Collaboration with TRAP and BASS : Eat. Sleep. Twerk.

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While Miley may have made it a household name, twerking has been around for decades. You either hate it or love it. MAC & SMASH and our friends at Trap and Bass are celebrating one of the most popular dance moves of our time with this collaboration tee.

Diplo has girls send him instagram videos which he re-grams.
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Students from Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego were suspended for using school equipment to make a twerking video on school grounds that was later uploaded to YouTube.
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Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia announced on Twitter that he would be giving  “the best chick who can twerk” an opportunity to win a $50,000 scholarship to their school.
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Hampton University announces that twerking is banned and those students caught, will face school penalty.
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The ‘Twerk Fail” video heard around the world, depicting a college girl falling through a glass table and lit on fire was actually the biggest internet troll of the century by Jimmy Kimmel.
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B

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Wavefront Music Festival 2013 Review

As it’s sophomore year of being the summer beachfront electronic music festival in Chicago, Wavefront boasts 72,500 attendees (give or take a few who snuck in…) over the July 5th-7th weekend. They raged from day to night, enjoying the beats, bikinis, booze and people watching.

The festival grounds had a total of six stages; two main stages at the North and South ends of the beach, two in the middle, one of which was inside an open tent (with beverages nearby!), and two smaller set ups by the entrance. The three day event was broadcast live to 40 million homes on AXS TV, and viewed by over 225,000 people in 144 countries on internationally recognized live streaming video platform BE-AT.TV.

Photo by Caroline Dixey

Photo by Caroline Dixey

Other activities on the beach included your standard food, beer and water vendors as well as merchandise booths selling clothes, flip-flops, sunscreen and sunglasses etc. There were a few carnival rides, a ferris wheel, a spinning contraption which makes its riders defy gravity and a swing set. The coolest non musical thing, in my opinion, was the 36 foot Mike’s Hard Lemonade inflatable slide.

Photo by Caroline Dixey

Photo by Caroline Dixey

In hindsight, the festival was a blur of spectacular music, finding friends, people watching, trudging across the sand, stopping to get beer, and waiting (and waiting, and waiting, and waiting) for the bathroom (get more porta-pottys next year!).

Photo by Caroline Dixey

Photo by Caroline Dixey

Standout acts were Rusko, Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Justice and Nicolas Jaar.

Rusko’s set surprised me. I’ve seen him perform several times over the years, but this set seemed more house and electro driven than the grimy dubstep I’ve come to expect from him. He did play his classics, I Can’t Stop and Pro Nails, which everyone got down and dirty to. He also played an upbeat version of Somebody to Love, Lift Me Up by Rusko, Nuclear by Zomboy, the drum and bass version of Everyday by Rusko (Netsky VIP remix).

Photo by Caroline Dixey

Photo by Caroline Dixey

Fatboy Slim headlined Saturday night, starting off with his classic tune, Right Here, Right Now and continued to play a mashup of Clubs aka Put Your Hands Up. As the sun set, the flashing lights became more apparent and the lasers danced across the night sky . The repetitious song Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat by Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr echoed through the night as people chanted along. Other mentionable songs were Soooo Freakin and Boneless by Steve Aoki & Chris Lake feat. Tujamo, La La Land by Chicago’s own legend, Green Velvet, Mad Dash by Carl Tricks (Bingo Players edit) and Up by Nari & Milani vs. Maurizio Gubellini. Another memorable moment was when the giant screens behind him pictured a girl’s YouTube video singing, Get Lucky by Daft Punk, as the crowd joined in belting the summer anthem.

