Excision Performing Two Dates In NC

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Dubstep star Excision is bringing his brand of electronica to North Carolina.  The Canadian star will make stops in Charlotte and Raleigh on March 9th and 10th respectively.  The tour stops are part of Excision’s “Execution Tour” in support of his new release, “X-Rated Remixes.”  The new LP will be available in stores and online Tuesday, February 11th

The live show on Excision’s new tour is a first of its kind.  The setup dubbed, “The Executioner” displays a mind-numbing 420 square feet of world-class true-3D video-mapped animations.  Fans can get a glimpse of just what to expect from Excision’s live shows now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tloy0ldDvVQ&feature=youtu.be.  Along with the brand new stage setup, Excision is also bringing back Canada’s PK Sound—which also worked with him on his 2012 “X Tour—as the tour’s official audio provider.  Also along for the ride this time around are Mad Decent artist Paper Diamond and dubstep producer Vaski.  The March 9th performance will be at Charlotte’s Fillmore.  It will be at 8pm that night.  Tickets for the show are available now.  They are $25.00 each.  The scheduled March 10th performance will be at the Longbranch in Raleigh, North Carolina.  This show will be at 9:00pm and will also feature local artists Riot The DJ and –DOM- as supporting acts.  Tickets for this show are available now, too.  They are also $25.00 each.

To get a full listing of dates and all the latest news for Excision’s current tour fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/Excision, http://www.excision.ca, http://twitter.com/excision, and http://www.myspace.com/excision.  Fans can also check out all the latest music from Excision online at http://www.soundcloud.com/excision and http://www.youtube.com/excisionofficial

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Call It What You Will, Deadmau5’s New LP Is A Good Record For Electronica Fans

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Turn out the lights and bring up the black lights.  Deadmau5 is back.  And his new album, simply titled, “<album title goes here>” is another record that fans will like.  One of the things that people so rarely understand about electronica is that it really forces audiences on one hand to have an open mind.  On another end, it forces the song composer so to speak to find new ways to take a constant beat and build something creative around it.  Some might call this musical heresy, but it’s almost the modern day equivalent to classical music.  Deadmau5 has shown already that he has a talent at doing this with his previous album.  And now on this album, he has done it again.

One of the album’s highlights is its second track, ‘Channel 42 (ft. Wolfgang Gartner).  It’s a prime example of an artist having to build something creative around a standard beat that will also keep the attention of its audiences.  The pair really built a composition here that has a touch of retro techno all without losing its modern touch.  ‘Professional Griefers’ is another highlight to this album.  The addition of vocals by Gerard Way along with Deadmau5’s own style will make this song an instant hit.  The combination of the two elements makes it less a techno song and more almost an industrial style piece.  And ‘Take Care of The Proper Paperwork’ is an odd name for a song, true.  But the equally different style of this song makes it another high point to the record.  The way it was mixed will make even the most uncoordinated dancer want to get out on the floor and dance.  It would be no surprise if this song ends up getting some mainstream attention.

“<album title goes here>”  has some very interesting pieces throughout its thirteen total tracks.  But if there’s one that stands out more than any other, it’s ‘Closer.’  The use of the famed keyboard part from Close Encounters of the Third Kind was quite creative.  And using it as the base for what can only be defined as a club standard style composition was just as smart.  This new LP has more than its share of songs that Deadmau5 fans will enjoy.  Fans may enjoy songs other than what is listed here.  That’s fine.  This is little more than a sampling of what this record has to offer fans.  Fans who want more from Deadmau5 can pick up this album or his others right now online at his website, http://www.deadmau5.com.

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Calvin Harris Announces New Album Release Date, Track Listing

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Pop star Calvin Harris will release his new album next month.  “18 Months” will hit stores Tuesday, October 30th via Roc Nation/Ultra Music/Columbia Records.  “18 Months” is Harris’ third full length studio release.  He has brought along some top name friends on this album including:  Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Kelis, and a whole bunch more.

