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Cirque Du Freakz & Westwood Label Showcase

August 20, 2019
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Cirque du Freakz was developed in Los Angeles, CA in 2013 to breath new life into the underground/electronic scene. With a vision to integrate the emerging EDM music, with Live bands, Burlesque, Circus arts, and a touch of Vaudeville! We have created a playground for your soul… an escape from reality, a place to let your freak flag fly! SO COME EXPERIENCE THE UNEXPECTED at the next Cirque Du Freakz.

Rumpus, by definition, does in fact bring the noise – and the bodies – to dance floors and music festivals around the globe. Drumming since the age of 12 and growing up playing in punk rock bands, Rumpus has since evolved into a full-time touring DJ/Drummer and producer of high vibe, funky house music.

Rumpus’ live drumming blended with a finely tuned DJ palette, serves up an irresistible feast for attuned music lovers and funky festival freaks alike. His visually captivating high-energy live show fuses his signature house sound with elements of other genres such as hip hop and experimental future bass. With releases on Westwood Recordings & Australia’s ‘Sweat it Out’ Club Sweat label, the Rumpus sound has been described as “what you get if funk house and bass house had a kid”. 2019 is on course to be another major year with lots of new music, a packed tour schedule, and a few other surprises up his sleeve.

Credits to: Rumpus Facebook

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Fusing two fresh-off-the-mountain electronic music addicts, Tim and Dave together create 12 feet and 350 lbs of turbo-funk-boosted, snowsuit-donning man flesh. Hailing from the world famous ski town of Whistler, this dynamic duo loves shredding fresh power almost as much as they love smashing out hit records in the studio.

Producing & performing together since 2010, they are like savage yetis feeding off of each other during their high energy live shows (which often feature snow machines & loud retro ski gear) while they blast through genres playing everything funky from bassline house to black-diamond twerk.

Credits to:  Skii Tour Facebook Page 

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Denver based, New Zealand born master of intergalactic funk, K+LAB, has been rocking dance floors and bringing the heat to the masses since he first burst onto the scene with his debut album “Spacedirt” in 2013. An ever-expanding galaxy of FUNK, K+Lab’s sound is always absorbing and incorporating a seemingly endless array of influences and vibes – the head-nod aesthetic of hip-hop, the futuristic techniques of Glitch-hop and the fury of drum n’ bass – all tied together by an orbital pull of all things funky. Unlike anything else occupying the sonic landscape today, Armed with his signature keytar, K+Lab’s incredible, live performances garnered high profile slots at some of the world’s most lauded dance festivals like Oregon Eclipse, Electric Love, Shambhala Music Festival, Breakfest,, Rainbow Serpent, Northern Bass and has seen him conquer dancefloors across over the globe including U.S,
Canada, Australia, Germany, France, UK, South America and his native New Zealand.

​With 3 full length albums including “The Worldly’s” (2016) on Gramatik’s imprint (Lowtemp) and “The Booty Galactic” on The Funk Hunters label (Westwood recordings) + a steady release schedule of EPS, Colabs and remixes, K+Lab has solidified himself as the best selling Glitch Hop artist of 2017 & 18 on the Beatport charts and was nominated twice for “Best electronic album” at the New Zealand music awards. Since reloacating to Denver he has been busy pushing his sound even further in to the Cosmos and working with local funksters to bring you the next era of the K+Lab journey, hold tight and get ready to have your booty galactified with the super sonic sounds of Captain K+Lab.

Credits to: Captain K+Lab Website

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TV Broken 3rd Eye Open is an eclectic and versatile seven-piece band that fuses together a multitude of musical styles from across the world into a psychedelic explosion of sound. Equipped with didgeridoos, sitars, guitars, world percussion, keys, synthesizers,  drums, bass, flutes, harmonicas, banjos, and the kitchen sink; it is a musical ensemble like no other. The band draws inspiration from a myriad of musical genres such as afro funk, jazz, psychedelic groove, Indian, folk, blues, and even spaghetti western circus cabaret. Though the band’s sound is unique in its own right, the TV Broken 3rd Eye Open experience also has a significant visual component. The TV Towers 2.0 (debuting in April 2019) is a way to express the way the band sees their music through visual art. Stunning visuals of sacred geometry and psychedelic imagery are then projected on to the stage to combine with the music to make for a truly unique experience.

Grooving and playing with so many different styles and sound textures has allowed the band to continuously grow from a style perspective. Just as their music has grown, so too has their festival presence. Having played at festivals such as Electric Forrest, Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle and Lucidity; TV Broken 3rd Eye Open’s exposure is on the rise. The band’s recent collaboration with visual prodigy  Pickles Visuals and Stranger Liquids has certainly solidified TV Broken 3rd Eye Open’s status as a must-see band on any festival line-up.

In addition, members of the band can facilitate workshops, lectures, and classes of different kinds to enrich any festival experience. For example, one of the members is a certified and licensed sound therapist who can provide personal/group healings, workshops, meditations and interactive experiences involving sound healing. TV Broken 3rd Eye Open’s current line-up consists of Adrian Johnson (global instrument specialist), Nathan Harvey (drums), Jasym Ellis (guitar, synth), Travis Soto (Bass), Alex Mello (Keys), Roberto Rodriguez (Percussion), and Pickle/Stranger Liquids (visuals).

