X Games MUSIC -- Foz do Iguaçu 2013
X Games Foz do Iguaçu marks the third of six X Games events in 2013, and the musical lineup is proving to be one of the biggest and best yet. This time around, X Games MUSIC will highlight not only the brightest talent in electronic dance music, but also bring fans a taste of local rock-n-roll flavor by presenting three Brazilian acts sure to keep the party vibe rolling throughout the weekend.
The X Games MUSIC showcase kicks off on Friday, Apr. 19, with Detonautas Roque Clube. The group was formed by lead vocalist/guitarist Tico Santa Cruz and bassist Eduardo Simão in an Internet chat room in 1997; Detonautas -- a combination of the Portuguese words for "detonators" and "Internet citizens" -- has continued to add to and modify their lineup through connections made online and is now a six-man act. The group has won two MTV Video Music Brazil awards and has been nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Brazilian Rock Album. Check out their music video for "Quando O Sol Se For" ("When The Sun") here.
Headlining Friday night is fellow Brazilian artist CPM 22, a pop-punk, ska-influenced four-piece from São Paulo whose name is a Portuguese acronym for "P.O. Box 1022." Their 1998 demo tape earned them an underground following strong enough to eventually blast them into the MTV Video Music Brazil Awards; since 2002, the group has taken the day in the Best New Artist, Best Rock Video, Viewer's Choice Video Of The Year, Best Live Performance In A Video and Dream Band categories. Watch the video for their single "Vida Ou Morte" ("Life Or Death") here.
The music continues on Saturday, Apr. 20, with Venice Beach, Calif.-based world-beat singer-songwriter Peter Goetz, who will share the stage with familiar performing and recording companion Arthur Maia, a Brazilian composer and musician. Goetz is no stranger to Brazil; a true Renaissance man who not only plays music but also makes films and shoots photographs, he's visited the country many times for a variety of projects, including the recording of a music video in Rio De Janeiro, and speaks fluent Portuguese. Goetz has lived in both Rio and Baixa Gavea.
Following Goetz and Maia is a return to the Brazilian sound, this time from Bonde do Rolê, a Brazilian funk/electropop trio hailing from Curitiba in southern Brazil. The group's tracks have been used internationally in films, advertisements, video games and television shows and their music has been praised by The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine. Producer Diplo -- one-third of X Games Aspen performer Major Lazer -- has been supporting the group on his label, Mad Decent, since the late 2000s. Listen to a track off their most recent record here.
Winding up a weekend packed full of music is EDM sensation Porter Robinson, from Chapel Hill, N.C. The 20-year-old artist's first two offerings -- EP "Spitfire" in 2011 and single "Language" in 2012 -- both shot straight to the top of the iTunes dance charts, and he's since performed with such heavy hitters as Tiesto, Skrillex and Deadmau5. Robinson has a new record dropping, "Easy (Remixes)," with fellow EDM producer/composer DJ Mat Zo, just before X Games Foz do Iguaçu, on Apr. 14.
All artists will play on the X Fest Stage at Parque Infraero at the X Games venue in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Music performances, which will be webcast live, are subject to final confirmation. See xgames.com/scene for a detailed performance schedule.