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Illenium Shares His Struggles Through Letter to the Fam and Latest Single, “Take You Down”

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Illenium ‘Take You Down’ It can happen to anyone.  Gender, race, social class. America from coast to coast has been plagued by the opioid crisis. In 2016 alone, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found more than 64,000 people died from drug overdoses. Many of us, including myself, have seen friends tragically pass away and families forever changed.  It has become a national emergency for all of us to be aware of. In a note to the fam, superstar DJ Illenium revealed his own personal struggles with addiction. Illenium, who’s real name is Nicholas Miller, expressed his long battle with opiate addiction that eventually caused him to overdose on Heroin.  In the message, the 27-year old describes dark times in his life for him and his family as he toiled with the disease. The hope that so many go through seemed all but lost. Miller credits music and his mother for saving his life, both of which have helped him stay clean to this very day. Further, the heartfelt message is the inspiration behind his song “Take You Down”. Read his letter to the fam below. “Take You Down” originally debuted at the Global Dance festival in Denver in July. photo credit Global Dance Festival It’s official release, which coincided with Illenium’s personal story, occurred on August 3rd. The song’s melody is powerful, with an uplifting tone seemingly designed for anyone going through a similar crisis. In addition, the high pitch vocals actually come from Illenium’s friend Tim James. For anyone going through struggle, the track should come as reminder that love, hope, and help always exists.It is never too late to change your life around, as Illenium once did. Listen Illenium’s “Take You Down”:  Follow Illenium:

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Aerosmith’s First Tour Van Found by ‘American Pickers’

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Aerosmith’s first-ever tour van was featured on a recent episode of American Pickers after being discovered by hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. The 1964 International Harvester Metro, with the band name painted on its side, had spent decades rusting in a woodland near Chesterfield, Mass. The episode, titled “Roll Like a Rock Star,” first aired on July 30 and is available to watch on demand via History.com.Wolfe and Fritz were told that the vehicle was already there when the current property owner took possession. The previous owner was said to have had some connection with Aerosmith, although it wasn’t clear what that might be. In order to secure some provenance, Wolfe made contact with his friend Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.Auerbach passed pictures of the van to Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, who in turn contacted co-founding guitarist Ray Tabano, who was replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971 but remained connected with the band for some years afterward. Tabano lives nearby, so he came to see the van and confirmed it was the real deal – even bringing a photo of himself seated inside.“I’m afraid to say how long it is, but it’s been like 40 years since we’ve been in this thing,” Tabano said, describing the van as Aerosmith’s “rolling hotel” in their early days. “We’d drive from Boston up to New Hampshire for $125 [show fee],” he added. “Then after the gas, the tolls, and the food and back, we’d make like $3 apiece. … It just reminded me of the humble beginnings and I look at where (the band has) gone today — it’s just amazing.”Aerosmith will appear on NBC’s Today on Aug. 15, with high expectations that they’ll make an announcement related to their upcoming 50th anniversary. Wolfe and Fritz paid $25,000 for the band’s former vehicle. It remains to be seen what will happen to the van.See Aerosmith in Rock’s Craziest Conspiracy Theories window.twttr = (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], t = window.twttr || {}; if (d.getElementById(id)) return t; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); t._e = []; t.ready = function(f) { t._e.push(f); }; return t; }(document, “script”, “twitter-wjs”)); (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, “script”, “facebook-jssdk”));

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Ibiza’s Rising DJ Duo, Mambo Brothers Do Tomorrowland

