Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Robyn, and more top Austin City Limits’ lineup

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has unleashed its 2019 lineup ahead of its two autumnal weekends: Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13.

Since 2002, the festival has drawn music fans spanning all genres to Zilker Park for consecutive weekends of the industry’s top names. This year’s iteration boasts Guns n’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, The Cure, Cardi B (weekend one), Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, and Robyn (weekend two) as headliners. Electronic music fans will delight in lineup additions like GRiZ, RL Grime, Fisher, Hippie Sabotage, Kaytranada, Troyboi, Jai Wolf, and more.

Childish Gambino was forced to cancel his appearance at last year’s festival after a foot injury, so fans who were hoping to catch his performance in 2018 will delight in two performances at the festival’s 2019 edition.

The festival features eight different stages to cater to fans of rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, so regardless of one’s musical persuasion, this lineup features something for everyone.

Tickets and more information are available here.

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NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Stream GRiZ’s album, ‘Ride Waves’ featuring Snoop Dogg, DRAM, Wiz Khalifa and more

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Grant Kwiecinski, better known as Detroit-based DJ and producer GRiZ, has spent the last few years modestly making major career moves. Aside from his penchant for touring and festival performances, he released the second edition of his Chasing the Golden Hour mixtape series in 2017, and started quietly releasing singles towards the end of 2018. Now back in full force, GRiZ has released his sixth studio album, Ride Waves.

An album full of features, GRiZ maneuvers previously uncharted territories with high profile talent like Snoop Dogg, Bootsy Collins, and Wiz Khalifa, while bringing on some long-time favorites like Muzzy Bearr, Yoshi Flower (formerly of Gosh Pith), and Leo Napier. With funk and bass taking a front seat as always, Ride Waves expands on GRiZ’s classic sound over 14 tracks, which can all be streamed below.

Shambhala Music Festival reveals its 2019 lineup, featuring Silk City, GRiZ, Zeds Dead, and more

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Shambhala Music Festival is recognized as the longest-running music festival in Canada. It is known for its eccentric art installations, educational workshops, and unique blissful experiences that soothe the soul. The wait for the 2019 lineup is over, and Shambhala has delivered a promising set of talent for their 22nd anniversary, returning to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 9-12.

Heavy-hitting dubstep acts like Excision, Zeds Dead, Downlink, Liquid Stranger, and Boogie-T will bring their forceful bass to the ranch for the fest’s forthcoming iteration. The lineup also includes bass house favorites such as Jauz, Cazztek, Jack Beats and Volac, along with sultry electronica and nu jazz sets from Bonobo and Grammy-nominated producer ZHU. The roster is blessed by legendary veterans from around the world, including Kaskade, Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s Silk City project, Nero, and Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo as Anti Up, who are undoubtedly putting together an unforgettable performance.

Attendees can expect an all new installation called “Shambhala Favourites,” which feature the talents of A-Skillz, Father Funk, Smalltown DJs, Stickybuds, and more. Over the course of April, Shambhala will be adding 200-plus artists to the lineup that will fulfill all six stages, The Amphitheatre, The Fractal Forest, The Grove, The Living Room, The Pagoda and The Village.

Learn about payment plans and get tickets here.

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Spring Awakening reveals multifarious undercard: Andrew Bayer, Chris Lake, TroyBoi, + more

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After confirming its new location and official headliners earlier this week, Spring Awakening Music Festival has released the remainder of the lustrous 2019 lineup.

Spring Awakening’s undercard, though there’s hardly anything lowly about it, spans some of the most accomplished names in techno, house, trance, and bass music. Anjuna-adept festival-goers will notice the generous number of names from Above & Beyond‘s hallowed home for all things trance and house music to celebrate the Anjuna-branded stage that will land at SAMF this year along with a menagerie of native talent, from longtime veteran Andrew Bayer to former The M Machine member, Luttrell, who just released his first album with the label’s subsidiary imprint, Anjunadeep. From Spring Awakening’s subterranean bass caverns will spawn Liquid Stranger, Rusko, TroyBoi, G Jones, and more across the sweeping, 60-artist ticket.

Announced earlier this week, Spring Awakening 2019’s headliners GRiZ, REZZ, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Zedd, and Illenium will touch down at Hoffman Estate’s Poplar Creek for the festival’s first year at its expansive new location June 7-9.

Tickets to Spring Awakening are available here.

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GRiZ teams up with Wiz Khalifa on a soulful hip-hop single, ‘Find My Own Way,’ from forthcoming ‘Ride Waves’ LP

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GRiZ invites Wiz Khalifa for a new feature on “Find My Own Way”—a soulful gospel piece from GRiZ’s upcoming Ride Waves LP. The track has an upbeat tone about perseverance, introducing Khalifa early on with delicate jazz piano and accompanying horns. The Pittsburgh-native rapper glides effortlessly along the easygoing rhythm that flows into a Sunday service hook presented by the Harlem Gospel Choir. There’s a bridge that brings the brass section out front, allowing those funky GRiZ horns some due time to shine. A second verse showcases a more familiar Khalifa flow, contrasting to his first more melodic vocal section.