The video for the album’s new single, ‘Sweet Nothing’ can be streamed online now.  Directed by Vincent haycock, the video for the new single is one part music video and one part short film.  It features singer Florence Welch singing in something akin to a strip club.  So it goes without saying that thanks to the attire of the female cast in the video, it may not be entirely suitable for all audiences.  The album’s other singles have garnered Harris much success.  ‘Feel So Close’ and ‘Let’s Go’ peaked at # 12 and #17 respectively on Billboard’s Hot 100.  “Feel So Close” has already achieved platinum status, and ‘Let’s Go’ has sold nearly 100,000 copies.

The track listing for “18 Months” is as follows:

1.   Green Valley

2.  Bounce (feat. Kelis)

3.  Feel So Close

4.  We Found Love (feat. Rihanna)

5.  We’ll Be Coming Back (feat. Example)

6.  Mansion

7.  Iron w/ Nicky Romero

8.  I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding)

9.  Drinking From The Bottle (feat. Tinie Tempah)

10. Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch)

11. School

12. Here 2 China w/ Dillon Francis (feat. Dizzee Rascall)

13. Let’s Go (feat. Ne-Yo)

14. Awooga

15. Thinking About You (feat. Ayah)

For more information and tour dates from Calvin Harris, go online to http://www.calvinharris.co.uk, http://www.facebook.com/calvinharris, and http://twitter.com/calvinharris

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“Evolution” is an evolution for Paul Van Dyk and for electronica

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Paul Van Dyk is back.  And he has proven once again why he is one of the leaders in the world of electronica/dance.  His new album, “Evolution” is a fittingly titled work filled with infectious beats and great guest spots including the likes of Adam Young (Owl City), Michelle Leonard, Austin Leeds, and plenty more.  It’s one of those works that can’t be taken in with just one listen.  Every listen offers audiences something new.  In short, it’s an opus that rather than hitting listeners the first time around, it grows on listeners more and more with each listen.  This is the sign of a great album.

Just like music from the greatest classical composers, Paul Van Dyk has grown.  “Evolved” if you will.  The more audiences listen to this album, the more they will grow to appreciate the noticeable changes from his previous albums.  Owl City founder/frontman Adam Young brings his own pop sensibilities to Eternity to make a song that’s bound to be a fan favorite on the album.  There’s something about his vocals that adds an extra “spice” so to speak to the song.  The almost percussive vibe of ‘Lost in Berlin’ alone makes this song another high point on “Evolution.”  the way in which he manipulates the sounds are unlike any of the other songs on the album.  It really conjures images of specialty dance troupes such as Fighting Gravity or others of its ilk.  The addition of Michelle Leonard’s vocals adds yet another extra something to the whole experience here.  And the album’s opener, ‘Symmetries’, wastes no time getting audiences moving. 

The electronica/dance genre is very much a niche genre of music.  However, with the release of “Evolution”, Paul Van Dyk may well have crafted an album that takes this genre out of the clubs and into the mainstream consciousness.  Yet again, it’s proof that while it may not be like his older material, that change is definitely good.  PBD is currently on tour in Europe.  He will be performing ni Brno, Czech Republic next Friday, before moving on to Amsterdam the following night.  Fans can keep up with all the latest from PVD online at http://www.paulvandyk.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PVD, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PaulVanDyk, and on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/paulvandyk.

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Paul Van Dyk coming to Raleigh

Grammy nominated producer/DJ Paul Van Dyk is coming to Raleigh.  He will be performing this Friday, May 25th at Longbranch.  Van dyk is currently touring in support of his new album, “Evolution.” 

Owl City creator Adam Young lends his vocals to Van Dyk’s new album on its new single, ‘Eternity.’  Joining Young on this album are fellow guests, Ummet Ozcan, Sue McLaren, Austin Leeds and others. 

More information on Paul Van Dyk is available online at http://www.paulvandyk.com, online at http://www.facebook.com/PVD, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/paulvandyk.

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