Candyland Will "Get Wild" at Revolution Live on July 12

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Kids love candy, and then, when they grow up and start going to raves, they upgrade to Candyland.

No, seriously, the young rave crowd eats this shit up like it's covered in high-fructose corn syrup and dies your tongue neon blue. This DJ duo has some of the wildest and most loyal fans in the EDM scene. In fact, their entire career is founded on that adoration -- they were signed to Spinnin' Records after becoming the first act ever to win back-to-back Beatport remix contests.

So, what's the appeal? Candyland's original productions, remixes, and edits are packed with as much high-power energy as 20 pixie-sticks straight to the vein. They'll drop anything with nasty bass; dubstep, trap, hardstyle, moombahton, electro house, drum 'n' bass, glitch hop, whatever. It's all about making the kids jump up and down and "Get Wild."

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Martha Davis of the Motels: "I'm Still a Storyteller"

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Photo by Mike Krzeszak via Flickr cc
Every city has had its scene at one time or another. In the '60s, it was London; in the '70s, New York; Boston ruled as far as the folk crowd was concerned, and today Austin and Nashville are at the essence of Americana.

Nevertheless, the '80s belonged to Los Angeles, and it was there, during that time, that Martha Davis and the Motels first emerged at the dawn of the decade. Originally from Berkeley California, the first incarnation of the band emigrated to L.A. in the mid '70s, but were dismayed to find that none of the local venues -- specifically, the Whiskey A Go-Go and the Troubadour -- offered a place to play for any band that wasn't signed to a label.

"I had to leave my two kids, my house, my life, and move to L.A. where I didn't like it, and where we couldn't play," Davis recently recalled, speaking by phone from her manager's L.A. office. "That was the first real 'whoops!' moment, like maybe this was a mistake. But we put together an event we called the Radio Free Concert with three bands -- the Dogs, the Pop and the Motels -- and we did our own original music. It was really well attended and very successful. Shortly thereafter, the Whiskey called and said, 'Maybe you should play here.' So there was that kind of camaraderie with different bands that all clicked together. We all had to stick together just to survive. Yet there was so much individualism as well. It was an interesting time."

When the record labels subsequently began seeking out the hottest local bands to sign, the Motels were at the center of the action.

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Datsik Brings Big Bass to Fourth of July at Revolution Live

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It is a wonder why someone with a name as cool as "Troy Beetles" needs a stage name. Either way, Beetles, AKA Datsik, brings his hard-hitting alloy of bass-heavy dubstep, bombastic house, and funky hip-hop to Revolution Live on the Fourth of July.

Canadian-born, Steve Aoki-mentored, Datsik has been steadily gaining a name for himself as a purveyor of an eclectic array of sounds. He remixes a spectrum of other artists' works and released his own well-received debut, Vitamin D, on Aoki's Dim Mak Records and the follow-up EP, Cold Blooded, on his own Firepower Records. Datsik seems to be one to watch.

See also: Slideshow of Datsik at Revolution Live in 2012

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LeAnn Rimes Dishes on Her Stepsons, Tabloids, and "Saying What Other People Can't Say for Themselves"

Sara Hertel​

Though LeAnn Rimes has dealt with her share of tabloid controversy, speaking with her on the phone revealed a calm and cool character. Though the papers sprinkle words like "affair" and "rehab" generously next to her name, Rimes just seems like a family friend you've known your whole life -- Rimes is normal but not ordinary.

With her newest album, Spitfire, it seems as if the successful country star is letting it all out for the first time since she started working at the age of 11. In a bold move, her and hubby Eddie Cibrian's VH1 series, LeAnn & Eddie, will premiere on July 17, broadcasting even more of Rimes' personal life.

To get the lowdown on LeAnn, we spoke with her about her two stepsons, her reputation, and, of course, her heartbreaker anthem "How Do I Live."

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The Vogans' Farwell Show at the Beat Cup This Saturday

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Boca Raton five-piece, the Vogans first caught our attention a couple of years ago. The group dazzled us with uplifting, high energy, indie rock nuggets. We even named this troupe of saplings one of our top ten current bands that should be famous last year (Hey, we figured since most of them were under 20, time was definitely on their side, it was a safe bet.)

But the Vogans are calling it quits. There's no drama, just the reality that lead guitarist Nick Jamshidi is moving to Gainsville to attend the University of Florida to study computer engineering. The band's talented lead singer André Heizer tells us Jamshidi is simply irreplaceable. "We decided to split because we didn't want to be obliged to play a show every time Nick came down from college, if we feel like playing, we will!" explained Heizer.

