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IN THE HOUSE
New World Punx joins 2015 Groove Cruise!


Just when you thought The Groove Cruise couldn’t get more kick-ass, they take the party to the next level!

Tickets for The Groove Cruise went on sale to the public today, and if you weren’t thinking of going, you should think again. The Groove Cruise is essentially a huge, nautical four day dance fest that takes place on both a gorgeous cruise ship and equally gorgeous private islands. The cruise features theme nights, sunrise sets, and more than fifty top-tier spin artists (In the past: Cedric Gervais, Nervo, Deadmau5).

Last year, Joonbug.com was lucky enough to actually be there for a firsthand report, and this year, it’s your turn! Because today, Groove Cruise announced the latest addition to their 2015 line-up: Markus Schulz is back, and this time, he’s bringing his partner in crime, Ferry Corsten.

RAPPER'S DELIGHT
Listen to Future's Sophomore Album, 'Honest'

The buzz around Future's upcoming album, Honest, has been trending hard, with track leaks and previews popping up all over the web. This is because Future has quickly become one of the most popular names in hip hop, having been featured on countless hits throughout the past year.

Now he's got his very own album and it features a bunch of big names, such as Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Wayne. The 16 track album can be streamed now before its release next Tuesday, April 22nd.

RAPPER'S DELIGHT
Hit Up The Diner With Childish Gambino(s)

Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, breaks bread with his alter-ego at a diner in the music video for "Sweatpants.” In the video, Gambino leave the restaurant for a bit and comes back to find everyone there to be a version of himself. If you'd like to find out more about the background of the video check out the blog dedicated to Gambino's debut album, which consists of a script and video clips which narrate the backstory of Because The Internet.

RAPPER'S DELIGHT
Weekend Pick: Kid Ink at House of Blues

If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday that involves tattoos and catchy hip-hop, House of Blues Boston has you covered with their Kid Ink show! This tatt-addicted rapper got his start as a producer before deciding to pursue rapping full-time when he was just 22 years old.

After releasing 3 mixtapes under the music label, The Alumni Group, Kid Ink released his first independent album in 2012, which hit #20 on the Billboard 200 in its first week. In 2013, he signed a deal with RCA Records, and later that same year released the first single off his second album, a sexy, mellow track called Show Me, which features Chris Brown.

IN THE HOUSE
Weekend Pick: HIIO at Toro Toro

When: Saturday, April 19th, 10pm

Where: Toro Toro, 1300 I Street NW, Washington, DC

IN THE HOUSE
Weekend Pick: Carl Cox, Nic Fanciulli and Saeed Younan at Echostage

When: Saturday, April 19th, 9pm

IN THE HOUSE
Weekend Pick: Excision at Aragon Ballroom

The Aragon Ballroom is known for hosting artists that bring in something unique, a tradition that will continue this weekend as Excision comes to take over on Friday night. Though his first release wasn’t until 2007, the young Canadian dubstep DJ and producer has actually been spinning since 2004, and is the founder of 2 record labels, Rottun Recordings and Destroid Records.

Excision has collaborated with fellow DJs Bassnecter, Datsik, and Space Laces, to name a few, and his second North American tour with supporting acts Dirtyphonics and ill Gates has just 3 shows left. Armed with a 150,000 watt PK sound system and his famous Executioner light and video program, his noisy songs are loaded with twisted effects and unpredictable bass. Excision’s music will remove you from reality and throw you into something straight-up otherworldly. The show is 18+.

BREAKING BAND
Album Review & Interview: Sultan Bathery

Italian trio Sultan Bathery’s debut self-titled album is out now on Slovely Recordings, and it is an addicting collection of kaleidoscopic, bright, spacey accents, with surprisingly insightful lyrics...

The album begins with the fast-paced, fuzz-filled “Satellite,” a brilliant blend of garage-pop and surf-rock. “Satellite” is an ironically happy sounding track about a drug overdose. “My friend Mike has left his body, and he won't be here for you,” chants frontman Giovanni Ongaro, “He doesn't know where he's going...Mom and dad can't stop crying, and he laughs from the top, he doesn't know where he's going...” It's a risky move to start with such a dark tune, but Sultan Bathery manages to disguise the pain with chipper, dance-worthy instrumentals.

IN THE HOUSE
Weekend Pick: Kill Paris & Candyland at U Street Music Hall

When: Thursday, April 17th, 10pm

Where: U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW, Washington, DC