Mysteryland Phase 2 Just Dropped and It's Insane
04.04.2016 | Entertainment Source: mysteryland.us

Mysteryland Phase 2 Just Dropped and It's Insane

I want to live on the boat stage. Forever.

Mysteryland, the longest running electronic music festival in the world, is back again this year at the historic Bethel Woods grounds, AKA home of the original Woodstock.

Phase one of the lineup was announced a few months ago and boasted a pretty ridiculous mix of great headliners-Odesza (Friday), Skrillex (Saturday), Bassnectar (Sunday)-and tons of underrated gems like future funk/vaporwave artist Skylar Spence (Hit Vibes is a GOAT caliber album, btw).

Phase two, which includes 40 different acts, is just as stellar. We've been teased all week long with hints of things to come on the MLUSA Facebook page, but here it is in all its glory.

Here are the three things that we're most looking forward to.

Bethel Woods
Besides being absolutely gorgeous, Bethel Woods is where the legendary Woodstock music festival was first hosted. You'll be sharing the sacred ground where Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, and countless hippies walked on. That's seriously cool.

To get the full experience though, if you're 21 and over, I recommend staying on the Holy Ground campgrounds, located on the actual festival site where Woodstock 1969 took place. You can find more info here.

If you're not 21, the Lander's River campsite is the next best thing. It's only a couple minutes away and there's a free shuttle. There's also hotel accommodations for those that can't hack it. Hey, no judgement, I like a good bed just like anyone else.

Uhh did we mention that there is a boat!?
Mysteryland is teaming up with Dancing Astronaut to host the Sunday boat stage. Here is what it's expected to look like:

It's a little known fact that anything, when done on a boat, becomes instantly better. And Sunday at Mysteryland is going to be no exception. The DJ sets are literally going to rock the boat. No, I don't feel guilty about making that joke.

Check out the boat from MLUSA 2014.

Sneaky good hip-hop acts
While Mysteryland is known for its great house and electronic music, this year's lineup surprised with some serious hip-hop chops. Phase one announced Young Thug (Slime Season 3 absolutely bangs btw) and now phase two boasts rap acts like Ty Dolla $ign and Allan Kingdom. Kingdom is totally underrated and dropped one of the most slept on LPs of the year so far in January.

Psych yourself up for the third annual Mysteryland USA with this handy Spotify playlist of the phase one and two lineups.

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11.18.2016 | Entertainment Source: Mysterland USA

Mysteryland Announces 2017 Festival, Releases Aftermovie

Let the hype begin.

Mysteryland USA just announced that they're going to be back at Bethel Woods in 2017, bigger and better than ever. Which is pretty wild, given this year's lineup is hard to top.

FlockU sent me this past June and it was pretty dope (understatement of the century). Seriously, a guy in a bear suit pushed me on these spinning swings, it was pretty surreal. Check out the Aftermovie of the 2016 festival.

You can order your earlybird tickets here.

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01.03.2017 | Entertainment Source: thornstreetbrew.com

Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, And Radiohead To Headline Coachella 2017

The California music festival is stacked with talent this year.

Rumors had been swirling around which acts were performing at Coachella 2017, but now we have the confirmation. Coachella announced the news via their official Twitter account that music artists Radiohead, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar are scheduled to headline the upcoming Coachella festival.

The festival celebrating music and arts will take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California over two weekends. The first weekend will run from April 14 to 16, and the second one will from April 21 to 23. Passes go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, January 4) at 11 a.m. PT on Coachella.com.
Radiohead will perform on Friday with the XX, while Mac Miller and Beyonce will perform on Saturday with DJ Snake, Future, and Martin Garrix. Finally, Kendrick Lamar will perform on Sunday with Lorde, Porter Robinson and Madeon, Tove Lo, and others.
Check out the full lineup!

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08.20.2016 | Entertainment Source: @shanegrayyy

Why It's Important to Support Local Music

Less Netflix and chilling, more moshing.

There have been a handful of articles published recently about surveys that show millennials aren't going clubbing these days and would rather Netflix and chill than go out.

While there are a ton of surveys and studies out there trying to eat the brains of generation Y to gain our knowledge and insight, I imagine most of the "results" are based on assumptions made along with data from previous studies, or they're just the biased perspective of some old guy with an agenda to push.

We've been called all kinds of things from the generation of couch potatoes to lazy, entitled little shits. But is this all really true? Are millennials really the new walking dead?