The good news is that the door seems to have remained opened for future Vogans one-offs, and there are plans for post-Vogans spinoffs too. Bassist Paul DeFilippis and drummer John Paul Morrissee are going to be forming a new, yet-to-be-named outfit. DeFillippis is also holding down the basslines for post-rock troubadours Lavola too.

See also: The Vogans Bring Indie Goodness to the Beat Cup

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Beat Down with Kendrick Lamar and Future Tonight at BB&T Center

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Alex Markow

On the FM dial (or button), 103.5 used to mean SHE's Only Rock N Roll. Once that very beloved ship sank, it later became the Beat, which offered a comprehensive selection of contemporary hop-hop, which got us flipping back to the station. Then in 2010, the 103.5 we'd grown to know and love signed off and 103.5 became a Spanish station and then a weak Clear Channel version of WSHE.

Thankfully, just last fall, with Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O.," hip-hop returned to this fickle spot. And now, while you can complain till you're blue in the face that Miami radio sucks, you can't say shit about Miami's hip-hop stations.

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Hukilau Is Thriving and Taking It "to the Next Level" at Mai Kai Again

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Monica McGivern
South Florida's premiere event for tiki-lovers, the Hukilau, returns, bigger and even more retro this year, offering one more day of activities. The schedule has gone from four to five days, starting today through Sunday, with more live acts, symposiums, and even mermaids (of the fire-eating variety). And as the added umbrella garnish to your cool tropical concoction, it turns out this will not be the grand finale of the annual celebration as we had originally reported back in January.

We spoke to event organizer and co-founder Christie White who tells us that due to a influx of support (both financial and logistical) she received from two unnamed Hukilau supporters, she will not be drawing the curtain on this beloved event. So don't throw out your pomade and Hawaiian shirts just yet.

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Front Bottoms' Brian Sella: Our Music Is "a Funny Joke"

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Mark Jaworski
The Front Bottoms get to the bottom of it all by being up front! (or something like that)
Pardon the pun, but when you name your band the Front Bottoms, you're leaving yourself open to become the butt of many jokes. Fortunately though, hewing to the norm has never been a major concern for Front Bottoms singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brian Sella or drummer and bandmate Matthew Uychich. With four albums -- two of them released independently -- and a like number of EPs, the duo has shown a penchant for not taking themselves too seriously. Theirs is a steady, stream of consciousness blend of teen angst and attitude in equal measure, a kind of off-handed exuberance tailor-made for even the testiest audiences.

Childhood pals, Sella and Uychich formed the band in 2007, convincing Uychich's brother Brian to join them on keyboards. They gigged steadily around their native New Jersey for the next few years, holding down day jobs, recording when they could, building a homegrown following. In 2010, Brian opted to leave the band, and a year later they were signed to indie label Bar/None which released their eponymous third album, its successor Talon of the Hawk, and now, their new EP, Rose, due for release later this month.

We recently caught up with Front Bottom Brian Sella and asked him to help us probe the band's curious MO.

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Say Anything Return to Fort Lauderdale with New Sound

Ian Witlen

Summer crept back into the South Florida air with an unexpected haste this year. Spring -- also known as the luxurious two weeks when the sun bites just a little softer and the air breathes a little easier -- was apparently not in the cards. The constants of summer -- like back sweat Rorschach tests, grilled ears of corn at the Swap Shop, day drinking until you're virtually pickled and roasted at the beach -- have returned. Local drivers breathe a collective sigh of relief as the snowbirds flee the balm and humidity back to the bastions of the Northeast and Quebec at an astounding 40 miles an hour, the entire lot somehow failing to use but a single turn signal the entire way up the coast.

And Say Anything returns with a fresh full-length of angst-riddled hymnals. This, however, is where the expected comforts end, as Max Bemis and company have once again evolved what Say Anything does into something almost virtually unrecognizable from the pop-punk anthems of the early aughts.

See also: Slideshow of Say Anything at Revolution Live, April 24

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Foxy Shazam's Eric Nally: "I'm Willing to Take a Risk for My Fans"

Steven King

What you can expect from a Foxy Shazam concert? As the cliché goes, you can expect the unexpected. Packed with glam-laden, American rock 'n' roll and wild flailing energy, especially from lead singer Eric Nally, the experience is unforgettable.

"There were, like, these power cables on the ceiling, and I climbed onto the balcony side of the stage and just hung from the cable," reminisced Nally about a show the Cincinnati-bred band played in Detroit. He reflected on the intelligence of this extreme display. "The only reason I knew it was crazy and stupid is because I saw a picture of it. At the moment, I was like, 'Everyone is going to think I'm crazy; this is awesome.' The symbol of it is that you take it too far, and you have to take it easy sometimes. This was an example of taking it too far, in a good way.

"I'm willing to take a risk for my fans as long as I don't kill myself in front of them."

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