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Life in Color brings Chuckie, one of the most accredited house music producers in the dance industry, to the Izod Center on June 21st. This man consistently sees a wild response from crowds across the world, and his sets always get people moving regardless of the audience demographic. Chuckie has headlined various EDC venues along with dozens of massive international festivals, and he always adapts to the demands of the crowd. As a producer Chuckie has covered everything from electro-house to trap and his popularity continues to grow while collaborating with esteemed producers across different genres. 

Life in Color has developed into one of the most well-known brands in the live music industry, and although there have been numerous spin-offs the quality and scale of the original production cannot be replicated. The Izod Center will be packed to capacity with roughly 20,000 fans in attendance and this is a show you definitely don’t want to miss!

We have an amazing deal for promoting the show and it only takes a few seconds to sign up here ( Paste your custom URL to any social media account of your choice and you’ll be rewarded for driving tickets! The prize breakdown is as followed:

Top Promoter wins:

  • Meet & Greet w/ Chuckie
  • 3 UNLEASH Tickets

2nd Place Promoter wins:

  • 3 UNLEASH Tickets

3rd Place Promoter wins:

  • 2 UNLEASH Tickets

4th Place Promoter wins:

  • 2 GA Tickets
  • 4 Paint Vouchers

5th Place Promoter wins:

  • 1 GA Ticket

Unleash Ticket Includes – Express Entry, UNLEASH Tour T-Shirt, Sunglasses, Free Paint Voucher, Lumiton all wrapped up in a LIC Drawstring bag

Must drive at least 1 ticket purchase to be eligible for rewards

–Good luck promoting and enjoy the music!

–Andrew Cordivari

Henry Steinway has some unusually well-known aliases: the man performs and produces as both RL Grime and Clockwork, and the common denominator is bass-heavy music. The former name propelled trap music into the spotlight after an array of well-received originals and remixes (you’ve probably heard the booming remake of Benny Benassi’s classic “Satisfaction”), while Clockwork consistently produces some of the most innovative electro-house within the industry. 

Steinway is definitely not lacking creativity, and his amazing ability to span genres has captivated audiences around the world. Genre purists are prevalent today, as there are a myriad of sub-genres arising out of house, dubstep, and drum n bass and labeling new music is harder than ever. Is it trap, drum step, dubstep, bro step, or chill step? The answer is irrelevant for most artists, and by splitting productions between two names Steinway has evaded labeling and categorization while making the music he loves. If you’re lucky you can catch Steinway playing two sets under BOTH of his names at some major festivals this year! 

Clockwork has an awesome wave of shows coming to California to close out the month of May, and we have a SWEET deal worked out for our fans. The top promoter of each show wins 2 free tickets to the show, an opportunity to get on stage with the man himself, and a signed tour poster! Check it out here ( ) and invite your friends! 

–Andrew Cordivari

Source: SoundCloud / Clockwork

A Look Ahead to Bonnaroo 2014

The quaint city of Manchester, Tennessee has a population of just over 10,000 people, but for one week in June each year the scene changes into something entirely different. Bonnaroo returns to a beautiful 700 acre farm in Coffee County for the festival’s twelve-year anniversary, and it consistently attracts over 80,000 fans from around the country. I drove down from New Jersey in 2012 for my first Bonnaroo experience, and we were pleasantly surprised to find fellow festival attendees at every single place we stopped along 81-South. The event has developed a cult-like following and campers talk about the distance they traveled as if it’s a high-stakes competition.  The atmosphere across the unimaginably massive campground feels like you’ve stepped into a utopian society and every attendee is clearly ready for a fun time. We quickly discovered that many groups’ itineraries made our fourteen hour drive seem like child’s play and our neighbors were all friendly people who we got got to know well. You can get some great photos of the expansive landscape with a well-timed shot from the top of the ferris wheel, and the production set-up at each stage rivals the best indoor venues across the nation. The lighting and sound are well-thought out to make the crowd experience as enjoyable as possible, and you’ll never battle for space to dance. The second shot above was from Mimosa, who kicked off the first night of the festival at one of the smaller stages.