Photo by Shea Flynn
Photo by Shea Flynn

Diplo was just recently in Chicago for DePaul University’s FEST and will be back again in August with Major Lazer for Lollapalooza. Although the rest of the Major Lazer crew wasn’t performing that Sunday, Diplo dropped a couple of their dancehall inspired songs including Watch Out For This feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican and FS Green. The crowd clapped to the beat simultaneously as Diplo counted down for everyone to jump. Water cannons showered everyone within it’s reach, a refreshing feeling after being sweaty from dancing in the ungodly humidity of Chicago summers. At one point of his set he, of course, called girls to twerk on the stage as Express Yourself blasted. Other songs he played were Toulouse by Nicky Romero, Slow Things Down by Dilligas, Original Don by Major Lazer, Wild For the Night by A$AP Rocky feat. Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam, Harlem Shake by Baauer and Love Sosa by Chief Keef.

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For the finale of the weekend, I was torn between Justice and Nicolas Jaar. I’ve seen Justice at Lollapalooza 2012 and when they played at Congress Theater last year, but I’ve never experienced a live Nico Jaar set. I owed it to myself to see a bit of Justice. The French duo started off with Waters of Nazareth and kept the crowd dancing with D.A.N.C.E, Civilization, Helix, and Stress. They also played Run DMC’s It’s Tricky and ended the night with classic, non EDM, feel good music such as Be My Baby by Ronnetets, Ain’t no Mountain by Diana Ross and Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.

I dodged dancers and drunk people to get to the Goose Island Oasis stage where Nicolas Jaar was already deep into his house set. It was definitely a ‘feel good, get lost in the music’ moment for everyone who came to see him. Nico even sang over his music in Spanish. What was amazing to me, was that even though there were fireworks shooting off behind us, people we’re still facing the stage and enjoying the music.

Wavefront Music Festival is yet again, one for the books and I think I only heard five or six different versions of Get Lucky by Daft Punk. The event unquestionably still had some kinks to figure out, but I give them a huge round of applause for the massive line up and a stellar beach experience. Big thank you to Wavefront for hooking a lady up with a media pass, until next year…

Rage on!
Love,
B

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DePaul’s Fest 2013: Minus the Bear, Yelawolf, Diplo & Dillon Francis

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I’m headed back to my old stomping grounds to check out, what looks to be, the best FEST lineup EVER! I was lucky enough to see Ludacris, Common, Jack’s Mannequin, The Cool Kids, Girl Talk & Flosstradamus during my heydays at DePaul. Now, I return as Alumni – the diploma hung up at my mother’s house, a butt load of student loans and a chance to see Minus the Bear, YelaWolf, Diplo & Dillon Francis.

If you don’t go to DePaul, you can catch Diplo at Wavefront Music Festival with Major Lazer and Dillon Francis at Lollapalooza. If you do go to DePaul, GET YOUR TICKETS!

They will be on sale tomorrow on both the Loop and Lincoln Park Campuses 10am-4pm and 10am day of show.

Head over to www.dab.depaul.edu for more info.

Rage on!

Love,
B

 

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Lollapalooza 2013 Picks

It’s that time of year again where we look forward to the warm summer nights, day drinking and festival going. Lollapalooza scheduled August 2nd-4th, has a stacked line-up per usual but these are the five that we’ve chosen as our top must see acts this year.


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Azealia Banks

This refreshingly upfront and ‘in your face’ Harlem raised, lady MC isn’t afraid to make the masses squirm. The 21 year old chants, “I guess that cunt getting’ eaten,” several times in her 2011 song, 212, which has sold over 135,000 copies since its release, and the accompanying video, which has had over 47 million hits. Since then, Azealia Banks has sky rocketed to stardom. Her unique style of 90’s dance music fused with silky R&B and candid rap lyrics make her stand out amongst the up and comers.

