After 5 years of building, Imagine Music Festival has undoubtedly secured its seat in the halls of the dance music festival hall of fame and in the hearts and minds of dance music fans across the country. What was once an intimate gathering in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward Park has officially solidified itself as one of the United States premiere dance music festivals, and boy, this year they brought the heavy hitters. Check out this jaw-dropping lineup, now stacked beyond stacked with massive artists Bassnectar, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Alesso and so many more. Run by a team of some of the nicest people in the game, this music festival welcomes its 5th year anniversary ready to blow previous years out of the water. The meticulous attention to detail from the team behind Imagine is the reason for their success. Loyal fans from the Southeastern United States and beyond have come to know, love and support this festival over the years because they constantly and relentlessly ‘bring the ruckus.’ It has been a personal honor to work with these guys over the years and witness their growth, and the 2018 edition, Imagine’s 5th year anniversary, is slated to be the most epic of all. Dropping a first phase lineup that set the festival world abuzz, the 5th Anniversary edition of Imagine Music Festival has released the full roster of performers for its 2018 event, which returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21st through 23rd. Once viewed as a burgeoning new festival filling a void in the Southeast, Imagine Music Festival has positioned itself as one of the nation’s most anticipated electronic dance music events, as well as one of the last remaining of the independent festivals. Joining previously announced headliners: Armin Van Buuren; Alesso; Galantis; RL Grime; and Zeds Dead will be Bassnectar and Kaskade. And, special guests The Glitch Mob and Getter will be joining Adventure Club on the Oceania Stage. Check out some shots from previous years at Imagine: From Bassnectar to Zhu, Green Velvet to Zeds Dead, this festival has something for everyone. From the smashing bass on one side of the speedway to the house vibes on the other, Imagine has become a staple for the Southeast, and something dance music fans across the country have come to know and love. Featuring four main stages, Imagine’s immersive aquatic fairytale will permeate the grounds of Atlanta Motor Speedway – from the infield to deep into the early morning in the camping areas. View the 2017 Official Aftermovie for a taste of the madness: Previously announced artists on the 2018 performer lineup include: Headliners: Armin Van Buuren; Alesso; Galantis; RL Grime, Zeds Dead and special guest: Adventure Club. Oceania Stage: 12th Planet; Bear Grillz: Liquid Stranger; Riot Ten; Zaxx; Eddie Gold; Kevin Flum; Leah Culver; Midnite Panda; Ra; and Sunday Service. Amazonia Stage: GRiZ; ZHU; Cashmere Cat; Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set); Ekali; Eoto; Lotus; Jai Wolf; SunSquabi; Higher Learning; Juju Beats; Levitation Jones; Protohype and Zen Selekta. Disco Inferno Stage: Green Velvet; Oliver Heldens; special guest: Noisia; Chocolate Puma; EDX; Joker; Koan Sound; Shlump; Walker & Royce; Wax Motif; Afro Acid Block, with: Salah Ananse and DJ Kemit; Ariel; Exit 9; Halogen; Ployd; and White Rhino. Aeria Stage: Paul Oakenfold; Gabriel Dresden; DJ Dara; IVY Lab; Bryson Taylor; and DaddyDough. “Topping the prior year’s lineup has undoubtedly become a bigger challenge each year,” says Iris Presents founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand. “Through many special requests, our fans and the Imagine Family have helped to curate another dream lineup. Our fan support has been an integral part in the festival’s growth and we cannot wait to welcome you all back for our best year yet.” Tickets are available now starting at $219 for a 3-day pass and $285 for a 3-day pass with camping. VIP passes with express entry into festival, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms start at $360 for a 3-day pass and $479 with a 3-day pass with camping. Several lodging packages are available, including GA Camping, VIP Camping, RV Camping, Unity Travel Qube village and Hotels. Payment plans are available for a downpayment as low as $66.55, where fans can elect for four low monthly installments. “Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a third straight year this September 21-23, 2018, with early admission available on Thursday, Imagine continues to grow into the expansive venue further embracing the aquatic theme that runs throughout. Never ones to rest on their laurels, Imagine will be presenting fans with increased upgrades, based on feedback from its 2017 attendees. Imagine will continue to improve on the guest experience with more camping activities and services, additional entry and exits gates, improved VIP area, more custom stage designs and overall improvements to the site that will create better flow and shorter wait times. Throughout the aquatic wonderland there will be no shortage of aquatic creatures, dancers, cirque acts, art, workshops, the return of the Imagine pool and, of course, an even bigger and better lineup. As one of the country’s last remaining independent festivals, Imagine creates an all-encompassing, 360-degree sensory experience that blends music, circus troupes, performers, dancers, art, workshops, classes and more. “ Get your tickets now! You don’t want to miss this.
