Audien kicks off Escapism Tour at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall [Review/Photos]

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Audien kicks off Escapism Tour at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall [Review/Photos]Audien Julian1

Progressive house poster child, Audien‘s had this EDM game down pat for some 10 odd years now.

At just 27 years old, he’s among the most tried-and-true talent in the new wave of dance music’s ever-expanding rolodex. His most recent studio album released this year, Escapism, spanned the length of his technicolor production pedagogy. Within the LP, he by no means “reinvents the wheel” as he noted, but rather harnesses the progressive and dance pop prowess he’s been cultivating for a decade now, with some warranted experimentation to boot.

Audien’s Escapism Tour commenced at Concord Music Hall, a rather intimate venue known to invite a range of artistry in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The Grammy-nominated DJ filled the space, which allowed for multi-platform lower-level and balcony vantage points of Audien’s aerial cityscape visuals—which felt fitting for the tour’s Windy City debut. Attendees got, unsurprisingly, a fair diversity of music, doused in nostalgia, with Audien’s own sprawling catalog filling the lion’s share of the track list.

Audien kicks off Escapism Tour at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall [Review/Photos]Audien Julian 1

What he may lack in stage presence he more than accounts for in song curation. Audien played to his eager, predominately early-20-something crowd with precision. He unfurled spirited selections accessible for any fan of popular music, like his future bass Halsey remix, “Colors,” and his collaborative venture, “Something Better” with country crossover trio, Lady Antebellum.

Mixed in with the chromatic dance pop landscapes of the set were, of course, progressive gems like Eric Prydz’s “Every Day,” and even some dubstep—as he’s known to sprinkle on his sets from time to time.

Audien kicks off Escapism Tour at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall [Review/Photos]Audien Noah Semeria 1

Audien’s tour will run through the end of this year, wrapping things up in in Vancouver on New Year’s Day. More information and tickets to the remaining stops are available here.

Photos by: Noah Semeria & Julian Romano

Skrillex joins in on birthday surprise for TroyBoi during Los Angeles headline

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Skrillex joins in on birthday surprise for TroyBoi during Los Angeles headlineTroyboi Skrille

Skrillex and TroyBoi are both legends in their own regards. Seeing either one of them live is always an unforgettable experience. Seeing them share the stage to perform their massive collaboration, “Warlordz,” is almost too good to be true, yet it’s exactly what lucky attendees of TroyBoi’s Los Angeles headline show experienced on Nov. 22.

On the 22nd, TroyBoi shut down Los Angeles’ famous venue The Shrine in the midst of his Nostalgia Tour. Fans were in for quite the night, with opening sets from both Argenil and Destructo, followed by TroyBoi’s signature trap sound. As the clock neared midnight, the music cut out, and TroyBoi’s friends and crew took to the stage to wish him a heartwarming happy birthday. To both the audience and TroyBoi’s surprise, Skrillex joined in on the action. As the birthday celebration drew to a close, the natural next move was to jointly perform their hit 2019 collaboration.

Moody Good heads back to Deadbeats for ‘Kush’

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Moody Good heads back to Deadbeats for ‘Kush’Moody Good Press Shot

Eddie Jefferys, known now musically as Moody Good, has been disseminating his dastardly dubstep earmark for years—both on his own and formerly, as one half of the bass outfit, 16bit. Since launching his solo project, he’s released with NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations, Skrillex‘s OWSLA imprint, and most recently, Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats label.

The “Hotplate” producer’s return to Deadbeats is marked by “Kush,” an aural nod to the island-y dominion of rhythmic dub, all the while employing melodic sensibilities to its audacious approach. The track’s bass grinds alongside bubbly, video-game reminiscent synth lines pack an enticing punch for bass consumers on any side of the dubstep continuum.

Moody Good is currently executing his Sunny Side Up headlining tour. Tickets are available here.

Cashmere Cat cancels Princess Catgirl tour

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Cashmere Cat cancels Princess Catgirl tourCashmere Cat Credit Kyle Gustafson

Prior to its scheduled beginning, Cashmere Cat has canceled his nationwide Princess Catgirl tour. According to his tweet announcing the cancellation, problems with the live production and putting on a quality show are to blame for the cancellation. However, Cashmere Cat will still perform his scheduled New York and Los Angeles shows.

Cashmere Cat’s latest album is a bright and innovative concept album centering around the character of Princess Catgirl. The album’s roll out included videos for the tracks “For Your Eyes Only” and “Emotions,” which were each his most visually ambitious works to date. In a recent Reddit AMA, Cashmere Cat described his creation of the Princess Catgirl character:

I started having strange ideas of this character maybe 2 or 3 years ago?? it seemed so impossible and far away.. like it could never be real… but then we worked on it forever and brought her to life.. now I feel a lot more confident that I can imagine something and make it real… I think Catgirl will be part of cc forever.

