Release Date for Major Lazer’s ‘Music is the Weapon’ May Finally be Revealed

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It has been over two years since Major Lazer released their latest album “Peace is the Mission.” Since it’s initial release, Major Lazer fans have been eager to get a grasp on a new album with some new music. Fortunately, it seems that a new album will soon be on its way. According to Genius.com,

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Cashmere Cat Announces Name Of Collaboration With Major Lazer and Tory Lanez

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Cashmere Cat had one of the most impressive releases in 2017 with his album, ‘9′. It was gorgeous start to finish and incorporated pop, tropical, bass and house elements perfectly. High profile collaborations with the likes of Ariana Grande further helped the Norwegian producer into the stratosphere. Now in 2018 it is clear that Cashmere

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10 Electronic Dance Music Albums Expected To Take Over 2018

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With 2017 coming to an end, dance music artists around the world are preparing the next big sound for the 2018 year. As we prepare for all of the new dance/electronic releases this year, we have began to prepare the list of 10 of the most anticipated electronic dance music albums of 2018. During the

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Major Lazer – Go Dung ft Kes

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Major Lazer released a new track to Soundcloud yesterday entitled “Go Dung” as a free holiday gift for fans. The track features Caribbean soca pop group Kes, who inject their signature Trinidad & Tobago rooted vocals into the track blessing it with palpable rhythm.

Major Lazer’s keen ability to pull from Caribbean cultural elements and install them into their own body of work has allowed them to pave their own path within EDM, and the group — comprised of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire — is likely to reach a new pinnacle in the genre with each successive release.

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Diplo plans to bring Mad Decent Block Party to Pakistan in early 2018

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Diplo‘s long-running Mad Decent Block Party will break new international ground in 2018, with plans announced to touch down in Pakistan early next year. Since its inception 11 years ago, the event brand has expanded well beyond its humble Philly street party origins, growing into a 20+ stop mini-festival circuit by 2014, charting a cruise ship the following year, reaching Red Rocks, and eventually, India back in 2016. The label showcase scaled back down to a tightly curated two-city 10th anniversary this year, though the Major Lazer frontman officially revealed plans to ramp things back up with the Block Party’s Pakistani debut in February, breaking the news to fans via Twitter.

With MDBP’s newest stop just over one month away, expect firm dates and a lineup to land very soon. The upcoming event comes almost exactly two years after Diplo’s first career visit to Pakistan, playing a show alongside Elliphant and local Pakistani musicians Adil Omar and Talal Qureshi in the country’s capital, Islamabad. Diplo’s new venture in the Middle East could also signal more exciting news for Mad Decent Block Party’s stateside edition coming later in 2018.

H/T: Billboard

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Major Lazer – “Go Dung” (Feat. Kes)

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Diplo’s Major Lazer crew released their Know No Better EP earlier this year, and now, as Pitchfork points out, they’ve followed it with a new track called “Go Dung.” On the song, Major Lazer team up with Kes, a soca group from Trinidad and Tobago. Like a lot of Major Lazer tracks, … More »

Diplo Confirms Upcoming Cashmere Cat x Major Lazer x Tory Lanez Collaboration

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Cashmere Cat has arguably been one of 2017’s hottest producers. The Norwegian producer’s 2017 album, ‘9′, has been critically acclaimed and many agree it was snubbed in terms of Grammy nominations. Major Lazer on the other hand spent the first half of the year focusing on high energy dance hall productions which were played out

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How Superfly’s inaugural Lost Lake Festival put Phoenix on the map as the next big festival spot in the U.S.

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How Superfly’s inaugural Lost Lake Festival put Phoenix on the map as the next big festival spot in the U.S.

This fall, Superfly Presents, the masterminds behind North American festival giants Outside Lands and Bonnaroo set their scopes on a new, emerging entertainment market that they were banking on being the next big festival-hosting city in the United States: Phoenix, Arizona. While most picture Phoenix with a skewed vision of the “wild west,” Superfly was planting its flag in a burgeoning hub of vibrant art, food, local music, and tourism marketability as the home for their newest concept, Lost Lake Festival. The result was not only another overwhelmingly successful event for the organizers, but in turn, positioned Phoenix to strongly attract additional large scale events in coming years to coincide with the city’s exciting, growing social scene. If Phoenix wasn’t on the festival map before, Lost Lake unquestionably changed that notion. The inaugural Lost Lake didn’t just bring in an enticing lineup and top-tier liquor sponsors, the event was a masterfully curated three-day experience, from logistics to programming, that used the host city’s aesthetic as an intrinsic factor in the festival’s appeal.

