Boys from Oz: My day on set with Stafford Brothers

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I have made no secret about my affinity for Australians (well, one in particular), but I still didn’t expect to like Stafford Brothers as much as I do before spending the day with them for this feature on Billboard. There are plenty of people in dance music and the music industry at large (for that ...

Lo Safai of Heartsrevolution disses her former label in an entertainingly tasteless way

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If you have a hipster memory that extends four or five years, you might recall Heartsrevolution as the boisterous duo with the song “C.Y.O.A.” that played a bunch of IHEARTCOMIX parties back in the dark last years of the Bush administration. I was pumped to talk to them last week for CODE on Billboard about their ...

Dirtybird’s J-Phlip on being timeslot-appropriate and style conscious in a techno boy’s club

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Dirtybird, the San Francsico techno crew, is more like a mafia than a record label. Founded a decade ago as a dance party by Claude von Stroke (the alias of Barclay Crenshaw), Justin Martin, his brother Christian Martin (sometimes known as Leroy Peppers), and their friend Worthy, Dirtybird has become a term synonymous with bass-heavy ...

Sexual Favors and Moonwalking: Why we won’t hear from Al Walser again

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I spent Sunday morning with Al Walser, the controversial Grammy nominee, to profile him for Billboard. He was very nice and gracious about letting me spend time with him amongst his entourage. He and his wife were cute together, and I admire their commitment to each other amid the chaos of the day. But after ...

Justin gets a reboot from Dean Coleman

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I cry a river for anyone who doesn’t recognize “Like I Love You” as the best Justin Timberlake tune ever. Since everyone’s kinda eh on his new song, you can enjoy revisiting JT’s first solo single with this remix from Dean Coleman. Also, think about how badass it was to feature Clipse on a pop ...

Eric Prydz rolls the black dice; promises something new in Vegas residency

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I was wondering where he’s been! While his former Swedish House Mafia bros are on a neverending farewell tour, Eric Prydz had been missed in North America until last year when he toured briefly. No more. He throws down a residency – called Black Dice – at the Wynn properties, XS and Surrender starting February ...

Explaining EDM America to British Dance Music Elitists

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A response to Clive Martin’s handy guide/open letter to America. Britons, Thank you, for the recent “explanation” of rave culture. On behalf of my fellow Americans, I’d like to thank you for the advice on how to handle our dance music scene. However, there are few things you might not quite understand. I am more ...

Kylie gets tributed on a rooftop

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Who isn’t obsessed with the orgiastic “All The Lovers?” The Joseph Kahn-directed promo has Kylie‘s fanbase titilated and desperate for the forthcoming album. Such fans apparently include one West Hollywood couple who recreated the climax of the video on their roof. Earlier today we tweeted a photo and here you can see it in better ...