Credits to: TV Broken 3rd Eye Open Website

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Lantz Lazwell & the Vibe Tribe service the deep, melodic desires that drives us to dance while providing a complete auditory/visual experience to dazzle the senses.

Lantz has not only been a national touring artist for years, traveling and sharing the stage w such greats as George Clinton, Bernie Worrel, Eric McFadden, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction), but also was the winner of a Los Angeles Music Award for “Best Rock Male vocalist ” in 2007.

His new project “Lantz Lazwell and the Vibe Tribe”, fuses elements of Live and electronic music, Fusion Belly dance (Jayna Manoushe- Belly Dance Superstars), and circus arts.

This pairing of digital & performance art to their rock ‘n soul , world beat inspired grooves, is an immersive, one of a kind experience that has continued to captivate audiences across the nation.

A festival staple… A powerhouse of talent and showmanship… Lantz Lazwell & the Vibe Tribe bring the rock ‘n’ soul anthem back into your heart & rock you right.

Credits to: Lantz LazWell & The Vibe Tribe Website

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This LA project began when Madison Orange & DJ Lou E. Bagels held the same vision to share the beautiful yet dark sides of Los Angeles through music, visuals, and performance artists. They bring awareness to leading issues such as the homeless epidemic and drug abuse, while also shining light on the incredible talents that are inspired by the famous, crazy City. Together their they specialize in BassHouse, House, & Tribal House music that are approach for the setting and are guaranteed to keep you on the dance floor.

GoGo Hoop Dance Stars:
Founders of the GoGo Hoop Dance Stars Katelyn Carano & Madison Orange come together to perform a “Best Friend” multi LED hoop duet. The GoGo Hoop Dance® Stars are a professional LED, Fire, Aeriel, & DJ international entertainment company specializing in elongated performances alongside musicians & DJs.


A Tahoe/Reno local House DJ known for his bass heavy, entrancing deep house and booty shaking bass sets, he will leave you sweaty and craving more!!!

Lady Nichole
Lady Nichole will be sparking up your senses with a burlesque routine you don’t want to miss!



COMING TO RENO AFTER BURNING MAN? If so, join us for one of the best party’s in town. Come shake your dust off at the annual Cirque du Freakz Afterburn at Faces NV – your official afterparty for The Great Depressurization Tuesday night in Reno!Our line-up this year is truly the best we have done to date. We are excited to announce that Westwood Records will be combining forces w the Cirque Du Freak team to bring you this extraordinary event!

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MERSIV Beautiful & Filthy Fall Tour at The Bluebird

August 16, 2019
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Mersiv is originally from Shreveport.  He originally started releasing music under the name BENOIT.Bass on his Bandcamp and SoundCloud. He started DJing in 2012 after hearing deadmau5 at a power but only get into producing original music in 2015. Anderson’s influences include Nero, Foreign Beggars, Bassnectar, Zeke Beats, The Widdler, and G Jones.  His music has been described as a dark-loud style of bass with a dreamy melodic structure. Mersiv has played at festivals such as Electric Forest, Kosmic Kingdom, and more.

Credits to: Everipedia

Up & Coming Artist Profile: Mersiv

Mersiv – Coming from the up and coming production and record label, Formo Productions. (MorFlo Records) Mersiv is quite possibly their new prodigy. Based in Longmont, Mersiv has been bumping around the Front Range and getting people hyped with his one of a kind bass music. With an influence from Bassnectar, his music resembles the grime but has a relentless style of his own. Don’t miss out on his next mind melting performance!

Credits to: The Chronic Electronic

Up & Coming Bass Music Prodigy: Mersiv

Mersiv, while this may be an unfamiliar name to most it’s only because the project launched back in the beginning of October by the mastermind formerly known as Benoit. Anderson Benoit Gallegos is on a mission, in these past few months he has played his first sold-out show alongside none other than The Widder and Truth for an absolutely insane Halloween show. A few weeks later he headlined his first show in Colorado, and for both shows almost the entire set was all original tracks. Judging by the insane energy of the crowd mirroring the amount of fun Anderson was having on stage, we would have to say both of these events were massive successes and have become the catalyst for the fresh Mersiv Sound Project to explode.

Without a doubt Anderson is not afraid to push the boundaries with his music, creating something absolutely unique with his hypnotic dark bass that won’t just have you moving your feet but your entire body. With artists such as G-Jones, Conrank, Dirt Monkey, and Zeke Beats inspiring him to experiment and push sound design into brand new territory you know you’re in for a treat. Much like Boogie-T, the stage presence Anderson brings is next level, the fun he is having on stage is contagious and you can tell it’s where he belongs.

Mersiv has very recently collaborated with the likes of Dapolitiks and other Forward Momentum artists such as Knat Turner. His video of an unreleased track featuring the one and only Chill Bobby has amassed 30,000 views in a few weeks, which can be heard in the Mersiv 2000 Mixtape he just dropped last week.

Credits to: Seann The Chronic Electronic


Supertask is an electronic beat producer based out of Oregon. With his distinctive approach to music creation, he composes euphonious arrangements that shroud listeners in an affable blanket of solace. His attention to detail leaves nothing to be desired as his music permeates the atmosphere and brings with it an irresistible temptation to lose yourself in the soothing, eclectic groove. With a seemingly infinite number events transpiring within the finite duration of each track, the name ‘Supertask’ could not be more fitting.

