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HARD Summer Pulls Out All The Stops With Lineup Announcement Video

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It’s going to be a long HARD Summer this year if Gary Richards and Co.’s new lineup trailer is any indication of the debauchery that will ensue come August 2 & 3. With Jack U (Skrillex + Diplo) as the main characters, the scene is set as the super duo set out to find their “schtick” with the help of Grandma Skrillex. It’s soon discovered that anything on top of your head goes as a motley crew of DJ’s assemble, including Richards, Justin Martin, and Kill The Noise. Everything turns sour, though, as Dillon Francis realizes his pals Diplo and Skrillex have stolen his Strawberry concept and only A-Trak can console… Peep the full video below and take a gander at a lineup that just about scratches any possible Electronic Music itch you might have.

Besides our very own Bones making this star studded lineup, other house music noteables include Seth Troxler, Tchami, Dusky, Justin Martin, Tiga Vs. Audion, Rustie, J Phlip, Aeroplane, Louisahhh!!!, Alesia, 2manydjs, Maya Jane Coles, Rudimental, Julio Bashmore, Gorgon City, Cashmere Cat, Breach, Jesse Rose, Kastle, Wave Racer, Shiba San, Hanna Wants, Wax Motif, Jimmy Edgar, Sharam Jey, and Vindata.

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It’s hard to imagine almost half the lineup was left out of the aforementioned, but that’s what 5 stages and a bigger venue means for this years HARD Summer. With single day passes ON SALE NOW, it would be best to get your tickets while the gettin’s good and brace yourself for the madness of HARD’s sixth round in the ring with this Summer blockbuster.


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Babechella Report: Discoveries at Coachella

The Babe Report: Desert Discoveries for WKND 2

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(Welcome back to another killer guest post from none other than Babe in Residence, Miss Victoria Geil herself)

WE 3 BABES made it back alive to Los Angeles out of the desert.  We survived a sandstorm, several marriage proposals, and midnight hikes out of the venue.  We had a marvelous time, so marvelous that I’m finding myself tempted to reappear for Weekend 2 ;D

PRO TIPS must haves: tissue, hand sanitizer, SPF and a scarf (to sit on the ground with and also to cover your face for the dusty walk home).  Leave your headdresses and light toys at home.  Get your kicks painted at the Lacoste party.  Dress comfortably.  HYDRATE.  Put away your phone to save battery – you can’t even refresh your instagram anyway.
If you suffer from FOMO anxiety, just know that there is at least 21 other epic things happening ALL AT THE SAME TIME and there’s nothing you can do about it except to enjoy yourself.  Just know what scene you’re going for – fashion, business, celebrities,  partying, pool hopping, or you know, for the music.  But don’t fret, wherever you go the people watching is guaranteed to be fascinating, the new friends will be fun and you’ll have a ball!
Here’s what I enjoyed (musically) the most from weekend 1…
Pre-Chella – Riding the build up of seeing friends from across the USA, we arrived Thursday evening for extra chill time and to have an easy-going first day.  Here are some of my favorites played by friends that are like family to me.
Donna Summers – Bad Girls (Boys Noise Remix)
I know, it’s embarrassing that I hadn’t heard it. But I love my friends ! X
Flume – On Top Ft. T Shirt

Thanks for sharing this gem Tommy. Flume had a super sick show on Saturday, definitely do not miss it Weekend 2 goers!
Donna Lewis – I love You Always Forever

Ace of Base – I Saw The Sign

A car full of babes cruising means there has to be a couple 90s throwback songs.
Gorgon City – Here For You (feat. Laura Welsh)

Newest track from Gorgon City, brilliant as to be expected.
Chris Issak – Wicked Game (Lane 8 Edit)

Lane 8 is a local Angeleno DJ and Occidental Alumni, who’s blowing up from his great edits.
Lo Fang  - When We’re Fire

Lo Fang certainly is one to keep your eye on! He performs with Lorde along with making his own sweet, sweet sounds. Oh, and he’s beautiful.

Coachella Day 1: Friday

Starting off Day 1 right with the babes, Jacqui & Chanler.
Ellie Goulding – I really liked her outfit, she seems like a very chilled back version of Lady Gaga. She was very on point live, but we were antsy to go roam.
Neko Case –  Walked into her performance of Right Angle, beautiful set.
Broken Bells – I’d never seen them, and have only listened to their tracks in passing, but I was very pleasantly surprised by their amazing live sound.
Bonobo – An absolute dream live. They’re one of the ultimate rock electronic bands, somewhere between Ratatat and Radiohead. Take a listen to “Heaven For The Sinner feat. Erykah Badu” in
BABECHELLA chill vibes if you need musical evidence.
Guest singer – who is she?
Chromeo – you were my first EDM Show at Sasquatch & you make me so happy! Bless you and your talents. A must see if you’ve never experienced him live.
Koodkid – An amazing live performance filled with horns and instruments and self made visuals. He’s the ultimate French medieval goth, so chic.
Flume – As I reiterated with the pre-chella tracks, this is a MUST GO.
The Knife – I’ve wanted to see The Knife live for almost 8 years now. They blew me away and everyone I know who witnessed it. Already polyrhythmic and avant garde, they took their set to the next level with music making choreography, futuristic outfits and a mind-blowing Latin inspired rendition of “We Shared Our Mother’s Health”.
Coachella Day 2: Saturday
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Playing at the Lacoste #LiveBeautifully day party (Thank you Dan Regan x)
Lorde – Absolutely on point, absolutely excellent live. One of the best sounds from the entire festival. We will be seeing her around for a very, very long time. Her band mates are amazing as well,  check out Lo Fang from pre-chella to see what I mean. And of course, mega-congratulations to Emma and Jimmy x

DARKSIDE – Nicolas Jaar is like the sexy darth vader of the electronic scene. My good homie Dean put it perfectly when he said the guitarist/other half, Dave Harrington, was like watching Pink Floyd in a club.

