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The Festival Fistful: Phoenix Lights

With the finale of 2017, a new year has risen. With the arrival of warm weather in 2018, as audiophiles, we are ready for new music and festival season. Phoenix Lights is ready to bring the feeling to us with renewed passion. It’s brought to you by Relentless Beats out of the sunny Arizona desert and the lineup boasts an impressive collection of names. It’s got everything, from hip hop heavyweights to the underground DJs ready to show and prove. There’s grit, bass, beats, and beauty. It’s going to be magical and we don’t want you to miss out. However, first you should check out this fistful of names you’ve got to see in action.

The Festival Fistful: SXSW

Festival season is upon us! The weather is warming up, the sun will shine for longer, and the wacky costumes come out. However, most importantly, the new music is back to fill our ears and hearts with joy. No better event signals the kickoff of festival season better than SXSW and the lineup is looking extra juicy this year. We could break it down so many different ways, but we still couldn’t do such a lineup justice. So, you’ll have to settle for this little breakdown. Our take on the top five acts, the biggest heavyweights, to throw down at SXSW. This is The Festival Fistful!

Bottoms Up Phoenix Lights

Bottoms Up: Phoenix Lights

Rise from the ashes. That’s what a phoenix does. At Phoenix Lights they have a selection of artist well equipped to embody the mantra of the festival. Expect vivid lights, blaring sounds, and all in all, wild sets. It’s not that any of the names on the lineup are poorly known. It’s just that with a lineup of this caliber, the top spots will go to a heralded few. Therefore, we’ll take a moment and help these artists rise as they shine from the bottom, up!  Be sure to check the end of the post for a chance to win 2 VIP TICKETS courtesy of GiveSurreal.

8 Lessons to Learn from Gem & Jam Festival 2018

Tucked alongside the mountains of the Arizona desert, Gem & Jam music and arts festival takes place during the annual Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. Unlike many large mainstream music festivals, Gem & Jam is an intimate event that focuses on being a transformative festival which brings together artists, teachers and concert goers alike for a weekend of creation and collaboration.

In addition to a variety of musical entertainment, Gem & Jam also offers a variety of different musical and artistic workshops to those who attend. The festival is designed to teach and inspire attendees about the environment around them and the talents within themselves and below are  eight lessons that we took away this year.

Gem & Jam Festival Fistful

The Festival Fistful: Gem and Jam

January usually isn’t anyone’s favorite month of the year. It’s cold, the wind blows hard, and the sky is usually grey, However, if you’re looking to make January 2018 one for the books, look no further than Gem and Jam Festival out of Tucson, AZ. With some of the biggest names in the bass. funk, and jam music scene, Gem & Jam is certain to bring some warmth and light to your otherwise dreary winter. We previously showed you some of the best names you might not have heard of on Bottoms Up and gave you a chance to win a Gem & Jam Camping Package! Now it’s time to check back in with the heavy hitters atop the lineup with The Festival Fistful.

Gem & Jam Festival Fistful

Bottoms Up: Gem and Jam Festival

The dead of winter isn’t an ideal time to throw a festival. However, Gem and Jam Festival isn’t one to play by the rules. Coming straight out of Tucson, AZ, they’re ready to heat up this frigid January even further and we’re giving you the chance to win a Gem & Jam Festival Camping Package!  They bring out some of the funkiest, grooviest, and wobbliest acts around and you can be sure that the fire will be raging in the desert.  If you’re looking to escape the cold and throw down hard in the same stroke, then look no further. But before you watch these gems jam out (hehehe), get in the know from the bottom, up!

Decadence Colorado 2017 New Years Eve Recap

Decadence Colorado 2017: Recap

Decadence? More like DecaDANCE! Ha. But seriously, the 2017 run of Decadence CO was one for the history books. Two nights flush to the weekend, with NYE on a Sunday to ensure everyone got Monday to recover. A weekend filled with beautiful brilliant music from a killer lineup, lush lights, and general merriment. Boasting a lineup containing something for everyone, it couldn’t have been more perfect. If you gave us 100 chances to do it all over again, we’d do it the same way each and every time. That’s how magical it was. A ‘you had to be there’ experience to fully grasp it but we’ll run through some of the best sets and try to paint a picture for you nonetheless.

The Festival Fistful: Decadence Arizona

If you plan on ringing in the New Year in the desert, there’s no better way to do it than dance your way in at Decadence Arizona. And when there’s over 20 of electronic music’s hottest artists blowing Rawhide Events Center out for 2 straight nights, the choices might get overwhelming. After going Bottoms Up on the Decadence AZ lineup, get a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful for Goldrush Music Festival. Check out the five artists we’ve picked below that you absolutely can’t miss!

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Phoenix Lights Tickets Onsale + Lineup Phase 1 Transmission

Transmission complete!  Phoenix Lights tickets are now onsale and has revealed Phase 1 of their interstellar lineup!  This lineup is sure to turn up to past the moon and blast you into a whole new galaxy with headliners like Gucci Mane, Diplo and Martin Garrix who is making his Arizona festival debut!

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The Festival Fistful: Decadence Colorado

We’re grabbing a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful! We’re going to be sharing our top 5 picks for this NYE at Decadence Colorado!


