The team at Insomniac Records pulled some strings to bring us their exclusive EDC Las Vegas 2018 Compilation. The playlist features over 30 songs from dance music legends, budding superstars and artists that are blowing up right now, who are set to take over EDC Las Vegas- the USA’s largest music festival. With last year’s attendance reaching roughly 400,000 and selling out GA this year, EDC Las Vegas proves that it will keep evolving. photo credit Jake West for Insomniac Within the compilation you will get treated to a new Kaskade track entitled “Fun” which features Brohug & Mr. Tape, the classic “Lose My Mind” from house music’s premiere heavyweight Chris Lake, Tiësto & Mesto’s newest single “Coming Home” and exclusive compilation singles from Parker, Sinden, Rell The Soundbender and Kaku as well as Soothsayer and Follow The Sun. EDC Las Vegas 2018 Compilation Hit the play button and let this be the soundtrack on your journey to the desert next weekend. Excited to see you all out there! – Pasquales EDC Las Vegas 2018 Compilation Just imagine this time next week, popping tents and bottles in Las Vegas, prepping to head into the massive rave that is EDC Las Vegas. Who knows what new installations, stage designs, surprise collaborations and secret sets they have dreamed into fruition… Pick up your VIP pass. EDC Las Vegas Trailer Even though it is fun just to get lost and follow your ears and eyes around the festival, we have created a guide to help you navigate the lineup. Also, find out what events are going down at Camp EDC. Follow EDC Las Vegas:
Sampling has become an ingrained part of musical culture, and these days, there’s an established legal protocol for any artist who wants to reuse a portion of another act’s recording. But in the early ’90s, those details were all still being litigated — which is how Queen ended up finding out that the bass line from their hit “Under Pressure” had been lifted for rapper Vanilla Ice’s breakout single “Ice Ice Baby.” The saga of Ice’s entanglement with Queen is long, sordid, and often hilarious, but we’ve never known how late singer Freddie Mercury reacted after hearing “Ice Ice Baby” for the first time. It’s a scenario we can now imagine courtesy of Mercury’s longtime assistant Phoebe Freestone, who recounted her version of events in a blog post recently added to his official site. As Freestone writes, Mercury actually thought he was listening to “Under Pressure” at first — and as reality set in, he seemed bemused more than angry. “He carried on eating his breakfast and suddenly stopped, frowning. I thought there was a problem with his food but he said ‘no,'” she recalled. “He started listening intently and couldn’t believe his ears. He was smiling when he said that he couldn’t believe what he was hearing … a blatant ripoff.” After calling manager Jim Beach, Mercury apparently “left it at that, always remembering that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” — although the way things shook out wasn’t always flattering for Vanilla Ice, who soon saw the chart-topping era of his career implode in a cloud of embarrassing personal revelations and Ninja Turtles, and would spend years facing assorted mockery for the way he’d handled the “Under Pressure” situation. The members of Queen weren’t always the kindest when talking about “Ice Ice Baby,” which was ultimately co-credited to the band as well as their “Under Pressure” collaborator David Bowie. “A white rapper from Florida … great,” quipped drummer Roger Taylor at one point, and in 1991, guitarist Brian May admitted his view of the whole thing had been jaundiced “because rap doesn’t really appeal to me.” After a couple of years, however — and a lawsuit settled to the band’s satisfaction — May’s feelings had softened somewhat. In a 1993 interview with Howard Stern, he insisted there were “no hard feelings” because Ice “settled up” — and ultimately, the song might have exposed their music to a new audience anyway. “In the end, it was very good for us because a lot of people went ‘ah, so that’s where that comes from,'” May noted. “So a lot of people who never would have heard of Queen heard of Queen because of that.”
