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Festivals

Ultra Music Festival releases wrap video of 16th edition entitled U Are Beautiful

By Beatport News Editors
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Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”

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Festivals

HARD Red Rocks returns with Nero, Dillon Francis, and Rudimental; get tickets now

By Beatport News Editors
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There’s no better place to see the stars—and a show—than at Colorado’s Red Rocks. That’s one of the main reasons why HARD is returning to this idyllic, open-air amphitheatre for its second year on July 31st. This time out, UK electronic act Nero and American moombahton pioneer Dillon Francis, 26, will share headline duties alongside special guests Rudimental, Destructo, Julio Bashmore and Samo Sound Boy. Get tickets here now.

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Power of Ten

Coachella 2014: The 10 Must-See Dance Acts

By Beatport News Editors
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So much music. So little time. The 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns this weekend to the California desert community of Indio—and what an impressive slate of musical talent it is. Really, the only burning question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing? Well, as luck would have it, we’ve got you covered. We’ve culled the massive three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and come up with our essential picks for this year’s premier music festival. Read on and rejoice!

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Music Video

Obama, Gaddafi, and the Pope lampooned in Borgore's "Illuminati" video

By Beatport News Editors
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To put it mildly, Borgore has a penchant for offending. Whether it’s his “bitches love cake” refrain in “Decisions”—the track that kicked off Miley Cyrus’ (sort of) dance-music popularity—or his not-terribly-responsible #bootyforborgore Twitter campaign. So it’s not hugely surprising that in the video for his track with Shaygray entitled “Illuminati,” nothing is sacred.

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Interview

Dubstep artisan LAXX on his ever-changing sound: "I can't stick to one thing because I love music too much"

By Sean Lewis
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Last week, we got the chance to chat with Oxford, UK-based LAXX, the dubstep technician who has transformed his sound on each new release. Newly signed to the Never Say Die label, LAXX (real name Jamie) follows up his Step One release from earlier in the year with this week’s Step Two EP. Peruse the full interview below as we delve into his history and his thoughts on the current states of dubstep, trap, and sounds for the not-so-distant future.

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Music News

A day in the life of a party photographer, courtesy of Thump

By Beatport News Editors
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Party photographers can live a pretty fast and fun life—at least according to one whose photos popped up on Thump late last week. Kaitlin Parry spent a week in Miami with camera in hand, snapping all manner of shots while taking it way into the dawning hours with the likes of Diplo, Drop the Lime, DJ Craze, GTA, and more.

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