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So far this has been a pretty good year for films revolving around music, both in documentary and dramatic form. The Wrecking Crew and Love and Mercy to name two. Adding to those and opening today (6/19) on select cities is Eden, a drama that centers around young DJ, Paul, and his friend Stan as they travail through life and the budding '90s "French Touch" electronic scene through its growth to the present. The film is directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, who got her start acting in future husband Olivier Assayas' wonderful 1998 film Late August, Early September. Moving into directing, this is her fourth film and most accomplished yet. (You would be well worth checking out her last film as well, 2011's very heavily French New Wave inspired Goodbye First Love.)
Much of the authenticity and excitement in many of the scenes derives from the fact that the film was co-written by Mia's brother Sven who was a DJ on the front lines right from the beginning. While not strictly autobiographical, there is no denying the story comes from someone who was right there as it was happening. For example, marvel at the moment early on when a young Daft Punk plays "Da Funk" for the first time at a Parisian house party. Recommended, especially if you are a fan of the music. In NYC it's playing at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. Watch the trailer below.
Speaking of music, the 2-CD soundtrack is fantastic, featuring the music that had this scene cooking, including songs from Jaydee, Frankie Knuckles, Joe Smooth, Cheek and of course the aforementioned Daft Punk and more. Tracklist, and a Rdio playlist with most of the songs is below. If you want the real thing: Broad Green Pictures and BrooklynVegan have five copies of the soundtrack to give away. Details below.
As always, there's a ton of good electronic music to experience live in NYC, including two great shows tonight (2/26). We don't get a chance to post about all of it, so here's a roundup of some good upcoming shows that we haven't talked about yet.
One of tonight's shows is Output's weekly INPUT party, headlined in the man room by Detroit house vet MK. Joining him are Detroit techno originator Kevin Saunderson and Justin Miller. In the venue's Panther Room it's LA-via-DC duo Nadastrom (aka Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom), who just released their self-titled debut album on Friends of Friends. Listen to "House Shoes" (ft. Nina K) from that album below. Tickets are available.
Also tonight at Verboten it's a stacked lineup with Sweater Beats (who opened for Chance the Rapper in NYC two nights ago), Drake remixer Kastle, and the NYC debut of LA duo Vindata. Tickets are available.
Moving on from tonight, Paris/Berlin producer Rone returned earlier this month with the followup to 2012's Tohu Bohu. It's called Creatures and it's out now on InFiné. You an watch the animated video for its song "Sing Song" below.
Rone has dates coming up, including a US release party for the album on May 29 at Good Room in NYC with solid local support from FaltyDL. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates at his website.
Also at Good Room soon is a FIXED party on March 20 with Aeroplane and Fort Romeau. Tickets are on sale. Fort Romeau is releasing a new album called Insides on March 31 via Ghostly, and he just put out the video for one of its songs, "Not A Word," a collaboration with New Jackson. Watch below.
There's another FIXED party at Good Room on March 14 with Tensnake. Tickets are on sale.
Long-running LA producer Eskmo, who's previously released music on Ninja Tune, Warp and Planet Mu, returned this week with a new album called SOL on R&S imprint Apollo. He plays a release party for the album in NYC on April 11 at Baby's All Right (tickets). Stream the album below, via Dazed.
There's a good electronic show much sooner at Baby's on Friday (2/27) with Brooklyn producer Obey City. It's a release party for his just-released Merlot Sounds EP on LuckyMe, which you can watch a video from below. The party is free with RSVP, and Photay opens.
Back to Output: DFA duo Holy Ghost! DJ the venue on March 5 with A/JUS/TED, and Le Youth in the Panther Room (tickets).
Future Brown (aka Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and Lit City Trax's J-Cush) released their self-titled debut album on Warp this week, and hit Output on May 27 (tickets).
Back to Verboten: On March 7 they've got George Fitzgerald and Leon Vynehall (who played NYC together over the summer), along with Kenny Larkin, Lee Jones and SIK NYC (tickets). George FitzGerald is also releasing a new album, Fading Love, on April 28 via Double Six/Domino. Stream the new single "Full Circle" (ft. Boxed In) below.
