The Universe has a peculiar way of speaking to you, especially when your judgments are closed and your heart and mind are open. When you are tuned into the right frequency, it becomes obvious that there is another force guiding us through this existence. You just have to trust that energy, and once you do, you recognize that the answers are often right in front of you and have been this whole time. Everything that happens in life has a purpose. It may not be what you want, expect, or understand, but as time goes on, you will realize that it was exactly what you needed.
It was the beginning of October, and my friends and I finally copped tickets to a drive-in rave. Not just any show but the Wakaan Halloween takeover in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Liquid Stranger, Champagne Drip, and Mize were set to throw down on top of Montage Mountain. We couldn’t think of a better first show back since the pandemic and were hyped as fuck, to say the least. Not just for the fact that we were going to see Liquid Stranger, or that we were finally going to see live music, but that we could ultimately rage together. We haven’t danced and headbanged through the night since Okeechobee, and we were all itching for an evening of good vibes, good music, and debauchery.
As Halloween approached, Liquid Stranger announced that each night of the three-day takeover would be unique. Night one would be dedicated to throwback jams, night two would be a tripped set, and night three would be full of bangers. Each night was sold out, and we were going to night two.
As much as I love downtempo tripped out music, I was skeptical of the tripped-out theme. It was my first show in 8 months, and I wanted to party. I had all this pent up energy from quarantine that I needed to release. How can I do that during a slow trippy show? But the Universe doesn’t always give you what you want but what you need.
Aside from my reserves, we were ready to be back in our element. We missed the crowd, the atmosphere, and of course, the people. Before we knew it, it was Friday morning, and we were finally on our 2 hour Journey to Montage Mountain Resorts to check in our hotel before the show. The only problem was it was not only freezing but raining. Not the greatest weather for an outdoor show, but the gray clouds wouldn’t stop our shine. After sitting in line for almost two hours, with flashbacks to Bonnaroo 2019, we finally made it in just in time for Mize to hit the stage.
Strangely enough, the sky opened up, and all the clouds disappeared. A full moon lit up the heavens above with Mars in the background. It was still cold, but it was perfect. As the night went on, Mize changed to DMVU, which switched to Champagne Drip, and then finally Liquid Stranger. The entire time I could not take my eyes off the moon. All I kept thinking that this is what humans have been doing for thousands of years. Dancing under the full moon, losing ourselves in the moment.

As Liquid Stranger finished his set, he spoke about his decision to perform a tripped set under the full moon. That he never gets a chance to play the music that he played that night. That every song he played from Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin to Forever Young by Rod Stewart had an impact on his life and his career. He spoke on how the world was going through a transition and that we need to treat each other with love.
It is then I realized that the Universe was speaking to me through Liquid Stranger. The world is going through a transition, but so am I. I realized that the tripped set was exactly what I needed. Instead of giving me a night full of bangers for my first show back, I got music that opens your mind and soothes the soul. I’ve been going to shows for ten years now, and I’ve partied as hard as anyone. I kept having this thought that part of my life is over. Not that I’ll stop going to shows or festivals, but my intentions will change. That I will be motivated by spirituality instead of just getting fucked up. It was as if the Universe was pushing me in a new direction.

Since then, I’ve been meditating, reading, and positively focusing on my goals, and things are suddenly falling into place. I’m starting to get opportunities I’ve never had before, I feel better mentally and physically, and I have a newfound excitement for the future.
I felt this story was important to share as we head into 2020’s winter solstice coming early next week. On December 21, for the first time in 800 years, Saturn and Jupiter will align, creating what’s called the great conjunction allowing the Christmas star to be visible. This extraordinary event is said to be a sign of powerful change and spiritual transformation as we transition to a new age.
The fact that this will happen in 2020 is pretty remarkable considering what’s going on in the world. 2020 isn’t the year we asked for, but it is the year we needed. A year that acted as a wake-up call to say that this way of existence, full of hate, neglect for the earth, carelessness for our health, and need for material pleasures, is not sustainable. Our way of life has been taken from us. We have been forced to stay inside with no restaurants, no bars, no concerts, festivals, weddings, or parties. We can’t go to work, kids can’t go to school, and some of us have lost loved ones. But through all the tragedy, there is a silver lining. 2020 has forced us to find happiness from within and think in different ways. It taught us not to take life for granted because you never know when life will abruptly change. People are finally beginning to wake up. Everyone has grown in someway through quarantine. Whether it’s finding a new hobby, a new passion, or realizing you can survive on much less than you thought.
We’ve seen worldwide protests in the name of peace and equality. Governments are being exposed, the powers are shifting, and the world is learning that love trumps all. As Bob Dylan famously put it, “The times are a changin!” 2020 was not the year we wanted, but the year we needed. We struggled and survived together. New beginnings are ahead of us. It’s time to stop saying fuck 2020 and start being grateful that it happened. 2020 will be known as the year we woke up, and 2021 will not only be our year but a promising start to our greater purpose.

