Ultra Music and Travel Festival Guide

Ultra Music and Travel Festival Guide

Miami is known for bright lights, beautiful beaches and insanely fun times and the annual Ultra Music Festival is no exception to this rule. We’ve put together a list of our favorite hangs and must-see bands to ensure that your weekend in Miami is truly electrifying. Tune into Twitter, Vine, Snapchat (OfficialAEO) and Instagram for real time Ultra updates from our AEO reps, Stephanie and Kate!

Pack:

Girls: Miami is all about bright colors. Pack a pop of neon with our Soft Cutout Bralette and pair it back to our most loved High-Rise Festival Shorties. Throw on a pair of High Top Sneakers and a bandanna for a look you’re bound to love.

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Stand out with #AEOStyle.

Shop the look:

Soft Cutout Bralette

Hi-Rise Festival Shorties

Crocheted Hi-Top Sneaker

Dot Printed Bandanna

Guys:

Neon totally works for guys too, especially in the city where the heat is on. Keep your #AEOStyle cool in the Miami sun by pairing your neon swim trunks with a photo real tank and canvas sneakers. Don’t forget to throw on a 5-Panel Hat for a bit of shade.

 

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Boogie on down in #AEOStyle

Shop the look:

Solid Swim Trunk

Photo Real Ringer Tank

Canvas Sneaker

Solid 5-Panel Hat

Eat:

The Dutch: American style food with a big city feel. They buy local so you can eat well.

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Try a seasonal salad at The Dutch. Photo Credit: TheDutchMiami.com

Rosa Mexicano: Holy guacamole. Mexican cuisine that’s fresh, festive and flavorful.

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar: Southern hospitality at its finest. From farm to table, feel like you’re devouring a home cooked meal in downtown Miami.

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You’re guaranteed a great home cooked meal at Yardbird! Photo Credit: Thompsonhotels.com

Broken Shaker: Wet your whistle with delicious handcrafted cocktails made from fresh ingredients.

Do:

South Beach: Enjoy the fun and sun on the Miami coastline.

Ocean Drive: Walk down the art deco inspired avenue for great grub, neon architecture and entertainment.

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Ocean Drive, Miami. Photo Credit: Travel Channel

Lincoln Road: A shoppers paradise. This pedestrian only road is filled with everything from vintage shops to AEO and Dylan’s Candy Bar. We like Fly Boutique and of course, anything that involves candy and #AEOStyle.

Wynwood Walls: This art mecca was once a neighborhood full of abandoned warehouses. Graffiti artists have transformed this area into a work of art. Check out our #HEARTTHISCITY mural that we did for Alternative Spring Break!

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Part of our #HEARTTHISCITY campaign at Wynwood Walls in Miami.

Listen:

Krewella: You’ve heard them on the radio and in your favorite dance club on Friday night. This killer Chicago-based trio of Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf, and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl are known for their underground anthems that you can’t help but sing along to.

Listen To: “Live For The Night“, “Enjoy The Ride

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Krewella. Photo Credit: Thissongissick.com

Zedd: At the age of 24, Zedd has worked his way up the charts with talent that transcends him as an internationally recognized DJ and producer. Launching his career with remixes of B.o.B and Lady Gaga (“Marry the Night” and “Born This Way”), Zedd went on to produce three of Lady Gaga’s songs in the 2013 album, ArtPop.

Listen to: “Clarity“, “Spectrum“, “Stay the Night“.

Chase & Status: In 2012, DJs Saul Milton and Will Kennard took Europe by storm. You’ll love their 90’s flair in “Count on Me”… and you’ll immediately want to add it to your gym playlist.

Listen to: “Blind Faith” and “Flashing Lights“.

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Chase & Status. Photo Credit: The Au Review

Diplo: Thomas Wesley Pentz, or Diplo, is an L.A.-based DJ, music producer, rapper and songwriter. His mash-ups are hip-hop meets 80’s meets Miami underground.

Listen to: “Revolution,” “Boy oh Boy” and “Express Yourself.”

Armin Van Buuren: International progressive trance DJ Armin Van Buuren has been making hits since 1995, but has been recently noted for his 2013 return. With plenty of featured vocals, each track becomes a bit more emotional and that much more fun to blast on a Friday night.

