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Insomniac Announces the West Coast’s Most Beloved Halloween Festival

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Get ready! Halloween 2018 just got better as Insomniac announces the return of West Coast’s largest and most frightening two-day dance music festival Escape: Psycho Circus 2018, the 8th installment. It will be held at the NOS Events Center for two monstrous nights of festive frights and spine-tingling fun. In 2017, record-breaking 125,000 people left Psycho Circus amazed and full of memories. Escape: Psycho Circus 2018 There’s no doubt that Insomniac’s about to break another record this year once again. Insomniac is known for producing some of the most innovative, immersive music festivals and events in the world. Enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics and sound design, large-scale art installations, theatrical performers and next-generation special effects, these events captivate the senses and inspire a unique level of fan interaction. The quality of the experience is the company’s top priority. Escape: Psycho Circus photo credit Insomniac Get ready to create more memories on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, Headliners will come together under a real-life tent full of terrors in an immersive journey through the haunting Psycho Circus. Expect nothing but the best circus amusements, nightmarish décor and of course, world’s top leading dance music artists. Each evening will come alive as fans get lost amidst sinister mazes, dance amongst creepy costumed characters, and become entranced by glow-in-the-dark environments and art installations. Escape: Psycho Circus photo credit Insomniac Escape: Psycho Circus photo credit Insomniac Escape: Psycho Circus photo credit Insomniac Escape: Psycho Circus photo credit Insomniac Escape: Psycho Circus photo credit Insomniac The “Escape Asylum” will return once again, but with more thrill this time! Transporting thousands of fans into a nightmarish maze of twisted Wonderland characters and storylines. The unforgettable experience transports fans through 30 distinct environments featuring more than 120 costumed performers amidst 32,000 square feet of movie-quality set designs and special effects. The upgraded Asylum design will feature an additional “padded room,” one of the first stops along the immersive theater experience into the Mad Hatter’s mind, designed to double the amount of attendees going through the Asylum each night while minimizing wait times. Escape: Psycho Circus photo credit Insomniac Fans are now getting ready to score their tickets for Escape: Psycho Circus 2018 as they go on sale Friday, July 13 at 12 p.m. PT on EscapeHalloween.com & two-day GA prices begin at $159.95 plus taxes, VIP prices begin at $309.95 as they are sure to sell out fast once it has been released.   2018 LINEUP COMING SOON… Meanwhile, check out the stacked roster from 2017. Escape: Psycho Circus 2018

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Listen to Guns N’ Roses’ ‘November Rain’ Demo

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You can listen to the 10-minute song below. The reissue was announced earlier this year, with attention focusing on the “Locked N’ Loaded” edition, which retails for $999, is limited to 10,000 units and contains more than 80 items alongside the original album and 49 previously unheard tracks. UMe president and CEO Bruce Resnikoff recently explained why the box set — which he said was not the most expensive ever, but it was the most extensive — was made. “We have a certain reverence for the band, the music and the fans,” he said. “And while we spoke a bit and thought about it, until the timing was right where the music, the band and the fans all got aligned, we left it on the back-burner, only because you only get one chance to do something special with bands like this and particularly albums like this, and it had to be done at the right time and the right way and create the right experience.” He noted that “it was amazing that so much was of a quality that was consistent with the sound, the image and how current the band remains.” Meanwhile, Knucklebonz announced the release of a limited-edition Appetite for Destruction 3D album sleeve, which features the original artwork recreated in resin, with the main elements rising out of the cover. Only 1,987 copies will be made available, at a price of $249, with a 10 percent discount during the pre-order period. The models will ship sometime the summer.