Credits to: Timewheel


Crumbs is here to make music that rattles your ass and bobs yo head.

Credits to: Crumbs Facebook Page


MERSIV Beautiful & Filthy Fall Tour with special guest Supertask lands in Reno at The Bluebird on September 20th.

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Ivy Lab at The Bluebird [G Jones Afterparty]

August 13, 2019
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Ivy Lab is a collaborative project between Sabre & Stray

Originally starting life as a trio, North London outfit Ivy Lab were brought together out of a shared enthusiasm for experimentations on the fringes of the UK bass music scene. The years that followed saw them go from strength to strength, earning a place in ‘The top 10 DJ’s of 2015’ (Mixmag) and propagating a new generation of hip-hop inspired abstractions housed within the framework of their ’20/20 LDN’ project.

The duo now find themselves at the apex of the ‘Halftime’ / ‘Future Beats’ / movement – A motley assortment of actors from across the bass music landscape applying their sonic-heritage to experiments with hip-hop and drum machine electronica.

Ivy Lab invested further in the exploration of this sound with the creation of their ‘20/20 LDN’ clubnight. Housed primarily at Brixton’s Phonox nightclub, it earned the characterisation of “ultra innovative” (Timeout Magazine) and a “London standout” (Mixmag).

Minted in late 2015, and borrowing the same raison d’être as its elder sibling nightlife brand; 20/20 LDN Recordings was unveiled with the pseudo-mixtape/compilation LP “Ivy Lab presents 20/20 Volume.1” – described as “uncompromising, insightful and rather awesome : 9/10” (Mixmag) and “impossible to categorise : 9/10” (DJ Mag) . Little over a year (and only 5 releases deep) the label was awarded the title of ’Best Breakthrough Label 2016’ in the DJ Mag ‘Best of British Awards 2016’.

Now a galvanising presence in the ‘Future Beats’ movement, Ivy Lab’s’ “20/20 Volume.1” release and the subsequent follow up E.P’s were benchmark moments in forging the genre into a pillar of the electronic music landscape. Tracks such as “Spooky Dub”, “Can’t Say No” & “Peninsula” all garnered incredible currency, supplemented by showpiece remixes for Banks (“Fuck with myself”) and Noisia (“Tentacles”).

That same currency as bass music figureheads has been embraced by festivals as varied as Glastonbury, EDC Vegas, SXSW, Sonar (Barcleona + HK), CTM Berlin, Dour, ADE, Woo Hah!, Shambhala, Lightning In A Bottle, Lowlands, Origin NYE, Exit & Outlook.

Ivy Lab head into the horizon not only with an anchored presence at the cutting edge of the bass-music landscape, but also a secured reputation as pioneering label bosses & event promoters in ownership of one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary music brands.

Credits to: Resident Advisor


Gove Kidao and J. Fogel were initially brought together by a shared affinity for music that hovers on the fringes of the bass music scene, experimental sounds and ideas that live on the borderlines between genres.

Both are accomplished producers in their own right – Kidao goes by Sabre, and has been a maverick in the DnB world since 2004, whilst Fogel produces as Stray, having debuted on Critical Recordings in 2009 and pushed a forward-thinking approach to the genre ever since.

Coming together as Ivy Lab, they produce hard-hitting, bass-heavy abstractions that stretch the boundaries of mid-tempo electronica. As a duo they’ve moved away from the structures of DnB and towards the amorphous future beats movement, a loosely defined proto-genre that takes initiatives from hip-hop, trap, DnB and bass music, fusing aspects of various scenes to create weighty, bombastic music that bangs at a halftime tempo.

Since establishing 20/20 LDN in 2015, a record label and dedicated club night at Phonox, they’ve become figureheads of the scene, providing a platform for fledgling artists and a space for their music to be shared with a wider audience.

20/20 LDN Recordings are marking their tenth release with the debut album from Ivy Lab, Death Don’t Always Taste Good. It’s an audacious 12-track foray into the duo’s twisted imaginations, fusing the sonic signifiers of UK bass and DnB with the rolling tempos and cocksure attitude of hip-hop and trap. Following the record’s release on 11th May, we caught up with the pair to get an insight into their creative process and hear about the thoughts, ideas and influences behind each track.

1. Fortune Teller
As an opener the aim was that this set the haunting and unsettling tone that permeates the entire LP. The demo version was titled ‘RZA’ cause the beat has this kinda gritty wu tang vibe about it, and the vox and strings give it a B-movie horror aesthetic which is as tense as it is playful

2. Ugly Bubble
This one has a heavy dub-oriented influence and stands unique on the LP in it’s reliance on 4/4 kicks to drive the beat. The sudden switch into the melodic and lush dreamlike middle breakdown is a ‘surface-to-air’ moment before the bubble comes back and infinitely descends with a shepherd tone illusion quality to it

3. Jet Lag
Jet Lag was written at a time where we both happened to be undergoing emotional stress in our personal lives, and we’d like to imagine that there is a tangible sense of melancholy conveyed in the music

4. Astral Pirate Theme
The sirens, pops and baroque bassline melody are a nod towards Dilla, and the hallmark to its groove is how early the snare hits. There’s also a kinda prog-jazz leaning to the melodies that happen later on in the track and the whole thing has this travelling through space vibe about it, hence the title

5. Cake
This track is a straight-to-the-point affair carried by it’s G Funk styled worming reese bass and swagged out groove. It’s essentially a drum & bass tune at heart, which is where it took most its engineering cues from. The key to the drop is the empty space created in the sparseness of the intro; someone described this to us as being like a ‘palette cleanser’, which feels pretty apt!

