Shuteye releases Hush Hush

Shuteye Chicago


Shuteye is award-winning singer-songwriter Elysia Hang-fu and veteran DJ/Producer Alena Ratner. Before finding one another both artists spent several years writing music and lyrics of their own. So by the time they met in 2010 they had a massive amount of unused material. After meeting each other they realized they were each other’s missing piece. They blended their art into a unique electronic sound that became Shuteye. This Chicago duo brings their own sound that truly is emotionally electrifying! Shuteye has shared the stage with artists such as Ladyhawke, The Deertracks, Peaches, JD Samson & Toro Y Moi. In May Shuteye won the Monster Diesel VEKTR Headphones Contest which got their song “Heats And Stones” converted to a 3D track. The track was featured in displays around the world! The band was recently voted Runner Up for “Best New Band” in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2012.” They debuted their first EP Sun Night Sky in 2011 which is a off their brand new album Hush Hush that just released last week. Take a listen for yourself!

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Upcoming Shows:

Dec 30th at The Empty Bottle – Chicago

Dec 31st at Subterranean – Chicago

MNDR preps Portsmouth for Duran Duran

nTelos Wireless Pavilion – Portsmouth, VA

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

MNDR - nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Considering that most in attendance were being introduced to MNDR for the first time, she seemed to do a great job keeping their attention and moved the crowd with tight, somewhat dark, hooks and her ethereal voice. Sporting a sundress that was speckled with miniature skulls, she danced about the stage seemingly as transfixed by the music as the crowd.

Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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Ellie Goulding is back with Halcyon! Listen to “Anything Can Happen” Now!

Ellie Goulding just released the lyric video for her first single off her sophomore album HALCYON, which is due out in the US on October 9th via Cherrytree/Interscope Records. Halcyon is the follow-up to her highly successful debut Lights. Lights was the best selling debut album in the UK in 2010 and certified double-platinum in the US.  Her hit single “Lights” has already sold over 2.9 million copies, which is an impressive feat these days.

The video is for “Anything Could Happen” and contains Instagram photos from her fans.

If you dig it, the single is available for purchase on iTunes:

The Lollapalooza Lowdown!

coldplay lollapaloozaLollapalooza starts tomorrow and we have the lowdown!

2012 tickets sold out in records time, 71 days prior to the event, but those who didn’t score the coveted tickets can stream the show at Live streams and interviews will be available for Jack White, AVICII, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Ocean, The Shins, Florence + The Machine, and more.

Something cool this year is the stand-alone LollaShop.  The Shop is open to the public through August 6th and has Lollapalooza merchandise and merch from Sony, Goorlin Bros. Hats, Baggu plus many more.  The LollaShop is located Thompson Hotel and the Lounge will host events and artist appearances, and yoga.  Make sure to reserve a spot by RSVPing at

When there is just too much to carry, State Farm is providing a bag check. This is free and located west of Buckingham Fountain.

Lolla + Instagram + Free WIFI

This year Lollapalooza is having bands and fans Instagram photos showing up on the jumbotron around the stages.  Remember to tag all Lollapalooza photos this weekend in Instagram with #lolla.  Don’t use Instagram? iPhone and Android photos also show up in the Lollapalooza mobile app that is available for free on Google Play and iTunes.

To assist in uploading all those Instagram photos, Lolla is providing FREE WIFI around the park.  There will be hotspots near Buckingham Fountain, Lederhosen’s Biergarten, Uncorked Win Lounge, all Lolla Lounges, and more.  The network to select is “2012 Lolla.”

What’s Allowed and Not Allowed in the Park

Since it’s been hot around Chicago and the Midwest, festivals such and Summerfest and now Lollapalooza are allowing patrons to bring in 2 SEALED bottles into the festival.  Also allowed is an empty, refillable bottle.  There will be commemorative CamelBak water bottles and packs at merch booths.  The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic containers in the park with partners Boxed Water and Vita Coco Coconut Water.

Along with the sealed bottles the following items are ALLOWED at Lollapalooza:

Blankets, Sheets, Towels

Umbrellas (ONLY Hand-Held)

Soft-Sided Coolers

Baby Strollers


Non-Professional Recording Equipment (Point & Shoot Cameras, Flip Video Cameras, etc.)

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Lollapalooza:

Weapons of Any Kind, including Fireworks or Explosives of Any Kind

Illegal or Illicit Substances of Any Kind

Large Backpacks (Framed, Hiking Backpacks, etc.)

Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans.

Outside Food or Drinks (including Alcohol), except Two Factory-Sealed Water Bottles (up to 1 Liter each)

Skateboards, Scooters or Personal Motorized Vehicles

Bicycles Inside Festival Grounds (Plenty Bike Racks are available near The Box Office).

Carts, Tents & Chairs of Any Kind

Hard-Sided Coolers

Pets (except Service Dogs)

Professional Recording (Photo, Video, Audio) Equipment (NO Detachable Zoom Lense, Tripods or Other Commerical Equipment

No Unauthorized/Unlicensed Vendors Allowed. No Unauthorized Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Give-Aways, etc.


For the newcomers to Lolla the food is plentiful and diverse.  Chef Graham Elliot returned as the Culinary Ambassador to oversee the food is top notch.

Not everyone eats meat and besides having some great choices from food vendors, there is also the return of the Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free patrons.


Lollapalooza started with showcasing music, but today Lollapalooza has much more to experience than just music.

Green Workshops

In conjunction with the Farmers Market, there will be brief urban gardening workshops provided by Compass Green. These workshops support education in low-income schools.  These workshops are at the south end of Green Street each day of Lolla at 1p.m.


For those who are bringing the kids along there is Kidzapalooza.  Kids 10 and under enter the festival within Lolla for free.  It has its own stage and interactive games from Rock Star Video Karaoke to hip-hop workshops with the Q Brothers. Face painting is also taken to a whole other level as kids are transformed into rock stars and get a photo shoot all glammed up.

Do312 Celebrity Kickball

For the 3rd year running, DO312 put together a stellar line-up for the game that takes place Saturday morning at 11:15a.m.  at the north end of the festival by the Red Bull Soundstage.  This year’s celebrities include Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Chef Guy Fieri, Ryan Cabrera, Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, Chris Holmes, Greg Corner, Har Mar Superstar, Ryan Paradise, Dave Ziebarth, Kaylee DeFer from Gossip Girl.