The lineup is incredibly diverse this year with the hottest artists from every genre, and you can expect wildly creative art installations, delicious food trucks, and talented independent art vendors. Bonnaroo 2014 features a staggering selection of the best names around for fans of all ages and interests, including…

-Skrillex, Kaskade, Zedd, Disclosure, Chromeo, Die Antwoord, The Glitch Mob, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Break Science…

-Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend,  The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Head & the Heart, Umphrey’s McGee, Mastodon, Meshuggah, The Bouncing Souls, Cherub…

-Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Grouplove, Pusha T, ASAP Ferg, Danny Brown…

…and there are still more than 50 additional artists on the bill-check it out here

There are a variety of camping options for the weekend (with a range of amenities) so you can pick the best option for your crew. General Admission 4-day camping passes go for around $300 right now and VIP packages start around $1500. 

Bonnaroo is definitely something you should experience at least once in your life, as it’s simply an atmosphere unlike anything else. The volunteers are friendly, the music is amazing, the food is delicious, and you’ll have a hard time returning to society when it’s over. Don’t miss out!

–Andrew Cordivari

House music is quickly coming into the forefront of the American music scene. While the likes of Skrillex and Deadmau5 brought innovative styles of electronic music into the mainstream, house music has been around for decades and it’s producers are only beginning to receive the recognition that they deserve. Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, and Victor Calderone have stuck to their roots while their popularity continues to grow, and the older crowds are seeking a sanctuary from the neon-covered youth.

Disclosure was (and is) the essential group that proved house music can be fun, entertaining, innovative and accessible to the masses. Two teenage brothers from the UK changed the music scene in one fell swoop, and their debut album “Settle” has remained on the PirateBay Top 100 International Music Downloads since it’s release…January 4th, 2013. The drone of a repetitive drum and bass groove is no longer the standard: tempo changes, genre blending, soulful vocalists, and emphasis on bass are all characteristics of the new house music scene.  

Manhattan still caters to the clubbing crowd, but Brooklyn has adapted their nightlife for the music purists. Output (Rolling Stones’ Top 10 American Clubs) became known and loved for their no phone, no recording policy, along with the absence of bottle service. The creation of Verboten and SRB (both nearby Output) has invigorated the scene with unprecedented energy, and both clubs are seeing the fruits of their labor. 

Hannah Wants is a UK producer/ DJ who’s popularity is exploding due to some skillful yet catchy remixes and non-stop touring. Gotta Dance Dirty promoted several of her mix tapes and after recently hitting 100,000 listeners on SoundCloud she debuted her new remix of Disclosure’s hit collab “Confess to Me”. Her style is unique, captivating, and nearly all of her songs sound like the bass EQ is maxed out! Check her out on Soundcloud-you can directly download some great stuff for free. Crank up the volume and lace up your dancing shoes!

–Andrew Cordivari

Source: SoundCloud / Hannah Wants

Your Pre-Summer Festival Guide: June 2014

This summer has music fans salivating, with more festivals than ever before and every lineup is better than the last. May is already looking crazy but the event calendar really fills up in June, and fans will have to make hard choices about how they spend their time and money. We have the scoop on the best of what’s around and you can rest assured that it will be a memorable summer. There is a festival out there for everyone, regardless of musical taste or total budget. 

Wakarusa Music Festival- Ozark, Arkansas June 5th-8th

For those of you in the midwest (or if you’re looking for a solid road trip) Wakarusa Music Fest offers a diverse array of the best talent around right now, and the jam band/DJ combination will have you dancing all weekend long. Fans of live improvisation will get their fill from EOTO, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Lettuce, Boombox, Twiddle, and Kung Fu. If you haven’t seen a jam band perform live, you are missing out on what makes these groups legendary. Wordlessly shifting between songs, keys, and time signatures, jam bands throw down a live show unlike anything else. Their command of the stage and their respective instruments is quite impressive! EDM fans, bass heads, and everyone in between will love catching Rusko, Bassnectar, Infected Mushroom, Break Science, ill.gates, and much more. This looks like an awesome time and the prices are cheaper than most! 