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Exclusive Interview With Pluko Post Debut Firefly Set

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Meet Pluko; Previously know as Pluto, he’s an 18 year old producer who’s been in the game since the youthful age of 15. Don’t let his age fool you, though. Sam Martinsen is already gaining respect from some notorious names in the industry and for good reason. photo credit Pluko Pluko made his debut appearance at this year’s annual Firefly Festival held in Dover, Delaware. Firefly is a festival well-known for drawing big crowds and booking a diverse selection of prominent artists. The lineup this year featured Lil Wayne, The Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, MGMT and a highly anticipated performance by Eminem. While official numbers are still being calculated, overall attendance was expected to fall between sixty and ninety thousand. Even Terry Crews was there. Pluko took the stage in the early afternoon of the final day of the festival. His set was a perfect way to start the day, especially considering his good friend’s Odesza closed out the night. Take a closer   at what he had to talk about after his set ended. While getting to know him, listen to and download for free his collaboration with ye.  Is this your first Firefly? What have been your favorite festivals so far this year? This is my first time at Firefly. I played Coachella earlier this year which was awesome. I got an opportunity to play a lot of new music. I’m also playing Hard Summer later this year. You are really setting the tone perfectly for this beautiful Sunday in Dover, as Whethan and Odezsa will be playing tonight. You fit right in with those guys’ sound. Have they been an inspiration to your work? Or who has been the most influential on your music? Yeah I’m pretty involved with the Odesza guys. I actually just went on my first tour with them for 3 weeks and opened for them at Red Rocks. Earlier this year I was signed to their label (Foreign Family Collective) which I’m honored by. You can definitely see some of the similarities between our sounds. We really like your Outer Thoughts mixtape, you get super experimental and bassy. What is one creative way you have created sounds for your music?  I mostly use synths but I’m getting into auto tuning my own voice. You can get a taste of that on my upcoming album.  Listen to and download for free Pluko’s outer thoughts vol. 4:  What is one of your favorite production effects to use? What is your favorite instrument to incorporate into you music? There’s a program I really like to use. It’s called Movement and it has all sorts of crazy effects. You can distort sounds, make them flutter and change the frequency’s. It’s a lot to learn but there’s so much that can be done with it.  Your new singles ‘Pink’ and ‘need ya’ (feat. Nevve) are on-point! How would you describe them?  Thank you! People seem to have a really positive outlook on both songs. Especially ‘Need Ya’. Nevve is super fun to work with. I played that track live for the first time at Coachella. It brings a lot of good energy to the dance floor and you can tell it makes people happy Listen to Pluko’s “Need Ya” feat. Nevve:What is your favorite thing about playing music? That’s a tough one! I’d have to say seeing the crowd’s reaction. It’s a pretty cool experience to be up there in front of people sharing music I made. It’s a humbling experience and I really like making people happy. The music speaks for itself. What is next for you? Do you have any new collaborations or new releases in the works, we can start to get excited about? We have a lot going on. There’s my first album that’s being released at the end of the summer. The album has been in the works for a while now so i’m looking forward to officially releasing it. Also, a tour later in the year. A lot of things to look forward to right now.  Pluko signs to Odesza’s label Foreign Family Collective I hope it is not a sensitive subject for you, but how did that conversation go with Disney about your former moniker, Pluto? Haha it really wasn’t too bad but as I started to attract more attention we knew it was something that had to be taken care of. Especially before the album came out. The name change was really simple considering we only changed one letter. It was kind of a weird thing because it changed pretty suddenly. People may have been confused but I don’t think any fans were lost over it. Do you believe Pluto should still be a Planet? Pluko: Haha it could go either way really. I thought they re-instated it as a planet earlier this year? Pluko’s Manager: Actually they announced that on April Fool’s day but hilariously enough it turned out to be a prank.. What is your favorite part about Firefly? Honestly, everything has been great so far. Everyone has been really accommodating. The food is amazing. They also have a puppy area and goat yoga! Any other news comments that you would like to share with our readers? Just that we have an exciting future in store considering both an album and tour are closing in. We’ve done a lot leading up to this point and there’s no signs of slowing down yet. This may not have been our first opportunity to chat with Pluko, but this time around he’s made substantial growth as an artist.  A new name, new label and a new album all just in 2018. When you add the fact that Odesza serves as Pluko’s mentor, it seems apparent that his career is on an upward path to even bigger accomplishments. Follow Pluko:

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84 Rock Stars Who Have Famous Kids