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Atmosphere’s Remaining 2012 Tour Dates

atmosphere 2012 tour datesAtmosphere is coming off their Australian and  New Zealand leg of their summer tour with labelmates Evidence.  They recently played Summerfest and set to wrap-up the tour in the US with stops in Anchorage, AK with Brother Ali and Abstract Rude, two Rock the Bells performances in San Bernardino, CA and Mountain View, CA respectively as well as Chicago’s Northcoast Festival on September 1st. Atmosphere’s final North American tour date of 2012 will be Atlanta’s CounterPoint Festival September 28th.   All tickets for the final set of dates go on sale Friday, July 20th. Dates are below.

I Self Devine

09.07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze Outdoors
09.08 – Fargo, ND @ The Venue @ The Hub
09.10 – Bozeman, MT @ SUB Ballroom
09.11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
09.12 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09.14 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
09.15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox @ The Market
09.16 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
09.17 – Ashland, OR @ Ashland Armory
09.19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
09.20 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
09.21 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
09.22 – Lubbock, TX @ Wrecker’s
09.24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
09.25 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
09.26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East

In Photos: Robyn at Summerfest

Miller Lite Oasis

Robyn Summerfest Miller Lite Oasis 2012

On Sunday night Robyn headlined the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She capped a day full of electro-pop music from Chicago’s own Pyro Fighters and Dot Dot Dot.

Photos from Robyn’s set at Summerfest:


2012 Hangout Festival–a musical oasis on the beach

Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

All photos by Dan DeSlover –

Crowd photos of Hangout Music FestivalThe sunny Gulf Shores of Alabama were treated to the 2012 Hangout Festival on Friday through Sunday, May 18-20. Four stages–Main, Chevrolet, XBOX, and Letting Go–and an expansive beachfront ensured that those who attended would be entertained.  Attendees agreed, purchasing the 35,000 allocated festival tickets within weeks of a 2012 lineup announcement that featured Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews Band as headliners over the three day event.

Gates opened at 11 a.m. and parking logistic nightmares were assuaged by a shuttle system that efficiently transported concert-goers from west, east and northward distances to the Hangout entrance gates. Though there were some minor congestion issues that delayed travel early on Friday afternoon, the problems were resolved quickly by designating a lane of traffic exclusively for bus travel near the gates. Outside of staying within a few blocks of the festival grounds, the shuttle was easily the best method of transportation.

Check out photos from Day One: Jack White/Chris Cornell/Yelawolf/Alabama Shakes/Sleeper Agent/Dawes/Wilco

The Main and Chevrolet stages flanked the beachfront, while opposing one another with music rotating between the stages throughout the day. Fans who wished to arrive early and camp out on the sand all day for each day’s headliner were treated to shady conditions, the massive Main stage on the westward side of the beach blocked the sun by early afternoon. A large tented sculpture residing between the two stages provided additional shaded relief. XBOX sponsored a covered stage inland from the Chevrolet stage that hosted electronic and hip-hop artists. The Letting Go stage, inland from the Main stage and west of the XBOX stage provided a third rock stage.

These stages provided the cornerstones to the festival. Within their confines were plenty of food choices.  Options included a number of food trucks that comprised vegan and healthy alternatives to the ubiquitous pizza and hamburgers. Food stalls also provided local, Southern specialties such as Creole and seafood. Liquid refreshments were never more than a short walk away.  There were also enough restroom facilities and ATMs that a few minute wait in line was more of a rarity than the norm.

Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival

In terms of music experiences, the Hangout Festival location on a sunny beach was close to paradise. Those who opted to pay extra for VIP perks had a number of options, including perhaps the nicest VIP package available at any festival.  The ‘Super VIP’ experience granted exclusive access to meal choices and unlimited beverages, but the highlight was access to a veritable oasis near the Main stage. The half of the Main stage closest to the beach was open to all attendees, but the inland side was limited to Super VIP patrons. The pit in front of the stage was standing room only, but just beyond that area (further left from the stage) were a pair of pools a mere 50-60 feet from the performers. Just beyond the pools was a shaded veranda with several hot tubs, bars and cushioned lounge chairs. Plush would be an understatement.

Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival

One of the greatest benefits of a solid music festival is exposure to new music. This can be in the form of an up-and-coming artist, a newly reunited band or a musical genre that might typically fall outside a general listening range. Hangout offered jam bands, world-class DJs, gypsy punk, hip-hop, reggae, straight-up rock and roll and a touch of gospel. There’s a strong chance that most attendees walked away with a broadened musical palate.

Friday’s lineup was solid from the start, with the 12:15 p.m. lineup yielding a choice between San Diego based Switchfoot and alternative rockers Sleeper Agent. One of the day’s surprises was Alabama Shakes, a local band featuring soulful Southern rock fronted by Britanny Howard. YelaWolf mixed it up at midday with a mashup of speed rap and word flow that inspired body to move. Those that weren’t inclined to YelaWolf’s rhythmic pace could chill their afternoon away with the likes of Dawes and Wilco.

Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival

The Main stage was closed out on Friday by a pair of artists that have a great deal in common. Chris Cornell and Jack White have independently reshaped the rock and roll landscape, Cornell’s vocals and White’s fretwork are unique unto themselves. Both artists have fronted a handful of genre-defining bands:  Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave for Cornell; The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather for White.  Each performed under their own solo moniker on Friday night. Both Cornell and White reached deep into their arsenal, performing hits and deeper cuts that transcended all their previous associations.

Cornell’s set was akin to his solo Acoustic Songbook tour, performing alone with his acoustic guitar.  His was a relaxed show that included requests catcalled from the crowd.  A fan shouted out “Sunflower” after the second song and Cornell acknowledged the request, after giving a brief intro into the inspiration behind the song. Cornell’s voice was beyond words, guttural yet angelic. Cornell meandered through his archives, covering an equal share of Soundgarden, Temple, and Audioslave, the entire set was a highlight reel. He closed with Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Jack White’s eccentric personality shows through his music. His obsession with red, white and black while fronting the White Stripes seems to have turned blue for his solo career.  A soft blue light enveloped the stage, casting an eerie glow that spread out from the stage; even the plastic Solo beverage cups on stage were blue. He performs with two bands, one female (The Peacocks) the other male (The Buzzards), and notifies them on the day of the show which will be performing. Friday’s performance started with the male entourage and finished with the female. It’s hard to argue with a set that began with “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and finished with “Seven Nation Army.” However, Rome’s “Two Against One,” and a couple deeper cuts “We’re Going to be Friends” and The Raconteurs “Carolina Drama” were other highlights in the 19-song setlist.

