HARD announces annual Red Rocks takeover with DJ Snake, Virtual Self, and more

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As the festival circuit and the weather start to warm up, west coast festival goers know it’s getting close to HARD season. The LA-based electronic events giant has announced the official lineup for their sixth annual Red Rocks event slated this year for August 2 featuring a headlining performances by DJ Snake, Virtual Self, Mija, GG Magree, and Hekler. HARD generally offers their Red Rocks lineup as a primer ahead of their flagship summer event billing, usually around the time of Coachella. If this year’s Red Rocks talent roster is any indication, expect HARD to deliver another top-notch lineup later this month.

Roping together a well-rounded bill of exciting electronic talents, HARD comes through with a characteristically bold lineup ahead of their return to Morrison, Colorado. With Porter Robinson returning to HARD Red Rocks and longtime friends of the brand in DJ Snake and Mija topping the bill, expect this year’s event to exceed the hype.

Ticket and event information for HARD Red Rocks 2018 on August can be found here

 

FORM Arcosanti delivers impeccably curated lineup including Chance The Rapper, Skrillex, Charli XCX and more for fifth annual installment

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It has been half a decade since Hundred Waters began bringing their creative friends to Arizona’s high desert micro-city, Arocosanti. Now, the OWSLA-championed trio have curated their finest lineup yet ahead of the fifth installment of FORM Arcosanti. The model-challenging festival alternative is gearing up for its biggest edition in yet, with a bill topped by newcomers Chance The Rapper, Charli XCX, The Black Madonna, Fleet Foxes and Beach House. FORM participants experience intimate annual performances by Skrillex and Hundred Waters, along with slated appearances this year by Mija, SOPHIE, Tennyson, Daniel Caesar and more. Local Arizona legends, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra are also scheduled to make their festival debut.

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The weekend-long event applies meticulous focus on creating an inclusive, inviting, and creative space not only for performances and visual showcases, but for education and social discourse as well. This year FORM has partnered with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Chance The Rapper’s youth-empowerment initiative SocialWorks.

The fifth iteration of FORM is scheduled to take place from May 11-13.

Mija gets personal with new EP: HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS

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(Photo courtesy of Mija’s Facebook page) Amber Giles, a.k.a. Mija, is a DJ and producer like no other. First making waves in the scene in 2014 with mentor Skrillex, Mija has gone on to do amazing things. From producing numerous singles, touring with artists like Anna Lunoe, going b2b with Dirtybird favorites like Billy Kenny, headling her own incredibly

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Mija makes singing debut on ‘Notice Me’

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If there is one element that define’s Mija‘s career, it’s a genuine desire to explore new creative avenues and constantly reinvent herself. As 2017 came to a close, the producer made an understated, yet bold claim for the new year: fans would “meet Amber,” her given name and a hint at more personal releases.

Mija’s first release of 2018, “Notice Me,” lives up to her proclamation, as it is her first release that features the producer’s vocals. Keeping in line with her impossible-to-pin-down style, Mija also experiments with a number of sounds, from gentle piano arpeggios, sitar samples, woozy synths, and grinding bass. Though it may seem like too many disparate elements to form a cohesive track, Mija accomplishes the tightrope act with aplomb, crafting an introspective, beguiling original that is heightened by her introspective, effortless vocals.

Luckily for fans, “Notice Me” is just a vanguard for new music from Mija, as she is set to self-release a new EP, The Distance Between Lovers, on February 9.

Gina Turner arrested while boarding Holy Ship! 10.0

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DJ Gina Turner has been arrested after attempting to board Holy Ship! 10.0 with illegal substances on her person. A host of morning yoga classes on prior Holy Ship! iterations, Turner was apprehended at 5:17 PM at Port Canaveral, the place of the boat’s boarding, and later charged with one count of possession of cocaine, and two counts of possession of another controlled substance. Police did not reveal the name of the secondary controlled substance.

Turner’s bail was set at $15,000. Turner was to play an early morning set on January 6 from 4 AM-6 AM, in addition to a b2b style Drum & Bass set with Mija later in the weekend. Turner was additionally scheduled to head a Numerology Workshop on Tuesday, January 9, but will no longer meet any of the 10.0 weekend’s bookings.

Turner spoke out shortly after the charges in a tweet that has since been deleted. She expressed therein that she will indeed return for Holy Ship! 11.0 from January 10-13, highlighting the alleged charges to be “invalid.” Turner maintains that the two controlled substances in her possession at the time of the arrest were marijuana and a natural vitamin. The DJ cites a “false positive reading” on the natural vitamin as a culprit in the arrest, while stating that she has a “medical card” for the marijuana then on her person.

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Mija announces a major shift in direction for 2018

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As 2017 comes to a close, Mija has decided to reveal a new direction to pursue in the coming year. The DJ/producer first alluded to her new direction with the announcement that she would be releasing her debut EP, titled How to Measure the distance Between Lovers, while dropping its first track, “Bad for You.”

