Lakemaid Frosty Winter Lager


The beer goes in a slightly different tank than the other winter efforts that we have received. The beer has hints of grain and malt alongside a slight hop bite. The complexity of the beer yields a different variety of flavors each time an individual has a sip. The sweetness that ties together these two elements keeps individuals wanting more; taken together, the Lakemaid Frosty Winter Lager is a beer that provides something for everyone. Make sure to visit those states in which it is distributed (Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas) to purchase a six or twelve-pack of the lager before it is retired for the season.

Visit the Lakemaid website for more information about their efforts and their store, which has a tremendous amount of branded merchandise for individuals to purchase. The Lakemaid Frosty Winter Lager is a fulfilling effort that will keep individuals warm through the coldest of nights, containing a complexity that will require imbibers a number of bottles to truly figure out.

Rating: 8.2/10

Lakemaid Frosty Winter Lager /

Tiësto’s “Red Lights” remixed by Fred Falke


Listen to the remix in its entirety here:


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Check out French house producer Fred Falke’s silky smooth and summery remix of Tiësto’s smash single, “Red Lights.”

“Red Lights” is the first single from Tiësto’s forthcoming artist album and has been remixed by the likes of Afrojack, twoloud, Fred Falke, Blame and D-Wayne.

The “Red Lights Remixes” bundle will be released February 21 to all DSPs and February 23rd to Beatport


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Paper Diamond Premiere Black Rose

Paper Diamond has been killing it so far this year. On top of his headling 30+ date Cold Crush Tour and announcing his debut Las Vegas monthly DJ residency starting March 26 at Surrender, the multigenre producer and instrumentalist premieres a brand-new original production, titled “Black Rose” today via Hypetrak.
“Black Rose” was one of the songs premiered on Paper Diamond’s debut mix for “Diplo and Friends” this past Sunday, which also features unreleased productions and tracks from friends like Zed’s Dead, Two Fresh, and AntiserumDiplo shouts out “The one and only Paper Diamond – this might be one of the most versatile guys I ever run into as far as production. He’s played all over the world coachella, lollapalooza, electric zoo, every festival in the world is not complete without booking Paper Diamond.”
Artwork Courtesy of Raccoon Nook
“Black Rose” is among one of his recent releases that aired on BBC Radio 1’s “Diplo and Friends” mix last weekend. Kicking off the second hour with his sexy new edit of “Jasmine” by Jai Paul — which you can grab as a free download HERE — Alex B wraps up by giving a nod to the man himself with his latest “Revolution” remix released on Diplo’s Revolution Remix EP — out now on Mad Decent.
On this tour Paper Diamond will be experimenting with new gear by incorporating creative beatmaking with an acclaimed sound library on Maschine Studio into his live stage productions. During 2014, fans can expect to hear a plethora of new tunes, some featuring never-before-heard collaborations during his recent LA studio sessions with various writers, producers and singers. On his March LP release Paragon, Paper Diamond featured a wide array of talent including the adored pop indie singer Angela McCluskey, the widely embraced production duo Christian Rich, plus Cherub, Buku, Gavin Turke, J Fresh, and Protohype. His fans will certainly have a lot of new material to discover.
The dynamics of Paper Diamond’s live performance makes every show a unqiue experience. Alex explains how he improvises each set live every night to give his fans a truly unique experience. “I’m using my iPad on stage to control two computers, one has Ableton to play the music, which then sends a MIDI signal to the second computer, where I can control all of the LEDs and live visuals on stage that will capture the nonstop energy of my set. So basically, I get to represent myself in not just a musical manner, but I get to provide an overall visual experience for my fans as well.”
Supporting artists playing on tour such as LOUDPVCK, Branchez, Gent & Jawns, and Manic Focus, were all hand picked by Alex who takes note that they each share a similar philosophy. “We all love the same things, we like to play great music and have a great time, and I wanted to bring along good music from artists that I personally enjoy and respect.”
1/29 @ Ziggy’s, Winston Salem, NC
1/30 @ The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
1/31 @ Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
2/01 @ Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
2/05 @ Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA
2/06 @ Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2/07 @ Webster Hall, New York City, NY
2/08 @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
2/12 @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
2/13 @ Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
2/14 @ Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
2/15 @ Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
2/16 @ Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
2/18 @ Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
2/19 @ Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
2/20 @ Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
2/21 @ Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
2/22 @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
2/23 @ The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL,
2/26 @ Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
2/27 @ Majestic Live, Madison, WI
2/28 @ Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
3/01 @ Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
3/02 @ Slowdown, Omaha, NE
3/05 @ Old Rock House, St. Louis, M
3/06 @ Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
3/07 @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
3/08 @ George’s Majestic, Fayetteville, AR
 3/21 or 22 @ Buku Music + Art Project, New Orleans, LA
3/26 @ Surrender Las Vegas, NV

SCHOOLBOY Q Oxymoron Tour Dates

Are you ready for the Next Big Thing in hip-hop from South Central L.A.? Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known as ScHoolboy Q is set to hit the road for an extensive U.S. tour, starting March 1 in Providence, R.I., including appearances at SXSW in Austin, before heading over to Europe in May for shows in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland.  ScHoolboy Q will be joined by Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples. A full itinerary is listed below. 