Photos from Day Two at Hangout: Red Hot Chili Peppers/Skrillex/Dispatch/Mac Miller/Flogging Molly/Gogol Bordello

The XBOX stage was the place to be for those needing a jump-start on Saturday. Mac Miller, the Pittsburgh rapping sensation, got the day started with his quirky raps that generally referred to sex, drugs, alcohol and the occasional mention of Donald Trump. Those needing a bit more of a charge had to wait just a little longer before Skrillex took the stage. His pounding beats reverberated across he festival grounds while a haze of smoke, swirling lights and fog engulfed a swarm of dancing bodies below. Skrillex easily had the highest crowd density at the festival, and it was the only time a noticeable security force was present.

Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival

Gogol Bordello, a conglomeration of global musicians based in New York city, gave the crowd a taste of gypsy punk. The energetic frontman Eugene Hütz is pure entertainment while their music is a potpourri of styles that change direction on a dime. An Old World fusion of accordion and percussion would suddenly become rap with accompanying dance.  The perfect way to follow their set was to head over and witness Flogging Molly perform their punk-influenced Celtic music that enlightened the crowd with stories of politics, love, history and drunken debauchery.

Recently reunited Dispatch, the Boston based jam band from the 90s were the perfect tonic to decompress after a number of supercharged sets. They ended their seven-year hiatus last summer and have that they will release new music in August of this year. Though Dispatch have always been about charitable and humane causes, the beachside vibe and chill coffeehouse jams with a reggae beat during sunset induced one of the better mood altering performances of the weekend.

Whether it was a relaxed state of mind due to Dispatch or the fact that the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the stage with a vengeance, Saturday night ended with an exclamation. Touring on I’m With You after a seemingly lengthy break between albums, RHCP are in the midst of an extensive world tour. They are one of few bands that were born during the 80s Los Angeles music explosion to remain active, Van Halen’s semi-reunion recently fell flat with their 2012 tour postponement/cancellation. They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Photos from Day Three at Hangout: Dave Matthews Band/Cage the Elephant/The Flaming Lips/Paper Diamond/Young the Giant

RHCP’s trademark blend of funk rock would not be complete without Flea’s signature bass lines. Frontman Anthony Kiedis pranced the stage while belting out a 20-song setlist. They opened with “Monarchy of Roses” and continued with a bevy of hits including “Scar Tissue,” “Suck My Kiss,” Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” “Under the Bridge” and “Californication;” while saving “Around the World,” “Soul to Squeeze” and “Give it Away” for their encore. Easily the most dynamic and best sounding performance of the weekend (though Dave Matthews jam session to close out the weekend was a close second).

Those who wished to continue rocking on Sunday could look forward to Cage the Elephant’s energetic set.  A sea of bodies floated above the crowd during most of their performance, including a couple trips from frontman Matthew Shultz. At one point he said, “If you drop me like you just dropped that guy, and I’m knocked unconscious, just continue passing me around for the rest of the day.  Maybe put some sunscreen on my chest though.”

Cage the Elephant at Hangout Music Festival

Cage the Elephant at Hangout Music Festival

Aside from Cage’s performance, Sunday provided a change of pace to the previous days heavier theme. Michael Franti and Spearhead jammed hip-hop with a reggae vibe that made attendees fully appreciate the beach theme.  He spoke highly of those who have helped the Gulf coast after the BP oil catastrophe. He was also presented with a key to the city by the Mayor later that afternoon.

The Flaming Lips take psychedelia to a new level.  Though their performance of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in its entirety was a perfect complement to Sunday’s artists, the daylight performance slightly detracted from Wayne Coyne’s quirky stage presence. They performed a handful of The Flaming Lips classics, including “She Don’t Use Jelly” and “Do You Realize??” before cutting into “Dark Side.”

The Dave Matthews Band closed out the weekend with a lengthy three-hour set in typical DMB fashion, squeezing less than 20 tracks into the time slot with plenty of improvised jams. The haze emanating from the crowd matched the smoke from the stage and definitely ended the festival on a high note. DMB gave the crowd a mixture of deeper tracks that should have satisfied the true fans who patiently waited a dozen hours for their set to begin.

Dave Matthews Band at Hangout Music Festival

Dave Matthews Band at Hangout Music Festival

Even the artists were impressed with Hangout. Both Chris Cornell and G. Love tweeted positive impressions about Hangout.  Cornell tweeted that he was impressed and provided a photo of a sign that adorned his dressing lounge, while G. Love wrote, “Are you serious!? This place is crazy Niiice.” Dispatch also claimed they were busy being fans and had to hurry back to the stage to perform.

The 2012 Hangout Festival was an emphatic success. The first day was outstanding and each successive day were just additional reasons to be happy. If I was forced to choose the most frustrating aspect of the festival, it was having to decide which artists to check out in a given time slot.  The latter problem was solved by catching portions of different sets, though sometimes just chilling with the music and sunshine prevailed. The Hangout Music Festival should be a bucket-list event for any Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza regular.

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Crowd photos of Hangout Music Festival


In Photos: Paper Diamond at the Hangout Music Festival 2012

Paper Diamond
Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Paper Diamond Hangout Music Festival 2012

Paper Diamond performed on the third and final day at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Some photos from his set are below.

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In Photos: Skrillex at the Hangout Music Festival 2012

Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Skrillex Hangout Music Festival 2012

Skrillex performs at the 2012 Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Photos of his set and his fans are below.

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B96 Summer Bash Line-up and Ticket Information

B96 Summer Bash
June 16, 2012
Toyota Park
Bridgeview, IL
Tickets: Start at $50 to $100 plus service fees

B96 Summer Bash 2012

The summer concert season has already started with the likes of the Hangout Music Festival and Rock on the Range taking place this weekend and Summer Camp next holiday weekend. What is now a staple of B96.3FM, the B96 Summer Bash is right around the corner.  The Bash takes place June 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois and the bill is a hot one with Flo Rida, The Wanted, Big Time Rush, Sean Paul, Dev, Mike Posner, and internet sensation, Karmin taking the stage and more to be announced. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for free Summer Bash ticket giveaways at locations around Chicago.

