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Top 5 Acts to see at Summer Set Music Festival

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#5. Odesza 

Just barely beat out Zeds Dead for us. Two friends, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight combine together to become one of the most popular electronic groups in the game. In 2013, they debuted their album My Friends Never Die and it quickly became #1 on Hype Machine. After touring with Pretty Lights and Emancipator, they became extremely popular. Today, they can be seen on almost every huge festival line-up for this festival season. Their newest album, In Return debuted at #1 on the Billboard Electronic Chart and #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, which is noted to be remarkable for electronic music. Their breakout single, “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)” reached #1 on the Spotify US viral Chart and was named iTunes Single of The Week in several countries around the world.

#4. Lotus

One of our favorite jam bands (the other two being STS9 and Zoogma), the last time we saw Lotus was their (unexpectedly short) set at North Coast Festival when they got rained out. We’ve seen ‘em before on their tour and at Summer Set a few years ago as well. As our Rowdy Rep had mentioned, “It was a moment of perfect freedom”. Few other bands can keep you hips swaying and face smiling during an entire set, but Lotus will do it.  Originally formed at Goshen College in Indiana in 1999. There were five original band members (Mike Greenfield, Mike Rempel, Luke Miller, Jesse Miller and Steve Clemons) but it was not until Chuck Morris took over percussion in 2001 that the band became what it is today. Their first album, “Vibes” was released in 2002 and was actually just a simple compilation of their live performances in the year previous. Nonetheless, people quickly began to take notice and not long after they signed to Harmonized Records. They went on to produce several new albums, one of which, “Nomad”, was nominated for a “New Groove of the Year” award. The band then signed with SCI Fidelity and produced notable albums such as “Escaping Sargasso Sea” (nominated by Guitar Player magazine for “Best Album of the Year”) and “Hammerstrike”. Lotus is most known for their unmatched ability to mix sounds from many different genres including rock, electronica, jazz, jam, funk and others. If we had to pick one word to describe Lotus’s music is would be spiritual. Get out to their set at the Grove stage, and let your mind get lost in the forest.

#3. Big Gigantic
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We’ve been lucky enough to see Big Gigantic over 5 times now, but they always stay near the top of our hit-list. Watching Dominic Lalli bust his lungs playing soulful sax, and Jeremy Salken keep the beat with live percussion never gets old. We’ve seen their music evolve from mysterious vibes to swanky trap.  It’ll be great to see what direction their new tracks take!

#2.Bassnectar

Bassnectar Summer Set 2014

Bassnectar Summer Set 2014

For any one who has been to a Bassnectar concert, it’s pretty obvious why he’s always headlining great shows. NO ONE has blended electronic with hip hop as skillfully as Lorin Ashton. His loyal followers, or Bassheads, can be spotted at any festival through Bassnectar logo tattoos and totems. Bassnectar is returning to Summer Set Festival this year after a somewhat disappointing set last year. Maybe it was because he wasn’t allowed to get loud enough, or maybe he was still experimenting playing tracks from the album he had just released last year. Whatever it was, we don’t expect any issues at all. His Spring Awakening 2013 will go down as top 5 best sets ever for us. Get ready to be hypnotized by his hair whipping all over the DJ booth!

#1. Deadmau5

It was tough to push Bassnectar down to the #2 spot, but we knew the Mau5 had to take the cake. Despite being a straight up jackass multiple times this year (he’s a very opinionated person), we couldn’t let that get in the way of these rankings. A legend in the scene for many years, Deadmau5 is touring a few festivals with a killer new stage. Although Summer Set won’t be the first to see it (debut at Governor’s Ball in June), it will most likely be more refined. Hopefully we won’t experience the same premiere snafu:

We’ve been wanting to see Deadmau5 for many years now, it’ll be interesting to see how his music holds up live still.

Honorable Mentions:

Purity Ring

These guys killed it at North Coast Festival. The ethereal live vocals, the mellow sounds, and the freaky stage come together for one of the most unique bands you’ll see at Summer Set. One YouTuber had commented, “this music feels like taking a submarine to the ocean floor and finding neon-colored aliens hosting an underwater dance party for all the sea creatures.” Yeah, we couldn’t make something up like that if we tried.

The Weeknd

Silky vocals and some of the most popular songs this year, have put the Weeknd on the radar of thousands of people. On Saturday, we recommend checking out The Weeknd at the grove stage at 9pm, then head over to see the last 15 mins of Carnage’s set on Main Stage (9:45-10:00).

