The Best of Lollapalooza 2015 Playlist

Are you still hungover from Lollapalooza last weekend? Or even worse, did you not even get to go? Well have no fear, the #SunsetFam’s got your back with a superawesome playlist! Relive the sounds from this year’s best acts with the SoundCloud playlist below. Let’s make Lolla never end, sound good?

Also, don’t miss our recap of the 2015 festivities here and here.

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Artist Playlist: What Music is Fort Lean Listening To?

Brooklyn-based Fort Lean has been churning out some incredibly infectious, freewheeling indie rock for the last year, and their profile is about to rise even more with the release of their New Hobbies EP and album Quiet Day later in the year.

In addition to putting out hits like “Cut to the Chase” and “Easily,” the group has also spent most of the summer on the road, touring heavily throughout the west coast and southwest.

To fill those long hours on the road the quintet has been consuming plenty of tunes, and they were gracious enough to make us a playlist of what kept them going as they cruised from Cambridge, MA to Tulsa, OK. Hit the jump to continue.

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Outside Lands 2015: Playlist + 10 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners

Another year, another adventure at Outside Lands awaits. Of the three years that I’ve been in San Francisco for this magical festival, this year’s lineup is arguably the most impressive. The headliners are about as diverse as they come: Elton John (to please the old school crowd), Mumford & Sons (to please the nostalgic crowd), The Black Keys (to please the rocker crowd), Sam Smith (to please the emotional crowd), and Kendrick Lamar (to please the hip-hop crowd). And yet there’s something appealing to the general music fan in all of these artist. Suffice it to say, they nailed it this year.

And that’s not just because of the big name headliners they’re bringing in. There is an amazing amount of rising stars in the smaller print names coming to the festival this year. To make sure you get the most out of your Outside Lands experience this year, we’ve picked 10 must-see acts who fall in the non-headliner category. And for fun, we’ve also put together an Outside Lands playlist to get you excited for the fun next weekend. Hit the jump to continue reading.

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The Best Moments of SnowGlobe Music Festival 2014

Not even bolstering winds and seasonal snowfall could deny the party at SnowGlobe last weekend. Despite only being in its fourth year, the 2014 incarnation of the Lake Tahoe music festival drew estimated crowds of 14,000 each day. Locals and out-of-towners were drawn to the EDM-heavy lineup and celebrated the New Year together with fresh powder, scrumptious food vendors, and of course, simply good music.

The festival, which spanned across three stages under the mountainous backdrop of Northern California, gave festival goers a face-melting way to ring in the 2015 to the tune of big and small EDM acts alike. Staples like Skrillex, Zedd, Porter Robinson and Flume were present, as well as up and comers like Bro Safari and Branchez.

Whether you (very sadly) didn’t make it to the festival or simply want to relive it (again and again), we got you covered with the best moments from each day of the musical winter wonderland below. Also, don’t forget to check out our 21-track SnowGlobe playlist for your aural pleasure.

The Best Moments of SnowGlobe Music Festival 2014

by Tia Nguyen


The Entire Bro Safari Set

Before his set even started, there was an obvious sense of energy that rippled through the crowd as the emcee pumped everyone up for the long night ahead. The tightly packed Sierra Tent waited in anticipation for Bro Safari to emerge, and the dedicated group of fans that trekked through the cold to see his performance didn’t come in vain. His killer set gave everyone a taste of the electric vibes that the rest of the night and the next few days would bring.

Disclosure’s Performance of ‘Latch’

With Disclosure’s addictively rhythmic tunes, the crowd found itself swaying along to every beat of the electronic duo’s tempo. But it was clear that everyone was eagerly awaiting ‘Latch’ as their closing song. Disclosure effortlessly united the crowd as everyone joined the two brothers to sing harmony, making the song easily one of the most unforgettable moments of the night.

The Energy During Skrillex’s Set

As Skrillex rounded out the end of the night, it seemed the crowd was ready to finish in high spirits, creating an atmosphere so full of energy that the frigid temperatures were completely forgotten. In fact, Skrillex’s own performance, complete with headbanging and climbing on DJ stands, had the sea of people in beanies and animal hats jumping around and feeding off of his excitement.


Odesza in the Sierra Tent

By the end of the night, the combination of heavy winds and the biting cold had many festivalgoers fleeing to the Sierra Tent for some much-needed warmth and the melodic rhythms that Odesza delivers. The duo’s electronic-pop fusions created an ambiance perfect for the end to SnowGlobe’s second night with a balance between smooth instrumentals and upbeat vocal tracks.