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This happy anthem is the cheerful acceptance to realizing someone isn’t who they said they were in a relationship. Not your typical break up song. With Fonz’s melody on the catchy chorus and Tay Dojah’s gritty lyrics, there is nothing sad and down about “Fake All Along”. Jay P Bangz puts the listeners in a tropical mood with this production. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Treetop Studios in Hayward, Ca
Music festivals make a great excuse for someone to travel that might not have before. Europe sees a huge influx of travelers to attend their many festivals. While the Netherlands and Ibiza are household names, there are a lot of options in many different countries for people that want to wander off the beaten path. These 5 international music festival experiences will be a welcomed distraction from the 9-5 by giving people an exotic judgment-free place to let loose. photo credit Global Publicity Exit Festival, Serbia photo credit Exit Fest A truly one of a kind experience, Exit Festival is a world-class party in the Petrovaradin Fortress overlooking the Danube river. Fans from all over the globe make the trek to Serbia for an exceptional festival experience. The truly diverse crowd combined with an award-winning festival experience and a lineup set up for music lovers of all genres. These artists are performing on stages connected with old-time cobbled streets, ramparts, and tunnels. Dancing with 20,000 people as the sun rises over fortress walls is truly a life-changing experience. Every moment over the several days is a perfect escape from the real world. This year’s lineup is already shaping up to be one of the best ever, with acts including David Guetta, Grace Jones, Migos, Fever Ray, LP, Ziggy Marley, Adam Beyer B2B Ida Engberg, Alice Merton, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin, Slaves, Solomun, Take Of Us, Idles and many more are set to appear. This already stacked lineup continues to grow with each new announcement. With a ton of artists yet to be announced, this year’s EXIT Festival will be the best one to date. Listen to Maceo Plex’s Boiler Room Berlin Set: Listen to David Guetta below: Lowlands Festival, The Netherlands photo credit Lowlands Festival Set in the beautiful countryside about an hour outside of Amsterdam, Lowlands is the ideal festival to disconnect and truly enjoy the moment. The experience of a township with thousands of inhabitants arising from nothing in the countryside for three days in August is one of a kind. Lowlands features heavyweight headliners, incredible installations including the brand-new armadillo featuring the famous chimneystacks and at least twelve stages (including Alpha, Bravo, Heineken, Lima, Juliet, X-Ray, Echo). Offering a unique selection of film, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature, and street theatre, this festival will make anyone feel like they are a part of a society separate from anything else in the world allowing them to forget their responsibilities and cut loose. Every single stage is covered so come rain, sleet, hail or snow the show will go on. As day changes tonight, the atmosphere intensifies making the performances more breathtaking than ever. Hosting artists from a wide variety of genres, the festival undeniably has something for everyone. Boasting a star-studded lineup including Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D, The War On Drugs, Dua Lipa, James Bay, Bonobo, Patti Smith, Rag’N’Bone Man, Richie Hawtin, Stormzy, Tom Odell, Charlotte De Witte and many more 2018 will be a festival for the record books. Lowlands takes place August 17-19, 2018. Listen to Bonobo’s Essential Mix: Positivus Festival, Latvia photo credit Positivus Festival On the picturesque Baltic coastline surrounded by Eastern European woodlands, the Positivus Festival is the perfect space to separate from the real world. Positivus offers a wide variety of activities alongside mainstream headliners, up-and-coming underground talent, visually stimulating art, and dance stages with the beautiful backdrop of the forest and the Latvian coastline- the perfect storm of enjoyment. Attendees can swim in the Baltic Sea, absorb the stunning atmosphere and feel a part of nature lounging on a hammock among the trees. Also, the arts and crafts market and a food court offer the best an amazing visual and culinary experience anyone will love. This European staple of the festival season continues to be a fan favorite. This year’s Positivus will see performances from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Prodigy, Years & Years, Tove Lo, Mura Masa, Lauv and many more. Positivus takes place July 20-22, 2018. Listen to Tove Lo’s collaboration with Flume: Sea Star Festival, Croatia photo credit Sea Star Festival Taking place on the striking Croatian coastline on the Mediterranean, Sea Star Festival is the perfect event to relax and unwind. This beachfront event encourages tranquility and rejuvenation. The sunsets alone would be worth the trip to this amazing part of the world making this festival in a league of its own. Surround yourself with like-minded electronic music fans and