Dayglow Paints with Beats, Love, Unity on Fall Tour

by kel 8. August 2011 09:16

When Dayglow cruised through Philadelphia this past April, a writer attended the event for the first time, witnessing and experiencing “The World’s Largest Paint Party” with fresh eyes and clean clothes: “It was our first paint party, so we got to the thing without being exactly sure what to expect. It was ridiculous.”

When it was all said and done – and painted – the writer observed, “I think what these parties really do is that they allow people to be a lot more disinhibited. No one is worried about how they look because quite frankly everyone looks like they just had a major safety incident at a Skittle factory. So once you take away people’s self-consciousness and basically make everyone the same, you get a dynamic at the party where everyone can party harder – which is always a good thing.”

Dayglow's latest undertaking -- Blu: Beats. Love. Unity. -- is set to keep the party going this summer with what the promoter dubs “a unique, spectacular, and innovative show that you must experience to comprehend.”

In a nutshell, Dayglow combines dance music with dancers, paint with human canvasses, and videos with huge screens to create an experiential feast for the senses. Stilt-walkers, contortionists, and aerialists are sometimes included in the extravaganza.

Attendees are asked to wear white clothes and neon paint is blasted over the crowd from air guns. Participants can also purchase bottles of green, pink, and orange paint to spray on each other. On the 2011 Blu tour, blue paint will, naturally, be added into the mix.
Dayglow targets colleges and college towns on its itinerary, and with good reason. Adam Richman, a college promoter in Tucson who brought Dayglow to town, said "The college demographic really wants to see this.”

His advice for newbies: “Don't be scared of the paint. Come with an open mind. You've never experienced anything else like this."

The day after the Tucson event, an attendee noted, “This was a ton of fun and I haven't danced that hard in a while! I can barely move today.”

Other Dayglow fans are quick to praise it. Statements like “Would do it again in a heartbeat.” and “Awesome, different, exciting!” abound. One Florida attendee wrote, “Just amazing! Best event in a long time! Great music and so much fun with all the paint and party people. The first time they shoot paint into the audience was so much fun. Everyone went crazy.”

Dayglow's Blu Tour gets underway on September 2 in Syracuse and runs through October 29 when it returns to Tucson for an encore performance.

If you love electronic dance music and don't much mind getting sloshed with paint, Dayglow may well fulfill a void you never knew existed in your life. At the very least, you'll probably walk away like the critic in Philadelphia did, thinking to yourself, “Wow. That was fun.”




'So You Think You Can Dance' Launches North American Tour This Fall

by Noiz 7. August 2011 12:11

'So You Think You Can Dance' Launches North American Tour This Fall

There are two types of reality shows: the ones that involve talent and the ones that involve a complete lack of shame.

The latter category includes shows like Real Housewives, Big Brother, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.  While they can be decadently fun to watch one has to handle their episodes with care.  Watching too much of this type of reality show can result in a decrease in intelligence and cognitive skills.

The other type of reality television, the kind where contestants need at least a modicum of talent (Project Runway, Top Chef, Design Star) are much easier on the brain.  Yes, they often star brazen, attention-starved, narcissistic wannabes but at least they possess some sort of mildly desirable skill.

One of the better talent-based reality shows is Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).  The "American Idol" of boogie is currently in its eighth season and was recently the recipient of eight Emmy nominations including outstanding reality-competition program—throughout its run SYTYCD has won six Emmy Awards.

The dancing competition is hosted by Cat Deely and the hoofers are judged by Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.

"I'm thrilled to share this season's spectacular talent with the nation.  Watching them perform is truly awe-inspiring.  I'm confident America will feel the same," explained Lythgoe, who is also one of the show's creators and executive producers.

After SYTYCD crowns a champion, its finalists will embark on 32-city of North America.  The outing begins Sept. 17 in Orlando, Florida and wraps Nov. 2 in San Diego, California.  Highlights of their six-week trek include stops in Miami, Boston, Toronto, and Los Angeles.

Fans with So You Think You Can Dance tickets will be treated to dance moves from the program's top ten finalists: Jordan Casanova, Tadd Gadduang, Marko Germar, Ricky Jaime, Mitchell Kelly, Caitlynn Lawson, Jess LeProtto, Sasha Mallory, Melanie Moore, and Clarice Ordaz. 

The group will perform their most popular routines from the show as well as original numbers created especially for the tour.  The ten finalists dance in many different styles including ballroom, hip-hop, and salsa.


