Dutch trance superstar Armin van Buuren has finally revealed the dates and locations of his A State Of Trance 600 tour through a live stream on his website. ASOT 600 will hit six cities world wide, including a heavily hyped New York City date. Check full the full dates below:ASOT 600 DatesFebruary 16th – Mexico CityMarch 1st – Sao PauloMarch 9th – BeirutTBA – Kuala LumpurMarch 30th – New YorkTBA – HollandSpeculation was finalized at the end of his show, when he was shown wearing a T-Shirt that read “New York State of Mind” – Armin made the final announcement near the end of his live broadcast in Amsterdam.Image courtesy of Armin van BuurenMore information and a live stream is underway at http://www.astateoftrance.comMore dates may be announced for the Expedition tour, and to be expected is trance music and some new interactive online features for the 2013 tour.
The best club in NYC to get your fix of all kinds of dirty, grimey dubstep once (or sometimes twice… three times if we’re lucky) a week is without-a-doubt Webster Hall. From the main stage where you can catch artists from all over the world like Feed Me, Skrillex, Caspa, Alvin Risk, Figure, Mt. Eden and Helicopter Showdown.. just to name a few.. right down to the basement where some of these artists actually started out! Every saturday since June 2011, weekly party BASSment Saturdays is thrown in the basement of Webster Hall. Started by Annie Rinsky, one of Webster’s infamous Bass Bunnies, BASSment Saturdays is a dope place to get down to some dubstep on the weekend. For a Basshead, like myself, it’s the greatest thing because barely any clubs ever play dubstep at all, let alone a whole night of it. For others it’s a cheap way to discover some new music, at like 10 bucks to get in and good drink deals. Annie, resident DJ Subset (Mark Martinez), and the rest of their crew throw some crazy parties and are always bringing in new artists that are still unheard of by most; artists that may still be dipping their toes into the fame of EDM. These are often local artists, more-so in the beginning than the last few months. Dubloadz from our New Jersey neighbors tore the BASSment up recently, and just a few weeks before Protohype from L.A. was on the same stage. From a land far, far, away DJ Zeratone became the first DJ from Singapore to play in the BASSment. What started out as a small, local gig with often many of the same DJs performing week after week is now bringing in artists from all over the world.The vibes at these parties are what make them unique and in some ways, better than going to see a bigger artist on the main stage, where sometimes *cough* Dillon Francis *cough* there are so many people you can barely move let alone dance. A few of the same faces are there week after week, devoted to the music, are there for that reason alone, and make you feel right at home. The stage is right in your face, with stairs on either side for people to get on the stage and dance. It’s a truly intimate community where the crowd can feel connected with the artists and people running the show. Instead of feeling like outsiders who pay to watch, it’s like you’re going to immerse yourself in a family of people who love bass music and having fun.DJ Subset, who’s DJ’ed from the U.S. to Dubai and places in between, definitely deserves props for keeping these nights fresh as hell. It’s gotta be hard work especially knowing the same people are coming out to every show, spending hours a week finding new music, weaving through the good tracks and the bad, and putting everything together for a set that could be as long as four hours, which has happened before! Mark says he “loves the challenge… it keeps me on my toes”. Keeping people interested is one of the biggest challenges but also the most rewarding parts of the job for him.Over the past year and a half BASSment saturdays has grown into something you really shouldn’t miss. It’s like doing your laundry… or paying the bills. Look out for new things from Subset in 2013, not just for the BASSment but for his producing career as well – including some original productions and collabs with artists such as AlienAudix, Notixx, Proper Villains, String Theory, and Trigon. As far as the BASSment goes, you never know when you’ll get a surprise down there! Secret sets from someone like Terravita or Alvin, or even random visits from artists like Datsik or Flosstradamus happen all the time! Expect the unexpected and beware…. “if you can’t take the bass.. get out of the BASSment!”facebook.com/djsubsetfacebook.com/bassmentsaturdays
