To some, the summer festival experience is all about embracing the grime and roughing out the elements for the weekend. But that couldn’t be further from the case for Derek van Bakergem and company, who will be bringing the fourth sparkling rendition of Pinknic, New York’s refreshing rosé-themed lifestyle and music festival, to Randall’s Island this weekend, July 19-20.
Waterfront views, food gardens of New York’s tastiest bites, and of course, rosé (or frosé, your choice), are all part of the Pinknic package, but the festival, which suggests a chic pink and white dress code, is also slinging some serious musical firepower this year. Talent like Mark Ronson, Breakbot, and Chromeo is enough to turn the heads of those inclined towards just the music festival aspect while still driving home Pinknic’s light-spirited summer sway.
Major League Soccer has steadily been on the rise in North America over the last decade. In the spirit of bringing incredibly passionate fan bases and a diverse array of cultures together, MLS has launched a new addition to the ongoing “Our Soccer” campaign, with a national spot featuring the Macklovitch brothers, Chromeo frontman Dave1 and Fool’s Gold co-founder, A-Trak.
In the new spot, titled “Like That,” highlight clips flash by as A-Trak’s voice over reads, “Our soccer is a vibe. Everybody’s welcome. We pull up. Laced up. Link up. And get down. When we make it happen. Move how we move. Like that. Our way. Our Soccer.” The new ad’s behind-the-scenes footage features the two Montreal-natives delving into what soccer means to them, and how growing up in Quebec exposed the two to things that hadn’t necessarily caught on in the United States. Says A-Trak,
“Montreal is already up on certain things before the rest of North Americans caught on. I saw it as a DJ with electronic music. It’s the way of the future. It’s the way forward. We’ve got to keep embracing that.”
MLS debuted the “Our Soccer” campaign back in 2018. Previous campaign spots have featured 2 Chainz, Miguel, and TOKiMONSTA. See the new campaign spot and behind-the-scenes visual below.
The East Village fan favorite will usher in its 2019 year of production on May 1, with a performance from Patti Smith and Her Band. The cross-genre acts that span Webster’s May event calendar prove that the event hall will continue its tradition of catering to attendees’ diverse musical preferences. Webster Hall will see acts from distinctive sonic spheres take the stage, or respectively, the decks. TroyBoi, MGMT, The Japanese House, Royal Trux, Broken Social Scene, FKJ, Sharon Van Etten, Aaron Tveit, Johnnyswim, Old Dominion, and Chromeo, who will joined by a live band, account for Webster’s multifarious May billings.
Webster will additionally see appearances from Empire Of The Sun, Real Estate, and City of the Sun later in the summer. The historic venue will also welcome the return of Emo Nite, along with its Saturday club nights, returning in September. Visit Webster Hall’s official website for a full list of events and additional information.
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
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.
This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”
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.
It’s been a stellar year for Canadian funk lords Chromeo. The duo impressed with the debut of their fifth studio album in June and have been furthering the momentum of Head Over Heels‘ ever since.
For their latest piece of work — a music video for “Don’t Sleep” with French Montana and Stefflon Don — they’ve tapped actress and model Robin Givens to be the star of the show. The grandiose visual accompaniment to “Don’t Sleep” portrays scenes featuring a woman who’s living in the lap of luxury but is overall unsatisfied with her life.
Director Allie Avital told Billboardthat the music video portrays how lonely it is at the top.
“‘Don’t Sleep’ is a 2018 satire for the age of dissatisfaction; the age of overstimulation and Tinder. Robin Givens plays a version of the ‘sad king,’ where the more pampered and entertained she is, the more disaffected she becomes. All the bulging biceps, sponge baths, and lap dances can’t cure her existential void.”
Chromeo have released a special “MySpace Days” edition of their Funklordz Radio. Originating as a show debuted on YouTube, the offering has evolved into a playlist format that they upload to Spotify, and this round is robust to say the least. The duo behind “Night By Night” is known for their funky taste in music, with retro elements like those noted in this nostalgic playlist constantly serving as inspiration for their own original music.
The playlist clocks in at nearly 70 tracks, checking off many of the artists who came to prominence in indie and electronic’s original digital heyday. Artists like La Roux, Fred Falke, Phoenix, Hot Chip, Justice and Soulwax are featured on this playlist, with their history marked with appearances on the internet’s first music blogs and Hype Machine charts.
NPR has had some memorable “Tiny Desk” performances over the years. This past week Chromeo squeezed onto the ‘stage’ and performed three tracks from their fifth album, “Head Over Heels”. The duo, tag-teaming with a band for the first time, also added a twist of their smash hit “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”. The band
While Chromeo‘s recorded catalog is impressive on its own, there is always something special about watching the Funk Lordz’s energetic live set. While stripping back their usually extravagant stage set-up, Montreal-natives Dave1 and P-Thugg have brought along a full band to NPR’s iconic Tiny Desk series.
Playing three songs from their new album, Head Over Heels, and tossing in their 2014 highlight, “Jealous,” Chromeo and their live ensemble unveil new, textured versions of their sleek originals. Their Philly-based backing band’s two percussionists energize the room, while the keyboardist brings the warm, analog layer that’s a characteristic hallmark of Chromeo’s work. As P-Thugg flexes his multi-instrumental skills on the bass guitar and his signature talkbox, rousing renditions of “Count Me Out,” “Must’ve Been,” and “Don’t Sleep,” prove once again why Chromeo’s 1980s-inspired body of work remains so timeless.
The Funk Lords are headed to NYC for Halloween this year.
Chromeo have been tapped for Disco of the Dead at The Gallery Dream Downtown, just as they wrap on a nationwide tour in support of the their recentHead Over Heels LP. The plush hotel and nightlife spot, anchored in the Meatpacking District, will host the Big Beatduo on October 27, slated to headline the evening with a characteristically funky Chromeo DJ set.
Tully & Cam, Wizzy and Agua Sol are all lined up for supporting sets as well. The hotel features three rooms on three different levels, each characterized by their own unique experiential aesthetics. Dream Downtown is heading into their eighth annual Halloween celebration, and they are pulling out all the stops this year with Chromeo holding down Disco of the Dead 2018. Tickets are on sale now.