Five EDM Artists to Watch in 2013

Last year saw a massive surge of electronic dance music (EDM) to the front lines of mainstream popularity and 2013 has already proven the trend is not going anywhere. There has been an abundance of new releases and a massive collection of up-and-coming talent flooding the industry with impressive potential. The year is not even half over and we can’t even count how many young DJs and producers are headed for superstardom – but some have definitely stood out above the rest. Here are five EDM artists to keep an eye on this year.

Danny Avila

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Genre: Progressive house

To get a residency in Ibiza is usually a career highlight for a DJ, but at the ripe old age of 17, Danny Avila has already scored a spot on the magical island, which caught the attention of everyone, including Fedde Le Grand and Tiesto – who calls him the “Spanish SUPER Talent.” The October release of his single “Breaking Your Fall,” and a new prime time spot for his radio show has given him a nice introduction to the US market. But it is the recent announcement that Avila’s upcoming residency at Las Vegas megaclub Hakkasan, which ranks him as the youngest resident DJ in Vegas history, that is sure to catapult him to stateside stardom.

Andrew Rayel

Andrew RayelGenre: Trance

When Armin Van Buuren, arguably one of the world’s most influential artists in dance music, says to pay attention to someone, its in your best interest to pay attention. So when Andrew Rayel’s track “How Do I Know” was named one of Van Buuren’s top 20 tracks of this past year, the trance producer cemented his name on the map.

Hot off the heels of another big hit “Aeon of Revenge,” several successful remixes and a few stops on the A State of Trance 600 tour circuit, Rayel has proved he is a rising star in Armada’s arsenal of young talent and definitely one to watch closely in 2013.

Zedd 

ZeddGenre: Electro-House

He’s the first EDM artist to perform live on Letterman, one of MTV’s “artists to watch” for 2013, and he’s newly signed to Interscope records. Zedd may only have one full length album and a couple of EPs under his belt, but his resume is also not short – having remixed The Black Eyed Peas, Skrillex and Justin Bieber, where he co-produced  his hit “Beauty and a Beat.” To top it off, Zedd produced his buddy Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album in its entirety. Not bad for a guy who is only 23.

Stardom seems inevitable for young talent and it is respectfully well deserved. Singles like “Spectrum” and “Clarity” show he not only is a rare talent but also knows how to work a room with a  bonafide dance floor hit.

Julian Jordan

Julian JordanGenre: Electro-house

They must be putting something in the water over there because the amount of Dutch DJs and Producers dominating the EDM genre is overwhelming (4 of the top 10 and 7 of the top 20 in DJ Mag’s infamous top 100 list are Dutch). Now newcomer Julian Jordan, under the guidance of his mentor Sander van Doorn,  is showing the EDM world there is another Dutch star in the making.

His track, “Rock Steady” climbed to the top 10 on Beatport charts with ease and his collaboration with Sander “Kangaroo” was a dancefloor favorite worldwide. Both have earned Jordan the support and attention of industry heavyweights. We can expect some massive synths and pumping basslines from Jordan in 2013.

Robert Delong

robert delongGenre: Experimental Dance 

One of 2013’s fastest rising electronic artists is Los Angeles based Robert DeLong, who’s experimental dance/ alternative electronic style has gained massive amounts of buzz. Utilizing MIDI interfaces and mixing live while he performs, DeLong plays keyboards, drum pads, drum set, laptops, and even gaming controllers, which showcases his truly innovative style of electronic music. With the release of his debut EP “Global Concepts,” and a spot to perform at Coachella this year – 2013 is looking like a sure bet for Robert DeLong to become a star.

Album of the Week: Pistol Annies “Annie Up”

Pistol Annies Album of the WeekPistol Annies are a female Country trio featuring Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.

With their new album, “Annie Up”, the Annies deliver bold, compelling and rebellious songs that will resonate with women and may give men some insight as well.

Check out Pistol Annies entire album, “Annie Up”, and hear it as many times as you want—It’s the latest Album Of The Week on Slacker.

The time to listen to “Annie Up” on demand has passed- but you can still hear the album plus all of Pistol Annies great music on Slacker here. 

Festival News: ACL and EDC Lineups Prove Bigger is Better

Two of the American festival season’s biggest events revealed stacked lineups full of top tier artists and expansions to make room for more people – proving that music addicts’ favorite time of year keeps getting bigger and better.

Austin City Limits Reveal Lineup and Additional Weekend

Austin-City-Limits-Music-Festival-425x350Festival favorite Austin City Limits revealed a fully loaded lineup as the organizers announce the expansion to two weekends in 2013. Muse, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, Vampire Weekend, Wilco, Depeche Mode, the Cure, and Lionel Richie top the lengthy bill for ACL ’13, set for October 4-6 and 11-13 in Austin’s Zilker Park.

Fun., Kendrick Lamar, The National, Passion Pit, Jimmy Eat World, D’Angelo and Franz Ferdinand are also on the lineup along with some country acts like Eric Church and EDM favoite Kaskade.

