As the UCSD student population mourned the start of a new semester, an all ages crowd from every conceivable walk of life straddled the fine line between hollow escapism and personal freedom to the tune of Bassnectar and his sweltering, bombastic collages. When flanked by drugged-out teenagers, dudes in yellow tutus, and girls dancing in pasties and polar bear hats, one has little choice but to merge with the pulsating neon spectacle. …MORE
First rule of attending a festival is that there will be afterparties. Since the first DEMF found Derrick May DJing to 200 friends in a late-night art gallery space, the Movement party scene has grown to seveal dozen events, ranging from amped-up clubnights to secret venue all-nighters. Since Detroit is a 2am town, and many of these venues are not typically used for DJ music, there’s always the chance for a bum party. But that’s part of the adventure once you leave Hart Plaza and start exploring the city’s darker corners. Here’s a list of events where you’ll find URB—bloodshot eyes and all. …MORE
Have you listened to Hot Sauce Committee Part 2? (If no, what the hell are you waiting for?)
If yes and you want another Beastie Boys fix, download this:
Also, words from Z-Trip and fun factoids after the break:
I guess when your festival sells out in a record breaking five days, you’ve got a little time on your hands. So what do the guys at Coachella do? They start up a cool little series of video vingettes featuring past Coachella performers chatting to other cool folks. They’ve already gotten Z-Trip hanging with Shepard Fairey, and Die Antwoord rapping with Santino Rice. The third episode features Chromeo‘s Dave 1 getting deep into the history of hip-hop with legendary ’80s rap art director Eric Haze.
Perhaps even cooler, you can listen to the entire uneditted interview on the Coachella website.
A few weeks ago, while watching megastar DJ Z-Trip rock a tailgate party for a few UCLA Bruins fans, the jocked excitedly told me that a sweet freshman girl, big cheeks painted with yellow and blue team logos, requested he play some dubstep. As the crowd of clearly mainstream coolege football fans went bonkers to the low end beats, I was struck that this genre’s time in the “phenomenon” spotlight is almost up.
A new film, Bassweight, is coming out in the UK this month. With dubstep superstars Mary Anne Hobbs, Skream, Benga and Kode 9 all partipating, the film is doubtlessly a credible look at the music’s near decade-long history. But the angle being reported by The Guardian is that Bassweight focuses not on the past, but on the …