The Michigan DJ/producer told Complex,

“I wanted to write a song that reflects how it feels to lose your way in life, and also lift yourself back up and find the strength to keep going. Always trust in the process and yourself. Wiz spit some real knowledge here. Was such an honor to have him on this project!”

“Find My Own Way” is the fifth single released from GRiZ’s upcoming 14-track LP, set to drop in full on April 5. After the album, GRiZ embarks on a US tour starting March 23. Pre-order Ride Waves on iTunes here.

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Spring Awakening to host DJ Snake, REZZ, Zedd, Martin Garrix, and more at new suburban location

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The Midwest’s heftiest, strictly electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, will be taking its talents to the northwest suburbs of Chicago for its 2019 iteration, which includes an impressive-as-ever top of the ticket: DJ Snake, REZZ, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Illenium, and GRiZ.

The Hoffman Estates-held Spring Awakening will run June 7-9 at Poplar Creek, a 27-acre property (more than double that of 2018’s grounds, Addams/Medill Park). The new locale will likely equip the fest with the means to reduce noise pollution, overcrowding, cramped stage setups, and additional space-oriented festival conundrums. Since its first year as a multi-day festival, Spring Awakening has seen two different venue shifts. It was initially held in downtown Chicago at the hallowed Solider Field from 2012-2015.

Past installments of the React Presents hallmark event brought the likes of Alison Wonderland, Tiësto, Adventure Club, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, and Zeds Dead, just to name a few. This year’s chapter is expected to feature some 90 artists throughout its three-day span.

The entirety of the lineup is set for announcement Friday, March 15. Tickets to Spring Awakening are on sale now, here.

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GRiZ and Matisyahu release video for the protest song Americans need

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GRiZ and Matisyahu’s much-anticipated single off GRiZ’s upcoming album Ride Waves, “A New Day,” has been picking up traction since it’s release on Feb 22. With the release of its visual counterpart, the collaboration arguably embodies something that dance music has not succeeded in capturing—a call to action.

Some of the most influential and timeless songs have been protest songs; Woody Guthry’s storytelling and influence led to Bob Dylan giving the 60’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” injustice in the inner city in the 1980’s lead to NWA’s “Fuck Tha Police,” the misguided wars in the middle east led to Bruce Springsteen’s “Bring ‘Em Home,” more recently Jay Z captured an entire era of race relations and oppression with “The Story of OJ.” These songs tackled issues. They brought them to the forefront of daily lives and made people ask the questions they were averse to even thinking about. They are prime examples of the impact music can have on the world.

GRiZ and Matisyahu wrote “A New Day” just days after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Their collaboration utilized GRiZ’s ability to capture attention and promote positivity through an anthem. Matisyahu’s voice over the garden of sound GRiZ so delicately curated surpasses—even levels—predespositions on the issue, reopening the ears and eyes of a sleeping giant.

The music video for “A New Day” raises the curtain for the track shedding light on one of the most challenging issues today, the gun violence crisis. The images reinvigorate an issue people have become almost numb to. “A New Day” follows real people who have been personally affected in different ways due to gun violence. These individuals are all American and have all suffered greatly. Another thing they share in common is their strength. In each of their eyes is a spark of resilience, a spark that could start a much-needed fire. They show viewers, not just the pain of the individual, but the unifying strength to stand up to make the change that is lives in every American.

“Collaborating with real people was such a humbling experience as each of the individuals we worked with all endured unspeakable hardships yet remained resilient, positive and beyond generous in helping us to complete this project,” said Director Robert Nyerges, “We hope that this film will be one small step forward on the path to progressive change.”

The impactful shots of protests on Washington, vigils from Vegas, statistics on suicide, and the expressions of insurmountable pain from actual people who experienced firsthand leave no doubt that this crisis is real and action needs to be taken by every American, now.

The flag needn’t be at half mast this often.

Visit bradyunited.org/act and add your voice to the millions urging senators to support S.42, legislation needed to expand background checks on gun sales and save lives.

 

 

The ultimate getaway packing list: Dancing Astronaut’s guide to Costa Rica’s Envision Festival

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Envision Festival 2019 is just a few short weeks away, and as the festival gears up for it’s ninth edition—expected to be its largest to date—festival goers should be finalizing the logistics of making it to Uvita, Costa Rica, for what is widely considered to be one of the most unique, and refreshing festival experiences on the planet. This year promises a stellar slate of programming across the four-day event, running from February 28 – March 4. GRiZ, Tycho, Lee Burridge, CloZee, The Floozies, and Trevor Hall top this year’s musical billing, while the rest of the festival is weaved together by countless workshops, yoga classes, nature excursions, and performance art pieces. But above any of the programming or the unwavering sense of community that the festival has curated over the last decade, the festival’s location may serve as the centerpiece of the entire experience. Envision is hosted at Rancho la Merced, returning in 2019 for a fifth year at the venue. Rancho la Merced perches festival goers right where Costa Rica’s breathtakingly beautiful forest terrain meets the warm tropical waters of Playa Hermosisima—a setting unrivaled by most other festival experiences (real ones, at least).