Image: Jorgensen Photography

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Stellar inaugural lineup

Led by top-notch headliners that included Chance The Rapper, The Killers, and Major Lazer, Lost Lake delivered a well-rounded blend of talent that paired top electronic acts like Odesza and Big Gigantic with satisfying, multi-generational tastes of hip-hop from Lil Yachty to Ludacris. Folk rockettes HAIM performed one of the highlight sets of the weekend, along with a raucous showcase from Run The Jewels and a lesson in R&B excellence from The Roots. The lineup curation was designed to span the spectrum, from Huey Lewis and the News to A Tribe Called Red with so many genre-hopping performances in between. What’s more, local Phoenicians and Phoenix-bred acts like Playboy Manbaby, Kongos, and Bogan Via shared the stage with nationally touring acts including Tritonal, Danny Brown, and Crystal Castles, celebrating the city’s animated music and arts scenes, hopefully encouraging other large-scale festivals across the country to adopt similar programming practices.

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Big on local programming

Beyond a phenomenal three-day lineup, Lost Lake applied heavy emphasis to balancing the inherent corporate sponsorships that come with a large-scale music event with locally sourced arts, attractions, and businesses tucked into their FOUND Marketplace. Lost Lake also incorporated interactive art installations across the festival grounds at Steele Indian School Park located in central downtown Phoenix. From pyrotechnic lilypads floating across the venue’s serene lake to paintings created by some of Phoenix’s top muralists sprinkled throughout the grounds, Lost Lake was a sight to behold. When fans weren’t busy enjoying life-sized LED playground equipment and backyard games, attendees could peruse local bar and restaurant options that lined the event’s concession areas, pushing Phoenix’s developing culinary culture to the masses.  Lost Lake honed in on the city’s local charm with complementary programming that immediately established Phoenix’s character as a major element to the new festival brand’s identity.

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Perfect location, aced logisitics

Most large-scale festival events struggle with logistics planning, even beyond their infancy. None are immune to all production issues, however Lost Lake’s inaugural run proved to be incredibly calculated and organized, even as it ran directly anchored in the heart of Phoenix’s downtown district. No training wheels necessary. Public transit access ran without a hitch, and on-the-ground festival operations were aced. Attendees were well-informed and considerately directed by festival staff, and local infrastructure was more than adequately prepared to accommodate Superfly’s Arizona debut. On-site logistics were matched by a pristine venue, and Arizona’s mid-80’s autumn season proved to be a perfectly pleasant festival backdrop. Other events that have tried to stake their claim in Phoenix have suffered from incredibly poor planning, unsavory venue selections, and even worse weather, though Lost Lake managed to navigate Phoenix’s stereotypical “drawbacks” with near perfection. Trash and recycling receptacles dotted every free space at the festival, again encouraging similarly scaled events to take similar measures not only for the attendance experience, but also out of respect for the city and the venue alike. The result made a profound difference.

Image: Jorgensen Photography

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Keep your eyes on Phoenix

Superfly Presents has already established itself as one of the top names in the business, putting on some of the most sought-after events of the year in North America. Expanding their vision to include a largely untapped market in Phoenix proved to be a significantly successful move, and likely put Phoenix on the map in a major way. And while other dance-centric festival events have sprung up in Phoenix in recent years, like Goldrush Festival, Mad Decent Block Parties, and Decadence offshoots, Lost Lake brought an entirely different vibe to Phoenix that included a heavy appreciation for the city’s narrative and identity, and likely lit the beacon for other major cross-genre multi-day events to begin flocking to the Southwest too.

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Nonsens – Wildfire

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Childhood friends from Denmark, Anton Twile Nielsen, Jens Espersen, and Rasmus Mygind Korsby teamed up to give music a go and came out of the gate in 2013 with a remix of M.I.A’s single “Bad Girls,” which was picked up by Jay Z‘s Roc Nation. The trio, otherwise known as Nonsens, took their success in stride and have been touring and producing music ever since.

Their newest single is titled, “Widfire,” sees the trio merge powerful vocals with a build that falls into a commercial house drop. The group is credited with co-producing Major Lazer‘s “Jump” and RL Grime‘s “Era,” in addition to their own catalog of music. Their influence on these collaborations is stylistically apparent after hearing their own releases such as “Wildfire.”

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Marilyn Manson made a second video with Johnny Depp this week. Here’s a free idea for everyone: Don’t make videos with Johnny Depp! He’s an accused domestic abuser, he looks like he owns an entire closet full of top hats, and he hasn’t been in a good movie since — and I’m being very generous … More »