The Line-up:
Flo Rida
The Wanted
Big Time Rush
Sean Paul
Mike Posner
& more!

Ticket information from Ticketmaster:

US $50.00 – US $125.00
US $50.00 Ticket + US $10.20 Fees =
US $60.20US $125.00 Ticket + US $12.95 Fees =
US $137.95

US $25.00 – US $85.00
US $25.00 Ticket + US $7.60 Fees =
US $32.60US $85.00 Ticket + US $11.05 Fees =
US $96.05

US $9.63
US $9.63 Ticket + US $7.25 Fees =
US $16.88

Soundset Music Festival 2012 Line-Up and Information

The Soundset Music Festival
Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Doors: 11 A.M.

SoundSet 2012 Music Festival flyer

The fifth installment of the Soundset Music Festival is just over a month away.  The festival kicks off the summer music festivals in the Midwest.  The day will host today’s hottest indie hip hop artists and DJs.  There will be two mainstages and the Fifth Element stage with over 40 artists delivering nearly 9 hours of music.  The electronic/hip hop music fest features headliners, and hometown heroes, Atmosphere and Lupe Fiasco along with Ghostface Killah.

It’s not only about music; the grounds will feature over 200 custom cars. Also on the grounds will be a live painting exhibit, Last of the Record Buyers Production Showcase, and the Skateboard showdown.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased through Ticketweb here. General admission tickets are $28.00 and VIP tickets are $87.00, but only for patrons 18 years or older.

Soundset 2012 Line-up:
Lupe Fiasco
Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
Kendrick Lamar
Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Grieves & Budo
Danny Brown
Big K.R.I.T.
Prof with Dj Fundo
Action Bronson
DJ Premier
I Self Devine
J-Zone (DJ Set)
Chief Kamachi
Paten Locke & Willie Evans Jr are DUMBTRON
Villa Rosa (Muja Messiah & Maria Isa)
The Tribe & Big Cats
Audio Perm
Long Doe (Tony Bones, Big Wiz, & Mike The Martyr)
Auddio Draggon (Gene Poole & Xilam Balam)
Tomorrow Genius
DJ Stage One
Kid Cut Up
DIVINCI (of Solillaquists of Sound)
Los Boogie

Hosted By Brother Ali, MaLLy & J Pratt



Summerfest Announces the Miller Lite Oasis Headliners for 2012!

Summerfest header 2012

It was just last month Summerfest announced their Grounds headliners including big names such as The Avett Brothers, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Joss Stone, and many more.  Today the festival released the headliners for the Miller Lite Oasis stage.  It consists of a diverse group of musicians from pop, DJs, to country music.  There is definitely something for everyone in this bunch.

June 27 10:00 pm Kool & the Gang
June 28 6:30 pm Josh Thompson (Country Throwdown Tour)
8:00 pm Rodney Atkins (Country Throwdown Tour)
10:00 pm Gary Allan (Country Throwdown Tour)
June 29 10:00 pm TBD
June 30 10:00 pm The Roots
July 1 10:00 pm Robyn
July 3 10:00 pm Joe Walsh
July 4 10:00 pm Ziggy Marley
July 5 10:00 pm TBD
July 6 6:30 pm Atmosphere
10:00 pm Paul Oakenfold
July 7 10:00 pm Cake
July 8 10:00 pm Sublime with Rome

For more information on Summerfest and Summerfest tickets, head over to:

2012 Neon Desert Music Festival Line-Up

Neon Desert Music Festival 2012
May 26th 2012
Downtown El Paso, TX
Cleveland Square Park at
510 N. Santa Fe St. El Paso, TX 79901
All Ages
Tickets: $45 to $150 per ticket
Doors: 12 P.M.

Neon Desert 2012 lineupThe Line-up:
Moby’s DJ Set
Ghostland Observatory
Los Bunkers
Sussie 4
Le Butcherettes
The Twelves
La Vida Boheme
The Pinker Tones
Mexican Institute of Sound
Penguin Prison
Class Actress
Zechs Merquise
The D.A.
Toy Selectah
Sound on Sound
Chico Mann
Eureka The Butcher + Sadah Luna
Fixed Idea
Johnny Costello
Dependientes Del Beat
Kontra Golpe Noise Manifesto
Esteban Carrascos

Here is the 2011 Neon Desert recap:


Exitmusic – Passage

Release date: May 22, 2012
Secretly Canadian

Exitmusic, the husband and wife duo of Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino, produce a blend of chill wave meets  apocalyptic crescendo.  Though Aleksa has quite the day job playing Angela Darmody on Boardwalk Empire, she is no actress tinkering at a music side project.  Exitmusic is legit.  Last October they released their debut EP, From Silence, which included “The Modern Age” – the only track that graces their forthcoming full length album Passage.

The title track starts as a little sea foam on the shore and catapults into a crashing chorus.  Aleksa really digs into a guttural vocal delivery with “The Night” as sweet “ha ha ah’s” calm the backing music-scape.  “The City” starts with Aleksa’s numbing vocals then pounds in with drums and guitars, creating a push and pull effect.

Exitmusic is reminiscent of Beach House with a dash of Goldfrapp, but darker and more foreboding.  “The Wanting” is especially atmospheric with repetitive loops.  My favorite track “White Noise”  has Aleksa crooning in desperation as frenetic guitars seem to change her tune to an uplifting cheer.  The now defunct Los Angeles CityBeat described it prefectly as, “mak(ing) me think of two sweet kids strolling hand-in-hand into Armageddon.” Now that’s the perfect exit music.

