Author Archive: Benjamin Allen

I work, live and play in Minneapolis.
I help people talk to computers.
I write about music. A lot.

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Holy Shitsnacks: FYF’s 2017 Lineup

Holy Shitsnacks: FYF’s 2017 Lineup

Maybe it’s my unbridled love affair with nostalgia speaking, but I think FYF Fest might have just won the lineup award for 2017, with Goldenvoice somehow managing to beat out their ‘other’ festival. They’ve created an incredible bridge of amazing music from the nineties with A Tribe Called Quest, Nine Inch Nails, and Bjork through the 2000’s […]

By March 21, 2017 9 views 0 Comments Read More →
Review: McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2017

Review: McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2017

McDowell Mountain Music Festival isn’t a glamorous, celebrity-laden spectacle like other festivals. There aren’t pop-up shops or flames shooting from the stage or any gimmicks, really. It’s just a small, simple, well-run festival that aims to do good for the community, and it accomplished both of those goals very well. I don’t know what it […]

By March 20, 2017 12 views 0 Comments Read More →
Royksopp “Never Ever” (Hotel Garuda Remix)

Royksopp “Never Ever” (Hotel Garuda Remix)

Worlds collide today in the release of Hotel Garuda’s remix of Röyksopp’s “Never Ever.” The young DIY duo out of LA apply their magic remixing touch to the music of another duo in the electronic-music-with-all-the-feels-game out or Norway, Röyksopp, and the result is pretty sweet. For 20 years, Röyksopp has been releasing a range of […]

By February 24, 2017 29 views 0 Comments Read More →
Win Tickets to Wolfgang Gartner at The Mid

Win Tickets to Wolfgang Gartner at The Mid

If you’re looking for a bright and crisp disco-drenched track to power you through hump day, look no further than the unlikely pairing of Wolfgang Gartner and John Oates (Yes, that Oates) on ‘Baby Be Real.’ While much of Wolfgang’s previous work has a darker, edgier feel to it, this sound is right up Oates’ […]

By February 15, 2017 15 views 0 Comments Read More →
Preview: McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Preview: McDowell Mountain Music Festival

At a time where mega-festivals permeate live music landscape with 100+ act lineups and mega-structures and 360-degree live-streaming, it’s refreshing to find a festival that is more manageable, focused, and that is run by and for the people. If that approach seems up your alley, head to downtown Phoenix March 3-5 for the McDowell Mountain […]

By February 5, 2017 38 views 0 Comments Read More →
Lightning in a Bottle’s 2017 Lineup

Lightning in a Bottle’s 2017 Lineup

In the festival world, the past couple weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster with the barrage of lineup announcements, and Lightning in a Bottle dropped theirs today to continue the ride. It’s a beautiful thing, featuring new and old names alike. The Lightning Stage is looking particularly strong with Bonobo, Rufus du Sol, and […]

By January 23, 2017 23 views 0 Comments Read More →
Coachella’s Jaw-Dropping 2017 Lineup

Coachella’s Jaw-Dropping 2017 Lineup

We got a late holiday gift today from Goldenvoice, the production company behind Coachella today, in the form of the festival’s 2017 lineup. This year’s incarnation will see the return of some familiar names like Radiohead, the xx, Bon Iver, New Order, and about 40% of the rest of the lineup. Not that a little repetition […]

By January 3, 2017 43 views 0 Comments Read More →
Snuggle Up with Sweater Beats

Snuggle Up with Sweater Beats

Sweater Beats is a name that started popping up on quite a few festival lineups in the past year, as well as in various remix packages from an increasingly more prominent list of electronic producers. His originals and remixes have also been buoyed by the social media savvy, co-promotional reposting tornado on SoundCloud and Hype […]

By December 15, 2016 20 views 0 Comments Read More →
React Presents Announces New ‘Trance Arena’ Concert Series

React Presents Announces New ‘Trance Arena’ Concert Series

Today, React Presents announced the inaugural edition of a new run of shows titled, “Trance Arena Concert Series.” With a focus on the uplifting, euphoric genre boosted by it’s robust and growing Trance Family, the show will clock in at 7 hours and this edition will feature appearances by trance legend ATB, Ørjan Nilson, Ben […]

By December 12, 2016 18 views 0 Comments Read More →
Electric Forest Drops Dual 2017 Lineups

Electric Forest Drops Dual 2017 Lineups

We usually have to wait (and wait and wait…) until at least February to see the initial lineup for Electric Forest 2017. In response to the feedback of their Foresters, Madison House reconfigured their plans for 2017 to provide the lineup prior to even the loyalty presale. The people wanted to know what they were […]

By November 18, 2016 38 views 0 Comments Read More →