Detroit techno/house vet Carl Craig plays Verboten on March 13 with Luciano, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp (tickets).
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photo: Sleater-Kinney in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Sleater-Kinney, Lizzo @ Terminal 5
Sleater-Kinney aren't on some nostalgia reunion -- they're picking up right where they left off with a killer new record and this is tour is as much about that as it is about old favorites. Tonight's the first of two T5 shows. Both are sold out.
This Will Destroy You, Christopher Tignor, So Hideous @ Saint Vitus
Epic post-rockers This Will Destroy You kick off their BrooklynVegan-presented 2-night stand at Saint Vitus tonight. Different openers both tonights, tonight being TWDY collaborator Christopher Tignor and local atmospheric metal band So Hideous. Both nights are sold out.
Swans, Xylouris White @ Bowery Ballroom
Swans returned five years and three records ago, and nothing's been slowing down this late-career creative burst. The albums are some of their best yet, and the live shows are unstoppable. Tonight's show is understandably sold out.
Seoul, Calvin Love @ Baby's All Right
Montreal's Seoul make featherlight pop that is laid-back but engaging, owing to much to the hushed cool of '80s groups like The Dream Academy and The Blue Nile. Tonight's show is with fellow Canadian Calvin Love.
The Soul Rebels, Pharoahe Monch, Afrika Bambaataa @ Brooklyn Bowl
Eight-piece New Orleans based brass ensemble The Soul Rebels are playing three nights at Brooklyn Bowl and tonight's special guests are conscious rapper Pharoahe Monch and hip hop / electro legend Afrika Bambaataa.
Solids, Cutters, Center, Wather Underground @ Cake Shop
Montreal's Solids make two-piece fuzz rock not unlike their Canadian neighbors Japandroids. Tonight's their second NYC show this week.
Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake, The So So Glos @ Mercury Lounge
The great John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc) has teamed up with hard-hitting garage rock trio The Blind Shake to pay tribute to classic surf rock instrumentals on a new collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics.
Bang On A Can @ Merkin Concert Hall
Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, tonight Bang on a Can debut new works by premieres of new works by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) & Ben Frost.
Figs Vision, Holy Komodo, Talibam! @ Baby's All Right
Foxygen auxiliary members Nina Joly and Justin Nijssen have their own band, Holy Komodo who make funky, soft rock synthpop. Check out their new EP below.
MK, Kevin Saunderson, Justin Miller, Nadastrom @ Output
'90s house vet MK and Detroit techno originator Kevin Saunderson headline Output's weekly INPUT party in the main room, while Nadastram (who just dropped a new album on Friends of Friends) will be in the Panther Room.
Sweater Beats, Kastle, Vindata @ Verboten
An equally good dance party to the one at Output goes down at the nearby Verboten tonight with Sweater Beats, Kastle and Vindata.
PC Worship, Turn To Crime, Beech Creeps, Happy You @ Shea Stadium
Detroit's Turn to Crime make soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid moments as well. Such are the times. Tonight's show is solid all-around.
Shovels and Rope @ Lincoln Center
Johns Island, SC duo Shovels and Rope play this installment of the American Songbook series, which takes place in the gorgeous Appel Room (with its killer view of Columbus Circle).
The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote, The Scandals @ Webster Hall
The Gaslight Anthem's last two albums sound built for the arenas they're probably just about big enough to play, but luckily for now they're still choosing smaller rooms like tonight's Webster Hall show. On Saturday they'll be at the slightly larger Terminal 5. Both sold out.
Everything Ever, Doe, Blithedale Romance, Eli Whitney and The Sound Machine @ Court Tavern
UK trio Doe pull from '90s indie rock and emo influences. With a new compliation out on Old Flame, the band are over for a bunch of NYC-area shows, this being the only in NJ.