Four day passes are $210 after fees, but camping must be purchased separately regardless of ticket option.

Mountain Jam Music Festival- Hunter Mountain, NY June 5th-8th

What was once a small grass-roots festival has quickly grown into one of the premier summer events in the Northeast. This years festival runs a comfortable four days with an unprecedented lineup featuring Pretty Lights, the Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Darkstar Orchestra, the Avett Brothers, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtules, two sets by Umphrey’s McGee, and more. Hunter Mountain is the perfect setting to dance through a long weekend and the cool climate is better than most  summer venues. Ticket prices have increased to reflect the size and scope of the festival, but there is an array of activities available for anyone desiring a break from the music. Yoga, creative art activities, massage therapy, and much more are available to attendees for little to no cost (, and there will be plenty of delicious food and drink that is sourced from local vendors. 

Four day passes with camping go for around $280 after fees, and four day passes without camping are going for $250. Don’t miss out!

Governor’s Ball- Randall’s Island, NYC June 6th-8th

NYC’s beloved Gov Ball returns this year despite the muddy mess that went down last year, and the lineup has something awesome for fans of all genres. Old and new names fill the bill this year with headliners ranging from Outkast to Disclosure, and EDM fans are thrilled to see Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell (2/3 of Swedish House Mafia) join forces once again. Jack White always brings his A-game and Skrillex is riding high on the acclaimed success of Recess, so there is no doubt that you will catch some incredibly special performances this year. Randall’s Island is truly a great venue with tons of space, lush grass, and free water refill stations. The event organizers have taken even greater precautions this year to ensure the event will run smoothly and fans will have a great experience, regardless of the weather. 

There are a wide variety of ticket options: Single day general admission passes are available (Saturday is sold out) for $115, and a GA 3-day pass runs for $250. If you’re looking for a truly wild experience there are numerous VIP options to  maximize your fun at Governor’s Ball. Attendees always have great things to say about this event, so if you’re considering it get your tickets now before prices increase!

Sonar Music Festival- Barcelona, Spain  June 12-14th

If you have a flexible schedule and some money to spend, Sonar Music Fest is the one event that will leave ALL of your friends in envy. This is Sonar’s 20th anniversary, and the lineup reads like an encyclopedia with a stunning array of 140 internationally-acclaimed DJs. That’s not a typo…Flux Pavillion, Richie Hawtin, Plastikman, Rudimental, Boys Noize, Bonobo, Trentemoller, Gesaffelstein, I am Legion, Brodinski, Camo & Krooked, Royskopp & Robyn, James Murphy, Pretty Lights, Loco Dice, and much more. If getting to this festival is even the slightest possibility, you have to make it happen! 

Three day passes are $270 dollars, and there are also a variety of single day passes.

Bonnaroo- Manchester, Tennessee  June 12th-15th

Ahh Bonnaroo-one of America’s largest and best-known festivals. I drove down to Bonnaroo in 2012 and had the time of my life. The scope is something to behold-if you take a ride on the ferris wheel you can get some great photos of the entire festival ground to truly understand how massive of a project this is. The lineup was diverse and included the best of every genre when I went, and the management team works hard to make each Bonnaroo bigger, better, and more enjoyable for the fans. This year’s lineup is like that of other established festivals like Coachella, Electric Forest, or Governor’s Ball- the lineup is just PACKED with talent, spanning both musical genres and generations. Jack White, Kanye West, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lionel Richie, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, Kaskade, the Avett Brothers, Vampire Weekend, the Flaming Lips, Disclosure, Zedd, the Head and the Heart, Chromeo, Slightly Stoopid, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and much more. Bonnaroo has the setup down to a science, and there are going to be even more creative art installations, food vendors, and amenities for campers of any age or budget. 

General admission camping passes are going for about $310 right now, but there is also a payment plan for those who are strapped for cash!

