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Festivals

Kraftwerk, Chic, Laurie Anderson, Sasha, Giorgio Moroder, and more legends to play Moogfest in April

By Ken Taylor
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Asheville, North Carolina’s Moogfest just announced its first lineup phase today, with Kraftwerk, Chic (with Nile Rodgers), Laurie Anderson, Giorgio Moroder, and plenty more electronic-music legends added to the bill. What was once a relatively modest festival to celebrate the pioneering work of synth maker Robert Moog has now grown to become one of the US’ premier dance-music events, and its list of performers for the 2014 installment, which takes place April 23-27, is nothing short of amazing.

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5Qs

Parisian producer Moresounds resurrects the sounds of King Tubby with a new EP

By Sean Lewis
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It’s not everyday that a modern dance music artist pays direct tribute to dub master King Tubby. But, amongst influences that range from Chicago juke to quick-paced jungle, that’s just what Paris-based Moresounds does on his new self–titled EP on Astrophonica. Thankfully for us, Moresounds disconnected his tape delay long enough to let us slip him a handful of questions.

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Power of Ten

10 amazing shots from San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival, including Danny Brown, ADULT., James Blake, and more

By Beatport News Editors
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This past weekend, a slew of indie rock and dance music’s finest dropped anchor on a land mass in the middle of San Francisco Bay for the city’s annual Treasure Island Music Festival. Tastes at TIMF tend to hew toward guitars and drums, but there’s always a good helping of turntables, drum machines, and synths as well, as evidenced by this year’s inclusion of artists like ADULT., James Blake, DJ Falcon, Major Lazer, and more. As such, we’ve managed to pull together a nice collection of our favorite pics from the event.

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Festivals

Decibel founder Sean Horton on Seattle and festival-wrangling: "It's a very tough crowd here, which, as a curator, has always been a challenge."

By Steven Dermody
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This year, Seattle’s Decibel Festival celebrates a milestone in American electronic-music history, ringing in its 10th anniversary. There is no question that the annual event has been a leading light on the North American scene, as well as globally, from the incredibly diverse representation of genres, to the exponential growth of attendance. In the lead-up to its 2013 edition, we caught up with Decibel founder Sean Horton to talk experimental curation, dB’s hometown, and getting hitched at a rave.

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Music News

Respek! Knuckles, Moroder, Ram-Jam, Mills, Bam, and tons more DJs over 50 who are still running things

By Ken Taylor
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There’s always a lot of talk about the next big thing in the dance-music industry, to be sure. But if Daft Punk’s “Teachers,” um, taught us anything, it’s that we see further because we stand on the shoulders of the generations that came before us. In that respect, Societe Perrier has assembled a who’s-who of amazing DJs still wowing us long after they blew out the big 5-0 on their birthday cake. So, who makes the cut?

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DJ Tips

DJ tips for Burning Man and other extreme conditions

By Ken Taylor
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If you’ve taken your decks anywhere outside the normal club conditions—heck, even those can be dangerous—you know that the poor things, despite how well-built they may be, are susceptible to all kinds of damage. Throw in extreme heat, unexpected dust storms, and all sorts of other mayhem—ahem, Burning Man—and you’ve got yourself quite the set of circumstances under which you must protect your gear and still play a flawless set. What to do, what to do?

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