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35 Denton Fest 2012 Coverage Part 3

posted March 10, 2012, 8:14 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: 35 Denton Fest, 35 denton, 35 Denton 2012, Best Coast

Last night, for the 2nd night of the fest, we were derailed due to overcrowding. We got here earlier tonight, and were just able to watch our first show of the night, Best Coast.  The only issue tonight is the weather. To rain that it is really raining hard is probably the understatement of the year!  We endured the cold, damp weather to catch this show–we refused to miss any after last night’s fiasco.

Best Coast Photo Credit 35 Denton via Twitter

It’s difficult to say precisely how many people were part of the crowd outside, but it was most likely 500-1000, maybe even more. Under a canopy of soaked bodies and umbrellas,  Best Coast was perhaps close to being their best. Taking the stage with an extra guitar player and a new drummer, they proceeded to play many of their familiar hits. These included “Our Deal”,   “When I’m With You”, and “Boyfriend”. They also performed a couple of newer songs like “How They Want Me To Be” and not  exactly sure of the other, maybe “When You Wake Up”. Making our way towards the front half of the audience, we could barely see them from the stage, due to the amount of umbrellas in the air. I confess that I spent the majority of the show mesmerized watching the stage lights making the rainfall glow. Their set was 45 minutes, the most of which we were there for. We weren’t able to see the first or last song, but unfortunately I don’t think any brand new songs from the upcoming record were debuted here. I look forward to being wrong and posting a correction though. You can get all the details on the new album artwork, track listings, and release date here.

Ok it’s time to stop blogging and go catch some more shows. We plan to see Eastern Sea, Sundress, Oberhofer, Gardens & Villa, and Danny Brown tonight. Tune in tomorrow for more coverage.

Update: Apparently they did play a new song, “Don’t Know Why I Cry”.



35 Denton Fest 2012 Coverage Part 2

posted March 10, 2012, 3:44 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: 35 denton, 35 Denton Fest, Class Actress, The Hood Internet, 35 Denton 2012

You can see our coverage of the first day here.

So usually when covering live shows and writing reviews, you try to best match your experience with the others in attendance. Then it is a really good thing that we are growing and have multiple other people to help us now. Every show that we wanted to attend on Friday night, the 2nd of the fest, was over capacity by the time we arrived. This happened even with our back up plan B shows. Lucky for us special guest correspondent Katie Covens was there and able to get into one of the headlining shows, The Hood Internet. Unfortunately we missed Ft. Worth’s soon to be break out sex wave band Burning Hotels, Brooklyn’s sultry Class Actress, and the instrumental duo El Ten Eleven. Here is her account of The Hood Internet:

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Artist Update: Dirty Heads

posted March 9, 2012, 5:09 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Spread Too Thin, Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads have been working on a new record, and it’s finally time to hear the first single!  The premiere of the first single  “Spread Too Thin“, from their new upcoming album was played live on Southern California’s world famous KROQ radio station. It will be available on iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday. You can now hear the song below. We are also including an interview with the band, via KROQ, below.

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35 Denton Fest 2012 Coverage Part 1

posted March 9, 2012, 3:48 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment 1 Comment

Tags: 35 Denton 2012, Mikal Cronin, 35 denton, Zorch, 35 Denton Fest, Bleached, Om

The first night of the 4th annual 35 Denton festival kicked off last night with an exhilarating amount of anticipation and energy. Set in a college town in one of America’s fastest growing cities, the atmosphere is primed and ready for a new music scene to break out. With a long history and love of live music, the fest serves a a microcosm of what Denton, TX is all about. To the credit of the staff, the festival itself has more the feel of a series of networked parties and live shows then of an actual organized event. Here is the recap of the first night, in which we saw four bands.

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On The Verge: KYNG

posted March 9, 2012, 2:33 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: KYNG, Metallica, Trampled Sun, Orion, Orion Fest

Southern California’s KYNG is excited to announce that they will join the lineup for Metallica’s Orion fest. The two day festival, created and curated by Metallica themselves, takes place on June 23-24 in Atlantic City. Metallica created this festival to give each band member a chance to showcase their diverse musical interests and lifestyle under one stage. Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently sung the band’s praises after discovering them through Sirius XM program director Jose Mangin, who has championed KYNG since hearing early demos a few years ago.

The band has just confirmed an 8-week tour with Clutch and Hellyeah which will kick off April 10 and take the band across the country with stops in Detroit, Dallas, and Nashville. See below for more details.

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Artist Update: Dillon Francis

posted March 9, 2012, 1:59 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Dillon Francis, Skrillex, Zedd, EDM

Grammy award winner Skrillex‘s new label OWSLA member Zedd announced today that there is now a preview of the new Dillon Francis remix of Zedd’s song “Stars Come Out”. The video is below. The  preview for his next single will be online on tuesday, too.

OWSLA announced yesterday that their new free sampler compilation cd will be released soon. It will be called OWSLA Presents Free Treats Vol. 2.





