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Style Guide For Music Festivals

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If you find yourself heading to Magic City this weekend for the Ultra Music Festival, I’ve put together a cool guy’s guide for AskMen.com to give you a rundown of who to check out, where to eat, drink and shop in Miami, who to take style inspiration from, and what to wear:

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Styling for any music festival, you can never go wrong with skinny jeans, but if the destination is very warm (like Miami), shorts are also a great option—just make sure to go for flat front over cargo styles (those are so over). For tops, go for graphic tees and tanks with funky designs, and make sure to skip out on the usual band, kitsch or ironic T-shirts. For accessories and footwear, old-school chic and plastic sunglasses are great to go from music festival to sunbathing, a colorful or print baseball cap is useful all spring and summer long, and sneakers and slip-ons are good go-tos as you’ll be standing and bouncing around for hours. Read the rest of this entry

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Must See: Where Lady Gaga Filmed “G.U.Y”, The Hearst Castle In California

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Lady Gaga’s released an 11-minute ARTPOP film for her song “G.U.Y”, which along with performing the provocative single also features the song “Venus”. The video follows Gaga after being reborn (or as she enters the next stage in life) and makes her way to a white mansion that’s filled with familiar faces from the Bravo family (like Andy Cohen as Zeus) and turns into a big Gaga-esque party. The entire video is flawless, with the dance numbers reminding me of her “Paparazzi” days, but something that’s also worth mentioning is the location of where the video was shot, the Hearst Castle on the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California in its own town of San Simeon.

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The beautiful central Californian castle, a National and California Historical Landmark mansion designed in the Mediterranean Revival style, can actually be visited and able to host events. It dates back to 1919 and can look like a castle in the sky as it is perched on a hill with an altitude of 1,600 feet.

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Here’s a look inside the castle and its grounds beyond the “G.U.Y” video:

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Music Download: Sia’s Soaring “Chandelier”

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Everyone’s already living for Sia’s latest single, “Chandelier”, and it’s only been online a couple of hours. With the talent of putting out pop hits left and right, whether she’s singing or writing them, the lead single for her upcoming sixth album shows off Sia’s range of vocal talents with mellow verses and a powerful, soaring chorus. Sia sings about what should sound like a very relatable night out (or several handfuls) that we’ve experienced or planned on experiencing to escape life and celebrate the now. Listen to “Chandelier” below:

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Music Download: Shakira’s Powerful “Empire”

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Shakira has been one of my favorite musicians since “Whenever, Wherever” came out back in my middle school years—2001 to be exact. I’m so excited for her new self titled album to drop this March, and I’m still in love with “Can’t Remember To Forget You” featuring Rihanna, but her second single “Empire” shows off the Colombiana’s rock roots in this much needed power anthem.

Listen to the track below:

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Music Download: Lana Del Rey “Once Upon A Dream”

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During the commercials of 56th Annual Grammy’s we were treated to a new trailer for the upcoming Disney film Maleficent, which features Lana Del Rey’s beautiful, haunting cover of Sleeping Beauty’s “Once Upon A Dream”. Immediately after, the song was released for download for free on Google Play. Download it quick, and listen to the song below: Read the rest of this entry

Dance + Workout Tracks To Keep In 2014

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Every pop diva from Britney to Gaga and Katy to Cher had a new album out this year—not to mention Beyoncé’s surprise attack earlier this month. For NewNowNext I collected the best dance tracks for the perfect New Year’s Eve playlist, but these ten songs should also be kept on your dance and workout playlists in the new year as they’ll keep your body moving:

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NYFW Playlist: 10 Songs About Fashion Designers

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While in New York Fashion Week mode, we also await the release of Lady Gaga’s “Donatella”, the ARTPOP track dedicated to the Versace HBIC. To keep you at pay and inspired this week, jam out to these ten songs from the last decade by artist who love fashion designers and their brands:

Most recently, Jay-Z dedicates a whole song to a  talented designer in “Tom Ford” (2013)

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PLAYLIST: Summer 2013 Dance & Pop Hits

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As the middle of summer approaches, here to make sure you’re always party ready for the rest of the season are the dance and pop hits of the summer.

Selena Gomez’s “Come And Get It” starts us off (don’t roll your eyes, you know you’re a fan) and is followed by our favorite ‘it’ duo of the moment, Icona Pop, with “I Love It” (and we would’ve included “Girlfriend” too, but Spotify didn’t have it!).

The rest of the pack includes the likes of Macklemore, Robin Thicke, Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, Jason Derulo, Miley Cyrus, and Avicii’s freshest hit, “Wake Me Up”.

Follow Andrew Villagomez on Twitter and Instagram: @AndyVeeNYC

Playlist: Gay Anthems & Pride Hits Remixed

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With the heart of Pride Month among us, and the two biggest Pride events coming up (New York and San Francisco), get your groove on with our playlist featuring remixes of legendary and new age gay anthems:

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VIDEO: Lana Del Rey “Young And Beautiful”

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The clothes are in stores, the soundtrack available, and the film has released. The Great Gatsby has arrived, but fashionably late is Ms Lana Del Rey with her music video for “Young And Beautiful”. The love-filled and haunting track can be heard several times in the film, as the theme of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio) and Daisy Buchanan (Carrie Mulligan)’s great romance.

Given Lana’s past videos, and the glitz and glam of the movie, I thought we’d see Lana in the ’20s set in West Egg with flashbacks to a great love of hers (“Born To Die” style). But she instead has put out a simple video of the orchestra version of her song, which honestly, is much better than my original thought. She channels Marilyn Monroe with wavy hair and rocks white gold hoop earrings and primped out nails as the video focuses on Lana and her emotions during the number.

Watch below:

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