Eartheater, Extreme Animals, Haribo, Highlife @ Secret Project Robot
Eartheater is the solo project of Guardian Alien singer Alexandra Drewchin, which gives her the opportunity to make outsider pop.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Detroit's annual electronic music festival Movement returns this year from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend). The phase one lineup was announced and it includes Snoop Dogg under the name DJ Snoopadelic, Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Dog Blood (aka Boys Noize and Skrillex), Carl Craig, Matthew Dear, Danny Brown, Ben UFO, Clark, Fort Romeau, Nina Kraviz, People Under the Stairs, Rone, Shigeto and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full phase one lineup below...
photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.
Full round 3 list below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
LA producer Kastle has some tour dates coming up this year, including appearances in Austin for SXSW and The Do LaB stage at Coachella. He was last in NYC for the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and he'll return to the area for a different kind of electronic music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, which goes down on May 24 and 25 at Metlife Stadium. In addition to Kastle, the lineup features AraabMuzik, Rudimental, Skream, Claude Vonstroke, MK, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Kastle also plays a FREE NYC show sooner than that on April 5 at Slake (251 W. 30th St) with Druid Cloak, Figgy, Alex English and guests. As long as you RSVP, entry is free until midnight. Show flyer for that show, and the list of all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Fortune Howl - "Interzone Export" (MP3)
XXYYXX at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Young upstart producer XXYYXX will be touring this summer, and as discussed, that tour brings him to NYC for two shows this week. The first happens on Friday (7/12) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Chrome Sparks (live), Fortune Howl, and DJ True Panther Sounds. That show is totally sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
The next day, XXYYXX will head to Long Island City for this week's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (7/13) with MK, Ryan Hemsworth,
Bondax, Gobby, and James K, making for a great all around bill. Tickets for this Saturday's Warm Up are still available.
UPDATE: Pete Swanson replaced Bondax on the lineup.
If you want to keep the fun going all the way to 4 AM on Saturday after Warm Up, head to Tribeca Grand Hotel, where Ryan Hemsworth and a few others will be DJing all night (tickets). Flyer below.
XXYYXX made the mix for this week's Warm Up, and it includes tracks by Ellen Allien, Floating Points, Holly Herndon, Lapalux, Thundercat, Janet Jackson ft. Nelly, and more, in addition to a new XXYYXX song. You can stream that mix and check out the full tracklist, via FADER, below.
XXYYXX was also just added as the opener to many dates on the previously discussed CHVRCHES tour, including the NYC show on September 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available. After the run with CHVRCHES ends, XXYYXX will head to Austin for the just-announced Fun Fun Fun Fest. All of his tour dates are listed below.
Also in XXYYXX's mix is a new track from his Relief in Abstract labelmate/fellow Orlando resident Fortune Howl (who also opens the MHOW show). The track, titled "Interzone Export," is off of his upcoming new album, Earthbound, which is due out on July 30 via Relief in Abstract. Unlike XXYYXX, who makes future garage dancefloor bangers, Fortune Howl focuses more on songwriting and this new track sees his post-Panda Bear vocals awash in glitchy folktronica and psychedelia. We've got the MP3 downloadable above, or you can also stream it below.
All dates are listed, along with all song streams, contest details, and flyer for the Ryan Hemsworth party, below...
by Andrew Sacher
XXYYXX at BV-SXSW 2013 showcase (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Exciting young Beyonce/TLC/Alt-J/etc-sampling electronic musician XXYYXX has a few dates scheduled this summer, and will be coming to NYC for the Warm Up summer concert series at MoMA PS1. As mentioned, he plays on July 13 with a great lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Bondax, MK, Gobby, and James K.
The day before Warm Up, XXYYXX will be in Brooklyn for a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (7/12) with Chrome Sparks (live), Fortune Howl, and DJ True Panther Sounds. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/7) at noon. XXYYXX's 2012 self titled debut LP is great for the headphones, but he's a hell of a dancefloor commander too. So if that's your kind of thing, these NYC shows are not to be missed. A full stream of his LP is below.
Tickets for all Warm Up shows go on sale today (6/5) at noon. Other artists playing the series (which runs from June 29 to September 7) include Majical Cloudz, Liars, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, J. Cole, Juan Atkins, Jon Hopkins, and many more.
All XXYYXX dates are listed, along with the LP stream and a video, below...
