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Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Lou Reed will be on tour in Europe this month doing photo exhibits and book readings/signings, and upon returning to the US he'll play a NJ show at Englewood's Bergen Performing Arts Center on December 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Right after that show, he'll head to Miami for UR1 Festival, which goes down in Bayfront Park on December 8 and 9. In addition to Lou Reed, performers include Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Dead Can Dance, Animal Collective, Peter Murphy, Flying Lotus, Slash, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing, and many more listed below, plus more TBA. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

The UR1 Festival is timed to happen simultaneously with Art Basel, which happens from December 6 - 9 in Miami Beach with "more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries."

A list of all Lou Reed dates and the UR1 Festival lineup below.

Continue reading "Lou Reed playing NJ show before UR1 Festival (dates, lineup)"

Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)

Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 lineup announced (two weekends worth)"

photos by Tim Griffin

DJ Shadow @ the Great Escape
DJ Shadow

Instrumental hip hop guru DJ Shadow is set to release his first LP in five years The Less You Know, The Better on September 5. He released the single "I Gotta Rokk" back in May. Check out the video for that track below.

DJ Shadow performed at Glastonbury this past weekend. According to @RadioRassilon, "DJ Shadow in the John peel tent at #Glastonbury - mind boggling. I'm boggled. Boggled flat." We don't have pictures from his set there but we did catch at the Great Escape, also in the UK, in May. As previously seen on the BV Facebook, pictures from that one are in this post.

Those fests were some of many performances Shadow has/had lined up this summer, which is largely being occupied by the touring electronic festival, IDentity Festival in August and early September. IDentity will be headlined by Kaskade, Steve Aoki (who was spotted at the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday), and Steve Lawler. It also includes live sets by Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, and Modeselektor. It hits PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey on 8/14 and Jones Beach in Long Island on 8/21. Tickets are on sale for both.

Video, tour dates, more live pics and the IDentity Fest lineup and flier below...

Continue reading "DJ Shadow announced new LP, touring w/ IDentity Festival, played Glastonbury & the Great Escape (pics & dates)"

Big Boi @ NYU in September (more by Lauren Monaco)
Big Boi

Hip-hop heavyweight Big Boi brought the house down [the other night at Moogfest] with a set of Outkast hits and stand-out tunes from his hot new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Highlights of the set included "Rosa Parks," "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh, So Clean," "Shutterbug" and "General Patton." A powerful live rendition of "Follow Us" featured Kyle Lucas of Vonnegutt singing the hook. And during "The Way You Move," Big Boi invited a group of ladies on stage to dance as he rapped the refrain: "I like the way you move / I love way you move."

While his Outkast collaborator Andre 3000 was missed, Big Boi was backed by a ferocious posse of live musicians and singers that included a drummer, guitarist, horn section and super hot female bass player wearing knee high black leather boots. He was also armed with a gang of choreographed backup dancers and hype-men that added to the visual spectacle.

During the live rendition of "Daddy Fat Sax," the sound turned distressingly towards metal-rap for a moment, but mostly Big Boi rode a deeply funky and danceable Dirty South groove. [Mountain Xpress]

Big Boi will co-headline a pre-Christmas show with a Calvin Harris DJ set at NYC's Terminal 5 on December 22nd. Openers will be LA Riots and The Knocks (who just opened for Die Antwoord at Gramercy). Tickets ($45 advance general admission / $50 day of show general admission / $100 VIP admission includes 4 hour open bar) will go on sale Friday at noon.

Big Boi's last NYC shows were at Brooklyn Bowl and NYU.

Shout Out Out Out also played Moogfest in North Carolina over the weekend and will be in NYC this week.

photos by Sharese Ann Frederick

Ed Banger's DJ Mehdi signs a fan
Electric Zoo

Bassnectar closes out the final day
Electric Zoo

"Bassnectar, arms flailing and Cousin It hair flying in all directions, brought the loudest set of the weekend, inspiring two concertgoers to scale a 30-foot support pole inside the tent." [NYU News]
Fresh off a recent appearance at Electric Zoo 2010, Bassnectar will return to NYC to play Terminal 5 on Nov 6th with Beats Antique (DJ set) and Emancipator. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a larger US trek for the electronic artist that extends until the middle of December (and that was previously listed without the NYC show). All dates below.

