News of the Week: May 5th
by Bradley Loiederman

Welcome to the first installment of SIMShows’ news of the week! Our news of the week segments will include any kind of news that affects the beautiful community we’re all a part of, such as track releases, festival and artist news, legal issues, or anything else that has an effect on electronic music or the Minneapolis music scene. If there’s anything that we missed in this week or anything that you think should be reported on next week, shoot us an email at! And without further ado, let’s dive into our first headline!

Dillon Francis and NGHTMRE Release Collaboration Track on Friday

After long waits and requests from fans to do a collab, Dillon Francis and NGHTMRE have finally created a collaboration track and announced that it will be released onto Mad Decent on Friday, May 6th! It’s been described by Dancing Astronaut as a chopped, pulverizing take on new moombahton that could only be created by mixing in a heavy trap artist’s take. Dillon Francis dropped a teaser of the track at Euphoria Music Festival back in April, which you can check out in the video above. So keep your eyes peeled tomorrow on Mad Decent’s site for this long-awaited release!

Live Nation Creates New Deal With Virtual Reality Company


On Wednesday, Live Nation and virtual reality company NextVR announced that they will be partnering to “broadcast hundreds of live, cutting-edge performances in virtual reality to music fans worldwide.” NextVR has previously streamed a boxing match, a democratic debate, and the Daytona 500 through its Samsung gear and app. According to NextVR, the concert streams will come with 3D audio and 360-degree views from both in the crowd, on stage, and backstage. Although a broadcast schedule has yet to be determined, the first live event stream is scheduled to occur this summer.

US Government Calling For Post-Production Royalties Through AMP Act


Throughout all the arguments and lawsuits surrounding music royalties, it’s no wonder Congress has stepped in and decided to add their own flavor of the argument. Representatives Joe Crowley and Tom Rooney are proposing a bill titled the AMP Act, short for the Allocation of Music Producers Act. The bill would allow music producers the ability to argue for royalties from material older than 1995, when the digital royalty rate was set, and would also allocate 2% of the royalties received to the engineers, producers, and/or mixers. Many see this as beneficial for the music industry, giving creators other than artists accreditation for their work. However, others see it as taking away revenue from artists, especially since producers are often paid a flat fee. Although it may be a long while until this act gets passed or thrown out, it’s interesting to see where the royalty arguments are moving to.

Lyn-Lake Street Festival Returns in 2016


After being canceled in 2015 for lack of available time and resources, the Lyn-Lake Street Festival will return this year on June 5th! The free, charity oriented event has a jam-packed lineup of Minnesota artists, such as Brother Ali, Sean Anonymous, Grandma’s Boyfriend, Birthday Suits, and more! Summit Brewing Co. will provide beer, and food trucks will be lining the block. The street festival will be form noon to 8pm and will be hosted between Lyndale and Garfield Avenues behind the Jungle Theater.