[ULTRA 2014 Schedule Recommendation] TMN’s Must See Guide to Ultra (Miami 3/28 – 3/30)

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Ahh. The time is finally here. All winter long we’ve been angrily looking at the calendar, not-so-patiently awaiting the start of festival season here in the states. To kick things off in 2014, we’re obviously overwhelmingly excited for what Ultra 2014 is bringing to the table.

As you would guess, this year’s line up is stacked, as usual. There’s a veritable pantheon of EDM legends, coupled with some amazing up and coming artists as well. We traditionally like to do a full stream of everyone that’s going to be there, but this year we’re going to change it up. Instead of giving you a tiny sample of each artist who’s playing, we’re going to give you our recommendations, day by day.

Scheduling is going to be tricky, so make sure you set out a proper game plan. It might be hard to stick to after a few beverages, but take it from us – don’t miss out on seeing your favorite artist, or any of these suggestions below:

Friday March 28th

Chainsmokers – Stage 7

Picked by Bryn Carter & Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: Two handsome devils reigning from New York who can make ANY song the ultimate remix. Make sure to check out these two who will keep your feet moving and your mind spinning with their intense indie/electronic melodies.

The Wanted
We Own The Night(The Chainsmokers Remix)
The Chainsmokers vs. Tove Lo
Habits
#SELFIE

Friday March 28th

M.I.A. – Live Stage

Picked by Eric Gossett

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TMN Staff Comment: The ever-controversial M.I.A. is definitely a “don’t miss” performance at this year’s Ultra Music Festival. The singer just released her critically-acclaimed album Matangi last year and is currently being sued by the NFL for $15 million for her performance at the Super Bowl. So if that was what they (couldn’t) show at the Super Bowl, I can only imagine how wild her uncensored stage show must be.

BRING THE NOIZE
M.I.A.
Bad Girls
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Friday March 28th

12TH Planet – UMF Radio Stage

Picked by Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: Last year, I had the pleasure of introducing someone to trap, and did so by watching 12th Planet’s set on Sunday afternoon. This well respected, LA based producer will be throwing down a massive set full of filthy beats. If you want to get down and dirty, don’t miss this set.

Pretty Lights
Go Down Sunshine (12th Planet Remix)
Smoked Out
12th Planet & Protohype
Paper on @smogrecords

Friday March 28th

Kill The Noise – UMF Radio Stage

Picked by Michael Serratore

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TMN Staff Comment: There are plenty of players in the world of filthy bass, but no one does it quite like KTN. There’s an undeniable energy in everything he does, and that will only be taken to the next level amongst a crowd of frenzied fans

Thumbs Up (For Rock N Roll) with Feed Me
DUCKSAUCE
NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis RMX)
Kill The Noise & Dillion Francis
Dill The Noise

Friday March 28th

Chance the Rapper – Live Stage

Picked by Baseer Ahmad and Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: You say you’re going to Ultra to only listen to beats? Don’t limit yourself. A break in the bass will be welcomed, and who better to give you said break than Chi-Town native, Chance the Rapper?

Childish Gambino: They Dont Like Me (ft. Chance the Rapper)
Lil Wayne
You Song Ft Chance The Rapper (Dedication 5)
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Brain Cells Live (5day)

Friday March 28th

The Glitch Mob – Worldwide Stage

Picked by Rachel Haroldson

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TMN Staff Comment: This is a no brainer. Glitch Mob absolutely throws down with live performances, from the insane stage set-ups to the energy of the group, you can just see that these guys have a passion for performing and love giving the audience an unforgettable show.

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Monday (The Glitch Mob Remix)
A Dream Within a Dream
DRINK THE SEA
The Glitch Mob
We Can Make The World Stop
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[Experimental/Pop] tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain

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With their third album, Nikki Nack, set to drop May 6, tUnE-yArDs have shared “Water Fountain,” the first full track from the album. The brainchild of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs follow their critically-acclaimed sophomore effort w h o k i l l with their latest release.

“Water Fountain” is a perfect mess of organized chaos that only tUnE-yArDs could bring. Mixing elements of Afro-pop, folk, funk and everything in between, tUnE-yArDs somehow manage to turn their clamoring combination of anarchic audio into a smooth shower of pleasing pandemonium. While receiving a heavier studio treatment than tUnE-yArDs previous songs, “Water Fountain” is filled with classic clanking, foot-stomping beats, and “HEY HA” chanting that makes tUnE-yArDs so much fun to listen to.