In terms of new material, he says:

This week i finished the latest Bassnectar EP, 'Wildstyle' which is the most bonkers collection of music i've ever created. Each song was crafted with you in mind, and how your body and soul will be affected when the waves of this music are crashing through your cells. We will have more info soon with regards to release, but it will definitely become centerpiece of the fall soundtrack.
In the meantime, and as promised, we have our fourth and final set of 2010 Electric Zoo pictures in this post. You can also check out PART 1, PART 2, and PART 3, before continuing with PART 4 below...

Continue reading "the final set of Electric Zoo pics & more Bassnectar dates "

Peter Bjorn and John @ Webster Hall in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Peter Bjorn and John

Oops! Peter Bjorn and John's November 10th Terminal 5 show has been moved down to the smaller Webster Hall one day earlier (November 9th). El Perro Del Mar and Brooklyn (via Japan)'s The Suzan open the show. All T5 tix will be honored, and some are still on sale too.

El Perro Del Mar was supposed to play Joe's Pub on November 9th, so that was also canceled with this change.

The Suzan...

"was formed by two Japanese girls, RIE(Guitar) and SAORI(Vocal) in the summer of 2003. They had been sicking and tired of recent Japanese POP idol music. So they decided to produce their own songs and bring the movement and revolution to the music scene of not only Japan but also the world by their sound."
Based on watching one of their videos (below), I'm not sure how soon they'll be making a name for themselves in the world, but somehow they got on this T5 bill, and on one of the two Fool's Gold CMJ parties this year. The flyer and more info below...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John's Terminal 5 show moved to Webster Hall -- The Suzan opening, playing Fool's Gold CMJ (flyer)"

Crystal Castles DJ the official All Points West afterparty on Friday. They play All Points West on Saturday. Tokyo Police Club also play All Points West on Saturday, and they DJ the APW afterparty happening that night (sponsored by Toyota, free with RSVP). Flyer below...

Continue reading "Crystal Castles & Tokyo Police Club are DJing official All Points West afterparties @ Red Bull Space in NYC (RSVP)"

DOWNLOAD: Alex From Tokyo - Live From the Lower East Side mix (January 2009) (MP3)

Tokyo Black Star
Tokyo Black Star

I've hit a bit of a going out lull and don't have much to report about last week...except for Kyle Hall destroying the BKLYN Yard on Sunday. More about that when we get to what's happening this Sunday. In the meantime, here's where you can get down on Thursday & Friday (7/16 & 7/17):

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 1) "

Street Scene

"STREET SCENE, one of the nation's longest running music festivals, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with two full days of music Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather and Cake are among the more than 35 acts that will bring the streets of downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood alive with music and entertainment from 4:00 PM to midnight daily. The venue site will include Tailgate Park (adjacent to Petco Park) in the heart of East Village, incorporating 14th Street as the main thoroughfare and bordered by Imperial Avenue to J Street."
2009 is the 25th anniversary of the festival which was launched in 1984. This year's festival also has WAVVES on the lineup, which means three shows total now scheduled for the band. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "San Diego's Street Scene Festival announces 2009 lineup"


"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.

The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]

With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2009 - the official & complete lineup"

DOWNLOAD: Red Foxx - Live atLovelife, Providence 5/9/08 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Joee Irwin - Decks, Box & MBP (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: LA Riots - Remixes, Volume 1 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: LA Riots - live at I Love Techno, 11/15/08 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Twelves - When You Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Friendly Fires - Paris(Aeroplane Remix) (MP3)


2020SoundsystemAfter spending 3 relaxing, but tame nights in suburbia over Thanksgiving I was more than ready to hit the floor this past Saturday night. I arrived to a pretty full Studio B (especially considering it was only 11:30), that was already getting down to the beginning of 2020Soundsystem's set. The live electronic band from Leeds started off with some mellower, techno sounds which seemed to progress as their set went on, becoming richer and more upbeat with each successive track.

As I was getting more and more into their set, two thoughts kept coming to mind: 1. I really wish the drummer would get going on those drums. It was puzzling to see a live electronic band using programmed drum beats while their drummer sat calmly, quietly adding subtle taps on the drums and cymbals. and 2. I really wish they had somebody singing.

The GlassAfter a while I spotted Dominique Keegan in the crowd which reminded me that he had done some vocals for 2020. A few minutes later Ralph Lawson (dj,beats, etc.) called Dom onstage, where he lent his vocals for the last few songs of their set which included 2020soundsystem's remix of "Won't Bother Me" by the Glass as well as what I assume was "No Order" (one of the tracks they had collaborated on prior) and some others. Dom's vocals and presence coupled with drummer Danny Ward finally pounding on the drums really brought everything together into the live electro-techno dance party I was hoping it could be.

