GRiZ begins rolling out first phase of 2017 fall tour, ‘Good Will Continue’

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GRiZ is heading back on the road to shout “funk bad vibes” loud and proud across the country. The man behind the artist, Grant Kwiecinski, who just wrote a daring HuffPo OP-ED, has been busy headlining major festivals all over the country amongst rumors that he is working on a new album.

Today, June 26, Grant Kwiecinski has begun rolling out the first phase of his 2017 tour, deemed “Good Will Continue.” The new fall tour comes as a follow-up to his last, “Good Will Prevail,” which, in a lot of ways, was a response to the overwhelming political negativity that was pervading the country during last year’s unlikely presidential campaign.

The man Grant is thus far scheduled to hit major cities along the West Coast primarily, most notably a two-night stop in San Francisco and, not to mention, Suwannee’s Hulaween in Florida. The grueling one-month long tour schedule does not skip a beat or miss a day from 10/11- 11/11 — reflective of the kind of artistic intensity for which Grant seems to live.

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Spotify partners with Facebook Messenger for easy group playlists

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The ability to create the perfect playlist is not a skill many people possess. But if enough people come together to collaborate on the effort, the perfect playlist can be achieved.

To help the music and party communities in their unyielding effort Spotify has partnered with Facebook Messenger to help its users bring their diverse music tastes together and meet everyone’s playlist needs.

The new feature, called Group Playlists for Messenger, combines the best of Spotify and Facebook Messenger together so users can curate and listen to group playlists.

“Ideal for parties, road trips, or simply collecting new favorites, Group Playlists provide a seamless way for users to collaborate and share music more easily than ever before,” the company said of the new feature.

In Facebook Messenger, users can click on “+” button to open Spotify, where they can create a playlist and add songs. From there, they’re able to easily share it with friends, who can access and add to it.

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Alison Wonderland announces Wonderland Scarehouse Project tour

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Gearing up for her forthcoming sophomore album, Alison Wonderland announces the third iteration of her warehouse party series – but this time with a spooky twist.

The four-date ‘Wonderland Scarehouse Project’ tour will take place in remote farmhouse locations across Australia and New Zealand, touching down in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland across late November and into mid-December. The project’s official website explains that these very special shows will be “completely off the grid, only accessible by a dedicated compulsory phantom bus service.” Wonderland continues,

“The ‘WonderlandWarehouseProject’ was one of my most favourite things to play and curate, it was basically a look into my mind. This will be the next step. As someone who is a music lover for me shows are a way to escape the real world and I want everyone who comes to leave with the same experience.”

While the full lineup has yet to be revealed, Wonderland promises big names and “no neighbours, no lockouts, no escape” from the eerie new project. Head to the event’s official website to grab tickets when they are released, June 28 at 10am.

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Calvin Harris shares full track list for forthcoming album

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Though he’s shared the list of collaborators and featured artists for his upcoming album, Calvin Harris has kept the official track list for Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 close to the vest. Now, as the album’s June 30 release date inches closer, Calvin has finally disclosed what his fans are in for when the album drops, sharing the full track list to his star-studded new LP.

Mere days before the album’s release, the producer finally released the album’s ten track selection. The album includes collaborations with Ariana Grande, John Legend, Katy Perry, and many more. Hip-hop is well represented too, with Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, and D.R.A.M. featured on the album’s booming list of credits. Singles “Slide,” “Rollin” and “Feels” have already been released, teasing one of the most hotly-anticipated records of the summer and in just a few days, we’ll be hearing Funk Wav in its full glory. See the track list below:

  1. “Slide” ft. Frank Ocean and Migos
  2. “Cash Out” ft. Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor and D.R.A.M.
  3. “Heatstroke” ft. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande
  4. “Rollin” ft. Future and Khalid
  5. “Prayers Up” ft. Travis Scott and A-Trak
  6. “Holiday” ft. Snoop Dogg, John Legend and Takeoff
  7. “Skrt on Me” ft. Nicki Minaj
  8. “Feels” ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean
  9. “Faking It” ft. Kehlani and Lil Yachty
  10. “Hard to Love” ft. Jessie Reyez


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Marshmello and Demi Lovato collaboration is right around the corner

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A new registration in the ASCAP indicates that Marshmello and Demi Lovato have teamed up for an imminent collaboration. Dubbed “Love Don’t Let Me Go!” no release date is yet confirmed but, given the stature of both artists, it’s unlikely to be a long wait.