Unlike most public water fountains, this one will have you coming back for multiple refills.

tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack is out May 6 via 4AD.

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[Indie/Synth-Pop] Wye Oak – Glory

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Until now, we’ve only heard one track, “The Tower,” from Wye Oak’s forthcoming album Shriek. While the Baltimore duo’s resumé currently boasts three classically charming and dreamy indie rock records, “The Tower” is unlike anything we’ve heard in the band’s seven-year existence.

As Wye Oak move into the next chapter of their musical endeavor, they have decided to leave their guitars at home and plug in the keyboards instead. In an interview with SPIN last year, frontwoman Jenn Wasner explained how she and bandmate Andy Stack grew tired of their “indie folk” brand and needed something to help them get over the creative wall they had hit.

Their latest track “Glory” follows in “The Tower’s” footsteps of synth-infused melodies and bass-driven beats. Precision basslines and airy, elegant synth radiate over Wasner’s phasing vocals, while Stack unleashes a fury of sweeping electronic riffs, guaranteed to make your face melt.

Shriek is available April 29 via Merge Records.

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[Experimental/Pop] HOLYCHILD – Every Time I Fall

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If you’re in Austin this week for SXSW, be sure to catch one of HOLYCHILD’s sets while you’re there.

The brainchild of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller, this rising synth-pop duo from Los Angeles released their debut EP ‘Mindspeak’ just a few short weeks ago. After meeting at George Washington University in 2011, the pair began writing and recording together and eventually found a home with Glassnote Records in early 2014.

With a sound full of stylish electro-pop, reminiscent of bands like Phantogram and label-mates CHVRCHES, their latest track “Every Time I Fall” will have you “falling” for this band over and over again. Filled with bursting waves of jaunty synth and echoing vocals, “Every Time I Fall” is a lovable, dance-friendly tune aimed to inspire on all levels of the pop music spectrum.

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[NEW] SBTRKT – Transitions (EP Stream)

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Since his incredible self-titled debut album in 2011, SBTRKT has had his fans eagerly anticipating new music. While his long-awaited follow up is yet to have a set release date, the talented experimental producer provided a stream of a brand new EP today to hold us over.

Appropriately titled Transisitions, SBTRKT’s new EP serves as an instrumental journey that displays his unique attention to the subtleties and nuances of his art. The project will be released in three parts on vinyl and for digital purchase–Part 1 on May 5th, 2 on May 19th and 3 on June 2nd.

As always, you can check out a couple of our favorites above, but we highly recommend heading over to SBTRKT’s website for the full stream with some breath-taking accompanying interactive visuals.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 3/6

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

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[Event Preview] Red Bull Sound Select Showcase at Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO – 2/27

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Red Bull Sound Select brings an extraordinarily diverse and eclectic lineup this Thursday for their first ever Denver showcase helmed by Shigeto, RUMTUM, Inner Oceans and Kitty Crimes. Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. at our favorite indie venue in Colorado, The Larimer Lounge, the Denver Sound Select showcase treats its listeners to a free night of texturally differing music from Detroit based producer Shigeto offering up a headline set sure to be dripping with his unique partiality to sultry, melodic two-step electronica while being supported by some of Denver’s most innovative and recognizable musicians. The local triumvirate consists of constantly evolving beatsmith RUMTUM, an artist with whom his live show draws its listener directly to its heart with slick, chilled out instrumentation; the haunting, synth-fuled minimal indie-pop of Inner Oceans and M and the Gems frontwoman Maria Kohler entrancing us with her hip-hop project Kitty Crimes providing more than enough fluent cyphers for the entire night. This all-embracing night of music is more than stoking our fire for awesome live shows, while simultaneously heralding the Mile High City as a flourishing music hotbed of all genres, so we wanted to ring it in with you Ninjas. The show is free with an RSVP here, and if that’s too much for you, it will be only $5.00 at the door. Just make sure to arrive early as there are an unlimited number of RSVP’s made available and it will be first come, first serve until capacity. We’ll see you there Denver friends!

In anticipation of their peformances, stream “Miss U” by Shigeto, “Ruby Dime” by RUMTUM, “Ready Your Ghost” from Inner Oceans and a throwback: “Penny Mastered” from Kitty Crimes below.

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Ready Your Ghost (Demo)
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