There were times when being a Beatles fan during their solo years was its own kind of blessing. There was 1970, when all four members put out their own records – and Let It Be was finally released, to boot. In 1973, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both issued their most-heralded solo projects; in fact, McCartney released two. As you’ll see in the following list of Beatles Solo Albums Ranked Worst to Best, however, it wasn’t always so great. Without the helpful input of the others, these former bandmates sometimes slipped into caricature, or stumbled down dead-end paths. They got caught up in the sound and fury of the day, or seemingly became disinterested in their own work. There were stirring comebacks for George Harrison and John Lennon, and intriguing posthumous releases when they left us too early. There were albums that still feel like time-stamped baubles, and others that have only grown in estimation. But how do they all stack up? This list leaves aside Lennon’s initial forays in soundscapes, live projects from all four and McCartney’s classical stuff. On the other hand, we included albums devoted to cover songs – be that old-time rock, the pre-war standards or Yuletide offerings – since they can be so illuminating. By that count, we ended up with more than 60 candidates. Keep scrolling as we offer Beatles Solo Albums Ranked Worst to Best. See the Beatles in Rock’s Craziest Conspiracy Theories
Working under their own musical moniker known as “Tropi-French” the duo behind Polo & Pan recently crossed over international audiences and debuted their new track, “Arc en Ciel”. Featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and Apple’s Best of the Week, this single is quickly gaining traction with its chill ambient vibes and European house roots. When analyzing the nitty-gritty of “Arc-en-Ciel”, Polo & Pan work very hard ensuring the simplicity of their sound while containing an oddball surprise around every corner. As the simplicity begins to mirror a French-flavored Portugal. The Man, the duo attempt to subvert this notion by substituting a four-on-the-floor house beat to counter any monotony in-between playful sounds. Although this may not be a traditional full-on house electro-pop bonanza straight out of Kylie Minogue’s playbook, Polo & Pan managed to tastefully combine the foundation of electro-pop house elements with a distinct indie pop derivation blaring from the speakers. Aside from the house beat, the French-based duo also utilizes quirky sounds timed perfectly to perk the ears up of lackadaisical crowd-goers. As a single, “Arc-en-Ciel” may raise eyebrows to those not familiar with the French lingo, but will have you hooked by the first few bars after hearing the fun for yourself. The sleek production style of their new single will lead into the debut of the deluxe edition of their new LP, Caravelle, on July 13th, with the original amassing over 23 million streams. Stay tuned for the full deluxe edition of their album! BONUS TRACK: Jungle house single, “Jacquadi” Follow Polo & Pan: Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud
Radiohead had spent the past half decade making industry-rattling records, so when it came time to record their sixth album in late 2002, they needed a break from being music revolutionaries. That’s not to say Hail to the Thief — which was released on June 9, 2003 — wasn’t another exemplary work of art by the best band of its generation. It’s every bit as groundbreaking and excellent as its immediate predecessors OK Computer (from 1997), Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001). But this time Radiohead deliberately scaled back from the tools that led them on their golden path. Starting with OK Computer, their third album and the one that sealed the band’s legacy, they logged countless hours in the studio, overdubbing tracks over tracks, mixing, rearranging, layering and overdubbing some more. Kid A and its sequel, Amnesiac, were basically electronic albums made with few guitars or other traditional rock instruments. Watch Radiohead’s Video for ‘There There’ For Hail to the Thief, the five members of Radiohead, along with longtime producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich, entered Hollywood’s Ocean Way Recording studios with a plan to finish the record relatively quickly and without much fuss. Six weeks later, they emerged with an album mostly recorded live, with minimal overdubs and a return to the guitars that helped spark their second album (and first classic) in 1995, The Bends. From the start, Radiohead said they weren’t out to make a “big creative leap or statement” with Hail to the Thief. Instead, the album — whittled down to 14 tracks by the time it was released — was a reaction