6. Vanity Fair
Vibe here is all about making peeps feel on edge, and making use of as small an amount of different elements as possible. There’s a somewhat non-descript and almost alien nature to it’s main instrumentation, and the creepy, bitterly suggestive vocals felt like the perfect fit. It’s the most lowkey track on the LP but arguably one of the most essential in its cementing of the project’s aesthetic

7. A & E
Another very drum & bass oriented affair with glaring techno influences, tunes like this are probably the closest we get to a ‘roller’. Slowly evolving, repeating hypnotic riffs sit as a throwback to some of our earlier tech dnb, and the sound design intentionally maintains a sense of panic, conjuring images of an accident and emergency ward at a hospital, which is how it got its name

8. Death Don’t Always Taste Good
This one bears flickers of Company Flow/El-P, with it’s industrial & grungy core. There’s a sense of tangible urgency, and the burrowing insect percussion keeps things freakish enough to warrant the chunky neurofunk styled bassline which underpins it all

9. Snack Time
Picking up where ‘Death Don’t Always Taste Good’ leaves off through it’s overarching industrial and machine like quality, the juxtaposition in mood between this track’s two halves acts as a fitting microcosm of the project as a whole – it carries a particularly jarring and challenging nature, born out of the playground taunt melodies and awkward groove, and the payoff once again is in the lush, cradling sound design and chords which float in and out over its duration

10. Calculate
The factory / machine aesthetic comes to a head here, with the robotic rendition of Monty Python’s Argument Room sketch playing centre stage. In contrast to much of the rest of the LP, the beats here carry a more classic boom-bap groove, which is offset by the choice of offkilter & industrial drumkit

11. Ozbo
Here, a film-noir dark circus evil clown aesthetic converges with dub-influences and tips its cap towards jump up drum & bass. It carries a very tongue-in-cheek sensibility over from it’s predecessor ‘Calculate’ and sits as one of the album’s most playful and dancefloor centric jawns

12. Cadillac
This was built a lot like one of our old liquid dnb rollers but in halftime, with an emphasis on filter work which creates the moments of clarity. There are gospel themes to the music which hopefully conjures a kind of celebratory headspace to leave the listener in as the album draws to its conclusion

Credits to: Hyponik

Ivy Lab are one of the hottest groups around right now.

The London trio – made up of Stray, Sabre and Halogenix – are releasing their debut album, ‘Ivy Lab Presents 20/20 Volume One’, this week and it’s an absolute belter from start to finish. Producing tracks individually and collaboratively on it, they’ve served up a mix of scorching halftime and hazy, future-facing instrumental jams.

It’s a bold move from them, too. Even though they made their name giving us some of the most divine and delicate drum ‘n’ bass cuts of the last few years – ‘Make It Clear’ with Hydro and Frank Carter III on Metalheadz, ‘Oblique’ and ‘Live On Your Smile’ on Critical Recordings and their remix of Anushka’s ‘Never Can Decide’ – they defied expectations, rewrote the game-plan and decided to give us a taste of the style of music they’ll be championing on their new label, 20/20 LDN Recordings.

Another way of letting us know what the label’s all about is through their 20/20 mid-week club night that recently made the move to south London venue Phonox after a year at The Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park. Joining them and residents Tim Parker and Deft, guests like Alix Perez, dBridge, Om Unit, Fracture and Sam Binga have passed through to spin cranky, twisted bass, blazing hip hop beats and frantic footwork. The next one sees them team up with London/Glasgow label Astral Black at east London venue Village Underground on November 21, inviting Ryan Hemsworth along. Judging by how much we loved the last one, we fully suggest you go if you’re in town.

They were one of our favourite acts at Croatian bass fest Outlook as well. So much so we basically stalked them and saw them play three times, on two boat parties and once at the Critical takeover of The Moat, and they smashed it every time.

Joining forces in 2013 and finding themselves among our breakthrough DJs list last year, 2015 is definitely the one they’ve become a name everyone’s raving about. The ‘Twenty Questions’ EP on Critical landed early doors – serving up a contender of drum ‘n’ bass tune of the year with the title track – before Lenzman called on them to remix ‘Paper Faces’ on the ‘Looking At The Stars’ remix album. The result? A soul-oozing gem, of course.

It’d be rude not to mention their solo skills while we’re here, although Sabre’s been quiet on that front since the crunching ‘Pinch Me’ with Cern on Dispatch Recordings in 2013. Stray and Halogenix might well have produced two of the year’s best EPs in ‘Paradise’ and ‘All Blue’ on Exit Records and Metalheadz respectively. Taking into account the sheen-smothered beauties they produce individually, it’s no wonder the group manage to blow us away with everything they do.