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As a particular classic rock song has noted, the kids are alright. In the gallery below, you’ll see what the children of many of our favorite musicians have followed their own creative pursuits. In many of the cases, their children have tried their hands at music. While some of them have gone on to great fame, like Julian Lennon, Jakob Dylan and Jason Bonham, others have yet to fully establish themselves. It also helps when both parents are musicians, such as with the offspring of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love and Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. Then there are those – such as the progeny of Eddie Van Halen, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Glenn Frey and Eddie Money – who have joined their parents’ bands. Then there are those, like Dweezil Zappa and Malcolm Bruce, who have balanced their own careers while also forming bands that pay tribute to their late fathers. Acting has been another career choice for them. The kids of Phil Collins, Lenny Kravitz, Steven Tyler and his former Aerosmith bandmate Rick Dufay have all gone on to successful and acclaimed careers on the small and big screens. David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones and Peter Gabriel’s daughter Anna-Marie have become known for their work behind the camera. And, of course, there’s modeling. The daughters of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Simon LeBon and Bob Geldof have all chosen to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, doing runways and photo shoots. For others, like Stella McCartney, Jade Jagger and Diva Zappa, another aspect of the fashion industry – designing – has brought them success. Find out more about their lives and many more below.

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Stacks of Quality European Techno Provided by Set of the Day [Free Download]

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Welcome to a slew of new tech-house, deep house and techno podcasts provided by Set of the Day out of Solothurn, Switzerland. To put the proverbial cherry on top, all their podcasts featuring new, yet groomed talent is free. Let’s start by introducing Patrick Ebert. Plug into Patrick Ebert’s techno podcast for Set of the Day. Techno Podcast Set of the Day Patrick Ebert Patrick brings us: music from Berlin, for the world. His Set of the Day starts off subtle, but grows with a driving and bouncy beat. Enjoy how the bass purrs and piercing beats keep you going all night long. There is a nice balance in his music as he mixes in classic acoustic instruments while exploring techno elements. Turn this one up and get lost in the music journey Ebert takes us on. Listen to and download for free Patrick Ebert’s Set of the Day: Follow us further down the rabbit hole to find Michael Nielebock‘s techno podcast. Michael Nielebock Set of the Day Techno Podcast Bursting with energy and wizardly effects, Michael shows us how he controls the decks for his set. It is a true gift to be able to add this set to your techno collection for free. Keep up with him bouncing around Europe this summer, especially his hometown Berlin. Listen and download for free Michael Nielebock’s Set of the Day: Finally, never worry about changing the music again while listening to the full 6 hour, Set of the Day’s Showcase at Der Weiße Hase. Set of the Day Showcase Listen to and download for free Set Of The Day Showcase @ Der Weiße Hase: Explore more deep house, tech-house and techno podcasts on Set of the Day’s SoundCloud. They have all tastes covered. Follow Set of the Day: SoundCloud | Website | Instagram 

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Twitter Is Reworking Classic Rock Songs for Millennials

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Social media is abuzz with the hashtag #millennialclassicrock, a game in which Twitter users update the lyrics of famous classic rock songs to reflect the sensibilities of a younger generation. Fans got clever, with puns, rhymes and other modern twists on classic rock lyrics that ran the gamut but focused largely on topics like technology, the economy and social interactions. The tweets put bands like Queen, Blue Oyster Cult and the Police in the spotlight. Tweets abounded with updates to Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” their mega-hit from 1977’s News of the World, with a variety of stabs on the same idea. @mellowturtle suggested “We All Are the Champions,” while @jdarlenem wrote “We aren’t the champions but we still deserve a trophy.” Those giving their lyrical updates a financial twist spread the love among artists. @4colorcrack didn’t beat around the bush with his update to Blue Oyster Cult’s 1976 hit “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” “Don’t fear the reaper, fear that you’ll never be [able] to retire,” he wrote. @unblinkingear and @imdrakeez expressed housing-specific woes, going with the simplicity of what could have been an alternative Bruce Springsteen song, “Born to rent,” and the more elaborate take on Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son, “Carry on living in our basement rent free into your mid 30s our wayward gender-neutral child,” respectively. @hoeyhimself is telling it like it is when he updated the Police’s creepy stalker song from 1983’s Synchronicity, “Every Breath You Take,” to reflect online tracking. “Every click you make, every Pinterest recipe you bake, I’ll be tracking you,” he wrote. It’s hard to say who qualifies as a millennial, but they are generally considered to be those born between the early ’80s and the mid-’90s to 2000.