to both their previous two records, which were recorded at the same time, and the election of George W. Bush in 2000 — specifically the War on Terror that followed his presidency. But like OK Computer, which indirectly rather than directly fed into a fear of rapidly expanding technology, Hail to the Thief was more informed by political events going on around the globe in 2002 than specifically influenced by them. The undercurrent is there, but the surface is often just as oblique and mystifying as the lyrics Thom Yorke pieced together from random words on Kid A and Amnesiac. Likewise, literary allusions also make their way into the songs and their titles. Each of the songs comes with a subtitle, inspired by Victorian-age music programs that would offer alternate titles to songs that housed some serious morals. So the ballad “Sail to the Moon” came with “Brush the Cobwebs Out of the Sky” and the funk-fused “A Punchup at a Wedding” featured the subtitle “No no no no no no no no.” Watch Radiohead’s Video for ‘Go to Sleep’ Which makes Hail to the Thief one of Radiohead’s most curious albums. It doesn’t set out to make a grand, creative statement, but it makes one all the same. This band just can’t help it. And as their last record with EMI, it marks the end of another era. From here on out, Radiohead would call their own shots, including the headline-grabbing decision the next time around to let fans pay whatever they wanted for 2007’s In Rainbows. And Hail to the Thief sounds like a bridge between the two periods. The songs aren’t as accessible as those found on the already-challenging Kid A and Amnesiac, finding a certain balance between the noises generated in the busy tracks and the spaces in between. But they’re also more straightforward than the paths future records would take. It’s a tricky album, with the best songs — like opener “2 + 2 = 5,” “Where I End and You Begin,” lead single “There There” and closer “A Wolf at the Door” — sounding like brand new excursions that also somehow sound cozily familiar. Radiohead were rewarded with another Top 10 album: Hail to the Thief reached No. 3 in the U.S. (Kid A and In Rainbows both made it to the top) and No. 1 in the U.K. And if it doesn’t exactly hold together as well as much of the band’s previous work, the tracks themselves find a sort of independence the more album-cohesive statements of OK Computer and Kid A can’t. Looking back, Radiohead made more focused records before and after Hail to the Thief (various group members have complained about the album’s nearly hour length, among other things). But seen as a transitional record in the career of the new century’s best band, it’s a crucial step toward where they were headed.
Insomniac has just announced the dates for the 23rd run of their longest running festival, Nocturnal Wonderland. The enticing festival will return to Glen Helen Regional Park September 14th & 15th. As you read on, check out our playlist from Nocturnal Wonderland 2017. photo credit Nocturnal Wonderland After the all the fuss last year about the changes made to the overall intention of the festival, we can not wait to see the line up this year. Last year, Pasquale made a point to have the festival return to its “roots”, in that, he wanted to make it less of a ‘SoCal Massive’ and give it more of an underground intimate vibe, much like its history. photo credit Nocturnal Wonderland Last year Insomniac concentrated on enhancements made to the environment and a limited amount of tickets, as well as focusing on up and coming artists, giving the chance to discover new talent, and creating unique vibes like those at Lightning in a Bottle, Desert Hearts or Sonic Bloom. photo credit Nocturnal Wonderland We can not wait to see what’s in store for this year’s journey! photo credit Nocturnal Wonderland Insomniac will be offering camping for the much anticipated weekend, as well as shuttle and hotel packages. Tickets go on sale June 8th, pricing for Tier 1 GA is 2-Day $99.95 +fees & taxes. Locker rentals will also be available for purchase inside the festival; $35 for a 2-Day rental or $20 for a single day rental. Camping Pricing Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 All camping pricing includes taxes & fees. photo credit Nocturnal Wonderland photo credit Nocturnal Wonderland Check out some of our articles about last year’s awesome run. Stay tuned for this year’s lineup announcement! photo credit Nocturnal Wonderland Follow Nocturnal Wonderland:
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Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman have announced a tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their landmark country-rock LP, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. They will play the classic album in its entirety and share stories of its creation. The duo will receive backing by country music legend Marty Stuart and his band the Fabulous Superlatives. “On March 9, 1968, Roger McGuinn and I, along with many fantastic musicians, began recording the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album at Columbia Studios in Nashville,” said Hillman. “We are honored that it has left a strong, long-lasting impression on country and rock music.” “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sweetheart of the Rodeo with a group of my favorite musicians is an honor,” McGuinn added. “We’re all looking forward to taking the fans through the back pages of the recording.” Though greeted with commercial indifference when it was released (it rose no higher than No. 77 on the Billboard 200 albums chart), Sweetheart’s stature has grown in the ensuing five decades, due in no small part to the influence of Gram Parsons, who had joined the Byrds, but due to contractual issues was not heavily featured on the album. Years later, his original vocals for the album were unearthed and included on a deluxe edition of the record. Sweetheart of the Rodeo is widely considered to be one of the most influential country-rock albums of all time, and is often credited with impacting both the genre’s greatest bands (including acts like the Eagles, the Long Ryders and Wilco) and its genre offshoots, like Americana. You can see a list of announced tour dates below. More shows will be announced soon. Byrds Co-Founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman’s ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ 50th Anniversary 2018 Tour July 24 – Los Angeles, Calif. — Ace HotelJuly 29 – Saratoga, Calif. — Mountain WinerySep 18 – Albany, N.Y. — Hart Theater @ The EggSep 20 — Hopewell, Va. — Beacon TheatreOct 3 — Akron, Ohio — Akron Civic Theatre
This past Memorial Day Weekend, Bradley, California was the temporary home to thousands of people attending Lightning in a Bottle 2018. Being my second year attending, LIB is officially one of my annual staple events to attend like many others since it proved to be a revolutionary one. The Do Lab team once again brought forward everything we love about the festival, but also introduced new elements exceeding our expectations. It’s easy to say that the music is what makes a festival outstanding, but in reality, LIB goes beyond and provides more than just gems to the ears. This year LIB offered activities and classes around Learning & Culture, Interactivity, Art, Yoga & Movement, Community Crafted Goods & Conscious Cuisines, Families at LIB, The Great Outdoors, and of course, music. LIB 2018 is a conscious community that proves and thrives to make a better tomorrow for our future generations. Photo by Aaron Glassman Connections and ideas that bloom within these grounds has endless potential… After personally experiencing the four-day weekender, I believe everything it conveyed was only to improve ourselves and those around us. LIB had loads of classes and workshops led by teachers and speakers guiding us for a better self. The Learning & Culture element involved talks about plant medicine, relationship advice, the learning kitchen to feed the soul, water & fire prayers, and including crystal activation classes. Mario Covic Photography The Interactivity pillar was a definition of an adult playground. Throughout the entire weekend, there were immersive games and activities to partake in. These include the Must-Dash 5k Run, 3rd Annual Invitational Soap Box Derby, Pots & Pans Parade, Do-Over! Beauty Salon & Barber Shop, Fire Flow Zone, The Hideout, and Rink-A-Dink Rink. There was also Interactivity options available all day and night for anyone like the White Library, The Zoa, Boogaloo City and much more. A limitless experience. Photo by Janet Jaimes Photo by Janet Jaimes Photo by Jessica Bernstein The musical element of LIB stood out the most out of all the particles of the festival. photo credit Watchara Phomicinda It welcomed once again the Lightning, Woggie, Thunder, Grand Artique, Pagoda and Favela Stage. The Lightning stage invited live performances of various genres like Zhu, Monolink, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Sofi Tukker, and The Glitch Mob. The Woggie stage included acts from house to techno like Will Clarke, Purple Disco Machine, Yotto, Nicole Moudaber, Rampa, and Partricio. The Grand Artique had live instrumental performances and acts like The Herbert Bail Orchestra, Dragonfly, Sur, The Dragon Lights, Con Brio, and The Talent Show. The Pagoda Bar invited acts like Kraddy, Volo, Mansion, Ethan Glass, Pigeon Hole, The Librarian, and Gladkill. Lastly, The Favela Bar included artist like Patrik Zhack, Armen