The Floozies

For those searching for the funk, look no further than The Floozies, the duo guaranteed to get your groove shoes movin.  After the successful release of their Funk Jesus project, these All Good Records signees have been touring non-stop and are making a stop through Colorado for Decadence this NYE.  With a combination of synths, guitars, drums and more being performed live, the Floozies are a must-see act for those who live for live.


It’s rare to see an artist so thoroughly immersed in their craft that they get te pursest distillation of their vision.  For Bassnectar, he finds the space between the beautiful, the trippy, the bassy and a commitment to delivering the most incredible live experience for his fans.  With visuals that are sure to make you question the very reality you’re living in combined with and his tireless work behind the decks for the entirety of his set, there’s a reason he’s cultivated his own Deadhead style following of people that follow him on tour.  Headbang your way into the NYE with Bassnectar at Decadence Colorado.


If you ever needed an injection of soul into your dance music, Brooklyn’s very own Gramatik are sure to deliver the vibes.  They hit on the things that a fan of Reasonable Doubt era Jay Z would love mixed with the bass slapping, can’t stop dancing style funk music released by the likes of GRiZ.  Oh and bass… a big heaping helping of bass.  Catch these guys rocking out on Saturday and have yourselves a funkin’ great New Years Eve!

Space Jesus

When you want to talk about the pure space bass saucey vibes, look no further than Space Jesus.  An icon within the bass music scene, his heady combination of dub, bass, and the secret sauce will leave you jammin and no other choice but rock out amidst the soundtrack of an alien takeover.  Be sure to catch him rocking out on Saturday helping bring your New Years Eve interstellar!


A Troyboi set is basically time spent dancing uncontrolablly with that OOOOOHEWWW stinkface on as Troyboi drops original after original, each going harder than the last and could simultanously serve as a backing track for any of your favorite rappers.  You’ll catch this man murdered out with a hat pulled low, too busy rockin the crowd to worry about trying to be flashy.  This multi-talented musician recently signed to Timbaland’s right-hand man and US Super Producer, Jim Beanz and we couldn’t encourage you to go check this man any stronger.


Bottoms Up: Decadence AZ

While we often buy tickets to see our favorite musicians, festivals offer the perfect opportunity to broaden our music schemas and fall in love with new artists. Festivals feature both the biggest names in music (and on the lineup) and artists that are on the brink of greatness (and just a little bit further down the poster). Here are our picks for up-and-coming artists that you might have missed if we had not looked at the lineup from the bottom, up!

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Bottoms Up: Decadence Colorado

While we often buy tickets to see our favorite musicians, festivals offer the perfect opportunity to broaden our music schemata and fall in love with new artists. Festivals feature both the biggest names in music (and on the lineup) and artists that are on the brink of greatness (and just a little bit further down the poster). Here are our picks for up-and-coming artists that you might have missed if we had not looked at the Decadence Colorado lineup from the bottom, up!

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The Festival Fistful: Day for Night Festival

When you’re looking for a festival that values the experience as much as the music, look no further than Houston’s Day For Night Festival.  Taking place over the course of 3 days, the festival will see legends like Nine Inch Nails and Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame grace the same stages as today’s hottest up & comers like Tyler, The Creator, Solange, and James Blake.  Without further adieu, we give you The Festival Fistful, a healthy handful of jams from our 5 favorite artists from Day for Night Festival.

The Festival Fistful: Goldrush Music Festival

Goldrush Music Festival is this weekend and we can’t wait to see the weird getting at Rawhide Western Town in full force.  You can even win once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a backstage BBQ with Claude VonStroke, a photoshoot with Marshmello when you donate to Surreal, a fundraising platform that works with festivals and musicians to offer experiences benefitting charities like Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization which exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.  After going Bottoms Up on the Goldrush lineup, get a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful for Goldrush Music Festival.  Our top 5 picks for this weekend in Phoenix!


RL Grime

There’s no question that the king of big time festival sets is RL Grime.  The NOVA tour has been ongoing for the last couple weeks and he’s bringing his latest releases, some RL Grime classics and some brand new heat with him to Rawhide for Goldrush Music Festival.  After collaborating with Miguel earlier this year for Stay for It and more recently releasing his original track Era, RL Grime is going to be making massive moves at the Golden Gorge..


Dillon Francis

The man has been a social media megastar and he’s looking to take the next step into pop super producer with his latest release Hello There with Yung Pinch.  Dillon Francis has been mastering festival mayhem for the better part of a decade and his stop through Goldrush Music Festival will be a madhouse leaving you saying IDGAFOS!


A-Trak | Baauer

The perennial master of the turntables and Fools Gold Records head honcho A-Trak went all in with the bass blasting Baauer on a pair of tracks that are surefire dancefloor destoryers.  Fern Gully and Dumbo Drop are sure to be played as the pair embark on a stint of back to back DJ sets that will sure to see some of the hardest beats and technical mixing you can find..  Rawhide will be going all the way up with the duo at Goldrush Music Festival.