Primus: "A Night With" Launches Sept. 23

by Noiz 3. August 2011 19:57

Primus: "A Night With" Launches Sept. 23

It's called Green Naugahyde and it's their first studio album of the century.  They'll support the release, their seventh overall, with a modest tour of North America.

The band in question is none other than Primus. 

The California trio is fronted by legendary bassist Les Claypool (he's also the group's lead singer).  He's been the driving force behind Primus since its inception in 1984.

The three-piece band is primarily known for writing and recording songs with names in the title ("John the Fisherman," "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," and "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" just to name a few).  They've also sold tons of Primus tickets.  The band has been a part of more than 20 major concert tours as either headliners or as supporting acts.

Of course, they're best known for performing the theme song to South Park.

Primus is one of those bands that even if you don't like their music you still must recognize that they're one of rock music's most creative and ingenious acts.  From their 1989 debut album Suck On This to 1999's Antipop, Primus has always produced cerebral and complex tunes and have done so with great wit and whimsy.

Their forthcoming oeuvre continues Primus' unique musical legacy while simultaneously bringing it into the 21st century.  Needless to say, critics and fans are ecstatic.  

This new collection of songs was produced and engineered by Claypool at his studio, Rancho Relaxo, which is located in Northern California.  Rounding out Primus this time around are guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane.  Although Lane has been in the band before, this is the first Primus album he's actually appeared on.

“If I were to look at all of our records, it seems like this is reminiscent of the early stuff.  Obviously, with Jay there's a newness to it, but because he left the band right before we recorded our first record, his approach has an eerie harkening to the old Frizzle Fry days," explained Claypool.  "We recorded this album in the same way we always do but having Jay there made this a whole different experience.  It definitely made it more collaborative and it made us excited about the album as we went along because we had so much fun in the process.”

Green Naugahyde drops Sept. 12 in Europe and the following day in the United States.  On Sept. 23 the band kicks off their 2011 tour, "An Evening With Primus," in Boston, Massachusetts at the Orpheum Theatre.

Their trek across North America ends 20 concerts later in Los Angeles, California with a show at The Wiltern.  Primus is scheduled to make two stops in Canada (Montreal and Toronto) and to play back-to-back nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

According to their Web site, Primus will perform two sets a show.


Jay-Z, Kanye West Push Back Watch the Throne Tour Dates

by kel 2. August 2011 11:41

Because the joint Kanye West/Jay-Z tour was postponed, rumors are flying about the reasons. Much speculation has been focused on the fact that the guys were feuding because West wanted to do a huge production and Jay-Z didn't.

Alleged inside sources fueled the fire by saying, “Jay-Z can’t deal with Kanye. Jay is a stone-cold businessman. He wants to recoup all of his money from Live Nation. But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars with a blowout show. He doesn’t care about costs. He has a lot less to gain from the shows.”

Another anonymous gossip monger added, “Jay-Z is fed up with West’s antics. He doesn’t even want to be around him.”

However, in an interview with New York's Hot 97 FM, Jay-Z clarified things. He said, "I kinda want to spend a gazillion dollars. They got it backwards, but it's all good. I know that we're doing something right now. When I woke up to all that, I was like, 'Oh yeah, we must be really hot right now'."

Jay even copped to some mild friction between the two before dismissing it as the scheduling cause: “Kanye is my brother. Yes, we get on each other's nerves. That's part of pushing each other. The people who have a problem with Kanye or myself are the people that are complacent in life. People don't like to be pushed. It's annoying.

“It's a thing when people are pushing you to be greater, and we push each other to be greater. So, of course, there are times when we're in the studio, we're yelling, but that's about it. But that’s in the studio. I have so much respect for him, I wouldn’t put my hands on him. Never, no way.”

According to official sources, the real reason for the push back is the high demand for the show. Jay actually broke the news on the radio as the DJ started to tick off some dates.

He responded, "That's an old list we had to push that back, because it was like, we tried to put it out in pre-order and all the lines got jammed. We pushed it back to really route it and put other dates on there. We'll probably put four New York dates there instead."

The Watch the Throne Tour was originally slated to begin on September 22. Now, though, it kicks off on October 29. The whole first half of the itinerary has been cut as the powers that be sort out new routing. Most of the shows have found new dates, but a few have yet to be rescheduled.

The Watch the Throne collaborative album hits streets on August 12, though a digital preview will be available on iTunes on August 8. Produced by The Neptunes and RZA, the album features guest vocals by Beyoncé and Frank Ocean.

In a tip of the hat to their standing as rap royalty, for the tour, the two rappers – along with their backing band – will collectively be known as The Throne.




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