This mix is a tidy warm-up for the album, featuring six tunes from the record, with tracks by Alix Perez, Mr Carmack, Eprom, Enei, Kasra and Skeptical also being spun. Rugged and spanking in places, beaming and swooning in others, it’s a prime example of their tight, varied selection and the direction they’re heading. Crank up the sub, this one’s fully of rowdy bass.

Credits to: Mixmag

Ivy Lab makes their debut in Reno at The Bluebird on September 4th, 2019 as part of the Great Depressurization.

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Ivy Lab makes their debut in Reno at The Bluebird on September 4th, 2019 as  part of the Great Depressurization.

Special G Jones afterparty featuring special guests Kowta, VGNX and Furth b2b


Wormhole and The Untz Takeover!

$20 / $25

$20 at door with G Jones ticket stub.



Music from the Motorhome

February 11, 2015
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Future Strange unleashed it’s most recent mixtape by local dj and tastemaker Motorhome Music and it’s a scorcher. We’ve watched the Reno native come up from his very first show and this mixtape is a great benchmark on his climb up from his humble beginnings as a local breakbeat dj.

With the simple (and we have to say slightly overused these days) tag of FUTURE, the mix of hip hop, trap and giant 808 beats craves a listen in a lowrider with a row of bazooka tubes.  For me, a good mix has interesting beats with recognizable and non-recognizable samples, and at least one acappela that you think would never work, but the producer or dj surprises you. That Bass!

Motorhome is playing the next upcoming BOOM! with Mayhem, Game Genie, Gurbton and Kalvin & Clein at the Knitting Factory. The Boom has become one of the most successfully consistent series of EDM shows in Reno history.  Stay updated on upcoming BOOMS and listen to more music with Future Strange at

The Boom Future Strange Mayhem Knitting Factory 2015

Show is all ages with a 21+ mezzanine level and is $10 in advance, $15 at door. Doors open at 7pm.  Tickets available at or the Cal Neva Cage 24 hours/day.

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January 15, 2015
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Pink, White, Green…..there are color parties abound in the Reno/Tahoe area. With No Town’s Pink Party being the longest running color-themed party in the area, Future Strange is teaming up with Cargo to saturate your ears in a sea of purple on January 24th with The Purple Party. What sets this party apart from other color-themed parties, is in this case some of the music is purple too. Purple is a lesser-known electronic music genre that evolved from dubstep and pioneered by small group of Bristol, UK producers and then spread across the world.

Returning to Reno with a history of capacity crowds dating back to the Bliss Nightclub days is bay area producer An-ten-nae with his newest and most successful project to date, Dimond Saints. Named for the Dimond District in Oakland from where he and collaborator ReLeece reside, this show marks the Dimond Saints debut in Reno/Tahoe. While this may be their first area show, Dimond Saints has extensively toured throughout the United States and internationally, hitting up every major festival in 2014. Dimond Saints, however, is a marked departure from An-ten-nae’s acid crunk and very heavy bass music we found in previously seen projects, lowRIDERz and An-ten-nae. It’s a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated world of stale trap beats and mainstream EDM. Dimond Saints original productions and remixes are intelligent and masterfully produced with an ethereal spatiality given to the sounds, yet the bass washes over the listener to create that feeling bassheads seek. An-ten-nae is well familiar with creating and curating this vibe, being a massively successful SF promoter with An-Ten-nae Presents and musical tastemaker on the west coast. His forethought brought the likes of Bassnectar, Amon Tobin, Modeselektor, Diplo, Flying Lotus and Santigold to large west coast venues long before they were the household names they are today.



Joining Dimond Saints is a serious up and comer in the bass music realm, Bleep Bloop. With diverse roots in everything from hip-hop to orchestral music, Bleep Bloop’s style can be described as mutated club music that must be heard live to experience fully. His most recent works were not only supported and played in sets by the infamous DJ Shadow, but Shadow released Bleep Bloop’s most recent EP on his label. With a constant release of new sounds dripping from Bleep Bloop’s brain, you can expect an entirely new experience every time he performs.


Rounding out the line-up is local tastemakers/producers/djs Boggan and Subdocta as well as Irieyes and Benjah Ninjah. Everyone is encouraged to dress in purple attire. Also, if you attend the String Cheese Incident at the Grand Sierra you can present your ticket at the door for $5 off.



EVENT: The Purple Party

PERFORMERS: Dimond Saints, Bleep Bloop, Boggan, Irieyes, Benjah Ninjah, Subdocta

LOCATION: Cargo at Whitney Peak

DATE: January 24th, 2015

TIME: 9pm


TICKETS: $10 (Limited), $15 (Advance), $20 (door), $5 off with Stub or Wristband from String Cheese Incident at Grand Sierra. Available at The Melting Pot World Emporium, Whitney Peak front desk or at

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The Matinee Opens at Seven – (Jan 17th)

January 12, 2015
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With a plethora of options this weekend in Reno/Tahoe area, one show we are excited for (and will absolutely be at) is Moondog Matinee’s album release show at Cargo Saturday, January 17th with Rigorous Proof and Bryan Jones. I found their new record, “Carry Me, Rosie,” uploaded to their Soundcloud account and it’s been on non-stop rotation.  Soul, raw power, energy, blues…Moondog Matinee’s current line-up of Drea Ballard (guitar, vocals), Peter Barnato (vocals, keyboard, guitar), Adam Carpenter (bass, vocals), Ben Ingle (drums) and Steve Widmer (guitar, vocals) exudes a confidence I’ve never heard before in this band.

