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Spring Music Festivals: First Look

You're about to read our insiders look into what this Spring means for music enthusiasts, camp fanatics, more time outdoors, and shennanigans.  First up is..

EDC Puerto Rico: (happened Feb. 21-22)

Spring hasn’t exactly sprung quite yet, but it’s sunny in the tropics, and we like sunshine. Everybody loves the sunshine. So Empty Planet traveled to our nation’s island step-sister, Puerto Rico to revel with the Sun God, RA…

…and a bunch of rowdies ready to get weird in paradise.

As you probably know EDC Puerto Rico went off with a big ol’ bassy boom- day one featuring Flux Pavilion and Bassnectar, supported by Nervo, Crizzly, and Claude VonStroke. Day two features house masters Blasterjaxx, with Datsik and the legendary Fatboy Slim himself headlining. Stay tuned for a festival recap movie dropping via Empty Planet Productions.

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Buku: (happened 13-14)

Nawlins: the city of jazz, Weezy, water damage, and voodoo will be home this spring to a relatively new presence that seeks to unite the best in the new school of the arts for a festival of musical and visual witchcraft that would make Marie LeVeaux proud. The Buku Music + Art Project, set in New Orleans’ industrial district at a Mardi Gras float factory, will be hosting heavy hitters Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, Lil B, Boosie Badass aka Lil B, Odesza, MR. Carmack and more in what promises to be one of the raddest festivals of the season. If you’re lucky enough to be there be on the lookout for sets by Big Freedia, the Nawlins’ queen of bounce music playing in her hometown (think about it, that sh**t’s gonna be wild), and jazzy whiz-kids BADBADNOTGOOD performing a super-future live set with the one and only Ghostface Killah.

SXSW:

South by Southwest’s name alone speaks for itself in terms of the quality and tastemaking it represents. The Austin, Texas based festival will be returning this year with a killer lineup that, besides bringing in an indie-folk roster with the power to make any hipster cream their Carhartts; and with the presence of Zeds Dead, EPROM, Ryan Hemsworth,  TokiMonsta, and Sweater Beats, will definitely be showcasing the newschool electronic scene especially well. Pay special attention for sets by Lindsay Lowend and Jonah Baseball, along with Redinho, and DMV Rhyme-Lord GoldLink for a taste of the Future-Sound’s finest. Revolutionary producer and Stones Throw Records owner Peanut Butter Wolf will be playing along with Black Milk, Casey Veggies, IAMSU!, Murs, and the Killer Mike x El-P power-duo that is Run the Jewels to form an excellent hip-hop section of the festival. Also keep yer’ eyes peeled-as-hell for sets by Hiatus Kaiyote, the Australian Future-Soul group that rose to fame via word-of-mouth from Flying Lotus, and Neo-Soul Legends Erykah badu and D’Angelo. Just trust me on this one.

Sushi Bass showcase:  Hosted by our buddies at the-re-up.com  

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Euphoria:

Euphoria, the highly heady electronic-eclectic festival that has brought acts like Zeds Dead, Bonobo, Koan Sound and Keys n Krates to the Austin stage is back this year, and it’s shaping up to be a super-bueno time. Built on the solid foundation of heavy bass captains Adventure Club, RL Grime, Euphoria’s sure to leave its attendees sore. Supported by the likes of SoundCloud royalty Freddy Todd and The Geek x XRV, even the hippest among us will be having a good time.

Also of note will be the SuperBest/PLM/Electro-Soul takeover being brought to the

scene by fast rising Denver-star Late Night Radio and the very talented Eliot Lipp,

Break Science, Manic Focus, SuperVision, and Paper Diamond (heavy on his festival

grind, as per usual).

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Sasquatch:

Oh, Sasquatch- Where the great Northwest’s best and brightest come together at The Gorge Amphitheater with some of the biggest names in the newschool and old school scenes to bloweth thine mind with tunes fit for the divine. This year’s lineup promises the same degree of quality that Sasquatch has come to be known for since its founding.

To start, Robert Plant is playing with his new band, which is dope, because his last band was pretty tight too. Indie Rock gods Modest Mouse will also be in attendance, touring to support the upcoming release of their new LP ‘Strangers to Ourselves.’ Kendrick Lamar will be rounding out the headliners to make for an altogether very tastefully put together, yet still likeably hyphy banger of a festival. Be on the lookout for sets by Cashmere Cat, The Glitch Mob, James Blake, and Bishop Nehru- and special shoutouts to fast-rising local talent Odesza, Sam Lachow, and Manatee Commune- this show’s going to be great, no question.

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Counterpoint:

What can we even say about CounterPoint? The arts fair became legendary after a single year. It’s second year was equally impressive- enough so to warrant increased noise restrictions from local government, and multiple attempts by The Powers That Be. But never fear, this year’s celebration at Kingston Downs will be just as magical- thanks to the after parties and pop-up shows sure to spring up in the wee hours of the morning.

The Roots will be headlining, which is always good news. Kygo, Knife Party, RL Grime, and Dillon Francis will be bringing the heat (and now that EDM’s most prominent goober-goon is back in the Moobah game, festival goers will get a taste of the spicy drops that gave modern festival trap its flavor.)

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Pay attention to Michal Menert’s set as well, for sure- he’ll likely be premiering some imminently tasty cuts from the forthcoming album Space Jazz. Trap prodigy Travis Scott will also be joining in for the fun, alongside Yung Lean and Sad Boys.  Honorable mentions go to Haywyre, Hermitude, and Chet Faker for their travels- don’t miss their sets; it might be the last time they come near you. Or not, because dudes (and chicas) these days tour relentlessly. Goddamn.

 

Noteworthy tours:

 Go Hard Tour by Hard Promotions

 

Written by Lucien Blakemore

Updated March 17, 2015

 

 

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