A journey into the darkest recesses of the dancefloor are found when seeing Malaa.  The artist is an enigma, wearing a skimask on stage, casually smoking cigarettes as he brings the floor to a fever pitch.  His sets have been a mainstay of massive events like Holy Ship and there’s no question that his set will be one you can’t miss at Goldrush Music Festival.

Hippie Sabotage

The Sacramento duo took the scene by storm after a 2014 endorsement from Ellie Goulding with a remix of Tove Lo that now has over 250 million streams.  These two will be sure to bring thundering 808s and chill vibes to the Golden Gorge alongside the likes of Marshmello, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos and more.

Listen to our Goldrush Music Festival Spotify Playlist!

Bottoms Up: Goldrush Music Festival

While we often buy tickets to see our favorite musicians, festivals offer the perfect opportunity to broaden our music schemas and fall in love with new artists. Festivals feature both the biggest names in music (and on the lineup) and artists that are on the brink of greatness (and just a little bit further down the poster). Here are our picks for up-and-coming artists that you might have missed if we had not looked at the lineup from the bottom, up!


Walker & Royce

Walker & Royce are sure to get Goldrush moving with their infectious, deep house grooves.
The New Yorkers have really blown up since singing with Claude Vonstroke’s Dirtybird Records. Walker & Royce dropped their latest album, Self Help, earlier this year, and it has features from some of the coolest names in house music, including Dances with White Girls and Green Velvet.

Snow Tha Product

Known as Snow Tha Product, Claudia Feliciano is famous for her rapid fire style of rapping in both English and Spanish. She is known for creating a party-like atmosphere at her shows, and she is also known for not shying away from meaningful lyrics. Feliciano often raps about politics, immigration and emotions. Her role as an activist made her the perfect candidate to be featured on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Mixtape on the song “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done).” Her impressive skills have been recognized by musicians like Tech N9ne and Immortal Technique, and her fanbase continues to grow.

Nicole Moudaber

Born in Nigeria and raised in Lebanon, Nicole Moudaber is a force within the music community. She is easily one of the biggest and the busiest tech-house artists right now. She is a producer, event promoter, record label founder and radio host. Moudaber has played some of the biggest festivals around the world, including hosting her own stage at Electric Daisy Carnival. She has also played intimate warehouse shows through MoodRaw.

Injury Reserve

Despite the music scene in Phoenix, Arizona being primarily indie music, Injury Reserve formed as an alternative rap group. Injury attributes the lack of rap scene in Arizona as being a source of inspiration since they did not have to live up to anyone’s expectations. The trio consists of two rappers and a producer who all hold an equal role in the group. The result is a weird-in-a-good-way sound that sets them apart from anything you have ever heard.


Habstrakt’s masterfully crafted bass house is sure to get the crowd dancing at Goldrush this year. The French DJ blends elements of dubstep and house in a way that is aggressive and unique. Habstrakt has caught the attention of many prominent DJs for his high-energy remixes, but 2017 might have been his biggest year yet. This year, he was featured on Skrillex’s house album, Howsla. In fact, he teamed up with the dubstep legend himself to produce “Chicken Soup,” one of the year’s most exciting electronic tracks.

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Goldrush Festival Founder Talks Wild West Party

With the inaugural Goldrush Music Festival on the horizon, we were lucky enough to sit at the saloon and chat with festival founder Thomas Turner to talks growth, his most anticipated artist at this year’s festival and what the future holds for Relentless Beats as Phoenix’s biggest concert promoter.

NOTE: In case you missed it, we’re giving away 2 FREE GOLDRUSH PASSES and announcing the winner on 10/30 at 12pm CT!

How did Relentless Beats get started?
I had been influenced by European dance music culture and it was not yet a thing in the US. As I became an avid consumer & enthusiast- I wanted to share it with all of my friends, so i began to create parties for all of us to enjoy.

Why Phoenix?
Besides being born and raised in Phoenix, it’s a city filled with opportunity. What better place to build a scene, than here.

How has RB grown in the past few years?
Each year we have the opportunity to host more people than ever before. We continue to introduce new events, bring in more artists and make our marquee events better than the years before. I think we grow because often we are part of some of the most memorable nights of people’s lives and that’s pretty exciting.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced with operating RB independently?
None of the operational issues we have faced thus far have been a result of us operating independently. In fact it’s the independence that has allowed me to go create a company that specializes in the entertainment & lifestyle that Relentless Beats is known for.

Where do you see the future of RB?
Some exciting things are currently in motion I cannot share, but what I can say is there is a lot more growth slated for the greater Phoenix area and we are happy to be participating.

What is one of your favorite experiences with running Relentless?
I love the energy and the love for electronic music, that we have in Arizona. It’s really amazing to see it flourish & excite so many people.

Who on the Goldrush lineup are you most excited about?
I’m a fan of undgeround house music, which is what got me into this business, so you will often find me at our RBDeep stage. However, I will bounce back and forth to catch as many as I can.

What inspired the gold mining theme?
If you have ever been to Rawhide then you know that its best feature is an amazing 1880’s western town. It’s an immersive wild west experience that you can only get in this setting.

Can you describe Goldrush in five words or less?
Wild West Meets Music Festival