Halloween 2013: Night of the Living Boys Noize

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After the disappointment of canceling the opening show on his first ever “LIVE” tour in Fort Lauderdale last year, Boys Noize is back in South Florida to bring you one of the spookiest and unforgettable Halloweens you have yet to experience. Alongside a few very select dates for his North American fall tour, he decided to make a stop at Miami’s Grand Central for some scary beats and treats on Oct. 31.

Boys Noize, also known as Alex Ridha, has been one of my favorite electronic artists and producers since I was first introduced to his music in 2009. He is the mastermind behind Boys Noize Records, which hosts artists like Strip SteveSiriusmoDjedjotronic and up-and-comer SCNTST. Ridha is known for his bone-chilling and hair-raising sets that normally exceed all expectations. He has worked with countless other musicians, including Mr. OizoSkrillex and Erol Alkan. I could literally talk about Boys Noize all day, but nobody has time for that.

 

His latest solo release is a 5-track EP entitled Go Hard. It includes one of my new favorites, “Starwin.” However, I think that Go Hard is a deviation away from his previous and signature style. The EP experiments with trap-like sounds, especially with “Push Em Up” and “Excuse Me.” Somehow, Ridha still retains that dark, mysterious, mechanical and robotic sound that he is known for. A real musician is able to exhibit progression throughout their career, but also maintain the sounds and styles that they are known for. I believe that Boys Noize is a perfect example of this.

 

Brought to you by Poplife, Red Rabbit and Grand Central Present, tickets are currently $25 and can be found HERE. Doors open at 10 p.m., and this is an 18+ event.

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Moby is back with a new album

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Right when the music world thought that Moby would never make a comeback, “Innocents” was released on Sept. 30.

This is a complete and thorough piece of work, unlike many of the albums I’ve listened to lately. The production quality is immaculate. For the first time in his 20-year career, Moby allowed another producer, Mark “Spike” Stent, to work with him. Stent is known for working with Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, a highly drastic change than what Moby is celebrated for.

Somehow, the two make it work. “Innocents” captures the typical Moby sound and style that everyone is accustomed to, but it is different in so many ways. For starters, the extensive amount of collaborations creates a different aura for the album. The soothing, soulful and emotional voices of Inyang Bassey and Cold Sparks, among others, work perfectly with Moby’s elegant chords and symphonies.

His move from New York City to Los Angeles seems to have had an impact on his creativity. The album is a return back to form for the musician, as repetition plays a major key in the cohesiveness for not only the album, but for most of the songs individually as well.

The use of pianos and violins, the harmonics and the melancholy ambiance are reminiscent of previous Moby albums. As listeners, we know what to expect from Moby and don’t anticipate any surprises. However, he is able to hypnotize you and draw you further into the album. In my opinion, this is what he does best, and it is most exquisitely displayed with this most recent album, especially with the closing 10-minute song.

After being in the music business for over two decades, Moby is proof that experience pays off. He has a following and will always be considered a major player in the music industry, but most people have written him off lately due to the disappointment of his last two albums. Not any more. With “Innocents,” Moby creates a sound that is just as respectable as any of his past hits.

While it is still not one of my favorite Moby albums, I am able to view him in a new light because of this newfound experimentation with his past methods. Moby’s music is talented and touching. “Innocents” is no exception.

 

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Cheating on Pandora, with iTunes Radio

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Apple Inc.’s iTunes has finally made its way into the streaming game. ITunes Radio premiered with the release of the new iOS7 upgrade, and within the first five days, it had 11 million unique users.

As the leader in music sales, iTunes has a plethora of music to offer. However, most reviews of the new service have criticized that it is not as personalized as Pandora Media Inc. or Spotify Ltd. Apple advertises on it’s website that with each song that is played, your stations will become more and more tailored to your tastes. The more the radio is used, the more it will adapt to your preferences. Creepy, right?

ITunes Radio bases its song selection on the music in your library. The star to the left of the play/pause button allows you to decide if you want iTunes Radio to “play more like this,” “never play this song,” or add the song to your “iTunes wish list.” You can share stations with your friends via mail, message, Facebook or Twitter. As your taste develops on the new radio service, your friends will be able to follow your progression. This is the perfect feature to follow friends with good taste in music and for those lazy ones that never want to find their own tunes.

The new radio service is fully integrated with iTunes, making buying new music easier and more tempting than ever. The price of each song is located in the top right corner of the mobile screens, almost as if it is a constant reminder that you can still be spending more money, and why not give it to Apple?

ITunes Radio has over 250 stations, and you must have Wi-Fi or use your cellular data for it to work. You can skip six songs per hour per station, just like Pandora.  Another shared feature are the ads, even though many users said that iTunes Radio had less. For $25 a year, you can store all of your music, not just iTunes-bought music, in the iCloud and enjoy ad-free radio with iTunes Match.

Where does this leave other streaming radio companies? The overwhelming response to the new service has left many wondering if Apple users will stop listening on their normal streaming service and switch to iTunes Radio.

“We believe iTunes Radio will only have a modest impact,” Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora, said at a conference on Sept. 24 in New York. He also said that Pandora has had many competitors, some bigger, and that they would prevail.

The aesthetics of the new iTunes Radio are pleasing, like most Apple products, but I wouldn’t be so quick to ditch Pandora or Spotify.

 

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