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Cosmic Opera and Axwell Deliver at Hammerstein in NYC

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Frequent Campus Socialite visitor? Then you may have heard us clamoring on about brand new Electro show and sensory experience, Cosmic Opera. Cosmic Opera premiered last night at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, and the entirety of Campus Socialite Media was in attendance. Spoiler alert: they killed it.

For those unfamiliar with the concept behind the show, check out this Cosmic Opera article from a few months ago. Just to brush you up, the event is meant to be a mix of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and an actual Opera. This means huge Electro performers like Axwell of Swedish House Mafia, a circus style performance troupe of dancers and acrobats, all set in acts. The concept is revolutionary and is meant to change the face of the EDM experience, now that the movement has truly become mainstream. An homage perhaps to the festivals of the 60’s, back when music was something to see and feel.

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As planned, the show premiered last night at legendary Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City to a crowd in the thousands. No I.D. and German DJ, Deniz Koyu  opened up for Axwell as the two mysterious opening acts that Cosmic Opera had alluded to. No I.D. took the 1st act and Koyu took the 2nd. Clearly however, the focus was on Axwell, one of the biggest names in Electro and Cosmic Opera’s ace in the hole. After Koyu’s performance faded out, Axwell was revealed in a DJ booth modeled after a pipe organ for the 3rd act. The crowd went wild.

Axwell’s performance lasted a good 2 hours, and neither he or the crowd ever seemed to lose even a little bit of steam. The performance artists went into the crowd, dancing with audience members and even made conversation about the performance. Personally, I think this took away from the larger-than-life aesthetic nature of the performance, but it was a nice touch, especially for a first show. Axwell even performed Swedish House Mafia’s unreleased “Greyhound,” sending vetaran audience members into a frenzy. Video below.

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The thing I’ll say honestly about the performance is that it left me wanting more. That is not to say it wasn’t great. The music was amazing and the crowd was going crazy, the two most important elements of any EDM performance. As for the glitz and the glam, it felt less like the sensory explosion I was promised and more like a work in progress. However, what was immediately apparent is that Cosmic Opera is nowhere near its maximum potential, and the possibilities for what this show can do are endless. Getting it perfect may take some time, but if I had to make a bet, I’d say 6 months from now people are walking out of the arena, barely able to stand. The word “more” won’t even be in the backs of their throats.

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Fans have another chance to see Cosmic Opera tonight; same place, same time. Unfortunately, the show is sold out, but for all of our local readers who know how to spot a good thing, we know you got your tickets months ago. Hope Axwell got some beauty sleep because topping last night will be tough. As for Cosmic Opera, we predict tonight will be even more polished. Same for next performance and the performance after. Keep killing it.

 

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Live Performances That Changed Music Forever (Infographic)

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With iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and Turntable, live shows aren’t nearly as big a part of music culture as they used to be. Regardless, the face of music has changed countless times throughout history, never to be the same again, directly as a result of an old fashioned live show. From Beethoven to The Beatles.

Cosmic Opera, a completely new concept in music and headlined by Axwell, one third of DJ super group Swedish House Mafia, has the highest potential in years to be one of those moments. A live DJ performance, broken up into acts, combines Electro music with a 360 degree sensory immersion, including circus performers, dancers, and Electro’s biggest names.

In honor of Cosmic Opera, we put together this infographic chronicling years of liver performance history and listing the quintessential performances, the ones that changed the face of music forever. Have we left any out? I don’t think so, but that’s for you to decide. Check it out right below and share in all the right places.

Tickets are officially sold out for both shows but don’t worry Campus Socialite’s we have the inside scoop on the weekend events. The guys from Cosmic Opera are extending the party and hosting a Cosmic Opera Pop-Up event at Santos Party House on Saturday 2/25 featuring Peacetreaty and special guest NO_ID.

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The 45 Song Nirvana Playlist for Kurt Cobain’s 45th Birthday

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It’s closing on 20 years since the king of grunge rock died, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been forgotten. Nirvana’s angst-driven music still lives on today, and probably will resonate with hormone-fueled teenagers forever. On would have been his 45th birthday, we present our unnecessarily long 45 song Nirvana playlist.

Press the grey menu button in the bottom corner to see the whole playlist.

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Skrillex’s New Video For “Bangarang” Is Interesting

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Skrillex, the man who went from Emo head-banging in “From First To Last” to being the Motzart of Dubstep is officially a multi-Grammy winner. So what better time to drop a new music video? We’ve all heard “Bangarang” and now we have a series of pictures to put to the music. I’d try to describe it, but the only word I can think of is “interesting.” Check it out, let us know what you think.

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Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso Bring A “State of Emergency” To Penn State

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That’s right, the “State of Emergency” concert at Penn State University’s Bryce Jordan Center, will take place on February 23, 2012, with doors opening at 8pm. If you’re going then hit up the Facebook event page.

Sebastian Ingrosso, who is headlining the event, is a founding member of the most successful electronic dance music group of all time, Swedish House Mafia. Ingrosso regularly plays in front of crowds that number 25,000 or more, and is considered one of the top-10 DJs in the world.


Alesso is the unheralded, yet supremely talented protégé of Ingrosso. A native of Sweden, Alesso emerged into the world of electronic dance music in 2011 with his hit, “Good Love.” He has followed up with several successful singles, including the #1 EDM song in the world, “Calling.”

Tickets are available at the Bryce Jordan Center box office, on Ticketmaster, Eisenhower Auditorium, the Downtown Theatre, and Altoona Campus.

State of Emergency is being produced by Miami-based Production Company, Committee Entertainment; the founding members of EDM super-concert DayGlow. Additionally, “State of Emergency” is being brought to you locally by Limitless Entertainment, a State College based live entertainment
promotional team.

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Krewella Releases Their First Official Music Video For “Killin’ It”

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Hot on the heels of the latest leak from the prince of dubstep, electro trio Krewella recently unveiled their latest endeavor, “Killin’ It”. The high-octane release launched “The Krew” to capture the #1 non-remix an #1 Most Tweeted, as well as a 48-hour reign as the #1 Hottest Track on the Soundcloud Chart. As January closed, the group was the fastest rising artist on Last.fm’s Hyped Artist Chart.

Capitalizing on the online momentum, Krewella unleashes their first official video. Shot on a $45.00 budget by the incredibly talented RadioEditAV team, the video showcases The Krew as they tear down Chicago one party at a time. With scenes from Krewella’s backyard in the infamous Chicago meat market district (think Al Capone or Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”), this high-energy visual gives a peak into the wonderfully chaotic world of Chicago’s new heavy-hitter trio.

Krewella is an electro group from Chicago comprised of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf joined by producer Rain Man. Making their debut in the summer of 2011, the trio instantly exploded onto the electro scene with their genre defying releases. Seamlessly merging infectious melodies with snarling dubstep drops, Krewella continues to defy norms in EDM music.

facebook.com/krewella          soundcloud.com/krewella         twitter.com/krewella

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Bounce Music Festival Adds Deniz Koyu to Puerto Vallarta Lineup

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Xtreme Trips and Bounce Music Festival just turned up the heat by adding another major player in EDM to their already incredible Puerto Vallarta roster: Deniz Koyu. Koyu, a lifelong piano player and electronic music enthusiast, rose to the top of the house music scene in 2011 with his hit singles “Tung” and “Hertz,” and his remixes of James Blunt’s “Dangerous” and Kaskade’s “Turn It Down” evolved into huge house anthems at clubs and festivals around the globe. You can catch him on spring break this year, so you best be going.

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