Thursday, June 30, 2011
Skrillex, Avicii, Steve Aoki and more join first all-EDM touring festival in the States.
By Adam Stewart
For the DJ, touring is a way of life: late nights, early flights and long bus rides. For Kaskade (born Ryan Raddon), however, it's also his upcoming summertime adventure.
Kicking off in early August, the inaugural IDentity Festival is the first-ever "EDM only" tour, combining massive beats, A-list talent and an al fresco sound experience all (hopefully) in your neck of the woods.
"IDentity came to me and said, 'We've got an interesting idea. We want to take a touring electronic music festival on the road,' " Kaskade told MTV News recently in Las Vegas. "Electric Daisy is popping up in all of these other cities, Bonnaroo has got an EDM tent, and Coachella's tent is bigger every year. So it was just a matter of time before someone said, 'Let's get one of these parties together and just move it around.' So they came to me, and I thought the idea was awesome."
It's no surprise that, sometimes, Middle America gets the short end of the stick when it comes to hosting big-name acts, especially in the EDM world. But IDentity aims to change all that, bringing three massive stages to each city: the Skullcandy Main Stage, the Dim-Mak Festival Stage and the Underground stage, each with its own crowd-pleasing lineups and state-of-the-art sound that promises to leave the masses' senses properly tingled.
"It's not only New York and L.A. who love this music," he said. "There's all these places around the country that might not get the opportunity to see everyone."
Including the likes of Skrillex, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, LA Riots and the Manufactured Superstars, among others, IDentity is suitable for EDM fans of every ilk. The massive bus tour kicks off August 11 at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, and then snakes throughout the rest of the lower 48 — 20 cities in all. Next up, the tour heads back east, hitting the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, on August 14, Charlotte, North Carolina, on the 16th and New York's Jones Beach Amphitheater on the 21st. The caravan then heads south, darting through Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheatre, then Tampa and Miami's Bayfront Park and finally heading to the Left Coast by way of Texas, New Mexico, California and ultimately the Pacific Northwest.
"These are like 10,000-person outdoor amphitheaters, which is cool," Kaskade said. "The venues, like the Gorge in Seattle, are these beautiful, really cool outdoor amphitheaters that typically have never housed anything like this, so I think it's a really interesting opportunity. You Google them [to see], like, 'Who else has played here? Dave Matthews and Phish!' — all of these really cool touring bands that do these types of things in the summer."
In preparation for the tour, Kaskade has kicked off his second year of residency at Las Vegas' sprawling day club Encore Beach, in addition to giving a little extra love to his upcoming album, being produced in his brand-new Santa Monica studio — sans the porcelain.
"For many years, I actually had my computer in my bathroom — for noise purposes — and I drilled a hole through the wall into the studio and ran the chords through it," he recalled with a laugh. "People were always like, 'Why was the computer in the toilet? What if it overflows?' People were always concerned about that. Anyway, I'm not in the bathroom anymore. ... It's like my first truly proper studio!"
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The former "That 70's Show" beauty gave a glimpse of what she'll look like when she walks down the aisle while dressed in a flowing white gown as she held the arm of her tuxedo clad co-star, who already is happily married with children.
Directed by Seth MacFarlane, the upcoming comedy is described as "a story centered on a man and his teddy bear, who comes to life as the result of a childhood wish."
Due in theaters on July 13, 2012, "Ted" also stars Laura Vandervoort, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale ad "90210" hottie Jessica Stroup.
Making a name for himself at just 13-years-old, Greyson Chance just released his new music video for his song called ?Unfriend You.?
The young singer and pianist, famous for his rendition of Lady Gaga?s ?Paparazzi,? recently spoke with MTV about the lead single off his upcoming album ?Hold On Til The Night.?
He said, ?I think ?Unfriend You? is an amazing record because, one, it?s a breakup song, which breakup songs are always fun, and two, it?s referencing social media, especially in this day and age, I think it?s very important to reference social media in music.?
