The Presets Embark on String of North American Dates This March 2013

March 8 – Winter Park, CO @ Snowball Music Festival
March 11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
March 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
March 14 – Austin, TX @ IHEARTCOMIX Superparty

March 9 & 10 – Available For Promo in Los Angeles

This March, The Presets will be performing a string of shows including Snowball Music Festival and an unofficial event during SXSW. The Presets are available for press, including two full days of promo in Los Angeles.

The Presets are touring in support of their 2012 album Pacifica, which reached Gold in Australia, #1 on the iTunes Dance chart, and #3 on the US iTunes Electronic chart. Featuring ten prismatic, synth-laced songs, Pacifica sees the Presets boldly venture into new, uncharted musical territories. Traversing both light and shade in energy and emotion, the album was produced by the band – Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes – and mixed in Los Angeles with Tony Hoffer. Released to critical acclaim, Pacifica contains the hit singles “Promises,” “Ghosts,” and “Youth in Trouble.”

It’s been over four years since The Presets captured the world’s imagination with their blitzkrieg of
an album, the sophomore Apocalypso. Spawning five hit singles and exceeding Triple Platinum
sales in Australia, Apocalypso set dizzying new heights for dance music in Australia. The single “My People” stayed in the ARIA charts for over 75 weeks, making it the longest charting Australian single in ARIA chart history.

The Presets were recently awarded Single of the Year (Readers’ Choice) for “Ghosts” at the 4th annual Rolling Stone Awards.

Local Praise For The Presets

#1 Album of The Year – Daily Telegraph
#1 Album of The Year – Herald Sun
#1 Album of The Year – Courier Mail
#1 Album of The Year – Adelaide Advertiser
Electronic Album of The Year – Sydney Morning Herald
Electronic Album of The Year – Electronic Rumours
2012 J Award Nominee – Australian Album of The Year
2012 AMP Award – Shortlist Australian Album of The Year
Critic’s Poll 2012 – Mess and Noise
Top 30 Albums 2012 – In The Mix
Top 40 Albums 2012 #7 – Beautiful Buzz
Best Live Act – In The Mix Awards 2012

Simian Mobile Disco Kick Off North American Live Tour This Week In Los Angeles; Announce In-Store DJ Set at Mount Analog in LA

Simian Mobile Disco–the acclaimed UK electronic duo comprised of James Ford and Jas Shaw–kick off their North American live tour in support of their recent full length album Unpatterns and recently released EP A Form Of Change this Friday, November 30 in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theatre. The A Form Of Change World Tour will hit twelve North American cities before concluding on the two sailings of the S.S. Coachella next month. SMD has also announced an in-store DJ set at Mount Analog in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 29 from 6-8pm. To celebrate the kickoff of the tour, the duo released a live version of their classic track “Wooden” from their recent show in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

SMD have also created the new Tumblr site SMDLive.tumblr.com to focus on their live show from both musical and visual perspectives. It features exclusive content, including this video from the debut of their live show at the FYF Festival in Los Angeles earlier this fall

Fans have the chance to win live tickets through a Tumblr-exclusive competition. Running throughout their tour, the “re-blog and follow” contest will allow fans to win a pair of tickets to one SMD show of their choice. To enter, fans should follow SMD LIVE (http://smdlive.tumblr.com), re-blog the FYF 2012 clip and leave a comment with the Date and City of the desired show. Before each date, SMD will chose one winner who will receive 2 tickets to the show (no transport or accommodations provided).

Simian Mobile Disc recently released the A Form Of Change EP on Wichita Recordings. The EP comes from the same recording sessions as their critically praised album Unpatterns, released earlier this year. The collection of four tracks is another sterling example of Simian Mobile Disco’s restless creativity, and their yen for refining and redefining the parameters of their own musical landscape with almost laserlike precision, following Brian Eno’s maxim that “repetition is a form of change.”