All that activity surrounds the eagerly anticipated Feb. 25 release of his major label debut for his debut Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope album, Oxymoron, 15 tracks that include guest appearances from label mate and fellow Black Hippy members Kendrick Lamar (“Collard Greens”) and Ab-Soul, Raekwon, Tyler the Creator and 2 Chainz. The new single, “Man Of The Year,” is currently available digitally, following up the release of “Collard Greens” last year.


ScHoolboy Q independently released a pair of mixtapes before putting out his first album, Setbacks, in 2011, on Top Dawg Entertainment, followed by Habits & Contradictions in 2012. After signing with Interscope, he began recording his major label debut.


Born on a military base in Germany, where his father was stationed in the Army, Hanley moved with his mom to Texas for several years before settling in California. He was a gangbanger for the 52 Hoover Crips, dealing Oxycontin before beginning to rap as a teenager. He began working with Top Dawg Entertainment in 2006, working with cohorts Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, forming the group Black Hippy.


ScHoolboy was named part of XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class, and performed last June at the BET Experience Music Festival with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dog and Miguel.  He also performed “White Walls,” with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the sixth single from their hit album, The Heist. He debuted “Collard Greens” at the BET Hip-Hop Awards last October.


A complete list of ScHoolboy Q tour dates follows:


March 1: Providence, RI (Lupos)

March 2: Boston, MA (Wilbur)

March 3: Philadelphia, PA (The Troc)

March 4: New York (Best Buy Theatre)

March 5: Sayreville, NJ (Starland Ballroom)

March 6: New Haven, CT (Toads Place)

March 7: Washington, DC (Fillmore)

March 8: Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall)

March 9: Cleveland, OH (House of Blues)

March 10: Cincinnati, OH (Bogarts)

March 12-15: Austin, TX (SXSW)

March 17: Miami, FL (Mekka)

March 18: Orlando, FL (Firestone Live)

March 19: St. Peterburg, FL (Jannus Live)

March 21: San Antonio, TX (White Rabbit)

March 22: New Orleans, LA (BUKU Festival)

March 23: Dallas, TX (Southside Music Hall)

March 24: Austin, TX (Scoot Inn)

March 25: Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)

March 27: Denver. CO (Ogden)

March 28: Albuquerque, NM (Sunshine Theatre)

March 29: El Paso, TX (Tricky Falls)

March 30: Phoenix, AZ (Celebrity Theatre)

March 31: Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theatre)

April 2: Santa Ana, CA (Observatory)

April 3: Ventura, CA (Ventura Theatre)

April 4: Las Vegas, NV (Hard Rock Live)

April 5: San Diego, CA (House of Blues)

April 6: Los Angeles, CA (Club Nokia)

April 7: Santa Cruz, CA (Catalyst)

April 8: Reno, NV (Knitting Factory)

April 9: Sacramento, CA (Ace of Spades)

April 10: San Francisco, CA (Regency)

April 11: Chico, CA (Senator Theatre)

April 13: Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom)

April 14: Seattle, WA (Showbox Market)

April 17: Milwaukee, WI (The Rave)

April 18: Detroit, MI (St. Andrews)

April 19: Grand Rapids, MI (Orbit Room)

April 20: Minneapolis, MN (Mill City Nights)

April 22: Chicago, IL (Metro)

April 23: Lawrence, KS (Liberty Hall)

April 25: Kingston, GA (Counterpoint Music Festival)

April 26: Charlotte, NC (Amos)

April 17: Baltimore, MD (Soundstage)





May 1: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Melkweg)

May 3: Frankfurt, Germany (Gibson)

May 4: Antwerp, Belgium (Trix)

May 6: Paris, France (Bataclan)

May 7: Strasboug, France (Laiterie)

May 8: Stuttgart, Germany (LKA)

May 9: Zurich, Switzerland (Komplex 457)

May 10: Lausanne, Switzerland (Les Docks)

May 11: Milan, Italy (Tunnel)

May 12: Lyon, France (Transbordeur)

May 13: Munich, Germany (Fierwerk)

May 15: Berlin, Germany (C-Club)

May 16: Cologne, Germany (Essigfabrik)

May 17: Hamburg, Germany (Ubel & Gefahrlich)