The fun continued from there as JDH & Dave P took the crowd into a great, varied deejay set of some awesome, recent tracks I hadn't heard played out much (if at all). You can download one particularly notable one, Aeroplane's remix of "Paris" by Friendly Fires' (who will be here next week!) at the top of this post.

Ewan PearsonBefore I knew it JDH & Dave P surrendered the booth to excellent Berlin deejay/producer Ewan Pearson. Despite producing & remixing loads of acts over the past ten years, and creating an equally impressive amount of his own tracks, Ewan has flown under my radar save for a handful of remixes. I had very little idea what to expect from his set. From 1:30 until the lights came up at 4, Ewan treated the enthusiastic Studio B crowd to a set that started off on the techno side of things and gradually got deeper and more techy as the night went on. Ewan's set was one continual build-up that ended with him touching on a variety of genres from electro to disco to house while somehow still maintaining the deep, techno feel. I would love to provide a setlist for such a great night of music, but my limited familiarity with Ewan's tracks combined with the amount of new material a friend told me he was playing made that impossible. He played a great, very stripped down version of Tiga's "Mind Dimension" toward the end and that was literally the only track I could identify the entire night - a pleasant change from hearing deejays play the same 15 songs which inevitably make you lose it on enough floors until they eventually bore you.

If you didn't make it out that night or if you did and want to hear more, Ewan was on Beats In Space on Tuesday and the show is available to stream/download. 2020Soundsystem will also be back in the states in March.

Things don't really seem to get going until Friday(12/5) this week, so that's where we're starting:

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (2020Soundsystem, Ewan Pearson, the Rub, the Martinez Brothers, more...)"

DOWNLOAD: LA Riots - the Crystal Method's mix on LA's Indie 103.1 (zSHARE MP3)
DOWNLOAD: LA Riots - July 2008 Mix (zSHARE MP3) (tracklist below)

Kelley Polar @ PS1 - August 16, 2008 (CRED)
Kelley Polar

Despite things starting off a bit slow at PS1 on Saturday, I had a great weekend. I caught about an hour of Metro Area's first set. It was pretty fun and disco-ey, nothing mind-blowing though. Afterward Kelley Polar went on with a full band. The first song started off beautifully with some violins, then a dope bassline was dropped. Something went off in my head. I became instantly happy and thought I had just discovered another great live disco band along the lines of Escort. Unfortunately things wound down from there. The energy from the bassline was lost and the rest of the performance didn't really go anywhere memorable. After that I called it quits in the interest of resting up for the Beach Party at Water Taxi Beach later that night.

The atmosphere and vibe at the beach is really great. The crowd is a mixed bag, but the view of the Manhattan skyline at night is beautiful. There's sand under your feet. It reminds me that New York City is a bunch of islands. I felt like I was on vacation. On top of all that, the music was excellent. Unfortunately I have no idea who (out of Justin Carter, Probus, Todd Makinen, and My Cousin Roy) was deejaying then, but what I do know is that most of the people I was with brought up how great the music was multiple times. It was definitely one of the most laidback, yet intensely fun nights I've had in a while.

Sunday morning my Saturday night caught up with me and I arrived at Summerstage later than planned resulting in a less than ideal spot. Luckily Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings were in top form and gave one of the soulful, energetic performances for which they are known. My distance from the stage became unimportant.

All too quickly it was Monday again. Thankfully we're headed to yet another dance-filled weekend in New York. Here's what's going on starting with Thursday night:

Continue reading "the Thursday night in Dance w/ Showtrotta (LA Riots)"

DOWNLOAD: Harvard Bass - Go To School Mixtape (zSHARE MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Spitzer - Yacht Club (MP3)

Crookers at Webster Hall - June 21, 2008 (Phil Xander)
Crookers @ WEbster Hall

LA Riots at Hiro - June 19, 2008 (Nicky Digital)
LA Riots @ Hiro

With Crookers, Green Velvet, and many other deejays in town, I'm sure a lot of dancing went down in New York this past weekend. Regrettably I wasn't around for most of it, but managed to make it out to the Youpi party at Studio B Wednesday night. Unfortunately the party did not live up to its name. I arrived with some friends around 12 or so and Studio B was maybe one quarter full (which was probably in part due to the $18/$23 cover). I am un chien!! began just after we walked in. Their sound was more rock/guitar-based with some electronic beats in the background. Unfortunately the rock overtones were on the abrasive side and made the whole experience rather unpleasant - sort of an inferior version of the Rapture at times. The lead vocalist, David Fontao, put a lot of energy into his dance-move laden performance, but ultimately his frustration with the less than enthusiastic crowd became apparent. The highlight of the show was definitely the length - at just about 30 minutes I don't think I could've taken much more.


