Blend at Machine: Unpretentious Underground Dance Music in Boston

When you look at the decades of music coming out of the city of Boston, across multiple genres, it’s not particularly impressive. Rock’s relegated to group Boston or the Dropkick Murphys. Hip-hop’s face is Marky Mark, who won’t even talk about his brief rapping career, or one-hit-wonder House of Pain. [...]

By |2014-10-20T00:00:00-04:00October 20, 2014|Categories: Events, Reviews|Tags: , , , , |

Moonrise Festival: Second Try, Different Approach for 2014

Last year, promotion for the Moonrise Festival began with high hopes. The successor to Baltimore’s long-running Starscape event, which the city banned after the 2012 show resulted overcrowding and multiple drug arrests, appeared to be better organized, but was canceled three days before it was about to start. With EDM [...]

By |2014-07-03T00:00:00-04:00July 3, 2014|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Different Night, Same Set: How to Change the Modern EDM Mega Festival

No matter if Ultra, Electric Daisy, Electric Zoo, or Creamfields is your event of choice, the notion of “If you've seen one, you've seen them all” applies to practically all large-scale electronic dance music events on either coast and likely any continent. If you've gone to any of these, or [...]

By |2013-07-19T00:00:00-04:00July 19, 2013|Categories: Events, Opinions|Tags: , , , |

Road to Ultra Brings Fedde Le Grand to NYC

There’s irony in Ultra Music Festival holding a club tour. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Ultra stands for everything modern (and occasionally reviled by purists) about electronic dance music: the hottest artists put front and center in the lineup, the biggest singles remixed in regular rotation, and sets no [...]

All Mixed Up Review: Three Refune DJs, One Night

Three DJs at two venues in one night – that was the premise of All Mixed Up. Refune Records artists, including label manager Sebastian Ingrosso and protégés Otto Knows and Alesso, played two sets, one at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island and another at Pier 94 in [...]

By |2012-11-05T00:00:00-05:00November 5, 2012|Categories: Events, Reviews|Tags: , , , , |

Avicii at Radio City Music Hall Review: A Prodigy Turns Into a Pro

Some DJs build their sound and sets around anthems – that distinct vocal line or synth melody anyone can hum and have it immediately recognized. Others are symphonic. Sounds, from soaring synths to thudding deep bass, saturate the venue’s air, vibrating the walls and pulsating through every individual. Avicii, the [...]

By |2012-10-01T00:00:00-04:00October 1, 2012|Categories: Events, News, Reviews|Tags: , , |

At Size in the Park, Steve Angello and Size Artists Prove to be More Than a Swedish House Mafia Melody

Considering Steve Angello’s work with Swedish House Mafia and recently emphasizing his traditional DJing background, Saturday’s Size in the Park concert, at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, could have gone in one of two ways: an effort to prove his DJing roots or a long string of hits. Angello [...]

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