Pharrell – Everyone had a smile on for this set. Pharrell once again spreads joy and love with his gifts, helped out by plenty of stunning guest appearances. I ADORE this video of him discussing Happy with Oprah (I dare you not to cry!)
Nas + Jay Z – Using just the basic mic and sound set up, Nas showed the crowd what hip-hop originally was and is supposed to be. Jay-Z said the same things, giving major coos to Nas in-between numbers as a stellar guest performer.
Bonus shout out to the “Sprung Mix” CD – We listened to this CD mix in the limo that swooped us from the exit and kindly drove us home. It was given to BFF and babe/muse/artist Chanler at random in the festival, and ended up being an epic mix of throwbacks that made for a funny surprise to a long desert night.
Coachella Day 3: Sunday
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Cooling off Sunday at the Do Lab with these two beautiful mermaids
 
Etta James – Sunday Kind of Love

https://soundcloud.com/xka/etta-james-a-sunday-kind-of-love

Leave it up to a household of cool artisan French men to play a quintessential Sunday jam.
Ill Esha (DJ Set) – Great set at the Do Lab that set the mood for the rest of the day. Thanks for the chill vibes and water mist!
Art Department – Always entrancing since underground Animal Club days back in 2011. The A/C was a nice touch too, thanks Yuma Tent.
Aluna George – One of my most favorite live sets all weekend, so solid and amazingly talented. Her own tracks hold their own to her debut hit with Disclosure “White Noise”. Take a listen to “Kaleidoscope Love” in the first BABECHELLA playlist.
Calvin Harris – I was taken aback about how right the French dudes were about being stoked for Calvin Harris. It was such a fun set!  Was that a guest appearance by Katy G?
Arcade Fire – For an irreplaceable epic final moment,  I found myself hoisted up on sturdy shoulders high above the crowd for “Wake Up”, their theme song for Where The Wild Things Are. I loved their disco ball costume (I’d wear it), but the defining moment was definitely when Debbie Harry from Blondie made a special cameo to sing “Hearts of Glass” with Archade Fire’s endearing Regine Chassagne.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to report back to all you Dirty Dancers.
Here’s to Weekend TWO!
XO,
Victoria

COACHELLA WEEKEND 1 GDD™ ELITE SUGGESTIONS FOR WEEKEND 2

By now you’ve already seen a ton of “DOs & DON’Ts” articles regarding Coachella.  We’re not here to tell you what to do at Coachella.  You know how to party hard without going overboard, so what more do you need to know?  I mean, we do know of one SUPER STEALTH area with a clean indoor bathroom & easy access bar that isn’t VIP…but we ain’t tellin’ where it is.  That one is best to find all on its own.

What we can tell you are things like don’t fret over the Yuma Tent lines.  They might be long at times but they go fast.  The Yuma Tent is twice as big this year and twice as glorious.  Hot Since 82, The Magician, Tiga, Cajmere, Laurent Garnier, BicepYuma Tent delivers all weekend long, so jump in line – it won’t take long.  Also, don’t sleep on the Heineken House: Chela, Human Life (w/Anabel Englund), Anna Lunoe, Flight Facilities & Classixx will all be performing.  Same goes for the Do Lab – there’s plenty to see there like The French Express crew (sans Jonas Rathsman) plus acts like Sweater Beats, Kidnap Kid & many others.  And most of all, GO SEE OUTKAST.  Don’t listen to what people said about them in Weekend 1.  I was there.  Sure the energy level could have been a little higher (from the performers AND the crowd).  And sure their special guests were a bit lackluster.  It didn’t matter.  They still sounded great & the set list was amazing.  I imagine they’ll make a few minor tweaks and be even better in Weekend 2.

OK, here are FIVE BUZZY TUNES that set the desert on fire last weekend & are sure to get you going Weekend 2.  GO FORTH, 2ND WEEKENDERS!

Lorde – Tennis Court (Flume Remix)

The Gobi Tent could barely contain massive crowd for Flume & once this song played, the tent exploded.

AlunaGeorge – This Is How We Do It

Miss Aluna Francis is a superstar in the making.  She brought some serious desert swervin’ to the Gobi Tent with this one.

GusGus – Crossfade (Maceo Plex Remix)

Maceo Plex played the biggest, baddest Yuma Tent set of the weekend & this track drew countless oohs & ahhs.  Cue the air blasters!

Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

Excitement levels were high for this track going into Coachella, so who better to drop this bomb on the Yuma Tent than The Magician himself.  The bearded man in the tux played a ballsier set than most expected.  It was non-stop magic.

Oliver Heldens – Gecko

There was a Gecko loose in the Yuma Tent during The Magician’s set & it went WILD.  Just ask our very own BONES.


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