World Music Festivals Take on the Summer

Desert Blues, Latin Alternative, Gypsy Funk, Arabic,  Brazilian, Afro-pop, Asian, Celtic and a lot more is on tap as festivals, music series and historic tours roll out for Summer 2013.  Here’s a taste of what is in store for the year.

Festivals and Music Series

Maracatu Naçáo Estrela BrilhanteA bunch of summer fests and music series that feature World Music have announced their line-ups.  And there is a LOT to choose from, whether you are into trad, cutting edge, cross-cultural fusions or world DJ culture & dance.  So get out there, some are even FREE!  Here’s just a sampling.

California World Fest 

Celebrate Brooklyn

Grand Performances Los Angeles

Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing 

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors 

Rhythm Foundation Miami

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 

Stern Grove Festival San Francisco 

Ukelele Festival Hawaii 

 

Tours

There are some major – and historic – tours coming this summer too.  Be on the lookout for these and more:

A Tale of Two Nations featuring Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat. This historic tour not only pairs one of the oldest traditional maracatu groups from Brazil with a contemporary Brooklyn-Brazil cross-cultural mash-up, but it is the first time a trad maracatu group from Brazil has ever toured North America! Thiscarnaval is not to be missed.  August.

Festival au Desert_Caravan For Peace TourFestival au Desert: Caravan of Peace featuring Mali’s Mamadou Kelly & The Ali Farka Touré AllstarsTartit, and Imharhan.  Another historic tour and one with a message and the hope of keeping Timbuktu’s legendary Festival au Desert alive, which has been canceled due to Mali’s tumultuous civil war.  “Until the music can return to its roots with freedom of expression and dignity, the Festival au Desert has become, a Festival in Exile.”  July.

Fatoumata Diawarawho has enjoyed quite a buzz since the release of her debut CD Fatou,brings more of Mali’s rich musical tradition and songs about love, politics and empowerment to North America for a two month tour beginning in June

Nigerian Toureg guitar sensation Bombino, who just released a new CD produced by Black Key Dan Auerbach,  will be on the road through July 26.  His hypnotic show is something to revel in!

The legendary Gipsy Kings return to North America July 28 through August 12.

Reggae stalwarts Steel Pulse will bring their groove all this summer too with dates through August.

Up-and-coming Indian folk-rocker,  Raghu Dixit joins Indian tradition with contemporary stylings.  He brings his energetic show to North America in July

Solas, the quintessential Irish-American band, is touring all summer long and well into the fall in support the release of their latest CD.

Italy’s fabulous Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who hail from Salento, Puglia, will be in North America for most of July.  

Like I mentioned at the start,  this is just a taste. There is so much more world music going on across North America this summer.  Rise up, get out, enjoy and support live music!

 

 

 

Eliane Elias Celebrates Chet Baker on Slacker Jazz

Eliane Elias I Thought About YouWhile the Great American Songbook and Bossa Nova might at first seem to be disparate juxtapositions, it’s wise to remember that Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto were huge fans of Chet Baker’s relaxed, lyrical delivery of standards. Baker remains an iconic pioneer of West Coast Cool, as both an immediately identifiable vocalist and versatile trumpeter.

On her new Concord Jazz release, “I Thought About You,” vocalist /pianist Eliane Elias pays tribute to vocalist/trumpeter Baker, without losing sight of her Brazilian roots.  Eliane’s former husband, trumpeter Randy Brecker, puts his personal  stamp  on  “There Will Never Be Another You, “ “That Old Feeling,” and “Just Friends.” His phrasing shows that he is aware of Baker’s clear tone and subdued style yet inventive enough to develop a sense of originality on these standards.

Just as Baker grew up listening to music of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s, Elias and Brecker obviously grew up with an appreciation for Baker’s charismatic delivery and subdued style.  Elias, who has previously paid tribute to Jobim and Bill Evans on record, once again proves she is an artist beyond category!

Enjoy the essence of Eliane Elias’ “I Thought About You” on Slacker Jazz and Slacker Modern Jazz!

Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival Announces Lineup

osheaga music festival lineup This week, Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival announced its much-anticipated final lineup and daily schedule. The 3-day festival, which takes place August 2-4 at Parc Jean Drapeau will welcome The Cure, Beck and Mumford and Sons as this year’s headliners. Other heavy hitters include Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Vampire Weekend, New Order, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Alt-J.

