Skrillex and Boys Noize reunite in New Orleans with a trove of new Dog Blood IDs [Watch]

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The dance world is waiting on the edge of its seat, salivating over imminent new material from Dog BloodSkrillex and Boys Noize‘s elusive, acidic side project. The pair recently linked in New Orleans to headline BUKU Music + Arts Project, reuniting for their first show since 2017, and only their second since 2015. Exceeding expectations, the duo used BUKU’s main stage as a testing ground for a trove of new, yet-to-be-named material, followed by a confirmation from Skrillex that new music is indeed underway, and landing soon.

Dog Blood’s performance at BUKU has been one of the most anticipated sets of the early part of 2019, along with Skrillex’s reunion with his former screamo outfit, From First to Last, which also took place at BUKU. As the Dog Blood’s performance schedule continues to materialize throughout the summer, expect more new music to debut from the OWSLA and BNR helmers. For now, get the first taste of new Dog Blood below and prepare for Boys Noize and Skrillex’s impending release—it’s bound to live up to the hype, and it could drop any minute now.

Posters appear in South Korea, Swedish House Mafia appear to have Seoul in their crosshairs

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Swedish House Mafia fans will tell you—patience is a virtue. 

Fans had to endure a five-year hiatus as the group dissolved in 2013 and did not play together again until Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 2018. Since the single show reconciliation last spring, the trickle of information laying out the trio’s long-awaited reunion has been a slow, tantalizing drip, with enigmatic posters appearing all over the world and extended countdowns surfacing online, signaling where the Mafia might appear next.

Dates in Ibiza, Mexico City, and a headlining slot at Creamfields this summer are already confirmed, and rumored appearances at Ultra’s Croatia stop and Tomorrowland are starting to piece together the group’s planned whereabouts—though now a stop in Seoul is the latest spot of speculation on Swedish House Mafia’s summer itinerary. However, with posters appearing in Split and Seoul back-to-back, Ultra appearances in both cities seem likely, though it is unclear if the posters confirm performances and if those performances are linked in any way. Details remain scarce for now, but the chances of Swedish House Mafia confirming a Seoul date in the near future now seems immanent.

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There’s strong evidence suggesting TNGHT are dropping new music very soon

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December 27 will mark exactly five years since Lunice and Hudson Mohawke dissolved their TNGHT collaboration. As quickly as the pair teamed up and launched the heavy horn-led trap trend into the stratosphere, the duo disappeared arguably at the height of their success. Despite some sporadic whispering of a reunion over the years, the “Acrylics” producers have yet to resurface — though it seems that might be about to change.

First, HudMo and Lunice’s defunct shared Twitter account reemerged only to post a tantalizing meme without much context. Pretty innocuous, however, the group’s rare social media activity matched with LuckyMe‘s annual
Advent Calendar release series suggests a roll out to new music is actually happening right before our eyes. Each artist tagged on LuckyMe’s SoundCloud page have a release slated for this year’s Advent Calendar series — Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, and TNGHT are all tagged.

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Pair these quiet online activities with the impending anniversary of TNGHT’s indefinite disbandment, and we may have a Christmas miracle reunion underway. For now, only time will tell, but new music from the trap lords has been on everyone’s wish list for quite some time now.

H/T: Run The Trap

Swedish House Mafia confirm Mexico City performance in May 2019

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As Swedish House Mafia‘s hotly anticipated reunion continues to materialize, the trio have confirmed another stop on their comeback circuit. Setting their sights on Mexico City, Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso will touch down on May 18, 2019, confirming a message Angello teased to fans at this year’s installment of Ultra Mexico. The group’s Mexico City booking next summer comes shortly after the highly publicized announcement of their hometown comeback performance in Stockholm next April.

Additional bookings are expected to follow in other major markets, and non-stop festival speculation has been fueling the rumor mill since the group reunited on stage at Ultra in Miami in early 2018. With new Swedish House Mafia music being made, huge potential endorsements looming, potential festival headlines, and what seems to be an international tour in the making, expect 2019 to be the Year of the Mafia.

Sign up for pre-sale tickets to Mexico City here. 

Swedish House Mafia confirm Mexico City performance in May 2019

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As Swedish House Mafia‘s hotly anticipated reunion continues to materialize, the trio have confirmed another stop on their comeback circuit. Setting their sights on Mexico City, Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso will touch down on May 18, 2019, confirming a message Angello teased to fans at this year’s installment of Ultra Mexico. The group’s Mexico City booking next summer comes shortly after the highly publicized announcement of their hometown comeback performance in Stockholm next April.

Additional bookings are expected to follow in other major markets, and non-stop festival speculation has been fueling the rumor mill since the group reunited on stage at Ultra in Miami in early 2018. With new Swedish House Mafia music being made, huge potential endorsements looming, potential festival headlines, and what seems to be an international tour in the making, expect 2019 to be the Year of the Mafia.

Sign up for pre-sale tickets to Mexico City here. 

Swedish House Mafia’s Instagram scrubbed lending credibility to extended reunion rumors

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Here we go again — Swedish House Mafia‘s Instagram has been cleared of all of its photos, so don’t pack away your black deep v-necks just yet. The last time the trio’s social media presence logged this type of activity was just ahead of their reunion at Ultra Music Festival in Miami after a five year hiatus. The updates from the group’s dormant profiles were quickly noticed by fans and abruptly batted down as routine cleaning by manager Amy Thompson, though as the not-so-secret reunion inched closer, it was obvious that the social media audit signaled the beginning of the Mafia’s return.