In a recent announcement on Twitter, Mija, real name is Amber Guiles, told fans that in 2018 she planned on showing the world who Amber was as opposed to what fans have come to know from her artistic pseudonym. She also hints at a new project titled ‘Amber’ with her twitter announcement.

 

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If “Bad for You” is any indication of the quality of the forthcoming EP in addition to the introduction of Amber, then we can certainly expect for the producer to have her biggest year yet.

Photo credit: OWSLA

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Mija Teases New Project ‘AMBER’ For 2018

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Mija is gearing up to focus more on production in 2018.

Electric Mantis – ‘Lying & Loving’ feat. Mothica

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Portland-based DJ/producer Electric Mantis is back with another intriguing original track titled “Lying & Loving,” featuring Mothica on vocals. Hailing from Alaska, Wyatt Pearson is certainly heating up some icy roots here in 2017, remixing tracks for Mija and Alina Baraz ( “Electric” featuring Khalid), as well as a few originals that have accumulated millions of streams.

Pearson proves why he is worthy of those numbers on this new release, with eclectic synth elements and an off-beat drum rhythm that somehow fits perfectly under Mothica’s echoing verses. Mantis ultimately chops up her verses for some pitch-vocals, and for leading into an even more dynamic drop.

 

 

 

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Gift Guide: 10 artist merch items perfect for holiday gifting

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10 Artist Merch Items perfect for Holiday Gifting

 

Each year hundreds of artists go above and beyond in their merch releases, putting in creative efforts that offer their fans the opportunity to show their love in a vast variety of ways.

This gift guide celebrates the unmissable, unique merch of 2017. From ‘Tweeter paper’ to a limited-run comic book, this complete collection of product prowess is the perfect place to finish out the Holiday gifting. And while there’s sadly no longer an opportunity to “Have Dillion Francis Babysit Your Kid” or buy Diplo‘s limited-run “Cowboy” shirt, we’ve gathered an impressive merch array sure to bring plenty Holiday cheer.

Words by Grace Fleisher

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Daft Punk Robot Helmet Ring

 

Robot rock? No — but a robot ring might do. The GM08 Helmet Ring is the only ring left in stock, but be sure to snag this sterling silver keepsake sure to withstand the most alive of raves.

Purchase here

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Malaa Mask

 

Who is Malaa? With this signature balaclava, it could be you.

Purchase here

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OWSLA No. 2 Mystery Gift Box

 

With three t-shirts, one fleece, two hats, and one accessory, OWSLA’s No. 2 mystery gift box — or the other two available options — is surely the No. 1 gift for the OWSLA lover in your life.

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Lane 8 Long Sleeve

 

2018 will be Lane 8’s year. Daniel Goldstein’s releasing his second studio album in mid-January and this delightful floral graphic arrives just in time for the highly-anticipated release.

Purchase here

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Mija’s FK A GENRE RIP GENRE TEE

 

Mija’s ‘FK A GENRE’ ethos has taken the EDM world by storm. She’s got a DIY-punk-rock mentality and the sick merch to match.

Purchase here

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Claude VonStroke Jenny Necklace

 

We really can’t think of a better way to rep the Dirtybird daddy than this VonStroke ‘Jenny’ necklace.

Purchase here

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Kill The Noise Tweeter Paper

 

Freshin’ up AND read some tweets with your very own Kill The Noise ‘Tweeter Paper.’

Purchase here

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Frank Ocean Endless Vinyl

 

Our love for Frank Ocean is Endless. Celebrate this year’s slew of satisfying surprises with this exclusive vinyl.

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(All of) Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Merch

 

Kung Fu Kenny undebatably dropped the hottest tour merch of 2017. It’s had us saying DAMN. all year… so get it before it’s too late.

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REZZ’s Mass Manipulation Comic Book

 

REZZ’s 60-page psychedelic comic book is the most artistically sound, unique merch release of 2017. Not only is it true to her vision, it cements both her poised takeover of music and Planet Earth alike.

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Mija announces her debut EP with soulful new track ‘Bad For You’

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Mija continues to bend the boundaries of a multitude of genres with her new track “Bad For You,” featuring Kelli Schaefer. Fashion designer, musical curator and entrepreneur, Amber Giles continues to be a creative force in the dance music realm (or whatever realm she chooses to participate in).

Connected by a mutual friend via the Internet, Mija produced the song and linked up Portland DIY artist Kelli Schaefer, who wrote the vocals and lyrics. The track is being released in correlation with the announcement of Mija’s upcoming debut EP How To Measure The Distance Between Lovers, set to drop in early 2018.

Schaefer, a frequent member of the indie rock scene, is a perfect fit for Mija’s experimental production elements on the track, which includes a downtempo bassline, subtle pitched vocals, and a variety of electronic samples that words cannot describe.

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