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POSTED: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 2:09 PM

Philadelphia electro jam band Disco Biscuits will put on their 11th annual Camp Bisco festival outside of Albany, New York this July, with an impressive assortment of dance music, hip-hop and indie headliners.

The big kahuna is Skrillex, everyboy's favorite omnipresent Grammy-winning, oversized spectacle-wearing, bad haircut-sporting dubstep king pin. But OutKast rapper Big Boi is also on tap for the camping festival which runs July 12-14 at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York, as are indie bands Holy F--- and Portugal the Man and DJs Bassnectar,  Simian Mobile Disco, A-Trak and Bonobo. Not to mention the DBs themselves, who will play six sets over the course of the three days.

More info and ticketing details here. That's Skrillex on the left, and Dubstep Eden has a mix made by the man born Sonny John Moore here.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 3:55 PM
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Justin Bieber has revealed the artwork on his next blockbuster single, Boyfriend on Twitter. (Available at Walmart.)

Writes the Bieb:

so here it is...the cover of the Walmart SINGLE COVER...made by U the fans! thank u! This is OUR ALBUM!

POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 12:43 PM

Before the announcement that new mother Beyonce Knowles would be the headlining act for the Memorial Day weekend grand opening at Revel, the 1800 room luxe casino hotel coming soon to the northeast end of the Atlantic City boardwalk, rumor had it that the first big name act to play Revel would be blues-rock duo The Black Keys. 

That rumor turns out to be true. The Keys - the tandem of guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney - will play Revel's 5050 capacity Ovation Hall on May 19, at the tail end of the eight-week preview which precedes the grand opening, and will begin on April 2. 

And speaking of April 2, that brings us to perhaps more interesting news about Revel: In addition to big room that Beyonce and the Black Keys - and Coldplay, the other rumored booking? - will be playing, there's also a small multipurpose room at Revel called The Social that will seat 400 for concerts and also convert into a dance club.


POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9:33 AM
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Like its other public spaces, Revel's casino was created by a company that specializes in theater design. Photo: Chuck Darrow

Almost since the day it was announced back in 2006, Revel, the $2.4 billion pleasure dome on the eastern end of Atlantic City’s boardwalk, has been seen as a “game-changer.” That is, gaming industry observers and insiders have pinned the mega-resort as the Great Blue Hope (for its acres of azure exterior glass) that will restore AyCee’s former glory as the epicenter of East Coast gaming and entertainment.

Whether or not Revel can compel former Atlantic City visitors to return while simultaneously creating a new customer base of those who heretofore have resisted the seaside gambling capital’s particular charms can be charted as of April 2, when the 6.5 million-square-foot behemoth begins welcoming the public. But in terms of New Jersey’s gaming realm, Revel doesn’t just change the game, it creates an entirely new one.

That’s the takeaway from the exhaustive three-plus-hour tour media types took earlier today. The property is so overwhelming in its layout, décor and amenities that it probably isn’t fair to discuss it in context of the town’s existing 11 gaming halls.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 1:52 PM

South by Southwest: It's the gift that keeps on giving. Below are SXSW video clips shot in Austin, Texas last week of Santigold performing "Disparate Youth," at the Fader Fort, Bruce Springsteen doing "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," with Eric Burdon of The Animals fom ACL Live at the Moody Theater, and Fiona Apple doing "Valentine" at Stubb's. Excellent use of umbrellas a stagecraft by the Santigold dancers.

Apple plays Saturday night at the Music Box Theater at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Springsteen plays the Wells Fargo Center next Wednesday and Thursday. Santigold's Master Of Make Believe comes out next month. The's Conor Kelley's photo of Apple to the left.

Previously: The Roots and Jazzy Jeff at SXSW Follow In The Mix on Twitter here


POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 11:04 AM

Behold "We Are Ready," the debut recording of Dancefloor Diplomacy. The Philly-formed band creates music collages. Unlike a mash-up artist like Girl Talk, the 20-member Dancefloor Diplomacy doesn't sample. They play each of the 38 songs that comprise "We Are Ready" live. Led by Jakob Dorof and KJ Rothweiler, the band also eschew easily identifiable aspects of pop songs, such as lyrics (except when borrowing from Hot Chip's "Ready for the Floor") in favor of creating whole new entities out of rhythms and melodies of seemingly disparate songs. Who knew, for instance, that the White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" would mesh so well with Britney Spears' "Toxic"?

The video was directed by Theo Anthony and shot by Gregory Wikstrom.

POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012, 10:48 AM

Uberdiva Beyonce will headline Revel's grand opening festivities Memorial Day weekend.

The long-awaited announcement of who will play during the $2.4 billion mega-resort's official opening festivities May 25-27 was made this morning on Revel's Facebook page. The super-duper-star warbler will perform in Ovation Hall, the casino's 5,500-seat performance space.

This is exactly the kind of coup that was expected from the property: The engagement is not part of a bigger tour by Beyonce, but an exclusive-to-Revel booking. Nonetheless, the announcement is sure to disappoint classic-rock devotees who, during the past few weeks, have been teased by speculation that, among others, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin or even a Paul McCartney-Ringo Starr pairing would be the centerpiece of the Memorial Day weekend bash.

POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012, 10:33 PM

Among the stars of the show at this year's SXSW, for anyone lucky enough to get in to see them at the MOG Party on Saturday afternoon, were Philadelphia's The Roots. The greatest live hip-hop band in the land turned in a typically masterful set that served up more than its fair share of spot-on rhyming (and staggering breath control) from emcee Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, as well as the band's standard issue tour de force journey through the American musical forms that led up to rap, from blues to jazz to surf-rock to soul to funk to heavy metal.

Below, check out a video clip from one of the stone-cold highlights of show at the Mohawk: A drum-off between Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, percussionist Frank Knuckles (on the right) and (on the left)  DJ Jazzy Jeff Townes, the Philadelphian perhaps not-hyperbolically introduced by Black Thought as "the greatest DJ in the history of DJs." That's sousaphonist Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson standing on stage filming it for posterity.  Intrepid camera man Conor Kelley shot it for your viewing pleasure. 



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