It’s amazing how far these guys have come since I first heard them a few years ago, and how tight they are together. Previously I was even lost as to who they wanted to be sonically. After listening to this album over and over again I feel they’ve found their sound, but have laid a foundation that we can literally expect anything from them. We caught up with vocalist Peter Bernato to answer some questions for us.

FB: How long has Moondog been together? What’s the history?
PB: Almost 8 years, we started as a college band jamming for fun and throughout the years have been interchanging personnel and honing our sound. It was always quite schizophrenic, but the moment we pulled Drea Ballard on board, our band had a cohesive, unique sound that we are all very proud of.

FB: You all have been out on the road quite a bit. How have your tours been going? Any standout shows or cities you really like playing?
PM: Great! We do well on the road. Nothing like a bunch of friendly drunkards, living in a school bus, that like to play live music in front of strangers. We work very hard, and believe that live music is the only way to have the current music listening climate respect what you are doing. The digital age has brought a lot of negative aspects to the music industry, but we believe it has created a healthy climate for live performance. We are so used to getting things immediately on the ‘interwebs’ that a heartfelt live performance is something that is in realtime. Something that is vulnerable and honest. That’s why live gigs are everything to Moondog, because we love everything that we are shoving down the audience’s throats, and we hope they enjoy what we are forcibly feeding them. Seattle and Bend are markets that understand what we are doing. Every time we play in those cities, we are greeted with fans that treat us with the respect that we crave as musicians.

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FB: Who would say are the band’s biggest influences?
PB: That’s a question that each member would answer differently, but I know our favorite decade is early to mid seventies rock and roll. I am a devout Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Bob Seger, Gram Parsons, The Band, Warren Zevon, Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Velvet Underground, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead fan….. You get the point

FB: What era of the Grateful Dead is your favorite?
PB: I’ll have to speak for myself, but Workingman’s dead and Wake of the Flood are my favorites…..

FB: Tell us about something completely disturbing you experienced on tour.
PB: We were playing in Eugene in front of a raging audience of two that consisted of our bartender and an old drunk, and Drea peed his pants during the first song. It was his first tour with us and he misunderstood his bladder. The most magical part of the night was his determination to finish the next 45 painful minutes with urine in his Levis.

FB: Tell us about your Rigorous Proof and Bryan Jones and why you selected them to be part of you album release show
PB: Bryan Jones is a musician that I have looked up to since the day I met him. He is a musician down to his marrow. Everything he does revolves around music. That’s a trait that I most admire and pretend to have, but very few people possess. Rigorous Proof has an understanding of music that is similar to ours. Not necessarily in the ways we sound similar, but in the era in which we dream to reside. They are a mixture of Preservation Green, Kinks, early Who and Supertramp. We chose them to play with us because we respect what they are doing. Plus Johnny and the boys are the nicest, most humbling group of cats we know.

FB: My friend told me she used to go to the mall in high school and stare at you while you worked at The Gap. How do you respond to that?
PB: I wish she would of talked to me, I felt as though I was invisible in those years of my life. Hahaha

THE RECIPE: SHOW: Moondog Matinee, Rigorous Proof and Bryan Jones
LOCATION: Cargo in Whitney Peak Hotel
DATE: January 17th. 2015
TIME: Doors open at 7pm, music begins at 8pm.
AGES RESTRICTIONS: All ages welcome
TICKETS: Tickets are $10 and are available at the Whitney Peak front desk or HERE

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November 17, 2014
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I have no qualms stating my favorite place to imbibe is St James Infirmary. Primarily, it’s the proximity to my home. Second is Georgette Crush and the rest of the awesome bartenders and staff. After that comes the diversity of people, the patio, the drink selection and the fact that the music (and jukebox) is always good. I seem to end up there on jukebox nights for some reason, but every time I’ve walked in on live music or dj nights and it’s always a blast and the acts they book are awesome. Also, as my friend points out, “the guys dance there. And not just because the girls are dancing. That says something.” Good job guys.

• The Loving Cup •
• The Loving Cup •

Not long ago owner Pete Barnato, who not only was responsible for the music booking at St James but is also frontman of alt-blues-rock band Moondog Matinee, informed me of his plans to commandeer The Biggest Little City Club and turn it into The Loving Cup (for those of you unaware, “Loving Cup” is a Rolling Stones song off their infamous album, Exile To Main Street). Pete has made it clear that his mission is to continue the trend of the California Street corridor being a welcoming place to drink, gather and listen to quality cutting edge music. Seems like St James and The Loving Cup will be a great place to jump back and forth on your weekend nights. Win-win.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Loving Cup, Friday should be your night, as Los Angeles’ fusion rockers Magic Bronson are making their debut appearance in Northern Nevada at The Loving Cup. On tour to support their new album “Wildlife,” which Buzzbands.LA says “…rumbles and hums in the secondhand-smoke-filled netherworld of indie-rock, hip-hop and electro-pop.” With that description, you guarantee our presence to check this duo out.

We are really excited for another neighborhood bar and music venue that is catering to an experience and bringing in up-and-coming acts. Barnato and company put a lot of love into this place. We are total suckers for white and black tile, and that’s what’s on the stage. The art, and décor, the bar’s presentation and the furnishings all piece together comfortably and stylishly without being pretentious.


