Shows of Note – Get Lucky

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Ravers all over the Pacific Northwest are hoping to get lucky this year. The annual USC Events festival (Lucky 2014) will take place on Friday, March 14th this year, at the WaMu Theater in Seattle. This event has quickly become one of the biggest “must-attend” events for any EDM fan.

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Diplo

USC Events has reputation for putting on shows that don’t disappoint both in music and show production. Thousands will gather for Lucky to experience the trapeze artists, epic light shows and elaborate St. Patrick’s Day themed costumes that will accompany the EDM line-up.

Some of the Lucky lineup highlights include Diplo, Kill the Noise and Showtek. Diplo has excited many EDM fans and has garnered quite the following in the hip-hop scene as well. Be warned, a lot of twerking will ensue once Diplo takes the stage. Diplo, or the formally known Wesley Pentz has been on the scene since 2003 with Epistomology. 2012’s “Express Yourself” caught the attention of well…everybody. Since then Diplo has produced the Revolution (Remixes) EP in which the artwork is a fist made up of half-naked twerking women.

 

Kill the Noise

Kill the Noise

Kill the Noise also highlights the Lucky bill. The one man band made of Jake Stanczak specializes in drum and bass, dubstep and house.  Always sporting his baseball cap and skull emblazed bandana, the young producer gained a huge fan base before he even produced his first solo release, the Roots EP in 2010. Since 2010 he has produced Kill Kill Kill, a Roots Remixed EP, Black Magic and Black Magic Remixes.

Showtek

Showtek

Brothers, Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen, the two members of Showtek are sure to delight hardstyle and progressive fans alike at this year’s Lucky. Though their roots are in hardstyle they are slowly exploring the progressive side of EDM. With an alarmingly quick rise to fame, they’ve performed with David Guetta, Tiesto and Steve Aoki, along with other powerful EDM artists and are truly at the top of the electronic music scene. Check out their collaboration with Justin Prime, “Cannonball (Earthquake)” featuring Matthew Koma which was just released two days ago on iTunes.

The ‘Burg is giving away two pairs of Lucky 2014 tickets this Friday (3/7). Listen between 8 and 10 p.m. and again between 10 and midnight for a chance to get Lucky this March.

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Shows of Note – Darkstep

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Excision is an artist we talk about quite frequently. Ever popular with the college crowd, Excision has returned to Washington again and again, pleasing fans every time. Excision takes dubstep and makes it dark, grimey and dangerous.

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Excision

It’s been a while since Excision has produced a new album. X Rated was released in 2011 and he has yet to follow it up with an album or EP though there have been a handful of singles including “Headbanga”, “Brutal”, “Raise Your Fist” and “Vindicate” to name a few. Many of Excision’s most recent singles are in collaboration with other artists like Datsik and Space Laces.

Constantly on tour, Excision has listed The Gorge right here in Washington as one of his favorite venues.  Dropping out of school isn’t advice most people would give, but Excision’s decision to drop out of his business degree program ultimately paid off.

Excision is playing in the northwest January 22 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, January 23 at The Roseland Theater in Portland and January 24 at The Paramount Theater in Seattle.  We’re giving away tickets to the Spokane show tonight between 8 and 10 p.m. and 10 and midnight. Tune-in for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Our Resolution

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Some people want to lose weight, some people want to break a bad habit and others just want to get plurnt. USC Events is making the latter resolution easy with Resolution 2014.  A lineup of over 15 artists, the EDM extravaganza looks to continue its tradition of being the biggest party in Washington state this New Year’s.

Everyone is obviously stoked for headliners Knife Party and Above & Beyond, but there are a few other artists on the playbill The ‘Burg is particularly excited about.

Figure

Figure

Figure is the poster child for making your way through the ranks of EDM. Making a name for himself in the American dream fashion, Figure, aka Josh Gard, is originally from a small town in Indiana and has gradually gone from traditional DJ techniques of scratching vinyl to dubstep production.  When asked in an interview with SimplyGigantic.com if he thinks DJs make better producers he had to admit that if you do one it will help with the other, and we agree.