Track list
The Night
The City
White Noise
The Wanting
The Modern Age
The Cold
Sparks of Light

Tour dates
4.10 – Baton Rouge, LA / Spanish Moon
4.11 – Houston, TX / Fitzgerald’s
4/12 – Austin, TX / Mohawk
4.14 – Fort Worth, TX / Modern Art Museum
4.15 – Kansas City, MO / The Riot Room
4.16 – Denver, CO / Larmier Lounge
4.17 – Salt Lake City, UT / Urban Lounge
4.19 – Los Angeles, CA / Echoplex
4.20 – San Francisco, CA / Rickshaw Stop
4.22 – Portland, OR / Doug Fir Lounge
4.23 – Seattle, WA / The Crocodile
4.24 – Vancouver, BC / The Electric Owl
4.28 – Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall
4.29 – Bloomington, IN / The Bishop
4.30 – Detroit, MI / Magic Stick

5.02 – Toronto, ON / The Hoxton
5.03 – Montreal, QC / La Sala Rossa
5.04 – Allston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
5.05 – New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge

What a comic should sound like?

Geoff Barrow has always made wonderful instrumental music for Beth Gibbons to swoon over. On his new venture alongside Ben Salisbury he has made 19 tracks sans Beth and the clan. Ben and Geoff get together on this album and created all of these tracks keeping instead a comic book in mind, the Judge Dredd comic in particular. The end result is Ben and Geoff’s vision of what “Mega City One” (depicted in the comics) may actually sound like, and I must say it’s a bit creepy. Having never read these particular comics the boys aural exudes suggest a ghost town teetering on the edge of something very peculiar happening very soon. Geoff was a pioneer and founding member in the beloved band Portishead, so unsurprisingly this album has fleeting moments of the same sounds where you can imagine Beth’s voice sweeping in, although for a PHead fan there aren’t nearly enough of these to keep you entertained.

Clearly this was a fun side project for Barrow during off time from Portishead, Anika, and other tinkering projects that keep him busy. Yet except for the track “End Them” none of the tracks feel as though they are full songs. The “songs” feel more like raw interludes for scenes in a horror film, or samples to use for films, none of it feels like when you sit down and listen to a Nine Inch Nails instrumental for example. It’s just a bit of anxiety inducing shuffle music that would work wonderfully in a slicer scene in your next summer slasher film. Yet somehow.. I think this was the exact sound they were going for, this may be exactly what Mega City One is supposed to sound like.

Of Montreal Drop Psychedelic Vibes At The Metro

Of Montreal
Metro – Chicago, IL


Performing to a sold out crowd is an achievement on its own. When you’re of Montreal and have 10 Albums behind it should be more of an expectation. Of Montreal returned to their most loyal city, and Chicago fans playing to a sold out show at the Metro.

Their new Album Paralytic Stalks like most all of the lead singer’s, Kevin Barnes, albums is a personal reflection yet he did mention that It would not be an instantly gratifying collective and that it would take time to take it all in as a whole. Taking this into consideration, it was expected that their tour for Paralytic Stalks would be way chilled out and less theatrical then their past. Yet, compared to other shows they only performed a small fraction of songs from their current album.

Their show started off with “Gelid Ascent”, from Paralytic Stalks, as they introduced colorful projected images onto their set. A dapper Kevin Barnes stepped onstage wearing a trim grey suit while keeping in touch with his signature effeminate stage persona through wearing a red ruffle button up and electric blue eye shadow. While the set tone was bit more serious it did however pick up as they performed songs from their past albums. There were even a few appearances by their imaginative creations which consisted of white creatures and the infamous human pigs which were a main attraction on their last tour. They finished off a fun set with “The Past is A Grotesque Animal.” Yet they hit their high when they came back onstage for an encore which consisted of a potpourri of songs from their album “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?” It was the highlight of the show as they danced on stage with their mythical creatures while confetti explosions went off.

While this tour was more subtle and less outrageous then their past, Of Montreal seem to release a new album almost every year. It will be interesting to see what they’ll have for us next.

Photos from Of Montreal’s set in Chicago:

Goose Island’s 312 Can Launch Party

Goose Island’s 312 Can launch Party
The Cubby  Bear – Wrigleyville
Time: 8 P.M. to Close
Tickets: Free to attend
On the bill:
The Shermer High School Band

The Goose Island 312 can launch is Wednesday, March 21 at the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville.  The entertainment for the night includes The Shermer High School Band, which is a hybrid of Chicago musicians from Kill Hannah, Hey Champ, Ghosthouse, Local H, The Lovehammars, Gemini Club, Handsome Devilz, Streets on Fire, Who’s This Mary, and more.   The set list will include songs from the movie Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Weird Science, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Also on the bill is Chicago’s DJ duo, Ghosthouse, Merplay, DJ Tim Pogo, and Heaven Malone.

It’s not all about the bands as there will be raffles including 312 Urban Bike, Cubs opening day tickets, and VIP tickets to Summer Camp Music Festival.

The night is free to the public that is 21 and over.  RSVP at for raffle entries and RSVP your spot for the night HERE!

312 Can Launch Party 2-21-2012 poster

Korn Brings “The Path of Totality Tour” to the Midwest

The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

KORN The Rave Milwaukee Jonathan

Coming off of the first leg of their The Path of Totality tour, Korn issued a challenge to DJ’s everywhere; Remix ‘Get Up’ or ‘Narcissistic Cannibal’, be Korn’s favorite, win a spot to DJ a live show.  This challenge was met with mass response and one lucky artist, DJ Maximillian from Maryland, was the winner.  Korn’s February 25th Milwaukee stop on the second leg of their tour was the show DJ Maximillian was privileged to mix at – much to the crowd’s dissatisfaction.

KORN The Rave Milwaukee FieldyMaximillian made 2 critical mistakes.  The first, he began his set nearly twenty minutes late.  The crowd was already anxious for the show to begin and was getting restless.  Several persons stumbled around already half in the bag and security was cracking down on all the smokers in the crowd.  The second was the taunting Maximillian gave the crowd when they began to boo him.  Rather than take it in stride and joke it away, he encouraged the negative reaction and lost the crowd even further.  While his striking personality didn’t win him any fans, one must admit that he certainly had potential.  With heavy beats and fantasy filled mixes Maximillian could produce a great album, if he could just get his transitions to run smooth rather than jerking his listeners from one sequence into the next.

Maximillian aside, J Devil (Jonathan Davis) and good friend Sluggo worked the crowd back into a very satisfied frenzy, amping up mosh pits and prepping fans for the main act to come.  Every fan of Korn and electronic music should take the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the inner workings of J Devil.  J Devil’s sound is reminiscent of Take a Look in the Mirror meets electronic goodness with the recognizable sounds of Korn’s thick chords and heavy bass.

