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.

Lazy Rich

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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Amateur Youtube Covers Worth Watching

 

When five people are crowded around one guitar you KNOW things are about to get intense.

 

Youtube covers. All the cool kids do it.  We wouldn’t be surprised if you knew at least two people with a channel devoted to their covers. It goes without being said that there are some pretty terrible covers out there and with social media on the rise it’s almost impossible to find a half-decent amateur cover these days. Lucky for us, we have websites like reddit and iwastesomuchtime to show us the light. We found a few gems that range from adorable-to-the-point-of-tears to completely badass.

Maria Aragon-Born This Way

This Lady Gaga tune has become a worldwide anthem for empowerment. Ten year old Maria Aragon is a perfect example of what the song is about. She’s a cute as a button with a voice that will take you to church.

After posting the video, Aragon has performed on Ellen and  with Lady Gaga herself.

Pinn Panlle-Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

Okay, okay. So, admittedly, this one may not fall under the “amateur” category but it can’t go without being mentioned. The Skrillex song was released in 2010 and is still heard blasting in the halls of dormitories all over the country. Pinn Panelle gives it a rock spin with state-of-the-art technology and a cutthroat demeanor.

The coolest things: the bassist and the fact that the lead singer samples his own voice for the cover. We’re willing to bet that you’ve hit “replay” on this video at least twice already.

AJ Rafael and Jess Delgado-Such Great Heights

It’s really a cover of a cover. With around 15 covers by famous recording artists, saying this song is a huge success may be a bit of an understatement. This version is a heart-warming cover of Iron and Wine’s take on the Postal Service song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyYwsj_S5C0&feature=plcp&context=C328e365UDOEgsToPDskLGJ1CDXgDcSOCCpC3XlrTo

Rafael has over 250 videos on his channel and is currently touring in Asia.

Walk Off the Earth-Somebody That I Used to Know

Gotye‘s single has become a world-wide hit and has found home in the hearts of many of our DJs. This cover is so simplistic. Five people. One guitar. Words cannot describe the awesome. You’ll have to watch it for yourself.

How crazy is it when the girl looks straight into the camera? This cover is so popular that a lot of people hear it before the original track.

Jorge and Alexa Narvaex-Home

If you thought the Postal Service cover was heart-warming, brace yourself for the aww-ness of this cover. Father and daughter perform the popular Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes song. If you don’t feel a twinge in your chest during this then you have no soul!

That little girl has such a great ear! This duo has 169 videos but none quite as touching as this. This song may never be the same.

 

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