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Friday
Jun142013

The Underground Party of the Summer: Bang On! NYC in 3D

When I first moved to New York from Arizona I fed my guilty all night pleasures with the amusements of the underground. While Manhattan is certainly lacking in spaces to host such parties (there are some exceptions), Brooklyn and Queens have plenty of places to keep the party a secret and a riot at the same time. The Lab in Bed-Stuy (Electric Warehouse) and Amazura in Jamaica have long been the outer boroughs' well-established raver outlets, but there are plenty of other venues that are being explored. The same night I was at a rave out in the desert of Arizona a lot of friends were at the Nyan Cats show at Amazura which was the biggest turnout in recent NYC raver history.

Bang On! is one of those events I said I was going to as soon as I got the invite. I'm all about secret locations and this is set to be one of the biggest and most well-promoted legal underground parties of the year, with over 40,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor space and two stages (really, if a facebook event has over 2,000 confirmed you know it's going to be a rager). When you go to underground shows around the country it is very rare to see anyone on the lineup that is remotely recognizable beyond a few miles' radius of the city they're playing in, but this is going to be a treat to remember.

Click to expandThe promoters of the "festival" couldn't have put together a smarter selection of the some of the scene's most obscure yet closely-watched artists. I was surprised to see OWSLA-signed KOAN Sound on the roster but also super stoked partake in their jazz-step experience in such a unique spot. Minnesota is a name we've all been watching as a less-mainstream offshoot of the silky smooth bass sound Seven Lions pioneered. The Chainsmokers are some of the nicest guys we've met and also locals that we've featured on the site, and I'm looking forward to see how they spin. I had no idea who The Lowriderz were but I'm glad I was turned onto them, basically they're a white version of Krewella that plays acid crunk instead of Top 40 Electro Bass. Of course the biggest and most anticipated act of the night is the one and only Felix Da Housecat which we will absolutely not be missing. If you have a ravenous appetite for relentless jazz-Tech grooves this is not a show to skip. 

Click to expandThe best part of course is the vibe that you'll get over any club atmosphere in Manhattan. On top of a huge outdoor Silent Disco, an air-conditioned space, vendors, art installations, and aerial acrobatics, we've been promised 3-D glasses on arrival to keep us spellbound until the sun comes up. We hope to see you there and if you make it out be sure to smile for the camera as we'll be shooting the whole event! 

6/15/2013 - 9 AM - 6 AM in Williamsburg near Montrose L
Presales (Tier 2 & Regular Advanced Still Available)
Facebook Event Page

By Edward Fancher

Saturday
Jun022012

Hardstyle Q-Dance EDC Vegas Lineup Released

Hardstyle is one subgenre that hasn't quite yet broken through to the mainstream EDM world. But all that will change when Q-Dance, a touring Hardstyle music festival, hits Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. It will be exciting to see DJs like Caffeine, who are superstars in the US underground rave culture, take to their own Hard Dance stage for three nights in front of tens or hundreds of thousands of head-bobbing fans. We can't wait to see all those people shuffling!

Full Lineup:

A*S*Y*S

Brennan Heart

Caffeine

Coone

Darksiderz

D-Block & S-te-Fan

Endymion

Evil Activities

Frontliner

Headhunterz

Isaac

JDX

Lady Faith

Max Enforcer

Neophyte

Noisecontrollers

Ran-d

S-Factor

Stana

Technoboy

The Prophet

Wildstylez

Zany

Zatox

Wednesday
Apr112012

EDC NY Extended to 3 Day Festival - More Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

Insomniac Events has announced that EDC New York will be extended to a 3 day festival. 

Pacha NYC, who is helping to organize the event announced too that more tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 12 at 12:00 PM ET.

Tickets are expected to sell out again quickly, so make sure to buy yours on Ticketmaster soon!

Sunday
Apr082012

Review: Justice at Ultra Music Festival

After waiting 5 years since the release of their debut album † (Cross), I finally got to see Justice LIVE at Ultra Music Festival in Miami this March.

Headlining the festival Saturday night behind Avicii, Justice brought much excitement to the main stage area with their elaborate set of sound equipment resembling a church altar, with a giant, glowing cross in the middle. 

 

The crowd went wild as the French duo unleashed their heavy electric beats on the crowd, opening with perhaps the most well known track off of Cross, "Genesis." The majority of their set consisted of other popular tracks from Cross. 

Justice owned the crowd with their hit disco track "D.A.N.C.E." The sea of people stuck to "the B.E.A.T." as they moved to the sound of "Do the D.A.N.C.E." Other obvious crowd favorites were "DVNO," which they did a hard live mix of, "Stress," and "Phantom Pt. 2," the Daft Punk-like house track.

I must to admit I was not the biggest fan of Justice's second release, Audio, Video, Disco. I consistently felt when listening to the album that the two had abandoned their hard and heavy roots in favor of less-inspired soft, electro melodies. Although the various tracks that the two played from the new album were not at the level of those off their previous release, some tracks were definitely noteworthy.

"Helix," the song that was featured in the Ultra Music Festival 2012 Phase 1 Lineup Announcement video, was a definite crowd favorite with its rock-inspired melodies. "Audio, Video, Disco," the title track off their newest release was also a highlight.

I will, however, note that compared to many other performers, Justice didn't seem to go over quite as well with the massive main stage crowd. Perhaps because their hits were released more than 5 years ago many younger festival attendees failed to recognize their sound. Nevertheless, Justice was undeniably one of the highlights of Ultra Music Festival for me this year, and they are sure to be a crowd pleaser at Coachella this month in California. Their skills in both production and live mixing impressed me greatly and it was great to finally see this epic group on tour. 

Review By Edward Fancher