IROCKE Best of 2013

Best of 2013

Live streaming music took one giant leap for mankind in 2013 To honor the successes of artists, brands, venues, producers, and tech geeks that are making this revolution possible, we present you with IROCKE Best of 2013.

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Spotlight | 2015 KDay Music Festival @ SkyRoomLive 02/28

kday1424811882The annual 94.5 Kfm KDay Music Festival returns to Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend featuring some of Mzansi’s leading musicians like pop sensation Jimmy Nevis, Idols winner and singer Elvis Blue and Lloyd Cele, and more, brought to you by 94.5 Kfm and MTN.  Want to see what the music scene in Cape Town is like? Catch all the action via live stream courtesy of SkyRoomLive.

Source: SkyRoomLive on Saturday, February 28, 1:00 a.m. PST

Spotlight | Steve Aoki @ Live Nation on Yahoo Screen! 2/28

Steve Aoki1424983310Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak, Steve Aoki is currently bringing his Neon Future Experience tour around the country. Tune in on Saturday night live from the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Ill. for a live stream brought to you by Live Nation and Yahoo Screen!

Source: Live Nation on Yahoo Screen! on Saturday, February 28, 10:00 p.m. PST

Spotlight | Live from Ryan’s Living Room with Ryan Cabrera @ VyRT 3/1

vyrtcab1424973657Before next week’s official EP release of his latest collection of songs, Wake Up Beautiful, Ryan Cabrera will start the month of March with a live stream direct from his living room.  Live From Ryan’s Living will stream live via the VyRT platform and offer fans a completely interactive experience, complete with different access levels, chat functionality, and a front row seat in Ryan’s living room.  Watch live Sunday night!

Source: VyRT on Sunday, March 1, 5:00 p.m. PST

Spotlight | Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Jazz at Lincoln Center 3/5

cyrus2Time Magazine called him “The best jazz pianist of his generation.”  Cyrus Chestnut’s sound on the piano is soulful, rich, confident, and in many ways classic – yet within that “classic” jazz piano framework, he stands out as an original and engaging example of refinement, leaving a lasting impression through memorable grooves and phrases. Watch his two sets live from Dizzys Club Coca-Cola on Thursday night from NYC.

Source: Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday, March 5, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. PST

Spotlight | Music City Roots Live at Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival @ Music City Roots 3/6

roots festMusic City Roots goes to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival where they’ll be broadcasting live with host Jim Lauderdale. Songwriting is one of the truest forms of art, and this episode of roots will feature some of the best, including Cara Dillon, Peter Tully, Jim Lauderdale, and Foy Vance. Watch Music City Roots streaming live from Ireland next Friday, March 6th.

Source: Music City Roots on Friday, March 6, 11:30 a.m. PST

Latest News | Vanyaland will stream Berklee College of Music’s SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond

bcmBerklee College of Music, the only college to host an official party at the SXSW Music Festival, presents its SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond on Thursday, March 19, noon – 8:00 p.m., at Brush Square Park West Tent, in the heart of downtown Austin, TX.

Media sponsor Vanyaland will stream the event featuring up-and-coming Berklee alumni and students performing rock, pop, electronic, Americana and folk at and at VanyaRadio. Artists include Joy Daniels, Avers, Hooka Hey, O Conqueror, Grey Season (HRR), The Ballroom Thieves, Night Lights (HRR), Radclyffe Hall, Yellerkin, and St. Nothing.

This year, Berklee has added a second stage for acoustic sets. Students Rachael Wolff, Lady Rogo, and Jacob George, and alumnus Oliver Monaco will perform in between bands. They also play on Saturday, March 21, at the Berklee Guitar and Songwriting Showcase [2:00 pm, St. David’s Bethel Hall].

Berklee’s SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond is all ages and open to SXSW badge holders. The public can email to attend free of charge if your in Austin, or tune in to the live broadcast at and at VanyaRadio.

Live Stream Review | Skrillex & Diplo drop Jack U album, throw worldwide 24-hour live streaming house party marathon

jackualbumWhat started as Diplo and Skrillex in the corner of a room toying around behind the decks on a Thursday afternoon, about 1pm PST at the Nest Headquarters in East Los Angeles, the duo known as Jack U were “just getting warmed up” for what was to be a marathon 24-hour live streaming event hosted on Beatport’s official Twitch TV channel, which broke Jack U’s live streaming record, according to Skrillex.

If the amount of Svedka on the counter and the inflatable swimming pool full of cold beer on the deck weren’t any indication that things would later get wild, maybe the promise of exercise classes at 2am would?  The production pair equivalent of Batman and Robin, it’s no surprise they can throw a helluva party.

With fans around the world, it’s also no surprise the duo would go for a DJ marathon, and stream the madness live. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The fact that they “pulled a Beyonce or Drake” on everybody (that didn’t already have a hunch) by dropping the spanking new Jack U album, they did it their way, in a fashion that worked for them, but still maintained the same vein making it a brilliant marketing move, especially considering all the hype around the new album release date becoming Friday. Instead of waiting until April, these guys decided midnight was the right time. So fuck it, they dropped their 10 track LP that features 2Chainz, Kai, Kiesza, and Justin Bieber? It’s available now on iTunes, Beatport and other streaming services, and they definitely previewed plenty of it before it made ripples across the Internet after 12am.

All in all, the marathon was an addicting sight to see. It was not polished, made for TV, or anything you’d want to watch at dinner time with the family.  Yet it was intriguing to see how Skrillex and Diplo, two of today’s most revered producers in the game, kept their fans in the palms of their hands via digital technology, music, and party. The kind of party Andrew W.K would be proud of and certainly approve.