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  photo credit Mambo Brothers Ibiza duo, Christian and Alan Anadon, better known as the Mambo Brothers, has been killing it with their recent releases and will surely keep us dancing on the dance floor. While being born and raised in Ibiza listening to the best DJs since an early age, having been part of the evolution of electronic music since the beginning, they have gained knowledge of electronic music from all the house genres. Their music style has been heavily influenced by DJs such as Roger Sanchez, Pete Tong, Masters at Work, Jason Bye and more recently Jamie Jones, Kölsch, Luciano and MK, which makes them bring out a broad mixture of vocally tech house with a touch of trendy house tracks from Ibiza throughout the times. The Mambo Brothers’ skill to read the dance floor has given them the ability to adapt to any kind of party and atmosphere. Listen to their mix here: One half of the Mambo Brothers, Christian, has been introduced to decks at Mambo’s sister bar Savannah, where he held a residency for many years. He watched legends such as Roger Sanchez and Carl Cox take over the decks as well as warmed up for them on a daily basis. Soon after, in the early 2000’s, Alan joined his older brother to form a brother duo, who often played at local Ibiza nightclubs such as Privilege and Amnesia.  However, it was not until last year that Mambo Brothers decided to step outside Ibiza and start DJing internationally for “Mambo On Tour” events in cities like London, Miami, Copenhagen, Lugano and Barcelona to name a few. This summer they have played alongside names such as Groove Armada in Pacha Ibiza, 2ManyDJs in Privilege and have done a special deep house set alongside Avicii in Ushuaia. Catch them on tour here. Nothing put the Mambo Brothers in people’s hearts more than their totally killer Tomorrowland appearance, enjoy now. Follow Mambo Brother: SoundCloud | Facebook | Instagram

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Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther’s ‘Longbranch/Pennywhistle’ Reissued

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Nearly 50 years after its initial release, a collaboration between late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey and his longtime songwriting partner J.D. Souther will get another shot at the spotlight. Longbranch/Pennywhistle will be reissued on Sept. 28.First released in 1969, the album was made available earlier this year as part of the Frey box set, Above the Clouds: The Collection. It will soon be released as a standalone record for the first time on CD. It will also come out on vinyl. The set was produced by Tom Thacker, and remastered and remixed by producer and engineer Elliot Scheiner —who has previously worked with Eagles, Steely Dan and Toto — along with Souther.Frey and Souther spent some time writing and recording together before splitting up when their record company shut down. Frey went on to co-found Eagles, while Souther mainly enjoyed a solo solo career, but they always fondly recalled their early days together.Frey, a Detroit native, later recounted the day he first met Souther. “My very first day in California, I drove … to Laurel Canyon, and the first person I saw standing on the porch at the Canyon Store was David Crosby,” he said. “He was dressed exactly the way he was on the second Byrds album — that cape and the flat wide-brimmed hat. He was standing there like a statue. And the second day I was in California I met J. D. Souther.”Souther also had great memories of Frey, who died in January 2016. “[He] was my roommate, best friend, and first songwriting partner in Los Angeles,” he said.“We knew we were onto something original, as are most young musicians, including our soon-to-be friends and collaborators Jackson Browne and Don Henley. But quite honestly, we were just trying to do our best work in a very competitive environment. If in doing that we evolved a new architecture of some sort, fine, but remember, we were all listening carefully to each other and to the giants before and among us. We listened to Miles [Davis], Hank Williams, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Trane, Bach, Cole Porter, Tim Hardin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Carole King to name a few. We always said that if you want to make great music, you should listen to great music. This album was our freshman project.”Other music luminaries appear on Longbranch/Pennywhistle too, including rockabilly guitarist James Burton, slide guitarist Ry Cooder, Buddy Emmons on pedal steel, Wrecking Crew pianist Larry Knechtel, drummer Jim Gordon, bassist Joe Osborn and fiddler Doug Kershaw.You can see the track listing below.’Longbranch/Pennywhistle’ Track Listing 1. Jubilee Anne 2. Run Boy, Run 3. Rebecca 4. Lucky Love 5. Kite Woman 6. Bring Back Funky Women 7. Star-Spangled Bus 8. Mister, Mister 9. Don’t Talk Now 10. Never Have Enoughwindow.twttr = (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], t = window.twttr || {}; if (d.getElementById(id)) return t; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); t._e = []; t.ready = function(f) { t._e.push(f); }; return t; }(document, “script”, “twitter-wjs”)); (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, “script”, “facebook-jssdk”));