Just last week, Umphrey’s McGee undertook the infamous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has spread across social media. If you haven’t heard of it, the premise is simple: if you’re called out, you have to either donate $25 to ALS research and pour a bucket of ice on your head, or donate $100 to ALS research. Then you get to call out three friends to undertake the same challenge.When Relix’s Rob Slater called out Umphrey’s McGee, they accepted the challenge and passed it on to Phish, The Disco Biscuits, Adam Deitch, Kanye West and Vince Iwinski. (Each UM band member called out a different artist). Here, we see the Disco Biscuits stepping up to the challenge:Next up: Big Gigantic, Ben Baruch of 11E1even Group & Dan Berkowitz of CID Entertainment. God speed.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Conflicting reports regarding the future of Beats Music with Apple were published today, each citing sources from within Apple. One way or another, it does seem as though Apple’s long-term plan is rebrand Beats Music, as part of their mission to unify the Apple product line.The first article was posted by TechCrunch, and asserted that a number of sources within Apple and Beats confirmed that Apple was planning to discontinue Beats. This was called into question, however, by the fact that Apple spent $3.2 billion on Beats Music earlier this year. Still, the article asserted that Apple did not place Beats Music on its new iPhone and Apple Watch products, and that other streaming services may have hampered Beats’ growth.Later in the day, Re/Code published a two-word quote from Apple’s PR rep, Tom Neumayr: “Not true.” Neumayr declined to elaborate, but Re/Code included information from another source, saying that, over time, Apple was planning to merge Beats Music streaming service into its own product name. The article mentions the possibility of merging Beats Music with iTunes, given the recent $100 million partnership with U2 shows a strong inclination towards iTunes.That Re/Code article was updated further, saying:Apple has told Re/code that the Beats brand may go away, confirming my report. However, it wants to stay in streaming music, as we suspected.As of now, it seems that Beats Music may be solidifed into the Apple name, though I can’t imagine why Apple would ever get rid of those glorious headphones. Meanwhile, here’s a picture of Dr. Dre laughing.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Win (2) Tickets to the Huck Finn Jubilee!! The Huck Finn Jubilee has released their full 2015 lineup, which includes headlining performances from Dr. Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury Band, Railroad Earth, and Leftover Salmon. The festival is set for June 12-14 in the beautiful Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, California, just outside of Los Angeles.The festival will also include performances from Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, Hot Rize with Special Guests Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jeff Austin, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass. The full lineup can be seen through the festival’s official website.With three days of camping and top-notch, truly influential bluegrass and jamgrass artists performing, Huck Finn Jubilee is shaping up to be one of the premiere folk festivals in North America. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday, February 17th at 10 AM Pacific.Check out the recap video of last year’s event:
Phish has released an extensive 8-CD box set capturing the band’s three performances in Amsterdam in 1997, on Februar 17th, and July 1st and 2nd. The shows are memorable in Phish history, as the first one featured the debut of “Carini,” and the second two featured a running dialogue about killer worms inhabiting the city’s famous canals.The whole thing is streaming below, via Spotify!
Ryan Adams took to the famous Sydney Opera House last night in Australia, where he played an extensive two-hour set that ran the gamut of his solo material. While most of the songs came from Adams’ debut album Heartbreaker, he did break out a solo acoustic cover of the Foo Fighters classic rock tune, “Times Like These”.As Adams said, the cover was dedicated to Dave Grohl, who is “carrying on despite being totally broken,” a reference to Grohl’s broken leg and subsequent touring. Ryan Adams is currently on tour in Australia, and will continue there through the end of this week.