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Nov 29 Los Angeles, CA – Mount Analog (in-store DJ set, 6-8pm)

Nov 30 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre

Dec 01 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine

Dec 02 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

Dec 03 Seattle, WA – Neumos

Dec 04 Vancouver, BC – Venue

Dec 06 New York, NY – Webster Hall

Dec 07 Philadelphia, PA – Making Time

Dec 08 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel

Dec 11 Boston, MA – Paradise

Dec 13 Montreal, QC – Club Soda

Dec 14 Toronto, ON – Hoxton

Dec 15 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

Dec 16 – 19 Bahamas – S.S. Coachella

Dec 19 – 23 Jamaica – S.S. Coachella

xkore tour dates with datsik

UK producer xKore is very excited to be supporting Canadian dubstep heavyweight Datsik on his Fall “Firepower” tour across the US. Touring alongside Delta Heavy and Bare Noize, xKore has been making waves with his music as of late, hitting Top 10 and Top 100 spots on Dubstep charts for his signature 170bpm tempo-drives and heavyweight drum timbres. Don’t miss out on this very exciting tour!

Check out the Firepower mix

xKORE FIREPOWER TOUR DATES SUPPORTING DATSIK
October 8 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
October 9 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
October 11 – Bryan, TX @ Graham’s Nightclub
October 12 – Dallas, TX @ Lizard Lounge
October 13 – Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
October 14 – Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard
October 16 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
October 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
October 20 – Santa Ana, CA @ Yost Theatre
October 25 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Casa De La Raza
October 30 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
October 31 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
November 1 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
November 3 – St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
November 5 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
November 6 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
November 7 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
November 8 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
November 9 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
November 10 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
November 12 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
November 13 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre

The term bass music is all too-often overused to bracket UK music of a certain low-end frequency together. But for 19 year-old xKore (pronounced as ex-core), his diverse productions and already brimming cannon of exquisitely produced music is deserving of a wide spread and eclectic bracket – if you must choose to include him in one, that is. If it’s frenetic, sharply tweaked drum beats and musically reinforced, melodic bass lines you’re after, you can be safe in the knowledge that xKore’s etched his name into uniquely heavy slabs of futurism soaked, contemporary dance floor music. Just ask the likes of Skream & Benga, Dillon Francis, Borgore and many more household names from across electronic music’s leading lights, all of whom have cottoned on to his mean, lean experimental sound.

xKore first burst onto the scene with a free track entitled ‘Hello’ last October (which has now broken the one million mark on UKF). Ever since then (and in the space of just a year and a half) he’s notched up a selection of evolving releases, etching his name into some of the underground’s leading stables and avoiding the’ dubstep-by-numbers’ template that plagues the scene; turning his hand to a range of styles, from his blistering debut EP Domination on Cognition to the Full Russian EP on Buygore, Lazershark EP for GAWA and recent EP Stabs for Inspected.

Things have really started to blossom for the young xKore when his remix of Sub Focus’ ‘Falling Down’ smashed its way to No.1 on the Dubstep Top 100 Chart, and has propelled him to the forefront of the current musical explosion. With forthcoming remixes for the likes of drum and bass veteran Metrik on Viper Recordings, UK urban collective The Foreign Beggars and a full, second release coming up on Inspected, xKore’s grabbing the bull by the horns with intense vigor and galvanized spirit.

As xKore’s sound progresses alongside his formative years, his growing trajectory shows no sign of letting up, as he continues to fuse together the best of all contemporary dancefloor music into his own brand of heavyweight destroyers. The future holds no limits for this titan of ‘bass culture’ – so make sure you don’t sleep on him for one second

Porter Robinson & Zedd to embark on tour dates co-headling Poseidon Tour

PORTER ROBINSON & ZEDD TO EMBARK ON CO-HEADLINING “POSEIDON TOUR”

THE HOTTEST YOUNG NAMES IN EDM TO PLAY COLLABORATIVE “BACK-TO-BACK” SETS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

PorterRobinson, the producer/DJ behind the definitive smash single of the summer, “Language”, is embarking with compatriot Zedd on a series of collaborative, “Back-To-Back” co-headlining sets on The Poseidon Tour this fall. The 20 year-old, whose Spitfire EP on Skrillex’s OWSLA cemented him as one of the most intrepid talents in the young crop of emerging US EDM by selling 25,000 copies to date, is on the lips of the global dance industry and in the headphones of listeners world wide. “Language” has been among the most played songs on BBC Radio 1 this summer and has seen support from a wide range of heavy-hitters. In a live capacity, the typically reserved Robinson is electric, whipping audiences into a frenzy at festivals on 3 continents including Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Creamfields this year.