The chatroom has been exploding since early on with 1s, 4s, muscle emojis, song requests, shouts and more madness when Skrillex and Diplo would pull out their cell phone, switch to a different computer to read the chats, or make calls to action like, ”Let me see them 1s chatroom”, and “put those muscle emoji things up in the ‘no flex zone’”.  The chatroom still had people showing up well after the stream ended, expecting the marathon to be winding down, and wondering who the chick twerking was, and where the music went.  FOMO is real, folks.

Other highlights of the night included the twerk-star dubbed by the Internet as Ling Ling (who proved anything goes on the live stream and just couldn’t seem to get enough), the pizza delivered by Kaskade and the pizza delivery boy getting kicked out, Dillon Francis forgetting how to DJ with SD cards, Diplo getting a haircut, and finally, the end all of the night…

…was when the cops showed up at about 5:45am PST and put a stop on the whole shindig, bringing the night to a close at about 18 hours and sending everybody off searching for VOD (video on demand) of all the madness that went down. Thankfully it was a peaceful ending, and the FREE JACK U signs didn’t have to be used to their fullest potential.


Latest News | WorldArts launches digital discovery platform, announce Southwest Invasion live stream


WorldArts launched today as a digital discover platform that will allow artists to share with music, videos, and latest content with music fans worldwide, while also presenting one-of-a-kind opportunities for maximum exposure through live performances at major events and iconic locations.

According to the official press release, to celebrate the launch of the platform, WorldArts will select two artists to perform at the Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion, March 20-21 in Austin, TX. Those selected will win a trip to Austin, including travel, accommodations, and ground transportation. To qualify for this Southwest Invasion opportunity, artists must visit WorldArts to submit a video of an original song in any genre. WorldArts will also live stream the exclusive music event.

“We are providing a platform for artists and musicians to access high value, premium opportunities, giving them unprecedented exposure and helping them rise above the noise in this ever evolving and crowded digital landscape,” said Jayson Won, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Creative Director for WorldArts.

“We’re changing the current paradigm by providing visibility opportunities for musicians that aren’t available elsewhere. We’re the ultimate resource for artists striving for that break-out moment and fans eager to discover great music.”

WorldArts also features exclusive, live streaming concerts and festivals directly to users’ desktops and mobile devices and a sharable news engine featuring original and curated content in the form of breaking news, artist profiles and Q&As, and much more.

Visit WorldArts to see what it’s all about.

Latest News | Skrillex and Diplo throwing 24-hour marathon Jack U party streaming live


Bubble machine? Check.  Twister?  Check. Venus Flytrap? Check.  Let’s put a camera on that one and make it part of the live stream? Done.

This is likely a similar conversation of sorts as Diplo and Skrillex present Jack U and prepare to throw a 24-hour marathon live stream event with special guests, exercise classes and all kinds of other things to entertain you – including plenty of music – until tomorrow around sunrise(ish).

Tune in for the live stream being presented by Beatport on it’s official Twitch TV channel or via

Latest News | SFX, Beatport and T-Mobile partner to bring more live festival broadcasts and access to fans

sfxSFX Entertainment recently announced T-Mobile US as a Charter Partner for the Beatport music streaming service, owned by SFX, according to the latest press release.  What exactly does this mean for music fans, with a focus on the electronic genre, who can’t actually make it to the show, event, festival, etc and want to live stream it?

Besides T-Mobile expanding its relationship with SFX to enable fans with music streaming via Beatport’s latest streaming service – without maxing out their 4G LTE data – it means T-Mobile is getting their customers closer to the action by offering incentives for 30 SFX festivals and events in the US this year.

“Our focus at SFX is to deliver the best in music, festivals and events to fans wherever and whenever they want it and T-Mobile is the perfect partner for that,” said Tim Crowhurst, President and Head of Strategic Development at SFX Entertainment.

T-Mobile will sponsor five festivals produced by Disco Donnie Presents this summer; the React Presents festivals Spring Awakening in Chicago and Summer Set in Somerset, WI; Life In Color’s tour, scheduled for more than two-dozen U.S. cities; and live festival video coverage from a number of SFX events in 2015.

It’s safe to say that 2015 is going to be another breakthrough year for T-Mobile, SFX, and Beatport.

Top 10 Most Watched | 2015 BRIT Awards, Physical Graffiti, Luis Fonsi and more


brits2015 BRIT Awards @ YouTube


page40th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti @ Yahoo Screen


LUIS_FONSILuis Fonsi and Yandel @ NBC Universo


dso leonardDSO Presents: Cameron Carpenter @ Detroit Symphony Orchestra


sleaterSleater-Kinney at 9:30 Club @ NPR Music: Live In Concert


magicianMagic Tape 50: The Magician and Arches @ Mixmag TV


Boiler RoomEARTH: Live at Islington Assembly Hall @ Boiler Room


dso leonardTchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet @ Detroit Symphony Orchestra


tdbThe Disco Biscuits (three nights) @


SheppardSheppard @ Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ



Spotlight | Greensky Bluegrass @ Live Nation on Yahoo Screen! 2/21

greenskyFive-piece American indie bluegrass band founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2000 has traveled thousands of miles and performed in countless places around the globe, establishing themselves as the purveyors of today’s bluegrass. Greensky Bluegrass are on tour in support of their latest album, If Sorrows Swim, making a stop at Chicago’s House of Blues. Watch live on Saturday night via Live Nation & Yahoo Screen!

Source: Live Nation on Yahoo Screen! on Saturday, February 21, 7:45 p.m. PST