Listen to: “Alone,” “This Is What It Feels Like”, and “Turn This Love Around” from his Intense album.

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Armin Van Buuren. Photo Credit: Google+

Kill Frenzy: He’s been making booties shake all the way from L.A. to London with his unique blend of bass and ghetto house music. He’s released on such dance music luminaries as Turbo Recordings, Hypercolour and everyone’s favorite citizens of the West Coast, Dirtybird Records.

Listen to: “Footwork.”

J.Phlip: Truly a DJ’s DJ. Her sets edge into the darker realms of techno-land, but she’s always got that booty tech sense of humor. She started her career when she was an engineering student, of all things, and she quickly rose to become one of the best, never straying from her quirky personality.

Listen to: “Coefficient.”

J.Phlip. Photo Credit: Westword Blog

Gesaffelstein: Aka the Prince of Darkness, has taken the techno, electro AND hip-hop worlds by storm with his multi-genre debut EP, “Aleph.” He’s written beats for everyone from Kanye West to A$AP Rocky, and he’s just as much techno underground as he is streetwise hip-hop producer.

Listen to: His collab with A$AP Rocky, “In Distress.”

Cajmere: He’s been pushing the older, Chicago style of house music for years—and he’s definitely a veteran of the DJ world. His productions and mixes are groovy, sexy and tinged with just enough of the past to teach the younger generation a lesson about the old days. No bass-in-your-face here. Cajmere is all about the groove.

Listen to: “It’s Alright.”

Cajmere. Photo Credit: wantickets.com

 Claude VonStroke: Also the boss of the Dirtybirds, is an expert curator. His sets go so deep and span out into all directions that no matter what genre of music you prefer, you’re guaranteed to have a good time when he’s behind the decks. Influenced heavily by the sounds of Detroit house as well as the vibes of his West Coast home, everything he does is party perfect.

Listen to:“Dood.”

Dusky hails from the London school of heavy bass house music: He’s always great at weaving in the perfect vocal hook over some throbbing house beats and each tune he’s put out in the past has been a head bobbing, sonic addiction.

Listen to: “Careless.”

Cant get enough of Ultra tunes? Check out our playlist on Spotify for more!

SXSW Music Guide

SXSW Music Guide

We’re leaving the winter months behind for slightly warmer weather… and festival season! This week we’re heading to SXSW in Austin, Texas to experience everything this city has to offer, including music, fashion and culture. Check out our most loved haunts, our favorite SXSW must-see bands and most importantly, what to wear in the capital of Texas.

Pack:

Girls: Keep statement pieces simple and match back to funky accessories and a great pair of dancing booties.

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Shop the look:

Hi Rise Festival Shortie

Soft Cropped Tank

Star Printed Bandanna

Longhorn Charm Necklace

DV By Dolce Vita Caitlynn Bootie

Guys: Rock your Americana meets Hipster style by packing your favorite pair of denim cutoffs, a printed button down shirt and desert boots for killer #AEOStyle.

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Shop the look: 

Stars Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt

Denim Cutoff Short

Clarks Originals Desert Boot

Bracelet Set

Tortoise Square Sunglasses

Eat:

Franklin Barbecue: Texas is known for being big, bold and hot, kind of like Franklin Barbecue. We recommend the Tipsy Texan washed down with an ice cold Mexican Coke.

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Grab some Texas grub at Franklin Barbecue. Photo Credit: Randallmetting.com

Home Slice Pizza: Your go-to spot for late night eats. We’d keep things simple with their Margherita pizza, but we hear a slice of pepperoni and mushroom can change lives.

Magnolia Cafe: Whether you like breakfast for dinner, or dinner for breakfast, Magnolia Cafe offers plenty of delicious and flavorful items cooked with a heavy dose of TLC.

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Open 24 hours a day. Pancakes for breakfast anyone? Photo Credit: Guillaume Gaudet

Torchy’s Tacos: Tacos for meat lovers and vegetarians. Take the Taco Anatomy quiz to find your perfect meal.

Do:

SXSW: Explore emerging and exciting talent in Music, Theater and Interactive.

Mount Bonnell: Hike Mount Bonnell for an out of this world view overlooking the Colorado River and the skyline of Austin.