Swedish House Mafia’s Facebook and Twitter pages remain intact for now, however the group’s freshly wiped Instagram, including all of the images from their historic assembly in March, has the rumor mill buzzing all over again. Are Axwell, Ingrosso, and Steve Angello ready to pick up the Swedish House Mafia banner once more? Steve Angello is hot off the release of his long-awaited solo opus Humanwith two additional versions of the album expected to drip out over the summer and fall. In conjunction with the album however, Angello is also offering a lifetime pass to get into any of his solo performance across the world. Perhaps the specification of “solo” points to potentially collaborative shows in the future? Beyond that, fans have identified two new, yet-to-be-named tracks from the group’s performance at Ultra, and with cryptic hints from Tomorrowland at another appearance from the trio, we may be looking at full reunion run in the making.

Beyoncé pushes the Coachella envelope with Destiny’s Child reunion and Jay-Z cameo

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A wave of sadness passed among Beyoncé fans in 2017 when the decision was made to cancel her Coachella headlining performance out of pregnancy help concerns.

She more than made up for time on Saturday night, April 14, when she finally took over the mega-festival’s main stage for what will go down as one of the most iconic performances in its history. It opened with an extravagant college-themed arrangement of dancers, musicians, and bright costumes that gave way to a powerful entrance by the “Queen” herself. All the while, she kept her audience engaged as she paid homage to various factors that comprise her musical roots with hardly a crack in her voice.

Coachella is known for its artists bringing out a variety of all-star cameos, and Beyoncé was no different. Viewers were blown away at the reunion of Destiny’s Child, who performed a string of beloved classics. Jay-Z was also brought on stage for a sentimental “Déjà Vu” performance. By the end of her two-hour slot, some pundits even proposed that the performance was a signal of her creative peak and of her reaching a whole new level artistically.

Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

DJ Mag Germany alleges ‘official confirmation’ of SHM’s surprise Ultra reunion

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Swedish House Mafia‘s surprise Ultra reunion after five years of retirement has more or less equated to Daft Punk levels of fervor over the past couple weeks since a series of seemingly innocuous, yet mysterious events have hinted at their return.

Steve Angello and his team have repeatedly denied these rumors, as have others connected to the outfit. However, curious and hopeful fans have refused to give up their suspicion. A prominent lighting technician dropped what appeared to be a hint in a now-deleted social media post, while Hardwell posted his two cents right before Ultra commenced. Now, DJ Mag Germany is claiming in an ‘exclusive’ newsbreak that the news has been ‘officially confirmed’ to them that the supergroup will indeed be the festival’s Sunday closers. Their information, they allege, comes from the “DJ Mag Germany team on-site from the closest circle of the Swedish House Mafia.”

This new information is certainly exciting to hear, but no one will know for sure what the deal is on the iconic trio’s reunion until ten o’clock on Sunday, March 25, when the festival reaches its final hour.

 

H/T: Reddit & DJ Mag Germany
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Lighting tech appears to confirm Swedish House Mafia reunion at Ultra in Facebook post

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A prominent lighting tech appears to have inadvertently shed some light on the debate around the likelihood of a Swedish House Mafia reunion at Ultra Music Festival this year.

A grainy image of Swedish House Mafia group members circulated on an Axwell forum on March 18, before later surfacing on Reddit. The photo is said to have originally appeared on lighting tech Charly Bendenoun’s Facebook page, accompanied by a caption that, when translated, reads “They are back next weekend at Ultra Miami (except the fourth one on the left), you will have two tomorrow at the Pharaonic Festival Chambery.”

Internet analyzers presume that “the fourth one on the left” is Bendenoun himself.

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The post is no longer visible on Bendenoun’s account.

H/T: EDM Sauce

LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy reveals the reasons underlying the band’s 2011 split

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Ever since LCD Soundsystem’s surprise return with the announcement of a new album American Dream — to be released in September — fans are understandably puzzled, as well as relieved, given their apparently irreversible breakup back in 2011. In fact, the band even made a feature film about their break-up, which makes their comeback all the more confusing.

In a recent interview with New York Times, front man James Murphy revealed that there were two main factors underlying their decision to call it quits. Firstly, Murphy was worried about a shift in priorities and production style as the band’s influence grew. “I didn’t want to be that band. I liked being the band that was relevant to me. I felt like we were about to be the band that was not relevant to me.”

The second, rather amusingly, was to ensure that their “final” show at Madison Square Garden would sell out before their performance. “My theory was, if I make it our last show, we’ll sell it out in two weeks. It wasn’t a total lark, but it was a bit larky. But I like making decisions. I find it easy.” The show sold out in a mere seconds post their heartbreaking announcement.

In fact, Murphy was apprehensive about a prospective return, given the apparent finality of their Madison Square Garden performance. “I was like, no, because now if we’re going to play again, we really have to justify it. That’s a new, exciting problem and far more interesting to me. We’ve got to do something good enough.”

In light of the given comments, it is safe to say that there is more pressure on LCD Soundsystem to deliver with American Dream, than ever before.

H/T: Noisey

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