German-raised EDM producer/DJ/songwriter, Zedd, just announced his debut album, Clarity, will be released October 9th via Interscope Records. As a Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch” for 2012 as well as a Billboard 2012 Fall Preview “10 to Watch”, Zedd is poised to become one of the biggest names in the music world. He has separated himself in a crowded field by drawing from a diverse musical training and background spanning from classical to post-hardcore/metal to electro house in order to make meticulously detailed and carefully produced compositions. Having already toured with Lady Gaga on her “Born This Way Ball’ tour, Skrillex and Deadmau5 among others, Zedd will join fellow artist and friend, Porter Robinson for their Poseidon Tour this fall.

UPCOMING “POSEIDON TOUR” DATES:

25-Sep Gainesville, FL The Vault
26-Sep Tampa, FL Amphitheatre
27-Sep Orlando, FL Roxy
28-Sep Morgantown, WV Glowfest @ Mylan Park
2-Oct Boston, MA Royale
3-Oct Ann Arbor, MI Necto
4-Oct Miami, FL LIV
6-Oct Columbia, MD Virgin Mobile FreeFest
7-Oct Vancouver, BC Vancouver Convention Centre
9-Oct Hollywood, CA Greystone Manor
10-Oct Santa Ana, CA Yost Theater
11-Oct San Diego, CA Petco Park
11-Oct San Diego, CA Voyeur
12-Oct Los Angeles, CA Avalon
13-Oct Portland, OR Oregon Convention Center

Miike Snow tour dates

“Defying Expectations With Dark Lyrics and a Dance Beat” – NEW YORK TIMES

Fresh off sets at this year’s Lollapalooza and HARD festivals, the dynamic trio Miike Snow are announcing a string of fall dates in support of their sophomore album, Happy to You, out now on Downtown/Universal Republic which was heralded by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Filter among others. On Happy to You, Miike Snow further refines their blend of of pop, rock and electronic music, but take their sound into a darker but more grandiose direction with the addition of orchestras, horns and marching bands. In a live setting the group is known to have fans writhing in euphoria with perfect execution of syncopated rhythms and melodic warmth accompanied by dazzling lights for a show that stimulates all the senses.

Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg bring their expansive live set-up on the nine date run that will hit select Midwest and East Coast markets and will include a set at this years Moogfest in Asheville, NC. The tour will wrap at the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale later this week, full details can be found below.

MIIKE SNOW FALL TOUR DATES:

October 16: First Avenue/Minneapolis, MN (on sale 8/17 at 10 am CT)

October 17: Congress Theater/Chicago, IL (on sale 8/17 at 10 am CT)

October 19: United Palace/New York, NY (Presale for American Express card members on 8/15 at 12 pm ET, general on sale on 8/17 at 12 pm ET)

October 20: State Theater/Portland, ME (on sale 8/17 at 10 am ET)

October 22: Orpheum Theatre/Boston, MA (on sale 8/17 at 10 am ET)

October 23: Wellmont Theatre/Montclair, NJ (Presale for American Express card members on 8/15 at 12 pm ET, general on sale on 8/17 at 12 pm ET)

October 24: 9:30 Club/Washington, DC (2 Shows: Doors 7pm and 11pm, on sale 8/16 at 10 am ET)

October 30: Hollywood Palladium/Los Angeles, CA (on sale 8/17 at 10 am PT)

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED DATES:

August 16: Frequency Festival/St. Polten, AT

August 18: Pukkelpop Festival/ Hasselt, BE

August 19: Lowlands/ Biddinghuizen, NL

August 24: Rock En Seine/ Paris FR

August 25: Reading Festival/Reading, UK

August 26: Leeds Festival/ Leeds, UK

September 1: Made in America/ Philadelphia, PA

September 7: Berlin Festival/ Berlin, DE

September 9: Bestival/Isle of Wight, UK

October 13: Corona Capital 2012/Mexico City, Mexico

October 26: Moogfest/Asheville, NC

PRESS ON MIIKE SNOW:

The second LP… is exhilarating and, frequently, beautiful.” – ROLLING STONE

“Beats sparkle, synths crest and unfurl with purpose, horns come in at just exact right moment. The foundation is strong.” – PITCHFORK

