“Blue Sky Action” by Above & Beyond ft. Alex Vargas

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The track is just a sample of what’s to come for their upcoming album, due early 2015, on Anjunabeats / Ultra Music. “Blue Sky Action” resonates trance vibes, as expected. With a progressive melody and the vocals of Alex Vargas, we get this uplifting track. If you recognize the voice, Vargas is featured on many Above & Beyond tracks. The one that I’ve highlighted recently is “Sticky Fingers.” Definitely check it out if you have time.

Mixtape: “Me & My Headphones (Vol. XVII)” by Various Artists

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Speaking of headphones, congratulations to Dr. Dre on becoming hip hop’s first billionaire by selling his brand Beats by Dre to Apple for 3.2 billion I think it was. You gotta watch this video of him and Tyrese celebrating. Anyways, all of you out there should be celebrating too because 1)  Dr. Dre finally did it  2)  It’s almost summer  3)  and a lot of us are finally finishing up with exams. Here are some tunes I thought went well with the occasions. Hope you guys enjoy and stay into trouble.










UMass Amherst Cancels EDM

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UMass Amherst has cancelled upcoming EDM concerts on campus due to the recent “Molly” and MDMA related deaths at concerts in the Northeast (House of Blues Boston and EZoo). It is disappointing, to say the least, as the concerts were to feature Pretty Lights and Above & Beyond, two super groups that are absolutely amazing live. The shows were scheduled to take place on Oct 4 and Oct 30, respectively. The school claims that “the evidence is clear that Molly use is closely linked to EDM concerts” and therefore they have preemptively cancelled them all. Refunds will be given to all the students, but EDM will be on hold at UMass until further notice.

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News: EDC Chicago Lineup Released

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For everyone waiting to see the lineup for Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2013, the wait is over. The Chicago Tribune released an article today entitled, “Electric Daisy Carnival: Dance music festival sets rave lineup for Joliet racetrack,” which has almost the entire lineup. I was worried that I might be disappointed with the lineup, but I shouldn’t have doubted Insomniac’s ability to get talented performers at their festivals. With headliners such as Avicii, Hardwell, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiesto, Kaskade, and more, I don’t know how you could be disappointed. The lineup has a great mix of different types of artists ranging from Trance, to Progressive House, and to Dubstep. Chicago is kicking off the first EDC right as of now. If you are in the greater Chicagoland area in late May, definitely get a ticket to EDC Chicago. 3 day tickets are still on sale for $175.

“Walter White” by Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond has been arguably one of the best DJ groups of all time. The trio released Anjunabeats Vol. 10, and this is my favorite track on the album, with “Small Moments” at a close second. This song isn’t as trancy as what many of you may be used to from Above & Beyond, but this just goes to show their talent crossing closely related genre boundaries. If you ever get a chance to see these guys live, don’t miss the opportunity. I saw these guys life at Electric Zoo this past summer and it was unreal. Enjoy the track.