Living large and loving his new solo outfit, Gregg Allman has announced plans to perform on December 30th and 31st at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA. The former-Allman Brother recently praised his new crew, saying “My new band is the most incredible musical experience I’ve ever had the honor and pleasure to be a part of.”Allman will return to the Atlanta Symphony Hall for the second year running, returning to his home state for what is sure to be two nights of incredible music. The legendary singer has a busy 2015, as he’s curating his own festival, and will receive a Songwriters Award from the Georgia Hall of Fame later this year.Tickets for the two night NYE run go on sale this Friday, August 14th, at 10 AM Eastern, and you can find more info via Ticketmaster. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for a Dickey Betts appearance, though chances are admittedly slim.Gregg Allman Wants To Jam With Estranged Allman Brothers Band Member Dickey Betts
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour addressed a number of looming questions as he gears up for the release of Rattle That Lock on September 18th.Of course, many Gilmour fans are dying to know why it’s been nine long years since the last solo album, On An Island, was released. Gilmour elaborated:“I meant to get back to things, but life happens and certain things got in the way: raising children, the trials and tribulations of parenthood, being supportive to my wife in her writing endeavors. She’s got a brilliant book coming out called The Kindness. And sometimes, it takes the momentum a little while to get going. I really intended to get one done much quicker than this, but here we are. I’m allowed to take some time off at my age. And like last time, I’m intending to get another one out much quicker next time.”He continued, “It’s come together over a long period of time. When I’m at home and the kids are at school and [my wife] Polly is working, I can go into my studio here and get on with some work. But it’s quite slow and leisurely, not very driven. And over a period of time, you realize that you’ve actually got a lot of material, and you try to focus on what you’ve got. It’s a lot of disparate pieces of music, and you turn that into an album. That last process began a couple of years ago, but I had to take a couple of months out when Pink Floyd did the Endless River project. But then I came back to it and have been fully focused since then.”After some discussion about the conceptual nature of Rattle That Lock, Gilmour digs into his upcoming solo tour, which will kick off in March 2016.He says, “I’ve got the band booked. I’ve got the rehearsal space booked. But I haven’t even started thinking about anything to do with it yet, but it’s my next project. It’s my task to settle down to after breakfast tomorrow.”He then revealed the lineup for his solo band, saying that the keyboardists will be “Jon Carin and Kevin McAlea, who played at the Kate Bush shows in London last year.” He continued, explaining that ” Phil [Manzanera] will be playing guitar; Guy Pratt on bass. Steve Distanislao will be on drums.”When asked about playing Pink Floyd music, he said that “anything that feels like it’ll fit and it’ll be fun, I’ll do it. I might do “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” again. I haven’t completely closed the door to Pink Floyd songs. They’re so much fun.”But despite his fondness for the music, Gilmour confirmed the recent news that the Pink Floyd chapter of his life is over.“I’ve enjoyed that part of my life; that life has given me so much. There’s been a lot of joy, a lot of laughter, a lot of creative satisfaction. We’ve had a lot of good companionship for 95 percent of our time together. I wouldn’t want that five percent that was a little more sour to make my view of it less enjoyable. All things must pass. All things must come to an end. I don’t want to go back there. I’ve done it.”You can read the full interview here, via Rolling Stone.
Guitarist Ben Combe posted a status on his personal Facebook page to confirm that he quit the band last month. Having joined the band in 2006, Combe is ready for the next phase of his life. We wish him all the best!Read the full statement below:In hopes to avoid any confusion or false impressions, I officially quit Particle over a month ago but agreed to hold off posting the announcement. As the New Years shows approach, I’d like to share the following:To all my friends, family and fans:My time with Particle has been the most amazing and exhilarating time of my life, but the time has come to move on.I have seen all 50 states, played festivals in front of audiences in the thousands, and had the chance to share the stage with many of my heroes. Most importantly, I have made so many lifelong friends across this country which would never have been possible without this journey.I am excited about this next phase and I look forward to playing with new people and trying new ventures. There are so many songs to sing and so much music to play!To my Particle brothers present and past: Steve Molitz, Eric Gould, Darren Pujalet, Brandon Draper, Jeff Peterson, Allen Aucion and Clay Parnell – I wish you love and life, and I’ll value our friendships forever. I wish you all the best and thank you for being a part of some of my most profound and deeply impactful experiences I ever could have dreamed. I hope to continue to play with all of you in different projects down the line.Thank you, thank you to all my friends, fans, and family for your love and support throughout this crazy ride. I look forward to playing music for as long as I can move my hands and I’ll see you again soon!Ben CombeThe band also released a statement addressing Combe’s departure, which you can read below:Particle People,Thank you all for another amazing year filled with coast-to-coast tours, big sets at some of our favorite festivals, and collaborations with some of our favorite musicians and bands on the scene. Your energy has always fueled us and we are so thankful to be on this journey celebrating life and music with all of you.A New Year is upon us and change is in the air. Guitarist Ben Combe has decided to move on from Particle to pursue other ventures in life, and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward. We shared tons of laughs and epic shows together, and we are very thankful for all the memories we will always have of his time in the band.As the beat goes on, we’ve got some big announcements coming soon about our first tour of 2016, the release of our new, full-length studio album, Accelerator, and some very exciting additions to the lineup.Wishing you all very Happy Holidays, and we can’t wait to get down with all of you at our upcoming New York late nights at The Cutting Room in NYC on 12/30 and The Hollow in Albany on 1/1!!Much Love,-Particle