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For today’s musician, building out an official website is a necessary evil, one which can quickly become frustrating and expensive.  ToneDen looks to solve these problems by offering an elegant approach for the modern musician to showcase themselves online.  With a few clicks, each artist can now configure their own beautifully designed site.  Integrating their SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter accounts in one place, ToneDen also features a press kit generator for one sheets, and robust analytics.  Essentially, everything the modern musician could need.

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Robin Thicke would have been better off had Forever Kid just produced “Give It 2 U” in the first place.  Luckily, it looks like the duo were looking for just the project to keep them busy in the midst of a brutal Swedish winter.  Let’s be real– the original ”Give It 2 U” missed the mark.  Even the anticipated verse by my own personal Lord and savior, Kendrick Lamar, landed flat on top of the original mix’s tired, pre-blog-house-electro-sounding beat.  This remix is much more fun, and Kendrick’s verse is highlighted much better as well.  High kicks.  Dream come true.  #RefuseToGrowUp

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Forever Kid are back at it again, and with each release they step it up a notch and continue to hit the mark.  Every new remix is a fresh blast of cold air to the face, boldly doing whatever they want to classics that most up and comers wouldn’t dare touch, and that’s really the idea here. This remix is no exception, an artful splash of their tuned up aesthetic perfectly courting the familiar sonic stage; here’s its their signature “dream come true” overflow of retro snyths on top of Ce Ce’s powerhouse pipes. Always over the top in just the right dose, I find myself hitting the loop for a listen or ten on whatever I find in my inbox from them.

Also, got more info this week on the creation of the Forever Kid helmet and their ongoing collaboration with street legend Annie Preece on the design, to finally be built by the mau5head-maker himself.

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Got a good one for you this afternoon– The Knocks have gotten us this exclusive mix for USC Derby Days 2013, where they’ll be playing LIVE this Saturday at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.  If you’re yet to see The Knocks live, we’ve been fans of their completely live performance and work for a bit now on our end, as this mix is just a sample of what you can expect.  Catch them, along with Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Dr. Fresch, for the fantastic charitable cause of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, by purchasing your tickets here:

Forever Kid are making moves.  Tapped for an official remix of Capital Cities’ Kangaroo Court, these wild dudes waste no time throwing the infectious electro-pop original into high gear.  As with the rest of their music, I find this tune to be addictive and endlessly re-listenable.  The solos and the signature synth leads that Forever Kid are carving out make this remix a marked improvement upon the original.  Kind of makes me want to kick down the door of a club and break into a synchronized dance with everyone on the dance floor in full animal costume.  brb.

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#USCDerbyDays is proud to announce its partnership with Solé Bicycle Co.. In anticipation for Derby Days 2013 featuring Christian Karlsson of Miike SnowThe Knocks, and Dr. Fresch, Sole Bicycles is giving away a brand new bike for FREE! Enter the contest now and check out the recap video from last year after the jump!

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TO ENTER, do so HERE, on the Derby Day’s Facebook Page.  (If you have entered already, please re-enter.  We appreciate it, and sorry for the mixup!)

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Derby Days has been known for nearly a decade as a festive day of unique, top-notch performances, which then donates all proceeds to the fantastic organization that is the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  This year, Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow is playing, along with a live set by The Knocks, and USC’s own Dr. Fresch.  I’m of course skeptical of any DJ set, particularly when performed by an artist known for a band and not a DJ act, but a Miike Snow DJ set is a clear exception.  I highly recommend catching this elusive performance whenever possible.  And, to make your life a little easier,  we’ve got 4 pairs of tickets to give away.  Enter here:

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Once again we’ve teamed up with the Light Group in Las Vegas to get one of you lucky readers in the Fatboy Slim show next friday 9/20 at Light.  If you have yet to catch the renowned man himself, a true pioneer of dance music DJ performance, this is the perfect time and place for a BIG set.  Enter the contest through the plug-in below and we will be reaching out to one lucky winner +1 next wednesday 9/18/13! Continue Reading

Forever Kid are out on the town, generally messing with Hollywood.  Check out who they mess with at the end.  Any vandalism of that place is pretty neat in my book.  Something tells me they’ll somehow receive a sternly worded letter signed by several lawyers for that one.  If you happen to be several lawyers who represent a ridiculously fraudulent cult, and would like me to pass a sternly worded letter on to Forever Kid, please email stevie@gottadancedirty.com, thanks!

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Forever Kid Fridays comes a day early today, and they’re after my own heart.  In the years since the King of Pop has passed, we’ve seen plenty of hasty remixes leech their way up  the blogs every August 29, his birthday.  Today we have something different and special, a tasteful ode to the man and legend that was, and always will be.  Forever Kid‘s signature dream-come-true styled synths reimagine these iconic riffs, bust their way through with flying kicks, and send us head first into the end, for that face-melting Van Halen solo we all know so well.  They basically rocked out a 2013 pop anthem out of a 1983 pop anthem.  I’m on listen #4.  Rest in paradise, MJ.

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