What exactly are we doing instead of going out? Binge watching American Horror Story? (I'm totally guilty of that.) Walking to hell and back to hatch an egg in PokemonGO? (Yeah, that too.) Or maybe we are all so dazed and confused about who the hell to vote for? (Guilty as sin.) Despite the digital age we have all grown up in, where Facebook events can sync with your phone's calendar to make sure you don't miss anything, it can still be incredibly hard to get people out to any event, especially music shows.

But why is this so important, you might ask? Well, here's a few reasons that might just get you off of your couch and out moshing at a show:

Most of your favorite artists started out local.

Say and think whatever you want about Lady Gaga but even SHE started out doing small gigs in New York City before she made it big. There are so many bands and artists that begin by clouding their local circuit, everything from open mics to getting used by promoters who don't pay. We've all pretty much been there.

Sure, you have your "artists" like Beyonce and Andrew W.K. who have been focus group tested and pre-approved for the masses beforehand, but there is a good chance that the weird guy with the dreads who gave you a sticker for his band at a house party last weekend might end up being the next Bradley Nowell.

Being a musician can really suck.

If it's not the money-hungry promoter who doesn't pay you, or the venue in Connecticut that won't even cover your drive from New Jersey, it's always something. Anyone within some artistic field can attest to the fact that if you aim to make money, then you are in the wrong business. Band members have it the worst because after a while, it is inevitable that things will eventually go sour with the other members. It can seriously suck sometimes.

You Should date or befriend a musician.

While there are a ton of horrid aspects to busting your chops as a seasoned musician, it does have its perks. Some venues (like Otto's Shrunken Head in NYC) give free drink tickets to performing artists. And I've played venues that don't mind if artists spark up herb in the "green room". And did I mention the appeal to the opposite sex? If you date a musician, trust me, you'll have a lot of fun. If you get lucky enough to friend one, you may have just found the best wingman ever.

It's good karma to help out your friends.

Chances are, that the guy with dreads and the stickers who now blows up your news feed is probably a college kid, just like you, trying to get by the best way he knows how. I've taken morning classes, worked day jobs all around New York City, and played music by night to make ends meet. It's exhausting. But at the end of the day, there is nothing like doing the things you love. And if you can make a buck or two doing it, then that's the cherry on top. AND if you can do so while getting an education, then you're GOLDEN.

It means the world to an artist when people show up to their events, even if you are the only one there. And sometimes it determines whether or not that artist can play the same venue in the future. So many of us aren't driven by fame or financial gain, but a simple impulse to express ourselves.

So it's about time you cherish the guy that infects your Twitter feed with show dates. You never know, he might just be a part of the next artistic movement. And you could miss out on it, holed up in your dorm, wearing My Little Pony pajamas and binge watching Orange Is the New Black.

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12.05.2016 | Entertainment Source: @yenformore

Five Things You Need for Jingle Ball Philly

But first, tickets.

Congrats, you did it! You managed to score tickets to the Annual Jingle Ball Concert Extravaganza held in Philly on December 7th!

It's like the Super Bowl of concerts, tickets are hella expensive but HELLA worth it. Whether your parents love you a lot, or you luckily won them through a radio contest call-in, consider yourself #blessed.

Let the satisfaction commence and go ahead and flaunt your passes to your friends on social media (cover the bar codes of course), BUT - remember these things as you get yourself prepared to be Jingle Ballin'.

1.Your BFF/CB (Concert Buddy).
Honestly, taking on this hype event with the wrong person has the potential to crush all the expectations leading up to it. Concert experiences are typically ones that you'll hold onto, and it creates a special bond with the person you shared it with. Not kidding, funness in a CB is important.

You need to be able to dance like a fool and be yourself. The beauty of your BFF/CB is that they have already seen you be the weirdest freakazoid possible, and most importantly, they embrace it! Cherish that friendship. News flash: no one is looking at you while Shawn Mendes is singing on stage being a total babe.

2. Customize your apparel and be comfortable.
Cool, sexy, original, fan-girly, glittery, stand-out-notice-me. Whatever look you decide to go for, take time to prepare your outfit because this event is perfect to show off your fashion and let your "freak flag fly".

Seriously, anything goes.... I went and embraced my inner Justin Bieber fan-girl with my BFF. No shame. No regrets. Just make sure you dress comfortably because most likely you will be standing and dancing the entire night.