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Lazy Rich

Electrohouse DJ, Lazy Rich (Richard Billis), is a Canadian import who has caught our attention. Influenced by Wolfgang Gartner, Deadmau5 and Zero 7, the man claims to have a hankering for evil sounding music as opposed to the bright and fluffy.  His career on the rise, Lazy Rich has worked with Deadmau5, Lady GaGa, Fatboy Slim and many more on remixes and other projects. Lazy Rich isn’t stopping anytime soon and we’re glad he isn’t.

NERVO

NERVO

It isn’t common to see female producers in the EDM scene. It’s even less common to see twins. NERVO is truly a breath of fresh air. Talented, sexy and blonde, they may just be on their way to becoming EDM icons. Originally songwriters for stars like Ke$ha and the Pussycat Dolls, twins Mim and Liv co-wrote “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. The Australian born NERVO twins are now COVERGIRLS and have had quite the year in 2013. It will be hard to top their success in 2014 but Resolution will be a great way to start trying.

The ‘Burg is giving away multiple pairs of tickets to Resolution 2014. Listen between 10 and midnight tomorrow (12/6) for a shot at winning. Check out our Resolution Ticket Giveaway Blog and Facebook event for details on how you can be entered into a Resolution ticket drawing.

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‘Burg Stuff – Resolution Raffle Ticket Giveaway

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Read on to see how you can be entered to win a pair of tickets to Resolution via a live on-air drawing on December 20th!

88.1 The ‘Burg will be posting Facebook “statuses” related to Resolution 2014 throughout December. Participants in the competition can share a Resolution-related status for entry into a drawing for one pair of Resolution 2014 tickets. Those who share our status must use #881theburg and #givemetix in their shared post in order to be entered in the drawing. Each additional share equals an additional entry into the drawing. Participants can share a single status up to five times for a total of five entries into the drawing per status. Total entries based off of Facebook shares cannot exceed 15.

Participants can also “retweet” a Resolution related Twitter post made by official 88.1 The ‘Burg Twitter page (@881theburgkcwu) for a maximum of three extra entries. Participants can only retweet a single status once and must use #881theburg and #givemetix to be entered. No more entries can be made after 1 p.m. pacific time on Thursday, December 2013.

Chris the Producer will draw a name at random out of a box on Electropolis, Friday, December 20 2014, between 10 p.m. and midnight pacific time. Participants must be listening to the show in order to win. Once Chris announces the winner, that winner will have ten minutes to call the request line and claim the tickets. The call number will be announced by Chris at least two times after the name is drawn. If the winner doesn’t call within the allotted time, Chris will draw another name and so on, until a winner calls in.

In short:

  • Facebook: Maximum five shares/entries per status, up to 15 total Facebook entries into raffle.
  • Twitter: Maximum one retweet/entry per post, up to 5 total Twitter entries into raffle.
  • Total possible entries in raffle: 20
  • Must listen to win
  • Must claim tickets within ten minutes of name being announced
  • Must #881theburg and #givemetix
  • Winner wins one pair of resolution 2013 hard tickets

* The ‘Burg will be giving away more than one pair of tickets to Resolution on-air at other times, outside of the raffle.These giveaways will be advertised in our blog and other social media.

Email Connie Morgan, Brand Manager at brandmgr@cwu.edu with any questions.

Disclaimer for Resolution Ticket Giveaways
The following personnel are not eligible to win prizes from The ‘Burg, unless the contributor has furnished expressed written permission to the General Manager authorizing such personnel to be eligible prize recipients:

1)         Volunteer and paid staff of the radio station
2)         Relatives of the DJ or staff member giving away prize
3)         Roommates (anyone residing in the immediate household) of volunteer or paid staff giving away prize
4)         Significant others (boyfriends or girlfriends) of volunteer or paid staff giving away the prize

*88.1 The ‘Burg reserves the right to refuse prizes to winners.

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Shows of Note – Fresh Beats

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Gathering influence from American funk, jazz, soul and blues, Gramatik has used his varied tastes in music to create the sort of down-tempo instrumental hip hop you can’t help but nod your head to.

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Gramatik

Signed to the Pretty Lights Music label, most of Gramatik’s music is available for free following his philosophy of “freeing music by making music free.”