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In addition to Marshmello’s contributions, the other named collaborators have serious bona fides of their own: they’ve been responsible for DJ Snake and Justin Bieber‘s “Let Me Love You” and Kygo and Selena Gomez‘s recent hit “It Ain’t Me.”

While fans of both Marshmello and Lovato do still have to wait some time before getting their hands on this collaboration, they can take solace that, given the team behind it, “Love Don’t Let Me Go!” is all but certain to be a hit.

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The Essential Mix hits festival season with 5 sets from EDC and Glastonbury

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As June draws to a close and summer officially begins, the de facto “festival season” finds itself in the midst of its peak. In celebration of the ongoing abundance of music festivals around the globe, BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix broadcast a special six-hour episode this weekend, tapping into enviable sets from two of the world’s largest festivals: the British Glastonbury festival and Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival.

For the first three hours of this weekend’s Essential Mix, Radio 1 broadcast three consecutive sets live from Glastonbury’s BBC Music Introducing Stage. UK house mainstays Patrick Topping and Richy Ahmed provide the first third of the Glastonbury coverage, followed by a set from swiftly-ascending Berlin-based DJ Peggy Gou. Rounding out the first half of the Essential Mix’s festival edition, in-demand Glaswegian artist Jackmaster purveys a mix which would prove duly coveted as a standalone episode in the Radio 1 series (as would any of the aforementioned).

Listen to the Glastonbury Essential Mixes

For the following 90 minutes, the Essential Mix pivots stateside to rebroadcast a set from one of the most scintillating names that the program has offered in 2017: John Digweed. For his EDC performance, the legendary British artist builds an entrancing sonic journey of progressive house and techno, including freshly-minted music from the likes of Tale Of Us, Maceo Plex, and Victor Ruiz.

Listen to John Digweed’s EDC Essential Mix

The program’s festival marathon finishes up with another 90-minute EDC set from Lee Foss. Coming off of his April debut album, Alchemy, the American artist has been a formidable force in house in techno in recent years, sitting with Jamie Jones at the helm of Hot Creations as well as his own Repopulate Mars imprint. Foss’ EDC show succeeds in showing off his essence of quirky, soulful tech house. Filled with unreleased and unidentified music, the mix is further replete with songs from the likes of CamelPhat and Latmun, and ends fittingly with Jamiroquai’s “Cloud 9.”

Listen to Lee Foss’ EDC Essential Mix

View tracklists for the EDC Essential mixes below.

John Digweed EDC Tracklist (Via 1001):

1. Tale Of Us – Red Sky
2. Lee Van Dowski & Nakadia Petrosys – ID
3. Sollscher & Siech – Pulse Train
4. Maceo Plex & Swayzak – 5th Dimensional Groove
5. Lee Van Dowski – Rapidplatz
6. Universal Principles – Flyin’ High (Scuba Illicit Surveillance Mix)
7. Mongo – Planet Mongo (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
8. Pig&Dan – In My Mind
9. Hydra – Tiefstone
10. Sian – Medicine Man (Mark Reeve Remix)
11. Martin Eyerer & Patrick Chardronnet – Frequencies
12. Darren Emerson & Nick Muir & John Digweed – Tracer
13. Ross Evans – Flatline (Pele & Shawnecy Remix)
14. Hot Since 82 – Evolve Or Die
15. Christian Nielsen – Black Ceiling
16. Blackbill – 05-1
17. Victor Ruiz – Clutch
18. Phillip Straub & Charlie Tostenson – Miracle Of Existence

Lee Foss EDC Tracklist(Via 1001):

1. ID – ID
2. Eli Brown – Tech This Out
3. CamelPhat – Mess With Them
4. Sable Sheep – Black Tongue (Raffa FL Remix)
5. Mihalis Safras – Raygun Rave
6. Rod Fussy & Fatbass – Dust N Smoke
7. Eli Brown – Throwback
8. Latmun – Cosmic
9. Sonny Fodera ft. Alex Mills – Always Gonna Be (Mat.Joe Funked Up Remix)
10. CamelPhat – Gypsy King
11. Mihalis Safras – ID
12. Hot Blackheath – Switch
13. Ferdinand Weber – Sun
14. Mihalis Safras – ID
15. CamelPhat – ID
16. Hot Natured ft. Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving (MK Remix)
17. ID – ID
18. Eli Brown – Got The Power
19. Jamiroquai – Cloud 9

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Pasquale Rotella announces ‘big changes’ to EDC are on the horizon

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Last weekend, Electric Daisy Carnival returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for its 2017 iteration. The festival, which drew roughly 135,000 attendees for each day of its three-day tenure, boasts the claim of being the largest music festival in the country this year. However, Insomniac’s flagship event was not without its setbacks.