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Enjoy outdoor activities at Zilker Park. Photo Credit: Austin360.com

Zilker Park: From Lady Bird Lake, to Barton Springs Pool, Botanical Gardens to recreational fields, Zilker Park offers plenty of outdoor activities for all to enjoy.

Lake Travis: Enjoy activities on the lake including boating, waterskiing and tubing, or dine along the shores at The Oasis.

6th Street: The street acclaimed in this Texas town.  Dance the night away on the Blind Pig’s rooftop or enjoy some live music at Flamingo Cantina.

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Dance on the rooftop at the Blind Pig. Photo Credit: College-Social.com

Buy:

Uncommon Objects: Filled to the brim with vintage finds, oddities and quirky novelties. You can spend hours in this store without feeling an ounce of guilt.

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Take a peek inside Uncommon Objects. Photo Credit: sfgirlbybay.com

Allens Boots: Cowboy boots are like the Texas tennis shoe. Explore 100′s of styles, ranging from traditional to embroidered and beyond.

Feathers Boutique: Your go-to shop for bohemian-inspired jewelry and style.

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Find Bohemian inspired style at Feathers Boutique. Photo Credit: Everydayminerals.com

Listen:

Addison Groove: Best known for his insane combination of bass influences from Chicago Tek and Juke Scenes to Dubstep, Electronic and beyond.

Genre: Electronic

When: March 12 from 11PM- 12AM, Barcelona 209 E. Sixth Street.

Songs to check out: Footcrab, Jukemix 2014

Air Traffic Controller:  As an Air Traffic Controller for the US Navy, lead singer/songwriter Dave Munro found inspiration to write demos while on deployment. He’s since formed the successful band that Air Traffic Controller is today.

Genre: Rock

When: March 13 from 8PM-8:15PM Red Eyed Fly 715 Red River Street

March 15 from 11PM-11:40PM Stephen F’s Bar 701 Congress Ave

Songs to check out: Hurry Hurry, You Know Me

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Air Traffic Controller. Photo Credit: Contactmusic.com

Phantogram: The band name was inspired by an optical illusion called a Phantogram in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional. Phantogram’s music can be described in a similar state as it has a way of taking you from reality to a supernatural state of mind.

Genre: Electronic Rock

When:March 14 from 2PM-2:40PM Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center 531 E 4th Street (Ballroom D)

Songs to check out: Black Out Days, Mouthful of Diamonds

Classixx: It’s no surprise here that we’ve added Classixx to our list of must- see artists. After all, they did create Spring Break and Summer playlists for AEO!  This Electronic/DJ Duo from Los Angles can keep a party going with their unique and upbeat tunes that will have you dancing all night long.

Genre: Electronic

When: March 15 from 12AM-12:45AM Empire Control Room 606 E. 7th Street

Songs to check out: All You’re Waiting For feat. Nancy Whang, Holding On

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Check out Classixx’s Spring Break and Summer playlists for AEO on Spotify. Photo Credit: Brooklynvegan.com

The Neighbourhood: Despite the British spelling of their name, The Neighbourhood is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. With deep tracks that have somewhat of an eerie disposition, The Neighbourhood will keep you engaged in their moody beats that will make you feel something deeper than your average alternative rock song.

Genre: Alternative Rock

When: March 12 from 12:00AM-12:40AM Palm Door on Sixth 508 E. Sixth Street

Songs to check out: Sweater Weather, Everybody’s Watching Me (Uh Oh)

American Authors: Based out of Brooklyn, NY, American Authors are best known for their hit single, “Best Day of My Life.” Their lyrical and instrumental talents fall nothing short of awesome and we can guarantee that their performance at SXSW will be filled with energy and excitement.

Genre: Indie Rock

Location: March 14 from 9PM-9:40PM Stubb’s 801 Red River Street

Songs to check out: Best Day of My Life, Believer

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American Authors. Photo Credit: amusicblogyea.com

Whether you’re going to SWSX to discover new music, or listen to your forever favorite bands, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Check out our SXSW playlist on Spotify for more artists that we love and get ready to rock the next 10 nights away in the capital of Texas!

