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July 31, 2015

photo: Duke Dumont at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Duke Dumont

Duke Dumont, the British producer behind 2013's still-addictive "Need U 100%" single, is kicking off a new series of EPs this October called Blasé Boys Club. The first installment comes out 10/2 via Virgin EMI and features lead single "Ocean Drive." You can listen to that and check out the tracklist below.

Duke is also going on tour, and hitting NYC on October 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that big show go on sale Tuesday, August 11 at noon.

All dates, including Atlantic City in August, are listed below...

Continue reading "Duke Dumont releases "Ocean Drive" from new EP series, touring, playing Terminal 5 (dates, stream)"


We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.

Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.

Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.

Speaking of Miguel, his tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 on Sunday (8/2) (sold out) and the much smaller Bowery Ballroom on 8/5 (tickets).

Continue reading "Miguel, The Weeknd & more to appear on Disclosure's new LP"

July 30, 2015

Mad Decent

The 2015 Mad Decent Block Party tour starts in Atlanta this Friday (7/31), and afterparties for select cities have been announced. So far there's Alanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Philly, and both NYC dates. Details on each are here.

The NYC parties happen August 8 at Webster Hall and August 9 at Verboten with "Mad Decent All-Stars" billed for both nights. We're not sure exactly who that is, but it seems likely that some of the artists playing the day shows will show up. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

Those day shows both happen at Coney Island's MCU Park. 8/8 has 4B, Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Getn & Jawns, Major Lazer, VIc Mensa, Lunice, Tommy Trash, and Yellow Claw (sold out). 8/9 has CL, Gorgon City (DJ), Grandtheft, iLoveMakonnen, Jack U (aka Skrillex & Diplo), Knife party, Party Favor, Tyler the Creator and What So Not (tickets).

by Bill Pearis

Chk Chk Chk as if

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) have been putting the punk in funk and defying Search Engine Optimization standards for over 15 years, and have just announced their new album. Titled As If, it's the band's sixth album and will be out via Warp on October 16. That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from it right now: "Freedom! '15" is as close to pure disco as !!! have ever gone; "Sick Ass Moon" is a little more typical of their style. Listen below.

Both those songs come as instant downloads when pre-ordering As If. Tracklist to the LP is below.

Continue reading "!!! (Chk Chk Chk) announce new LP, 'As If' (stream 2 tracks)"

July 29, 2015

Blanck Mass

Blanck Mass (aka Fuck Buttons member Benjamin John Power) is continuing to tour in support of this year's Dumb Flesh on Sacred Bones. We knew he'd be in the Northeast for Basilica Soundscape, and he has other dates around then too.

One happens in NYC on September 12 at Baby's All Right. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Dead Format" off Dumb Flesh, below...

Continue reading "Blanck Mass touring, playing NYC before Basilica (dates)"

July 24, 2015

Cascine Party flyer

Cascine Records turns five this year and to celebrate they're throwing a birthday party at Brooklyn's The Wythe Hotel on September 17 with performances from Chad Valley, Lemonade, Yumi Zouma, Korallreven, and Cuushe. DJing the party will be Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone), Jensen Sportag, and Maria Usbeck (Selebrities).

Tickets are on sale now in a variety of packages, including a 5YR Pack that includes:

cassette mixtape curated by Gorilla vs. Bear's Chris Cantalini that includes standout tracks from the label's catalogue along with unreleased songs by Boat Club, Chad Valley and Jensen Sportag. 3) a new and yet-to-be announced Yumi Zouma 12", and 4) the Cascine 5YR tee as designed by Jack Hardwicke.
There will also be an "afterparty" (like, way after) on September 19 at Elvis Guesthouse, details TBA. You can check out pic of the 5YR Pack contents, and stream "The Cascine Remixes," below...

Continue reading "Cascine Records throwing 5-year anniversary party at Wythe Hotel w/ Chad Valley, Yumi Zouma, Korallreven & more"

by Bill Pearis

Princess Century Maya Postepski

You may know Maya Postepski as drummer for Austra and former drummer/collaborator in TRST. You may also know her as Princess Century whose debut album, Lossless, came out a couple years ago. She's now got a new (perhaps companion) EP, Lossy, out digitally today via Paper Bag. While it's in the same solar system as Austra and TRST, the songs on Lossy are bliss-out instrumental club music to lose yourself in. (The third track, however, is ethereal comedown material.) The EP will be out on vinyl via Paper Bag on August 14. Listen to the whole thing below...