immerse yourself in the music with this stacked lineup. Acts including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Robin Schulz, Paul Van Dyk, Francois X, Luke Slater and Tommy Four Seven plus performances from artists including Hurts and Disciples. This combo is set to make an unforgettable music experience paired with one of the prettiest locations in the world. Sea Star takes place May 24-27, 2018. Listen to Robin Schulz Tropical House Mix: Listen to Dimitri Vegas: Secret Solstice Festival, Iceland photo credit Secret Solstice Iceland’s stunning natural beauty is the perfect setting for a life-changing festival experience. Secret Solstice festival is the perfect event for the music fan with a love of nature. Every year this festival treats attendees to main stage sets, glacier raves, lava tunnel shindigs, midnight sun boat parties, and secret lagoon blowouts. Outside of the parties tourists are treated to volcanic beaches, epic midnight sunsets where daylight reins for 24 hours a day, Game of Thrones filming locations, jaw-dropping waterfalls and the infamous Blue Lagoon. Never failing to bring an epic lineup including multiple genres, Secret Solstice in making it’s way to the top of the must-attend festival list. Held during the summer solstice when the sun never sets, hence the name, the festival is an experience that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. Come experience this surreal phenomenon combining festival and nature in a way you’ll experience nowhere else. The 2018 lineup features big international names as well as local talent including Slayer, Stormzy, Gucci Mane, Clean Bandit, Bonnie Tyler, Death From Above, Steve Aoki, Goldlink, J Hus, Skream and A-Trak, Dreamwife, IMADDB and more.Secret Solstice takes place June 21-24, 2018. Listen to Stormzy:
Dave Grohl performed a benefit show with assistance from two of his three daughters in Oakland on Saturday. He covered the Adele song “When We Were Young” with vocals by 12-year-old Violet, before they were then joined by Harper, 9, to deliver the Foo Fighters’ “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” You can watch clips of the performance below. “It’s funny that they do everything you ask them to do – when you’re a director. But that’s pretty much it,” Grohl told the audience at Notes & Words, which raises funds for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “It’s a different story at home,” Violet agreed. Asked by her dad why it was any different, she replied, “Because we’re actually having fun.” “Do you see what I mean?” Grohl asked the crowd. “Do you see what I have to deal with?” Last year, he revealed that some of the themes on the latest Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold, were inspired by his thoughts on being a father. “I have to consider a lot more than I used to, and I think I’ve realized we’re not all as free as we were before,” he said. “In every way. I mean, as the political arena started heating up in America before the elections, it became clear that there was so much more threatening all of our lives than I’d considered before.” Grohl specifically pointed to Donald Trump. “I’m looking at a candidate that has blatant disregard for the future environmentally, when it comes to women’s rights, diplomatically,” he noted. “I have three daughters that are going to survive me for decades. How are they going to get on unless there’s some positive and progressive change?”
With a little over a month left until Firefly Music Festival kicks off at The Woodlands of Dover, Delaware, it is definitely time to start picking out your must-see sets. Many of the dance music acts on the Firefly 2018 lineup have already established themselves as talented, versatile artists that know how to get their crowds moving. Enjoy some live sets from our favorites who will be throwing down at another undoubtedly epic experience at The Woodlands. photo credit Firefly 2018 San Holo Known for his mesmerizing original tracks and trappy remixes, San Holo continues to draw festival goers to his live performances. He melds mellow tracks with fast-paced melodic trap effortlessly in his sets, taking attendees on a musical journey. Watch his performance at EDC Las Vegas 2017 below, and catch him at Firefly on Friday, June 15. Cheat Codes Since achieving impressive mainstream success with some very infectious releases, Cheat Codes has been hitting up major festivals to put on epic shows for fans. Their sets mix the best of dance, hip hop, and pop music, giving fans the chance to let loose and dance to an epic, energetic blend of music. Check out their lively performance at Ultra Music Festival 2018 below, and catch them at Firefly on Friday, June 15. Martin Garrix With original singles like “Forbidden Voices” and “Spotless”, and innovative, infectious remixes, Martin Garrix crafts perfectly curated sets that keep fans dancing. He puts on high-energy, captivating live performances and will definitely be bringing his massive sound to Firefly with him. Check out the amazing show Garrix put on at Tomorrowland 2017. If that leaves you wanting to hear more, listen to his powerful Ultra Music Festival 2017 set below. Catch him on Saturday, June 16, at Firefly. ODESZA Along with Garrix, ODESZA is set to take the stage at Firefly 2018. This duo creates melodic, emotive tracks that are best heard live. The pair often opts for live instrumental performances, adding depth to the experience. Just this year, ODESZA captivated attendees at Coachella Music Festival, with hypnotic light shows and ethereal sounds. Check out a clip of the set below, and catch them live at Firefly on Sunday, June 17. Check out the rest of the Firefly Music Festival 2018 lineup below. Grab your tickets to Firefly Music Festival and stay tuned for more coverage. photo credit Firefly 2018 Follow Firefly Music Festival: Facebook | Instagram | Official Website | Twitter
