Crush Music Festival 2015: A Field Guide to Saturday's Event at Rawhide in Chandler

Categories: EDM

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Benjamin Leatherman
The scene at last year's Crush Music Festival.
We sincerely hope you've got loads of disposable income stocked up, because -- like it or not -- the music festival season is upon us. Over the next three months or so, an exhaustive number of indoor and outdoor mega-concerts and big-ticket music events are scheduled to take place both in and around Arizona, as well as across the southwest, and will bring a slew of high-profile performers into our midst.

And one of the events that will kick off the hullabaloo is this weekend's Crush Music Festival on Saturday out at Rawhide in Chandler. Just like last year's enormous Mad Decent Block Party at the venue, the event will fill the western theme park with the high-energy sounds of electronic dance music and a throng of colorfully dressed rage fiends and dance-happy thrill-seekers.

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Steve Aoki on How His Gigs Are "About Gettin' Crazy and Going Wild," With or Without Cake

Categories: EDM, Interview

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Courtesy of SLE
Steve Aoki is scheduled to perform on Thursday, February 19, at Livewire in Scottsdale.
As you might have heard recently, Steve Aoki is cutting back on the cake. More specifically, the electronic dance music icon has stated that he's ceasing his trademark stunt of throwing sheet cake at audience members during shows, at least at big EDM festivals where he's a support act.

"If I'm on a multi-tiered lineup and I'm in the middle of a bunch of different artists, I don't want to cake a bunch of non-Aoki fans on accident," he says.

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20 EDM Songs We Don't Want to Hear in 2015

Categories: EDM, Lists

Sometimes songs are like a hit TV show. Let's use Dexter for example, since I really liked Dexter.

Everyone would have been satisfied if it would have ended at season five or six, after the Trinity killer, but no. They had to carry it out to eight seasons that slowly digressed to a point of incest and lumberjacks -- da fuck.

Sometimes music, specifically electronic music suffers the same tragedy. Everyone is so into a hit track when it comes out, that every DJ plays it, and plays it, and plays it....

Not that I have anything personal against any of the songs on this list, they have just drunkenly smashed my ears to the point that I don't feel anything for them anymore. It's not them, it's me.

With all the subgenres -- Chicago house, house, deep house tropical house, electro house, progressive house -- and innovation happening in dance music, there is really no excuse to keep playing the same music anymore. So let sleeping dogs lie, and let's all move on from these festival and club bangers in 2015.

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10 EDM Artists We Hope Come to Phoenix in 2015

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Please come play with us, The Knocks.

As 2015 unfolds, we're thinking back on 2014 and lamenting the DJs and producers who didn't think to grace the Valley of the Sun with their presence. We're anxious to see which DJs will make an appearance in the Valley this year, and we've come up with 10 artists we hope make the trip. This is a wish list, based on DJs who haven't ever been to Phoenix or haven't been here for a while, mixed with an unabashed dose of personal bias.


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25 Best Ravers and Ragers From Global Dance Festival

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
An estimated crowd of more than 7,000 people came to the Global Dance Festival at Tempe Beach Park this past weekend, most of whom were dressed both warmly and colorfully for the outdoor electronic music massive -- including hordes of attendees in outrageous and over-the-top costumes. Others went with skimpier attire, cold weather be damned.

But no matter what they were (or weren't) wearing, everyone in attendance at the festival was in the mood to go wild and get down to EDM served up by the likes of Steve Aoki, Adventure Club, Crizzly, and Morgan Page, which probably helped everyone stay warm.


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Global Dance Festival: A Field Guide to Tonight's Event

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Aaron Thackeray/Westword
A Global Dance Festival attendee during the event's stop in Colorado.
Downtown Tempe is in no danger of running low on electronic dance music or off-the-chain dance parties anytime soon, what with the clubs of Mill Avenue pumping out four-on-the-floor jams and killer drops most nights. The clamor of beats and bass coming from Tempe is going to get even louder tonight when the Global Dance Festival, one of the region's biggest up-and-coming dance events, rolls into town tonight boasting EDM thrills and plenty of opportunities to rage.

The tour, which originated in Colorado in 1999 as a one-off called Rave on the Rocks, has become a multi-city electronic wonderland and rage fest that's not only making its debut in Arizona but will be the first-ever dance music massive staged at Tempe Beach Park.

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No, Bloodfest This Weekend Isn't Using Real Blood -- Human or Otherwise

Categories: EDM

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Jeremiah Toller
A scene from last year's Bloodfest.
The first thing you should know about this Saturday's Bloodfest out in Mesa is that the titular liquid that will drench attendees isn't composed of plasma, erythrocytes, platelets, or leukocytes. Instead, it's a mixture of water, various dyes, and other non-toxic ingredients.

Despite what you may have heard or read online, the infamous underground dance party, which is has taken place every year since 2004, uses stage blood created by special effects companies, and not the life-giving substance that pumps through our veins.

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Skrillex Embraces Brostep, and Is Anyone Surprised?

Categories: EDM

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Jason Nocito
Skrillex's music has much more cultural influence than his hair.

It's easy to hate on Skrillex or even just razz the dude. Probably since the erstwhile screamo frontman, once known as Sonny Moore, is sui generis and a polarizing figure in electronic dance music who provides critics with plenty of ammunition. For starters, there's that funky hairstyle (a.k.a. the "Skrillet") and "fuck you" attitude, his largely teenage fanbase, bro-tastic friendship with Deadmau5, and, of course, the demented brand of bass-heavy and fidgety EDM that propelled him to superstardom and, depending on who's doing the dissing, ruined dubstep forever.

Many have sampled the haterade when it comes to Skrillex (like the Burning Man attendees who may or may not have booed him and Diplo after their duo Jack U ended a set with "Turn Down for What," just for the lulz) but would probably agree that when it comes to his overwhelming success, the 26-year-old is unassailable. Like it or not, Skrillex and his style of EDM helped light the fuse on electronic music's resurgence in 2011, gave it a massive paradigm shift, won several Grammys, fostered the careers of producers like Seven Lions and Jack Beats (via Skrillex's popular vanity label, OWSLA), and has made more money in a single year than you'll see in six lifetimes.

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Emma Hewitt and Crizzly Added to the Lineup of November's Global Dance Festival in Tempe

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Emma Hewitt is scheduled to perform at the Global Dance Festival in Tempe on Friday, November 21,
Next month's Global Dance Festival in Tempe just got more global. Organizers of the outdoor electronic dance music massive at Tempe Beach Park announced two additions to its lineup yesterday that might get fans of both kinky bass and vocal trance stoked for the event.

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Steve Aoki to Headline Global Dance Festival at Tempe Beach Park

Categories: Announcements, EDM

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Steve Aoki will headline Arizona's first Global Dance Festival

On the heels of last Friday's wild Mad Decent Block Party, Phoenix electronic dance music promoters Relentless Beats announced another huge EDM concert coming to Phoenix: Global Dance Festival.

The Arizona iteration of the party is scheduled for Friday, November 21, at Tempe Beach Park.

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