With Montreal’s vibrant indie scene, Osheaga has always included home-grown talent to the roster, this year being Stars, Mac DeMarco, and We Are Wolves. Other notable Canucks who will be there include Tegan and Sara, Diamond Rings, Hollerado and k-os. Click on the poster to see the full lineup.

image04The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival began back in 2006 as a 2-day festival and has since grown to be the largest of its kind in Canada. It attracts music fans from across North America and Europe. Throughout the years it has featured some of the biggest names in music like Coldplay, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Eminem and Weezer.

The artists have come to love being part of the festival as well, having as much fun backstage as on stage. The catering of celebrity chef Chuck Hughes is always a huge hit!

Osheaga is truly a unique experience…Parc Jean Drapeau is located on the small island of Ile Ste-Hélène, adjacent to the island of Montreal, in the middle of the St-Lawrence river… getting there is easy, either by subway (called the metro), car, bus or bike.  The grounds of the park are filled with lush trees and little ravines…you wander through the woods to the various stages scattered throughout the park, checking out the art stations along the way. There is also a wide-open space where the 2 main stages are located and where the big name artists play…you can be a part of the action in the crowd or chillin’ up on the hill – listening to tunes, basking in the sun, taking in the beautiful Montreal cityscape in the background – either way there is no festival experience like it!

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Single day tickets or 3 day passes are available. If you can make it, click here to purchase passes and stay tuned as we update you from the festival!

 

10 Remixed Pop Songs in Heavy Rotation Right Now

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 3.10.59 PMHellllllloooo pop music fans! Live from the city of San Francisco where EDM lives and breathes. I’m Ms. Jackson…music head, DJ and pop music monster. I wanted to pull together a few of the hottest House, Electro, Hip-Hop and Pop remixes from the best DJ / Producers right now.

From the king of the remix, Diddy putting his magic touch on “Scream And Shout” to powerhouse producers and DJs, Sick Individuals, adding hard hitting electro sounds to Icona Pop’s dance anthem – the talent in remixing is alive and well.

Enjoy all these songs on Slacker’s Pop Remix station and let us know which ones are your favorites!

Bruno MarsBruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven (Sultan And Ned Shepard Remix)”
Yeah we have been singing along to this tune since it came out but this remix will make your heart buckle from all the bass. “Ah yeah yeah, ah yeah yeah yeah yeah…”

 

Rihanna “Diamonds (Dave Aude 100 Edit)”
Shining bright like a diamond with some beats added from the king of dance and house remixes.

 

Emeli Sandé “Next To Me (Kendrick Lamar Remix)”
The hip-hop heavyweight Kendrick Lamar adds his lyrical force to Britain’s rising pop star debut single.

 

Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera “Feel This Moment (Riddler & Reid Stefan Radio Mix)”
In straight 1980s synth style using A-Ha’s “Take On Me” sample, Riddler and Reid Stefan keep the fist pumping effect with a powerful electro house remix.

 

Calvin HarrisCalvin Harris featuring Florence Welch “Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)”
Diplo and Grandtheft join forces to this already killer collaboration with trap style snares and synths.

Krewella “Alive (Cash Cash & Kalkutta Remix)”
Crank this one up and say Y.O.L.O.

 

Will.I.Am ft. Britney Spears Diddy Hit Boy Lil Wayne and Waka Flocka “Scream and Shout (Remix)”
Diddy calls this the “Super Black Man Remix”….OKAY (in my Lil’ Jon voice)?!?!

 

Icona Pop “I Love It (Sick Individuals Remix)”
I don’t think there could be a mix to top this pop dance anthem but (no pun intended) this is SICK.

 

David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo and Akon “Play Hard (R3hab Remix)”
Maybe Mr. Guetta didn’t mean to straight pull the hook from Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” but dang R3hab (that’s the number 3 instead of an ‘e’ for all that don’t know) kills it as always with this electro banger.

 

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding “Anything Could Happen (Alex Metric Remix)”
Her voice is undeniable as is her blonde, half shaved head…I wish I had the balls to do that btw. Fellow Brit, Alex Metric created this lush and pulsating song and made it into an electro dance jem.

 

In Memoriam: Ray Manzarek Dies at Age 74

Ray ManzarekThe Doors’ founding keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, died in Germany this Monday morning after a long fight with cancer, his publicist said in a statement. He was 74 years old.

As a founding member of the Doors, his legacy is not only as the man who met Jim Morrison the poet and guided him to become Jim Morrison the frontman, but as one of the most notable keyboardists in rock history–playing the keys like a lead instrument.

Join Slacker in paying tribute to his legacy here.

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!

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

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