Spring Awakening- Chicago, Illinois   June 13th-15th

Spring Awakening has emerged to become a premier electronic music festival in the U.S., as React Presents is doing everything they can to ensure the name and reputation continue to grow. Featuring two main stages and six featured headliners, the event returns to Soldier Field and although camping is not an option there is a wide array of hotels near the venue. The lineup this year rivals any major EDM festival, as it includes Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Kaskade, Knife Party, Diplo, Tiesto, Dillon Francis, Eric Prydz, Flux Pavillion, Bingo Players, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Claude Vonstroke, Datsik, Kill the Noise, Feed Me, Ferry Corsten, Borgore, Arty, Blasterjaxx, Nervo, Kill Paris, Oliver, Tommy Trash, Markus Schulz, and much more. 

Three day passes run for $235 after fees, and for the 21+ crowd VIP three day passes run for $363 after fees. If you’re looking for something new this summer you need to check out Spring Awakening!

Electric Forest- Rothbury, Michigan   June 26th-29th

This festival is trying harder than anyone to make each year better than the last, and I can confidently say that last year’s EF was the best event I have ever attended. Hands down. Insomniac knows what they are doing, and in addition to art installations that will blow your mind the lineup is also another amazing one. Four full days of festival fun, with performance from the Glitch Mob, Excision, Flying Lotus, Steve Angello, the String Cheese Incident (3 shows), STS9 (2 shows), Moby, Schoolboy Q, EOTO, Tycho, Cherub, GTA, I am Legion, Kung Fu, MK, Pegboard Nerds, Seven Lions, Soul Clap, What So Not, and much, much more. The setup alone is worth the ticket price- I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like Sherwood Forest. The lasers and lights intersect in the forest, projecting across the neatly manicured pine trees to create a skyline that looks otherworldly. I may have a bias, but this is definitely one of the BEST events this summer and if you have the money it’s absolutely worth it.

–Andrew Cordivari

Although the East Coast had an unusually long and dark winter, the temperature is on a rising trend and it’s safe to say that summer is around the corner. All of the vitamin D-deprived music fans are crawling out of hibernation and preparing for a summer with the highest concentration of music festivals the U.S. has ever experienced. Nearly every genre of music is more enjoyable with sunny skies and good friends, but reggae is undeniably the sound of summer. Slightly Stoopid has performed all across the world after over a decade of constant touring, and the group released their seventh full studio album (“Top of the World”) 2012.  Chemistry between bandmates is something that can’t be created, but Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald (co-founders/current members) met when they were just young kids and the two have jammed together for nearly twenty years. It’s these intangible details which make Slightly Stoopid such a fan favorite: their instrumental prowess is undeniable and the band members have just as much fun as the fans. 

The death of Bradley Nowell (Sublime) left a void in the reggae world which will never be filled. Nowell actually heard the band play at a small tavern back in 1995 and signed them to his record label immediately after, yet it took several years for Slightly Stoopid to mature into something greater. Their guitar work embodies the reggae style while showcasing strong composition capabilities, and their are few artists who can successfully weave technical guitar riffs into a smooth, tropical melody (check out the riffs in their smash hit “Closer to the Sun”). The band consistently blends a variety of genres into an unique final product, and both Doughty and McDonald have relaxed, airy vocals which perfectly suit the island vibe. 

Slightly Stoopid is taking off on a MASSIVE U.S. summer tour that is hitting 22 major cities and we have an amazing promotion running for each show. The group is even touring with the famed G.Love so you know the vibe is going to be great. Sign up here ( promote a show near you: the top promoter of each jampaign wins a pair of VIP tix, a BBQ Meet N Greet with the band, and a custom glass stash jar for whatever you can think of sealing up! This is a deal you don’t want to miss: how cool would it be to tell your friends that not only did you meet Slightly Stoopid, but you BBQ’d with them too?! Start your planning your summer fantasies now and get ready for some great times.