Miran, Enzo Muro, Lovecraft, and two surprise guests of Zhu and Sacha Robotti. Sacha Robotti – ‘Melato Nina’: Photo by Jessica Bernstein Photo by Jessica Bernstein Photo by Jessica Bernstein Art is undeniably Lightning in a Bottle’s backbone since it existed at every corner of the festival. There was live painting & art-walk, creative workshops & classes, art installations, structures & stages, and performance art. This year there was the Artclave that was designed to wake the inner artist of each one of us by taking lessons that were offered at different skill levels. The stages either music or interactive ones were carefully designed and curated perfectly becoming orgiastic to our eyes. The Yoga & Movement classes were offered in three tiers including yoga practices, meditation, and dance & movement. Every day at almost every hour there was a class held providing you an option to unwind in various ways. Classes involved included acro-yoga, ecstatic dancing, astro-flow, earthing, and so much more! The meditation point was located on the outside rim of the festival providing quiet and peacefulness atmospheres for your own meditation sessions. photo credit Get Tiny Photography Hailley Howard Photography The Community Crafted Goods & Conscious Cuisines included the marketplace, eats & drinks including beer, cocktails, and wine. There were options available for the health heads and those who wished to get wild with some sweets. This was considered as conscious eating and assisted on fueling our souls. Besides the food vendors, LIB provided three sit-down restaurants for either a date night or brunch with friends. Great place for a first date. ]]> LIB welcomed all ages to the festival and for this, families at LIB was crucially important. There was a set time and list of activities for the youth. These include games, exercise & play, freestyle flows, sound bath meditation, story time, face painting, and more. The parents had an option to sit in also on talks led by knowledgeable teachers in the Parent Portal in the Kids Village. Even us adults could sit in to really feel like a kid again. The location of LIB is truly one of the favorites. Having the option to camp by the lakeside made it a peaceful and pleasurable environment. Everyone brought their A-game by converting the campgrounds to their temporary homes. From decorating their tents and hosting parties to having cook-outs with new neighbors. Phones & Tops off fun! ]]> Photo by Jessica Bernstein Photo by Jessica Bernstein Photo by Jessica Bernstein Enjoy the Lightning in the Bottle 2018 announcement video, while waiting on the official recap. With all the components involved above, it’s obvious that Lightning in a Bottle stands out so different from other festivals. Everything that it conveys proves it wants to make history by being a conscious community making an impact for the generations of tomorrow. Follow Lightning in a Bottle:
The Dead & Company opened their tour last night at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., the first of about two dozen dates they’ll play throughout the U.S. this summer. You can check out the set list and video below. According to JamBase, they opened their first set with “Shakedown Street” and closed with “Bird Song,” which dovetailed into “Loose Lucy” before heading back to “Bird Song.” The second set began with a medley of “Scarlet Begonias,” “Fire on the Mountain” and “Althea,” and ended with “Touch of Grey.” Because of the 11PM curfew, there was no encore. The Grateful Dead offshoot band formed in 2015 when former members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann recruited singer-songwriter and guitarist John Mayer to join them along with former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who has played with various Grateful Dead spin-offs over the years. The band has toured extensively since its founding three years ago. In late 2017, Dead and Company postponed three shows after Mayer underwent an emergency appendectomy. They’ll play two nights in Camden, N.J., on June 1 and 2. The tour will wrap up in Boulder on July 14. Dead & Company, Mansfield, Mass., May 30, 2018First Set1. “Shakedown Street”2. “Alabama Getaway”3. “It’s All Over Now”4. “Brown-Eyed Women”5. “Tennessee Jed”6. “Bird Song” / “Loose Lucy” / “Bird Song” Second Set7. “Scarlet Begonias” / “Fire on the Mountain” / “Althea”8. “Estimated Prophet” / “The Other One Jam” / “Eyes of the World” / “Drums / Space” / “Stella Blue” / “Touch Of Grey”
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‘Get Down’ by ShaQ:Muzik is a summer hit waiting to be discovered by the world. Its infectious melody will have festivals and beaches in party mode for years to come. If you like what you hear follow ShaQ:Muzik on twitter!