Porter Robinson Ditches the DJ Set

The 10 degree weather did not stop the die-hard Porter fans from coming to the Main Stage. Freezing winds pierced the many layers of hundreds of festival goers, but when Porter Robinson opened his set with Sad Machine, all was forgotten. His live performance at SnowGlobe was refreshing in the midst of all the DJ sets and constant rhythms, leaving the crowd in a trance with soundscapes unlike any of the other music on this year’s lineup.


The Entire Zedd Set

Zedd may have taken the crown as the best set of the entire festival. The light show alone was awesome enough to make his set one of SnowGlobe’s top moments. But what made his performance even better was how interactive he was with the crowd, getting everybody even more pumped than they already were for ringing in the New Year. Remix after remix of popular songs had the entire audience feeling ecstatic.

What So Not Brings the Heat

Typically after popular sets in the Sierra Tent, the crowd took in their last moments of warmth and ventured out into the more prominent outdoor stages. But What So Not delivered an unforgettable performance of his own. With songs like “You and Me” and “High You Are,” he kept the crowd energized the entire set and ready to go for Flume’s big finale on the Main Stage.

Flume’s ‘You + Me’ at Midnight

2014 saw the year of Flume’s rise as one of electronic music’s biggest names, and with the midnight slot on New Years Eve, he attracted the biggest crowd of the entire festival. ‘Insane,’ ‘On Top,’ and ‘Drop the Game’ as the first few songs were only the buildup to Flume’s epic midnight countdown, which was appropriately followed by a remix of his biggest hit “You + Me,” an epic fireworks show, and New Year’s kisses all around. There was no better way to welcome 2015 than with Flume.

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The Best Of Lollapalooza 2014 Playlist

This time a week ago, there were roughly 100,000 large gathering in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park to down copious amounts of alcohol, consume various narcotics, and oh yeah, listen to some  good ass music by their favorite artists.

What’s that you say? You’re still not over Lollapalooza, or even worst, didn’t even get to attend the festival? Well then, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a comprehensive playlist for your (ab)use to relive the sounds from Lollapalooza 2014.

Enjoy this 21-track mixtape that features everyone from Chance The Rapper to Young The Giant and everybody in between.

Until next year.

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[Artist Picks] What Music is GoldLink Listening To?

Do you ever find yourself wondering what hip hop artist GoldLink listens to in his spare time? Well, we did. So we asked the mysterious artist himself. This is part of our Artist Picks feature.

Artist Picks is a series we do where we turn the tables and ask artists for their current music recommendations. It’s a fun way to discover art that’s inspiring creators, rather than just hearing the opinions of influencers like myself. We ask the artist to list 10 songs that they’re currently listening to, tell us why they picked that song, and we put together a playlist with all of their picks plus our favorite song by that artist him or herself.

If you know little about GoldLink, you’re not far off from the rest of us. Most of what I can tell you is that the 20-year-old rapper out of Virginia has been releasing incredible hip-hop tracks, but none of us yet know what he looks like. You read that right; the young artist has yet to show his face to the cameras. In his latest release, which is a music video for his song “The God Complex (When I Die),” he features some young actors, but GoldLink himself is not featured in the video. (The song is a clip from his upcoming EP The God Complex, coming out April 1st. You can watch the music video at the bottom of this post.) Oh, but the other thing I can tell you, judging from the list of 10 songs that he told us he’s listening to, is that he has a great taste in music.

Hit the jump to see and listen to his list of 10 songs he’s listening to, read about his picks, subscribe to the SoundCloud playlist, and watch the music video for his song “The God Complex (When I Die).”

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The Five Best Dance Songs of the Week

 “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”

– Samuel Beckett

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Free Summer Playlist!

Link: Free Summer Playlist!

The mysterious Nylon magazine (which somehow appeared in my mailbox every month without me ever paying for it…) has created a Summer Playlist that they are allowing people to download legally for FREE here. The list includes the likes of Passion Pit, Little Boots, Santigold, La Roux, and Phoenix. I’d recommend downloading the playlist!

Click here to view the playlist.

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December 6 Library Playlist

dumb it down // lupe fiasco

ready to go // san quinn

551 // dessa

the kids don’t stand a chance (chromeo remix) // vampire weekend

lil’ girl gone (ft. lil wayne & bun b) // devin the dude

under the bridge // gym class heroes

listen to your girl //demarco

wasting my minutes (ft. kid cudi) // 88-keys

mr. wendel // arrested development

i wish i was in new orleans // scarlett johansson

everyday people // arrested development

no one’s aware // jack savoretti

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