There are 49 days left until over 100,000 people will invade the Bayfront Park in Miami for the 2013 Ultra Music Festival and the lineup keeps getting larger and larger and larger. Phase 2 was just released and includes over 80 of your favorite musicians to a lineup that probably are includes a lot of your favorite musicians.
“Set to annihilate the newly designed, never-before-seen Ultra Main Stage and the aptly titled ‘Mega Structure,’ Mid Park and more the Phase 2 DJ billing is quite simply out of this world. Alesso, Benny Benassi, Dirty South, Dog Blood (Boys Noize & Skrillex), Eric Prydz, Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, Loco Dice, Luciano, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki and Sven Väth are among just some of the names to join the already eye-catching line-up delivered in Phase 1, which included Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Kaskade, Knife Party, Richie Hawtin, Swedish House Mafia and Tiésto. After 14 consecutive years of delivering the ultimate dance music experience, it was never in doubt that Ultra Music Festival would deliver for its 15th anniversary”.
Deliver it does. Which weekend are you going to?
Grails Boutique is an online retailer of exclusive sneakers and accessories. With a soft-launch in late 2012, they have been providing sneakerheads with keychains to match their collections. As of right now, the site features 50+ styles in keychains and we’re expecting more as they grow over the next few months. Their web shop launched late last night and while it still needs to be tweaked, customers are able to purchase any available keychains!
Currently there are no sneakers for sale on the website but from the rumors we’ve heard around town, the founders plan on incorporating a consignment shop on their site. All keychains are available for $8.00 and include shipping. Check out more pictures after the jump!
Here’s another one of my favorite up-and-coming artists, Austen Afridi, better known by his alias, Viceroy. First found out about Viceroy a few weeks back while visiting Beauty Bar in Chicago. Following his motto “Summertime, All The Time,” Viceroy drops anything from disco house to tropical hip-hop mixes and keeps you moving ALL THE TIME. We all know winter can get depressing and we all want to hibernate, but put on this Vita Tape and you’ll be feeling warm all over again. Continue reading for the full tracklist.
Australia has been producing some of my favorite musicians as of recently and Cassian is at the top that list. Cassian brings that upbeat, nudisco sound that I’ve fallen in love with. I dare you to sit still and listen to this shit. GO!
If there’s been one show that’s had me excited this entire month, it’s this show right here. A few months back after the North Coast Music Festival let out, we had the pleasure of heading over to Transit to catch the Dirtybird after show with Justin Martin, Maya Jane Coles, and the Dirtybird CEO himself, Claude Vonstroke. An epic conclusion to another great North Coast but what I couldn’t believe was how the crowd played off the energy of the artists. Everyone and I mean everyone danced the entire time. Do I need to paint you anymore of a picture of what tonight will be at The Mid?
Claude will be joined by Orlando Higginbottom, known as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED), Chicago-based Funk Shui who we’ve also had the pleasure of having on the IMF HQ roof, and last but not least, Fleege. Doors open at 10pm and the tunes will keep bumping until 4am. If you don’t have tickets yet, I highly suggest crabbing them from ClubTix and heading to The Mid tonight. You won’t want to miss this.
Are you a fitness-tech junkie? Check out the lastest project on indiegogo the Misfit Shine: an elegant, wireless activity tracker. Slightly larger than a quarter you can wear it anywhere and syncs by placing it on your phone screen. Made from solid blocks of aircraft-grade aluminum making it very durable and waterproof.
If your an early adopter and want to order yours today, head over to indiegogo and make your contribution. For a $79 contribution you get a Shine, a clasp, and a sports wristband. They’ll begin shipping the first orders in March. More images after the break.
Words by Zachary Walker. Photography from React Presents.
On Wednesday November 14th, Nas and Lauryn Hill stopped through Chicago while on their Life Is Good/Black Rage Tour and needless to say, Chicago was excited. The majority of people I talked to were ready to see Lauryn Hill because she doesn’t tour often so it’s hard to get the chance to catch her performing live. Nas has been doing quite a bit of touring within the last few years, especially with Damian Marley so there was less excitement on that end. Either way, the night began with high energy and anxiousness for the performances to come. How the night finished was something completely different.
After seeing several rap shows at Congress, I knew this night would be different for many reasons. Two obvious reasons being it’s Nas and Lauryn Hill. The night kicked off at the IMF office with a few good friends celebrating the birth of one of our biggest fans, Bri Pena. Drinks were flowing, candles were lit, and an entire Mrs. Fields cookie cake consumed. We packed up and made our way to the show.
Interview By Evan Marshall
Z!nk is your girlfriend’s favorite thing to read, the hot girl in the office’s inspiration when she is getting dressed in the mirror, and your dirty little secret that fuels your inner desire to be successful that your crew doesn’t know about. Michael Ishak is the main man *Ahmad Rashad voice* that ties your subconscious love triangle together. Michael is one of those guys that could be nominated as the International Man of Mystery. Do you remember that guy you saw at Happy Hour a couple of weeks ago? The guy who looks like he doesn’t fit in. Not because he is lame, nerdy, or awkward but because he has this aura about him that caused you to ask Dave from accounting “Who is that?”. He is wearing a tailored Tom Ford Suit, a Tag Heuer watch, and Alden shoes. That was not Michael but he is the man who helped mold this sculpture of modern cool. He is the Associate Publisher of Z!nk Magazine.
Two weeks ago I had the chance to speak with Michael and pick the brain of the man who has been influencing your subconscious. Lets call it payback!
IMF: You are the Associate Publisher and current Director of Advertising of Z!nk magazine. What was the original thought process behind developing a luxury lifestyle magazine ?
Michael: I feel like 10 years ago, it was because there existed a void in the U.S.’s publication industry that could be filled by a magazine tackling fashion with an artistic edge and flair rarely seen outside of Europe.