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  1. Today
  2. You haven’t really lived until you’ve witnessed a jet of flame or blast from a CO2 cannon that almost knocks you off your feet when watching your favourite act and a good part of the reason why they are a mainstay at various festivals around the world and more often here in Australia. Cue James Christofides of Aus FX knows a thing or two about both having been officially in the game for some 15 years now (not including dabbling around as a kid without mum knowing) who gives us his take on the allure, the power of pressing that button as well as a big project he’s working on ahead of the Electric Gardens tour that’ll feature some pretty bad ass cannons. SR: How long have you been involved in pyro/CO2 for? What started it all? CO2: Officially, it’s been 15 years. Unofficially, closer to 20. I loved to play with fire as a kid, as a lot of kids do. I then realised I could turn it into a job, and from then on you couldn’t stop me. Its hard to put into words, but its something about being able to play with all that energy. And the adrenalin of a gig is something else. It feels pretty good when you press a button and the crowd goes crazy. SR: What do you think draws people in when it comes to CO2 cannons during performances? CO2: It’s the intensity of the effect. They’re loud, fast, and always increase the energy of a drop. SR: Whats next for CO2 and pyro?? Any predictions for fans to be ready for? CO2: Well we’re making the cryo a little more interactive for Electric Gardens. Get front row if you want a new hair-do. If it’s a hot day, your gonna love it. SR: How does the Amnesia CO2 cannons stack up globally? Are they the biggest/baddest Australia has seen? CO2: These are custom made in Australia specifically for this festival. We’ve taken our regular AusJet and made it two and a half times bigger. I don’t know of anyone building anything similar here in Australia. So there you have it, when watching those beautiful plumes of CO2 blast skyward think of James blowing stuff up as a kid and know that dreams do come true. As mentioned above, he’ll be manning the Amnesia Stage at this years Electric Gardens festival that’ll feature sets from Patrick Topping (3 hours), Eats Everything, Sigma, Grum and many, many more. Source
  3. It’s no secret that Excision has appealed to the masses for some time now. His productions have convinced headbangers to flock from all around the world to witness the come up. Excision solidifies the idea that he’s the whole package. Known as a top notch producer and flawless event planner, his projects have only increased in size and quality. The year of 2017 will always be the moment when Excision’s grand ideas really started to take hold. The details surrounding Lost Lands are always promised to be top notch in terms of atmosphere, lineup and production scale. The first year included 1,000,000 watts of bass alongside artists like Destroid, Kill The Noise, Funtcase, Rezz, Boogie T and so many more. The addition of massive, interactive dinosaur replicas is one that brings old history to life in the current day. While Lost Lands succeeded the high expectations, it became known that Excision had more plans for the festival scene. Fast forward to 2018, the glorious year Excision announced he was bringing Bass Canyon to Washington. The inaugural Bass Canyon was set to take place at The Gorge Amphitheater. Known as the most scenic venue in the country, the overwhelming excitement of Bass Canyon finding a home at The Gorge was impressive. Aside from having all of this on his plate, Excision is still loyal to his annual tour dates. The Apex Tour is one of many ventures Excision has planned for 2019. Excision Apex Tour Featuring none other than Sullivan King, Squanto and Hesh as Excision’s support it’s without a doubt this will be his best tour to date. You can expect up to 250,000 bone crushing watts of PK sound. Among the included dozens of tour stops you can see the Apex tour in states like Nevada, New York, Chicago and Ohio. Grab this filthy free download from Hesh. To prep you for the madness, we’ve listed some of the most recent releases from the man himself. Excision – Apex Excision & Dion Timmer – Dab it ft. Kid Capri Excision – Lost Lands 2018 mix  Follow Excision: Facebook Instagram Twitter SoundCloud The post Excision’s Apex Tour And Festival Plans Are Ready To Take Over 2019 appeared first on EDM | Electronic Music | EDM Music | EDM Festivals | EDM Events. Source
  4. In what appears to be a side step away from pill testing, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has introduced even more red tape for music festivals moving forward in NSW. Dubbed a ‘Special Liquor License’, music festivals from March 1st this year will need to apply and be approved by a panel of selected experts, anticipated to include NSW Health, Police, Ambulance as well as Liquor and Gaming NSW, before a licence can be issued. While the government decides how they will structure the new license, there are some temporary conditions that festivals must provide a designated area assigned with doctors, nurses and paramedics to help punters who aren’t feeling well have the help they might require and access to free water stations. Failure of the above could lead to jail time of up to 12 months or fines up to $100,000 for those who don’t adhere to the strict guidelines. With an added layer of paper work, are these laws designed to strangle the business viability of holding a music festival, like the lockout laws? The regulation comes as The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a peak body that represents 17,000 doctors wrote an open letter to state heads saying they support pill testing in Australia with their own guidelines. They join the below authorities in health and policing; Australian Medical Association National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Palmer ACT Chief Health Commissioner Dr Paul Kelly Independent MP Doctor Kerryn Phelps NZ Police Commissioner Stuart Nash Music event and festival organisers The Greens European counterparts UK Festival organisers Source