“… with sufficient talent and sonically adventurous vision, you can do anything. Miike Snow clearly has both at it’s fingertips.” – FILTER

“The spirit of Happy to You is indie rock, but the sound is as addictively sharp as anything in the Top 40” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

The Hood Internet announce album out 10/2 on Decon Records

IN SUPPORT OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM FEAT, THE HOOD INTERNET WILL TOUR THIS FALL WITH BODY LANGUAGE, MY GOLD MASK, AND OSCILLATOR BUG

Chicago production duo, The Hood Internet, is gearing up for a string of dates that will have the masterful genre-blenders traversing America this fall. Always forging unexpected musical connections that bridge the sonic gap, ABX and STV SLV will not only be bringing their signature mash-ups to dance hungry crowds across the country but a whole crop of new sample-free originals from their upcoming LP, FEAT, as well. The album, their official debut, is slated for release on October 2nd on Decon Records and features a wealth of contributions from indie heavyweights, including A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers, Annie Hart, Isaiah Toothtaker, Psalm One, BBU, Class Actress and more. The first single from FEAT, “Wont F— Us Over” is now available on iTunes.

The Hood Internet always bring an unparalleled level of energy to their live performances, which will undoubtedly leave audiences sweaty and craving more. The tour kicks off on September 12th in Grand Rapids with openers Body Language, My Gold Mask and Oscillator Bug.

LISTEN TO “I’LL BE COUNTRY“, THE NEW MASH-UP OF BIG KRIT AND PASSION PIT AT VIBE

PRESS QUOTES

“The Hood Internet are uncommonly good at what they do” – STEREOGUM

FEAT TRACK LISTING:
1. Critical Captions (ft Class Actress, Cadence Weapon)
2. One For The Record Books (ft AC Newman, Sims)
3. More Fun (ft Psalm One, TOBAXXO)
4. Nothing Should Be A Surprise (ft Isaiah Toothtaker, Show You Suck)
5. Exonerated (ft Zambri, Hooray For Earth, Junior Pande)
6. Won’t Fuck Us Over (ft BBU, Annie Hart)
7. Do You Give Up Now? (ft Donwill, My Gold Mask, Junior Pande)
8. Our Finest China (ft The Rosebuds, Astronautalis)
9. Uzi Water Gun (ft Millionyoung, Kenan Bell, The Chain Gang Of 1974)
10. These Things Are Nice (ft Kid Static, Slow Witch, Kleenex Girl Wonder)

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
WED 9/12 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme*
THR 9/13 Cincinatti, OH Mayday*
FRI 9/14 Brooklyn, NY MHOW*
SUN 9/16 Boston, MA Middle East*
WED 9/19 Champaign, IL Canopy Club*
THR 9/20 Chicago, IL The Metro*
WED 9/26 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig^
FRI 9/28 St Louis, MO The Gramophone^
SAT 9/29 Kansas City, MO The Firefly^
SUN 9/30 Dallas,TX Dada^
TUE 10/2 San Antonio, TX Korova^
WED 10/3 Austin, TX Beauty Ballroom^
THR 10/4 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls^
FRI 10/5 Phoenix, AZ Bar Smith^
SAT 10/6 Tucson, AZ Club Congress^
SUN 10/7 Los Angeles, CA Los Globos^
TUE 10/9 Oakland CA New Parish^

* w/ Body Language, My Gold Mask and Oscillator Bug.
^ w/ Body Language, TBA and Oscillator Bug.

Hundred Waters announce signing with OWSLA – album coming this fall

HUNDRED WATERS ANNOUNCE SIGNING WITH OWSLA AND ALBUM COMING THIS FALL

REMIX EP SET TO DROP IN AUGUST FEATURING REWORKS BY STAR SLINGER, ARAABMUZIK, TOKIMONSTA, LOCKAH AND DIFFERENT SLEEP & TROUBLEMAKER

The Avant-Pop quintet, Hundred Waters, announce their signing with three-time Grammy winner Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Hundred Waters is an artistic collective comprised of two women, three men, and one house, in which most of their creation happens. Being nothing like the label has signed before, OWSLA continues to show its ever morphing and openness to various music types, without confining to one particular sound and genre. Hundred Waters is releasing their Thistle EP on August 21, 2012, featuring their single ‘Thistle’ along with five remixes by well-known artists Star Slinger, AraabMuzik, TOKiMONSTA, Lockah and Different Sleep & Troublemaker. Their debut self-titled album drops on OSWLA in October, which Pitchfork reviewed early with much critical acclaim, describing it as “a gorgeous debut of bewitching digital folk.” The album combines stunning vocals over sophisticated arrangements of classical instrumentation to create a sense of intimacy and refinement throughout, transporting listeners to an ethereal, neo-folk atmosphere. Consequence of Sound comments that, “true song craft and musicianship is at work within Hundred Waters, and that warrants some serious attention.”

