Mad Decent Block Party '14

Dillon Francis at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Credit: Helen Jiang

What do you get when you throw nine artists, whose musical style ranges from pop noise to dubstep, together? You get the third stop of the pioneering Mad Decent Block Party, and what a day it was. Children Of The Night, Trippy Turtle, Wave Racer, Cashmere Cat, Sleigh Bells, Wolfgang Gartner, Dillon Francis, Diplo, and Flux Pavilion took to the stage for a day of thumping beats and anthemic music that kept the crowd dancing at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Continue reading “Mad Decent Block Party '14”

LIZ and Charli XCX at U St Music Hall


Photo Credit: Mad Decent

Although Charli XCX was headlining at U Street Music Hall, I had come especially to see LIZ, the newest talent to join Diplo’s Mad Decent Label. The LA native is young and fresh with vocals that are reminiscent of 90’s female divas. Her bio on the Mad Decent website does a great job of describing her style as containing a “breezy attitude and a sugary, sun-dripped voice that sticks in your head like a wad of pink bazooka bubble-gum.” She’s currently touring North America with Charlie XCX and Kitten.

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Mad Decent Block Party 2013 – A Comprehensive Review

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what can nearly one thousand pictures say in one festival review? Hopefully, a lot.

We set out to cover this year’s Mad Decent Block Party, a festival by Diplo’s record label that recently expanded its touring cities and countries to include D.C. and Canadian stops, among others. Your photojournalists, Lotanna and Helen, recap #MDBP2013 for you, in all its audio-visual and literary glory, here and in pictures on our Facebook. Expectations and excitement ran high during our drive up to Merriweather Post Pavilion. For Helen, this show would be her third MDBP having previously attended ‘12 and ‘11 in NYC, and she was curious to see how the Mad Decent crew could top their previous tours. For Lotanna, she was just excited to be involved with anything that had Diplo’s name on it while getting to see some of her favorite performers “turn up,” as the cool kids say these days. Read on after the jump to find out more about our day of 808s, hypemen & twerk teams.


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Dillon Francis @ 9:30 Club, 3/25/2013

Dillon Francis at 9:30 Club

If the letters “IDGAFOS” in rainbow pastel colors hung as the backdrop at the iconic 9:30 Club on Monday night surprised you, you were probably at the wrong show. If the inflatable cats holding signs with the expletive “f**k” plastered on them surprised you, then…well…you were definitely at the wrong show.

Dillon Francis’s “Wurld Turr” stopped in snowy Washington, D.C.  Monday night, fresh off of a show in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and a weekend in Miami at Ultra, but the temperature inside the club didn’t show that anything had changed. Even in the less crowded balcony, shirts and tank tops were quickly removed, most even before Dillon Francis took the stage.

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