  5. This week, Second Lady Karen Pence took a job at a private school that seeks to exclude homosexual and transgender students and staff members. The move was met with backlash by supporters of LGBTQ rights: GLAAD lambasted Pence for “discriminating against LGBTQ students,” while the ACLU said Pence was “sending a terrible message to students… and disavow[ing] LGBTQ youth.” Lady Gaga, herself a staunch advocate for LGBTQ equality, ripped both Karen Pence and her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, during a concert in Las Vegas on Saturday Night. While performing the song “Million Reasons”, Gaga paused to say: “To Mike Pence, who thinks it’s acceptable that his wife work at a school that bans LGBTQ, you are wrong. You say we should not discriminate against Christianity; you are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian. I am a Christian woman and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace Mr. Pence and you can look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.” Gaga also went after Donald Trump for his role in the ongoing government shutdown: “If the fucking president of the United States could please put our government back in business… There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money.” Watch video of Gaga’s comments below. In defending his wife, Vice President Pence said in a statement, “To see major news organizations attacking Christian education, is deeply offensive to us.” He added, “We have a rich tradition in America of Christian education and, frankly, religious education broadly defined. We celebrate it. The freedom of religion is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution prohibits a religious test for holding a public office and so we’ll let the other critics roll off our back, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.” Source
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  7. If you haven’t seen the Fyre Festival documentaries on Hulu and Netflix, you definitely should get caught up. Either way, Ja Rule is weighing in on the whole ordeal from his perspective. That’s really all the entertainment you need. The rapper is speaking out, criticizing the bias of both documentaries and explaining his side of how it all went down. Ja Rule swears he would “never scam” or “fraud” anyone. “What sense does that make???” His counterpart and the true mastermind behind Fyre, Billy McFarland is currently serving out a six year sentence in prison on multiple accounts of fraud. “Hulu PAID BILLY!!!” Ja adds. “That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas… Netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival… the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok…” Near the end of Netflix’s Fyre documentary, Ja Rule is heard talking to Fyre employees following the disaster festival. They question the lies and the deception that knowingly went on during production process. “That’s not fraud,” Ja Rule says with confidence. That’s more like “false advertising” in his eyes. Anyways, Ja Rule still stands by his idea for a visionary music event. Fyre was meant to be a festival like no other. Most importantly, he has receipts. Ja Rule Talks Fyre Festival Documentaries I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers… — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make??? — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 And you still don’t know shit… https://t.co/W2F3VdankQ — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 @Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas… @netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival… the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok… — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 I have receipts!!! — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 Y’all need Jesus… — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 Haha nice try homie you ain’t getting the goods over Twitter… but I will tell my truth real soon… AND I HAVE RECEIPTS!!! https://t.co/O03JD3VQOl — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 https://t.co/1g7sAH2gxu — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Ja Rule Sounds Off About Fyre Docs: “I Have Receipts” Source
  8. No one knows just how hot a car left in the sun can get than Australians. Every time we hop in the car thoughts of cracking an egg on the dashboard flash through our minds, getting branded with the seatbelt is a natural coming of age tradition and the sun’s reflection on the paint is brighter than my future. One Victorian cafe owner discovered just how hot temperatures can get, as she left a raw steak in her car and came back to discover it had been cooked all the way through. “Yesterday at 11am I put a porterhouse steak in my car which was parked in the shade and left it until 4pm,” the cafe wrote. “It was very well done upon my return.” “With this heatwave please remember never to leave children, elderly or animals in the car,” the post continued. “Always check on elderly neighbours, ensure your pets have a way to keep cool and cool drinking water.” A number of people were quick to call bullshit on the sun’s ability to cook a completely raw steak all the way through, but the cafe owner remained adamant that she was telling the truth. “I also wasn’t sure what would happen when I put it in there either. I was just as shocked at the result as many others have been,” they wrote. “I also believe we’re straying from my initial reason for doing such a thing, I wanted to remind people how dangerous this heat can be and that as a community we should be looking out for one another.” Here here. Source