The group of musicians got their start in Gainesville, Florida. Currently they are on a fall tour with critical darling, Julia Holter, full dates below, and were one of the featured artists on the recent The Full Flex Express tour in Canada (alongside Diplo, Skrillex, Grimes and more).

WATCH HUNDRED WATERS PERFORM ‘BOREAL’ LIVE HERE:

THISTLE EP TRACKLISTING:
1. Thistle (Original Remix)
2. Thistle (Star Slinger Remix)
3. Thistle (AraabMuzik Remix)
4. Thistle (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
5. Thistle (Lockah Remix)
6. Thistle (Different Sleep & Troublemaker Remix)

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
08/31 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
09/01 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
09/02 Washington, DC Black Cat
09/04 Charlottesville, VA Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
09/06 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival
09/20 Portland, ME SPACE Gallery
09/21 Montreal, Quebec Church of St. John
09/22 Toronto, Ontario Legendary Horshoe Tavern
09/24 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
09/25 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
09/26 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
09/28 Champaign/Urbana, IL Pygmalion Music Festival
09/29 Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Festival
10/01 Columbus, OH Wexner Center for the Arts

*note – all dates w/ Julia Holter

Toro Y Moi announces shows, playing Lollapalooza this weekend

Stream the Lolla set via YouTube Sunday at 5pm CST

Toro Y Moi announces a handful of upcoming shows, including appearances at Counterpoint Music Festival and Treasure Island Music Festival. Toro Y Moi will also be playing Lollapalooza this Sunday at 5pm CST. Their set will be available to stream through the Lollapalooza YouTube channel here.

TORO Y MOI

8/3 – Huntington Beach, CA – US Open of Surf (4pm) #
8/5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/5 – Chicago, IL – Beauty Bar (DJ Set)
9/26 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
9/27 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel *
9/28 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm *
9/29 – Fairburn, GA – Counterpoint Music Festival
10/13 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival

* = w/ The Choir Quit, Can’t Kids
# = w/ TV On The Radio

Tech N9ne Announces Canadian Tour With Madchild From Swollen Members

Following his sold-out 95 date “Hostile Takeover Tour” with Machine Gun Kelly, premier independent hip-hop artist Tech N9ne refuses to rest. The Strange Music recording artist has announced a headlining Canadian tour with Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records artist Madchild, from Platinum Canadian hip-hop crew Swollen Members. The tour will kick off on September 4th in Madchild’s hometown of Vancouver, BC and continue through early October.

Over the last decade, the Kansas City recording artist has continued to build his Strange Music brand by developing a fervent following of devoted fans captivated by his uncanny energy and relentless touring schedule. By the mid-2000s, Tech N9ne was performing over 200 shows a year in high-octane sets that have earned high-profile endorsements from the likes of Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and many others.

In 2011, the rapper released his critically-acclaimed twelfth studio album, All 6’s & 7’s, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Independent and Hip-Hop/R&B charts, and No. 4 overall on the Top 200. Tech N9ne also delivered a show-stopping, stand-out feature on Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter IV, which sold nearly 1 million units in its first week of release last summer.

Tech N9ne’s single, “Caribou Lou”, was just recently certified Gold, according to SoundScan, which tracks the sale of music. Singles and albums are considered Gold once they have sold more than 500,000 units.

As a member of Swollen Members, Madchild is part of one of the most successful hip-hop acts to emerge out of Canada. During their decade long career, Swollen Members has multiple Gold and Platinum selling records, won countless awards including Much Music video awards, and the group is a 4-time Juno Award winner for Best Rap Recording and Rap Recording of the Year. Madchild is touring in support of his debut solo album, Dope Sick, which hits stores on August 28th.