A quick glance over Gramatik’s online presence will make it pretty clear that Gramatik is a guy who just wants to have fun. While he makes a lot of good music, Gramatik admits most of the time he just wants to smoke weed and is a self-proclaimed comedian.

Gramatik’s full length album Beatz & Pieces, Vol. 1 wasn’t released on iTunes until April 9, 2012 but was available through other means in 2011. With an average 5-star rating on iTunes the album is being well received by Hip Hop and EDM fans alike. Whether you want to sit down and listen or just have the album playing in the background Beatz and Pieces Vol. 1 fits your needs.

We will be giving away two pairs of tickets to Gramatik’s Seattle show at Showbox at the Market on November 15. Gramatik will also be performing in the Pacific Northwest November 14 at Roseland Theatre in Portland and at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on November 17. Listen tonight (11/01) between 6 and 8 p.m. and again between 10 and midnight for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – An Electric Monster Mash

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EDM fans in the Pacifc Northwest have been a-buzz with excitement over USC Events’s annual Halloween themed show, Freaknight 2013. Freaknight has become a staple in the Pacific Northwest EDM culture and is headlined by some pretty big names including Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and Baauer. The whole lineup is excellent, but below are our three picks, for DJs you don’t want to miss out on this year.

Metrik, (no, not the female fronted Canadian indie band) aka Tom Mundell is a London based producer who specializes in the sort or liquid-funk drum and bass that makes you stop what you’re doing and jump up and down.

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Metrik

Signed to Hospital Records in 2012, Metrik has been pushing EDM into listening arenas one would never expect. Metrik’s track “Technicolour” was used as a sound bed for Barack Obama’s victory speech on Radio One.

Metrik’s most recent works are found on his self-titled EP released in April of this year. The EP was praised for balancing aggressive bass lines with soft melodies. It appears Metrik is only getting bigger and better while fans eagerly await a full-length album under the Hospital Records label.

Delta Heavy is our second Freaknight pick and the duo is also out of London, made up of DJs Ben Hall and Simon James. The two formed Delta Heavy in the hopes of avoiding the cubicle grind and white collar lifestyle. The gamble certainly paid off for the pair as they continue to garner respect and loyal fans all around the world.

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Delta Heavy

An article by Music.com cited Hall as saying that he and group-mate James feel as though bass music had degenerated into something “quite noisy and really quite loud and in-your-face.” Hall went on to state that Delta Heavy is “moving towards something a bit more musical.” While the trend of EDM may be headed in that “noisy sounds” direction, we are happy to say that Delta Heavy doesn’t mind taking the road less traveled.

On their own website, Destroid states the following:

“Bringing forth the next stage of the electronic movement, Destroid is the new mega collaboration led by Canadian bass master Excision featuring Downlink and KJ Sawka. A full-on live dubstep band executed in a way bass music has never seen, Destroid are ready to obliterate all that stand in their way.”

Destroid

Destroid

The dark EDM group combines the forces of dubstep/electro producers Excision and Downlink as well as ex- Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka, united as a full-on live dubstep band. The group can be a little intimidating to those who are not veterans of the EDM scene. Intense, loud and explosive, Destroid has the ability to awake you from a nightmare or haunt your dreams.

Feaknight has expanded to a two-day festival this year, which will be held at  WaMu Theater in Seattle, October 25 and 26. The ‘Burg will be giving away not one, but two pairs of tickets tonight (10/18) between 8 and midnight. Remember, you must tune-in to win so switch the dial to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight for the opportunity to attend one of the most coveted EDM shows in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Shows of Note – Not Dead Yet

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Electronic Dance Music is no longer a genre that is passed off as something a small group of weird kids like. The genre has seeped into almost every form of music from rock to country. EDM DJ’s are now mainstream and the average college student can probably name at least one EDM DJ whether David Guetta, Calvin Harris or some other artist that has “featured” popular pop singers or rappers in their music.