  9. Dillon Francis‘ produced work will soon be heard on the big screen, but it’s not what you’d expect. It’s far, far, more catchy than any of his songs to date. In the teaser below, his new song made especially for the The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is revealed. Dillon Francis, T-Pain, and That Girl Lay Lay collaborate for what’s debatably the catchiest song of all time. It has the kind of appeal of “Let It Go,” the overwhelmingly popular and overplayed song from Frozen. “This is fucking awesome,” Dillon shares on Twitter. “I got to make the lead song for the new Lego Movie.” He gives fair warning, “So if it gets stuck inside ur head and you want to punch me in the face I’m sorry.” But, we gotta admit — it’s catchy af. Borderline annoying even. The kind of song that you’ll either love, or love to hate. But, catchy. Seriously though, nobody would be able to pull off a theme song like this the way Dillon Francis has done. Play at your own risk — because this will be stuck in your head for a while. Dillon Francis – “Catchy Song” featuring T-Pain and That Girl Lay Lay This is fucking awesome I got to make the lead song for the new Lego Movie w @TPAIN & @ThatGirlLayLay2 … so if it gets stuck inside ur head and you want to punch me in the face I’m sorry (you gotta admit tho it’s catchy af) pic.twitter.com/U5EyxkFDaL — Dillon Francis (@DillonFrancis) January 18, 2019 Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Dillon Francis Shares His Theme Song For New Lego Movie ft. T-Pain & It’s Catchy AF Source
  10. Many musicians have publicly distanced themselves from R Kelly amidst allegations of sexual abuse. Even French Montana, who initially defended the embattled R&B singer, later issued a statement to express his support for Kelly’s alleged victims. There is, however, at least one musician still willing to defend Kelly. While performing in Chicago on Saturday night, Erykah Badu paused her concert to “say a prayer right now for [Kelly].” Badu initially acknowledged Kelly’s allegations — “I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things we’ve seen on TV.” However, after some audience members began shouting, “Fuck him!”, Badu seemed to jump to Kelly’s defense. “That’s not love. What if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly grows up to become an offender?” Badu asked. “We gonna crucify them too? How do we do this? Just something to think about.” Badu acknowledged that her comments would be met with criticism. “They’re about to R Kelly me to death on the Internet,” she quipped, before adding, “I just want peace and love for everybody, healing for everybody. Healing for those who’ve been hurt, because everyone who’s been involved has been hurt.” TMZ obtained video of Badu’s remarks, which you can watch below. As you’ll see, several audience members can be heard expressing their frustration with Badu and pleading with her to move on. Badu’s on-stage comments arrive only three days after she raised eyebrows with an Instagram post that similarly offered her support for Kelly. “Having eyes that can see all points of view is a blessing… and a curse in the court of public opinion,” she wrote in a caption. When a fan accused her of supporting a “rapist and paedophile as your brother,” Badu responded: “Correction, love has little to do with supporting others’ bad choices. Love is wisdom.” At the 2015 Soul Train Awards, Badu introduced Kelly by saying he “has done more for black people than anyone.” It should be noted that Badu was one of many celebrities who declined to take part in Lifetime’s Surviving R Kelly docu-series. Source
  11. Jauz wowed us with his 23-track concept album The Wise and the Wicked. His debut was all-encompassing in terms of his sound, artistic direction, and experimentation. With such a huge release under his belt, fans were excited to hear more — but we have some bad news and some good news about that. First, the bad news. Jauz might have to say goodbye to all of the new stuff he had written throughout 2018. It sounds like some sort of computer issue has caused him to lose his everything he was working on. According to a tweet straight from the source, his most recent material is gone. Now, for the good news. This means a fresh start for the producer. Of course, it’s not an easy thing as an artist to lose everything you’ve been working toward, especially over a technical problem. Honestly though, producers only get better with time. Hopefully this new start gives Jauz a new perspective on his music. He leaves us with a bit of advice — “Back up your computers kids.” So sorry to hear this, Jauz — but we know you’ll still deliver. Well, might have to say goodbye to all the music I’ve written from 2018 to now (that hasn’t come out yet)…. so much good stuff in the dirt. Back up ur computers kids. Time for a fresh start I guess — JAUZ (@Jauzofficial) January 19, 2019 :'( that’s why my best friend’s name is WD Easystore 4 TB External HDD – WDBKUZ0040BBK – USB 3.0 — TUCKER (@JERICHO) January 19, 2019 Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Ugh, Jauz Just Lost All Of The New Music He’s Been Working On Source
  12. One of Ozzy Osbourne’s most infamous onstage incidents happened on January 20th, 1982, when the Prince of Darkness bit the head off a bat during a show at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa. Now, to mark the anniversary of the occasion, Ozzy is hawking a new plush toy bat with a detachable head! It’s fitting that the metal legend is selling a toy bat, as he originally thought that a fan had thrown a rubber bat onstage, hence biting the head off without thinking twice. It was only later that he realized it was a real bat, and the incident made headlines all over the world, and has been associated wit the iconic rocker ever since. In a tweet promoting the plush bat, Ozzy writes, “Today marks the 37th Anniversary since I bit a head off a f*cking bat! Celebrate with this commemorative plush with detachable head.” The Tweet also shows an animated GIF showing the head detaching from the rest of the toy. Today marks the 37th Anniversary since I bit a head off a f*cking bat! Celebrate with this commemorative plush with detachable head.https://t.co/Of23jCDtaa pic.twitter.com/U8ZkmOYOey — Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) January 20, 2019 On the merch page where the toy bat is for sale for $40 (but sadly already sold out), the description reads, “The Ozzy Osbourne Plush Bat is a web exclusive. Bring the legendary moment in rock history to life with this soft toy Plush Bat, featuring the Ozzy Osbourne logo and a velcro detachable head.” Ozzy seems to be in a giving mood these days. Yesterday, we reported that he granted his terminally ill former drummer Lee Kerslake’s dying wish by sending him platinum discs for the albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Ozzfest NYE Promo Metallica’s Top 5 Songs Tour Preview: Bring Me the Tool’s Top 5 Music Videos Favorite Setlist.fm Music Moments in Source