The tardiness seen in DJ Maximillian’s set continued on to be the poor habit of the evening with Korn pushing their set back nearly a half hour and then leaving a mostly lit stage to speak for itself for an additional five minutes before making an appearance.  However, once on the stage Jonathan Davis, Munky, Fieldy and drummer Ray Luzier delivered a high energy, bass pounding show that began as vibrations in your feet and built until it was reverberating through your eyes, as always.

KORN The Rave Milwaukee MunkeyOpening with early fan favorite ‘Predictable’, Jonathan Davis appeased to fans with gut wrenching emotion before quickly moving through classics on each album adding the new sounds of electro into the mix.  But the electro sound wasn’t the only new addition to Korn’s stage show.  An increased amount of strobe lighting and a very much missing vaporizer as is generally standard visible set equipment for Davis were definitely different this time around.  Perhaps the vocalist has finally got a handle on his lungs.  Given the number of dates behind the band on the first leg of this tour and the missing equipment going into the second leg, one can only hope.

After tearing through head-banging beloved singles and leaving no safe place to stand, Korn finished hard with ‘Blind’, yet another classic from their first self-titled album.  The band’s energy level never slipped and Jonathan Davis closed the show with a wide spread grin on his face that almost screamed ‘Thank you’.

Photos from KORN’s set at the Rave:

Free Music Download: Scissor Sisters Remix of School of Seven Bells’ “Lafaye”

School of Seven Bells Lafaye Scissor Sisters Remix cover

Their current single is “Lafaye” and the Scissor Sisters has picked it up and remixed the track, which is currently included on School of Seven Bells’ upcoming release Ghostory. Ghostory is due out 2/28, but fans can pick up “Lafaye” on iTunes now and the Scissor Sisters’ remix is available as a free download here or click on the link below.

Free Music Download: School of Seven Bells – Lafaye (Scissor Sisters Remix)

Also check out School of Seven Bells’ “That Night” HERE!

Free Music Download: MIMOSA’s “Future Trill Mixxx”


He’s been out tearing up the road with Lunice and Kastle, but that hasn’t stopped MIMOSA from creating a mixtape for his fans. He premiered Future Trill MIXXX on URB last week and it’s still available for download.

 Free Music Download: MIMOSA’s Future Trill MIXXX

Also available as a free download is MIMOSA’s remix of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Niggas in Paris.” (Download below)

Free Music Download: MIMOSA’s “Niggas in Paris”

1. NiNA SiM0NE – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2. THE T0UCH – Bodies Waiting (FRENCH FRiES REMiX)
3. DARK SKY – Be Myself
4. MiM0SA – Pink Sprite
5. DiSCL0SURE – I Love… That You Know
6. STAGGA – Wild For The Night (D0SHY REMiX)
7. LUNiCE – I See U (GiRL UNiT REMiX)
8. TEETH – Shawty
9. JAY-Z KANYE WEST – Niggas In Paris (MiM0SA REMiX)
10. MiM0SA – Ice Box
11. AFRiKA HiTECH – Out In The Streets
12. MiM0SA – Dirty Money
13. Sleepyhead – Summer Lovin
Future Trill’s Remaining  Dates for the Sanctuary Tour:
January 24 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
January 25 Lyric Theater – Oxford, MS
January 26 The Valarium – Knoxville, TN
January 27 Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
January 28 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
January 29 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

Porcelain Black Naughty Naughty R3hab Remix

Porcelain Black Naughty Remix

Porcelain Black - Naughty (R3hab’s Pacha NYC 6AM Remix) by R3HAB

Dutch house DJ R3hab has taken the opportunity to put his own spin on Porcelain Black’s latest single “Naughty Naughty,” which climbs the Billboard Dance/Club chart this week to #13. R3hab’s ‘Pacha NYC 6AM’ mix takes Porcelain’s naughty, heavy club track and cranks the volume to high.

R3hab, who has provided remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, LMFAO, and Rihanna, often gets spins by DJs as notable as David Guetta, Tiesto, and Swedish House Mafia. His “Naughty Naughty” remix is streaming now on his official Soundcloud.

Be sure to grab the original “Naughty Naughty” now on iTunes, and visit Porcelain Black’s official siteFacebook and Twitter.

Official Site:

Free Music Download: Expensive Looks’ “Moving Visions”

Alec Feld Expensive Look

Credit Jolene Kao

Expensive Looks is set to release this debut album, Dark Matters,  January 17 on Group Tightener.  Off Dark Matters comes his single Moving Visions” and is available as a free download from You can also listen and download the track below:

Moving Visions by Expensive Looks

Free Music Download: Expensive Looks “Moving Visions” 

For more information:
More streaming and downloadable tracks:

Video: Freezepop’s “Doppelganger”

Freezepop’s “Doppelganger” Music Video

Freezepop’s newest single “Doppelganger” now has a video, and is also a free download -see below! The single is off of their album, Imaginary Friends. The video is directed by Mike Gill at

The gang also have a couple dates for the New Year and in January. The information is below:

New Year’s Eve in Boston: at At Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave. With Mean Creek, Kingsley Flood, and Bodega Girls DJ set. Doors at 8, we’re on at 11:30 to start the new year off right! 18+, $15. Advance tickets recommended, available here:

Saturday, January 21 in NYC: at At STIMULATE’s “Wicked Winter Wonderland Ball IV”… Mark your calendars, more details on this one coming very, very soon…

Freezepop on the Net:

Die Antwoord’s “TEN$ION” Set to Release 2/7/2012

Die Antwoord tension cover

Johannesburg (SA)…Die Antwoord will release their sophomore album, TEN$ION, on February 7th, 2012. The follow-up to their 2010 debut, $0$, the zef rap-rave crew also plans to hit the States for a U.S. tour beginning February 9 in Philadelphia.

Die Antwoord came together in 2008 in South Africa and consists of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek. Their debut album,$O$, was first made available February 2010 as a free download on their official website, and the band launched their first music videos, “Enter the Ninja” and “Zefside” on DIEANTWOORD.COM. That month DIEANTWOORD.COM received over 41 million hits and the server broke.