Buy a souvenir shirt before you leave, but when putting your outfit together, be funny and original! Customize your T-shirts with the artists' names or lyrics of your favorite performer's songs. "I've got your cake Joe" @DNCE, BABY I'M WORTH IT #The6thHarmony, "I'm screaming mercy @Charlie, LETS (marvin gaye) GET IT ON ;) @Charlie.

Oh, and If you leave your mom at home, at least take her advice of bringing a jacket with you, even though it'll be warm inside. It's December, and chances are there will be a wait to get in, plus it will take a long time until you get out and find your car.


3.Fully charged camera and back up batteries/charger...obviously.
Besides safety reasons, phones will be your way of posting all your favorite concert moments on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Not only are you crying b/c Charlie Puth is totally singing to you, but you'll also be crying if in the middle of Jingle Ballin' your phone dies and you no longer can take any more pics or videos.

Portable phone chargers can be cheap as $10 and will give you at least a full charge. Remember: Pics or it didn't happen.


4. Bring water and snacks.
Seriously... HYDRATE RESPONSIBLY and eat. Carbs carbs carbs carbs, you'll be sweating more than usual and will need ample amounts of energy to dance to your favorite songs.

Don't skip any meals because you want your stomach to look extra small in your body-con dress or funky crop top. Drink lots and lots of water and snack throughout your day so you don't pass out while DNCE sings about your cake by the ocean. After that extensive concert you basically did your cardio for the week so you're going to need the food to replenish your fan-girling soul after dancing the night away.

5. Be able to live in the moment.
Whether your phone dies or not, don't just capture the moment--enjoy it, live in it. Take enough pictures to take your mind back for when you reminisce, but be present. Don't put a screen between you and your life the whole night.


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05.06.2016 | Entertainment Source: racked.com

Slightly Less Basic Guide to Festival Fashion

Say no to crop tops.

It's time to jump into one of my favorite times of year: Festival Season. Ahead of us this summer we have big name festivals like Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Mysteryland.

This means warm weather, good music, cold beers, and fast times with fun friends. For us girls, it isn't always just about the music. We go for the music, and stay for the fashion.

Some people have a distinct way of styling themselves for festivals, while others are just doing it all wrong. It's important to dress with unique, original flare, because that's what festival style is all about. If you follow the norm by wearing the same high-waisted shorts and crop-top like every other basic girl in the crowd, you really aren't being very original.

Oh, and ditch the flower crowns--you aren't a fairy or a woodland nymph, take them off, you look stupid.

A few of my favorite festival trends right now are fringe ANYTHING, western style accessories like belts and boots, boyfriend cut denim shorts, bandanas, and layering pieces. You can wear any of these pieces a million different ways, and you can check out the various ways other festival goers rock 'em.

Festival style is all about having fun with the way you dress. Stand out and make a statement! Dress crazy and cool, but keep it comfortable and stay true to yourself. Here are a few of my favorite festival looks from previous years, and ways for you to recreate them yourself!

The Wild Child

Source: Vogue.com

Festival fashion is full of bright colors and bold statements. Try re-creating this fun, 90s-inspired tie-dye look with a halter top. You can pair it with white cut-offs and add your own personal touches like a tattoo choker or hair glitter with braids. Complete the look with some rounded sunnies! They're the perfect finishing touch to any festival outfit.

The Free-Spirit

For the optimal "boho chic" look, this whole outfit is based off of one piece: the fringe vest. This vest from WetSeal is great because it's super lightweight, but still gives the effect of good-quality suede. You can create this look a few different ways, whether you're pairing it with a Lacy Midi Dress, or a concert tee and cutoffs. To add to the bohemian style, try pairing the vest with a statement coin necklace. You can also try playing with color by adding a bright side-satchel bag to complete the look.

The Fashionista

Source: elleuk.com

Out of all of the looks I've seen, this one is by far my favorite. It's really different from your typical festival uniform. it's super original and really stands out. The black culotte pant is not only comfortable, but extremely versatile. You can recreate this look by pairing the culottes with a ruffle neck lace blouse. As far as accessorizing, try a thick velvet choker and a black wide-brim fedora. To give this look a western feel, grab some pointed toe booties!

The Rebel

Source: elle.com

This look is wild, fun, and all about expression. Perfect for the hot festival weather, this outfit is all about the patched-up denim shorts. To add to the retro vibe, you can play with different 70's inspired patterns and colors, for example, in the bikini top. Throw on a kimono for some added flare, tie your hair up in a messy bun with a turban style headwrap, and complete the look with boot-like sandals.