  13. It’s always a parade of chaos with Roseanne Barr. Not surprisingly, her recent interview with Israel Hayom (via The Hollywood Reporter) did not disappoint as the disgraced comedian blasted Natalie Portman, defended Kevin Hart, and even tossed her longtime co-star John Goodman under the bus. Barr took on Portman for declining to attend an Israeli ceremony last April, where she was to be the recipient of the Genesis Prize Laureate. At the time, Portland explained she did not want to take part in a ceremony that involved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “It was really sickening, I find her repulsive,” Barr said of Portman’s actions. “She was raised in incredible privilege of safety in the Jewish state and knows nothing about anti-Semitism.” Portman was born in Jerusalem and moved to the United States at age three. “She’s the darling of the left here, the Jewish left in Hollywood,” Barr continued, “she is a complete hypocrite who grew up in safety and privilege, like I said before, and knows nothing about what she speaks of.” On the topic of Hart, who recently experienced windfall for his controversial remarks on Twitter, Barr feels he should be forgiven. “Largely they’re digging up things that people did 15 and 20 years ago,” she argued. “Kevin Hart, his statements were really old and people grow up and change, and he did say he was sorry over and over.” In 2018, Barr was fired from Roseanne for tweeting racially insensitive remarks about Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Her firing resulted in the cancellation of the series, which has since led to the spinoff program, The Conners. Last week, Goodman appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he admitted that “he really missed her this year” while filming the new spinoff series. Barr responded to those remarks by saying, “That was sweet of him but he should’ve fought harder for me,” She doesn’t blame him, though, as she went on to digress: “But nobody fights for anybody in Hollywood because it’s you next if you do. It’s very much a culture of fear and mind control and it’s run by people without a lot of ethics.” Later this month, Barr will visit Israel as a guest of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network organization to speak out against the ensuing boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement currently going on against the country. Source
  14. Ultra Music Festival is undergoing some major changes for 2019 and RESISTANCE is getting a huge upgrade. Festival creators are introducing a “brand new immersive 3-day experience” on RESISTANCE island. Yeah, the concept gets its own island. The new location allows for three total RESISTANCE stages and no shortage of amazing headliners. “3 STAGES, 3 DAYS of the Carl Cox MegaStructure, and much more…” Ultra shares in a post. Ultra Miami also announced the RESISTANCE lineup earlier this week. Adam Beyer b2b Cirez D, Black Coffee, Charlotte de Witte, Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin, Sasha | John Digweed, and Testpilot are among the headliners. The support acts are just as noteworthy. Plus, there’s a b2b Carl Cox set that has yet to be revealed, so even more surprises await. Ultra Miami takes place March 29 – 31, 2019 at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium. Tickets on sale now at UltraMusicFestival.com. RESISTANCE Island – Ultra Miami 2019 Photo via Philippe Wuyts Photography This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Ultra Music Festival’s RESISTANCE Island To Feature 3 Stages Including Carl Cox MegaStructure Source
  15. Austin City Limits returned Saturday night with its first episode of 2019, and it was a big one. Arctic Monkeys made their debut appearance on the legendary performance series, delivering a six-song set that leaned heavily on tracks from their latest LP, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. They also treated longtime fans to past favorites including “Crying Lightning”, “Knee Socks”, and “R U Mine?”. Replay the full episode below, and check out our web exclusive performance of “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”. Setlist: Crying Lightning One Point Perspective Knee Socks The Ultracheese Star Treatment R U Mine? Source
