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A-Trak and Armand Van Helden's 10 essential moments

By Joshua Glazer
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Duck Sauce have just released their long-awaited debut album, Quack, on Fool’s Gold. The dynamic duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have been delivering crossover hits like “aNYway,” “Barbra Streisand,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “It’s You,” for half a decade, but their individual careers span back much further. Below are the 10 essential musical moments by A-Trak and Armand that help to illustrate just how their current Duck Sauce sound came to be.

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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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The 10 Best Beards In Dance Music

By Beatport News Editors
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Studies say that women may find men with beards more attractive than those with freshly shorn faces—but does that make bearded DJs more appealing as well? You’d have to ask the fans of these scruffy sonic saviors for the answer.

With Todd Terje’s newly formed patch, and his awesome new LP, It’s Album Time, on the way next week, it got us thinking about our 10 favorite heavily haired DJs who deserve a look and a listen.

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Festivals

10 tips for attending your first dance-music festival

By Ken Taylor
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While we can’t say that attending your first dance-music festival is something that should require a survival guide (surely they’re more fun than something that has to just be survived, right?), it’s still worth taking a few steps beforehand to maximize your enjoyment at such an event—and of course, to stay relatively safe.

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10 more dance-music reunions we want to see

By Joshua Glazer
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When the Grammy-winning duo Deep Dish unceremoniously split in 2006, we assumed it was likely for good, as one half of the duo, Dubfire, dove deep into the minimal techno sound, while the other half, Sharam, went down the big-room house path. But with the announcement today of their collaborative return to the stage on March 29 at Miami’s Ice Palace, new hope has sprung for a whole host of other acts that we once thought were forever severed. With this exciting reunion on the horizon, we got to thinking about what other dance-music teams we’d like to see back on the block.

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Tools of the Trade

Our 10 favorite production and performance tools we saw at NAMM

By Francis Preve
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Last week, we posted our top five pre-NAMM production and DJ tools that revved our engines. Well, after spending four straight days prowling the showroom floor for the best and brightest of this year’s show, we came away smiling. Here are the tools that will soon be part of your favorite producers’ workflows—and may even help launch a few new careers this year.

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More than Moroder: 10 dance-music legends you need to know about

By Joshua Glazer
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After four decades of existence, dance music has no shortage of unsung heroes and forgotten favorites for every new generation of fans to rediscover. Two of the genre’s earliest innovators, Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, were given huge boosts last year, thanks to their involvement with current kings Daft Punk. But those disco legends certainly aren’t the only past princes of dance music worth investigating. Here’s our list of 10 more names that are more than worth Googling.

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Dance music's top 10 TV moments

By Joshua Glazer
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Dance music has often had a difficult relationship with television appearances (mostly because it’s music made by pushing buttons and clicking cursors, which doesn’t make for the most exciting onstage performance). In the real live setting, of course, performers have made up for this deficit by creating gigantic visual shows synched to the music, but these spectacles tend to lose a lot on the small screen.

So when has dance music made its mark on the small screen? Here are 10 television performances throughout the decades that are definitely worth watching.

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Festivals

10 boutique electronic-music festivals you need to attend

By Joshua Glazer
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If there’s a single force driving the electronic-music explosion these days, it’s the power of festivals, with events from Electric Daisy Carnival to Ultra Music Festival drawing hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world, while even less mainstream events like Detroit’s Movement and Montreal’s MUTEK draw capacity crowds more often than not these days.

But bigger isn’t always better, and after a couple of year spent smashed up against 50,000 Deadmau5 fans, many heads start looking for something a bit more modest from their multi-day musical gatherings. Naturally, these events tend to lean towards the more underground side of electronic music, but what makes them special isn’t just niche beats but a level of intimacy you simply won’t find at larger events.

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