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The Hot Sauce EP

Zeds Dead is one of many EDM artists slowly creeping its way into mainstream status. Now a regular on the USC playbill, the duo formed in 2009 and are from Toronto, Canada. The group is made of DC and Hooks and specializes in grimey dubstep and house music. In their own words, Zeds Dead “balances on the line that separates chill listening music and dance floor.”

January of this year the duo released an EP titled Hot Sauce, named after a scene in “Pulp Fiction.” The EP showcases Zeds Dead range, merging drum & bass, tribal and glitch. The opening track on the five song EP features spooky noises, starts off slow and builds into the next song preparing the listener for the sirens, cymbals and hip-hop vocals on the rest of the EP.

After asked about their influences in an interview with Earmilk.com the duo said this:

There’s no formula really. I [we] usually just mess around until I stumble upon something I like. Sometimes an idea just pops into my head and I rush to jot it down very simply and then elaborate on it later. I listen to a lot of music so it naturally influences my music in one way or another.

Zeds Dead is performing with openers Paper Diamond, DJ Green Lantern and Branchez at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Saturday, October 19. Tune-in tonight (10/11) between 8 and 10 and 10 and midnight for a chance to win tickets! 

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This Could be Para-Para-Paradise!

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Paradiso promises to be an experience like no other. There’s no venue in the world quite like The Gorge Amphitheatre and there aren’t concerts in the world quite like EDM concerts.

7496978538_3102512517_bDigital will meet nature June 28 and 29 when some of the greatest DJs in the world will take the stage alongside trapeze artists, acrobats and breathtaking art on stage and off. The Gorge/Paradiso experience will include full amusement park rides, stilt walkers and plenty of paint as well.

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Aside from the unparalleled atmosphere of The Gorge, the event promises to bring fans some of the best EDM music in the world. With over 50 artists on the bill we could write a book including all the awesome DJs set to perform. Instead we’ve picked out our top three choices, these are the guys you should be excited about.

Porter Robinson is someone The ‘Burg is familiar with. The young electro house DJ is rising to fame at an astonishing rate. We’ve seen him perform at smaller venues such as Foundation and Paradiso is something the man has definitely earned. The man started producing when he was 13 years old and still isn’t even old enough to drink legally. Robinson was introduced to EDM through the popular game, Dance, Dance Revolution. Robinson loved the music so much he bought the soundtrack to the game. Robinson’s most recent work is the Easy (Remixes) EP which he co-produced with Mat Zo and was released May 7 of this year. Robinson’s full length album Spitfire dropped in 2011.

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Porter Robinson

Dubstep fans should pay attention to our second Paradiso pick, Adventure Club. The Canadian duo of Christian Srigley and Leighton James is based out of Montreal, Quebec. Originally a pop-punk group, the boys got bored of the punk rock sound and moved on to dubstep. Adventure Club’s vibe often includes female vocals with heavy drops. The lovely thing about Adventure Club is that they effortlessly balance dubstep with the softer side of EDM. While dubstep can get too heavy for some, fans at all ends of the dubstep spectrum can find solace in Adventure Club.

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Adventure Club

Adventure Club isn’t the only duo we’re pumped about. Those of us who like progressive house we’re particularly thrilled to see CAZZETTE on the Paradiso bill. CAZZETTE is made of Sebastian Furrer & Alexander Björklund. Only a couple years young, CAZZETE is already supported by David Guetta, Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Martin Solveig. While they can be labeled as progressive house, their taste for dubstep inspired CAZZETTE to refer to their style as Dub House. Still building a growing fan base, CAZZETTE is one to watch at Paradiso.

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CAZZETTE

While the show isn’t sold out yet, we’re guessing it will be soon. Get your tickets online or listen to our EDM lineup every Friday night. Our EDM DJs will be giving away multiple pairs of tickets to Paradiso as well as telling you the latest news on artists and music for the event.

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Live Your Life in Color

EDM fans all over the state are drooling over USC Events’ next big show. Life in Color :: Rebirth Tour (formerly Dayglow), which claims to be the “world’s largest paint party” will be taking place at the Tacoma Dome on May 18th. The event is not only a paint party but will include soaring aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortionists and fire shows… so your usual state of the art EDM production only USC is capable of putting on.