Tech N9ne’s Canadian tour dates are below. For a complete, up-to-date listing and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.strangevip.com.

Sept 04 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Sept 05 – Kamloops, BC – Cactus Jacks Nightclub
Sept 06 – Victoria, BC – Club 9one9
Sept 07 – Nanaimo, BC – Spice Lounge
Sept 08 – Chilliwack, BC – Evergreen Hall
Sept 09 – Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Nightclub
Sept 11 – Calgary, AB – Distillery Nightclub
Sept 12 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
Sept 13 – Lethbridge, AB – Pulse Nightclub
Sept 14 – Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Centre
Sept 16 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
Sept 18 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks Nightclub
Sept 20 – Sudbury, ON – TBA
Sept 21 – Toronto, ON – Rockpile Nightclub
Sept 22 – Toronto, ON – Rockpile Nightclub
Sept 24 – London, ON – TBA
Sept 25 – Peterborough, ON – TBA
Sept 26 – Oshawa, ON – Status Lounge
Sept 27 – St John’s, NFLD – Club One
Sept 28 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Forum
Sept 29 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual Nightclub
Oct 01 – Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda

Major Lazer new album Free The Universe and Major Lazer tour dates

MAJOR LAZER’S NEW LP “FREE THE UNIVERSE” COMING NOVEMBER 6th 2012

US TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED, EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER VIA GILT

“…the great appeal of Major Lazer is watching these dancehall concoctions transform, as elements of dub and hip-hop and reggae are also smashed into one freaky, juiced up mutant (kinda like the fictional Major Lazer himself).”
– PITCHFORK

Since its inception in 2009, the one-armed cartoon Jamaican renegade know as Major Lazer (fronted by Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Diplo) has become a cultural zeitgeist- from being sampled by Beyonce for her single “Run The World (Girls)”, selling out shows and playing festivals across the world or leading the way in the current dancehall revival movement and producing the upcoming Snoop Dogg album, Major Lazer’s world takeover since the release of GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE…LAZERS DO is undeniable. The highly anticipated second full length installment of the Major Lazer saga, FREE THE UNIVERSE, is set to be released November 6th 2012 on Mad Decent / Downtown.

With one full length and two EPs under its belt, Major Lazer has already given a sneak peak of what’s to come with this year’s much lauded new single, “Get Free” featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, which SPIN called “a meeting point between Jamaica, West Africa, and Brooklyn”. FREE THE UNIVERSE forges a new path for Major Lazer, now with Diplo as the sole executive producer for the project, and includes exciting collaborations with Bruno Mars, Tyga, Flux Pavillion, Wynter Gordon, Shaggy, Wyclef, Ezra Koening from Vampire Weekend, Dev and more.

In other news, producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Dre Skull join Major Lazer for the upcoming Snoop Dogg album Snoop Lion “Reincarnated” as Major Lazer. Major Lazer will also be featured on the upcoming title track from No Doubt’s highly anticipated album with famed dancehall artist Busy Signal. The official remix for Hot Chip “Look At Where We Are” is also available.

A limited edition “Get Free” 12″ came out on July 31st, featuring official remixes from drum & bass king Andy C, Brazilian trio Bonde do Role and new comers What So Not. the latter being found on-line as a bootleg. Major Lazer heads out on a string of end of summer European dates, kicking off August 15th in Otranto, Italy, before returning to the US for a limited run of dates on both coasts. Beginning at 10AM EST Wednesday, August 1st, an exclusive VIP pre-sale will be available on GiltCity.com to purchase tickets for US dates.

MAJOR LAZER EU TOUR DATES
8/15 – Otranto, Italy – Parco Torcito
8/16 – Calvia, Spain – Mallorca Rocks Hotel
8/17 – Ibiza, Spain – Ibiza Rocks Hotel
8/18 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival
8/22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA
8/23 – Aarhus, Denmark – Train
8/24 – Stockholm, Sweden – Popoganda Festival
8/25 – Daresbury, England, UK – Creamfields Festival
8/27 – London, UK – Notting Hill Carnival
9/7 – Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
9/8 – Isle of Wight, UK – Big Top

MAJOR LAZER FALL US TOUR DATES
10/18 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
10/20 – San Diego, CA @ HOB
10/25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/26 – Boston, MA @ HOB
10/27 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5