Did we mention the lineup was loaded? ACL ‘13 will feature over 120 bands from genres across the board each weekend.

Check out their Web site for the full lineup and to purchase tickets then head over to Slacker’s ACL ’13 station to get a head start on festival prep.

For Dance Music Fans – EDC Lineup Has Something for Everyone

edcCOVERRarely does a festival inspire so much loyalty and faith that it completely sells out even before the lineup is revealed but such is the case for America’s largest music festival- Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC). The lineup, revealed just a month shy of the dance music centered festival, makes it easy to see why. With a roster that is almost overwhelming to look at- the question is not, “Who is playing at EDC?”, but rather, “Who isn’t?”.

For the nearly 350,000 fans of electronic music that attend the massive festival, taking place June 21-23- there is something to satisfy everyone. Trance addicts can relish in Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, and Gareth Emery to name a few. Popular EDM acts Avicii, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Steve Angello are on the bill. Veteran favorites such as Jacques Lu Cont, John Digweed, Eric Prydz, and Pete Tong will be there. From electro house to disco to live electronic acts such as Empire of the Sun – EDC will feature over 500 “creators” over three days in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out the full lineup below.

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Vampire Weekend is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

VAMPIRE WEEKENDVampire Weekend have been the subject of so much hype and critical attention- both positive and negative- that it’s hard to believe that their new album “Modern Vampires of the City” is only their 3rd effort.

While they will always be the poster boys for a culture of Wes Anderson films and prep-school kids discovering afro-pop for the first time, they have managed to do it consistently, and authentically.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you’ll hear standout tracks from the new album like “Ya Hey”, “Hudson”, and the lead single “Diane Young”, along with the band’s influences, contemporaries, and side projects. Check our Vampire Weekend as Slacker’s Artist of the Week here. 

Slacker Launches the Ultimate 101 Greatest Classic Rock Songs

101 Greatest Classic Rock SongsThere is no doubt about it- At Slacker, we  love making lists.  We have fun making themed mixtapes and we thrive on “Best Ofs.” Most of all, we love picking favorites and taking our listeners on a tour through genres and movements in music that showcase the best as well as introduce the obscure.

Slacker’s new  station, 101 Greatest Classic Rock Songs, is the perfect example of everything we love about making these types of lists. It is not your ordinary list (hint “”Stairway to Heaven” is NOT #1). These 101 songs are a  journey through the greatest, the biggest, but also the game-changers – those artists that Classic Rock radio usually ignores but helped define the 70’s and alter the course of rock-n-roll in every decade thereafter. In short, Slacker’s experts have created the ultimate list of the 101 most important Classic Rock songs. Period.

To host the countdown, Slacker has called upon Redbeard, the internationally recognized rock expert and host of the celebrated “In The Studio” radio series and website, to provide his unique insights and exclusive interview highlights from the likes of Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, and many more.

Describing the list- Redbeard exclaims, “Slacker’s 101 Greatest Classic Rock Songs list is refreshingly bold, entertaining, thought-provoking and historically accurate in its choices by including highly influential songs by the Velvet Underground, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols rightfully alongside the universally popular titans such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and the Eagles.”

Redbeard-publicity-photo-280x280Redbeard, a true rock radio guru, has had a career that has spanned over four decades. If the song was made, he has heard it. If there was a concert, he has seen it. His knowledge and expertise of classic rock music goes deeper than most encyclopedias and as a result, his insight into what truly makes a classic rock song worthy of being called “The Greatest” was not necessarily defined by charts or popular sales.

“We need to realize that the rock music pioneers with the creative vision and courage to change the course of popular music over these last fifty years are not necessarily the ones who later popularized and cashed in on it,” Redbeard points out.

“Everybody knows that Elvis Presley was a game-changer, but David Bowie wanted to play saxophone in Little Richard’s band, not Presley’s. Without the Holy Trinity of British hard rock, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, Heavy Metal simply would not exist. Without John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, and Neil Young’s Harvest, would Country music or Americana sound like this in 2013?”

We couldn’t agree more.

plant-pageAs we explore all of these classic rock tunes, we can’t help but notice that the sound of some of these artists are, more than any other genre of music, known and loved by everyone. Classic rock is one of those genres of music that has stood fast through the decades- and continues to recruit fans both young and old, of all races, genders and demographics. What makes it so universally cherished remains a mystery. But, our host sums it up perfectly:

“To quote what Pete Townshend of The Who told me, ‘This isn’t ‘Art’ with a capital ‘A’, man. This is magic!’

Five Alternative-Indie Artists to Watch in 2013

Indie-alternative rock music is fast-becoming popular on the music scene–even under hipster protest. The historically elusive genre, or rather bucket of genres, just can’t help itself. We blame/thank all the fabulous music festivals, like Coachella, for shedding some light on some undeniably talented indie rock artists. We would be remiss not to thank skinny jeans, facial scruff and bohemian fashion as well.