May 18: Copenhagen, Denmark (Vega)

May 20: Arhus, Denmark (Train)

May 21: Maimo, Sweden (KB)

May 22: Stockholm, Sweden (Debaser Strand)

May 23: Gothenburg, Sweden (Pustervik)

May 24: Oslo, Norway (Rockefeller)

May 25: Helsinki, Finland (Nosturi)

May 27: Dublin, Ireland (Vicar Street)

May 28: Glasgow, UK (Arches)

May 30: London, UK (Koko)

May 31: Birmingham, UK (Institute Library)

June 1: Manchester, UK (Academy 2)


** Isaiah Rashad & Vince Staples to support domestic dates

** Isaiah Rashad to support European dates



TROLLFEST to Release Kaptein Kaos April 8th

Their 2012 release Brumlebassen saw TROLLFEST tour the USA with Ensiferum and Tyr. Their latest album Kaptein Kaos is set in a fantasy world of trolls, where an inventor who creates a time machine goes on an expedition across time. Musically, TROLLFEST‘s Kaptein Kaos has given way to juicy rock grooves, rich melody lines, tango rhythms and more of their world music influence.


Kaptein Kaoz will be released April 8th in North America via Napalm Records / Noise Art.  Today the artwork and track listing have been revealed.


Kaptein Kaoz Track Listing:

1. Trolltramp

2. Kaptein Kaos

3. Vulkan

4. Ave Maria

5. Filzlaus Verkündiger

6. Die Grosse Echsen

7. Seduction suit no.21

8. Solskinnsmedisin

9. Troll Gegen Mann

10. Sagn Om Stein

11. Renkespill

12. Kinesisk Alkymi

13. Døden banker på


Bonus DVD:

The making of Kaptein Kaos

Heidenfest tour video

Paganfest tour video


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Sleepy Sun Announces North American Tour

Today, California psych-rockers Sleepy Sun celebrate the release of their fourth LP, Maui Tears, via Dine Alone Records. A collection of diverse and dynamic tracks– including catchy, psych-tinged melodies, softer, dreamier songs, and some of the band’s heaviest material to date– Maui Tears finds the band pushing boundaries with their experimental songwriting. The album is currently available to purchase via iTunes and all other digital retailers, and you can stream it in its entirety via SPIN.
In support of the new release, Sleepy Sun will head out on a North American tour next month. Having previously toured with Arctic Monkeys, the Black Angels and more, their captivating live show is not to be missed. For a taste of what to expect, check out Sleepy Sun’s live performance of “11:32” on AltarTV, and see below for a full list of tour dates.
More from Maui Tears:
11:32stream / video
The Lanestream / video
Galaxy Punkstream
Sleepy Sun on Tour:

2/13: Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium

2/15: Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriets Place

2/16: Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room

2/18: Dallas, TX @ Three Links

2/19: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds Downstairs

2/20: San Antonio, TX @ Limelight

2/21: Austin, TX @ Red 7 (Inside)

2/22: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

2/24: Atlanta, GA @ The Basement

2/25: Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree

2/26: Nashville, TN @ The End

2/27: Asheville, NC @ One Stop Deli & Bar

2/28: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe

3/1: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub

3/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

3/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

3/4: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

3/6: Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange

3/7: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

3/8: Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge

3/10: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern

3/11: Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club

3/12: Fargo, ND @ Aquarium

3/13: Winnipeg, MB @ Union Sound Hall

3/14: Regina, SK @ O’Hanlons

3/15: Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern

3/16: Edmonton, AB @ New Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus

3/18: Calgary, AB @ Broken City

3/19: Kelowna, BC @ Habitat

3/20: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Caberet

3/21: Whistler, BC @ Garibaldi Lift Company

3/22: Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar

3/24: Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern

3/25: Portland, OR @ Holocene

3/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

3/28: Los Angeles, CA @ Think Tank Gallery (Psycho De Mayo Pre Party)


Maui Tears Track Listing:

1. The Lane

2. Words

3. Everywhere Waltz

4. Outside

5. 11:32

6. Theilbar

7. Slowdown

8. Galaxy Punk

9. Maui Tears






Nai Harvest Premier Hold Open My Head Video

Nai Harvest’s new video for the title track off their upcoming Hold Open My Head EP is premiering on Stereogum. Check out here:


The much –anticipated forthcoming EP from UK duo Nai Harvest will be released on March 4th in the US via Topshelf Records and March 3rd in the UK via Dog Knights Records.


Considerably less shout-y and more indie rock-leaning than their debut full-length ‘Whatever’– Hold Open My Head demonstrates a more calm and self-assured side to a band growing in stature and reputation on record and live.