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Splycer’s Piercing Compilation Takes Us on a Soulful Journey

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St. Louis based DJ, Splycer is emerging into the electronic music scene from the video game world. After creating adventurous music for games, he is now ready to get the club moving with his sound. With 20 years of music production experience, it is time for him to showcase his top tracks. Within Splycer’s compilation you will hear dubstep, deep house and high energy singles that embody the pure intentions of electronic music. Splycer Listen to Splycer’s Top Tracks below:  To begin the compilation, Splycer’s ‘True Love’ shows us the lighter side of electronic music with a fun, energetic dubstep beat and hypnotizing vocals. Later Splycer’s ‘The Urban Jungle’ uses exotic top-line vocals and congos to warm the soul and create a jungle vibe, then the track blasts off with electro house elements, successfully merging the energies of a jungle and city. ‘The Urban Jungle’ falls into ‘Tell Me Your Story’, a creative single with trance influenced vocals and a production style that creates a surreal atmosphere, this one may remind you a bit of Bassnectar‘s, ‘Unlimited Combinations’. ‘Believe in Love’ is intended to give us power to act above the hateful ideologies that seem to be acceptable to some people. In the break down of ‘Believe in Love’ the lyrics ring, “don’t be afraid, we are a society, built on love built on tolerance, built on love for each other, acceptance, give em love, give em love, don’t matter what you look like, don’t matter what you believe, but just believe in love.” This day and age I think our love for each other is tested, and when I think about the meaning behind Peace Love Unity Respect, the EDM culture and lifestyle, embodies this message to its fullest potential. I wanted this song to reflect that. -Splycer photo credit Splycer’s Twitter The compilation turns dark next with Splycer’s ‘Resonate’, as the deep vocals and heavy beat suck you in. Using ominous notes for ‘The Deep It Cometh’ this compilation goes even further down the rabbit hole. For ‘Our House’ Splycer offers us a deep house beat that takes us on a journey within, to end the collection by shining light on our soul. Enjoy how Splycer’s top tracks take us on musical journey from light to dark to light again. Then show your love by following him on his social media handles linked below. Follow Splycer: Spotify | Twitter | Instagram   

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Dee Snider Sold His Publishing Rights to Pay Lower Taxes

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Songwriters have traditionally wanted to own the publishing rights to their music because, in the event of a hit, it provides a major source of revenue. But Dee Snider revealed that, in 2015, he sold “a major part” of his Snidest Music catalog of 69 songs, including his Twisted Sister classics, to Universal Music Publishing Group.As he revealed to SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk, and reported by Blabbermouth, it was a way for him to have a nest egg in the event of his retirement and also because he would be taxed less. Although he didn’t disclose how much he earned, he explained the deal.”They [Universal] look at its annual income, and then they offer you multiple — say, ‘We will give you seven years, 10 years, 14 years,'” he said. “This is the negotiation. And the appeal of that is when you’re in — this isn’t bragging; rich rock star. Sorry. I mean, I’ve worked hard for that — but you’re in your 40-, 50-percent tax bracket. The money that you get each year goes in there. When you sell it, you sell it as a capital gain. So you’re only paying 20 percent instead of 50 percent. So you get a multiple of 10, 12 years, then you’re only gonna pay 20-percent tax on the money instead of paying nearly half of it. And you sort of weigh it up and you look at your life expectancy. Plus, you can say [about] a song, ‘Oh, I expect it to do good forever.’ But, you know, it may; it may not. You have up years, you have down years. If you take the money, you can invest it. And so now you’ve got an actual almost set income stream coming from your investment, and you’re paying much less taxes. So there’s a reason to do it at a certain point in your career. The time not to do it is when you’re in your 20s. The time to do it is when you’re retirement age.”Snider suggested that the use of his catalog, in particular “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” in movies and commercials over the years has increased its value. That’s a far cry from the years following Twisted Sister’s breakup when, ironically, he needed it much more.”I bottomed out in the ’90s; I was dead broke,” he continued. “If I had been made an offer for anything, for nothing, I would have sold. [But] there was zero interest — zero. [That stuff was thought of as] buried and over. No one saw it coming back. Metal was a dirty word. You couldn’t touch my catalog with a 10-foot pole — thankfully, because I would have [done it for] pennies [on the dollar]. Because I was broke.”window.twttr = (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], t = window.twttr || {}; if (d.getElementById(id)) return t; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); t._e = []; t.ready = function(f) { t._e.push(f); }; return t; }(document, “script”, “twitter-wjs”)); (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, “script”, “facebook-jssdk”));