Video Of The Week: LEGSWEEPER “My Block”

posted March 9, 2012, 1:35 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: 35 Denton 2012, Legsweeper, Bun B, 35 denton, 35 Denton Fest

We are providing coverage and will be live tweeting and blogging all weekend from the 35 Denton Fest. For the past 2 weeks leading up to this amazing event, we have been featuring videos of the week from 35 Denton artists. First was one by Thee Oh Sees, followed by last week’s Danny Brown. Since this is more of a regional fest, I thought this week we would spotlight a local band from this area.

According to their bio, LEGSWEEPER is a two piece guitar and drum, party punk band that has been playing loud, distorted, snotty punk songs since 2009. Nothing we do is slow or profound. Our shows strive to be a sweaty, energetic, to the point, beer driven train wreck. Be loud, be real, get big, don’t die. Taylor Stolly and Justin Gomez’s music reflects, truth, fun, friendship, thrashing, skating, bleeding, owning, sexiness, relationships, babes, beer, freedom, being yourself and being loud. Fuck critics of life.

In order to promote their festival, 35 Denton had the band cover a hip-hop song from another 35 Denton artist, Bun B. This is a great example of how up and coming groups can create buzz and attract attention without a massive budget.



Artist Update: Diplo

posted March 8, 2012, 2:36 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Big Freedia, Major Lazer, Diplo, Express Yourself, EDM, dubstep

Check out the teaser for Diplo’s new “Express Yourself” music video.  The full length video and commercial release is coming March 13th. The single is a collaboration between Diplo and Nicky Da B, the newest star of the Bounce scene and protégé of genre impresarios Big Freedia and Katey Red.  The release will also include a new b-side “No Problem” featuring Flinch and Kay. It was directed by KarmaloopTV’s @LILINTERNET, Shomi Patwary, and styled by @LILGOVERNMENT for

The Express Yourself six track EP is also coming in May. The unbounded, genre-mashing DJ, producer and industry juggernaut, Diplo, is excited to announce the full Express Yourself EP coming in May. The six-track recording from the man who makes up one half of the bombastic duo, Major Lazer, is a product of the artist’s fearless endeavors of exploring and unearthing new music from around the world. The EP’s title track, which also serves as its first single, marks Diplo’s first foray into the maddening beats and booty-popping sound of New Orleans Bounce.  Also features guest spots from Flinch, Kay, Elephant Man, Datsik, Sabi, and more!

Update: The official, full length video is out now, watch it below!

Artist Update: Primus

posted March 8, 2012, 12:44 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Primus, Green Naugahyde

Primus is excited to announce a spring tour in support of Green Naugahyde, out now on ATO Records and Prawn Songs. An evening with Primus, featuring two full sets, begins on May 3rd in Columbia, MO, and wraps up on June 24th in Modesto, CA.

In conjunction with the tour, ATO Records will release a limited edition 10″ single, with live versions of “Jilly’s On Smack” and “Eyes of the Squirrel.” The vinyl, which will be wrapped in a green naugahyde sleeve, will be available at independent record stores in late April. More details on this release will be available at

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OWSLA Presents: Free Treats Vol. 2

posted March 8, 2012, 11:19 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Skrill, Porter Robinson, Koan Sound, OWSLA, EDM

OWSLA, helmed by the 3-time Grammy winner Skrillex, re-asserts it’s position as the flag-bearer for a new industry model in music by releasing a free, totally exclusive collection of 19 new songs by artists both new and familiar on March 13th exclusively on Beatport. It will offer new tracks from Porter Robinson, Koan Sound, The M Machine, and more plus new talent across a broad spectrum of EDM.

The songs, curated by Skrillex and his OWSLA partners, occupy a huge range of electronic styles. From sub-heavy, slinky Dubstep to pounding Progressive House, esoteric Electro House to Juke, few stones are left unturned in terms of sub-genre. What’s more, OWSLA Presents Free Treats Vol. 2 stands as a declaration of the OWSLA ethos: to excite listeners by delivering new, fantastic music from a team who is genuinely invested in the culture of quality music.


1. KOAN Sound feat. Foreign Beggars – Look Who’s Back
2.  The Juggernaut- Chess Fight
3. Skrillex – Ruffneck (FULL Flex) (Munchi Anonymous Revolution Remix)
4.  Porter Robinson – Vandalism (12th Planet Remix)
5.  Sazon Booya feat. Anna Yvette – Secret Heart
6.  Nick Thayer – Wake Up Call
7. Plastician – Alone Time
8. Bare Noize & Zardonic – Kill The Silence
9. J. Rabbit – A Shot Of Bruschotti
10. Flinch feat. Jamtech Foundation – Bad Boy
11. Alvin Risk – Cities
12. Topher Jones – Brohammer
13. Child In Disguise – The Drifter
14. The M Machine – No Fun Intended
15. Ghastly! feat. Arielle Williams – Funky Flex
16. culineR – Glowing Owl
17. Stratus – All For This
18. Style of Eye – Devastate
19. Two Fresh – Leaving Here

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