Even at at early age, Banks had the urge to perform, starring in off Broadway plays. Luckily, acting wasn’t enough for her, so she began to write rap and R&B. This led to her debut recording “Gimmie a Chance” onto the internet in 2008 under her then moniker, Miss Bank$. Fast forward to 2012, Banks released the mixtape, Fantasea, featuring work from O/W/W/W/L/S, Machinedrum, Diplo, Munchi, Eprom, Drums of Death, Ikonika, Hudson Mohawke, AraabMuzik, and Lunice, which received rave reviews from music critics. Early in 2013, she released, Yung Rapunxel, the first single from the album Broke with Expensive Taste. The video created a stir due to it’s symbolic illuminati images and comments of witch-hop. The second single to be released on the album, ATM Jam, features Pharell. With nothing to stop her, Azealia Banks’ talent and no bull shit attitude will take her to the top.
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Angelhaze

Angel Haze
Raykeea Wilson, also known as Angel Haze, could pass as Aaliyah’s sister but as she starts to perform, she could pass as the female version of Eminem. The twenty-one year old’s rap style emotes a very strong, passionate voice, narrating a mini autobiography and brings light to her views on life.

One of her most notable songs, so far, is featured on the mix tape, Classick, which was released in 2012. Haze created reworks of popular anthems by Lupe Fiasco, Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill and Eminem. It was her rendition of Eminem’s Cleaning Out my Closet, that opened listeners eyes and carried them through the unfortunately real journey of her sexual abuse as a young girl and how it scarred her for life. Angel Haze is a true lyrical poet, who’s words resonate powerfully, even without a musical backdrop.
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 Modestep
Usually compared to Pendulum and The Prodigy, this UK band of four really have a unique style. Brothers Josh and Tony Friend make up the vocals and the DJ and Production, while Matthew Curtis bangs the drums and Nick Tsang strums the guitar.

The blend of rock, dubstep, drum and bass, and soulful male vocals have helped Modestep’s popularity since their start in 2010 out of London. Their debut album, Evolution Theory, was just released earlier this year and includes earlier singles Feel Good (If you watch the video for Feel Good, you’ll see that it’s the original Harlem Shake), Sunlight and To the Stars. This group stands out because of its rock star vibe and dubstep fanbase.
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griz

GRiZ
As an electronic artist hailing from Detroit you’d think Grant Kwiecinski, also known as GRiZ, would produce techno, deep house, or something a long those lines. However, once you listen to this twenty-three year old’s catchy concoction of electronic, soul, funk and dubstep, you’ll see that he defies the stereotype. His live gigs flash with lights, showcase his DJ skills and show his true musicianship as he plays the saxophone soulfully, accompanying the dub and synth beats.

His undoubted talent and allowing free downloads to all his music have helped GRiZ bloom and grow his fan base. Over the last couple years he has done collaborations and tours with artists such as Big Gigantic, Gramatik, Two Fresh, Kill Paris and Manic Focus. With more original music, concerts and festivals on the horizon, Griz will become one of the staples for creatively great music.
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baauer

Baauer
Who doesn’t know the Harlem Shake? Maybe you’re one of the many who made a video with your friends or coworkers and uploaded it onto YouTube. Harry Rodrigues aka Baauer’s song, is responsible for the phenomenon that won the internet and swept the Billboard charts. The twenty four year old isn’t just a one trick pony though, his tracks influenced by UK bass and southern hip-hop, keep his shows sold out and booties dancing.

This trap star’s songs, Yaow! and Harlem Shake, were featured on Mad Decent’s Jeffrees (a sub-imprint which signs singles) earlier in 2012. Some of his other work includes remixes for Flosstradamus, No Doubt, Nero and AlunaGeorge. Recently signed to Lucky Me records, the new EP will be out in mid 2013 with it’s first single, Dum Dum, out already. There are a select few who are able to make quality trap music and Baauer is at the top of the list. 

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FYLP: Aaliyah – AYTS (that ROAN mix)

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I’m a little late to post this, but I’ve been listening to it constantly! A very catchy house rework of Aaliyah’s Are You That Somebody done by Chicago’s own Matt Roan. Don’t lie, I know you sang along too.