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Cleo Creates a Unique Atmosphere with Major Lazer Remix [Free Download]

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photo credit Cleo’s Facebook Electronic music pioneer, Cleo is back with a fresh release, a remix of Major Lazer‘s hit “Know No Better“. Once you press play on this single you will appreciate Cleo’s artistry as he explores new tones and develops a style of music you have never experienced. You may recognize Cleo from his previous performances opening for artists like The Chainsmokers and Dave East or his EP we featured, “Szn7teen”. Otherwise, get to know him through his latest remix of “Know No Better” will take you through an extraordinary EDM experience as he successfully mixes two different worlds of electronic music. He filters Major Lazer‘s catchy club vibes with his innovative signature sound, giving the record a unique atmosphere. While there are multiple remixes of “Know No Better” from different DJ’s, the way Cleo manipulates the vocals and tones really catches our attention, because it offers us something refreshingly different; a brand new flavor of ear candy. Within this single you will hear Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello, and American rappers, Travis Scott and Quavo featured. Plug into Cleo’s remix of “Know No Better” now and prepare to dance like nobody’s watching. Cleo’s “Know No Better” Listen to and download for free Cleo’s remix of Major Lazer’s “Know No Better”: In case you missed it, New Jersey’s own Cleo also recently released his latest EP titled,”Szn7teen“.  Setting fire as he gives us a spacey downtempo, trappy vibe. The raw deep, dark and dynamic beat of the songs are built perfectly for a proper underground party. photo credit Cleo’s Facebook Listen to Cleo’s “Szn7teen” below: If you love Cleo’s signature sound and would like to hear more, make sure you’re following him on all his social media accounts linked below. Follow Cleo: Facebook | SoundCloud | Spotify | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: @thedjcleo

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Billy Corgan Says He Is Not Taylor Swift’s Father

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An internet meme pointing out facial similarities between Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan and Taylor Swift has come to our attention. But the only reason we’ve heard about it is because Corgan himself addressed it. Over the course of two lengthy Instagram posts, he denied any possibility that he is her father. However, his alibi is not that he did not have a sexual relationship with Swift’s mother in early 1989, but rather that there is no “Billy Corgan.”He starts off acknowledging that it’s an unserious accusation. “I’ll take the compliment of the comparison here despite the fact that I guess the jokes on me? (and not the lovely and talented Miss Swift),” he wrote, before beginning a discussion on the question of identity, between real and constructed images, that have popped up in the digital age. He offered his own life story as an example.”There is NO such person as ‘Billy Corgan,'” he continued. “He (BC) does not exist. Or, if he does exist (per these times), he is a creation from my mind to yours, and no different than a cartoon drawing of Batman or Sponge Bob.”For the first 18 years of his life, he was called “Bill” or “Little Bill” as a way to distinguish himself from his father, who was known to all as “Billy.” But then, to escape his own history of abuse, he decided to become “Billy Corgan,” which he describes as ‘a construct of my own making, with a different walk, haircut, and even eyes that I purposely changed (from fully open to ovals half closed, like those of a snake).” This was, to him, in the same manner that Robert Zimmerman morphed into Bob Dylan.”Billy,” he said, “was better than I, and certainly more interesting, and capable in ways I couldn’t have dreamt of even months before while I was still in school.” In addition, “when things went wrong, or I misstepped, it was ‘his’ fault and not mine. Billy being a shield against all that ails me in the world.”Over the years, Corgan added, “the more I played at this character, the more I became him; like an actor who’s been in a role so long (William Shatner as Captain Kirk) that he assumes the attributes of said character cause it’s just easier that reminding anyone there might be a difference.”He closed by recalling a quote he once apparently gave to The New York Times: “You can keep Billy Corgan, he is dead, and he’s there for you to mock and use as you wish.”Whether their frontman is living or not, the Smashing Pumpkins’ current tour, which brought founding member James Iha back into the fold, continues tonight (July 27) at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore and runs through Sept. 7, when they hit Boise’s Ford Idaho Center. Check out all the dates here.window.twttr = (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], t = window.twttr || {}; if (d.getElementById(id)) return t; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); t._e = []; t.ready = function(f) { t._e.push(f); }; return t; }(document, “script”, “twitter-wjs”)); (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, “script”, “facebook-jssdk”));