Though what a tropical paradise like Uvita offers to festival goers is obvious on the surface, packing for the adventure, traveling to the festival safely and efficiently, and then maximizing one’s time at Envision Festival requires a lot of energy and focus, and for many, the journey is just as much a part of the experience as the destination winds up being. So for those who are prepping for their first Envision Festival, or even for seasoned pros making their returns to Rancho la Merced for this year’s event, Dancing Astronaut put together a list of packing essentials for this year’s Envision Festival.


A Bird’s Eye View

Packing for Uvita begins well before the suitcase is even broken out. Once attendees reach Envision Festival, the sheer volume of programming and the numerous experiences that await can be overwhelming if not thoughtfully considered beforehand. Plan out your festival experience, but leave room for adjustments. Planning out each day, from traveling logistics to festival activities, should serve as more of an outline than anything else. There’s a necessary fluidity that attending any festival requires of course, especially in a place as special as Rancho la Merced. Simply put—things are going to pop up. Moments of adventure waiting to unfold are sewn into the festival’s fabric, so allowing oneself to be flexible is important, but organizing a plan of attack each day can help make sense of all that Enivision as to offer from a programming perspective. Look at the festival from a bird’s eye view before packing for Costa Rica. Look at what each day at the event has to offer, the Envision website does a phenomenal job of offering scheduling information to attendees that cover the diverse array of workshops and movement sessions. Does the day start with yoga or a hike? When is the optimal time to head to the beach? With talks, and performance art, food, music, and so much more to consider, we recommend taking at least a methodical skim of each day’s offerings and making a mental note of points A, B, and C, and what gets you from each one to the next. If something interests you even a little, go check it out.

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Water Bottle

Your best friend on your trip to Envision Festival—we are eradicating dehydration in 2019. Bring a good, reliable reusable water bottle with you for two primary reasons. While the event’s lush rain forest and sun drenched beach venue are the perfect setting for crisp, cold tequila, March is typically the onset of Costa Rica’s dry season, and keeping oneself hydrated throughout the day is crucial. Since Envision Festival offers numerous watering stations across the festival grounds, the opportunity to fill up should never be passed up. The second reason a study, reusable water receptacle is necessary is largely related to the Envision ethos. One of the festival’s eight pillars is Eco Building—the tenet that attendees and organizers are committed to practices of sustainability and minimal impact, if any at all where possible. So bring a good water bottle, or Camelbak if that’s how you roll, and make sure your friends drink enough water. A hydrated festival weekend is a happy festival weekend.

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Gotta Get The Gear

Here’s the issue: packing for the beach, the jungle, a music festival, and a yoga retreat all at once.

An incredibly simple solution: pack light, pack for comfort, and be intentional.

Envision Festival, and, more broadly Costa Rica, offer such an amazing multitude of things to do, but from Tycho’s sunrise set to a spontaneous trek through the jungle with fellow revelers, one thing is key—comfort. Closed toed shoes for traversing through the jungle are recommended, but flip flops for the beach are a must-have. Plan out packing space accordingly. Seasoned Envision attendees also recommend headlamps, small locks for personal items, and sturdy sandals as additional simple lifesavers that first timers typically overlook. Also, despite it being the early part of Costa Rica’s dry season, consider rain-proofing ahead of time; after all, you’re in jungle. Pack Ziplock bags or a small dry bag, bring a light water resistant coat, or even a plastic poncho, but remember—pack in, pack out.

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Leave Extra Space

Envision Festival offers the attendee the chance to really steep themselves in Costa Rican culture, just take it from the festival’s founders, who have enveloped themselves in the Envision way of life. While festival goers are at Rancho la Merced, the opportunity to interact with locals, curators, vendors, and artists are frequent. Sure, a festival t-shirt or a lineup poster is cool, however when packing for Uvita, consider leaving a little extra space in the luggage to bring a small piece of Costa Rica home with you.

Cash

Experienced Envision attendees would advise first-time festival goers to bring more cash than they think they’ll need. ATM’s are few and far between, and having cash will come in handy—just plan ahead and have more than you might need. First timers may also look the opportunity to purchase local keepsakes and food, so having the proper amount of cash on hand is key.

An Open Mind

Back to the idea of looking at every piece of musical and cultural programming individually so as to not be overwhelmed by the collective mountain of it, first time attendees should aim to try and distill the Envision experience down as such: it’s an opportunity to try new things. Rancho la Merced offers the boundless adventure of sprawling rainforest to hike through and gorgeous beaches to wade in, the festival talent is perhaps one of the most diverse billings of the year so far, and Envision’s cultural appeals are some of the most sustainable and progressive offerings across the international events circuit. Opening oneself up to new opportunities is critical to the full Envision experience, from cleaning beaches and planting trees in Costa Rica, to intentionally making time for moments of meditative silence with a group of fellow festival goers. Make time to check out this year’s talks and workshops, covering everything from coastal regeneration to the medicinal benefits of mushrooms. Definitely head to Tycho’s sunrise DJ set, but also make time to check out the regional Latin talent that is gracing Envision’s stages with an applied emphasis this year. An open mind is key to maximizing days and nights at Envision Festival—there’s no telling where one could end up and what one might learn along the way.

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