Continue reading "Showtrotta's week in Dance (Wednesday & Thursday stuff)"

by Showtrotta

DOWNLOAD: Cosmo Vitelli on Beats in Space July 12, 2007 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Runaway on Beats in Space October 9, 2007 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: David Bruno No Way, No Way Mix Oct 07 (MP3)

Daniel of LA Riots @ Webster Hall - May 16, 2008 *
LA Riots

Cut Copy set the bar pretty high with their very energetic and fun set Wednesday night. Luckily things continued down that path for the rest of the week. Friday night I made it to Webster Hall just in time to catch the last half hour or so of a very disco-fied set by James Murphy. He also threw in some classics which you could not help smiling at when you thought about where you were. Speaking of which...as much of a weird/hellish crowd the Webster Hall-based event drew, I really appreciated having space to dance and not sweating my ass off merely from being inside the venue. After James, LA Riots spun a great, banging set which was much more what I was expecting from them after experiencing their lower key set at Love last month. Daniel (1/2 of LA Riots -- the other half J'ob was not there) had the crowd perfectly warmed up and right where it needed to be for what can best be described as the dance explosion that ensued when JFK and AL-P got behind the decks. Things went from everyone getting down as they had been, to a sudden rush of people storming the stage and everyone in the place going accordingly bananas.

MSTRKRFT @ Webster Hall - May 16, 2008 *
MSTRKRFT @ Webster Hall

They played for about 2 hours, from 2ish-4ish and covered every great electro song you've heard recently along with tons of new stuff. For anyone who's seen them the past 2 times they were here, the set was much more along the lines of their CMJ set (which I thought was much more exciting and creative) than their one last month at Studio B...

H&LA @ Studio B - May 17, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Hercules and Love Affair @ Studio B

...which is where I headed Saturday night to catch Hercules & Love Affair's debut performance that everyone has been talking about since. Overall I thought it was a great show...for a debut performance. The first couple of tracks were a bit shaky, but the group quickly rebounded with "Blind" which was still good, albeit different, without Antony (see for yourself here. A few of their songs had me absolutely losing it (namely "Athene" and "You Belong") while others were just ok. I think the problem I ran into was...I kept comparing them to Escort, and in some instances found myself wishing Zena Kitt was singing in place of Nomi, though I'm not sure if that would've worked out as ideally as it did in my head. Hercules & Love Affair's tracks have a much more modern sound vs. Escort's classic disco.

Speaking of Escort, don't miss them at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 30th. Tickets are on sale.

At the end of Saturday night when all was said and done, I had a great time...there is nothing like live disco. Sadly that's one thing there isn't enough of, but luckily there are plenty of other great dance happenings in the city this week:

Continue reading "Flosstradamus & other Thursday night events ++ Escort, LA Riots, MSTRKRFT, H&LA, & other 'dance' stuff too"


$10 tickets are on sale.

Does it Offend You, Yeah? are playing a live set earlier in the night. Does it Offend You, Yeah? are also playing the same club a few months later.

DOWNLOAD: the Bloody Beetroots - NLLR mix (zSHARE MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Felix Cartal - NLLR mix (zSHARE MP3)

Kavinsky (CRED)

As I mentioned last week, after a string of disappointing deejay sets I've been reluctant to allow myself to get too excited even when acts I've previously been amazed by come to town. I did a pretty good job of staying calm leading up to Kavinsky's set at Studio B on Saturday. Firstly, I have to give props to Jen Lasher for spinning a set that was much more interesting than many more well-known DJ sets I've seen recently. She covered quite a lot of ground in terms of dance music, and she wasn't afraid to drop a few oddballs and pop songs in there either. She took a relatively tame and sparse midnight Studio B crowd and whipped them into a dancing frenzy by the time Kavinsky took the decks at 2.

