The Tour is Hitting the Beach at Hangout Music Festival

HANGOUT- 1500x1500The Beach. The Bands. The Experience.

Sounds like our kind of party!

Tomorrow – Slacker is heading to sunny Gulf Shores, Alabama to get barefoot and party at Hangout Music Festival– arguably one of the summer’s best treats for music lovers and festival junkies.

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The Hangout Music Festival is the only festival of its kind. Located directly on white sandy beaches surrounded by palm trees, warm breezes, cold drinks and amazing food. Not to mention a truly diverse lineup that includes: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Kings of Leon, Porter Robinson, The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bassnectar, Afrojack, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Crowes + more.  Take a look.

Click on the image to see the full lineup and click here to listen to all of the artists on Slacker’s Hangout station.

We are parking the Slacker Tour truck all weekend long so make sure you stop by and hang out with us. We have a cell phone charging station, sign ups for one month free Slacker Premium, tons of activities and games, swag and even chance to win a full year of Slacker Premium!

The truck will be on East Beach Blvd. between RedBull and Landshark Lager- west of the Media World area behind the Mega Drop. Click on the map below:

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This weekend at Hangout is bound to be the perfect blend of good music, relaxed people and a beautiful atmosphere. Start getting in the mood with Slacker’s Hangout station– or feel  like you are there if you  can’t make it to the sunny south.

Hope to see everyone there!

 

 

 

Boxer Rebellion’s “Promises” is Slacker’s Album of the Week

This week, London-based quartet, The Boxer Rebellion, release their highly-anticipated fourth studio album, Promises.

Since their 2009 breakthrough album, Union, you’ve probably heard their music in movies, TV shows and commercials. Their brand of atmospheric alternative rock is pushed to greater heights on the new album.

The Album of the Week is now available on demand. You can listen to “Promises” this entire week here on Slacker.

Kings of Leon Debut New Music at Bottle Rock Festival

Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 1.36.01 PMThe Kings Of Leon played a brand-new song during their set at the Bottle Rock festival in Napa, California this weekend. The track is called “It Don’t Matter,” though many YouTubers are calling it “Always the Same.”

Frontman Caleb Followill booms on the song’s catchy chorus of this  uptempo rocker that is reminiscent of Queens Of The Stone Age. There’s even a guitar solo! Bassist Jared Followill recently said of KoL’s upcoming sixth album, planned for a September release, “I thought we were going to make a really mature album, but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds.”

We are told that the new KOL record drops in September, and they’ll be on the festival circuit until then. Their next show is at Hangout Music Festival this Friday and after that the group has nothing scheduled until New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival in June.

 

Michael Jackson is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

MJIt was 30 years ago that a 26-year old Michael Jackson surprised and delighted the world when he first publicly performed his” Moonwalk” dance move on the Motown 25 anniversary television special.

At the time, “Thriller” was his latest record, and it was on the way to becoming the all-time classic that we know it to be even today- going Platinum 29 times over and earing him 8 Grammys.

Watch his legendary performance and think what it must have been like to see for the first time – wow!

 

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A few months after his televised moonwalk, he released a 14 minute video for the track “Thriller”, which went on to become the most influential pop video of all time.

On the 30th anniversary of what was arguably Michael Jackson’s most impactful year as an artist, Slacker has created a station that pays tribute to his legacy—including his best work as a solo artist, with the Jackson 5, and in his numerous collaborations. You’ll also hear the artists that inspired him along with the numerous artists that he directly inspired. Michael Jackson is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

New Song Stuck in Our Head: “Fire We Make” by Alicia Keys

ALICIA-KEYS-472x472Alicia Keys continues to be the “Girl On Fire” with the second single from her latest album.

Featuring R&B crooner Maxwell and bluesy-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr., “Fire We Make” is the perfect romantic accompaniment when celebrating with that special someone.

Get seduced with “Fire We Make” as many times as you want—it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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