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Usually regular tickets are enough but concert-goers may want to consider purchasing VIP tickets to this event. The VIP package includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, CD, bottle of paint and complimentary bag and coat check. Regular tickets are $48 while the VIP ticket is $80.

The event will feature Flux Pavilion, Chuckie, Mat Zo and David Solano.

Flux Pavilion is probably who folks are most excited about. Flux started getting attention in 2009 when he hit the scene out of Towncester, UK. An EDM artist with a specialty in dubstep he released his most recent album titled Blow the Roof, January 25 of this year. Known for his superb rhythms and insane bass lines Flux has successfully woven traditional instruments and vocals into his music. Interestingly, Flux grew up with other EDM DJ’s Doctor P and Trolley Snatcha. All three DJs produce dubstep and Flux and Doctor P have worked together quite a bit.

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Flux Pavilion

Born and raised in Paramaribo in South America DJ Chuckie’s  mixing skills and general charisma have made him a crowd favorite during live performances. Chuckie’s music is definitely something you can dance to and he sticks to the more house style as opposed to the harder dubstep. Born with the name Clyde, DJ Chuckie rose to fame when he started deejaying at house parties under that name. Now selling out shows and gaining a worldwide fan base, Chuckie is someone who is still continuing to rise in the EDM genre.

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DJ Chuckie

Trance fans will be pleased to see Mat Zo on the bill for Life in Color. Matan “Mat Zo” Zohar is part of the British EDM invasion, the U.S. is all too happy to accept. Zo was attracted to electronic genre when he fell in love with Daft Punk. After he got his first computer in 2001, Zo started producing his own music and thanks to the power of the internet was able to develop a fan base. In 2006, at only 16 years old Zo had his first signing of a track and his career has been on the rise ever since.

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Mat Zo

The only American based artist to be featured at Life In Color is David Solano. From Miami, Florida he is a producer, DJ, remixer and relative newbie to the electronic dance music scene. The most unknown artist on the lineup he has worked with R3hab, Brass Knuckles and Starkillers.

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David Solano

Life in Color :: Rebirth Tour is May 18th at the Tacoma Dome.

Listen to our electronica block every Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. every Friday night for a chance to win tickets. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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Wub Wub

Although dubstep has become immensely popular in the U.S., let’s not forget where the genre originated. In the late 1990s, dubstep was born in South London, England. The term “dubstep” was first coined in 2002 in Croydon, London but its actual roots are a little tough to pinpoint. Dubstep is the merge of dozens electronic music genres and its origins can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s.

Because of its London roots, it’s no surprise that some of the top dubstep acts in the world come from England. This includes North London based 4-piece act Modestep. The band includes brothers Josh and Tony Friend who cover vocals, keyboards, turntables and guitar between the two of them. Matthew Curtis is on drums and other percussion while Nick Tsang rocks the guitar.

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The quartet debuted in February 2011 with “Feel Good,” which reached the Top Ten of the U.K. dance chart and crossed into the Top 40 of the main pop chart. Although they had previously released singles and remix EP’s the band’s debut album Evolution Theory wasn’t released until February 12th, 2013.

In an interview with contactmusic.com, Modestep guitarist Nick Tsang had some insightful things to say about the dubstep genre and electronic music scene. When asked whether he thought the relatively young genre of dubstep would survive and thrive, or slowly go out of style, guitarist Tsang responded:

“I think it’s been around longer than people think, it’s just been lurking underground until recently when pop artists have started taking influence from that kind of sound. We’re trying to put a live twist on the traditional sound of dubstep, we’re trying to make it more rocky and I can see more genres spawning out of this frankly, in the same kind of way we’ve done. A lot of the genre seems to have become more dance-orientated so I don’t know where it will go next, we might even see a jazz take on things soon, who knows. But I definitely think its influence will go on and it will be here for a while to come.”

Wherever dubstep goes next, it’s clear it will be around for a while and its loyal fans around the world will attest to that.

Modestep will be playing with Mimosa on April 15th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 16th at Roseland Theater in Portland on April 16th.

Listen to Electropolis on 88.1 The ‘Burg this Friday between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

 

 

 

 

 

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