To keep you in-the-know and musically educated, let’s take a look at some hot alt-indie artists to watch this year

The Lone Bellow

the lone bellowThe Lone Bellow hails from Brooklyn, but they have the heart and soul of a country-made band. They’re a unique trio with an indie-folk sound and a peaceful, earthy essence. They sound as if they’ve been playing together for years, and have a beautiful melodic symmetry. Brought together by academia, bonded through tragedy and solidified through their love of music–we just can’t get enough of this band.

Check out their newly minted self-titled album ‘The Lone Bellow’ for some hauntingly delicious tunes. A few noteworthy songs include “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold,” “Teach me to” and “You Never Need Nobody.”

The Neighbourhood

img-the-neighbourhood_111130656135The Neighbourhood is now under the Columbia Records label. They’re an indie-alt-pop group from Newbury Park, California. Their moody sounds, mechanical drum beats, and retro-swagger have perked our ears and melted our hearts. And it doesn’t hurt that lead singer Jesse Rutherford has a marshmallow-y soft textured voice and the brooding handsomeness of a modern-day James Dean.

We’ve already added their Hallmark-card titled EPs and album to our music repository: ‘I’m Sorry’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I Love You’. Check out their newest single from ‘I Love You’ “Sweater Weather.”

Alt-J

alt-j-456Alt-J hails from the UK–but have already won critical acclaim internationally. Their sound is eclectic and wholeheartedly unique–a blend of indie-rock, alt-rock, psychedelic, folk and experimental.

When listening to their music, you’re taken on what we can only describe as an unforgettable musical space odyssey. We imagine their soundtrack was playing when Alice fell down the Rabbit Hole into an alternate reality–but we digress.

Check out their most recent album ‘Awesome Wave’ which pulls together seemingly contentious musical categories (indie-rock, trip-hop, electri, synth pop, folk, hip-hop) and pieces them together masterfully. We can’t stop listening to “Breezeblocks” and “Mathilda.”

Gold Fields

Gold+FieldsGold Fields is a breath of fresh air for the indie-pop category. Hailing from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, the group is comprised of five talented members with a singular vision–to entertain the crap out of you. Their music is well-layered with percussion, tribal drums, synth pop beats and textured vocals–and their stage-presence is infectious.

Their newest album ‘Black Sun’ reflects poise and maturity for the young crooners with deeply moving tracks like “Dark Again” that eloquently delves into the world of post-breakup turmoil. Although unique in sound, the band is reminiscent of bands like Friendly Fires and Temper Trap.

 

Atlas Genius

Atlas-Genius_Frank-MaddocksAlso hailing from Australia, Atlas Genius is another hot indie-rock band to watch this year. Recently signed to Warner Bros. Records, the band has already received critical acclaim abroad and beyond. Their 2011 hit “Trojans” propelled them into the spotlight–deservedly.

Their music is the mellow blend of indie-rock and indie-pop that your summer playlist has been waiting for. Although rather new to the music scene, the band already has four singles that are positively infectious–we can’t wait for the full album. Check out their newest single “Back Seat”–on repeat if you’d like.

 

Want more? Make sure to check out Slacker’s New Alternative First where all the brand new music goes as soon as we get it – from emerging artists, seasoned veterans, new releases, and cutting edge music.

Album of the Week: Kenny Chesney’s “Life on a Rock”

Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 2.29.42 AMCountry superstar Kenny Chesney never intended to make his new album, “Life On A Rock.” It was just the moments in his life the songwriter/singer from Luttrell, Tennessee wanted to capture for himself.

“It’s easy to let those moments go,” says the man who’s sold over a million tickets to each of his past 10 tours and sold over 30 million albums. “You get busy and let moments go. Other things come up, the moments pass…

“I probably let a 1000 of those go without capturing them. You just don’t realize how precious they are. What made me sit down and write ‘Lindy’ that day, I do not know. But when I did… Well, that’s when I saw how much of a moment a song can hold. Not necessarily for the radio, or the show, but my soul.”

61d5973234Written over time, written for no one but himself, “Life On A Rock” is a handful of postcards from the life Kenny Chesney has led when he’s not being the biggest ticket-seller of the 21st century with 24 #1 hits under his belt.

Most of the breezy songs on the album focus on island life and unplugging, with a heart that exemplifies Chesney’s ability to capture the real lives of fans- from the joy, sorrow, real moments and honest connections between friends, lovers and those who have moved on.

All week you can check out every track of “Life On A Rock” by Kenny Chesney on demand—it’s the Album Of The Week on Slacker.

**The time to listen to “Life On A Rock” on demand has passed- but you can still hear the album plus all of Kenny’s great music on his Slacker station here. 

New Song Stuck In My Head – Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida”

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 1.56.15 PMAfter months out of the spotlight, Marc Anthony is back with a new single, “Vivir Mi Vida.”

 

This title track from his forthcoming album, due out in July, embraces the New York singer’s salsa origins and moves away from the pop sound of his previous albums.

 

“Vivir Mi Vida” is the new Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker so remember, you can listen to the tune on demand all week!

Update: The week to listen to “Vivir Mi Vida” on demand has passed- but you can still hear the tune (plus all of Marc Anthony) on Slacker here.

 

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