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Coachella 2014: Thrills, chills, and the astronaut abound in "thank you" recap; watch it now

By Jason Black
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Were you there out in the blazing California desert or was it just a Couchella mirage? Coachella has just released its official 2014 recap for the annual music and arts festival that touched down over the past two weekends in Indio, CA. Featuring over 35 of the festival’s most notable dance acts including Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Girl Talk, Dillion Francis, among many others, the two-minute slow-mo video set to Virtual Boy’s “Sandias” takes you on a magical journey back through the defining moments of both weekends. Watch it now.

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Berkshire Goes Balearic flashes back to the UK-based balearic house scene; watch it now

By Beatport News Editors
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What happens when you head to Ibiza in the ’80s to party and have your mind blown by classic balearic house? You bring the whole thing back home with you. That’s exactly the sights and sounds explored in a new 20-minute documentary from Dazed and Channel 4, the second in their ongoing Music Nation series. Berkshire Goes Balearic covers the blossoming of the balearic house music scene across the UK during the late ’80s including the clubs, the culture, the DJs, and, of course, the dance music that made it all memorable. Flashback now.

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Dillon Francis gives away his remix of "Harder Better Faster Stronger"

By Beatport News Editors
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Miami Music Week and Coachella, without a doubt, help to set the tone for the summer dance-music season they precede. Naturally, many of the jams you’ll be hearing long into the fall and winter first appear at these two huge gatherings, and one such track, Dillon Francis’ bangin’ remix of Daft Punk’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” has been made available for your free downloading pleasure after the man’s performance at Coachella this past Easter weekend.

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Pretty Lights confirms two-night stand at Red Rocks in August; get tickets this Friday, April 25

By Jason Black
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There’s nothing like coming home and playing in front of a faithful crowd. Just ask Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith), 33, who’s announced an upcoming string of US tour dates in 2014 including a two-night stand at Colorado’s idyllic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 8th and 9th. It’s all part of his new 11-date tour with summer festival stops in Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Austin, New York, Chicago, and more.

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A history of software that's shaped music over the years

By Beatport News Editors
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Stuff like Ableton and Traktor are so commonplace in today’s world of music making (particularly dance music, of course), that we hardly even think about where that software came from. But, of course, like any technology, it’s got a long and storied history—and some of it will surprise you. For instance, did you know that the popular Max programming software was actually launched, in its original form, way back in 1986?

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Arcade Fire have some fun with Daft Punk at Coachella

By Beatport News Editors
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No, Arcade Fire didn’t literally have fun with Daft Punk—it’s likely that the real French house duo were nowhere in sight. But the Canadian indie-rock gods did play a little prank of sorts at their performance to close out the last weekend of Coachella, and it involved some Daft Punk lookalikes taking the stage with them.

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