this event last year when Webster Hall played host to the Bloody Beetroots and had an absolutely stellar time. Webster Hall, easily one of my favorite venues of all time, has a night-long party featuring party favors, champagne, and a 6-hour premium top shelf bar (yes, that means Patrón and Hennessy) with the silver ticket for only $150. This and the fact that Nero will be throwing down the late night set makes this a must stop for your night. Drinks will be pouring till 6 I believe as is custom on NYE in NYC so if you already have plans for when the ball drops, you can still show up for the late-night show and keep the party going well into the daytime.

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 8:00PM – 6:00AM
Location: Webster Hall, New York, NY
Age Restriction: 21+

Info and Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 30/31: The Rusko Run - Chicago, Il"]

The man who brought dubstep to the mainstage of America is posting up in Chi-town to help bring in the New Year with friends Switch and Sinden. With two chances to catch the high flying circus act that is Rusko, Chicago residents have no excuse not to party like never before. I can only image how wild this guy must get for New Years, I can only speculate how many drinks and drugs I would have attending this shit show.

Date: Fri/Sat, Dec. 30/31, 2011
Time: 8:00 – 2:00
Location: Congress Theater, Chicago
Age Restriction: 17+

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 31: Resolution - Seattle, WA"]

From the hugely successful promoters who brought you FreakNight (Tiesto, Dada Life, Feed Me) are back at it with Seattle’s largest dance party. Already moving its’ location to a larger venue in the WaMu Theater, USC Events has brought in Insomniac Events to make sure this night is epic. The first headliner has been announce and it is the UK powerhouse duo… NERO!

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 8:00 – 2:00
Location: WaMu Theater, Seattle
Age Restriction: 18+

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 31: Stellar Spark 9 w/ Skrillex - Milwaukee, WI"]

If there was anytime to ever be in Wisconsin, it is now (well actually NYE)! Skrillex along with his two good friends (and insanely talented producers) are headling a six room, three floor massive!With over 50 DJ’s on tap, the music will keep you dancing almost til the sun comes up so be sure and grab tickets soon because wherever Skrillex plays, the venue will sell out.

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 8pm – 4am
Location: The Rave, Milwaukee, Wi
Age Restriction: All Ages

Official Website[HERE]
Purchase Tickets [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 31: Together As One - Orange County, CA"]

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 5PM – 2AM
Location: Oak Canyon Park, Silverado, CA
Age Restriction: 18+

Tickets & Info [HERE]

After Insomniac broke away from Go Ventures on their annual New Years Eve event their was speculation that the biggest and most notorious NYE event may be cancelled. Well as you can see by the line up that didn’t happen! In fact this years’ lineup may be the best yet with something for everyone and Diplo for everyone!

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[expand title="Dec 31-Jan 1: Insomniac Presents White Wonderland NYE - Anaheim, CA"]

 

Insomniac, the hands-down kings of throwing parties in and around LA, have just announced their NYE massive and have filled in all the gaps. Headliners announced so far are Kaskade and Steve Angello, complemented by Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Dada Life, AN21 & Max Vangelli and Thomas Gold. Holy shit what a lineup… and they haven’t even finished yet. Stay tuned for more updates on this ridiculous party.

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011 and Sun, Jan 1, 2012
Time: 7PM
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Age Restriction: 21+

Tickets & Info [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 31 - OMFG! NYE 2012 - San Diego, CA"]

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 8Pm – 4AM
Location: Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
Age Restriction: 18+

Tickets & Info [HERE]

Some of the youngest and biggest starts on the planet are gathering i nSan Diego to help you bring in the new year including teenage phenoms Porter Robinson and Madeon. The craziest part of this event is the ticket price…. $55! Yea, I know it is fucking cheap with VIP tickets starting at $150.

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[expand title="Dec 31-Jan 1: Axwell and Deadmau5 @ Fontainebleu Poolside - Miami, FL"]

South Beach’s coolest hotel is playing host to Axwell and Deadmau5 this NYE and if you’re anywhere nearby, you should sign up immediately. The price tag of $325 might seem like a lot for general admission but after imbibing from the 3 hour premium open bar, you won’t remember how much you spent on such a killer evening. Axwell performs on NYE and, should you want to keep the party going, Deadmau5 will be throwing down New Years Day for an additional $125. This is sure to be full with some of the most beautiful people imaginable and the winter heat will be setting the mood. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be poolside for the biggest party night of the year?

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011 and Sun, Jan 1, 2012
Time: 7PM-2AM
Location: Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
Age Restriction: 21+

Tickets & Info [HERE]

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[expand title="Dec. 31: Afrojack & Alesso @ The W South Beach - Miami, FL"]

Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011
Time: 9PM
Location: The W South Beach, Miami, FL
Age Restriction: 18+

Tickets & Info [HERE]

Both DJs will be warming up party goers in New York City the night before and will be flying straight down south to bring in 2012. Afrojack brings Bobby Burns and his Jacked party while Alesso will make all of South Florida raise their heads.

There is no doubt this will be a celebration to remember, both superstars are favorites of ours. If you get a chance, hit up both parties, but only few can afford a cabana at every club in South Beach!

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[expand title="Jan. 1: Resolution 2012 - Montreal, QC"]

How about starting the New Year with a good ‘ol fashion rave! Montreal has lined up the ultimate after party for New Year’s Eve party goers. With Avicii and Axwell playing the main stage starting around midnight and Dash Berlin and Garth Emery taking over the decks starting at 5AM! This party goes until 10AM on Monday, who’s gonna sack up and head north?

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Are we missing any? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.