According to Joe Berchtold, Live Nation is feeling extremely confident and optimistic about the state of live music. With reports of vaccine development, already underway Berchtold predicts live music will be back in full swing come 2021.

“We feel good right now. At this point, given the vaccine news, we start to see with much greater clarity what the path return to live is” Berchtold told CNBC on an interview earlier this week.

As the corona virus begins to spike once again in America, we see what a post covid music scene looks like as Asia and parts of Australia and New Zealand have already brought live music and festivals back to full capacity.

A sea of 10,000 fans at Ultra Taiwan. November 14, 2020

With a vaccine in place and readily available, the possibility of live music returning becomes greater and greater. With Live Nation festivals such as Bonnaroo already scheduled for the September, the return to normal seems to be right around the corner.

It is essential at this time to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing, and before we know it, we will be back in that crowd dancing and singing with our friends. We’ve made it eight months. We can make it a few more!

It’s 2020. If aliens are ever going to expose themselves, now would be the time. Over the summer, The New York Times reported that the Pentagon released a report where they admit that UFOs are real. They then squashed any doubt by later stating that by UFO, they mean a “craft, not of this world.”
Amongst all of the craziness of 2020, this seemed to go unnoticed by the public. Then early this week, former Israeli space security chief says aliens not only exist, but there is an entire Galactic Federation that the United States knows about. According to Haim Eshed, extraterrestrial beings have a base deep under the crust of Mars. American astronauts are currently on the base, and aliens have been intervening with humanity for years, even de-escalating nuclear war.
Eshed explained that the aliens don’t think humanity is ready to understand the existential truth of their existence. You can’t blame them. We’ve destroyed this planet and each other. How can we be prepared for aliens if we can’t even get along with our neighbor?
But what if they do decide to come down from the stars? Will they destroy us like they do in the movies? Will they wipe us off the face of existence with a push of a single button?
Plot twist! Aliens are peaceful and not only spiritual beings, but they’re all about the wubs. They are chill as fuck and just want to vibe. They come down from the mothership and ask for a playlist full of 10 dubstep bangers to cruise the milky way while they hotbox the ship.
This is what we gave them.

  1. Hello Human – Lsdream

Of course, we will start the playlist with Hello Human by Lsdream. As a human myself, I enjoy singing along but imagine rapping “Hello Human, Ew Your Planet is Gross” as an ET.

2. Space Boss- Liquid Stranger & Space Jesus

For the second song, we hit em with Space Boss as they sore out of our atmosphere. They’d probably start rolling up right about now.

3. Mind Tricks- Bassnectar Feat. Lafa Taylor

As the space weed starts to kick in Mind Tricks by necatar will surely blast them off into another dimension.

4. Jungle Juice – Ganja White Night & Liquid Stranger

Jungle Juice by Ganja seems like the perfect theme music for dodging asteroids and mini planets while traveling at lightspeed through the asteroid belt, aka the jungle of the milky way.

5. Wubbalubbadubdub- Jade Cicada

Assuming the aliens watch interdimensional television and love Rick and Morty as much as us humans Wubbalubbadubdub by Jade Cicada will have them vibing hard.

6. Expand the Universe- Lsdream

Soaring through the expanding universe while bumping Expand the Universe is a trip in its self.

7. Maintaining it All- Tiedye Ky

Tiedye Ky’s Maintaining it All will surely get the E.T’s heads knockin.

8. Alien Technology- Shlump

Wouldn’t be surprised if Alien Technology by Shlump is already on their playlist.

9. Me and You – Champagne Drip & Lucci

Me and You by Champagne Drip & Lucci will have every alien on board lost in their feelings.

10. Mercy Falls- Charlesthefirst

As the ETs start coming down from their trip and soar through the final constellations Mercy Falls by Charlesthefirst will surely chill them out with some lo fi wubs.

Check out the playlist here!

Alien Wubs

It is no secret that the music industry is getting hit harder than any other industry in America, and unfortunately, it is not getting any better. With no end to the pandemic in sight, major festivals such as Bonnaroo and Coachella are already forgoing the 2021 summer season and preparing for fall festivals once again. We all are in disarray as we desperately wait for live music to return to the way it was. We have made the best of the cards we’ve been dealt with and found creative, safe ways to enjoy live music, but everyone knows it is not the same. Drive-in raves and socially distant concerts, as fun, as they may be, are not sustainable and certainly won’t save the dying music industry.

I wish it were as simple as snapping our fingers to get live music back once the pandemic is over, but it’s not. The hard pill to swallow is that without venues, our favorite artists can’t perform. One may think that just because festivals are announcing dates that everything will be okay, but the truth is that touring and small venues are the backbone of the music industry. If they fall, everything else falls with it.

Without government funding and financial support, 90 percent of independent music venues could close its doors for good. It would be a devastating blow to the music industry and a steep climb back up.

Recently the House passed the “Heros Act.” which included provisions of the Save Our Stages Act, which would give 10 billion in funding to independent venues. The bad news is that the republican controlled senate is unlikely to pass the bill unless a deal is reached with the Democrats, leaving the “Cares Act’ in limbo.

The good news there is something we can do. The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is partnering with YouTube for a 3-day virtual music festival called Save Our Stages to raise awareness and donations for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund to support our most vulnerable venues.

The festival will kick off Friday, October 16, at 8 pm on youtube and end on Sunday the 18th. The festival will host performances by Miley Cyrus, The Foo Fighters, Major Lazer, and more.

You can subscribe on youtube to watch #SOSfest for free and donate at Save Our Stages.

It’s also not too late to take action, by sending a message to your local representatives to drive support for government assistance. NIVA has a letter made up to send if you wish to lend your support.

Unless you live as a hermit and dismiss technology all together odds are you listen to music every day. It’s 2020. Everyone listens to music in some form or another. In fact, in today’s digital age, it’s damn near impossible to avoid it. According to a Nielson Music study in 2017, nearly 90 percent of Americans listen to music on a daily basis for about 32 hours per week. That’s a lot of our time dedicated to music, and without the advancement of technology, it wouldn’t be possible.

Music and technology go hand in hand. As technology advances to make our lives easier, we end up just adding more and more onto our plate. We are continually striving to be the most efficient we can be. Multi-tasking ultimately becomes our greatest skill as we try to cram as much as we can into 24 hours, and if you don’t, you, unfortunately, will be left in the dust. So how does every American have time to listen to 32 hours of music every week? Do we really listen?

I want you to really think about when you listen to music. You listen when you’re working out, sitting in traffic, writing your email, making dinner, in the shower, or mindlessly scrolling through social media. And how do we listen? Usually with our phones. We listen to music to distract us from what we are doing. We don’t actually listen to music. We treat music as background noise in our lives, so we don’t have to live in the moment.

Don’t get me wrong; music is a great escape. It makes driving and working tolerable. It pushes you to get in that last rep at the gym or run that last lap at the track, but music has more than that to offer. Because of streaming services, music has never been more accessible. Frankly, I couldn’t live without Apple Music, but it does come with a cost. It takes away from the magic of listening to a song the way your favorite artist intended. It went from being something you looked forward to doing everyday to something mundane and just a natural part of life, such as walking or breathing. Streaming apps are not only changing when we listen, but how we listen, and I fear we’re beginning to take music for granted.

Sixty years ago, when the only way to listen to the music of your choice was a vinyl record, the process of listening was a lot more exciting, and some may argue like a ritual. When a new record would drop, you had to go to the store, buy an album, drive home, and pop open the record player all before you could hear just one note. You would sit around the speaker like you would a tv and listen to the full album front to back.

Every song had a purpose and told a unique part of the story the artist was trying to portray. There were no distractions. You weren’t aimlessly scrolling through your phone or focusing on that email to make a sale. You were fully immersed in the sound. It wasn’t just something you did. It was an experience for the body, mind, and soul and the music reflected that. Bands and artists such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, the list can go on and on, would focus on the whole album. The whole experience. Every song meant something, and fans took the time not only to listen but interpret and consume every lyric, emotion, and guitar riff.

Today, at least in the mainstream, we seemed to have lost touch with the art of music. Songs are getting shorter and shorter. Lp’s are turning to Ep’s, and Ep’s are becoming singles. Our attention spans are disappearing, and the music is suffering. When did we choose the 2 min song made in 20 minutes over full-scale albums and seven-minute ballads? It’s not the artist’s fault either. It starts with us, the listener. Artists need to make a living, and if they have to make singles over albums, that’s what they’ll do. If we change our listening habits and fall in love with the art again, the music will follow. I’m not saying stop streaming music. I’m saying take time out of your day and dedicate it to listening to your favorite album—nothing else, just the music.

