Kaskade, a record producer at Om Records in addition to his DJ career, specializes in the subgenre of house music. He's collaborated with artists such as Deadmau5 and internationally-renowned DJ Tiesto, and has a deep catalog of remixes and studio albums, the first of which was released nearly a decade ago.
On the other end of the spectrum, the California-based rock quintet Cold War Kids fill out the indie niche category. The group has released a handful of EPs and three studio albums, including their latest, Mine is Yours, which received critical acclaim.
The selection of Kaskade pairs well with the opening dance-dub acts, and the layered indie sound of Cold War Kids will bring a sorely needed diversity to the dance-heavy roster. The show should please more than just fist pumpers, as a healthy dose of shoegazers will most likely be present. There's also still one more special guest to be announced.
However, UU received some student backlash for the lineup. The Twitter handle "#thingsidratherdothangotoblockparty" spurred shortly after the announcement, and it quickly became a full-fledged website, http://thingsidratherdothangotoblockparty.com.
Tickets for Block Party will go on sale online-only Wednesday at 10 a.m. for Syracuse University and SUNY ESF students. Tickets for the general public will be on sale Friday at 10 a.m., and students may purchase tickets at the Carrier Dome Box Office or Schine Student Center Friday at 10 a.m. as well.
Tickets are $15 with SU/ESF ID and $30 for the general public.
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