NYC Contest: Win VIP Tickets to Music Experiment 2.0 with Empire of the Sun


MTV Iggy and Intel are teaming up once again to create The Music Experiment 2.0, and they are kicking off the series in New York City on Thursday June 20th at a secret location with a special performance by Australian band Empire of the Sun. The show takes place just two days after the release of its new album Ice On The Dune.

We have a pair of VIP tickets to the cosmic masquerade themed event for one lucky winner. Enter below for a chance to win. Must be 18+. The winner will be selected on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 19th.

Want another chance to attend this exclusive show? Head over to where tickets are awarded to fans who engage the most through social media. Each day fans are given the opportunity to win tickets by completing unique social media challenges across multiple online platforms. Those with the most creative submissions will be awarded prizes ranging from VIP tickets to the show, to a personal meet and greet with the artist, to a starring role in their own MTV Iggy -produced music video.

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Video: FaltyDL RBMA Lecture + DJ Set @ Le Bain, NYC – June 24


Electronic producer/DJ and former sushi chef FaltyDL joins RBMA for an insightful hour long lecture. In addition to playing and discussing his own tunes, Falty speaks on productivity, developing a thicker skin for feedback, music discovery, and the creative process.

Catch the talented DJ next week at Le Bain! Details below.

Event Details
FaltyDL DJ Set at Le Bain

Monday, June 24
Doors 8pm

Free with RSVP

Le Bain at The Standard
444 W. 13th St.
New York NY, 10014

The Hot 8 Brass Band Plays Mercury Lounge with Gusto


by Andrew Rusli

A balmy LES night. Inside the Mercury Lounge it’s dark and noisy and the crowd is babbling. People in dresses, t-shirts, flannel and collared shirts mingle. The stage is lit in a blue haze that gives the effect of cigarette smoke, though no one is smoking.

“Mic Check 1 2 1 2! How y’all doing out there tonight?!” The Hot 8 Brass Band kicks it off, the crowd is a sea of heads and outstretched hands. It’s party music, a vigorous pulsing New Orleans jazz funk, where the band is from. People dance and sway and sweat, the band yells out call and responses. Horns squeal and wail in syncopation. The entire group performs standing like a marching band, except for the trumpet player in the wheelchair, a double amputee.

Hot 8 plays at one dynamic: loud. It’s forte all the way through, from the singing to the drumming, with hardly any breaks in between songs. The crowd hollers. Their raucous cover of Sexual Healing is the highlight of the night.

As they near the end of the show, the band calls the ladies up to the stage to dance while they pass around a guitar case as a makeshift tip jar. It’s inviting and earnest music, nothing aloof – refreshing to see in a city like New York.