Vaski/Manic Focus

Local favorites, these guys will be/are doing big things. Make sure to show em some love. Vaski, a Midwest native who recently moved to the west coast recently played a surprise set with Skrillex and friends at Electric Forest VIP. See him before he goes huge.

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Ratatat, ‘Magnifique’ [FULL ALBUM]

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Featured on NPR, Ratatat’s new album is where it’s at. Summer vibes flowing through these tracks. Full Album: BUY HERE“So much of Ratatat‘s appeal lies in what it doesn’t do: On the band’s fifth album, Brooklynites Mike Stroud and Evan Mast built sleek, propulsive instrumentals using a spare palette of guitars, synthesizers and simple percussion in such a way that the music sounds both triumphant and understated. These are rock instrumentals that needn’t overcompensate for their lack of words; they don’t strain to be heard or scramble to stand out, but instead convey coolness that seems effortless.

What Magnifique — Ratatat’s first album since the more experimental LP4 five summers ago — lacks in showy flamboyance or wholly surprising sounds, it possesses in breezy smoothness that proves versatile. The first single, “Cream On Chrome,” has the most overt zippiness to it, but even it never works up a sweat or wastes a breath. When Ratatat kicks up a few ’80s-style hard-rock guitar solos in “Pricks Of Brightness,” they function as some of the most easygoing heroics you’ll ever hear.

Elsewhere on Magnifique, the duo’s instrumentals seem suited to accompany mixed drinks at a beachside restaurant: At several points in “Drift,” Ratatat calms down enough to emit a noise that closely resembles a cat’s purr, while “Supreme” sways softly such that it attracts a chirping bird. If Magnifique unfolds like a snappy summer movie, “I Will Return” is there at the end to burble euphorically over the closing credits, even going so far as to promise a sequel right in its title. Here’s hoping so.” – NPR

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Skrillex and Diplo – “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber (Official Video)

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“We are being overwhelmed, in a good way, by the success of “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber, so with the video we wanted to just take it back to the beginning of the record & essentially create an ode to our fans. Doing what we do, it’s entirely all about the fans. We walk a fine line by being “famous” and in the public eye but we are only here because of you, the fans. Justin wrote this record during a tough time in his life and it comes to us that sometimes, as artists, we are also just objects and we have to take that as much as we have to use that to create. We all do this for you, respect that you put us here and it’s Ü that made the video.” – JACK Ü

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Skrillex: The Making Of A Superstar [Yahoo]

“He introduces himself as Sonny Moore, but to his millions of young fans, he’s Skrillex — one of the biggest names in electronic dance music (EDM). Since he first found success as an EDM DJ and producer in 2011, Skrillex has collected six Grammys, 19 million Facebook fans and an estimated $20 million — all while giving away most of his music for free.

And at just 27 years old — an age he characterizes as “not young” — he says he has no plans of slowing down. The EDM prodigy is churning out new collaborations with superstars both inside and outside his genre, testing the limits of his craft — and his fan base — with every new innovation.

One of his boldest, and perhaps most polarizing new partners: pop heartthrob Justin Bieber. Moore and fellow EDM DJ Diplo, under the moniker Jack Ü, teamed up with the Biebs in early 2015 to produce the single “Where Are Ü Now.” The track quickly shot to the top of mainstream charts, drawing the ire of some EDM fans who were vocal with their criticism that Skrillex was “selling out.”

Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric met up with Moore at his studio in downtown L.A. to give him a chance to respond to the criticism and to take a rare, intimate look into the life and career of one of EDM’s biggest stars.” - Yahoo

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Into The Sun – BASSNECTAR!

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Bassheads AAASSSEEEMMMBBLLEEE!!! Bass Wizard – Bassnectar is here and with some new euphoric summery vibes that feature some dope melodic yet energetic sounds. “INTO THE SUN!!! Announcing the imminent release of 16 slices of Amorphous Music – and a 70-minute bonus track: Mixtape 13″. Lorin has boosted tracks that are straight bounce, beautiful, and as always bass heavy.

Out June 30th to blow you away! In the meantime – you need to Pre-Order HERE!

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Where Are U Now – Jack U [Remixes]

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There was a lot of backlash when word was legendary producers were teaming up with Justin Beiber under their Jack U monicker, but when “Where are U Now” came out the numbers defied all that talk. Now, producers like Kaskade have taken it upon themselves to add their own spin to this already popular and bouncing song. Which one’s your favorite?

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Dance, Dance, and DANCE! Abrasive – Ratatat

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No need for words….click play, listen, watch and grooooooove! Ratatat giving our ears this magic accompanied by 4000+ drawings from E.Vax, this one is just happiness. July 17th, hurry up!

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