For our Texas fans, there is a new festival coming to Oak Point Park and Nature Reserve in Plano! Suburbia Music Festival has an amazing lineup featuring Slightly Stoopid, Big Gigantic, J. Cole, Alabama Shakes, and more. Luckily for you we have another great jampaign running, and any of the TOP FIVE promoters will receive a pair of GA/VIP weekend passes! Check it out here ( and invite your friends! 

–Andrew Cordivari

Source: SoundCloud / Slightly Stoopid

Your Pre-Summer Festival Guide: May 2014

Festivals are popping up all over the U.S. and it’s hard to keep track of the endless events. With tons of talent, amazing lineups, and wide range of prices it can be hard to narrow down the selection to something manageable. For the next few weeks I’ll cover the best of what’s around across every genre, month by month. Many of these events are way cheaper than you’d expect!

Suburbia Music Festival (Plano, TX) 5/3 & 5/4

This is a brand new festival that takes advantage of the massive music scene in Texas, and it has a diverse lineup for all every kind of fan. Big Gigantic, J Cole, GTA, Alabama Shakes, Third Eye Blind, & Twentyone Pilots are some of the notable headliners and you can snag a 2-day pass for only $100.

We have a great contest running to promote this one! The top promoter wins 2 VIP two day festival passes and the top 4 runner-ups each win a GA two day pass. Check it out HERE and get your friends involved!

Hangout Music Fest (Gulf Shores, AL) 5/16-5/18

This beloved festival takes place right on the beach with one of the best festival lineups of the year. Huge names from every genre will be rocking out on the sand, including The Black Keys, Pretty Lights, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, STS9, Zedd, Modest Mouse, Chance the Rapper, Outkast, and Jack Johnson. If you can make it down to Alabama this is one you DON’T want to miss! Tickets are $230 before fees and they even have a pre-festival kick-off party on 5/15 featuring Danny Brown, Iron & Wine, Wolfmother, and Bonobo.

Summer Camp Music Festival  (Chillicothe, IL) 5/23-5/25

This is the one festival that jam band fans NEED to hit up. Summer Camp features a ridiculous lineup appealing to all ages and music styles, and the event is headlined by two legendary live acts. Moe and Umphrey’s McGee are both playing…three nights in a row! Fans will love the chance to catch three sets from some of the best musicians in the genre, and additionally Louts, Primus, the Trey Anastasio Band, Keller Williams, Lettuce, and Twiddle round out the jam band sector. Bassnectar, Gramatik, Wolfgang Gartner, Figure, and Mimose hold down the festival for the bass heads and there is an incredibly diverse lineup for everyone in between, including Slightly Stoopid, Cherub, Zac Brown Band, Matisyahu, and Koan Sound. If there is ANY way you can attend this one it’s definitely worth the time and money. Three day passes are only $200: get ‘em quick!

Electric Daisy Carnival (NYC) 5/24-5/25 Metlife Stadium

EDC is a major success around the world and the scope of the event grows year by year. This event has a well-rounded EDM lineup featuring some old and new faces, and the resurgence of deep-house is evident with the likes of MK, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, and Claud VonStroke. Crowd favorites like Afrojack, Bassnectar, and Calvin Harris will also grace the main stage for a memorable weekend. This is one of the more expensive ones, as 2-day passes are going for $240 right now. One day passes are also available for $140.

-Andrew Cordivari

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Anyone who was into the punk/screamo/hardcore scene within the last few decade knows Chiodos. Although the band has experimented with different styles and various members, their musicianship is tighter than ever on the newest album “Devil”, which was released at the end of February. Craig Owens, Chiodos’ founder & frontman is finally back in charge of the reigns after working on side projects for the past few years, and fans are thrilled to hear his unique voice back in the mix. After Owens rejoined the band Derrick Frost (the original drummer) followed him to round out the reunion. Frost does a great job dictating the direction of the group through complex rhythms so that the energy ebbs and flows seamlessly across different tracks. The new addition of Thomas Erak (former guitarist and lead singer of Fall of Troy) definitely rounds out the group with some amazing talent, and the instrumental virtuosity of the band is both refreshing and entertaining in a genre full of formulaic song composition.