  16. Big weekend for the hell on Earth that was 2017’s Fyre Festival. Both Netflix and Hulu released their respective documentaries on the controversial festival, which not only chronicle its rise and demise, but also detail the actions of those involved, specifically co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule. One of the docs, if not both, must have been on Ja Rule’s queue because the rapper has since responded to the films on his Twitter. Today, he kicked off his Sunday, by tweeting, “I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers…” Twenty minutes later, he added, “I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???,” responding to one user that they “still don’t know shit” after watching both documentaries. He went on to point out that “@Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas… @netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival… the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok…” He also insisted that “I have receipts!!!” To his point, Elliot Tebele, who created Fuck Media/Fuck Jerry, the social media agency behind Fyre Festival, does serve as executive producer for Netflix’s documentary, while McFarland was paid to appear in the Hulu documentary. In October, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison for multiple counts of fraud. As Pitchfork points out, both documentaries reveal how Ja Rule assisted in creating the marketing campaign for Fyre, and include a recording from the aftermath in which he can be heard telling Fyre employees, “That’s not fraud, that’s not fraud. False advertising, maybe.” If you recall, the rapper apologized and insisted the festival was not a scam amidst the ensuing chaos. Find Ja Rule’s most recent tweets below and read our review of Netflix’s documentary. I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers… — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make??? — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 And you still don’t know shit… https://t.co/W2F3VdankQ — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 @Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas… @netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival… the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok… — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 I have receipts!!! — Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019 Source
  17. Since the release of 2017’s Does What He Wants, Matthew Logan Vasquez manned the boards for Wild Child and launched an Americana supergroup, Glorietta. Now, the prolific Delta Spirit frontman is back with another solo outing, LIGHT’N UP. His third solo release, it arrives on February 22nd via Dine Alone Records. Written during a period of turmoil as Vasquez and his family cared for their ailing father, LIGHT’N UP marks a dark, introspective pivot for the songwriter. “If a record is the sum of a chapter in a person’s life, this is a yearbook for me. It’s who I was then. It’s what I was thinking and feeling – all the heartbreak and longing,” Vasquez says in a press release. “I usually don’t go this dark and put so many sad songs on a record.” He continues, “This record is about a period in life we all go through. There’s a season for everything, and for me this one was all about struggle, relationships and fear of change. If anyone is feeling the way I was feeling maybe these songs will be there for them.” Before hitting you with that pathos, however, Vasquez is sharing one of the album’s more upbeat tracks. The rich, rollicking “Trailer Park” is an ode to the Cedar Oak Mesa neighborhood of Wimberley, Texas, where the songwriter’s spent many a day. The below music video, directed by Michael Parks Randa, was filmed at the neighborhood’s Frank’s Full Moon Saloon, and aims to depict the area’s diversity and penchant for hard partying throughout the last few decades. “We’ve got Texans in every variety here: rednecks, hippies, Latinos, liberals and conservatives,” Vasquez told Rolling Stone. “But aside from that, we have a common thread of neighborliness, and we’re all just looking for the best bang for our buck in life. Being steps away from the Blanco River would certainly make anyone feel rich as hell.” Watch it below. LIGHT’N UP Artwork: LIGHT’N UP Tracklist: 01. Ballad In My Bed 02. Trailer Park 03. Vacation 04. I Love My Boy 05. Poor Kids 06. Ghostwriters 07. Ball Pit 08. Character Assassination 09. Oslo Pre-order LIGHT’N UP here, and check out Vasquez’s summer tour dates, tickets for which are currently on sale. Matthew Logan Vasquez 2019 Tour Dates: 05/07 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Studio 05/08 – Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel 05/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse 05/10 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas 05/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ HIFI 05/13 – Toronto, ON @ The Monarch 05/15 – Boston, MA @ Middle East 05/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade 05/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle 05/18 – Washington, DC @ DC9 05/20 – Charleston, SC @ The Royal American 05/21 – Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic 05/22 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt 05/24 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater 05/25 – Houston, TX @ Heights Theater 06/20 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer 06/21 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar 06/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan 06/25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst 06/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill 06/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset 06/29 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios 07/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 07/02 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall 07/05 – Austin, TX @ Scott Inn Source
  18. Earlier this week, Sony announced the production of a sequel to Ghostbusters. Not Paul Feig’s 2016 remake, however, but a sequel to the original two movies from the ’80s, coming from director Jason Reitman, son of original director Ivan Reitman. While millions of fans expressed their excitement at returning to the original universe, others were disappointed that Feig’s story would not be further explored, particularly one of the remake’s stars, Leslie Jones. On Saturday, the Saturday Night Live writer and comedian tweeted: “So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!” So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!! — Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019 To her credit, the 2016 remake was a success for Sony, grossing around $229 million worldwide, despite not receiving a proper release in China due to its supernatural elements. It currently sits at 60 on Metacritic, only 10 below the original. However, it should be noted that Reitman doesn’t plan to cast all men — or even all women, for that matter — but is reportedly looking for four teens, specifically, two boys and two girls. The four will likely be paired with the original cast. But, that’s what audiences want and Sony knows that. After all, Feig didn’t exactly read the room when he decided to disregard the original universe, and it was naive of him to think that audiences wouldn’t be hungry for that world again. Based on the reaction to this week’s news, they were. They have been. Source
