Resurrected: HARD Day of the Dead 2018 Review

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At the tender age of four, HARD Events said good-bye to one of its most popular festivals, Day of the Dead. Buried six-feet under the earth and grieved by many, the Southern California event was in its infancy, yet showed many signs of promise and many hoped for a long life ahead. Tragically, the festival

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HARD Day of the Dead is Resurrected and the Lineup Has Dropped

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After their successful 2018 edition of HARD Summer (you can read my review HERE), HARD Events has been teasing at the return of its famed Halloween/Dia de los Muertos festival. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the “resurrection” of the L.A. event and today the ever important line up was revealed ahead of ticket sales. The

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Shiba San releases ‘Excluded’ EP

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Shiba San has brought his hip hop infused house sounds to another EP entitled Excluded. The four-track EP sees the French artist join Sankeys‘ label Kaluki Musik for the release after dropping EPs on Majestic Casual and his frequent home at Dirtybird earlier in 2018. This new body of work shows off his subtler side, as he strips down to the basics and creates intrigue through infectious basslines and clever synthwork.

Excluded kicks off with its pseudo title track, “Exclusion.” Starting out in an almost minimalist fashion, it slowly builds to reveal funky synths and sampling, presented across funk-driven bass progressions that could qualify for the “Deepest Of The Year” award. “Look Back” brings the EP slightly out of house’s nether regions slightly, withs= a hypnotic, retro through line that highlights acidic synths to create a familiar, yet timeless feel.


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Shiba San Drops First Releases In 2018 With His “Off To Funk” EP

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DJ and producer Shiba San has recently blessed us with his first releases of 2018. The gift from the French artist comes in the form of a two-track EP titled “Off To Funk”. The first track, “Off To Funk”, is a Tech House club track with a catchy vocal samples and dance worthy bass line.

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Shiba San throws down Chicago house in new ‘Off To Funk’ EP

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Dirtybird deity, Shiba San returns to Relief Records with his newest EP, Off To Funk, his second release on the Green Velvet-founded Chicago-based label.

The producer’s patriarchal presence in the house and tech scenes began after the release of 2015’s wall-to-wall club track “OKAY.” Since, he has embarked on world tours and worked alongside some of the most prestigious names in his respective genre, including Dirtybird label head, Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet himself, for their collaborative 2017 EP, Fearless. 

The four-track extended play, Off To Funk, features two original extended cuts, as well as two coinciding, shortened club mixes. The EP sees Shiba embrace the deeper, classic Chicago style house and tech elements that are so very characteristic of Green Velvet and the Relief imprint. In “Back To Funk,” a deep bass line thumps alongside rattling hi-hats and the repeated sample chop, “Back to funk/Freak the funk.”Comparatively, “Off” proves more melodic, with a colorful, highly texturized synth line alongside a crooning female vocal cut. Coming in with four new, satisfying club-ready house products, Shiba San has found a fitting home away from home on Relief’s roster.

Rosé Throne & Riza – Bang

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Rosé Throne and Riza have collaborated on a Future/G-house banger, aptly named Bang. The release comes on Ghetto Ghetto Records, a Washington DC based label. Rosé Throne is a DC native who has never had a problem breaking rules and transcending musical boundaries to satisfy his creative vision. You can catch Rosé Throne opening for

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Bonnaroo announces ‘The Other’ lineup

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Bonnaroo announced stage programming for The Other ahead of the festival’s 2018 edition. The newly added dance tent likely formed as Bonnaroo’s answer to Coachella‘s storied Sahara Tent. Last year, Bonnaroo debuted the new stage concept — which replaced the festival’s beloved Kalliope Stage — and featured a diverse range of EDM acts such as Claude Vonstroke, G Jones and Getter, to name only a few. The addition was welcomed by attendees and The Other appeared to be one of the most frequented attractions throughout the four day weekend.

Now, the festival has released this year’s lineup for ‘The Other.’ Featuring acts like Kaskade, Virtual Self, Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Big Wild and Shiba San, the festival is taking a forthright step into the electronic programming that’s become so popular at festival’s nationwide. It appears such programming has paid off, too, as the Tennessean reported last year the festival’s attendance had rebounded following a dull turnout in 2016.

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Shiba San announces residencies in 14 different American cities

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Dirtybird’s golden goose, Shiba San, is coming to a city near just about everyone this year.

The Parisian powerhouse proved to be in high demand in 2017, selling out shows across continents. In an effort to strike a sort of equilibrium between the supply and demand for his shows, Shiba San has announced a 2018 residency run unprecedented in its size. San’s 2018 residencies will see the club fixture touch down in 14 major North American cities ranging from Los Angeles to Toronto, with a minimum of three shows already confirmed in each respective city.

The residency dates are in addition San’s equally extensive festival bookings, the Chicago house influencer scheduled to perform at an array of 2018 festivals, including CRSSD Festival, Shaky Beats, Bonnaroo, and more.

Shiba San’s 2018 Residencies:

Denver – The Church / January 19th / July / November

New York – Output / February 2nd / June / December

Vancouver – Celebrities Nightclub / February 9th / September

Los Angeles – Exchange LA / February 10th / August / November

San Francisco – 1015 Folsom / February 15th / May / November

Washington DC – Soundcheck / February 16th / June / October

Toronto – Noir / February 24th / October

Tempe – Shady Park / March 2nd / July / November

San Diego – Bang Bang  / March 3rd / October

Miami – Basement Leak Showcase / March 25th / July / November

Boston – Bijou Nightclub / March 30th / November

Seattle – Q Nightclub / Apr 6th / September / December

Chicago – The Mid / April 20th / August / December

Detroit – Magic Stick / April 21st / August / December

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Dirtybird Campout East shares staggering final phase of inaugural lineup

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The nest for Dirtybird Campout’s East Coast edition is finally full, with the complete lineup for its inaugural Dirtybird Campout East set to feature label forerunners, Barclay Crenshaw, Justin Martin, and Shiba San. Crenshaw, Martin, and San round out the St. Cloud, Florida-based event’s lineup, the third and final phase of which further expands the festival’s already massive talent roster, making for an alluring assortment of tech house, house, and tech funk tastemakers ready to take the decks from February 2-5.

Campout East’s Showcase Stage Takeover series also sees artist additions in the third phase, with Keinemusik’s &Me, Rampa, and Adam Port, Crew Love’s Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, Pillowtalk, and Nick Monaco, This Aint Bristol’s Billy Kenny, BOT, and MaximonoBrazil Team’s Bruno Furlan, Ciszak, DJ Glen, Danny Kolkand Lalaland’s Green Velvet, Prok & Fitch, Walker & Royce, and Get Real joining the festivities.

Accompanying Campout East’s third phase is the ensuing news of the Dirtybird Campout East Compilation, due out on January 19 on the collective’s sister label, Dirtybird Select. The special edition compilation will feature music from Nick Monaco, BOT, Justin Jay, and more. Birds seeking to migrate to St. Cloud with an exclusive Dirtybird release in tow can pre-order the compilation here.

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CRSSD Spring ’18 Line Up is Here

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Sunny San Diego is preparing itself for their boutique spring music festival, Crssd Fest. America’s Finest City will host the event March 3rd and 4th 2018 at Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego. The park features water splash areas, gardens, picnic areas and public art all overlooking the beautiful San Diego Bay and its skyline

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