Their 2005 album “All’s Well That Ends Well” was released under Equal Vision records (the same label Fall of Troy signed with) and received some great feedback regarding the diverse, sprawling song arrangements. The band covers it all: Craig Owens has a dominating stage presence with one of the best screams in the genre and an incredible range of clean vocals. Rapid time signature changes keep the listener engaged at all times and it doesn’t hurt to have a guitar virtuoso tastefully shredding over the drum patterns. Erak is truly a force to be reckoned with, as his technical picking and excellent tapping capabilities carry some songs that would otherwise sound simplistic in nature. “Devil” is the sound that original fans are looking for, although the pop influences are evident in tracks like “Duct Tape”. Change is inevitable and necessary in music, but fans don’t always like a “mature” sound when a genre is built upon technicality and intensity. 

Luckily Chiodos consistently does a great job balancing the highs and lows, and it’s clear the album was produced with the goals of the musicians in mind; mass appeal was not a concern with “Devil”. Tracks like “Ole Fishlips Is Dead Now” and “Expensive Conversations in Cheap Motels” feature dark, complex tapping riffs right from the start which set the stage for Owens’ lyrical imagery. The song arrangements always seem to fit the poetic, sometimes-strange, sometimes-ambiguous lyrics of Craig Owens, but regardless of the song title or lyrical content one thing is clear: Owens is a master of language, utilizing complex metaphors, analogies, and personification throughout every song. Don’t let the song names get to you: just hit play and give it a listen!

These guys are on a massive U.S. tour stopping at over 30 major cities across the country. One of the last tour stops includes the famed House of Blues on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, and the show is already getting a ton of attention. In addition to an unprecedented band lineup with tons of new music to debut, the group has strong support with Emarosa and Our Last Night opening up the show. This will be a wild, sweaty, heavy show that you do NOT want to miss! Luckily for you we have a sweet jampaign set up where you can win free tix and VIP upgrades by promoting the show here: . Spread the word to your friends and enjoy the music!

–Andrew Cordivari


For the longest time trance was only a genre for purists. While techno was associated with pounding bass grooves, trance was known for complex orchestral arrangements and operatic vocals. But the times have changed! The likes of Tritonal, Maor Levi, Above & Beyond, and Gareth Emery are infusing the energy into trance that new generations of listeners crave so badly, and the genre’s popularity has grown exponentially. From EDC to Electric Forest, trance has made it’s mark in the U.S. and it’s here to stay. The man, the myth, and the legend who is Armin van Buuren returns to Madison Square Garden April 11th, and last year set a precedent when his world-famous A State of Trance production (concert+live podcast) sold out the venue. This was unimaginable just a few years ago, but the genre has delivered what the fans wanted. Tritonal exploded onto the scene within the last few years and their fan base is growing for a reason. By combining bass-heavy electro-trance with a fun and engaging live performance, this DJ/production duo has impressed fans of all ages and their hard work is unanimously admired throughout the genre. Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed hail from Austin, Texas and their chemistry on stage is undeniable. I caught them open for Dash Berlin in the summer of 2012 at Governor’s Island and was blown away by their set. Who was this new group that was jumping all over the stage? I thought the opener at a trance event was supposed to be low-key! Countless other fans have the same experience with Tritonal and they are appearing at more and more venues across the nation. Their first major LP “Piercing the Quiet” was released in 2011 and established the group as a force to be reckoned with. The complex productions prove how hard these guys work in the studio to rise above the competition, as they strike the perfect balance of making a gritty, energetic track while maintaining the beautiful melodies that trance fans crave. Luckily for you Tritonal is bringing the Colors Tour to over 20 major cities, and we have quite the hook up! There are two VIP tickets, a Meet n Greet, and a merch package up for grabs at every tour date for the top promoter of each show! Go here ( select your show, invite your friends, and get promoting!

–Andrew Cordivari

Source: SoundCloud / Tritonal