The Magic Bronson show is 100% FREE and kicks off at 9:00pm with an opening set. The Loving Cup will be showing it’s love to the community by creating a photo-contest of the night. Tweet or facebook a picture from the night. Best picture wins $50 bar tab

Info on the event here  //  The Loving Cup facebook page // Magic Bronson soundcloud // Magic Bronson Website


The Next Urban Fest is TBD

September 10, 2014
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When I moved to Reno in 2006, I was surprised how the scenes in Sacramento and Reno were so interconnected, while Tahoe and Reno felt so disconnected. Before moving down here from Tahoe, a trip to Reno was basically an oil change/car wash, a box store or two and the last stop would be Trader Joe’s before heading back over the hill. On occasion, there would be a show too big for Tahoe, such as Ween, Tool, Metallica or Prince, and we’d come down for that. I guess that was our same feeling for Sacramento, minus the shopping: We’d head down for bigger mainstream shows that were too big or didn’t make it to Reno. For smaller independent shows, we’d always have to head to the Bay area.

How the times have changed….


TBD Festival Oct 3-5 Sacramento, CA
TBD Festival Oct 3-5 Sacramento, CA

Reno and Tahoe scenes are closer than ever, Reno is culturally exploding and Sacramento has dropped one of the best one-off, multi-experiential independent festival line-ups I’ve seen all year with TBD Fest, taking place October 3rd-5th. While everyone has their “most-anticipated” acts, Kurt Vile, Blondie, War on Drugs, Com Truise, Cherub, Exmag, Keys n  KratesYacht, Sister Crayon, and Gaslamp Killer top the list for our “must see” acts. Perfectly curated additional headlining acts of Dillon Francis, Justice (DJ Set), Empire of the Sun, Moby, Danny Brown, Deltron 3030, and Explosions in the Sky top out an impressive array of developing acts in the indie, hip hop and electronic realms. What a refreshing line-up!


Plus…rather than focus only on music, it seems like they are gearing up for a food experience like no other with The Pit, a wood-fired cooking demonstration zone featuring 14 chefs from acclaimed regional eateries. The chefs from each restaurant will engage in “Friendly Fire,” in which their teams will have roughly three hours to prepare a dish for festival attendees, who will then vote for a winner. Right neighborly, eh? Plus…they are expecting 20+ food trucks at the event, local craft beer, wine and more.

Um…this is exciting.  We have a lot more to write about.

Three day, VIP and single day tickets are onsale now >> HERE   We will also be giving away some tickets via Fresh Bakin’ so go over and like us on Facebook for a chance to win!

Twitter @freshbakin



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August 31, 2014
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Welcome back Burners!
(updated 2:30pm Sept 1st)

I’m sure your time out in Black Rock City was nothing short of stupendous. Having the Burners from around the world all congregate in Reno afterwards to cooldown before they head back to the default world is almost as fun as Burning Man itself! Here is rundown  (below) of the hotel situation in Reno right now (as of 10:10pm, August 31st), so you don’t have to run around, get frustrated and end up sleeping spread over two porch chairs.
In case you missed it, we put this together for the stranded Burners last Monday about restaurants, bars, shopping, etc is HERE
If you didn’t hear, there is a giant rib festival in Sparks (which you drive right through heading west as you come into Reno today  (Monday). The Best in The West Rib Cook-Off is a huge street festival featuring BBQ fanatics and connoisseurs from around the United States squaring off the the title “Best in The West.” The food and people watching is normally top-notch. At the very least, go buy a ton of BBQ sauce  you won’t find in your hometown stores to take home with you.
TUESDAY: Thievery Corporation is playing with a full band at the Grand Sierra Resort with Mark Farina and Dirtwire as part of the 5th Annual Great Depressurization Chamber. Grand Sierra has been the spot for post-BRC for years. It’s definitely a great “last hurrah” to gather everyone in one spot to dance to one of the most incredible and influential musical acts of all time.  Tickets available HERE. Afterparty features Rob Garza of Thievery, jackLNDN, Miss Cooper and Her Pet Craigslist Hookup and more at the stunning new LEX Nightclub. Plus five four-star restaurants, cafe, spa, driving range and 24 hour bowling, to name a few things.


Here’s a little rundown on the hotel room situation in Reno for Monday and Tuesday (Wednesday all hotels have availability). Please remember though….people cancel rooms, so always worth it to call even if we say it’s sold out here. (this was compiled on August 31st, at 10:10pm)


Grand Sierra Resort is sold out. DJ Dan and more play at LEX Nightclub at 10pm for small cover and no dress code.  Pool party happening now with Georgette Crush, Brass Tax, Barisone, Zebuel, more.
• El Dorado Casino has rooms starting at $55.00
Whitney Peak Hotel: has rooms starting at $109.00
Silver Legacy: Rooms starting at $59.00
Sands Regency is sold out.
Circus Circus rooms starting at $45.00
Harrah’s: Rooms starting at $65.00
• Wildflower Village: Check availability
John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Starting at $39.00
• Morris Burner Hotel/Hostel: Call for availability


