[Psychedelic / Shoegaze] Desert Stars – Boys I Like

Not much is known about this melodramatic five-piecer from Brooklyn beyond the clever psychedelic-shoegaze genre, in which they categorize themselves and, well, the fact that there are five members in their band.  I was lucky enough to stumble across this featured track thanks to Hype Machine Radio’s September guest, YVYNYL. Where upon first listen, it is easy to submerge yourself into the environment Desert Stars immediately creates. “Boys I Like” is a stunning production supported by eerie, yet beautifully ambient vocals, strong percussion and a fluidity that is calming yet curious.  I encourage you to take a listen and to keep a watchful eye on this group.


Desert Stars
Boys I Like
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Feist – Graveyard (Video)


Feist released a new video for “Graveyard” today, a song that can be found on her 2011 album called Metals. Shot in Big Sur, California, it’s a sparse yet still charming environment visually, especially shown through a stark black and white lens. The musician explains the idea behind the song: “I’m not talking about the Graveyard as a location, but of the entangled thoughts you get when visiting a graveyard. Usually you’re there to visit someone who’s died, and you think in broad terms about what they’ve become and your own mortality and about what time means. We’re alone in the field, always at a distance. And people appear and disappear from your life.

Metals is out via Arts & Crafts.


via P&P

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[Hip-Hop] Earl Sweatshirt – Chum

Ever since his debut mixtape, EARL, and subsequent disappearance, the blogosphere has been eagerly anticipating some new music from Odd Future‘s Earl Sweatshirt. The talented eighteen year old LA-based emcee has re-emerged in the last half year or so with some quality features. Today, Earl blesses us with some new solo music and it most certainly does not disappoint.

Unafraid to confront his issues and insecurities, the protege spits with his apathetic and mischievous flow speaking completely candidly about his personal struggles and demonstrating maturity far beyond his years. The simple piano loop provides the perfect backdrop for this introspective and creative display of dark lyricism. Check out the long-awaited “Chum” below, a true testament to Earl’s potential as an artist.

Earl Sweatshirt
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[Denver Event] This Week at Beta 11/1

Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.


For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

11/1 – Andy Moor

17 Andy Moor feat. Stine Grove
Time Will Tell (Preview)

11/2 – The Killabits

Earz Experiment f/ Lena Cullen

11/3 – DJ Dan

DJ Dan
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[Live Review] Mayer Hawthorne – Denver 10/20

To say that we were excited for Mayer Hawthorne would be an understatement. We’ve been grooving to his 60′s and 70′s infused soul pop for quite some time. In fact, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” and “The Walk” have become a few of our personal favorites. We know that he’s quite the charismatic performer just based on what we’ve seen and read, but we didn’t know quite what we were going to get ourselves into.

Here’s a few things you should know about a Mayer Hawthorne concert, just in case you’re thinking of going. And when we say, “thinking of going,” we mean you totally should go because it’s nothing short of fantastic.

- The crowd is going to be a little strange. You may find yourself next to hipster music nerds (such as myself and my friend), groups of 50 something women fawning over Mayer’s every word, or older couples that are reliving your youth. Regardless of which, it’s a friendly crowd, and one that’s enjoyable to be around.

- You may know that Mayer Hawthorne originally recorded this sound just goofing around. This is true, but don’t take that into account. He takes his music incredibly seriously, and his live show will prove that beyond a reasonable doubt.

- Mayer takes a picture in a lounge chair at every show, and then posts it on his facebook. Make sure to like his page and tag yourself after the show.

The stage set up, the band, Mayer’s outfit, and the overall vibe for the night is 100% on point with how you feel a soul show from that era would be like. It’s really entertaining to watch the older couples bob and sway as they relive their youth, and as a younger music lover, it’s a enchanting to be a part of music from another era. This is one show that we will recommend to just about anyone, so make sure to catch him next time he’s in your neck of the woods.

Mayer Hawthorne
No Strings (RAC Remix)
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[House] Dragon and Jontron – Tonight (Video)

As you know from many previous posts, our good friends Dragon and Jontron have been on a tear as of late, releasing some top notch anthems for you to shake your booty to. Last week they released this teaser to “Tonight” featuring the lovely Lea Luna, and this week they dropped the track on Beatport. We heard Lea and the boys perform this live (and by live we mean Lea actually sung over the track live) and it lit up Skylab: Mission Blackout’s dance floor.

Make sure to head over and snag yourself a copy.

Dragon & Jontron ft Lea Luna
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Showtek & Justin prime – Cannonball (Original Mix)

If you’re looking for an epic club anthem that’s sure to get the crowd on their feet, look no further. Showtek just released this on Monday (via Beatport), and it is most assuredly going to light up the dance floor this weekend. It has a gorgeous synth progression and deep, hard hitting bass. Turn this one up in your headphones, and get ready to dance.

Showtek & Justin prime
Cannonball (Original Mix)
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