Posted in dance | music | tour dates on September 16, 2010

by BBG

I can still feel my skin rippling from that Ben Frost gig. Those oceans of sound and vibration are overwhelming. -HallochHill

Ben Frost @ Littlefield microreview: The sound of the universe rending itself in two, as wolves howl into the cold. Gorgeous. Terrifying. -stribs

Ben Frost at Littlefield - Sept 15, 2010
(photo by l_c_m_tt_)
Ben Frost

When Sónar Chicago first announced that Ben Frost would be on its inaugural line-up, their commitment to innovative electronic music became clear. This wasn't going to be a watered-down sibling to their annual Barcelona event, rather it would present dance music and experimental sounds in equal measure. Frost was an ideal candidate for bridging this gap, as his... powerful recent releases like 2007's Theory of Machines and last year's By the Throat, ensured this would be one of the most eagerly anticipated performances of the entire festival...

Poised behind his laptop with a guitar in his hands, the image of Ben Frost on stage immediately evokes that of another guitar-laptop musician, Christian Fennesz. Instrumentation choice is where the similarities end, however, as Fennesz creates a more shimmering, ethereal reality of reserve and restraint. Frost opts instead to maximize the minimal, plotting an anxious course against the audience. With a debt owed to both Swans and Throbbing Gristle, there's little room for delicacy. -[Gapers Block]

While the review above comes from his show in Chicago as part of the Sonar festival, the tweets at the top (and the photo) come from Ben Frost's show last night (9/15) at Littlefield in Brooklyn.

The Icelandic electronic artist will do his best to pay any debt owed to Swans by playing Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 10/8 as the support act for the previously discussed Swans/Baby Dee shindig. Tickets are still available. Ben Frost will not appear at the now sold-out Swans show at Bowery Ballroom show on 10/9.

The NYC and Chicago show were a couple of a few that Ben Frost had planned for the US. Full tour dates and some video, including a live vid from Sonar, is below.

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Sonar Chicago: Ben Frost

a conversation with BEN FROST - live @ MUTEK 2010

BEN FROST - 2010 TOUR DATES
Sep 17 2010 Southern Theatre - Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
Sep 23 2010 Decibel Festival Seattle, WA
Sep 26 2010 National Concert Hall - Whale Watching Tour Dublin, Dublin, IRELAND
Sep 27 2010 Barbican - Whale Watching Tour London, London and, GB
Sep 28 2010 Vooruit - Whale Watching Tour Gent, Gent, BELGIUM
Oct 9 2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple Brooklyn, NY

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Comments (7)

That show was IN-TENSE.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 1:07 PM

Awesome show, love Ben Frost!

Posted by baby jane | September 16, 2010 1:26 PM

Really amazing show, this guy should be playing stadiums.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 2:19 PM

seriously, maybe show of the year for me, except for the two euro cunts talking loudly in the back

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 2:28 PM

@2:28 Right on. What was up with those guys? Who comes to a show like that just to chat. What, there aren't enough bars in New York?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 3:13 PM

^^
I f'ing hate that shit. unfortunately it synonymous with NY. its a weird, ego driven sense of entitlement. if that happens to me again, I might get into fight.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 7:58 PM

Sonar show in Chicago was amazing. Only problem was that it was in the Chicago Cultural Center (which rules) but was free of charge. As a result, it seemed like there were a bunch of random people there who had no idea what they were about to enjoy. No problem there either, but about every 10 minutes throughout his set 2-3 d-bags would get up and leave and make a bunch of ruckus.

Still, didn't let it ruin the show. Truly amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 10:23 AM

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