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How to enjoy New Year's concerts without having to deal with crowds

New Year’s Eve is widely known as the biggest amateur night of the year, when the odds of having a good enough time to justify the energy and expense that go into it weigh heavily in the house’s favor. And yet it’s such a big deal that even if you decide not to gamble and just stay home instead, you still feel like you have to do something.

Luckily, we live in a modern age where there’s a range of broadcasts that allow us to experience some of the sights and sounds of live concerts without having to deal with the actual people who go to them. If you’re staying housebound tomorrow night, you can still catch Taylor Swift on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015, which airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET (with an official, commercial-free Times Square webstream starting at 6), or its new competition, Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, airing on Fox at the same time.

Or you can go a little more niche. Yahoo! will webcast EDM superstars Diplo and Skrillex’s Madison Square Garden event starting at 10 p.m. ET. Phish is offering (for a price) a webstream of their show in Miami, the first of four they’re playing down there this week. SiriusXM will be broadcasting a number of New Year’s concerts, including ones by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Armin van Buuren, and the aforementioned Diplo/Skrillex combination. Or if you want to keep things a little more cultured, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be offering a streamed concert of pops and light orchestral works, with an “Auld Lang Syne” singalong at midnight.

This Week in Diplo: The week that kept on giving

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The official video for Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe” with Diplo, CL, and G-Dragon dropped this week, and while I can’t be sure if G-Dragon and CL (Skrillex and Diplo are cameo-less) are doing impressions of late ’90s and early 2000s American rap videos or if this is meant to be taken seriously, it’s pretty fun.

And to continue the holiday-release-giving: Diplo gave EW three blistering playlists on Spotify. The first is hip-hop. It kicks off with Rae Sremmurd and blows through tracks by Migos, ILoveMakkonen, Kanye, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Frank Ocean, and so many more.

The second is future house-based. Duke Dumont, Oliver Heldens, Route 94, AlunaGeorge, and more make up two and a half hours of fun.

And the third—proving Diplo either really does exist in a genre-less state of taste or he’s very generous during the holidays—is psychedelic rock. The Mops, The Seeds, The Bees, The Telescopes, The Yardbirds (are we sensing a pattern here?) are all there.

And because why do one when you can do seven, Jack Ü has previewed seven official remixes for “Take Ü There” this week. The package was partially leaked a month ago, with the Felix Cartal, TJR, and Vindata remixes releasing earlier than intended. The rest of the collection is rounded out by Tchami, Tujamo, Netsky, and (drumroll, please) Zeds Dead.

Check out the rest on their Soundcloud.

Aside from that, it’s been a lot of travel (Jamaica, India) and promotion for Jack Ü’s biggest show ever: Headlining NYE at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Get tickets here.)

DJ Snake drops 'Dirty Vibe' remix

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DJ Snake, Grammy-nominated French DJ and hip hop producer most famous for 2013’s runaway hit “Turn Down For What” and his “Get Low” collaboration with Dillion Francis, dropped a new remix today on OWSLA with fellow Frenchman Aazar of Skrillex and Diplo’s “Dirty Vibes.” READ FULL STORY

Hundred Waters are patiently becoming pop stars

Hundred Waters started making waves in the music industry two years ago when a self-titled album they recorded for a small independent label in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida, ended up getting them spots on tours with the xx, Skrillex, and Alt-J and a deal with Skrillex’s then-new OWSLA label. It was a remarkably successful record for one the band hadn’t even set out to make.

“We didn’t really know we were doing an album until we were a bunch of songs in,” says multi-instrumentalist Trayer Tryon. “We didn’t know what it was going to be. We were just making songs. After the 11 songs on the album were done, that was the album.”

The band–Tryon, keyboardist-vocalist Nicole Miglis, multi-instrumentalist Paul Giese, and drummer Zach Tetreault–ended up staying on the road after Hundred Waters was released, touring and hanging out in different cities across the country. That included a stint at the live-in studio Skrillex built in downtown L.A., where they’ve since relocated. Despite the peripatetic circumstances, the album they wrote and recorded in this period, The Moon Rang Like a Bell, feels incredibly grounded, blending pop hooks, glitchy electronics, and indie earnestness into a coherent whole that could justifiably be compared to everything from Kate Bush to Massive Attack to FKA Twigs.

“This time around we knew who we were more, and what we were after a little more,” Tryon says. “That made it a lot harder to get to the final thing, but it also made the final thing more of a full piece of work rather than kind of stumbling into it.”

With its muted tones and dreamy vocals, Moon is a deeply mellow record that unfolds patiently rather than hurrying to impress an audience right out of the gates. Fittingly, it’s been building a fan base slowly but steadily. “We wanna say something as precisely as we can,” says Giese, “and hope as many people understand it as they can instead of saying something that can reach as many people as possible.”

Still, their momentum continues to grow: They recently played the Pitchfork Music Festival, and they’ll spend November on the road with a newly reanimated Interpol. If things keep progressing at the same rate, breaking out with a mainstream pop audience isn’t out of the question. Hundred Waters aren’t rushing to fame, but they seem to be headed there all the same.

