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The lineup for Hard Summer 2013, the two-day annual event which closes the summer in Downtown Los Angeles’s too-dusty State Historic Park, has been announced.  Hard Summer usually features an eclectic mix of DJs and rappers, as opposed to the more house-oriented events like Hard Haunted Mansion (or Hard Day of the Dead, as it was called last year).

Fans of electronic music and the slew of events that the organizers behind HARD put on in various cities throughout the United States have been asking the above question for a while now, as Hard Summer is one of the company’s premier shows.

The answer to that question arrived today, and the lineup is quite impressive (although probably not surprising to regular Hard-attendees).

Topping the bill is Skrillex, which, of course, is one of those unsurprising choices.  Also at the top of the official flyer is Bloc Party, a group that’s been combining dance rhythms with indie rock aestheticism for a while now.

Plenty of albums to choose from in December’s first batch of new releases.

Amy Winehouse— Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album of rarities, demos and b-sides.  Portions of the album sales are set to be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Dia Frampton— Red

I watched a few episodes of NBC’s The Voice and took a particular interest in Dia Frampton, a girl with an intriguing and powerful vocal style.  It wasn’t until I began reading reviews of the singer’s debut solo album, Red, that I realized Dia is one half of rock band Meg & Dia.  Pretty cool.

When a simple site or portion of an existing site releases something that provides mindless, addicting entertainment, the internet finds out about it quickly.  Today, Drinkify spread around internet news sites rapidly for that exact reason.

The site provides a simple service.  Type in any band or musician name, and it generates a cocktail that fits the sound and style of that artist.  It also offers a serving suggestion, a few pictures of the band/musician, and one song by the group.

As much as I resist the party-with-no-purpose lifestyle associated with electronic dance music (to a certain degree… the punk fan in me just can’t stomach too much disco), it’s impossible to ignore its presence and power in the modern music community.  And at this point, I’ve accepted that it’s ignorant to call all electronic music “techno.”  When you finally begin to shed some of that ignorance and truly look at the different subgenres beneath the EDM umbrella, it’s apparent that there’s a lot of variation and diversity.  Hell, Earbits Radio has over thirty stations of specific genres of electronic music.

For lawyers and doctors and those that have to deal with the potential repercussions brought forth by fans of the hard-partying, drug-using genre, Holy Ship! is probably not a good idea.  But for electronic music fans, this might be the coolest idea ever.

The lineup and info for the inaugural voyage of Holy Ship! were announced last week, and the festival is shaping up to be one of the most unique concepts in the live music and entertainment world.  Organized by Hard, Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery, Holy Ship! is an electronic music festival that will be held on a cruise ship during January of 2012.  From the 6th through the 9th of that month, the ship will voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Port Lucaya, Bahamas before its final stop at a Private Island.

We’re less than 24 hours away from the big Lollapalooza 20th anniversary lineup reveal, but those that have been watching the internet closely for the past week already have a good idea of who will be performing.

As mentioned previously, the festival teamed up with social trivia game Qrank in order to drop clues about its much-buzzed about anniversary lineup.  About three clues were released each day, and sleuths around the internet have been cracking the codes.  So far only one of the many rumored Lolla headliners has been “confirmed” via the clues— Muse.  The rumors have long stated that Eminem and Foo Fighters will top the bill along with those British rockers.  Now, many also speculate that the headliners will include A Perfect Circle and/or The Cure.