TEN$ION was recorded and produced in South Africa by DJ Hi-Tek with additional production by Ninja. TEN$ION ispresented by ZEF Records, in association with Good Smile, and distributed globally by Downtown Records and COOP Music, Die Antwoord se rympies sal jou fokken kop skop.


02.09.12 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
02.10.12 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
02.11.12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

02.12.12 – Washington D.C. – 930 Club
02.14.12 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre

02.15.12 – Chicago, IL – Metro

02.18.12 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
02.19.12 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
02.22.12 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

02.20.12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market

02.22.12 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
02.24.12 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
02.25.12 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

In Photos: Caspa at the Rave

The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

All photos by Martha Kubica

Caspa The Rave Milwaukee
CASPA Live Mix June 2011 by Caspaofficial

Dupstep is hot right now, it’s so hot it’s leaked into the heavy metal genre, thanks Korn! Caspa is currently taking his rig on the road and hitting the United States. On Saturday night he played The Rave up in Milwaukee. Check out some photos below of his set. More US tour dates are also below.

Photos of Caspa below:

Caspa on his US Tour:

Caspa @ Mezzanine
12/20 11:00pm

Caspa @ Voyeur
12/21 11:00pm

Caspa @ Republic
12/22 11:00pm

Caspa @ Webster Hall
12/23 11:00pm

Caspa @ Commonwealth
12/27 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Starlite
12/28 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Gossip
12/29 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Avalon
12/30 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Dallas Convention Center
12/31 at 11:00pm

Free Music Download: Atmosphere’s “Somebody, MN”

Atmosphere Welcome to Minnesota TourAtmosphere is from Minnesota so the track “Somebody, MN” is only appropriate for this duo.  The duo also decided to embark on a tour of Minnesota with some friends starting in February.  They are being joined on tour with Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters, and MaLLY.  Not all of us can head up to Minnesota, so Atomosphere released “Somebody, MN” as a free download for fans.  The download link is below:

Free Music Download: Atmosphere’s “Somebody, MN”

Atmosphere’s “Somebody, MN” Stream:
Somebody, MN feat. Atmosphere, Kill The Vultures, Big Quarters & MaLLy by rhymesayers

If you are lucky enough to be in Minnesota, check out the tour dates below to catch the dynamic duo on on the Welcome To Minnesota Tour:
2.20 – Mankato, MN – Verizon Wireless Center Ballroom
2.21 – Bemidji, MN – Sanford Center Ballroom
2.22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
2.23 – Duluth, MN – Clyde Iron Works
2.25 – Rochester, MN – Mayo Civic Center Auditorium
2.26 – St. Cloud, MN – Atwood Center Ballroom @ SCSU

Tickets are officially on sale here –

Free Music Download: Cairo Knife Fight’s “The Origin Of Slaves”

Cairo Knife Fight is Nick Gaffaney on Drums/Vocals/Bass/Loops and Aaron Tokona – on Guitars/Vocals.  This electro power rock duo hail from Christchurch, New Zealand and as they note on their Facebook Page, “This is a band page. That means we are a band. Contrary to popular opinion; we are not a cult.”

The duo are about to make their huge US debut in 2012 at the SXSW music festival in Austin.  To prep the US for their arrival they released “The Origin Of Slaves,” off their EP II,  as a free music download.  At first listen I completely see how these guys opened for Foo Fighters.  They have a huge sound for being a power rock duo.

You can check the song out via YouTube (below) or just take my word for it and download the track!

Cairo Knife Fight II EP Cover




Free Music Download: Cairo Knife Fight’s “The Origin Of Slaves”

When you arrive at the landing page, right click to download track.


Cairo Knife Fight’s “The Origin Of Slaves” Official Music Video:

Sundae Sessions: Cairo Knife Fight “The Violence Of Action”

Free Music Download & Music Video: The Good Natured’s “Video Voyeur”

The Good Natured VV Polaroids BWThe electro-pop trio, The Good Natured, recently released their video for “Video Voyeur” on Buzznet. The band is letting their fans download (the song) “Video Voyeur” for free. You can go here to take them up on that free download! You can see the video below. They are also headed out on a US tour starting in January. The dates for that tour are also below.

The Good Natured’s “Video Voyeur” Music Video

The Good Natured – Remixes
The Good Natured - Remixes by The Good Natured

The Good Natured U.S. Tour Dates:
January 16: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
January 17: Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
January 19: San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
January 20: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
January 23: Performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Good Natured Online:

Free Music Download: Far East Movement’s “Bump From The Trunk Vol. 1”

far east movement bump from the trunk vol. 1 dirty bass coverFar East Movement just released their mixtape Bump From The Trunk Vol. 1 off Cherrytree Records. The mixtape is available as a free download. It  features the likes of Pitbull, and DJ Virman seamlessly blends club smashes, fresh new hip-hop and classic hip-hop trunk rattlers. It is a preview of what’s to come off their album, Dirty Bass. Dirty Bass isn’t a far cry from their last album, Free Wired,  that featured their hits “Girls On The Dance Floor,” “Like A G6” and “So What.” The full length album is set to release in early 2012. Get your fix of Far East Movement by downloading Bump from The Trunk Vol.1 below!


Bump From The truck Vol. 1 Mixtape Tracklist:

01. Dirty Bass Intro

02. Far East Movement – Jello (Feat. Rye Rye)

03. L’Trimm – Cars With The Boom

04. Far East Movement – Girls On The Dance Floor

05. Lil John & The Eastside Boyz – Stick That Thang Out

06. Bart B More & Harvard Bass – Listen To This

07. Bassjackers and Ralvero – Bang Like A

08. Outkast (Feat. Sleepy Brown) – The Way You Move

09. Ralvero – Switch That Bass

10. 2 Live Crew – Too Much Booty In The Pants

11. Skylar Grey vs. Dirty South – Invisible (TONIC Bootleg)

12. DJ Fist – Suppabass (Mario Ochoa Remix)

13. INOJ – My Boo (Solly Remix)

14. Sidney Samson & The Flexican – Do You Like Bass

15. Shinichi Osawa – Addicted To The Bassline

16. Gucci Crew II – Sally That Girl

17. Bart B More, Drop The Lime & AC Slater – The Bass

18. Drake (Feat. Nicki Minaj) – Make Me Proud

19. Drumsound & Bassline S – Freak (Bassjackers Remix)

20. Don Diablo – Blow (Sidney Samson Remix)

21. Tocadisco vs. Demark – Drop The Bass Wild Out

22. Tai – Big Bass Drum (Bart M More Remix)

23. Sole Fusion – Bass Tone (Chocolate Puma Remix)

24. INOJ – Let Me Love You Down

25. Artistic Raw – Sunset Bass

26. Far East Movement (Feat. Pitbull) – Candy

27. Wreckx N Effect – Rump Shaker

28. Far East Movement – So What

29. Da Brat – Funkdafied

30. Bassnectar – Upside Down

31. Evol Intent – Paradize City

32. Jay Z and Kanye West – Paris

33. Far East Movement – Like A G6 (Titch Dubstep Remix)

34. Rock-It! Scientists (Feat. ASAP, Martin Solveig & Dragonette) – About My Business

35. Big Sean – Dance

36. I Love Big Speakers Bass Test

37. Far East Movement – Jello

Flashback Fridays: Crystal Waters’ “100% Pure Love”

Crystal Waters’ “100% Pure Love” Music Video:

Crystal Waters’ first Billboard hit wasn’t even supposed to be for her. She originally wrote “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” for Ultra Nate, but the label was so stunned by the song they wanted Crystal to sing it herself. the song reached the #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. “100% Pure Love” lived on the charts for 45 weeks and peaked at #11.

What’s Crystal up to now? She’s teamed up with Yolanda Be Cool for “Le Bump.” You can hear the clip below:
Yolanda Be Cool "Le Bump" Ft Crystal Waters (Original) [PREVIEW] by Globalprpool

According to Crystal’s Twitter account it sounds like Crystal and CeCe Peniston teamed up for a couple shows, but apparently they are the only ones that knew when and where, because I’ve check both of their sites and came up empty. It’s a shame because that would be a show I wouldn’t miss!

Fun Facts About Crystal Waters:
-Crystal’s Great Aunt was one of the first African American vocalists to appear in mainstream Hollywood musicals.
-Her father was Junior Waters who was a famed Jazz musician.
-She studied Computer Science at Howard University
-Crystal also recorded a song under a different name, Chrissy Ward.

Chrissy Ward (aka Crystal Waters) “Right and Exact” Music Video:

Crystal Waters Online:

Video: The Ting Tings’ “Hang it Up”

The Ting Tings are back with some new music! YAY! the Ting Tings debuted their newest video “Hang it Up” on Jay-Z’s Life and Times blog. What a way to make a grand entrance for a new music video. It was back in late 2010 they dropped their uber catchy single “Hands.” You may have caught it on tv on “So You Think You Can Dance.” It was the first single released off their upcoming album.

Listen The Ting Tings’ “Hands” Video: (warning: this video will make you dance)

Thomas Dolby releasing first album in 20 years, giving special performance Oct. 7 in Chicago

By Eric Schelkopf at The Total Scene

Thomas Dolby

It only makes sense that the man who wrote the song “She Blinded Me With Science” went on to form the tech company Beatnik Inc., which created the ringtone synthesizer embedded in more than three billion mobile phones shipped by Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson and others.

Now retired from Beatnik, Thomas Dolby,,on Oct. 25 will release his first new studio album in 20 years, “A Map Of The Floating City,” featuring such guest stars as Mark Knopfler, Regina Spektor, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Woolley and Imogen Heap. He worked on the album in a studio he built aboard a 1930s lifeboat in the garden of his beach house in England.

In addition, Dolby in June debuted “The Floating City” transmedia game, a living world that changes and reacts to player contributions.

Dolby will give a special solo performance and lecture Oct. 7 at Martyr’s, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.
The show starts at 6:15 p.m., and tickets are $17, available at

I had the chance to talk to Dolby about a variety of  topics, including his view of the changing music industry.

Total Scene – I saw a YouTube video of you and Imogen Heap talking about the song, “The Toad Lickers.” It looks like you had a fun time making this album.

Thomas Dolby – Yeah, it’s been really good fun. I’ve been away from music for a while. I’m finding that I’m having a lot of fun doing it, and it’s really nice to be back and I’m not feeling at all jaded.

To read the full interview go to The Total Scene.

Video: Grieves “Boogie Man”

Boogie Man was shot in 24 hours in upstate New York. Grieves states that the outcome of the final video was curated by “sleep deprivation + incredible direction + the most talented child actor I’ve ever seen.” The video is “a truly special thing filled with innocence, intrigue, and a window back into the part of childhood that we remember with joy and terror all at once.” “Boogie Man” is off of Grieves Together/Apart album that made it’s way up to the #1 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart earlier this year.

Grieves is currently on his first headlining tour with the support of Prof  & The MC Type.

FEATURING: Grieves with Budo, Prof & The MC Type
9/21 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada – Amigos**
9/22 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada – Pyramid Cabaret**
9/23 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater*
9/24 – Duluth, MN – University of Minnesota – Duluth
9/25 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
9/26 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
9/27 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
9/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
9/29 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
9/30 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
10/1 – Sioux Falls, SD – Boonies Bar
10/2 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/3 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
10/5 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
10/6 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
10/7 – Durango, CO – The Abbey Theatre
10/11 – Jackson, WY – Q Roadhouse
10/12 – Billings, MT – Manny’s
10/13 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat
10/14 – Boise, ID – The Reef
10/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
10/17 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
10/18 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
10/19 – Scottsdale, AZ – Chaser’s
10/20 – West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
10/21 – Las Vegas, NV – Copa Room
10/22 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
10/23 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Company
10/24 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium
10/25 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
10/26 – Sparks, NV – The Alley
10/28 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo House of Music
* without Prof
** without The MC Type

Lady Gaga “Yoü And I” Remixes

Lady Gaga You and I remixes

Sometimes the remixes are better than the original! Take a listen to Metronomy and Wild Beasts remixes of  “Yoü And I” from Gaga below.   “Yoü And I” is her latest single and is now available to purchase on iTunes with  seven brand new versions.  The remixes are from  Wild Beasts, Mark Taylor, 10 Kings, ATB, Metronomy, Danny Verde, and Hector Fonseca.

Yoü And I (Metronomy Remix)

Yoü And I (Wild Beasts Remix)