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Festivals

Beatport joins Vans Warped Tour 2014 as official stage sponsor

By Beatport News Editors
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Now celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, Beatport is proud to participate in this year’s Vans Warped Tour for the first-time ever. Kicking off in Houston, Texas on Friday, June 13th, the 20th annual Vans Warped Tour will hit 42 US cities including Dallas, Las Vegas, Portland, Cincinnati, and Atlanta before wrapping up in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, August 3rd. The confirmed lineup for the inaugural Beatport stage will include underground electronic acts such as Antiserum, Captain Capa, Crizzly, DJ Nicola Bear, and Pacific Dub, among others.

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Music News

Blondie's classic "Heart of Glass" caps RBMA's beat:repeat series

By Jason Black
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During the late ’70s, detractors in New York City’s underground music scene called Blondie “sellouts” when “Heart of Glass” became a smash hit. Guitarist and writer Chris Stein wasn’t swayed by the outcry. He was convinced they were onto something. Combining dance, rap, and reggae, Blondie catapulted new wave into the mainstream. In this final episode in Red Bull Music Academy’s beat:repeat series, studio mastermind Chris Stein remembers the dark and gritty New York that he once inhabited, and outlines the complicated technical process that went into making Blondie’s chart-topping track.

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Moving Pictures

Sounds of Solidarity showcases Haiti's diverse dance music scene

By Beatport News Editors
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In a new 20-minute documentary Sounds of Solidarity, Thump explores Port-au-Prince’s burgeoning dance music scene and meets some of Haiti’s most influential DJs including dancehall master Tony Mix, NY-style house producer and percussionist Gardy Girault (shown above), and rising electronic star Michael Brun. It’s an insightful look into the current state of Haiti, its resilient people, and the music that inspires them all to keep on dancing.

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Music News

Red Rocks may have to turn it down for dance music shows

By Beatport News Editors
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U2. Skrillex. John Tesh. What do these three artists have in common? They’ve all killed it at Red Rocks, the beloved amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado (just outside Beatport’s hometown of Denver). But only one of these artists’ shows have come under fire (guess which one?), and it’s because a number of nearby citizens have lodged complaints with the local government over the historic venue’s noise issues.

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