Hot Natured is something of a house music supergroup, including members Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C, and Ali Love, who have all made marks on the dance music scene on their own. The group have a few singles out, including this year's "Reverse Skydiving" which features lead vocals from Anabel Englund, and will possibly appear on their debut LP which is due out this summer. You can watch the video for that track below, along with a remix of it by Benoit & Sergio.
As mentioned, Benoit & Sergio will be in NYC this weekend for a show at Cameo on Saturday (5/25) with Dave Harrington (of Nicolas Jaar's band) and Justin Strauss. Tickets for that show are still available. They've got a few other dates this weekend, all of which are listed below.
Hot Natured have received remix treatment from other producers as well, including long-running Detroit producer MK, who remixed their track, "Forward Motion." You can stream that remix below. MK will be in NYC this summer for Warm Up at MoMA PS1.
Meanwhile, Hot Natured will be making their US debut on July 6 at Terminal 5 for a HARD NYC event. All four members will open the night with DJ sets (Luca C and Ali Love will do theirs together as the duo Infinity Ink), and then Hot Natured will headline the show with a live set. Tickets for that are on sale now. Their only other US date is in Chicago.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams and video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth, whose already blessed us with some solid EPs, singles and remixes, has just put out another EP today (5/23) called Still Awake. The new EP contains 6 of his brightest sounding tracks and veers more towards chillwave than his usual forte of cloud rap. It's also got a bonus track, which is a remix one of the EP tracks, and you can download the entire thing for free. It can also be streamed in its entirety below.
Ryan Hemsworth, who was just in NYC for Downtown Fest, is part of the just-announced Warm Up at MoMA PS1 lineup, which goes down this summer. He plays on July 13 with MK (aka Detroit producer Mark Kinchen, who had two '90s hits with singer Alana Simon, "Always" and "Love Changes"), exciting young Orlando producer XXYYXX, UK duo Bondax, UNO-signed producer Gobby (who just played with Majical Cloudz), and James K. Tickets for all Warm Up shows go on sale June 5 at noon.
Ryan also plays Camp Bisco the same weekend as his Warm Up show. EP stream below...
Warm Up 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
The annual Warm Up summer concert series is returning to MoMA PS1 this year every Saturday from June 29 through September 7. As usual, they've booked an excellent lineup of forward-thinking electronic music, hip hop, and other related genres.
Artists playing this year include Majical Cloudz (who just played NYC and will play Northside), XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Liars (live), Kode9, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Caribou (DJ), Empress Of, J. Cole, World's Fair, IO Echo (live), Julio Bashmore, Ben UFO, Gobby, Kelela, Juan Atkins, A Guy Called Gerald, Pional, Kim Ann Foxman, Jon Hopkins, King Britt and tons of other names.
Advance tickets for each day will go on sale Wednesday, June 5 at noon via MoMAPS1.org. Full 2013 schedule below...
Lindstrom will be releasing a 12" of remixes from his Six Cups of Rebel LP on June 25 with remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never (who plays Ecstatic Summer), Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and Mark McGuire (of Emeralds). Have a listen to Oneohtrix Point Never's take on "Call Me Anytime" below.
Lindstrom is currently on a tour which brings him to NYC on Friday (5/25) for the previously discussed Webster Hall show with Simian Mobile Disco (tickets). That tour will also bring him to Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival this weekend where he'll play alongside Public Enemy, Actress, SBTRKT, Major Lazer, Gold Panda, Nina Kraviz, Matias Aguayo, FaltyDL, AraabMUZIK and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. The full lineup is listed below.
Speaking of electronic music festivals, Mutek goes down in Montreal from May 30 - June 3. The Mutek lineup includes Kode9, Nicolas Jaar, Clark, Blondes, Apparat, Shlohmo, Shackleton, Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker, Biosphere & Lustmord, and more. The full lineup is listed below.
In related news, as mentioned, Apparat will come to NYC after Mutek for a show at Gramercy Theater on May 31. It's since been announced that Sleepyhead will open that show. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below, along with a list of all dates, song stream, and those festival lineups.