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Listen to our Exclusively Curated Infrasound Playlist

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Infrasound Music Festival takes place this week in High Bridge, Wisconsin. The festival is notorious for catering to the underground bass and DNB crowd. This year’s lineup is stacked with some the best talent the industry has to offer. Some of the headliners for this year include Caspa, Grouch In Dub, Hatcha, Joker, Shadow People, Yheti and Bloodline. We thought there was no better way to celebrate the start of Infrasound than to curate a playlist to get you through the week. Infrasound Music Festival Lineup 2018 The bass will be in full effect with the addition of Funktion-One sound systems throughout each stage. The venue itself is scenic, woodsy and everything you’d want for the perfect festival atmosphere. Infrasound defined is “sound that is lower in frequency than 20 Hz or cycles per second, the ‘normal’ limit of human hearing.” Past lineups have included the likes of Shpongle, Noisa, Ott., Mala, Benga and even Tipper. Within the first 20 minutes of tickets being on sale, over eight hundred passes sold. Year after year Infrasound has earned a reputation of having a crowd that feels like family and lineups that surpass most underground bass festivals. Clearly people are stating to take notice.  Also, check out Grouch in Dub’s chilled out set in New Zealand, a must see set this year. Pick up your pass for Infrasound Music Festival Follow Infrasound Music Festival: Facebook | Official Website 

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Roger Daltrey’s Memoir to Be Published in the Fall

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Roger Daltrey’s memoir, first announced last year, will be published Oct. 18 in England and Oct. 23 in the U.S. Titled Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewight: A Memoir, the book covers Daltrey’s early life and 50 years with the Who.Writing an autobiography was something Daltrey approached with some trepidation.“I’ve always resisted the urge to ‘do the memoir,’” he said in a statement, “but now, finally, I feel I’ve enough perspective. When you’ve spent more than half a century at the epicenter of a band like the Who, perspective can be a problem. … Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I’m on the factory floor in Shepherd’s Bush, the next, I’m headlining Woodstock.”The title is a reference to a childhood music teacher, who told Daltrey he wouldn’t amount to much.Daltrey has worked on the book for three years, and said it’s taken that long to separate fact from the sometimes exaggerated stories with which he’s been associated, to, as he said, “unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday.”The publication of Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewight is the latest bit of activity in a busy year for Daltrey, who nearly two weeks ago finished a short tour performing the Who’s rock opera Tommy in full with a local orchestra at each venue. He also released his first solo album in 25 years, As Long as I Have You, which is listed among our favorite albums of the year so far.window.twttr = (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], t = window.twttr || {}; if (d.getElementById(id)) return t; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); t._e = []; t.ready = function(f) { t._e.push(f); }; return t; }(document, “script”, “twitter-wjs”)); (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, “script”, “facebook-jssdk”));

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