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Phil Mogg to Retire from UFO After 2019 Tour

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UFO frontman and sole original member Phil Mogg announced his retirement from the veteran British band after their 50th anniversary tour next year, bringing with it the expectation that they’ll split as a result. He revealed he’d been considering the move for some time and described it as a “bittersweet” decision. “I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours,” Mogg said in a Facebook statement. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.” He added, “2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right. There will be a final tour of the U.K. and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the U.K. this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit.” Mogg, 70, added that he’d have “no problem with UFO continuing with a replacement” although the statement also said that it “seems almost certain” the band will split. He was sure there would be no new music from his lineup, noting, “I’ve told the guys that this is how it is. They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me but I don’t want to play live or make records anymore, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that.” He concluded, “Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet.’ But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour.”

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NGHTMRE Turns the Bass Up on Remix of Flosstradamus’s “MVP” ft. Smokepurpp – EDM | Electronic Music | EDM Music | EDM Festivals

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Quickly finding fame after attending Los Angeles, California’s noteworthy music production school ICON Collective, Tyler has been travelling the globe, headlining music festivals under the moniker NGHTMRE. 2017 was quite an exceptional year for the artist, playing the world’s largest stages at iconic festivals like EDC in Las Vegas, Orlando, & Mexico, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Paris & Berlin, Coachella, Mysteryland, Electric Zoo, Shambhala, Ultra Music Festival, Creamfields, and Holy Ship! ~ && that’s just to name a few! photo credit NGHTMRE Though he rose through the ranks alongside his fellow ICON colleagues, SLANDER, in 2017 he demonstrated his ability to shine on his own in strong solo releases, in addition to holding down a residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas, all while staying busy creating hot collaborations with artists like Wiz Khalifa, Ghastly, and Dillon Francis, amongst others. NGHTMRE Flips Flosstradamus & Smokepurpp’s “MVP” [Out Now via Ultra Recs] MVP feat. Smokepurpp (NGHTMRE Remix) Listen to NGHTMRE’s Remix of “MVP” by Flosstradamus below: Fresh off that fantastic 2017, NGHTMRE continues making crowds go insane with his signature wonky trap sounds and bombastic basslines. Reflected in his work, NGHTMRE regularly puts his own spin on different genres, earlier this year fulfilling his remix duties with an interpretation of Ekali and ZHU’s “Blame”, and now his latest work taking on “MVP” by Flosstradamus. Released via Ultra Records, this past April, Flosstradamus had teamed up with Miami rapper Smokepurpp for their crossover track “MVP.” In NGHTMRE‘s version, he maintain’s the original track’s hip-hop vibe, but amps it up with his signature style, unleashing soul-shaking synths and reverberating bass throughout the track. BONUS TRACK: NGHTMRE remix of Ekali and ZHU’s “Blame”: With a busy 2018 ahead of the young producer, you can catch one of NGHTMRE‘s earth-rattling, bone-shaking, spine-tingling sets at just about any of the massive festivals coming up, the likes of which include Electric Daisy Carnival in Japan and Las Vegas, Spring Awakening in Chicago, Ultra in Singapore, Salt Lake City’s Das Energi, Gud Vibrations at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as both Lost Lands and Bass Canyon, specially curated by the bass-lord himself, Excision. Having amassed such a reputation as being quite the bass manipulator himself, NGHTMRE will be playing the back-to-back set with Excision as an extra special treat for Bass Canyon Music Festival attendees, finishing off the Summer proper at The Gorge. Check out NGHTMRE’s Upcoming Tour Schedule below: DATE VENUE LOCATION TICKETS 5/12/2018 CREAMFIELDS BEIJING BEIJING, 24 BUY 5/13/2018 EDC JAPAN CHIBA, 04 BUY 5/17/2018 LIQUID POOL LOUNGE LAS VEGAS, NV BUY 5/17/2018 JEWEL NIGHTCLUB LAS VEGAS, NV BUY 5/18/2018 EDC LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS, NV BUY 5/19/2018 EDC LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS, NV BUY 5/26/2018 SUNSET MUSIC FESTIVAL TAMPA, FL BUY 5/27/2018 OMNIA SAN DIEGO SAN DIEGO, CA BUY 6/5/2018 OMNIA LAS VEGAS, NV BUY 6/9/2018 SPRING AWAKENING CHICAGO, IL BUY 6/15/2018 ULTRA SINGAPORE SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE BUY 6/16/2018 ULTRA SINGAPORE SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE BUY 6/29/2018 GUD VIBRATIONS BOAT PARTY BOSTON, MA BUY 7/1/2018 HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS, NV BUY 7/4/2018 BALATON SOUND ZAMARDI, HUNGARY BUY 7/12/2018 HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS, NV BUY 7/15/2018 AUDIOTISTIC MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA BUY 7/20/2018 TOMORROWLAND BOOM, BELGIUM BUY 7/29/2018 HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS, NV BUY 8/4/2018 VELD MUSIC FESTIVAL TORONTO, ON BUY 8/5/2018 VELD MUSIC FESTIVAL TORONTO, ON BUY 8/11/2018 MOONRISE BALTIMORE, MD BUY 8/12/2018 MOONRISE BALTIMORE, MD BUY 8/17/2018 DAS ENERGI SALT LAKE CITY, UT BUY 8/18/2018 DAS ENERGI SALT LAKE CITY, UT BUY 8/24/2018 BASS CANYON QUINCY, WA BUY 8/25/2018 BASS CANYON QUINCY, WA BUY 8/26/2018 BASS CANYON QUINCY, WA BUY 9/14/2018 LOST LANDS THORNVILLE, OH BUY 9/15/2018 LOST LANDS THORNVILLE, OH BUY 9/16/2018 LOST LANDS THORNVILLE, OH BUY 9/16/2018 GUD VIBRATIONS RED ROCKS MORRISON, CO BUY Follow NGHTMRE:

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Joan Jett Rebounds With ‘Up Your Alley’

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ sixth studio album, Up Your Alley, was responsible for once again solidifying the determination of one of rock’s most resilient bands. Jett’s rise out of the Runaways’ ashes and celebrated come-up, despite doubts by major record labels, showcased her intent to persevere and thrive. Similarly, after the critical and commercial appeal of 1981’s Bad Reputation and I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, and 1983’s Album, Jett and the Blackhearts’ hits suddenly stopped. This departure from the upper reaches of the charts would become an additional hurdle within the band’s adamant stride toward success. From 1984 to 1987, Jett and the Blackhearts released two albums, Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth and Good Music, neither of which resonated much. Jett also spent some of this time costarring with Michael J. Fox in the movie Light of Day, which was met with a varied range of reviews. Due for a musical comeback, Jett released Up Your Alley on May 23, 1988. In typical Blackhearts fashion, Up Your Alley featured an array of Jett originals, as well as a couple of choice covers: Chuck Berry’s “Tulane” and the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” The album’s hit single, “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” featured guitarist Mick Taylor and was co-written by Desmond Child, the songwriter who helped bring hard rock into the Top 40 in the late ’80s, thanks to radio staples from Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. Watch Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ Video for ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You’ Reaching No. 8, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” became Jett’s first hit single since her cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Crimson and Clover” made it to the Top 10 in 1982. The song is also notable for being Jett’s only Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. The song was later included in the Guitar Hero video game, in the Rock of Ages Broadway musical and then reworked for the opening theme for NBC’s Football Night in America. It’s also showed up in several movies over the years, including an appearance 30 years later in 2018’s Ready Player One.

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Christian Löffler Plays Minimal Techno Live Within South France Castle Ruins

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Christian Löffler puts on a spectacular live set within ruins of a castle South of France. Traveling from Germany to put on this extra special performance, Christian Löffler sets up a sound studio high up within the hills south of France. With stunning views looking out to the world, Christian Löffler goes in on this 1 hour and 15 minute special minimal techno performance. Christian Löffler has his own unique signature style, playing organic minimal techno music, with his sound combining melancholy with euphoria.  The minimalistic techno vibes echoed throughout Löffler’s temporary venue within Fontaine de Vaucluse, carrying over the cliff, high and mighty, of what once stood as the Château des évêques de Cavaillon. Video credits:Artist: Christian Löffler ~ Venue: Château des évêques de Cavaillon (Fontaine de Vaucluse)Produced by Cercle Executive producers: Philippe Tuchmann & Derek Barbell ~ Directed by: Derek Barbell ~ 1st assistant: Pol Souchier ~ Live Editor: Pol Souchier ~ Directors of photography: Houssam Omar & Haytham Omar ~ Sound Engineer: Aurélien Moisan ~ Drone: Cercle Technical partner (truss, sound, lights): FL Group Check out the Tracklist to Christian Löffler’s set within Fontaine de Vaucluse below: 00:00 Christian Löffler – Neo 08:20 Good Guy Mikesh – Spare (Christian Löffler Remix) 17:00 Christian Löffler – A Hundred Lights 21:08 Christian Löffler – Beirut 27:34 Christian Löffler – Blind 34:40 Christian Löffler – A Forest 41:26 Christian Löffler – Haul (ft. Mohna) 47:30 Christian Löffler – Field 52:55 Christian Löffler – Athlete 58:05 Christian Löffler – Licht 1:04:10 Christian Löffler – Mt. Grace 1:11:30 Christian Löffler – Tausend Believe it or not, he does play at other locations besides in ruins, so check out the Upcoming Tour Dates of Christian Löffler. This summer he will be bouncing around Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland. Also, be sure to catch more amazing sets brought to us by Cercle. Follow Christian Löffler:

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Rock’s Funniest Commencement Speeches

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Experience, star power and the ability to speak to young people in a language they understand have made certain rockers a powerful draw to colleges during commencement season over the years. They’re often brought in to deliver these  addresses to graduates from a viewpoint you usually don’t get with more traditional speakers. Some have shared advice, some dazzled with their one-of-a-kind stories and some went down more humorous paths. Here is a sampling of some of Rock’s Funniest Commencement Speeches. Bono, University of Pennsylvania, 2004 “Hi, my name is Bono and I’m a rock star. … I don’t think there’s anything certainly more unseemly than the sight of a rock star in academic robes. It’s a bit like when people put their King Charles spaniels in little tartan sweats and hats. It’s not natural. And it doesn’t make the dog any smarter.” “Elvis said to me, ‘Hey, man, you’re that cat with the makeup and the snakes. That’s cool, man. I dig that’ … So there I was with a loaded snub-nose Smith & Wesson 38 aimed at Elvis Presley. The little devil on my shoulder said, ‘Kill him.’ The angel the other shoulder said, ‘No, just wound him …’” Paul Marotta, Getty Images“I’ve got something here which could be reasonably called a speech. After the experience of listening to the concert last night, this speech is rendered useless. So here I am; I’m a sort of a busking musician trying to busk my speech.” “During one of our expeditions on the backstreets, a kid comes running up to [John Lennon ] and says, ‘Are you John Lennon?’ And he said, ‘No, but I wish I had his money.’ Which I promptly stole for myself. ‘Are you David Bowie?’ ‘No, but I wish I had his money.’ It’s brilliant. It was such a wonderful thing to say. The kid said, ‘Oh, sorry. Of course you aren’t,’ and ran off. I thought, ‘This is the most effective device I’ve heard.’ I was back in New York a couple of months later in Soho, downtown, and a voice pipes up in my ear, ‘Are you David Bowie?’ And I said, ‘No, but I wish I had his money.’ ‘You lying bastard. You wish you had my money.’ It was John Lennon.” “Be Santa Claus when you can. Being a graduate of this great university makes you luckier than most. Don’t ever take this opportunity as something you deserve. Think of it as a gift you can repay going forward. Trust the universe and fins up!” “I’m here as a cautionary tale. I am the world’s greatest adviser, not because I’m smart, but because I have screwed up in every way possible. So, when I suggest something, I can speak with real authority because I most likely did the opposite with a not very good result.” Sting, Berklee College of Music, 1994 “I began to aspire to the piano and would spend hours hammering away at atonal clusters in the delusion that if I persisted long enough my noise would become music. I still labor under this delusion. My mother cursed me with the fine ear of a musician but the hands of a plumber. Anyway, the piano had to be sold to help us out of a financial hole, and my career as an atonal serialist was mercifully stunted. It wasn’t until an uncle of mine emigrated to Canada, leaving behind an old Spanish guitar with five rusty strings that my enormous and clumsy fingers found a musical home, and I found what was to become my best friend. Where the piano had seemed incomprehensible, I was able to make music on the guitar almost instantaneously.” “What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary. I am, as I’ve said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary. Maybe that’s why I’ve been able to last in this crazy business. I actually know how to play my axe and write a song. That’s my job. So when are you going to get a real job? When are you going to get serious about life? I have news for them: When are you going to get a real job? This is a real job — as real as a doctor, a teacher or a scientist, and just as important as and very similar to healing, teaching and inventing. But even more fun because we have that wizard and sorcerer bit going for us. I have said before to those who have expressed doubts and misgivings about their ability to live this kind of life, maybe they shouldn’t try, because being a musician is not something you chose to be. It is something you are, like tall or short or straight or gay. There is no choice, either you is or you ain’t.”

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New Music: ‘Souvenir’ by Ben Neill @ben_neill

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Souvenir

Souvenir, a song by Ben Neill on Spotify

 

 

 

Souvenir is a jazzy trip hop track that blends the sonic explorations of Ben Neill’s unique mutantrumpet with multi-lingual samples of the word “remember” and sounds created from fractals by chaos mathematician Ralph Abraham.

New Music: “Honey” by Mike Green @ilikemikegreen

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“Honey” is a suave, seductive pop track that blends a head-nodding dance groove with ethereal funk

New Music: “Nothing seems to change” by Stereohaze @stereohazeband

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Nothing Seems to Change by Stereohaze

Song · 3:20 min · 2018. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.

Insomniac Records Pulls Together an Exclusive EDC Compilation

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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:

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