  19. The Pitch: It’s the end of the world as we know it. And she feels … less than fine. She’s Sam Walden (Margaret Qualley), a lonely survivor on a beat-up planet Earth. Ships left long ago to live in outer space around IO, a moon of Jupiter. Here on Earth, the birds are dead. Fish are gone. Air’s poisonous. Lord knows how many people are actually left. But Sam, perhaps out of duty, boredom, or a sense of longing to please her scientist father? She carries on, searching for bacteria, testing mathematical scenarios on mutations, tending to her bees. She’s a loner in the face of the end times, just doing the bit of work that she can to help keep Earth alive, and stave off the fear. Out of nowhere, a hot air balloon with Micah (Anthony Mackie) arrives. It’s just that abrupt. And he’s not all that nice. He was going to be a teacher before the current situation, but now he’s looking for Sam’s father. The two forge a bond, one built out of desperation, loneliness, and a need for some form of living companionship In A World that’s running out of people in a hurry. They slowly weigh whether to stay or escape in a space pod to Jupiter, and have conversations about the past and what Earth was like before its total decimation. What starts as a sci-fi Walden becomes a serious Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, if those references work for you. And the fact that this review is desperate to think of similar, superior work this early on should tell you all you need to know. Gloomsday: In a subgenre that grows more creepingly relevant by the day, it’s refreshing to watch a more grounded, naturalistic take on the End Times movie, and IO takes an almost short story-like approach to a substantial phobia. IO is a tiny affair with worldly implications, told with limited locations and a penchant for a wandering visual eye which illustrates what our demise might look and feel like. Toxic drips in the sewer, flickering through flashlights as Sam drudges on with her research. An observatory bedroom, with plenty of opportunity to gaze and wonder as the stars shine bright above a dying planet. Cloudy vistas and sumptuous cliff-sides worthy of a slideshow on Trip Advisor. It’s like staring at a spacey album cover for 90 minutes. The characters themselves are minimalists, living in seclusion (Sam her huts, Micah his balloon box), and IO seems curious as to what might happen when two isolationists – not by choice – are forced to reckon with one another. To praise Jonathan Helpert’s take on pollution, people, and space colonization for its mumblecore leanings is easy enough. In small moments, IO can come across as downright poetic. Alas, people ‘fucking hate poetry’, to borrow the seemingly new adage. More specifically, IO’s poetry is drawn out with page-breaks, blank space, and far too many ellipses. The film’s pacing is draggy and often yawn-inducing. Micah and Sam’s will-they/won’t-they of love and escape is drawn in longform. Mackie can’t deliver a line without maximizing pauses for theater school heft (“I was gonna be a teacher… once.”). Meanwhile, Sam’s blue-eyed youth reads more flighty than enigmatic. Her science comes across as purely referential. She talks about “Nowak’s Evolvability Equation” inspiring a tattoo, while speaking about people’s ability to mutate. She’s optimistic that humanity can learn and save itself, see? Throw in some references to Plato, talk about gardening and bees, and, well that’s that for these two. And those are the few mentionable bits of characterization and interaction in between pregnant stares and hastily edited side stories that provide bare minimum context. In short, IO is just not very riveting, character or plot-wise. And that’s saying something when the fate of the planet, the greatest human drama of all, hangs in the balance. Sci-Why: As a human melodrama, IO is too faint. As science fiction, it’s glum and perhaps too accepting of humanity’s (inevitable) demise. And when the story runs the gamut from serene to sappy (and mostly immerses itself in the latter)? IO’s not worth saving time for. If you want a small-scale meditation on man’s futility and clinging to what life we have left, you guys watch First Reformed yet? Children of Men is also on Netflix right now. And frankly, there’s no shame in admitting we crave our own demise. It’s why disaster movies are so successful. There’s something comforting about outlandish fear scenarios, because they’re so unreal. So given IO’s lack of heft, we’ll totally give a pass if you go looking elsewhere. Knowing, 2012, Melancholia, they’re all out there streaming as well. There are better, bolder works on the same subject, and IO just isn’t captivating, scientific, or insightful enough. The Verdict: IO is dull, it drags, and it’ll beg the question: When will this, all of this, be over? Where’s It Playing? Netflix. Now 18% pricier. Trailer: Source
