Moon Boots aims to keep summer alive as the autumn chill creeps upon us. Living up to French Express label’s motto, “protectors of the feel good,” the producer strips the original synths and lays his own nu-disco groundwork under Lauren Mayberry’s radiant vocals. If you’re looking for new songs to throw in the playlist for that one last summer BBQ get-together, this one will surely be welcome.
While the masses found themselves packed into crowds at Tiësto, Bassnectar, and A-Trak on Day 2 of Electric Zoo, a few hundred festival-goers enjoyed some breathing room and a special treat at the Hilltop Arena from Modeselektor + Apparat brainchild, Moderat. Unlike the Boys Noizes, Fehrplays, and Mat Zos that graced the rotating stage earlier in the day, the trio opted for the more traditional static stage, shying away from the rotating apparatus. The trio’s purpose was more aural than visual: They were there to showcase their latest album, Moderat II, with Electric Zoo being the last 2013 stop of only three in the US.
Earlier this year, Boston Calling became the first full-scale music festival to be hosted in the heart of the city of Boston, though dance music was noticeably left off the bill. To the delight of many who yearned for a healthier serving of bass, a video flashed the likes of Major Lazer, Wolfgang Gartner, Flosstradamus, and Flume (among indie bands and hip-hop acts) on the LED screens prior to The National taking the stage; the dual alternating stages are to return to City Hall Plaza once again this September.
While some consider City Hall to be an abomination to architecture, festival organizers, Crash Line, found the plaza to be most befitting as ticketed events are not currently allowed on the greener Boston Common. Plus, mud is a non-issue if weather ever goes sour. While most festivals focus on imprisoning and subjecting attendees to exorbitant pricing for sustenance, Boston Calling allows and even encourages reentry to truly integrate the event within the city of Boston. Outside food and drink are permitted, although a great selection of Boston’s finest is also available for those that need a quick fix. Event organizers also had the foresight to rearrange the layout to maximize the dance floor in front of the stages to accommodate what will likely be a high energy crowd.
With considerable thought, planning, and vision, Crash Line and the Bowery hope to schedule Boston Calling twice every calendar year, and we fully support this decision unless, of course, dance music is again conveniently neglected from the lineups. Just kidding.
Following a previous show cancellation in Boston last week due to injuries, Day 3 of Electric Zoo (9/1) has been called off this morning due to serious health concerns. Concert organizers had continuously urged festival attendees on social media through the weekend to stay safe and hydrated with messages to “get help early” and to “look out for others.”
The city of the New York has released preliminary information for the abrupt cancellation:
Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.
During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly). The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with City officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event
Arguably the most ubiquitous and multi-faceted DJs in the biz, A-Trak, Skrillex, and Diplo aim to bring you the “Weirdest Night Ever” tonight at 8PM PST from an undisclosed location in Los Angeles. Hosted as a live stream on the ‘Potato Will Eat You’ Youtube channel, the event boasts an album listening party along with a Q&A for the latest Major Lazer release, “Free the Universe.” Without concrete details besides a “karaoke extravaganza” spotlighting special guests, we can only deduce that this late night cabaret will be weird indeed.
Last year, GLOWFEST brought their biggest fall tour to college campuses around the nation, showcasing big name acts such as Hardwell, Porter Robinson, Zedd, and Krewella. We were able to experience first-hand the energy that percolated throughout the venue at West Virginia University and witness the excitement of those located in areas less frequented on artist tour stops. Though they understood they were tapping into the right crowd and providing a commodity in high demand, co-founders Jack Shannon and Deuce Thevenow couldn’t help but feel something lacking; there was no message, no purpose. Click past the break to read more.
Re-published in case any of our readers missed the Phase 3 update last week.
After recollecting ourselves following the release of a massive Ultra Phase 2 lineup, we dove into the list to make some weekend comparisons. Unlike Coachella, this colossal cast does not replicate weekend to weekend. One of the most utilized browser functions — “Find” (Cntrl + F) — is ineffective when browsing for our favorite artists on the festival’s website. Those that haven’t decided which dates to attend may find it inconvenient wading through the list in picture format to find their most complimentary weekends. Thus, we compiled a searchable table that is alphabetical by performer and illustrates each artist’s respective weekends. Don’t hesitate to share this with others to plan the trip! Click past the break to see some quick stats and the list for your convenient perusal.
Krewella released their genre-melding mix, aptly monikered “Makeout Edition,” on Valentine’s day for their Troll Mix series a couple days ago. While showcasing many of the stand-out chillstep tracks from the past few months, it also included remixes of their own tracks from their Play Hard EP such as “Alive,” “One Minute,” and “Can’t Control Myself.” The transcendant vocals of each track flow from one to the other, rising and falling while carrying emotions from one bass drop to the next.
The multi-faceted Orlando Higginbottom, better known as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (T.E.E.D), doesn’t fall into expectations easily. His originals and remixes span a multitude of genres, from indie dance to drum and bass; his Essential Mixfrom last year further exhibits his dexterity. Today he uploaded his own fresh take on Foals’ indie track, “My Number.” Lifting a few lines off the normally funky chorus, T.E.E.D layers the newly ethereal vocals over his echoey deep house production. Stream the remix below and watch for the release soon.