Following a packed out UK tour with Gnarwolves in December 2013, the two-piece have been confirmed for Bristol’s Hit The Deck festival as well as support slots for Real Friends, You Blew It! and Modern Baseball’s UK tour in May.


Nai Harvest – ‘Hold Open My Head’ Tracklist:
2.Hold Open My Head
4.I Don’t Even Know


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Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale


The hop flavor is very light on the palette, while the slight sweetness of the beer plays nicely. The Hundred Yard Ale is something that provides hints of spring even as the temperatures stay cold. While the beer is fueled through a decent dollop of alcohol (6.8%), the overall tenor of the beer is such that one will be able to polish off a Hundred Yard Dash easily. The beer yields different twists and turns with each subsequent sip, ensuring that imbibers will continually find something new that they can appreciate. I feel that the IPA style has been a little wonky with companies attempting to out-bitter their beers; Brau Brothers have decided to go in a bold new direction. As a result, they craft a beer in Hundred Yard Dash that is eminently drinkable and memorable. The crispness of the Hundred Yard Dash will invite in fans of bubblier efforts, while the hop backbone will get those beer aficiandos (of any sort) frothy.

Visit the Brau Brothers website for more information about the Hundred Yard Dash as well as their other offerings. If you find yourself in the Lucan, MN area (SW corner of the state), make sure to take a sojourn to their brewery.

Rating: 8.3/10

Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale / Brau Brothers Brewing Company / 6.8% ABV /

Dylan Connor Blood Like Fire (Songs For Syria) CD Review


Blood Like Fire is a track that links together 90s indie and alternative rock with a more classic singer-songwriter style. The production of this introductory effort will immediately draw listeners in, while the smart instrumental arrangements will increase the track’s (and by extension, the album’s) replay value. Feza Feza is bolstered through the presence of Omnia Hegazy as a backing force during the song’s chorus; the track takes a considerably different tack from the rest of the efforts on this EP due to her and Zafer Tawil’s (percussion, strings, oud) contributions to the track. By keeping things fresh, this track is able to move into something ethereal and absolutely effective. The back and forth between the two sets of vocals creates considerable complexity, while the two together have an alluring interplay with the guitars that represent the track’s backdrop. Weary World demarcates the divide between the first and final halves of the EP, and allows listeners to be provided with an epic composition. During this nearly six-minute effort, Connor is able to create something that will stick with listeners long after the disc ceases.

Not a Civil War will appease fans of XTC, Billy Bragg, and even Tom Petty. The sedate composition exists in the current moment but is built off a much earlier musical tradition. By taking on this disparate styles, Connor is able to inspire a wider swath of fans to boldly forge on to the end of Blood Like Fire. Blood Like Fire concludes with Syria the Healer. Syria the Healer builds off a Warren Zevon meets Phil Ochs approach, tying together pointed political commentary with a catchy composition – the perfect ending to a solid EP.

Make sure to visit Connor’s CDBaby for the ability to listen to samples of the cuts from Blood Like Fire and his previous recordings.

Top Tracks: Blood Like Fire, Not a Civil War, Syria the Healer

Rating: 8.7/10

Dylan Connor Blood Like Fire (Songs For Syria) CD Review / 2014 Self / 5 Tracks /

Laidback Luke & Project 46 Collide (Ft. Collin McLoughlin) Out Now

2014 is already shaping up to be a good year for Mixmash Records. The first release for the label head honcho Laidback Luke comes in the form of a massive collaboration with Project 46 and Collin McLoughlin, “Collide.”

Excitement had been building as rumors circulated for months about the potential collaboration. We can now confirm the rumors are true, so get yourself ready for what will be one of the biggest tracks of the year; “Collide.”

There is no denying that Dutch master Laidback Luke has earned his place amongst dance music royalty. His dynamic fusion of hyper-drive-house-step & ghetto-jack-trance-bass is the sound of now and has been for the past decade – and there is no sign of it slowing down!

Blasting your speakers with blockbuster beats, stirring things up with his hybrid house styles and his unlimited energy, brightly results in both stunning live sets and ongoing anticipated studio hits. The Dutch heavy weight house master is loved all over the globe.

Making an undeniable impact on the progressive house scene in 2013, Project 46‘s consistent releases and hectic touring schedule earned the pair a well deserved place on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJ’s for the second year running, moving up a massive 30 places! Their refreshing mixes of originals, remixes, bootlegs, and mashups have kept fans engaged and drawn massive support from followers across the globe.

Collin McLoughlin is a singer and producer, living in New York. He’s had a hugely successful 2013, achieving over 15 million hits on his YouTube Channel, and appearing on season 3 of “The Voice.”

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