Bonnaroo surprises: Skrillex, D'Angelo, Mystikal and more

Nearly every festival has its surprise performances, but Bonnaroo routinely does them better than any other.

The walkability of the grounds, for one, allows impromptu performances and all night parties to thrive — even those stuck on the furthest campgrounds can hear every word from the What Stage. If it sounds good, they can walk over. If it doesn’t, well, actually, they’re pretty much up a creek; there’s no escaping the sounds of the festival.

Skrillex seemed to have fulfilled his Bonaroo obligations after a two-hour Friday night set and Saturday SuperJam that raged until 3 a.m. and included guests Lauryn Hill and Janelle Monae. But three hours later, when he climbed into the DJ booth atop the Kalliope Stage — those who’ve been to Burning Man might (or, given your Burning Man, condition might not) recognize the mobile stage; it and the famously decked out VW Bug, “Big Red” made the trek East this year — and kicked off a sunrise set, festival-goers came out by the thousands. Some emerged in PJs, some in party clothes, but everyone danced until breakfast.

Skrillex’s one-hour set was by far the biggest surprise production, but there were several noteworthy ones throughout the weekend:

D’Angelo who famously chose Bonnaroo in 2012 as the venue for his first live U.S. appearance in 12 years, came out during ?uestlove’s curated Superjam. He didn’t play any of his own material but he did cover classics from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles to a fever-pitched crowd, with assists from members of The Roots, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Time.

Chromeo filled their alloted 7:30 slot Saturday evening, then returned unnanounced later that night to Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Barn’s billed “Robe Rage with a Surprise DJ Set.” Picture: festival goers clad in tie-dye and robes (and sometimes tie-dyed robes) plus Chromeo in an over-the-top Christmas Club replete with Christmas lights, reindeers, and Santa decor.

And perhaps my favorite — because I really didn’t see it coming — was at RedBull’s Music Academy Stage. The four billed hours offer little by way of description (my calendar says, “Late Night Programming”) but we passed through right when Mystikal came out and let me tell you, nothing gets you to change your plan for the evening like hearing “Shake Ya Ass” rolling live through the hills of rural Tennessee before the sun comes up.

'Spring Breakers' soundtrack streaming online: Skrillex, Rick Ross, more

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The soundtrack for Spring Breakers, the upcoming movie from arty-bizarro cult-favorite director Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo), doesn’t hit streets until next Tuesday, but you can listen to its soundtrack now thanks to a stream at Pitchfork.

As promised (warned?),  Skrillex produced the original score for Spring Breakers, which also brings in Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Wacka Flocka Flame, and, interestingly, a collaboration between James Franco and Florida rapper Dangeruss.

Their duet, titled “Hangin’ With Da Dopeboys,” supports Franco’s claim that Dangeruss — not reality star turned rapper and real-life irreality star Riff Raff – served as the inspiration for his Spring Breakers character Alien, a white, spectacularly corn-rowed rapper from Florida.

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Skrillex releases new EP on YouTube -- LISTEN HERE

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Thank the internet gods, because listening to Skrillex’s new EP won’t cost you a dime.

Yesterday, the crown prince of arena-sized wobble posted his Leaving EP straight to YouTube. Only this time, fans of those cavernous drops may be a bit disappointed. Leaving is largely an exercise in dubstep purism, dank and subterranean instead of ferociously aggro (think Burial, not “Bangarang“). Who knew the kid could be so restrained?

Check out the EP after the jump.

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On the scene at the Electric Zoo Festival: David Guetta, Skrillex, Tiesto and more

After a slew of EDM festivals this summer — Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival — New York City’s Electric Zoo served up the season’s last big dose of trance, house, and dubstep.

Featuring a bevy of the biggest names in electronic music performing for three days on New York City’s Randall’s Island, Electric Zoo was an orgiastic, exhausting, often monotonous, occasionally euphoric experience.

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Deadmau5 continues feud with Madonna, attacks David Guetta

In today’s media universe, there are two ways to get big. The first is to put your heart into your craft, work tirelessly toward promoting that art, and associate yourself with like-minded individuals who will help push and challenge you as you move forward.

Or you can just talk to a magazine and say some terrible things about people more famous than you.

In a not-at-all-surprising turn of events, international superstar and electronic head piece enthusiast deadmau5 (real, less silly name: Joel Zimmerman) spent part of his interview in the new issue of Rolling Stone talking smack about Madonna and David Guetta.

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Jay-Z announces lineup for Budweiser festival in Philly: Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Odd Future, and more

Philadelphia has more than Bruce Springsteen concerts to look forward this summer.

As previously announced, the Jay-Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival in Philly is on for Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-2), and today the lineup’s been released.

We already knew the biggest act, of course: Shawn Carter himself. But now he’s invited Pearl Jam to co-headline the weekend, which follows through on his promise of inject the lineup with a healthy dose of rock.

As for the rest of the event’s confirmed performers, Passion Pit, Skrillex, Janelle Monae, Maybach Music (a.k.a. Rick Ross, Wale, and Meek Mill), Santigold, Odd Future, Calvin Harris, and X are among the bigger acts slated to perform.

Yep, that’s right, that X. Hova knows his first-wave L.A. punk ish!
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