REVIEW: Flosstradamus’s #HDYNATION Tour Misses the Point


Five-Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six-Hundred Ratchets. Is that the set of Broadway’s beloved show RENT, or are these dudes in bullet proof vests going to attempt to get us more TURNT than LGBT issues and the AIDS crisis? (Seriously tho, doesn’t the #HDYNATION production legit look like HDYRENT?) Saturday night’s performance had me begging the question, “How do you balance an elaborate ‘Fuckthapolice-a-thon’ with a multi-level stage show?” When will the crowd get tired of you throwing water bottles at them? Did they really just launch a tiny pine tree into the crowd? Fuck, that really looks like RENT, except everyone here has HPV instead of HIV.

Several of the aforementioned elements had me wondering what’s truly important when it comes to putting together a fully realized tour. And I came to the conclusion that maybe when you’re a DJ duo that excels at playing singles, you should stick with that approach rather than attempting to grasp for a storyline that doesn’t exist. At the very least, avoid building a storyline about poverty, discrimination, corruption and adversity that is so far away from the truth for the target audience to which you’re playing. I’m just saying, what do a bunch of underage, rich white kids with Taylor Swift Disease know about being hood? I can guarantee you they know more about the hit musical RENT, so maybe that was the inspiration. Or maybe I should just get off my high horse and enjoy a silly EDM show for what it is: FUN.

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ZEDS DEAD Will Play Thanksgiving Eve Show at Webster Hall


GUYS, THE BEST HOLIDAY EVER IS SO, SO SOON. Food. Friends. Cooking. Good smells. Charades. Nana. Wine. And did I mention, MUSIC? For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving in the city, you’re in for another treat! Canadian dub-duo and Mad Decent sweeties, ZEDS DEAD, have announced another stop on their tour supporting their newest release, Somewhere Else. Hot off a number of recent festival appearances including Electric Zoo, Houston’s Something Wicked and Seattle’s Freak Night, they’re coming back to Webster Hall on Wednesday November 26, Thanksgiving Eve, to give you a little inspiration for when you’re BASS-ting that bird in the morning.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Mad Decent Block Party at the Williamsburg “Park”

Mad Decent Block Party Brooklyn

An apocalyptic storm rolled through before the headliners got to take the stage but not before snapped 130+ photos of your smiling faces! [Read more…]

Mad Decent Block Party 2011

Image c/o Brooklyn Vegan

The free, all ages Mad Decent Block Party returns to NYC July 30 to South Street Seaport. The show includes Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey and PO PO.

Mad Decent then hits up Philly (8/6), Chicago (8/13) and LA (8/20) with Diplo, Das Racist, Curren$y, Reptar, Major Lazer, Death Grips and more. Check out full lineups at Brooklyn Vegan.

Grandma Tracy at Mad Decent Block Party NYC

Have a good night, e’rybody: