WEEKEND PICKS
Philly’s Labor Day Weekend Roundup!

Why is this weekend different from all other weekends? Because it's the much anticipated Labor Day weekend! Labor Day beckons in the end of summer as a bittersweet day that also includes an extended weekend of nonstop parties. Check out our roundup of Philly's hottest events to enjoy in the last few days of our warm-weather season.

Happy holiday weekend!

Friday, August 30

Smiths Restaurant & Lounge

We all love happy hour for those clutch deals. If only that happy hour kept going all night. Smiths Restaurant & Lounge is giving you just that with its Late Night Happy Hour from 11:30 AM - 2 AM. Specials: $5 boneless wings, $4 Coronas. It's the best late night happy hour in Rittenhouse. Enjoy $3.00 Coors Light Bottles + ridiculous appetizer specials and the DJ goes on at 10:00 PM. Get your friends together and come by for a great time!

EARGASMIC
New Soundtrack from the hit show "Girls"

Not only has HBO's hit comedy series, "Girls" recieved Golden Globe noms but has proved to be the breakthrough comedy of the year. Just in time for its anticipated premiere of the second season on January 13th, the release of "GIRLS – VOLUME 1: MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES,” is out in stores today and via digital storefront!

Released on Fueled By Ramen, the soundtrack features new and exclusive tracks from an array of artists including the Grammy nominated boys from fun., Grouplove, Icona Pop, and on the digital only Deluxe Edition you get an exclusive track from Tegan & Sara. The brand new Santigold track “Girls,” is the soundtrack’s lead single.

THE BEAT
Kanye West, Lou Reed to Headline UR1 in Miami

When early December descends upon us, yes we remember that the holidays are just around the corner, but music and art lovers alike have their own little holiday to anticipate: Miami Art Basel. In 2011, there was a record attendance of 50,000 (up from 40,000 just one year earlier) so it's clear that the annual exhibition is flourishing. The roster of music fueled events that hit Miami each year are adding up and it's no surprise that a new music festival is in the works to correspond with Art Basel. Alex Omes and Emi Guerra of GO BIG Productions are adding yet another musical force to their agenda with the introduction of the first annual UR1 Music Festival in Miami.

UR1 will take place on December 8 and 9, in Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami.

ALL ACCESS PASS
Inside London's Wireless Festival
ALL ACCESS PASS
Bonnaroo 2012 Part II: The Music

With over 60 hours of live music spread across four days and ten stages, Bonnaroo provided both a blessing and a curse - so many musical options, but likewise so many overlapping sets. My friends and I battled back and forth over these “conflictaroos” - how could we possibly see all of our favorite artists in such little time? Four days may sound more than ample when it comes to music festivals, but if I had my choice, I would’ve stayed in Bonnarooland forever.

EARGASMIC
Mint Tracks: Beach House, Santigold, Unicorn Kid, and more!

Beach House: "Lazuli"

Beach House has not come out with an album since 2010's stellar Teen Dream, but I'm sure none of us have forgotten about them. This week they dropped a new single off of their forthcoming album, Bloom, releasing May 15th on SubPop. "Lazuli" opens up with a reminder of where Beach House came from: a steady, bright synth line that will instantly make itself recognizable. About twenty seconds in, the duo's maturity shows as a wave of thick, dense production envelopes us, comforts us, opens before us into a milky dream-pop serenade.

IN THE HOUSE
Your Guide to Upcoming EDM Festivals

EDM lovers are in for a real treat for the next few months. A plethora of electro fests are lined up and ready for the taking. While we wait for dates and lineups to be announced for post-June festivals, peep these April-June events that are confirmed, with tickets on sale now!

who: Tiësto, Röyksopp, STS9, 12th Planet, araabMUZIK, Awolnation, Calvin Harris, Cosmic Gate, CSS, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Mt Eden, Nero, Steve Aoki

what: An intensely euphoric weekend of dubstep, electropop, and happy hardcore put on by Insomniac Events

IN THE MIX
Governor's Ball Announces Full 2012 Lineup

Big news has dropped today in the festival circuit: New York’s Governor’s Ball has officially announced its 2012 line up. For those not familiar with the Ball, it’s a two day fest featuring diverse tunes, a myriad of activities, and all the usual shenanigans that accompany any outdoor music festival. Situated on Randall’s Island—stock prison backdrop included—this fest boasts headliners Beck, Modest Mouse, Chromeo, Ducksauce, and Passion Pit (to name a few). Interspersed throughout the two days, the line-up looks fiendishly delicious, with June 23 & 24 shaping up to be quite the weekend.

DAILY POP
Santigold is Back


Back in 2008, the world was gifted with Santogold, the debut album from Santigold. The record was a fresh and creative fusion of hip-hop, African beats and punk rock. At the time the tracks were everywhere: video games - NHL 08, FIFA 08, NBA 2k9, commercials - Ford Flex, Zune-Arts, her song "Shove It" was even featured on an episode of Gossip Girl. She toured relentlessly supporting acts of all genres including Jay Z, Kanye West, Coldplay, M.I.A., and Bjork. And no doubt, at any good party you heard at least one Santigold jam spinning. But since her epic uprising, and few collaborations with the likes of the Beastie Boys, David Bryne and Fatboy Slim, and an appearance on the N.A.S.A album, the past couple of years have been relatively quiet for Santigold...until now.

AMANDA BLANK
Amanda Blank at Santos Party House

You can add Amanda Blank to the list of badass chicks I'm obsessed with.

It's no secret that I'm big fan of girl power in the music industry, so it's unfortunate that when I hear the words "white female rapper," my mind immediately thinks the act must be gimmicky. But Blank is no gimmick. This girl is for real. At Santos Party House on Friday night, Blank put all my preconceived notions to shame with her undeniable talent as a rapper. She can spit as good as any of the boys, though I doubt any of her male contemporaries would look as good in a tiger-print teddy and sequined bra.