And the #AEOSTYLE Nominees are…

And the #AEOSTYLE Nominees are…

Get Grammy ready this weekend with #AEOSTYLE inspired by our favorite  nominated songs. Be sure to listen to our Grammy playlist as you read on so you know all the lyrics before Sunday rolls around.

"Young and Beautiful"

“Young and Beautiful”

Feel “Young and Beautiful” in this rocker chic look:

Feather Graphic Muscle Tank

Skinny Jean (black super stretch)

Studded Buckle Bootie

 

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Ditch the “Suit and Tie”

Leave the “Suit and Tie” behind and catch a glimpse of yourself in a few “Mirrors” in this casual cool look:

Varsity Jacket

Solid Oxford Button Down

Slim Jean (black saturated)

Canvas Sneakers (denim color coming soon!)

 

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Feeling “22″

Feel young, carefree and “22″ in a flowy top and Western booties:

Printed Ruffle Sleeve Top

Hi-Rise Artist Jean (dark indigo)

Western Bootie

 

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“Ain’t Messin Round’”

Show them you “Ain’t Messin Round’” when it comes to your #AEOSTYLE:

Denim Western Shirt

Premium Original Taper Jean

Clarks Pikko Alto (coming soon!)

 

Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Festival season is in full force. With two months of great artists, events and tunes behind us, who’s to say we have to stop now? We’re packing our bags to spend a weekend filled with music and good vibes at Lollapalooza in the Windy City. Originally created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction, Lollapalooza has come a long way and has featured some of the biggest names in the music industry. Take a look at some of our favorite artists to hit the stage this time around.

Friday:

Hot Chip: Originally from London, this electronic band spits out catchy tunes that will leave you wanting more. We recommend “Ready for the Floor” and “I Feel Better.”

Band of Horses:  Formed in 2004, this rock band from Seattle is insanely talented. Check out “The Funeral” and “Slow Cruel Hands of Time.

Lana Del Rey: Formally known as Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Rey is lyrically and vocally blessed. Check out hit songs like “Radio” and “Video Games.”

The Killers: This talented quartet has been rocking out to fans all over the planet. We recommend any song from the albums Sawdust and Battle Born.

Saturday:

Mumford and Sons: This British quartet has been creating a folk rock sound since 2007. We recommend checking out “Roll Away Your Stone” or their newest hit, “I Will Wait.”

Major Lazer: If you need a pick me up, head over to Major Lazer for an insanely fun time. Originally created by American DJ/Producer Diplo and British DJ/Producer, Switch, Major Lazer keeps the crowd jumping… literally. Check out videos from their performance at Coachella.

The Postal Service: The Postal Service has been pumping out romantically quirky songs since 2001. We recommend “Such Great Heights” and “Brand New Colony.”

Matt & Kim: This indie pop pair from Brooklyn is quite the duo. Their sound is so bright and funky that no matter how hard you try to resist dancing… your body will rebel and you will find yourself wiggling up a storm. Listen to “Daylight.” Another thing to note is that they make some killer playlists. Check out the one they created for us here.

Ellie Goulding: Not only is Ellie Goulding vocally talented, she’s multi-talented when it comes to playing instruments. The 26-year-old Brit has a unique voice that has landed her some awesome collaboration projects. Check out Skrillex’s “Summit” featuring Ellie, and “Starry Eyed.”

The Lumineers: Formed in Denver, this folk rock band writes insanely good lyrics and pairs them with their gifted musical skills. Dance the night away to “Flowers In Your Hair” and “Ho Hey.”

Sunday:

Phoenix: This alternative rock band has been around for more than a decade and they continue to put out catchy and high energy sound. Check out their newest album Bankrupt! Or, go for some of their older songs like “Run Run Run” and “Summer Days.”

Alt-J: One of the more—if not most!—buzzed about new bands. The unique blend of post-rock, folk and electronic elements doesn’t sound quite like anything else… and maybe that’s why it’s so addictive. Check out “Dissolve Me” and “Matilda.”

Two Door Cinema Club: This Irish powerhouse will have you dancing all night long to their new wave rock sound. Listen to “Something Good Can Work” and “Sleep Alone.”

Vampire Weekend: Formed in New York City, Vampire Weekend has a unique sound that is known to fans all over the world. We love “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and their hit album, Contra.

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