Grand Sierra Resort is getting close to selling out. Their beautiful Summit Rooms available still, as well as Standard Rooms. Use code BURN14 for rooms starting at $117.00. This includes free access to the pool party. Line-up HERE and tickets for Thievery Corporation, Mark Farina and Dirtwire are in the Summit Pavilion. Rob Garza, jackLNDN and more play the after party in LEX. TICKETS AND INFO HERE
• El Dorado Casino: Rooms starting at $42.99
Whitney Peak Hotel: Rooms starting at $109.00
Silver Legacy: Rooms starting at $80.00
Sands Regency rooms starting at $30.00. Includes access to pool party.
Circus Circus rooms starting at $39.00
Harrah’s: Rooms starting at $45.00
• Wildflower Village: Check availability
John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Starting at $35.00
• Morris Burner Hotel/Hostel: Call for availability


 All hotels and casinos have availability. The Grand Sierra has a pool party with a big LINE-UP and Desert Hearts and Sabo send people off in style at LEX Nightclub.


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WANDERMUST! Wanderlust 2014

July 21, 2014
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When I followed the Grateful Dead in the 90’s and Phish still today, at the end of my run of shows I always thought, “I don’t want this to end! Can I make it to more shows by the end of the tour?” I would check my bank account and calendar, TRYING to make it happen. We call it the “post-show glow.” The community and group energy is so intoxicating and addictive that you want more.  I wanted to be enveloped in the warm embrace of the sights, sounds, smells, and be around amazing like-minded people.

At the end of this past weekend I started thinking “How can I get to Whistler? I must go!” Squaw was my fifth Wanderlust and I’ve never had this feeling before. What happened? Was the event actually better than ever? I don’t think it was, in all honesty, as all the Wanderlusts have been top notch. I can only assume that I am a different person than I was in years past. I have just put behind me a really hard year and I also think I finally figured out how to “do” Wanderlust a little better this year. I’d love to share these….


1)  Sometimes the “where” is as important as the “what” or the  “who.” If I were to regret something from the weekend it’s that I didn’t take any classes at High Camp nor made it to a pool party. Inclement weather was the main reason for missing pool parties, but taking at least one class up there is so worth it.


High Camp in Squaw Valley, CA • Photo by Matt Palmer

2)  Don’t skip out on music. The vibe in your yoga classes, when everyone is moving, breathing and meditating together, is the same vibe one can achieve on a dancefloor. When the band and the crowd are locked in, it’s the same as when a yoga class is totally locked in. I skipped a class to see the incredible Polyphonic Spree. I am very grateful for that. At night, Wanderlust curates an overall great line-up and this year didn’t disappoint. My only real complaint was the muddy sound for RJD2, and that DJ Krush had visa issues and did not show up (which is out of the hands of Wanderlust).


3)  Mix it up. In the past, I would just sign up for yoga class after yoga class. I’d end up so burnt, my wrists and my shoulders sore and not able to handle another chataranga. This year I switched it up and scheduled things to give me breaks: Kevin Wimmer’s ELMNTL Fitness (only a break from yoga with bear-crawling up Granite Chief, squats with big rocks…yes, I was sore!), Dr. Sara Gottfried’s talk on Endocrine Disruptors in the Speakeasy, my first acro-yoga class, a suspension yoga class, workshops on the deep tissue self-bodywork Soma System…which brings me to…


SOMA System workshop


4)  If there is a series of classes taught by one instructor, sign up for them all.  My first year I accidentally signed up for the same teacher over the course of three days, not realizing it was a series that built on itself. It really helped my practice. This year, I researched Roman Torgovitsky’s Soma System and it sounded really interesting, so I put myself on the waiting list and was eventually placed into all four classes before the festival began. My thinking was that if I didn’t like the first one, I could drop the rest. I’m glad I did sign up, because after that first class, word was out. It was at capacity for the rest of the weekend and they were turning people away that were on the waiting list. This strategy was really rewarding and I’ll definitely be continuing this at future festivals.


5) Every time you put your mat down next to a stranger, introduce yourself. Similarly, go to classes alone sometimes. It’s great to attend with friends, but take a solo adventure. You never know whom you might meet. I’ve found Wanderlust participants and instructors to be some of the nicest people. Go for it.

Pretty sure you can find ONE stranger in here with whom you have something in common
Pretty sure you can find ONE stranger in here with whom you have something in common


6)  Know your limits. If you aren’t a morning person, don’t sign up for an 8:00am class. This is supposed to be a fun weekend and you aren’t really in prime physical, emotional or mental condistion for an early class if you danced till 2am, then didn’t fall asleep till 4am. The dancing, community and shit-talking with your new and old friends until the wee hours is all part of the experience.


7) Bigger is not always better. Search out lesser-known instructors and not just go for the “headliners.”You’ll find yourself in more intimate classes, with more hands-on instruction.


This was my best Wanderlust, by far. If I could figure out a way to hit another Wanderlust this year, I’d be there in two seconds. WANDER-MUST…and I’m not  even a hard-core yogi. The vocabulary eludes me, I’m not vegan, I’m not into chanting in Sanskrit (although I do get down with a hearty group “OHM”), I still wear swimsuits and basketball shorts to class, and I don’t have any tattoos. Really though, none of this matters. There are a ton of different walks of life at Wanderlust and if you put yourself out there and stay open to any experience, you’ll inevitably be rewarded. See you next year Wanderlust…or maybe….later this year.