Continue reading "Princess Century (Maya of Austra/TRST) shares 'Lossy' EP (stream it)"

July 23, 2015

Clark at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (photo by Jlherlein)

Berlin-via-UK producer Clark was just in the US for Pitchfork Festival, and he'll return for more dates later this summer surrounding his appearances at Hopscotch Festival and Decibel Festival.

That tour includes a NYC show on September 4 at Good Room with Heathered Pearls. Tickets for Good Room are on sale now.

Earlier this year, Clark followed his excellent self-titled LP with the Flame Rave EP on Warp. Stream "Silver Sun" off that EP, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Clark playing US shows around Hopscotch & Decibel Festival"

July 22, 2015

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Todd Terje & The Olsens @ Terminal 5 7/21/2015
Todd Terje and the Olsens at Terminal 5
Todd Terje and the Olsens at Terminal 5

Following their appearance at Pitchfork, Todd Terje and The Olsens hit NYC on Tuesday night (7/21) at Terminal 5 for what was one of better live dance music shows I've seen in a long time. The Olsens reminded a little of Soulwax, in that they played it like a DJ set, keeping the beat going, almost treating things like one big multi-part song with little if any pauses. (The setlist/order has remained the same at every show they've played which furthers the all-one-groove idea.) "Strandbar" slid seamlessly the Miami Vice nostalgia of "Delorean Dynamite" and at the end of the night you suddenly became away that "Oh Joy" had morphed into "Inspector Norse." That, of course, is his most well-known song, and was pretty much the unbridled joy moment at T5, with a flock of dancers, covered in string lights, invading the stage with a choreographed routine as the crowd went wild.

While "Inspector Norse" might have elicited a similar reaction if it had been just Todd Terje alone, the Olsens really made the show, with Todd's brother Olaf on drums, bongo-mad percussionist Martin Windstad and jack-of-all-trades Lars Horntveth who, over the course of the set, played guitar, lap steel, bass, vibraphone, flute and saxophone. They really added a lot to It's Album Time's more unconventional songs, like the Morricone-esque "Leisure Suite Preben" and the bonkers tropicalia of "Alfonso Muskedunder." I think the only thing that wasn't played from his album was "Johnny and Mary," but without Bryan Ferry in town, that wasn't likely to happen anyway. Really terrific show.

More pics from Todd & The Olsen's set, plus a few of opener Joakim, below...

Continue reading "Todd Terje & the Olsens played T5 with Joakim (pics, review)"

July 20, 2015

Todd Terje & the Olsens @ Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Todd Terje

More bongo! More cowbell! Todd Terje and the Olsens satisfy both fixes. Disco influences and burbling electronics aside, the Norwegians are a bonafide jam band given over to that style's sins of redundance and indulgence. A semblance of a recurring dance groove glues the primarily wordless stretches together, but it's no match for the pro-lite accents, aimless keyboard sizzle and cricket-chirping skitter. A flute to kick off a vanilla Latin rhythm? Yep. More vamping? Why not. Tapped triangles and an attempt at outre funk? Do it up. It all seems a convincing Spinal Tap-inspired satire of self-serving jazz fusion, but the seriousness of the musicians--and adoring reaction of the crowd -- suggest otherwise. At least until a cadre of choreographed dancers dressed as angels with lighted necklaces joins for the finale, lending needed levity. Or one hopes that's the intention. So, Pitchfork, does this mean it's too early to book Jan Hammer as a headliner next year? - [Chicago Tribune]
Todd Terje and his live band The Olsens are in North America and just played the final day of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Fest in Chicago where their set inspired some flash-mob dancing. Video of that, and pro video of the band doing "Inspector Norse" at Glastonbury (complete with choreographed dancers), below. You can check out pictures from their Pitchfork set here.

Before jetting back across the Atlantic, Todd and the Olsens are playing Terminal 5 on Tuesday (7/21) with Joakim, and a DJ set from Fixed's JDH & Dave P. Tickets are still available and you still have time to enter to win tickets, too.

In other news, Joakim was one of the contributors to Todd's It's Remix Time EP which came out in June and, as the title implies, features a bunch of remixes of It's Album Time songs. Joakim tackled "Strandbar" and you can stream that and the whole EP below.

Continue reading "Todd Terje released 'It's Remix Time' (stream it), played Pitchfork w/ The Olsens; NYC show is this week"