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Blogaroo: Day 4: Major Lazer

2 Jun

Major Lazer is a musical project by DJ/Producer Diplo. While it used to include Switch, he left the group last year due to “creative differences.”   Hype man Skerrit Bwoy was also involved in the project, but he left earlier this year to pursue religion.

Diplo and Switch met while working with M.I.A. In 2009 the duo recorded their first album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do in Jamaica’s Tuff Gong Studios. A number of musicians contributed to the album, including Santigold, Amanda Blank and Turbulence.

While involved in the project, Switch produced Beyoncé’s Run the World, which sampled Major Lazer’s Pon de Floor.

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Blogaroo: Day 15: Trampled by Turtles

22 May

Trampled by Turtles, or TBT, is an indie folk band from Duluth Minnesota, composed of Dave Simonett on guitar, Tim Saxhaug on bass, Dave Carroll on banjo, Erik Berry on mandolin and Ryan Young on fiddle. (Yeah, I know…you’re already having fun and you haven’t even heard them yet.)

The group hit it big with their first studio release in 2004, but their fifth album, Palomino, has remained on the Billboard Top 10 bluegrass charts for the past year.

They’re also pretty popular on the festi circuit.

The band has performed at  CoachellaStagecoachBumbershoot and Pickathon. They’ve performed at Telluride Bluegrass FestivalNewport Folk Festival and ROMP Roots and Branches. In addition to Bonnaroo, they are scheduled to play the Sasquatch FestivalLollapaloozaFirefly FestivalRock the Garden, All Good and Newport Folk.

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