When that finally happened I found myself desperately hoping his set would be good and thankfully it was! He started off well, playing Mr. Oizo's remix of "Merrymaking at My Place" by Calvin Harris (who makes his way back to NYC this Monday), and D.I.M.'s remix of "My People" by The Presets a few songs in. He also played some electro that was less recent, but worked well despite this because of his timing, choices, and good mixing. About a half an hour or so in, something shifted, and Kavinsky's set went from good, to one of the most fun sets I've ever gotten down to. It was the perfect mix of classic dance tracks, brand new electro (he played the two new SebastiAn tracks which are perfect for the floor and a loud system), old electro, and random-ness (Phil Collins - Sussudio?!). He kept "the B"'s floor the most packed I've seen it in a while until a little after 4. It was easily one of the best sets I've witnessed this year. You can read my more detailed review here and stream a playlist I made of close to 20 of the tracks Kavinsky dropped at the B that night.

This weekend is another one full of dance. Get ready to start making decisions. Here is what is happening on Thursday (April 24, 2008) alone!.....

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (last week & tonight)"

by Finger on the Pulse

DOWNLOAD: VHS or Beta ~ Can't Believe a Single Word (LA Riots Remix V6) (MP3)

LA Riots

SXSW was a lot fun. We saw a lot of our favorite people in a different setting, drank a lot of free beer, listened to a lot of music, and did a lot of catching up with both friends and acquaintences. So many of our favorite artists were in town to play shows - LA Riots being one of them, so not surprisingly we ran into Daniel from LA Riots (who we've worked with before) on Saturday and we started talking about these posts. He said he'd send us a new track this week, and he didn't break that promise. Download the VHS or Beta (a FOTP fave) MP3 above - it's a smoothed out electro journey for this rainy hump day.

If you have a track you'd like to see up here, please send to music@fotpnyc.com for consideration. If you are in the NYC area this Thursday night, come to Upstiars. We're guest djing. And if you're inn New Orleans on Friday night, make sure to say hello to Terry D. He'll be playing at the Whirling Dervish. LA Riots tour dates right HERE. VHS or Beta tour dates below....

Continue reading "VHS or Beta - LA Riots remix MP3, 2008 Tour Dates"

by Finger on the Pulse

DOWNLOAD: Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor (LA Riots & Villains Rmx) (MP3)

LA Riots

This just got passed to us by LA Riots themselves. It's their bootleg of "Ready For The Floor" that they did with Villains. It's a monster. We already love the original and this turns it into a late night smoker - just in time for LA Riots' return to Studio B Friday night (with MSTRKFRFT & The Bloody Beetroots). This track speaks for itself. Get ready to hear this everywhere. More LA Riot dates below...

Continue reading "LA Riots - Hot Chip remix MP3, 2008 Tour Dates "

DOWNLOAD: Chromeo - Bonafied Lovin (LA Riots Remix) (MP3)

ChromeoTickets are on sale for a January 26th Chromeo show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and for one 8 days earlier at the El Ray in LA. Chromeo's last NYC show was with Dan Deacon at Judson Church. Remix by LA Riots for download above. All Chromeo tour dates below....

Continue reading "Chromeo - 2007-8 Tour Dates, LA Riots remix"

DOWNLOAD: Le Castlevania - Trouble In Daylight (LA Riots Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Justice - D.V.N.O.--LA-Riots-Bootleg (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Justice - D.A.N.C.E (Alan Braxe Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - You'll Stay In My Heart (feat Savage) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Digitalism - Zdarlight (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Daft Punk - Face to face [Cosmo Vitelli rmx] (MP3)

This week seems to be the kick off of CMJ-like festivities for dance fans. I'm (almost) more excited for this week than next...

LA RiotsWednesday (Oct 10, 2007) is the final Tales of Colt 45 at Studio B with LA Riots' NY debut. I've been playing a lot of LA Riots remixes and originals recently. They do a great job of balancing their sound somewhere between big room house and the overly crunchy Justice-emulators out there and come out sounding really fresh. Don't believe me? Check their Kid Sister remix just launched on their Riotspace. The party is free, booze is free, and you also get live sets from Purple Crush, Health, The Mall, + Yip Yip, as well as DJ sets from Lauren Flax, Robot Blair, and me. Get on the list and come dance with us.

Thursday night (Oct 11) is a tough decision. The Field open for !!! at Webster Hall, Modular hosts Digitalism live at Studio B, and Moby launches "his" Degenerates party at Hiro Ballroom with DJ sets by the bald one himself, Stretch Armstrong, The Juan Maclean, and Alex from Holy Ghost!.

More events, music, news, & tour dates, below.....

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ David Bruno (10/09/07)"