The good news is it’s not all doom and gloom. As much as things are changing, there is a demand to slow down. We’ve been fed the digital life so much; people are starting to get fed up. There’s a reason the demand for physical vinyl records is skyrocketing. There’s a reason meditation apps are the new big thing. People are starting to wake up and slow down. Sometimes we need a break from all the complex technology running our lives. We need to live in the moment and experience, not just the now but something real and physical. The Glass Animals said it best on the opening song of their new Album Dreamland.

“You’ve had too much of the digital love. You want everything live, you want things you can touch. Make it feel like a movie you saw in your youth. Make it feel like that song that just unopened you”

A revolution in listening to music needs to happen, but we’re on the right track. The more we sit down and listen to music the way it is intended, the more things will change. It won’t only help the artist. It will help the listener have a full experience in body, mind, and spirit. Just listening to your favorite artist with no distractions could be a form of meditation and could not only entertain you but ease your stress, anxiety, and overall well being. So get comfy, grab a drink, spark a joint, close your eyes, and get lost in the music, man.

Just seven months after the untimely death of the superstar rapper Juice Wrld, his estate dropped his first posthumous album titled “Legends Never Die” early Friday morning. The highly anticipated album which was announced early last week sent fans of all ages into a frenzy causing Spotify to temporarily crash as it earned over 73 million downloads in the first day. The biggest debut of any album in 2020.

All though Juice passed just 6 days after his 21st birthday back in December, the young artist established himself not only as a heavy weight in hip- hop but as a voice to a young generation struggling with identity, depression and mental health. Instead of following the stereotypical demeanor portrayed in rap culture of hiding your feelings and establishing a rough hard to break exterior of what it means to “be a man” juice raped about his emotions and in doing so related to millions of fans around the world. Instead of violence and being “hard” he exposed his vulnerabilities as he talked about depression, heartbreak, drug abuse, anxiety, love, and hope in his music. Mixed with his undeniable talent as a song writer and his ability to freestyle Juice became a legend at such a young age. In my opinion a mix of Kid Cudi and Lil Wayne would be an accurate representation of the late rapper.

Juice Wrld performing Robbery at Bonnaroo 2019

“Legends Never Die” picks up where his previous two albums “Goodbye & Good Riddance” and “Death Race for Love” left off. If you’ve been following the rapper since “Lucid Dreams” the opening monologue in his first track Anxiety will leave you in a whirl wind of emotions.

“Before I get up out of here, I wanna tell you that you can do anything you put your mind to, period. As long as you work hard, give it your all and don’t listen to what anybody got to say, it’s your world, you can do what you want, on bro, period
Always remember that, I love every single last one of y’all” Says Juice as it feels like he is talking to us beyond the grave.

Fans around the globe were not shy expressing how they felt as tweets flooded the twitterverse in for support of the late rapper. Mixed with emotions they rejoiced for new music from Juice but grieved for the loss of an icon.

“Legends Never Die” consists of 21 tracks with star studded features such as Hasley, Marshmello, and Trippie Red. Some speculate a song representing every year Juice was alive. He covers everything from drug abuse to love and anxiety. With the direction of his new project you can tell how much he’s grown as an artist and the potential he had. He truly was something special and without a doubt a legend. RIP Juice.

You can find “Legends Never Die” on all streaming platforms.

Dear Bonnaroo,
As June has come and gone, I sit in my apartment with my body not sore from dancing for four days straight, my mind not foggy from a 17-hour drive home, no Amish Donuts in my stomach, but yet I still feel a buzz that only Bonnaroo can produce. If you’ve been there, you understand.

If you have yet to experience the Farm, words cannot do it any justice. It’s not quite the same as returning from our beloved home, but I still feel something. Maybe it’s my body subconsciously thinking it was at Roo as it does every year at this time. Or perhaps it’s the memories from old photos and videos popping up from not only my phone but on my timeline from my friends. There is something special about Bonnaroo. Even when it doesn’t happen, the magic still somehow finds it’s way to us. Scrolling through my feed, watching videos and pictures of past Roos, and watching Homearoo streamed by Bonnaroo365, for now, the third weekend brought me through a roller coaster of emotions. From sadness to happiness, to nostalgia, euphoria, and back to sadness again.

The bonnablues are absolutely a real thing. But it also proved that Bonnaroo is more than just a gathering of hippies listening to music in a field every June. It’s a community like no other that lasts throughout the entire year. I frankly can’t think of any other festival that impacts people’s lives as much as Bonnaroo.

So many great things have happened in my life because I attended my first Roo back in 2017. Not only have I discovered new top-notch music year after year, but I’ve found a new home, made new lifetime friendships, and found love, as the Farm introduced me to my girlfriend of now almost three years. Bonnaroo will always have a special place in my heart.