  20. Greta Van Fleet didn’t exactly conquer Saturday Night Live. The Michigan outfit kicked off 2019 for the series, but were anything but festive, performing their Grammy-nominated hit “Black Smoke Rising” and new single “You’re the One” with lifeless anonymity. Frontman Josh Kiszka, in particular, was incredibly stoic and appeared dwarfed by the vacuous stage. Admittedly, things improved for “You’re the One”, but they’ll wanna work on their stage show if they have any hopes of jamming in the future with Macca. Of course, it didn’t help that they were trolled by Weekend Update’s Colin Jost, who joked: “Sunday night will bring a Super Blood Wolf Moon, which is a rare lunar eclipse, and not, as I had assumed, the name of the band that just performed on our show!” Watch below. In related news, Kiszka spoke to Rolling Stone about “setting some ground work” for the band’s follow-up to last year’s debut, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, which they hope to release in 2019. As he explained, “We can’t wait to explore a little more of the Greta Van Fleet universe.” Read our own interview with bassist Sam Kiszka in which he discusses the band’s debut album, dealing with sudden fame, the polarizing reaction from music fans, and carrying the torch for rock ‘n’ roll. Source
  21. When last we left Saturday Night Live, the show had found a relatively steady stride after a really bumpy 2018 season — oh, and we still had a government. However, much like our democratic norms, 2019 has started SNL off with some questions as to the stability of our institutions, their first episode back as stale as a Crave Case full of week-old hamberders. It didn’t help that this week’s host, Rachel Brosnahan of The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, was completely wasted in another casualty of the SNL writing team. Of course, when the host is an established presence like Matt Damon or a larger-than-life persona with their own tics like Jason Momoa, there’s easy fodder for some great ideas. Here, though, the talented Brosnahan was largely sidelined in unfunny supporting roles that didn’t give her much chance to show off her Emmy-winning wit and rapid-fire delivery. So, what could have been a standout performance instead went largely marginalized. To her credit, Brosnahan managed to make the most out of her thankless roles, from an exasperated millennial game show contestant to a Barbie social media consultant to even a brisk Ms. Maisel parody about a much raunchier comedienne (Leslie Jones). By comparison, the SNL crew didn’t have much to do, either, besides make some limp jabs at the government shutdown, parody some Gilette ads this week, and entertain the Led Zeppelin carbon-copy antics of Greta Van Fleet (though they’re more than aware of the comparison). Nevertheless, let’s look at some of the episode’s other highlights. __________________________________________________________ SNL OPENS UP ABOUT THE SHUTDOWN “We were off for a month, but conveniently, so was the government,” snarked Colin Jost at the top of Weekend Update, just one of many jabs the cast took at the 29 days of the government shutdown Trump said he’d own but has predictably blamed Democrats for in recent days. The now-obligatory Alec Baldwin-as-Trump cold open played it relatively safe with a Deal or No Deal parody in which guest host Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson, who’s gotta be sick of mostly playing game show hosts by now) tries to get Trump to end the shutdown by taking a deal “the only way [he] knows how – a TV game show!” The bit’s got the usual jabs — Chuck Schumer’s feckless, Maxine Waters is angry — but Kate McKinnon predictably knocked it out of the park as an energized, camera-hungry Nancy Pelosi “drunk on [her] own power.” Leave it to McKinnon to take on each new twist and turn in the Mexican soap opera that is our modern political discourse and offer deliciously entertaining spins on the latest character to take the spotlight. __________________________________________________________ JOHN MULANEY AND PETE DAVIDSON TALK UP THE MULE It can be a bit exasperating to see Pete Davidson show up on Weekend Update. Usually, he’s either burying the hatchet with Ariana Grande or legitimizing the grievance politics of far-right Congressmen with eyepatches. This time around, the addition of stand-up tour buddy John Mulaney managed to dull the pain, as the two talked about their experience catching last year’s Clint Eastwood vehicle The Mule. Excitedly regaling stories of a 90-year-old Eastwood driving unsupervised and engaging in not one, but two threesomes in that movie, the pair are a giddy respite from the rest of the otherwise-serviceable segment. The movie’s so good that Mulaney’s even willing to forgive co-star Andy Garcia for the one time he was rude to him at a Lakers game — truly the Mother Theresa of our time. __________________________________________________________ KOOL-AID SAYS “OH NO!” TO TOXIC MASCULINITY Some of the hour’s better sketches tackled modern social woes like “Millennial Millions”, a sketch show in which broke millennials can win riches if they can stand hearing the uninformed bluster of arrogant Baby Boomers for 30 seconds at a time. Though, perhaps the best and most topical bit was their fast-acting commercial parody of the now-famous Gilette commercial that tackled toxic masculinity (and subsequently sent dudes who were Definitely Not Mad flushing their razors down the toilet). The latest brand to get #Woke? Kool-Aid, whose commercial deconstructs the impulsive, imposing arrogance of the Kool-Aid Man’s penchant for shouting “OH YEAH!” and bursting through people’s walls. In the wake of the Kool-Aid Man getting #MeToo-ed (or would that be Fruit Punch Duck-ed?), the new ad points out that “the Kool-Aid boys of today will be the Kool-Aid Men of tomorrow.” Who says sugar water can’t come with a heaping helping of social justice? __________________________________________________________ OTHER HIGHLIGHTS Source
