Austin City Limits unveils staggering 2018 line-up with ODESZA, Childish Gambino, REZZ, and more

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Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.

Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.

Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.

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Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.

Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season  — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest  — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.

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BØRNS releases sophomore album ‘Blue Madonna’

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Garrett Clark Borns — aka BØRNS — catapulted himself into the stratosphere seemingly from nowhere, with the release of debut album Dopamine. On his sophomore effort, Blue Madonna, Borns dives further into the deep glitz-rock dreamscape that defined his singular sound from the start.

Save for a feature from Lana Del Rey, the album, released on Interscope Records, sees Borns occupy center stage. Opening track “God Save Our Young Blood” is a pointed entrance into the journey known as youthful salvation. “Climbed up the tree of life,” sings Borns, undoubtedly there are times when the facade of youth becomes a bit overdrawn. “Kicked out of paradise” he continues, the effort is welcome regardless its simplistic lyrical approach. The album’s kick off track sees two of glam-pop’s most forthright purveyors synthesize their artistic prowess successfully. The project plays through in its entirety fairly quickly, too, with “Man,” the album’s longest, clocking in at a modest 3:57, that provides fans with an easy entry.

Aside from a few notable pitfalls, the project’s central focus around the thematic concept of disillusioned youth simultaneously nods to a variety of influences ranging from Bowie to Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker to Beyoncé herself. BØRN’s latest project is an eager step forward and, for all its imperfections: a welcome one.

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Børns – “Blue Madonna” (Feat. Lana Del Rey)

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Lana Del Rey appeared on “God Save Our Young Blood,” the opening track from her Interscope label-mate Børns’ new album Blue Madonna. As it turns out, she sings on the title track, too. Now that the album is out, you can hear it for yourself if you so desire. Here: … More »

BØRNS – “God Save Our Young Blood” (Feat. Lana Del Rey)

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Psychedelic synth-pop star BØRNS has a new single with Interscope label-mate Lana Del Rey out today. It’s called “God Save Our Young Blood,” and it’s the first track on BØRNS’ new album Blue Madonna. Consider this song the 2018 version of the Postal Service, a cocktail of festival-friendly sounds that merges indie-pop precociousness with trap … More »

BØRNS – American Money (AWAY Remix)

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I’m really, really loving this shift away from build-drop-build-drop format in electronic music, and more toward verse-chorus-verse structure. It shows a deliberate evolution in the sound of a genre that has for years been focused on eliciting the maximum response from a crowd, one burst at a time. Now, I feel like the thinking has shifted more toward a longer, more stretched out experience that spans the entire show or song. (Trance fans will already be familiar with this.)

AWAY has brought that mentality to future bass with his remix of “American Money” by BØRNS. The greatest part of the track is how long it actually takes to get used to the structure of the vocals within the track. There are times at which it doesn’t seem like they fit, but then… they do. It’s weird. But it’s fantastic.

Aside from just that, there’s the production itself, which I feel like I could spend a couple hundred works talking about, so I won’t. I’ll just say that AWAY is one of the strongest producers of this new group of up-and-comers, and I’m so excited to see what he can do with an original.

Check it out below!

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Source: BØRNS – American Money (AWAY Remix)