Before the announcement of the cancellation, I was optimistic about experiencing Septemberoo. You may call it blind ignorance, but due to our world’s current state, I couldn’t think of anything more fitting to end this bizarre time. A place for four days with nothing but love, music, freedom, and togetherness, which we all need so desperately. A break and a release of everything we are going through. Of course, safety is the main priority, and all though it’s heartbreaking, we won’t be on the Farm this year, I understand and have come to peace with it.

2021 is far away, but imagine that feeling of walking through gates next year after everything the world has thrown at us. After not being on the Farm for two whole years. After fighting through the worst times of our lives, through the pandemic, the lockdown, racial injustice, unemployment, the list goes on, and we still have the peace of mind to smile through all the bullshit and come together through love and music.

Yes, the wait sucks, but Bonnaroo is always worth the wait, whether it’s 12 hours in line or two years in between. Next year will, without a doubt, be the best year yet. So thankyou Bonnaroo for giving us a light at the end of the tunnel. This year we will live through the memories we’ve made on the Farm, and I know we will be together soon.

Sincerely,

Tyrone Basket, a Bonnaroovian

Mac Miller’s first posthumous album titled “Circles” will be released on Friday January, 17th as a companion album from his critically acclaimed ‘Swimming LP” The news broke from Mac’s estate on Janurary 8th through his Instagram with a heartfelt letter from Mac’s Family describing Mac’s last body of work.

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Circles. January 17.

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Mac Miller’s posthumous project will be different than some we’ve seen in the past. It’s not a desperate money grab or a label trying to stay relevant. Its an attempt to truly capture Mac’s expression and message that he never got the chance to put out in the world. The album was nearly complete before Mac’s untimely passing in September of 2018. It was meant to accompany Swimming. Swimming In Circles was the concept. “Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle.”

Mac Had been working with producer Jon Brion who dedicated himself to finishing “Circles” after Mac’s death based on all the conversations he had with the rapper during their studio sessions.

After the album announcement the first single of “Circles” titled “Good News” was released two days later. Hearing Mac’s voice is surreal as he raps and sings over the gentle hypnotic beat with heavy lyrics that hit hard especially knowing that he is no longer with us.

You really get a sense of what Mac was going through as he sings ” Good news, good news, good news ,that’s all they wanna hear no, they don’t like it when I’m down “. Explaining how no one wants to hear about his problems and ultimately he’s alone. It then gets difficult to listen as he raps “I heard they don’t talk about me too much no more and that’s a problem with a closed door” and “there’s a whole lot more for me waitin’ on the other side”. It makes you wonder if he had a sense of his impending demise. Yet, as painful as the song is it is a beautiful work of self expression that the world needs to hear.


Mac Miller’s family will release information on “Circles” and his Charity on a new Instagram account @92tilinfinity

After the historic impeachment of Donald Trump, the 45th president of The United States, Bassnectar vows to throw a free show in celebration. Something he tweeted out to his fans back in 2017.

Bassheads couldn’t be happier begging Bassnectar(real name Lorin Ashton) to come to their city with of course Washington DC being the most popular choice.

Bassnectar is known for his activism with his numerous foundations and vocalizing his political views through social media and other various platforms urging his fans to register to vote and fight for their freedoms.

It is important to note that although President Trump was impeached he has not yet been removed from office. There is still a high possibility that he will remain the president for the remainder of his term. A trial will be held in January 2020.

In the world of trance Armin Van Burren has changed numerous lives throughout the globe with his music and live shows. With his recent release of his 7th studio Album “Balance” consisting of 28 tracks featuring stars such as Above and Beyond, Josh Cumbee, and Ne-Yo, Armin is sitting on top of the world but with his latest venture he aims to save the world. He is now been appointed the new global ambassador for the World Wide Fund for Nature charity, where his goal is to “motivate millions of people to join the movement to stop plastic waste being dumped in oceans”.

Armin wants the world to know that he is more than just a DJ. ” Besides being a DJ and producer, I am also a father and I want to give my kids the world they deserve, a world that not only they can appreciate, but one that can be enjoyed by many generations to come. “

As an ambassador he is going to be asking his fans to sign a petition through the #Beatplastic campaign which calls on all the world leaders in the UN to draft a treaty focusing on stopping the pollution of our oceans.

There is 8 million tons of plastic being dumped in our ocean each year and by 2030 this number is expected to double if nothing is done to stop it.

You can sign Armin’s petition by clicking the link below #beatplastic

https://yourplasticdiet.org/#what-can-i-do