Blackwater Festival Through the Eyes of a Suwannee Virgin

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words by Faris Al-Majed

About a week ago I went to Blackwater Music Festival and The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park for the first time. My friend Maxx sold me with the prospect of great live music (specifically reggae) and an awesome venue that he described as one of the best in the nation. I’d be lying if I said i wasn’t somewhat hesitant to camp in the Florida swamp for three days in August, but the experience seemed like something worth any petty discomforts.

THURSDAY:

FIND OF THE DAY: Alex Metric – Tour Jams Volume 1 (60min mix) [Free Download]

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I really enjoy this mix for multiple reasons. First of all the music is great all the way through. Such a variety of genres. Not genres I normally listen to either. Another reason I like this is because this is a DJ being a real DJ. More DJs should put together mixes of songs they like to listen too. Hearing what the general public wants to hear all the time can get really boring. Props to Alex Metric on his musical taste and mixing skills in this hour long mix.

EVENT PREVIEW: Guy J b2b Hernan Cattaneo [5-Hour Set] @ Verboten

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I’m not at Burning Man right now, but I will get an absurdly long, deep, house set from two of the playa’s biggest stars this weekend.

Verboten is bringing Guy J and Hernan Cattaneo to do a 5-hour b2b set for all those who are having serious FOMO this week. I expect these two MVPs to deliver a serious journey throughout the course of their set. Proper DJing has been a staple at Verboten with Cajmere, DJ EZ, and Felix Da Housecat this month, and we can’t wait to continue the party.

Tickets are available here.

EVENT REVIEW: Felix Da Housecat & Safer At Night Crew @ Verbote

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Curses, founder of Safer at Night, and Felix Da Housecat having some fun

This past Saturday, Verboten played host to Felix Da Housecat and Brooklyn-based Safer at Nightdkd crew. The Chicago legend clearly meshed well with the BK cats (picture above) and the product was everything that’s dope about club culture and electronic music in 2014.

The night got warmed up by DKDS and Crank, who are signed to the Safer at Night imprint. The DJs and imprint alike bring a 4am Brooklyn aesthetic to dance music. It’s dark and dancey, but clearly not afraid to have some fun either (again, picture above).

Break Science BRKTHRU Tour with Bear Creek Finale

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Break Science is hitting the road again with guests Manic Focus, Space Jesus, and Project Aspect. I know Manic Focus well but the other two I know little about and look forward to learning about on the tour. The Break Science duo doesn’t usually mess with music that can’t make you nod your head and get your groove on. The tour starts in Colorado and swings through Texas and down into our very familiar Florida turf. They will be capping off the tour at Bear Creek Festival on November 14th. Snag tickets here and be sure to check out any stops you can. This Brooklyn duo is always cooking up great new music. All their music is free to download. Check out their latest remix and my favorite track of their last album below:

Imagine Festival’s 5 Most Anticipated Sets

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Imagine Festival will give a plethora of electronic music artists some southern hospitality in Atlanta this weekend. Headlined by Destroid and Fedde Le Grand, the festival has plenty of big name talent to offer without a TomorrowWorld-level price tag. Let’s take a look at the five sets we’re looking forward to most at the festival.

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Minnesota has been one of DubEra’s favorite electronic acts to catch for quite some time. After interviewing him at IMPULSE two years ago, he proved he was also one of the most down human beings on earth, and definitely one of the most humble in the world of successful DJs.

Ghost Owl Announces Fall Tour Dates Including Hulaween

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Ghost Owl has a lot going on. The group, who just added multi-instrumentalist Adam B to the gang, just announced a massive batch of tour dates (above) including an anticipated set at Suwannee Hulaween!

The group will also participate in the Live From AURA Studios streams on October 5th, so be sure to mark that in the calendar for some quality couch tour.

Finally, the groups latest effort, Say Goodbye to Finland will receive the vinyl treatment on September 2nd.

That’s a lot to digest, so let’s give you the best form of e-pepto bismol we have: music.

NEW MUSIC: Octave Minds (Boys Noize + Chilly Gonzalez) – Anthem [Chill Electronica, House]

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Well I have to admit this isn’t really what I thought it would be. I suppose I should expect this kind of output from a bloke named Chilly Gonzalez, but not from Boys Noize anyways. At any rate, I’m pleasantly surprised to bring you “Anthem,” the new cut from the aforementioned producers’ upcoming Octave Minds project debut. Close your eyes and enjoy some blissful tunes.

I went to FYF in La La land on the way back from Mexico-ish

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I’m a Floridian… I always will be (sans the addiction to pills and guns).  That said, I’d like to call myself a New Yorker now.  I know the subway system pretty well, I’m friendly with my Hasidic landlords and don’t flinch at an $12 cocktail. This past weekend however, I was in California for work and was pleasantly surprised that it coincided with FYF Fest.

I bought tickets and looked forward to the opportunity to give LA a biased positive review.  I snuck 15 minutes of random sets in here and there to say I did, but I’ll walk you through 4:

Lockn’ Announces Set Times

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Lockn’ Festival has announced set times for their 2nd annual shindig. This comes after Bob Weir had to cancel, leaving organizers to fill the position of both Ratdog and Furthur, which happened by announcing Kreutzmann’s Locknstep All-Stars, Lettuce and extra Cheese & Umphrey’s.

Tickets are still available for the festival here.

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