Love,
B

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Life in Color: Rebirth Tour

Life In Color formally known as Dayglow “The World’s Largest Pain Party” began in 2006 on college campuses in Florida.  Since then, it has taken the nation by storm!  What initially began a college tradition has transformed into a world-renowned live concert, featuring some of the world’s largest DJ’s, soaring aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortion acts, fire shows, cannons that deliver the famous “Paint Blasts” and always something new every show. This tour continues to push the limit and innovate the industry with new acts and artists such as; Sander Van Doorn, Alesso, Nicky Romero  Bingo Players, Laidback Luke, Krewella, Rusko, Borgore, R3hab, Cazzette, Adventure Club, Swanky Tunes, 3LAU, to name a few! Continue reading

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FYLP: Ghosts – Milk N Cookies

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The Milk N Cookies twins are at it again! Their latest track, Ghosts, sounds like what I imagine Deadmau5 and Kaskade’s baby would be.  It’s available for FREE download and don’t forget to catch them at Spring Awakening this summer!

Stalk them here:
Twitter.com/milkncooks
Facebook.com/milkncooks
Soundcloud.com/milkncooks
Youtube.com/milkncooks

Rage on!

Love,
B

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Major Lazer: Free the Universe 2013 World Tour in Chicago

Major Lazer: Free the Universe World Tour 2013

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Come party with us at Congress Theater this Saturday, then after party with us at The Mid with Diplo!

Check out what you’re getting yourself into…

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The Internet Is Not Your Diary

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Since the dawn of social media there has been debate as to whether or not what is posted on the internet is private. The resounding answer to this question is NO. Some might consider this to be common sense but as we all know, common sense isn’t so common anymore. If you do something illegal and post it on facebook/twitter/myspace/whatever, the odds of you getting caught are a million times higher than if you kept it to yourself (you can quote me on that probability). If you graffitti and post it online, you’re going to get in trouble. If you cheat on your significant other and post it online, you’re going to get caught. Basically, if you’re doing something that wouldn’t make your parents proud, don’t post it on the internet. Someone as smart as a teacher wouldn’t make these amateur mistakes, right? Wrong.

On Tuesday a 23 year old teacher in Aurora, Colorado named Carley McKinney was suspended with pay (must be nice) for tweeting inappropriate pictures. These pictures contained NSFW pictures of herself as well as pictures of her smoking, drinking, and ‘expressing herself’ Diplo style, while topless. She is also said to have had marijuana with her on campus and reportedly tweeted the irony of a drug bust at her school while she had a stash in her car.

Have you let that sink in? Good. Time for the analysis.

This girl must be stupid. As a 23 year old woman myself, I would never dream to post any kind of personal nudity on the internet, let alone being a teacher! How does she not assume that her students are fully aware of the internet and how to use it? Did she not think those pictures would see the light of day? This has to be the stupidest ‘mistake’ I’ve ever seen. Although she has landed in hot water with everyone from students, to parents, to the nation, she did manage to get a retweet from Diplo. Hope that was worth your career, toots.

~G

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FetOo – Conspiracy EP

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So most of you out there might not be familiar with the name FetOo yet, but you will be soon enough.  This French EDM producer has been making music for a few years now and his most recent release is an awesome combination of genres.  The Conspiracy EP is a fantastic blend of electro house, dubstep, and glitch hop.  “Conspiracy” and “Just the Beginning” are two massive electro house bangers and have a similar sound to that of Feed Me.  “Embrace” is the lone dubstep track to appear on the EP and FetOo doesn’t hesitate to unleash the heavy bass on this one, thank god.  The final song and quite possibly the most intriguing of the bunch is “Unexpected Conscience”.  This glitch hop tune is absolute magic and has kept me bopping my head for days.  Needless to say, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the sounds of FetOo and I’m certain you guys will as well.

Conspiracy EP :

FetOo – Conspiracy

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FetOo – Embrace

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FetOo – Just the Beginning

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FetOo – Unexpected Conscience

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