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Liverpool’s Own Carlo Canetti Starts Strong with Debut Future Bass Single

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Hitting on the pleasure notes is Carlo Canetti‘s debut single, ‘Clouds’. By using what can be categorized as future bass sounds for a blissful drop, your ears will instantly perk up to take in the feel good vibes. Thanks to Ben Northam‘s warm vocals that speak of letting go, this single has an electro pop tone that will bring you to your happy place. Right out the gates Carlos Canetti showcases his clean production skills with this electro pop, future bass infused single. Carlo Canetti’s ‘Clouds’ feat. Ben Northam Carlo is a brand new producer coming out of Liverpool. After submerging himself in the UK electronic music scene and years in the studio, he is now ready to share with the world the sounds that have inspired him. We look forward to seeing what he creates next. Ben Northam is out of Birmingham, who’s souring soulful vocals instantly pull you in for ‘Clouds’. We can see this young gun being featured in a lot more electronic music. Now press play and drift away… photo credit Vicente Cajiga Listen to Carlo Canetti’s ‘Clouds’ feat. Ben Northam:  Follow Carlo Canetti: Facebook | SoundCloud | Instagram | Twitter Follow Ben Northam: Instagram | SoundCloud | 

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Watch Nine Inch Nails Debut New Song, ‘Ahead of Ourselves’

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Nine Inch Nails debuted a brand new song called “Ahead of Ourselves” during their three-night run at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which kicked off their Cold and Infinite and Black tour. You can watch a minute-long clip from the final show on June 16 below, along with the band’s cover of Joy Division’s “Digital” and a guest appearance by Gary Numan, who performed his track “Metal” with NIN. You can watch the videos below. “Ahead of Ourselves” is expected to appear on Nine Inch Nail’s upcoming album Bad Witch, which arrives on June 22 and marks the completion of a trilogy that started with 2016’s Not the Actual Events and continued with last year’s Add Violence. Explaining the delay in a press release, frontman Trent Reznor said as they were finishing Add Violence, “It felt too predictable. It felt like we were forcing things. Musically and storytelling-wise. The reason this has been delayed is because it took us a while for — what has become the third EP — to reveal itself to us.” Reznor later took time on social media to explain why the six-track Bad Witch is considered an album rather than an EP, as the previous two releases had been. “EPs show up with singles in Spotify and other streaming services = they get lost easier,” he noted. “EPs feel less important in today’s music-isn’t-as-important-as-it-once-was world. Why make it easier to ignore?” Nine Inch Nails’ Cold and Infinite and Black tour begins in earnest on Sept. 13 and runs until Dec. 15. You can view the full schedule below. Nine Inch Nails, Cold and Black and Infinite TourSept. 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica TheatreSept. 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica TheatreSept. 18 – Morrison, CO @ Red RocksSept. 19 – Morrison, CO @ Red RocksSept. 22 – San Antonio, TX @ River City Rock FestSept. 24 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum TheaterSept. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox TheatreSept. 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox TheatreSept. 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend AmphitheaterOct. 9 – Washington, DC @ The AnthemOct. 13 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music HallOct. 14 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music HallOct. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings TheatreOct. 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings TheatreOct. 19 – Boston, MA @ Boch CenterOct. 20 – Boston, MA @ Boch CenterOct. 22 – Detroit, MI @ Fox TheaterOct. 23 – Detroit, MI @ Fox TheaterOct. 25 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon BallroomOct. 26 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon BallroomNov. 23 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger TheatreNov. 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger TheatreNov. 25 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger TheatreNov. 27 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music FactoryNov. 28 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music FactoryDec. 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic AuditoriumDec. 4 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic AuditoriumDec. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ PalladiumDec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ PalladiumDec. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ PalladiumDec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ PalladiumDec. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ PalladiumDec. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

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