  22. Although there is an icy chill in the air, the sweltering heat we all know and love will be back before we know it. Arizona knows exactly how to launch the summery season, and that’s by attending Wet Electric. The country’s largest waterpark music festival is back. Wet Electric will be hosting it’s 10th anniversary at Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona on April 27th will be everything you wanted and more. The 18+ event features renowned DJ’s, a 2.5 million gallon wave pool which is the largest in the country, waterslides, luxury cabanas, bars, and much more. This experience will combine the innocence and thrill of a waterpark with the adventure of a rave and bring you one truly unforgettable night. Wet Electric is produced by Activated Events and Relentless Beats. Click here for more information regarding the event. Lineup will be announced soon. You can purchase tickets by clicking on this link. The post Wet Electric in Tempe, Arizona Returns for it’s 10th Anniversary appeared first on EDM Maniac. Source
  23. Mark Zuckerberg will stop at nothing until every individual is on Facebook — or so it seems. According to multiple reports, he’s looking into ways to reel the teens back into his flagship social media platform. They’ve become distracted — even engulfed — in newer, hotter apps like Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok. He’s simply not having that. Sources close to Facebook say Zuckerberg has spent months building what’s being called LOL. The specialty feed is expected to focus on meme-like shares, funny videos and other short, GIF-like clips. Categories are to include “Animals,” “Fails,” “Pranks” and a dedicated “For You” feed. TechCrunch has the scoop on LOL. Apparently 100 high school students have already been using LOL. Of course, they signed non-disclosure agreements and had their parents sign for them. Speaking to TechCrunch, an inside source calls the new LOL “cringey,” in that it feels like an attempt for Facebook to be cool and hip with the kids. Well, that’s exactly what it’s trying to do, so that makes perfect sense. We’ll have wait and see if LOL actually rolls out to its Facebook users. Source: TechCrunch This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: REPORT: Mark Zuckerberg Trying To Get Teens Back On Facebook with ‘LOL’ Meme Hub Source
  24. West Chester Rising Star Just Keeps the Hits Comin Closing out 2018 with two buzzworthy singles, “Get Active” and “Jolly Rancher”. Jeff Kush shows no signs of slowing down as he enters 2019 with a brand new song, titled, “Whiplash”. Produced by Penacho, the West Chester-native continues showcasing his superior lyrical abilities on the track. Covered in sauce, slick rhymes, witty metaphors, and knockout punchlines, Kush is emerging as one of the biggest new artists to watch in 2019. “Whiplash” is apart of Kush’s current campaign for a highly-anticipated forthcoming album. In other news, Jeff Kush was recently featured on the new Abrax Phaeton single, “Beautiful Girl/Flings”. Jeff Kush isn’t slowing down, promising more new music on the way with a new album slated for a late 2019 release. Follow Jeff Kush on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for daily updates and new music. Stream Jeff Kush’s new song, “Whiplash” above, courtesy of Soundcloud. The post Jeff Kush is Giving Us All “Whiplash” Right Now: Listen appeared first on Verge Campus. Source
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  27. Spotify just made it easier (and safer) to stream music while driving. The new feature referred to as “Car View” is an updated version of the “Now Playing” screen — bigger buttons, larger text, and far less distractions. Spotify’s Car View only shares track title and artist — no album art — so it’s easier and quicker to read at a glance. According to TechCrunch, some users have had the option for weeks. However, as of now, the feature should be rolling out to all Android users. It will also be available for iOS users at some point, but the timeline is unclear. “You or another car passenger can opt out temporarily (until you next connect to a car) directly from the car view by clicking the three dots menu,” Spotify explains in a statement. “You can also opt out of the feature permanently from within your Spotify settings.” Drive safe. Source: TechCrunch | More info: Spotify This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Spotify Introduces Car View to Make Listening while Driving Easier (& Safer) Source
  28. Panorama, Goldenvoice’s east coast answer to Coachella, will not take place in 2019. After debuting in 2016 Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, and LCD Soundsystem, promoters AEG and Goldenvoice have decided to take a break in 2019, citing issues with the venue. “While we have enjoyed our time on Randall’s Island and its great facilities, we feel that we have achieved all that we can at this site,” AEG sent out in a statement. AEG originally attempted to host the festival at Flushing Meadows in Queens, but ran into issues with another New York festival, Governors Ball, regarding its timing. Eventually, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio and NYC Parks had to get involved, and, writes Billboard, “negotiated a compromise between the two sides, moving Panorama to Randalls Island and pushing the festival back into July, seven weeks after Governors Ball.” Read the full statement from AEG below. Panorama will be taking a hiatus in 2019 while we continue discussions with NYC Parks to bring the festival to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, where it was originally envisioned. We had a fantastic experience with Paul Simon this past September at Flushing Meadows and look forward to returning in the future. We were disappointed in NYC Parks denial of our permit application despite the long term benefits this event would deliver to the community and the park. While we have enjoyed our time on Randall’s Island and its great facilities, we feel that we have achieved all that we can at this site. We look forward to continued conversations with City Parks to explore making the Flushing Meadows site a reality. Until then, we thank the fans and artists who supported the event for the last 3 years of fantastic performances. Photo via aLIVE Coverage for Panorama This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Panorama Festival Not Returning in 2019 Source
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