Mad Decent Block Party Video: Twerking, Tweaking, and Florida's Own DJ Remedy

Categories: Festival Days

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Ian Witlen

Last Saturday was the Mad Decent label's second annual block party at Revolution Live. Lord have mercy, the thing was packed! This was the first date on a pretty large US tour for the Diplo-headed bass fest. And the photos don't lie, Florida freaking loves its bass.

The lineup included Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, and even Florida DJ and producer Remedy. Mid-concert, we made our way through the dense and dancing crowd to speak with him about the perks of the experiencing the block party right here in SoFla. Videographer James Argyropoulos got the scoop and caught the crowd in action.


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Jen Kirkman on Her Standup, You're Gonna "Love It, Love It, Love It"

Categories: Comedy

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On a scale from one to Jen...we give her a Jen.

Like the rest of us in this sick, sad world, Jen Kirkman has a main gig and a few on the side. Except her main gig is awesome. She's a staff writer on Chelsea Lately and her weekends are spent touring the country with her solid standup act.

But wait, there's more! Kirkman is also a New York Times bestselling author -- ranting about not wanting to have kids in I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself. Through a bevy of outlets, the one in which she gets most personal is her podcast, I Seem Fun. Unlike other talk show podcast formats, Jen just sits in a room by herself with a microphone. Her ramblings have garnered her a cult following though she maintains a mainstream streak. Before Jen comes to the improv this Friday, we chatted about writing for Chelsea, the second book slump, and why she was begging to come back to West Palm.

See Also: He's Just Not That Into You's Greg Behrendt on Living With David Cross: "We Lived Like Two Dainty Old Men"


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Vans Warped Tour 2014: Former Mayday Parade Frontman Jason Lancaster Calls Touring Solo, "a Lot Cleaner"

Categories: Q&A, Warped Tour

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Although a couple artists have had disastrous results from when they decide to go solo (Ginger Spice, anyone?), former lead singer of Mayday Parade and Go Radio, Jason Lancaster, seems to be doing just fine. Lancaster recently released his first solo album, As You Are, is expecting a son, and has more time to indulge in hobbies.

At this year's West Palm Beach stop on the Vans Warped Tour, we sat down with the singer to talk about family, his newest release, and the differences between touring solo and with a band.


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Yes to Perform at Hard Rock Live Hollywood This Friday

Categories: Concert Preview

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There's nothing quite so admirable as a group that not only survives, but thrives. So credit Yes with the wherewithal to continue building its brand some 45 years after it first formed.

Indeed, Yes' progressive profile remains as prominent as ever. Its new album, Heaven & Earth, deserves placement alongside Fragile, Close to the Edge, and any of the other releases that not only followed, but are still performed in their entirety as part of its current concert repertoire.

Even the loss of former frontman Jon Anderson hasn't weakened the band's resolve. His successor, Jon Davison, not only sings with the same choirboy precision, but even boasts a similar name.


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Millionyoung Premieres Materia Tonight in Miami

Categories: Heads Up

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Just in time for the remaining lazy days of summer comes Materia. It's the newest, breezy, leisurely-paced electro effort by Coral Springs' Millionyoung. The EP comes out today on Brooklyn-based Old Flames Records and already received considerable blog love.

Millionyoung, and its creator Mike Diaz, is no stranger to the affection of music blogs of course, considering its first home-produced foray, Sunndreamm, caught the attention of discerning music arbitrators Pitchfork and Gorilla vs Bear, with little to no publicity push. Posted simply on Millionyoung's Tumblr, the record's hazy vocals and mid-tempo flow won over the hearts of music fans far and wide. It's led to Milionyoung being one of the first acts branded with the tongue-in-cheeck "chillwave" trademark.

Materia does nothing to detract from the relaxed vibes either. Its blissful atmospheric production comes off,well, as cool as sipping on a frozen concoction in the sweltering Florida sun.

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I The Mighty Discusses Vans Warped Tour's "No Mosh" Rule

Categories: Q&A, Warped Tour

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The annual Vans Warped Tour is not only a chance to reconnect with your inner awkward punk teen but it's also a good opportunity to get exposed to new music you can add to your Spotify playlists. This year, it just so happened that we discovered San Francisco's I the Mighty.

