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TICKET GIVEAWAY | Viceroy at 9:30 Club on 9/18/15

Posted on September 14 2015 by Zach

Tropical house royalty is coming to town this weekend. Viceroy, one of the Kings of Summer Feels, is getting ready to beat up the 9:30 Club on Friday like a blender beats up pineapple smoothies. And guess what? We want you to be there.

We’re giving away a Viceroy Weekend Package featuring 2 tickets to the show on Friday, where the San Francisco native will be joined with Rainer & Grimm and Mr. Bonkerz, as well as some band merch so you can be all swaggered out while you celebrate the final days of summer. This is what you can do to score all this dope dopeness:

  1. Follow Blisspop on Twitter and/or Facebook.
  2. Submit an e-mail to us at BLISSPOP@GMAIL.COM with the subject header “Viceroy Tix.” In the e-mail, give us a caption for the following photo:
  3. Our favorite caption will be deemed the winner. Contest ends Thursday night (9/17) at 8:00 PM EST. We will contact the winner on Friday morning!

Good luck and be sure to check out Viceroy’s latest out now on Dim Mak Records!

CULTURE: U Street Music Hall Owner Will Eastman Announces Upcoming BLISS Party Will Be His Last

Posted on September 1 2015 by Zach

Will Eastman, the owner of U Street Music Hall as well as the driving force behind BLISS, one of Washington, D.C.’s nightlife institutions for the last 15 years, has announced that this month’s upcoming BLISS party will be the last. Deciding to end the party on a milestone, the party’s 15th anniversary, Eastman wants to move on to other ventures including a pending single releases in the next few months.

BLISS, which started out at various venues throughout D.C. including the Black Cat’s backstage, has featured many notable DJs over the years including Moby, MSTRKRFT, The Juan Maclean, Dusky in addition to marathon sets by Eastman himself (oftentimes as a means to raise money for various charities).

The last BLISS party will be on September 26, 2015 at U Street Music Hall. You can find the full press release below.

Saturday September 26, 2015 will mark the 15th anniversary of Will Eastman’s party, Bliss, and will be his last time hosting the event. The occasion will be celebrated with a 6 hour set from Eastman at U Street Music Hall.

The party is one of the longest standing dance parties in DC and has become an institution in the local dance music scene. Since its inception at the now-defunct Metro Cafe in September 2000, it travelled to the Black Cat Backstage for eight years, with occasional events at the 9:30 Club, and finally settled as a monthly party at U Street Music Hall in March 2010.

Aside from showcasing local talent, Eastman shared the decks with a number of globetrotting guests such as Moby, Maya Jane Coles, MSTRKRFT, Classixx, Holy Ghost!, Maceo Plex, and The Magician.

“It’s been an incredible privilege and honor to DJ this party almost 180 times since 2000. Bliss has been the genesis of many good things in my life, not to mention years of immeasurable fun. Thank you for supporting an open-format party like Bliss with the motto ‘no attitude, just fun and insane dancing’. It’s never been a better time to be a dance music lover in DC than it is in 2015.”

With 15 years under his belt, not to mention co-owner of U Street Music Hall, producing under the monikers Volta Bureau, PENTAMON and releases under his own name, Eastman has decided focus on music production and to take some time to “look for fresh inspiration, new challenges, and new opportunities.” He will continue to DJ at 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall and other DC venues. “I’m looking forward to DJing other cities, hearing my friends play, and more time to dream up new ventures.” Nurvous Records will release the first of Eastman’s new tracks, “Sugar”, on September 14. A preview is available at http://soundcloud.com/willeastman.

Upon reflecting on the last decade and a half of Bliss, Eastman remarks “To all the dance music lovers, guest DJs, clubs, writers, promoters, family and friends thank you with all my heart. I named the party Blissbecause it was the only word I could think of that comes close to capturing my relationship with music, and now it will always be a word I associate with you. You’ve made this DJ very happy. Now let’s cook up something new. See you on the dance floor!”

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Trillectro 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion 7.29.15

Posted on August 21 2015 by Zach
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A couple days ago, we covered the 5 tracks we expect to hear at Trillectro this year. Well – we have some big news for you. If you want to see a stacked line-up of artists ranging from Chance the Rapper and Masego to RL Grime and Cashmere Cat, but you wanna do it on the cheap, we’ve come to the rescue. We’re giving you the opportunity to score two General Admission tickets to one of the biggest dance parties in the DMV this summer.

All you have to do is the following:

  1. Follow Blisspop and Trillectro on Twitter.
  2. Send an e-mail to blisspop@gmail.com with the header “Trillectro 2015.” In this e-mail, include a caption for the photo of Chance the Rapper we’ve provided below. The deadline is Friday, August 28 at noon EST. That’s a week from today, biddies!
  3. Be at the edge of your seat: we’ll contact the lucky winner on Friday, August 28.


