Author Archive: Benjamin Allen
I work, live and play in Minneapolis.
I help people talk to computers.
I write about music. A lot.
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’ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s important that deadmau5 keep a consistent stream of music coming out in order to overshadow the deluge of gossip pieces related to his lack of a filter on Twitter and in interviews. Sadly, there’s plenty of that to go around, so he’s got his work cut out for him…self… Thankfully, he’s got a new […]
The methadone to your Daft Punk heroin, Justice, are back with their first album in five years, and it’s everything you could hope for from that other French production duo. Unless you like the really heavy bits of Justice’s past work. Then you might feel like this comes up a bit short. There are bits […]
INTRO | MUSIC | AFTER-PARTIES | PHOTO/VIDEO | GIVEAWAY | TICKETS There is an undeniable commonality between festivals and Halloween. Both pull you in with the allure of costumes, candy, and a unique environment that not only allows, but encourages you to let your freak flag fly as high or as weird as you […]