Won't somebody please think of the children! Is everyone done with the pearl clutching in regards to Ultra Music Festival? I get it -- EDM is Satan in musical form. And if you'd believe Mayor Tomás Regalado and City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, Ultra is the ninth circle of Hell. The reality is Ul ... More >>
Hey, beat freaks! It's August, and you know what that means ... Time to start plotting your annual Winter Music Conference plan of attack! There are only 217 days left until the 2014 Conference kicks off. And no, that's not a lot of time. Believe us, you're going to blink and suddenly be in a bi ... More >>
While the bass shook the pool water at the Raleigh Hotel, booties in short shorts bounced up and down. And so did Steve Aoki, who looked like a little kid at Christmas behind the decks. His Dim Mak label's Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week day party brought out not only those on his label ... More >>
See also "Fashion Freakouts at Lollapalooza 2012" -- plus "Day One: M83, Black Sabbath, Die Antwoord, Afghan Wigs, TEED," "Day Two: Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Twin Shadow, and Others," and "Day Three: Jack White, Sigur Ros, Florence The Machine, and Others." With every year that passes, it feels li ... More >>
See also "Fashion Freakouts at Lollapalooza 2012" -- plus "Lollapalooza 2012, Day One: M83, Black Sabbath, Die Antwoord, Afghan Whigs, TEED" and "Lollapalooza 2012, Day Two: Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Twin Shadow, and Others." What have we learned following Lollapalooza 2012? Not only do reunions ... More >>
See also "Fashion Freakouts at Lollapalooza 2012" and "Lollapalooza 2012, Day One: M83, Black Sabbath, Die Antwoord, Afghan Wigs, TEED." The 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the ... More >>
Maybe you're planning to spend the entire weekend performing glowstick tricks at Ultra Music Festival. Or enjoying the lavish amenities at Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Hotel. Or bleep-bloop-ing around Biscayne Bay aboard the Biscayne Lady. But if not, you need a beat-freaking plan. In total ... More >>
In October 2011, good news came early for beat freaks when Winter Music Conference announced the 27-year-old event would be growing -- not only with new events but also with an expanded ten-day itinerary. Even better, organizers also eliminated the Sophie's Choice they'd created last year by squa ... More >>
Before Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week became a spring breaker's paradise, it was all about discovering new music and artists. When did we all lose sight of that? Well, if you look close enough, you'll still find there are acts worth discovering. Just let us introduce you to Tensnak ... More >>
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>
Via Ultra Music Festival's FlickrAlmost exactly one year ago, Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference suffered a "deeply complicated and very public breakup" after 13 years of peaceful, symbiotic coexistence. A few months later, just before Ultra 2011, we asked the fest's cofounder and ... More >>
Did Winter Music Conference organizers concede defeat? Not exactly.The largest US conference devoted to electronic music is expanding to 10 days in 2012. From March 16 to 25, WMC 2012 will take over Miami in what promises to be an endless array of events that combine music, fashion, and, yes, con ... More >>
Louis Puig says Space's events had no problem selling out during WMC 2011.With Ultra Music Festival and the "new" Miami Music Week starting March 22, let's not forget that Winter Music Conference just came and went. We'll admit, we stayed home for the most part. There was still plenty of events ... More >>
It's now been two years and one month since venue problems, "sluggish ticket sales," and the general shittiness of the U.S. economy sank the Langerado Music Festival. But now, the fest is back. Mere minutes ago, Crossfade received notice from Fresh Clean Media that "the wait is officially over." ... More >>
Photo by Jacob KatelCrowd at Ultra 2010.This is quickly turning into a he-said, she-said. In a statement released by Ultra Music Festival organizers, they claimed to have given Winter Music Conference notice that the dates of March 8 to 12 would not work for them. The problem? Calle Ocho would fa ... More >>
Winter Music Conference organizers have finally responded to all the commotion happening around Ultra Music Festival's decision to hold its event outside of the week of the conference. In a press release WMC says, "We were blindsided by Ultra's last minute announcement this morning."
Louis Puig isn't happy with Ultra Music Festival.Uh-oh. The whole Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival separation has suddenly taken a ugly turn. While there have been whispers and rumors as to why next year's conference is occurring separate from Ultra, nobody has really come out and ... More >>
Photo by Ian WitlenDeadmau5 at Ultra Music Festival 2010.UPDATE: Ultra's official site has been updated, confirming all the information reported here earlier.UPDATE x2: Early-bird general admission tickets are sold out! That has to be some kind of record. Tickets are now $179.95, and are only ava ... More >>
Photo by Mark AustinLady Gaga brought her smoke and mirrors to Lollapalooza.If you know me, you know how I feel about Lady Gaga and how she's running the biggest pop scam since Milli Vanilli. But I can put aside my feelings aside for a moment to bring you a snapshot from this year's Lollapalooza ... More >>
Passion Pit hated the Ultra experience but loved the food.Restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog Eater does a series of food interviews with musicians, called Sound Cheque (get it?). This week, it interviewed Passion Pit bassist Jeff Apruzzese, who has visited Miami twice this year -- ... More >>
Bradford's rainbow wristsLast week and this week, we had the pleasure of following the adventures of our very own Meatist, Bradford Schmidt, during his first visit to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. In addition to providing us with coverage, he tweeted and blogged his face off. Get all of ou ... More >>
Frequently featured in New Times' pages as the Meatist, Bradford "Bone in the Fan" Schmidt has left the oh-so-quiet confines of Spring Break season here in South Florida for the silence that is South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Opposite. As a two-time attendee, I can confirm that the clustersc ... More >>
Don't let anyone tell you DJing isn't an art form. Being able to control a crowd of people -- most who are probably drugged out of their minds -- takes skill. Not everybody can DJing, no matter what W Magazine says. So why not prove your prowess on the decks in front of your peers at Winter Music ... More >>
With all the Art Basel hype (only one week away, woooo), you can be forgiven if you forgot our previous announcement about the Miami Music Festival. In its inaugural year, it's a three-day shebang styled after bigger industry conferences like SXSW and CMJ, with simultaneous showcases at a bunch o ... More >>
Ian WitlenMSTRKRFT performing at the Bayfront Stage at Ultra Music Festival Day 2.With two-days worth of performers, Ultra Music Festival is still to this day the show to attend during Winter Music Conference. Our cameras were out there in full-force to give an unprecedented visual compendium of eve ... More >>
via Wikimedia Commons/Bias RecordingsAs earlier reported, Paris Hilton went to Radar Online with some sob story about how she got pushed by a body guard because a mean ol' DJ wouldn't stop his techno and play some hip-hop for her. She then claimed the bodyguard left whatever boyfriend she has at the ... More >>
Thank this DJ/producer for the growing global funk at WMC.
Kyle MunzenriederKid Sister at Don't Mess with Texas during SXSW.Before heading off to see Wavves (for the third time in 36 hours, as it turned out) an No Age (for the second time in 24), one of the last shows I saw at last week's SXSW was Kid Sister at the Don't Mess with Texas fest. Flanked by DJ ... More >>
Carles, is that you?When we heard that the "blog worth blogging about" Hipster Runoff was hosting a party during Winter Music Conference, we admittedly thought WTF. Not because it's a bad thing, but because this means we might be able to meet the man (or woman, we aren't sure) behind the site. He go ... More >>
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