Earlier today, Mr Greyson tweeted a special thanks to the lovely lady featured in his video, ?Thanks for being in the video @ArianaGrande! It was hard having to "unfriend" you(:?
Papa -- who was pretty tight with Giraldo -- organized the "Big Time Comedy Show - A Giraldo Family Benefit."
According to the Huffington Post, all of the show's proceeds went to Giraldo's wife Maryann Giraldo and their four children.
Giraldo -- who was LEGENDARY on the Comedy Central "Roasts" -- died last year after overdosing on prescription medication.
TMZ broke the story ... Laurence Hallier filed a countersuit against Pam, claiming she signed a contract to promote the sale of condos in Panorama Towers, a Las Vegas development owned by Hallier.
The countersuit claims Pam bailed on a number of personal appearances and, as a result, Hallier lost numerous condo sales. He wants Pam to pay him $22.5 million.
Pam's lawyer, A. Douglas Mastroianni, tells TMZ, "Pamela Anderson is not any more responsible for the failure of this real estate project than she is responsible for the 2008 real estate downturn or the collapse of Lehman Brothers."
Mastroianni goes on: "The counterclaim is an attempt at publicity, filed by a defendant who reveled in utterly false rumors that he was romantically involved with Ms. Anderson while she was promoting his failed real estate project in London, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas."
For her part, Pam is suing Hallier for her $1 million fee.
Doing her part to give back, Halle Berry was spotted doing some charity work in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles yesterday (June 29).
The ?Monster?s Ball? babe got a hug from a hunky male co-worker as she showed some love to the residents of low-income housing projects.
And it seems the folks at Trixan Body have ranked Ms. Berry?s work in ?Die Another Day? as among the top 10 best swimwear scenes in their new poll.
Coming in at #2, Halle is only beaten out by Ursula Andress who played Honey Ryder in ?Dr No.? Angelina Jolie?s Lara Croft scored the #3 spot.
Don't worry, fans: Justin Bieber won't be promoting perfume forever.
The singer is already planning his next album, although it's unlikely to hit stores any time soon. In an interview with MTV, Justin said of the eventual CD:
"I want to] write a lot myself. I will be working with a lot of other producers and stuff like that, but I'm just writing a lot, writing on tour."
Fans have plenty of options to listen to until Bieber does take over the charts with his next release, of course. He's already come out with (deep breath...) My World, My World 2.0, Never Say Never - The Remixes and My Worlds Acoustic.
Expect to hear more of the latter down the road.
"I've done a lot on my acoustic guitar, so it's gonna have that vibe. I'm not gonna really limit myself... I know there's country music, there's rock music, but my music is different. My voice is not meant for any style. I just want to make music."
Should we bother to ask: Are you excited for a new album from Justin Bieber?
Way back in January, Julie wrote about the awesomeness of feather hair extensions. I've always thought they were cute, but wasn't totally sold on them until I saw them in action at my friend Becca's wedding. Becca's sister was wearing a simple black bridesmaid's dress and a few strands of striped feathers in her blond hair. The feathers added such a cool bohemian vibe to her outfit, and I've been scouring Etsy shops for a similar look ever since. So I was wondering: how do you guys feel about this trend? Would you wear feather extensions? [$22, Etsy]
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
She's certainly one of young Hollywood?s fastest rising stars, and Hailee Steinfeld's ad images for ?Miu Miu girl? have just been released.
The ?True Grit? star makes her debut in Miu Miu?s Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign, which was shot by photographer Bruce Weber, Abercrombie & Fitch?s ad manager.
Ms Steinfeld may be the brand's new face, but she?s been a fan before that, too.
She sat front row at Miu Miu's fall runway show during Paris Fashion Week in March, and sported the line's designs on the red carpet at the 2011 Young Hollywood Awards in May, the Berlin Film Festival in February, and the 2010 BAFTA Awards in 2010.