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There may not be a better way to ring in the New Year than attending SnowGlobe Music Festival, situated in scenic South Lake Tahoe, to the tune of Disclosure, Flume, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, and Zedd serving as major headliners. The EDM scene has equally dominated charts and fests in 2014, so SG seems like a natural cap to a year driven by DJs.
The most rowdy set should be Flume, with the Aussie-native shutting down the Main Stage as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Skrillex and Porter Robinson will get similar nods on Friday and Saturday, respectively, so who else should you be seeing on Tahoe’s snowcapped mountains?
If you find yourself at SnowGlobe come this year’s end, make sure to check out these other fantastic acts that aren’t headliners.
7. Bro Safari
When he says “bro,” you say “safari.” Bro! Safari!
Stretch appropriately for B’s brand of smooth, melodic trap.
Their falsetto makes all the girls soon.
Catchy beats, chill melodies, and poppy hooks. What’s not to love?
3. Flux Pavillon
FP will be sure to bust out hyper synths and a busy light show.
A wildcard in a fest lined with EDM artists, but don’t sleep on this hip-hop duo. This will be a party.
Phantogram’s bouncy production and seductive vocals will have you feeling some type of way.
Sean Leon is an artist from Ajax, Ontario, which seems to be on the outskirts of Toronto. Or maybe it is part of Toronto–I don’t know, Canada is confusing.
The real point is that he is an artist. He’s not a rapper. Maybe he’s not even a musician. He’s a creator, and he’s innovative and ambitious. I don’t want to describe the music or compare him to Travi$ Scott. These sounds are more of a feeling. It’s audio catharsis. In his own words from the video below, it is “ratchet brilliance.” These are sounds that should accompany scenes–compositions that should inspire other artists to push themselves to be better. He has three really good albums as far as I know: Ninelevenne The Tragedy, Narcissus The Drowning of Ego, and the upcoming Black Sheep Nirvana.
“Hey Pretty Girl with the Dirty Mouth” is my favorite song of his.
Things are looking good for Kacy Hill, whose first single “Experience” landed her a deal with Kanye’s G.O.O.D label. The fact that she was a back-up dancer for the Yeezus tour is neither here nor there – the song is unusual and dope and the signing makes perfect sense as the 20-year-old, Phoenix born Hill has already hit a home run with one of the first songs she ever wrote.
I first heard of Theophilus Martins on Ibra Ake‘s exceptional b i r d s mixtape. At the time I didn’t think too much of Martins contribution. Maybe it was the fact that the production on that track wasn’t original (shout out to Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron though). Luckily for me, Ibra just reposted Martins’s Doing It for Television EP on his Tumblr, and I’m floored. And so for the past hour, I have been playing the EP and doing what I do to every new musical obsession, stalking the shit out them. So I took to YouTube to check out interviews. The most revealing piece I found online is this “Trill Talks” from two years ago. It has me not only believing in Theophilus Martins, the musician but also Theophilus Martins, the person.
Look, I have no idea who MRWIZE is. It seems like he used to run Wize TV, which would record sessions with other artists and upload those performances to YouTube. Now all of those videos have been taken down, as Wize is launching his own career as an artist. “harm .2″ is the first taste of what Wize can do and what an introduction it is. It looks good (he directed it), it sounds good (he made the music), and it is devastatingly unique. This is the type of video and song that will have other artists hating themselves for not being able to ever create something so damn perfect.
Shout out to GEO from DONDA for the discovery.
Letting the buzz simmer might be deadly for some bands… but not in the case of Fort Lean who has been pretty quiet since 2012. They have returned in fine form, to a music scene that seems more primed now for their pillowy brand of pop rock, kicking things off with an insanely catchy single that I have become mildly obsessed with.
Modern psychedelic jam band Great Spirit has penned a feel good ode to their bountiful Northern California backyard. The song is called “Road Less Traveled” and showcases the trio’s knack for cosmic folk noodling, coupled with campfire-spun lyrics of sleepless nights internalizing the great mysteries of life. Great Spirit’s palpable love of nature also shines through on the track, giving their earthy instrumentation a proper context and affording listeners a slight reprieve from the current trends of our digitally dominated music industry. The boys debut EP, Front Porch to Frontier, is slated for an early January release.
This might be one of the weirdest sounding songs I’ve ever heard, but that’s a good thing. It’s like a good movie with so many plot twists that one second you’re like oh my, and you think it’s great, then boom! RKO outta nowhere! Things change real quick, and you’re like what just happened?
Pretty much what goes on in Wildest Promise from a young London producer who goes by SchulKid. It’s an orchestral and tribally fused track with added vocals from 19 year old singer, Valair (SchulKid wrote the lyrics). One second it’s orchestral driven, then those drums hit and you can’t stop moving. It’s a constant weird switch throughout, but it works. Touche, Schulkid.
Channeling California’s rich history of beatnik nomads and surfer artists, psych-rock outfit Allah-Las have returned with more laid back, vintage West Coast garage rock from their second album, Worship The Sun. Take a listen to the Beach Boys meets Dandy Warhol’s sounding “Buffalo Nickel” and catch one last wave of glistening summer.
Do you even chill, bro?
Autograf most definitely chills… or I mean, their music does. Autograf jumped on my radar almost a year ago with a sexy remix of ‘The Fire’ (posted below). I had that remix on repeat for weeks and to be honest, never looked back. Coincidentally, I had just gotten into Kygo, who produces music/remixes under similar genres. It seems like Autograf is ready to achieve that same level of hype that Kygo received this past year. With their non-stop work, Autograf has grinded out multiple remixes in the past week and none fall short of their capabilities. Enough ranting, enjoy the chill vibes!
Corbu – Neon Hallway (Autograf Remix)
* Autograf Hype *
French Horn Rebellion & Savoir Adore – The Fire (Autograf Remix)
Lorde – Team (Autograf Remix)
Pharrell – Gust Of Wind (ft Daft Punk)(Autograf Remix)
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Christina Perri – Burning Gold (Autograf Remix)
Jameson, hailing from California, is a new artist shaking up the indie-rock scene that has a little bit of an upbeat folk feel, as well. Below is the video to the first song that hooked me onto Jameson entitled Breathe Your Last. This is just all kinds of right in one track.