In their tumultuous half-century of existence, Yes have released 15 live albums. That’s way too many live albums. No band, not even the kings of progressive rock, should average one concert recording every 3.3 years. Given the sheer bloat, it’s no shock that their stage discography runs the gamut from cosmically consummate (1973 triple-LP Yessongs) to cringe-worthy (2015’s Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center). Notice the trend? In their earlier, hungrier, more experimental years, Yes helped revolutionize the entire format: Yessongs and 1980’s Yesshows weren’t glorified bootlegs like many live records of the era – they were equal counterparts to their studio siblings, built on the same level of analog depth and detailed sound-staging. But in recent years, as the band’s lineup has essentially split into two touring factions, their overall live output has skyrocketed – resulting in seven albums in so many years. After all, writing songs is hard work, but recording the zillionth live version of “Starship Trooper”? These guys could do it in their sleep. Staring down Yes’ concert catalog is intimidating. What’s worth buying? What should’ve remained in the vaults? What should have never been recorded? It’s worth examining this body of work as a whole, starting at the very beginning. Yes recorded this behemoth triple-LP throughout 1972 during their promotional tours behind the back-to-back masterpieces Fragile and Close to the Edge, with engineer Eddie Offord manning the live sound. It remains the king of their live work: the sharpest fidelity, the most essential lineups (singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and, depending on the track, drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White), the most emotional performances (see Wakeman’s fanciful organ solo on “I’ve Seen All Good People”) and a track listing that unfurls like an extended greatest hits package (including visceral takes on the 18-minute “Close to the Edge” and “Heart of the Sunrise”). Director Peter Neal documented this fertile period with a concert film of the same name, recorded Dec. 15, 1972, at London’s Rainbow Theatre. But Yes treated the movie like an afterthought, focusing their attentions on fine-tuning the sprawling album. “Although the making of the film wasn’t that problematic – they filmed it, and all we did was stand there and play – the mixing was deemed to be very, very important,” Howe reflected in the Yessongs 40 Years After DVD commentary. “The album … was deemed to be as important as a studio record, which later in my career I found out very few people agree with that. A lot of live mixing is treated as a [secondary] thing.” Often viewed as Yessongs’ weirder little brother, this (scaled-down!) double-LP compiles material from their tours in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Since Yes covered a daunting amount of sonic territory in the mid-to-late ’70s – from the grandiose new age prog of Tales From Topographic Oceans to the symphonic fusion of Relayer to the sleek prog-pop of Going for the One – it’s fitting that Yesshows is more scattershot and less cohesive than its predecessor. That it happened to come out in 1980, after key featured players Wakeman and Anderson had already left, only adds to its disorienting effect. But that awkward, pasted-together quality is Yesshows’ essential charm. Where else can you hear full versions of for-die-hards-only deep cuts “Ritual (Nous somas du soleil” and “The Gates of Delirium” alongside the New Wave-tinged “Don’t Kill the Whale”? 9012Live: The Solos (1985) Easily overlooked due to its dumb pun title and emphasis on instrumental solos, 9012Live is a deceptively revealing piece of work. Yes recorded this seven-track set during their 90125 tour in 1984, after the slick “Owner of a Lonely Heart” had revamped their image from prog dinosaurs to MTV hitmakers. And while the band’s progressive edge certainly softened under the leadership of guitarist Trevor Rabin, this LP proved their firepower hadn’t been totally depleted. Sandwiched between sturdy versions of “Hold On” and “Changes” were several tracks of particular note: Tony Kaye’s Bach-quoting keyboard showcase “Si,” Rabin’s mile-a-minute acoustic guitar workout “Solly’s Beard” and a synth-favored update of “Soon” (the famous excerpt from “The Gates of Delirium”). Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – An Evening of Yes Music Plus (1993) After the 1987-88 tour behind their 12th LP, Big Generator, Yes essentially disintegrated from a lack of creative momentum, leaving Jon Anderson free to form a new band – sort of. The singer essentially regrouped the classic Fragile-era lineup, recruiting Howe, Wakeman and Bruford (with King Crimson bassist Tony Levin in place of Squire, who remained part of the “official” Yes group). They recorded one self-titled studio album under a weirdly formal name (“Have you been in an accident? Pick up the phone and call Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe!”) and embarked on a world tour in 1989 and 1990, documented on this double-LP. The first album showcases each member’s solo talents (including Howe’s acoustic spotlight “Clap” and Anderson’s sparse take on “Time and a Word”), but the second disc is the selling point, featuring a mixture of ABWH tracks (“Brother of Mine”) and startlingly modern versions of classics like “Close to the Edge” and “Roundabout.” After the Rabin-Kaye-Anderson-Squire-White lineup completed their 1994 Talk trek, Yes split once again before reassembling with another jigsaw puzzle formation. The backstory is that British label Essential Records approached the management for the band (now reduced to Anderson, Squire and White) with interest in a new studio album – on the condition that they reenlist Howe and Wakeman to recapture the spark of their classic era. They wound up with two multi-part suites, “Be the One” and the 19-minute “That, That Is,” which, while far from the majesty of old, at least found the band aiming in that direction. To flesh out the release, Yes compiled the highlights of two shows recorded in San Luis Obispo, Calif. – and those live tunes — particularly the epics “The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)” and “Awaken” — sound more zestful than any of their concert sets since Yesshows. Keys to Ascension 2 (1997) For their live-studio hybrid sequel, the rejuvenated quintet followed the same format – with one very important tweak: They’d written and recorded enough new tracks this time – including the menacing “Mind Drive” – to fill up an entire disc. The live material, while offering no revelations of performance or set list (“Close to the Edge”? Check!), continued to benefit from the powerful mixing and engineering of Bill Smith, Tom Fletcher and future Yes member Billy Sherwood. Something’s Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969–1970 (1998) This two-disc compilation captures the band in their earliest formation – Anderson, Squire, Bruford, Kaye (in his first Yes go-round) and guitarist Peter Banks – during a series of sessions for BBC radio. The recordings are charmingly ragged, as to be expected given the date, and the repertoire is heavy on cover material – including psychedelic workouts on the Beatles’ “Every Little Thing” and Stephen Stills’ “Everydays.” Without any signature Yes songs in the track listing, Something’s Coming was always destined for die-hard fans only, but it remains an important document by showcasing the band’s more innocent roots. House of Yes: Live from House of Blues (2000) By now, we’ve officially entered the era of live LP gluttony. This recording, captured on Halloween 1999 at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, is the last offering from the transitional lineup – Anderson, Howe, Squire, White and guitarist Billy Sherwood, briefly tenured keyboardist Igor Khoroshev – that recorded that year’s vastly underrated comeback LP, The Ladder. It’s worth the price of admission for completists, if only to hear live versions of then-new tracks like “Homeworld (The Ladder).” But the band was starting to sound bored by their own greatest hits – a troubling sign. Yes gave their live show a much-needed jolt with Symphonic Live, which documented their 2001 Amsterdam show featuring the European Festival Orchestra. The set list blended new (highlights from their recent, orchestral-assisted Magnification LP) with all varieties of old (from “Starship Trooper” to “The Gates of Delirium”) and random (Howe’s Vivaldi-quoting guitar spotlight). The only downside: Wakeman was unable to perform due to scheduling issues. (Keyboardist Tom Brislin filled in capably, but he had some pretty huge shoes to fill.) This three-disc box set offers something for everyone, spanning the band’s tours and radio broadcasts from 1970 to 1988. The sound quality ranges from fly-on-the-wall to borderline-studio, and the track listing is similarly bonkers. Of particular note are the rarities, including an expansive cover of the Young Rascals’ “It’s Love,” the previously unreleased “We Can Fly From Here” (later reworked on the Fly From Here LP) and raw versions of Tormato cuts “Circus of Heaven” and “Future Times/Rejoice.” Live at Montreux 2003 (2007) With Wakeman back in the fold, Yes plunged forward with this double-disc outing, recorded during their headlining set at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival. The obvious tracks are here – hooray, yet another version of “Roundabout”! – but they fortunately sprinkled in some deeper cuts, including Anderson’s vocal barrage “We Have Heaven” and a retooled take on Relayer anthem “To Be Over.” Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – Live at the NEC – Oct 24th 1989 (2010) A two-CD/DVD offering from the Yes-that-wasn’t offers more of the same: solid, late ’80s versions of prog standards and, well, some other, much less interesting stuff from Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. After Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe assembled to record their second studio album, the suits at Arista Records quickly decided they needed some outside hands to help craft radio-friendly material. So who did Yes call, you ask? The other Yes. After Rabin handed over some music, the managerial brain trust determined that it made most sense for the two Yes factions to form a … union, leading to the band’s oft-maligned 13th studio album, a hodgepodge of too many players and very little musical vision. Thankfully, the resulting Union tour redeemed that wasted opportunity, showcasing what an eight-man Yes could do with everyone on the same page. The triple duo attack (Kaye and Wakeman, Bruford and White, Howe and Rabin) breathes new life into these sacred prog hymns: For proof, look no further than the drummers’ dual pummel on “Awaken.” In the Present – Live from Lyon (2011) Another transitional Yes lineup, another live album. In the Present – recorded in Lyon, France, prior to the release of their 12th LP, Fly From Here – features keyboard work from Wakeman’s son Oliver, along with the soaring tenor of Benoît David, the former Yes tribute singer who replaced Anderson in 2008 after health issues prohibited him from touring. All awkwardness considered, this one’s way more engaging than it should be – partly because, with Anderson out of the lineup, they toyed a bit with their set list, bringing in the early psychedelic stunner “Astral Traveller,” Squire-penned Tormato ballad “Onward” and metallic Drama opener “Machine Messiah.” Songs From Tsongas (2014) Documenting one of their 35th anniversary shows in May 2004, Songs From Tsongas arrived as a nostalgic glance back into happier, less turbulent times – in the age before tribute singers became the new norm. Just hearing Anderson’s voice again was probably enough for some fans, but the set list was also surprisingly well-rounded, incorporating rare tunes like “Mind Drive” and “Every Little Thing.” Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome (2014) Like It Is feels a like a defeatist title for this two-part live series, but it also feels accurate: With a new tribute singer (Jon Davison) replacing an old tribute singer (Benoît David), “Life goes on without Jon Anderson” seemed to be the mantra. This 2014 set, recorded in Bristol, England, highlighted the band’s Three Album tour, which featured full-run performances of Going for the One, The Yes Album and Close to the Edge. Perhaps realizing we didn’t need yet another live version of “Siberian Khatru,” they culled only the previous two LPs for this release. Other than proving Yes were still a thing – and offering rarely played cuts like “Turn of the Century” – this one has little reason to exist. Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center (2015) Somewhere within their busy schedule of full-LP tours and live album releases, Yes managed to record a studio album with Davison, 2014’s Heaven & Earth. But instead of documenting those songs, Like It Is Part Two continues with the front-to-back album approach, this time featuring Fragile and Close to the Edge. Did we really need that elusive concert version of Bruford’s noise-jazz interlude “Five Per Cent For Nothing”? Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two (2015) Sure, Yessongs is the pinnacle of live Yes. But only the most obsessive Yes fan would hear a triple-LP and think, “That’s well and good, but how about 11 more discs?” Progeny features seven full shows from the Close to the Edge North American tour, with the same set list for each performance. It’s a lot to soak in, and even die-hards would fail the blindfold test – at a certain point, if you can spot the intimate differences between the Ottawa and Knoxville shows, you may have a tad too much time on your hands. But even if you only listen to it once, Progeny is worth that one ride: Too much of a good thing can only be overkill but never unwarranted. Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017) After Squire’s death in June 2015, Yes carried on by recruiting former member Billy Sherwood, the late bassist’s friend and disciple, to step into his massive boots. Not long after, White was forced to step aside temporarily due to back surgery, with replacement drummer Jay Schellen offering his services. This patchwork lineup toured throughout 2016 and 2017, performing the entirety of Drama and half of Tales From Topographic Oceans, hence the name of this perfunctory live set. Without a single founding member in their ranks – and with only one classic-era player, Howe, in stage-ready condition – it’s hard to even call this band Yes. And judging by the sloppy rhythmic timing (the intro to “Machine Messiah”) and out-of-sync riffs (“Close to the Edge”), they were having trouble living up to their own mighty name. The good news: Given how often they release live albums, we shouldn’t have to wait long for a redemption LP.
