Events, Review | [RECAP] Mysteryland 2016 Highlights

Posted by on June 23, 2016


The post-festival blues are the worst, and Mysteryland’s 2016 US edition left me dreading the harsh return to reality after a weekend filled with pure bliss and good vibes. Camping, music, dancing, art, nature, new people, old friends- what more could one ask for in a weekend getaway? Click on the jump for a recap of our 6 favorite moments!


Review | Desert Hearts Spring Festival 2016: A Journey of Discovery

Posted by on April 25, 2016


Before moving out to California three months ago, I didn’t know much about Desert Hearts. I would see the festival’s name pop up time after time in blogs and Facebook posts, and I became intrigued by the colorful photos and people that caught my attention. I remember sitting at home in the middle-of-nowhere, Pennsylvania, scrolling through photos of the festival, and fantasizing about what it would be like to be in this vibrant scene all dressed in silly clothes with happy-looking humans. Not long after my move to California, an opportunity arose for me to attend the festival; I couldn’t refuse it. The time had finally come for me to find out what Desert Hearts was all about.


Review | Krewella – Say Goodbye

Posted by on November 23, 2014

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I like Krewella. I find them personally and musically appealing. Every single time they’re in Dallas they take a moment to speak with us, which they don’t have to do. They’ve long graduated from this site and there’s not much we can do for them at this point. That said, I hate writing bad reviews. I try to ignore what I don’t like and promote what I do. In this case I have to shoot our readers straight: Krewella’s “Say Goodbye” single is extremely underwhelming. It has very few redeeming qualities and is hard to listen to at times. It sounds like a rejected Evanescence demo with drum and bass produced around it. Frankly, I’m shocked this was even approved for release. They’re under a great deal of pressure (you can read their legal response here) and put this song out to quell some of the backlash. I don’t blame them. I just wish they would have come out of the gates swinging. Releasing a massive tune would have silenced those predicting their demise immediately. I haven’t given up on them just yet.

Let’s wait and see what Krewella have in store for us next.


Chill, Review | Kygo at Music Hall Of Williamsburg + EXCLUSIVE ORIGINAL

Posted by on September 29, 2014

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The Norwegian God descended upon Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and took everyone to church, leaving everyone in awe, dropping a flawless set which took us all back in time, from his Ed Sheeran remix, to my personal favorite his Seinabo Sey remix, no remix was spared. Interestingly enough his remix of Passenger’s “Let Her Go” was not included in the mix, though we were properly served with the man’s “No Diggity vs Thrift Shop” remix, and his sensual “Sexual Healing” remix which had everyone going into a trance. The best part of the night for me though, was the last track he played, an original, which the world has been waiting for, and you can now listen to exclusively via the SoundCloud above. I’m not sure who the vocalist is though it sounds like Sam Smith to me. Give it a listen, it’s a must, and check the tour dates to catch Kygo in your city!  Also a quick shout out to Amtrac who opened the night with a nice blend of tropical bass/tropical deep house, and got everyone warmed up!


Review | Dash Berlin’s “We Are, Pt. 1” Tops iTunes Charts

Posted by on September 1, 2014


Earlier this morning, Armada announced that part one of Dash Berlin’s “We Are, Pt. 1” album has reached number one on the iTunes dance charts. “We Are” is a concise 8 track offering from the Dutch legend, who enlisted the help of acts like 3LAU, John Dahlback, Disfunktion, Jay Cosmic for their production prowess. Perhaps the vocalists shine the brightest, as Dash also included Bright Lights, Collin McLoughlin, and Roxanne Emery on part one of this exceptional body of work.


Standout tracks on the album include “Here Tonight” and “Never Let You Go” that have the ability to transport you into another realm. Dash Berlin’s “We Are” ranks as one of our favorite albums this year, and it’s more than deserving of it’s current position iTunes. There’s no question about it, #WeAre impressed. Keep an eye out for “We Are, Pt. 2” coming soon. Shout out to LK and Borys!

iTunes: Dash Berlin – We Are Pt. 1

Review | Rukkus: The App For Mobile Ticket Purchases

Posted by on July 22, 2014

The people behind FreshNewTracks are no strangers to startups. We understand that oftentimes it’s difficult for a great product to catch enough eyeballs to make something happen. Therefore, sometimes we like to lend a helping hand when something catches our eye. Meet Rukkus, an app that makes ticket buying an easy process. Here’s what their team had to say about the app:

In an era where seemingly every kind of transaction can take place on a mobile device, the current state of the ticket buying process can sometimes seem a bit antiquated. Several major ticket outlets do not even have a mobile app, and the ones that do leave a lot to be desired.

Enter Rukkus: the fastest growing mobile ticketing app for iOS (Android coming soon!). With its sleek design and intuitive interface, the Rukkus app has essentially cut the red tape between planning and “being there,” to create a seamless and pain-free experience. The only thing standing between you and that sold-out concert all of your friends are going to tonight is two simple taps on your iPhone.

No more scouring your web browser for the cheapest tickets. Rukkus searches over 1,000 vendors to find you the best possible value on tickets for concert, sports and theater events.

In addition to its streamlined approach to purchasing tickets, Rukkus boasts some unprecedented discovery tools: Upon downloading the app, Rukkus will scan iTunes, Spotify and Facebook likes to build a unique “Music DNA” for each user. Based on that information, Rukkus suggests certain events in addition to tracking artists for whom the user has already shown interest.

For the more ‘D.I.Y.’ crowd, Rukkus allows users to browse events and listen to artists’ music within the app. As you find new artists you like, you can add them to your favorites, which will automatically update your Music DNA. If Rukkus is tracking an artist you don’t like, you can have them removed from your Music DNA, as well.

The days of sifting through overpriced ticket brokers and sketchy Craigslist ads are over. Put an end to FOMO once and for all. Download the app and go start a Rukkus.

Review | Mike Stud – Closer [Album]

Posted by on July 20, 2014


Studnation is back and it appears Mike is closer than he’s ever been with his latest album, Closer. In May, Mike released a video to let his fans know about his new album release. The teaser reflects on the journey Mike has made from being a star baseball prospect to an even bigger prospect as a musician. This album shows growth and maturity in Mike’s life and music. He is most focused on being happy and letting the success follow. Does he have room to grow and improve? Most certainly he does, but even Mike knows he has a long journey ahead of him.