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Interview: Goldroom

Interview: Goldroom

Earlier last month, we were given the privilege of sitting down and speaking with L.A. based DJ/Producer Goldroom as he was preparing for his set at Primary Night Club in Chicago. The brilliance behind the solo project Goldroom is an extraordinarily kind and inviting individual born into this world as Josh Legg. He has been...
Interview: Big Gigantic

Interview: Big Gigantic

With the big show just days away, we were able to catch up with Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic to pick his mind about the 2014 Sky High Tour, coming to Urbana October 14th. We speak on his youth, his influences, the bands latest collaborations, and even touch on spirit animals. Be sure to purchase...
Pretty Lights - A Color Map of the Sun (Album)

Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun (Album)

Derek Vincent Smith, better known as Pretty Lights, has finally unleashed to the world his latest album,  A Color Map of the Sun, after a long awaited several years. Chock-full of that specific Pretty Lights vibe and an overall beautifully mastered composition, the album seems to bring the listener to a special place of serenity and tranquility. For...
Skrillex - Essential Mix

Skrillex – Essential Mix

The infamous BBC Radio 1 proudly welcomed back Sonny Moore, better known as Skrillex, to the airwaves for his second installment of their wonderful program, Essential Mix. The eclectic setlist features a variety of artists such as Dog Blood, Knife Party, Flosstradamus, Alvin Risk, and much more. A full set list can be viewed below. As heard...
Holy Ship!!! Lineup Announcement

Holy Ship!!! Lineup Announcement

As tickets for this one of a kind cruise-style festival are limited, those who have reserved their cabins are happy to hear that Holy Ship!!! has announced the artist featured on the massive vessel. The entire lineup can be seen here, but we’ll name all of the pivotal performers that are on the ship for fear of discrediting...
Disclosure - Settle

Disclosure – Settle

The electronic group Disclosure have released their eagerly awaited debut album Settle and fans have received the masterpiece graciously. As an added gift, the British brothers have announced that the track “Help Me Lose My Mind” feat. London Grammar will be the Single of the Week on iTunes. Be sure to get this free download and pick up your copy of the album here. Let...
Wavefront Music Festival 2013 Announcement

Wavefront Music Festival 2013 Announcement

With the immense success of last years event, alongside the brilliantly talented artists that comprise the 2013 lineup, the second annual Wavefront Music Festival makes it’s epic return to Montrose Beach in Chicago, IL on July 5th, 6th and 7th. With just one year of experience in the festival circuit, Wavefront has impacted the music...
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (Album)

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Album)

In late April, Daft Punk announced “Get Lucky“ as the lead single off Random Access Memories, their highly anticipated fourth studio album scheduled to release early next week. However, as of yesterday, fans of the French mega duo were graciously given the ability to stream the entire album via iTunes. Easily accessible from the homepage of...
Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams

Daft Punk – Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams

As of today, the lead single from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is officially available for download via iTunes. The track “Get Lucky” was previewed on SNL and features both Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Upon viewing both episodes of The Collaborators Series with Mr. Williams and Mr. Rodgers on the Random Access Memories website,...
Interview: MartyParty

Interview: MartyParty

In preparation for Thursdays event at the Canopy Club, we were able to quickly chat with the wonderful and innovative artist known as MartyParty. Born in South Africa, Martin Folb traveled to the States after finishing his studies in Cape Town in order to further pursue his professional career. After his decision that the corporate...
UPC.FM Vol. 2: Deep Bass (Hosted by Homemade Spaceship)

UPC.FM Vol. 2: Deep Bass (Hosted by Homemade Spaceship)

Artwork by ĐG. Coming at you with the second installment in our exclusive mix series, we bring you UPC.FM Vol. 2: Deep Bass hosted by our good friend from Chicago, Homemade Spaceship. Differing from his produced tracks, the mix is full of his select favorites ranging from dub, trap, to heavy house. You’re missing if you have...
Spring Awakening 2013 Final Lineup Announcement

Spring Awakening 2013 Final Lineup Announcement

As the snow continues to fall into the latter days of March, the true music lovers eagerly anticipate the arrival of the festival season. That being said, the second year of Spring Awakening, held at Chicago’s Soldier Field, proudly announces the final wave of artists to grace the stages of the lakeside arena. Headliners include...