Photo credit: Kyle Gustafson, The Washington Post

Jeremy Olander gives away signed Balance vinyls and AA access to his tour [enter here]

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Jeremy Olander gives away signed Balance vinyls and AA access to his tour [enter here]Jeremy Olander Press Shot 2019 Credit Artist Team

It might come as a suprise to some that, after over a decade spent as a leading progressive house figure, Jeremy Olander has yet to add a full-length album to his glimmering discography. That’s all going to change on November 29, when his first longform effort arrives on Balance. For two decades now, the Melbourne-based imprint has served as a pillar within the melodic house community, making it a fitting home for Olander’s current undertaking. Balance Presents: Vivrant will manifest as a mix compilation format, focusing heavily on a slew of fresh releases from the Vivrant label boss, in addition to exclusives from an array of his closest friends and colleagues. Expect an emotive ride through darkness, light, and everything in between.

A longtime friend of Dancing Astronaut, Jeremy Olander partnered with us to offer something special to fans. He’ll be giving one lucky winner a signed vinyl of his milestone album debut, in addition to a pair of AA tickets to any of his upcoming tour dates in support of the record. The tour includes highlight stops at LA’s Sound Nightclub, Toronto institution Coda, Analog Brooklyn, and London’s E1.

If the idea of hanging out with Jeremy and scoring a signed vinyl is of interest, make sure to enter the contest before November 19.

ENTER CONTEST HERE

Tour Dates:

2019

11/09 – Oslo – Norway
11/15 – San Diego – USA
11/16 – Dallas – USA
11/22 – El Paso – USA
11/23 – Los Angeles – USA
11/29 – Liverpool – UK
11/30 – London – UK
12/06 – St. Petersburg – Russia
12/07 – Moscow – Russia
12/27 – Goa – India
12/28 – Hyderabad – India
12/29 – Mumbai – India

2020

01/01 – San Francisco – USA
01/11 – Istanbul – Turkey
01/18 – Stockholm – Sweden
01/24 – Denver – USA
01/25 – Montreal – Canada
01/26 – Houston – USA
01/31 – Toronto – Canada
02/01 – Ottawa – Canada
02/08 – Miami – USA
02/21 – Auckland – New Zealand
02/23 – Carapooee West – Australia

02/28 – Melbourne – Australia
02/29 – Sydney – Australia
03/01 – Brisbane – Australia
03/07 – Geneva – Switzerland
03/13 – Boston – USA
03/14 – Brooklyn – USA

Getter returns with more fluttery future bass, ‘Heartless’

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Getter returns with more fluttery future bass, ‘Heartless’Getter

Getter’s artistic path has been a winding road, worthy of appreciation and ample applause. While the producer endured a tumultuous start to the year—having cancelled his Visceral tour—Getter is back with a new track that seems to solidify his current musical direction.

“Heartless” is a six-minute track that feels almost like a middle finger to all of his vicious critics and self-described fans who led him to cancel his last tour. It’s a total departure from the filthy dubstep that led him to fame, but quite consistent with the better part of his Visceral album.

The song features a downtempo beat with some scrumptiously wicked synths that give a glimpse of the hurt surrounding Getter’s emotionally torturous year of artistry. ’90s-era metal vocals shriek, “Cut my heart out / We’ll never work it out / But we keep trying / And you keep crying / Feels like I’m frozen / You think I’m chosen / Please don’t start this / Maybe I’m heartless.” It’s an unflinchingly emotive track from the notoriously comedic DJ; nonetheless a side of his artistic repertoire worth showcasing. Good game, Getter.

Photo Credit: Rukes

Mike Posner completes walking trip across the US

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Mike Posner completes walking trip across the USMike Posner Island Records

Mike Posner has accomplished something that few others have even dared try: a trip across the United States by foot. The journey clocked in at around 3,000 miles and just over six months of travel from its New Jersey origin point, but perhaps the greatest display of tenacity from the singer arrived in mid-August when he got bitten by a rattlesnake while trekking through Colorado. The bite left him hospitalized and in need of physical therapy, but Posner remained committed to his goals and immediately resumed his trip westward. On October 18, he reached the Pacific Ocean at Venice Beach.

The singer expressed his jubilation at end of his journey on social media, where he was met with support from Mike Shinoda, and Ty Dolla Sign, and other major players in the industry. Posner had wanted to complete the journey for around two years before commencing it, following the passing of his father in 2017, and Avicii the year after.

“I feel everyone has a list of things they’d like to do in life and then a list of things they have to do,” explained Posner to Billboard of his undertaking. “After (the deaths) I realized I couldn’t wait to do these things I had to do on that list. I’d been putting (the walk) off for years and years and years. The time is now.”

Blink-182 is back with poignant new LP, ‘NINE’ [Stream]

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Blink-182 is back with poignant new LP, ‘NINE’ [Stream]Blink 182

While blink-182‘s former guitarist, Tom DeLonge, has been sweeping headlines for his hand in validating UFO sightings, his former super-band is still churning out pop-punk anthems.

The notorious Californian Enema of the State ensemble recently released their second LP with Alkaline Trio guitarist, Matt Skiba, who replaced DeLonge in 2015. NINE embodies the band’s continued development in songwriting emphasis and mature themes taking the lead in the lyricism. The same angst-ridden lifeblood of the band is accounted for, but with tactful delivery to boot. The 16-track collection arrives via Columbia Records, following their 2016 LP, California.

The band has certainly experienced a staunch resurgence in the post-pop-punk landscape. The new blink bumps elbows with Steve Aoki and tours with Lil Wayne. Their tour concludes ever so fittingly this weekend on their home turf in San Diego.

Elephante returns with ‘Diamond Days’ ahead of fall tour

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Elephante returns with ‘Diamond Days’ ahead of fall tourElephante

Tim Wu, better known as DJ and producer Elephante, has released his latest single titled, “Diamond Days.” He first debuted the track during his set at Lollapalooza earlier this summer, and the release notably features Wu’s own vocals. “Diamond Days” plants Elephante’s vocal work front-and-center, complemented by an artfully light, airy break.

Wu spoke to Dancing Astronaut about the release, noting,

“This song has been the creative center of gravity of everything I’ve been making for the last year. I finally feel like I know what kind of sounds I want and what kind of stories I want to tell, so ‘Diamond Days’ is really setting the stage for all my new music and the tour this fall – everything from the stage design to the new visuals to the new set and performance – and I can’t wait to show everyone how it all comes together.”

Wu will be embarking on a Diamond Days tour this fall, and fans hoping to see Elephante this fall can see a full list of dates here.

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Yotto hatches new label housing, Odd One Out, alongside its first single, ‘Shifter’

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Yotto hatches new label housing, Odd One Out, alongside its first single, ‘Shifter’Yotto Coda

Yotto‘s extended tenure atop Anjunadeep‘s auspicious artist roster has afforded him a wealth of opportunity and accolades over the years, as his progressive fingerprint grew him a fierce following in the process.

Now, the Finnish producer is taking his accrued success to new heights, with the inception of his Odd One Out recording imprint. For Yotto, the name is quite eponymous, as he’s always seen himself as aurally eccentric: an extension of his offbeat disposition and overall outlook on life.

“I strongly believe that nobody could do a worse job running a record label than me,” Yotto says of the launch, tongue more than likely in cheek. “To make sure I stay ahead of the competition in terms of idiocy and surreal zookeeping, I present Odd One Out – an amalgamation of galactic chase scene soundtracks and sunshine-inspired techno blues. We are all odd ones out there – this music is for the outsiders.”

As an added crescendo to the announcement, Yotto officially revved the Odd One Out engines with the label’s first native release, “Shifter,” complete with an additional, extended edition. The track is a shining emblem of Yotto’s mounting, tech-directed style. The atmospheric Yotto original is an impeccable harbinger of the undoubtedly unorthodox cuts to come out of the new label housing in the near future.

Arriving alongside the label news is the full agenda for Yotto’s world tour. Kicking off this Friday, July 26, the tour will beat on through the remainder of the year at a menagerie of festivals and tour shows alike.

Yotto 2019 Tour Dates

Jul 26 – The Church, Edmonton, Canada

Jul 28 – The Gorge Amphitheater, WA, USA

Aug 2 – Cova Santa, Ibiza, Spain

Aug 10 – Ilesoniq Festival, Montreal, Canada

Aug 11 – Three Mills Island, London, UK

Aug 31 – Electric Zoo, NY, USA

Sep 2 – Provincetown Boat Party, Boston, MA, USA

Sep 13 – Brown Alley, Melbourne, Australia* 

Sep 14 – Greenwood Hotel, Sydney, Australia*  

Sep 15 – Sub Rosa, Brisbane, Australia*  

Sep 20 – Spin, San Diego, CA, USA*  

Sep 21 – Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX, USA

Sep 27 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada* 

Sep 28 – Theater On The Lake, Chicago, IL, USA

Oct 19 – WesterUnie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct 26 – Freaky Deaky Festival, Houston, TX, USA*

Oct 30 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, USA*

Oct 31 – Coda, Toronto, Canada*  

Nov 01 – Soundcheck, Washington DC, USA*

Nov 15 – Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA*

Nov 22 – Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO, USA*

Nov 23 – Skyway Theatre Studio B, Minneapolis, MN, USA*

Dec 07 – The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA*

Dec 10 – Your Paradise Festival, Fiji

* indicates Odd One Out tour date

Photo Credit: Alec Donnell Luna