Though, statistically speaking, the sole fatality and 1,000 medical calls made during the weekend indicated that EDC placed an emphasis on harm reduction efforts, the oppressive heat of the weekend was a complaint for many attendees. Indeed, some artists blamed the high temperatures as a factor to recurrent sound issues during certain performances. Insomniac also faced complaints regarding the shuttle lines and level of traffic that hindered the process of festival entry, which some argue is related to their banning of third party shuttle services from the festival this year.

This weekend, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella held a live stream on Instagram during the currently ongoing Electric Forest, which his company produces in conjunction with Madison House Presents. During the stream, Rotella noted that “big changes” for EDC Las Vegas are coming up, adding that he intends to announce the change soon and is writing out a presumed statement “while here at eforest.”

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It’s currently unclear what the “big changes” for the festival will be. Some have speculated the possibility of a venue change, which could help ameliorate the formidable heat of EDC Las Vegas, but might prove problematic to festival’s ability to take place through the wee hours of the morning. Another popular hypothesis is the annual rumor of EDC becoming a two-weekend festival, despite the fact that it did not sell out in 2017.

Only time will tell what changes are in store for the country’s currently-reigning largest music festival, but it appears that Rotella is not taking the announcement lightly.

Via: EDM Tunes

Featured image via Insomniac.

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Tesla is developing a music streaming service

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Mercurial tech baron and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk is rumored to be working on a new music streaming platform, to be run specifically on Tesla vehicles in the near future—possibly as early as the new Model 3, which rolls out next month.

Oddly enough, rather that collaborating with existing streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, each of which boast millions of monthly subscribers, Musk seems dead set on perfecting a proprietary software for Tesla.

In the words of a Tesla Spokesperson, “We believe it’s important to have an exceptional in-car experience so our customers can listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose. Our goal is to simply achieve maximum happiness for our customers.”

All that remains to be seen if this ambitious project materializes into a concrete feature.

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Nero’s Alana Watson and Dan Stephens are having a baby

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Following an extended period of silence, Nero have begun to re-emerge in the limelight over the past few weeks. Earlier in June, band member Joseph Ray released his first single under his solo project, a haunting collaboration with rising artist Meli, titled “Inside.”  On Thursday, June 22, the Nero made news again when ZHU teased a tantalizing collaboration with the group, “Dreamz.”

However, the biggest news for the trio came in a development outside of the studio, when, on Wednesday, they posted an ultrasound picture revealing that Alana Watson would be having a baby. In their announcement, Nero stated that, while their singer would be taking leave from live performances for the remainder of the year, she is “continuing to work in the studio and will be back on tour in 2018.” Bandmate Dan Stephens, who is married to Watson, will continue to tour alongside Ray.

Featured image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.

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Diplo and Katy Perry are working on bringing ‘American Idol’ back to TV

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Diplo and Katy Perry‘s brief romantic involvement fizzled out some time ago, though the moment in pop history was recently revisited when Katy Perry ranked the Major Lazer frontman third in bed behind other famous former beaus to the world via live stream. Diplo responded a few days later on Twitter in iconic Diplo fashion with, “I won the bronze medal in the sex Olympics.” Now it appears the pair are actually ready to get back down to business, though this time its reportedly in a multi-million dollar deal with ABC to reboot the music television phenomenon American Idol.

Last month, the Perry reportedly inked a deal with ABC to judge a new singing competition television show which coincides with Diplo’s recent mention to Billboard that he was in discussions with the show’s producers. Wes commented, “I’ve also been talking to American Idol on the side to try to help them with the (ABC network reboot) with Katy.”

The bronze medalist’s involvement with the show is unclear, though it appears the two pop giants are working together in some capacity on the series’ second take.

American Idol’s original run on Fox lasted 15 seasons, essentially paving the way for televised music competitions. After years of steadily declining viewership ratings, American Idol called it a day in April of 2016. ABC soon acquired the rights and announced in May of this year that the show would return, on it’s new network, for a sixteenth season in 2018.

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