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(http://buff.ly/1jd5iVa) to select your show, invite your friends, and get promoting!
Excision is bringing his Executioner Tour to a church.
Yes you read that correctly: on April 9th Excision’s wild tour is coming to The Bluestone, a gothic church converted into a music venue in Columbus, Ohio. The main room is in the sanctuary and features a loft in the back, which definitely sets the stage for a heavy dubstep show of epic proportions. The 115 year-old church features sprawling cathedral ceilings, and nothing could be a more intense backdrop for some heavy 140 bpm dubstep. Excision is a legend within the genre, consistently producing bass-filled tunes for almost a decade and frequently collaborating with the likes of Datsik and Downlink. I first saw him open for Deadmau5 at Roseland Ballroom back in 2011 and was blown away in every sense. Catching Excision as an opener was a rare event in itself, but his set was absolute madness from start to finish and the crowd was left exhausted for the main event of the evening. The man is definitely working hard to develop his signature sound while pushing the genre, and his name consistently appears on festival bills across the world. Fans know what to expect from Excison: a diverse, wild set that keeps the feet moving and the fists raised in the air. In 2012 a new supergroup known as Destroid emerged (featuring Excison, Downlink, and KJ Sawka (former Pendulum drummer) playing and producing together) and the reception was amazing. You can expect Excision to mix in a few of these hard-hitting collaborations as they are unanimous crowd favorites! This is the perfect scene for a wild night, yet there is another reason why this is a must-see show. Dirtyphonics and Ill.Gates are the supporting acts on the bill, and the stars are aligned for a wild night of bass and dancing. Dirtyphonics and Excision were the topic of conversation after the 16th annual Shambhala Music Festival this past summer, as the two delivered some of the heaviest, most technical sets that weekend. It is definitely going to be a hot, sweaty mess and the show will sell out soon. Luckily you can win two VIP tickets by promoting the show here(http://buff.ly/1kRPE1m),along with a 25% discount to ThePrimeShop.com! Get out there and enjoy the music!
Take a Break From The Cold With Slightly Stoopid @Aragon_Ballroom 3/14
Reggae has really expanded as a genre in recent years, and there are massive influxes of new bands that are bringing the island sound to everyone’s ears. Slightly Stoopid is one of the few veteran groups who still dominate the genre, and fans of all ages know exactly what all the hype is about. The band caught the attention of the late Bradley Nowell (Sublime) in 1995 and that was just one of many promising signs in their early career. After a few well-received studio releases the band’s popularity really started to take off and they were blessed with heavy air play on several major radio stations. Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald founded the group after growing up as childhood friends, and these skilled mulit-instrumentalists still anchor the band with their impressive experience. The most recent studio album “Top of the World” was released in 2012 to a strong reception and the band is currently touring with an impressive supporting cast: Mariachi El Bronx with the hip-hop powerhouses who are The Grouch and Eligh. Slightly Stoopid features guitar work that’s nicely balanced between smooth melodies and technical riffs, showcased in the popular hit “Closer to the Sun”. The warm bass and fun lyrics complete a recipe for greatness and it definitely cements Slightly Stoopid as one band you need to see! The group has sold out several shows in Chicago before and their upcoming show at the Aragon Ballroom will definitely sell out soon, but don’t worry- we have the hook up! Chi-town has been pounded by the cold this winter-and everyone is hoping to catch some summer vibes. Enter our jampaign (clickhere: http://buff.ly/1ktojCA) to promote the show to your friends: the top promoter wins 2 VIP tickets to the show!