This compilation is the first release from Bass Machine Music, a Salt Lake-based record label run by local DJ and producer Jon Rappaport. What it lacks in length it makes up for in pure power—the songs are heavy, in-your-face innovations of the bass/house realm. The compilation kicks off with a collaboration between SLC local Nate Holland and French producer Heblank: a bass-driven, R&B powerhouse track that continues to delight me after hundreds of plays. … read more
Jon Rappaport’s debut EP is a rhythmic, warmly melodic, complexly layered record that really shows off his skills as a producer. It’s evident that he has great instincts for composition from the fact that each track becomes a journey, bringing the listener along. … read more
Get Lucky, the latest rave produced by V2 events, was a perfect example of the rave scene in Utah: great music, way too many people. The rave scene here has blown up in the past four years, and almost every V2 event at Saltair in the last two years has been bigger than the last. This year was no exception: the event was oversold by at least a thousand people, making for a frustrating night. … read more
There’s not much to say about Coachella that hasn’t already been said in the past eleven years. Or maybe that’s not true, because every Coachella experience is unique. And no matter how much it is talked about, or built up, the actual experience will always be beyond any and all expectations. As much as Coachella is about the music and the art, the festival wouldn’t be complete without the atmosphere. … read more
The third annual Outside Lands, held in the Polo Field and Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park, featured an extremely slimmed down lineup than the previous years. Without the big names from 2008 and 2009, the festival was much smaller, and many people in the community were disappointed with the “biggest” headliner, Kings of Leon. I read an article in SF Weekly prior to the event that began, “Kings of Leon…really?” … read more
Initially I was less than impressed with the lineup at Treasure Island this year. Everyone was asking how can LCD Soundsystem, while great live, can compare to past headliners like Justice, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips? Yet the lineups at Treasure Island have never been about getting the biggest headliners possible. It’s about filling out an entire weekend with diverse, high-quality bands and artists who have strong fan followings, regardless of their mainstream status.
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DJ Loczi thinks music is the answer to our problems. Most people would agree with him on that. Music is the language that binds all cultures, subcultures and people of all different shapes and sizes. In a world where music is the unifier, the DJ has all the power. … read more
This year was a return to form for San Francisco’s biggest summer music festival. With the return of a three-day lineup and some of the biggest names on the summer festival circuit, Outside Lands pulled off one of their best years yet. … read more
Identity Festival boasted a diverse bill that featured some of the biggest names in the electronic dance music scene today and a tour that hit almost every major city in the U.S., the brand new festival made a name for itself this year, pretty much ensuring that it will be back next summer. Like Warped Tour but for EDM music, it is the first major all electronic music festival tour in the country. I got the chance to catch the three-stage festival just outside of San Francisco.