Electric Zoo 2014 Survival Guide

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The time is finally upon us. It’s that glorious weekend in NYC when we can throw caution to the wind and dance like maniacs for three days straight. The animals will RAGE. Electric Zoo will take over Randall’s Island Friday Aug. 29 – Aug. 31st. Whether it’s your first time out of the cage, or you’re a howling veteran we want to make sure you’re geared up with everything from A-Trak to Zedd (A to Z – get it??) to make this weekend safe, fun and all-around epic.

Visit the Electric Zoo website first. You’ll be able to get a quick snapshot of items that are allowed and items that are prohibited during the festival. One of the big changes for this year is NO CAMELBAKS. Regardless of size, you’ll need to leave your Camelbak at home, or risk getting turned away.

So here are some great things to keep handy:

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CMJ artist announcement is tomorrow

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I can’t believe it’s already (almost) that time of the year again.

As in past years, the CMJ Music Marathon brain-trust will host an invite-only artist announcement party tomorrow (8/27) somewhere in downtown Manhattan, where the first round of bands playing this year’s Music Marathon will be announced. There will also be live performances by Juan Wauters and Porches.

While the event is invite only, CMJ are offering a few people (21+) entry to the event if you enter this contest. You’ll also get some Champion swag. Contest winner will be informed of the location of the party prior to the event.

CMJ Music Marathon 2K14 runs from October 21-25 this year and boasts 1,400 artists in 80 venues in our fair city. If you’ve never attended, it’s basically like SXSW for New York City, except with less tech and overt sponsorship. Meaning… five days of live music, ’round the clock and sometimes free drinks. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

REVIEW: Teklife and Kevin Saunderson Played PS1 MoMA Warm Up Series

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I finally made a visit to PS1 MoMA’s Warm Up Series this past Saturday. Despite the imminent looking “Independence Day” clouds that were rolling overhead, the weather held out and made way for a comfortable afternoon of daydrinking and dancing in the courtyard.

This year’s installation is massive. The two towers of white brick are multifunctional. Observers can sit inside of the ceiling-less structure, and look up to see a metal infinity symbol hardly that hardly obstructs the view of the sky. Surrounding the towers are bade pools where people can cool their feet in water. Many people opted to do so on Saturday while soaking up some background tunes.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

bastardsapling-608x603Well, we survived week one. Not without a head full of Pallbearer thinkpieces, a split eyebrow or two, and some good ol’ fashioned tinnitus, of course, but here we are again–icepack to the temple, coffee in hand–plotting a course for the blackened heart of autumn’s metal release season. And although our news channels are running a little slower today than they have in Tuesday’s past, take some solace in the fact that a quiet week in metal is still apocalypse everywhere else.

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REVIEW: Röyksopp Played Output

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A lot of bad/good choices were made on Tuesday night when I decided to attend Röyksopp’s DJ set instead of opting for a good night’s sleep before an early morning shoot. Regardless, I’m glad that I was in attendance to see the nordic duo weave seamlessly between classic house tracks into heavier dub-laced selections as the night wore on.

The crowd left a little something to be desired. Upon entering the venue, some drunk kid said to me, “Oh it’s just a DJ set?” to which I responded, “Yeah, but I’m sure it will be great.” To which he responded, “Like great, even if I don’t have drugs?” Mind you, he said this right in front of two security guards. SO YEAH! I guess there’s always someone who’s there for the wrong reasons.

We persevered and were gifted with an atmosphere that (minus the crowd) felt like a true European nightclub. The performance built in strength and volume as Röyksopp played a diverse and varied DJ-set.

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Top five shows of the weekend

011107-liturgy15) Black Wine, Brick Mower, The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints, Tim Duffy, Brett Davis at Death By Audio
While our resident Don Giovanni specialist and Death By Audio wallflower Chris Quartly already told you all you need to know about this one earlier in the week, there’s no reason not second his sentiment: For $8, this record release bash for Black Wine—featuring an opening set from Brick Mower (whose new album also rules), stand-up comedians, and more—is by far the bargain of the weekend.

Friday, doors at 7pm

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Kaleidoscopic art party this weekend

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Interactive art collectives Something Different and We Are Raw Process throw a mini-festival and art party at Lot 45 this Saturday at 6 p.m., with live acts from Mattie Safer (formerly The Rapture), Wild Torus, and DJs Max August, Mykola Smith, Fenbred, Chakana and more. Festivities include live canvas and body painting, interactive projection art, and free paint brushes with every pre-sold ticket for guests to channel their inner Picasso in the paint party.

Tickets & Location:
$10 Limited Release
Pre-sale tickets available at www.somethingdifferentny.com
$15 General Admission at the door

Something Wicked Festival 2014

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Next up on my list of out of town festivals is Something Wicked in Houston, TX. After traveling for Forecastle, I figured why not keep the “party down south” thing going? Besides, in Texas it’s festival weather year round. When I saw the opportunity, I broke out in the words of Matthew Mcconaughey, “Alright, Alright, Alright.”

Something Wicked (presented by Disco Donnie Presents and NightCulture) takes place at the Sam Houston Race Park Oct. 25-26th and packs a serious punch in terms of lineup. The headliners are hot: BassNectar and Dillon Francis on Saturday (initiate fangirl sequence NOW). Martin Garrix and Kaskade take the stage on Sunday. If that’s not enough to get you rearin’ up to go, they just dropped the rest of the lineup last week. Spoiler alert: it’s cray.

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