EDC Las Vegas 2018 is less than three weeks away. As we pack our “Get Lit” T and other rave essentials, turn up the volume and bass to our carefully curated playlist that catches the vibes from each stage. photo credit EDC LV Listen to our EDC Las Vegas 2018 Playlist: Our EDC Las Vegas playlist starts off with sounds that will be blooming from the Neon Garden. Neon Garden EDC lineup Techno and tech-house artists we chose for our playlist to represent the Neon Garden stage are Paul Woolford, Hot Since 82, Latmun, Lauren Lane, Green Velvet as he presents is legendary La La Land, Maceo Plex and Gorgon City. This will be a real tough stage to leave. Neon Garden photo credit EDC LV Next in our EDC Las Vegas playlist we include some of the bigger names like Kygo, Marshmello and Slander to represent the sounds that will be swirling around the Kinetic Field stage. EDC Lineup photo credit EDC LV To present the music coming from the Cosmic Meadow stage we included San Holo, Ekali, Whethan, Big Wild, Illenium and Shiba San in our EDC Las Vegas playlist. EDC Lineup Cosmic Meadow photo credit EDC LV Our playlist then presents artists like DROELOE, Blackgummy, Claude VonStroke, EXCISION and Armin Van Buuren, who we will be getting down to in the Circuit Grounds. EDC Lineup Circuit Grounds photo credit EDC LV Our EDC Las Vegas 2018 playlist then features must see artists that will be on Stereo Bloom stage. EDC 2018 Lineup From this stage we have added tracks from the provocative Los Angeles house duo Strange Club, the Moscow party slayer VOLAC, Dirtybird’s new secret weapon Fisher and an Australian wizard Zeke Beats. It will also be tough to leave this stage of newer talent, but curiosity will get the best of us… EDC Stereo Bloom Stage photo credit EDC LV Over at Basscon’s Wasteland stage get dirty with some hardstyle music and sounds by artists like HeadHunterz, Gammer and Dr Phunk. EDC Lineup Wasteland photo credit EDC LV Next, get ready for some monster sounds that will be blasting from the BassPod by the likes of Flux Pavilion, Zomboy, Shag Heddy and many more. Brace your face for artists potentially covering Korn… Basspod EDC Lineup Basspod photo credit EDC LV To finish our stroll through EDC 2018, lets review the smooth and trance predominate, Dreamstate curated stage- Quantum Valley. Quantum Valley EDC Lineup From the Quantum Valley stage we included tracks from Oliver Smith, Gabriel & Dresden and of course Dash Berlin. Quantum Valley photo credit EDC LV We hope now you have a better perspective on what stages will appeal to you more. We look forward to seeing your beautiful bass faces soon. If you haven’t secured your EDC pass yet, then do that now. Follow EDC Las Vegas 2018: Facebook | Website | Instagram | Twitter
Could the long-awaited Phil Collins U.S. tour finally be happening? The drummer and singer said he’s going to drop some big news early next week. The tease came on Collins’ Facebook page, where a message reading “Big announcement coming Monday — any guesses where Phil is going in October?” was accompanied by a black-and-white photo of Collins with the words “Not Dead Yet Live!” Last June, Collins played his first full-length concert in seven years at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. But a planned five-night stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall was cut short after the third concert when he slipped and fell in his hotel room and suffered a “severe gash” on his head that required stitches. The fall was the result of a condition from which he suffers called “foot drop” that affects Collins’ ability to raise the front part of his foot. Subsequent shows in Europe were unaffected, and Collins performed the rescheduled dates in November. Earlier this year, he spent a month touring in South America, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Collins’ return from his self-defined retirement, which began after his 2010 tour in support of Going Back, was tentative. He first sang a pair of songs at a spring 2014 concert at the Miami Country Day School, where his sons were enrolled. Two years later, he sang seven tunes at a fundraiser for his Little Dreams Foundation, a show that he was supposed to perform in December 2014, but canceled due to vocal problems. Although Collins hasn’t toured the U.S. in years, he appeared twice on television in 2016, first at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, where he sang “Easy Lover” with Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., and “In the Air Tonight.” Two months later, he promoted his memoir, Not Dead Yet, by going on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and singing “In the Air Tonight” with the Roots backing him up.