Godspeed, children. We wish you the best of luck. And we expect to see you at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 29!

5 Tracks We Expect to Hear at Trillectro 2015

Posted on August 19 2015 by Zach
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For the past few years, Trillectro has managed to keep its block party vibe intact despite showcasing major draws like Goldroom, Migos, Gent & Jawns, The Jane Doze, and Schoolboy Q. The festival, which is now in its fourth year, intends to take the event to the next level as it premieres at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 29 with a line-up boasting appearances by Chance the Rapper, RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, Chris McClenney, Ayes Cold and more. Whether you’re on the lawn or in the pit, these are the tracks that are gonna slay the crowd – and we expect to hear every single one.

1. JMSN, “Alone” 

By way of The Weeknd, JMSN‘s “Alone” is an electronic, downtempo slammer disguised as R&B which combines sultry falsetto with ambient production that calls to mind artists like Panda Bear and James Blake. It’s sex with a drum machine, and with the heat of the lawn and the pit in the pavilion, it’s going to be an invitation for those in attendance to feel themselves.

2. Benny Benassi, “Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)” 

This is a crowdpleasing, fist pumping, bro-dawg magnum opus that is just screaming for an insane hands-in-the-air moment. A trill rework of one of dance music’s most memorable tracks, this remix takes the familiarity of the original and flips it into a Machiavellian ground plan for optimum levels of catharsis with each drop. This is an electrifying track – and one that RL Grime knows exactly when to play to its maximum, heat seeking potential.

3. Chris McClenney, “Best You Got”

Chris McClenney is one of the most interesting choices to go see at this year’s Trillectro festivities. With a dynamic range as a producer, he’s swung through house to down-tempo smoothness to hip-hop influenced beats. So whether he’s channeling Kaytranada, Jamie XX, or D.C.’s indie dance vibes, McClenney’s set is going to be a perfect soundtrack to a sunny afternoon on the lawn. This track, “Best You Got,” is arguably the most straightforward house he’s ever gotten, but it gushes positive energy and will make hips swirl like bubbles in a tub.

4. Cashmere Cat, “Mirror Maru”

This is the song that put Cashmere Cat on the map. After features on Grand Theft Auto V, support from Hudson Mohawke, the 2012 EP catapulted the Norwegian tastemaker and DJ to public consciousness here in the U.S. where his stylish take on futuristic hip-hop and bass genres lit up the blogosphere and college party crowd. It’s a no brainer that this track will get its time to shine at the Pavilion, it’s just a matter of when the Cat decides to share his catnip.

5. Masego x Medasin, “Sunday Vibes”

Experimental is definitely the right word to describe Masego. As an artist who has dabbled in future bass, hip-hop, and other genres that blend together on the electronica spectrum, the young producer never seems to run out of steam or eclectic, joyful ideas. “Sunday Vibes,” a track recently released on the EP Pink Polo with collaborator Medasin, is the kind of cookout vibe that lays a foundation for good times and memory making. Featuring a sax pattern that takes cues from OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson,” this track – if played – will absolutely stun and shock and put the crowd in a state of starry-eyed awe.

Trillectro Music Festival will be on Saturday, August 29 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Please visit http://www.trillectro.com for more details including a full line-up, tickets, and more. ALSO: if you want 20% off on your Trillectro ticket, use the promo code “blisspop” when you’re checking out (because we just love you so damn much).


TICKET GIVEAWAY | REV 909: Daft Punk / French House Tribute w/ Will Eastman & Ozker at 9:30 Club, 8/7

Posted on August 4 2015 by Zach

Who likes to “Get Lucky”? Terrible pun aside, we want to make you a lucky son-of-a-gun and give you free tickets to this month’s REV 909 party! For those of you unfamiliar with REV 909, it’s a party hosted by D.C. dance music legends Will Eastman and Ozker that celebrates the sounds of French electronica and classic indie dance while slaying the house with crowd pleasing drops and grin inducing surprises. Yeah – it’s that kind of party. After countless sold out shows at U Street Music Hall, high demand for a bigger venue, and a need to feed the vibes for more people, this will be the first REV 909 show at the 9:30 Club.

Needless to say, this is the place to be on Friday night. And that’s why we want to give you the chance to be there. All you have to do is the following:

  1. ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page.
  2. Send an e-mail to Blisspop@gmail.com with the subject header ‘Rev 909′ with your name and a clever caption for this dorky photo of Will Eastman:

The winner will be announced on Thursday afternoon. Good luck and don’t forget to #DanceInsanely.