During their set, we witnessed lead singer Brent Walsh yell into the mic with gusto, "I want to see you guys jump. Jump with us!" There wasn't much of a difference in the crowd or fan base from other groups; it consisted mostly of screaming teenaged fans clad in black experiencing puppy love. However, the music was definitely harder and less of a happy, poppy sound than bands like the Maine (which we interviewed also). I The Mighty played new songs like "Love Your Sin" and older ones like "The Dreamer," which provoked a mini mosh pit. Walsh even got up-close and personal with fans by crowd surfing. The bearded frontman sang while numerous music-hungry fans groped him.

We sat down with Walsh, guitarist Ian Pedigo, and bassist Chris Hinkley to discuss Warped's no-mosh-pit rule and playing two sets a day.

See also: Vans Warped Tour 2014: The Maine Says Pitbull Makes "Pretty Horrible Music"

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Orbweaver Releases Magical Multicolored Vinyl EP

Categories: About A Blog

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Janette Valentine

South Florida's troupe of fearlessly experimental extremists, Orbweaver released its debut extended player Strange Transmissions From the Neuralnomicon last year to a chorus of critical interest. The media and audience were seemingly as enthralled as perplexed by the ambitious group's Lovecraftian take on heavy metal.

The limited-edition cassette of the EP -- released on Shroud Eater cofrontwoman Jean Saiz's Primitive Violence label -- was given the ultimate treatment for a band with a flair for science fiction. It includes rad extras like comic cards that feature Saiz's illustrations of characters found in the lyrics. The music is finally available as a proper vinyl release through Corpse Flower Records.

The band is slated to open many of the higher-profile metal shows coming to South Florida and has a new album in the works. Orbweaver is starting to see its hard work pay off. We spoke with the band's vocalist/guitarist and sonic manipulator at large, Randy Piro, about the vinyl release and all that is exciting for Orbweaver at present.

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Down North Is Bringing Seattle "Soul Punk" to South Florida

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People think of funk and dirty rock and roll as being from down south. The Seattle four-piece Down North is trying to contradict that geographic stereotype one gig at a time. The band is currently on its first tour that stretches all the way to the Atlantic. The extensive itinerary includes three total South Florida dates at BB King's and the Funky Buddha. Shows that have been long in the planning according to singer Anthony Briscoe, "I've been trying to get us to the East Coast for three years."

The group has completely transformed since its beginnings. "Down North was originally seven white guys who played funky music," Briscoe explains.

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Action Bronson Got "Bored" at Mad Decent Block Party Tour Kickoff (Photos)

Categories: Festival Days

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Ian Witlen

The most interesting person in hip-hop at the moment -- and yes, we're allowed to make this claim -- is probably Action Bronson. The plus-sized ginger not only got locked in a Porta Potty while taking a piss (or dump?) mid-set recently, he also has his own Vice foodie webseries called Fuck, That's Delicious.

See also: Slideshow of Mad Decent Block Party 2014 at Revolution Live


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Vans Warped Tour 2014: The Maine Says Pitbull Makes "Pretty Horrible Music"

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The air was hot and damp, punk and pop sounds blared, teens ran amuck in band T-shirts, the primary color of the day was black. This weekend at Cruzan Amphitheatre, the Vans Warped Tour blasted through West Palm Beach.

After watching Beartooth and a few other acts (we couldn't make out some of the screams, but we think we heard, "College never worked out for me, but I like this gig."), the Maine caught our ears. Greeted by a slew of screaming fans, its set kicked off with lead singer John O'Callaghan, a clean cut Kurt Cobain look alike, lifting his shirt to show off his tattoo. Nasally high school fans sang along to the poppy and infectious "Girls Do What They Want," drenched in sweat. Toward the end of the song, O'Callaghan pulled a guy with shades onstage named Alex. Alex fumbled with the lyrics, but still got cheers. The Warped crowd is a nice one.

A bystander squealed and grabbed her boyfriend's hand when she recognized the first seconds of "Right Girl." She was 20-year-old Chandal, aged the same as the now classic tour. When we asked what she thought of the Maine, she said, "Honestly, I've loved them since sixth grade. They used to be into a lot of love songs but now they write about adult stuff, like life. It's like I grew up with them!"

We managed to get an interview with the band's drummer Patrick Kirch. The 24-year-old told us about Florida shows and the Pitbull shoutout O'Callghan kept giving on set.

See also: Top Seven Signs You're Too Old for Warped Tour

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