Entries tagged with: The Presets
by Andrew Sacher
Australia's Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders gave a North American release to their album Playmates this week via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Kim Moyes of Australian synth pop duo The Presets, and Sharon Van Etten sings on two songs, "Come On Back This Way" and "To Keep and To Be Kept." Jack's got an '80s-style romantic baritone that's gotten a few Nick Cave comparisons. That's pretty apt, but the way he applies it to an updated take on synthpop is a little more like the first Diamond Rings album than a Bad Seeds album. The two songs with Sharon are easily two of the biggest highlights, but the album goes into other cool territory too like the paranoid synth punk of "Reptuation Amputation." You can stream the whole thing below.
The Dreamlanders' lineup includes the delightfully weird Kirin J Callinan, as well as Laurence Pike (of PVT) and Donny Benet, and that's the lineup Jack will be taking over to the US this spring. They'll first play SXSW, and then they play Brooklyn on March 26 at Rough Trade with Invisible Familiars (tix), and LA on March 30 at The Echo (tix).
All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
The Presets at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
The Check Yo Ponytail tour returns this year, headlined by Australian synth pop band The Presets and featuring direct support from experimental rappers Antwon and Le1f on select dates. The NYC stop of the tour happens on Halloween at Warsaw with Antwon. Australia's Chela and Check Yo Ponytail alumnus Franki Chan open on all dates as well. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM local time. You can get tickets here for NYC.
All dates, including The Presets' stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (without the rest of the Check Yo Ponytail tour), are listed below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.
TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.
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Tiger & Woods at Movement 2012 (via Sidewalk Hustle)
Production duo Tiger & Woods will be in NYC TONIGHT (4/26) at Highline Ballroom for a FIXED + Let's Play House party with The Dead Rose Music Company, Canyons, and FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can download the duo's brand new mix, "A Golden Bear mix," at the top of this post, or stream it below.
FIXED is also throwing a party at Highline Ballroom on May 31 with Verboten which features sets from Azari & III and Jozif. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
They've also got one happening on June 28 at Glasslands with a live set by Du Tonc and Mighty Mouse. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
French house DJ Fred Falke, who released the funky Part IV back in 2011, will come to Williamsburg dance club Output on May 2 for an 'Input' party with Foals (DJ), Chrome Sparks and Jorge Bonjour. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Trus'me at Mutek 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Neon Indian will also be DJing an 'Input' party at Output (5/9) the following week. The rest of that lineup includes UK producer Trus'me (whose new album, Treat Me Right, can be streamed at XLR8R), Optimo, and Tanner Caldwell. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Actress, whose very good R.I.P. LP came out last year, was supposed to play Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn a few months after its release, but never made it here. Now he's planning on returning to the venue on June 6 for a show with Gobby and Solar Year. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Dave Harrington (of Nicolas Jaar's live band and their collaborative project, Darkside) will also be playing a Cameo show on May 25. Benoit and Sergio are on the bill too. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, The Presets and Dragonette are going on a tour this year which hits NYC on May 8 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, LA dance duo Classixx have been added to that tour. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show are still available.
After that tour ends, Classixx will play their own show in NYC on June 15 at Le Poisson Rouge with Headband and Hooligan. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Classixx's new album, Hanging Gardens, will be out on May 14 via Innovative Leisure, and the duo have recently revealed one of its tracks, "All You're Waiting For," which features vocals from DFA's Nancy Whang (who they've played with before). You can stream that, along with two other album tracks, "Borderline" (ft. Jesse Kivel of Kisses) and "Holding On," below.
French producer Onra, who released the Deep in the Night EP on Fool's Gold last year, will be coming to NYC for a show on May 21 at Le Poisson Rouge before heading to Montreal for Mutek. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
Brooklyn disco collective Midnight Magic will play a hometown show on May 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Slow Knights and Spank DJs Sean B and Will Automagic. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Germany's Ellen Allien, who put a new album out this year, will return to NYC for a show on May 24 at a TBA location. The bill also includes Camea, Thomas Muller, and Safety Scissors. Tickets are on sale now and you can find out the location by RSVPing to email@example.com.
Another secret dance show is happening in NYC on July 26 with Tiga, Martyn, and Bordello. This one's a Blkmarket show, and tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for info on the location.
Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter's Brooklyn dance party Mister Sunday Night will be returning to Gowanus Grove this summer for weekly parties beginning May 12. More details and ticket info at their website.
Of course these are only a few of the upcoming dance shows in NYC. We've also recently mentioned shows by Nina Kraviz, Emika, Disclosure & TNGHT, and The Field. Plus, the Mad Decent Block Party is coming up, and there's going to be tons of dance music during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC onslaught, which happens from April 28 to May 31. What else?
Classixx song streams, the Tiger & Woods mix, and Actress show flyer below...
The Presets at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
Australian synth pop duo The Presets are heading over to North America in May for Sasquatch! Festival at The Gorge in Washington State, and they've announced that they'll be touring the continent leading up to that festival with support from Toronto's Dragonette. That tour hits NYC on May 8 at Terminal 5, the same venue The Presets played in October. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/29) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the video for "Talk Like That" from 2012's Pacifica, below...
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
photos by Diana Wong
The Presets @ Terminal 5 - 10/19/12
Australia's The Presets are currently on tour in support of their new album, Pacifica, which brought them to NYC during CMJ last week for a show at Terminal 5 on Friday for a show with tourmates YACHT and Strange Talk. You can check out more pictures from the show and videos below.
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.
The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.
Codeine back in the '90s
today in NYC
* Neil Young Journeys
* Bicycle Film Festival
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* Kotorino @ Joe's Pub
* Young Guru @ 92YTribeca
* Brian Chase @ The Stone
* Pillow Theory @ BAMcafe
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Dave Doobinin @ Joe's Pub
* itsnotyouitsme @ The Stone
* Peaking Lights @ 70 N 6th St.
* Glen Hansard @ Beacon Theatre
* Marc Ribot Trio @ Village Vanguard
* Man Forever @ Issue Project Room
* Stevie Nicks @ Jones Beach Theater
* Safe, ARMS, Crux, DJ HEEMS @ Cameo
* Tenacious D @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Eliot Lipp, Ana Sia @ Mercury Lounge
* Codeine, Stephen Brodsky @ The Bell House
* Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars @ Highline
* Blkvampires, Prostitution @ Knitting Factory
* The Young, Census, Nude Beach @ 285 Kent Ave
* PassKontrol, Young Animal @ Knitting Factory
* Kat Solar, Derek NIcoletto @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Mishka, Anuhea, Micah Brown @ Bowery Ballroom
* Akron/Family, Stagnant Pools @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Snowden, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Glasslands
* Girls & Boys w/ Drop the Lime, Kraddy @ Webster Hall
* Shake the Baron, Zula, Beast Make Bomb @ The Rock Shop
* Veronica Falls, The People's Temple @ South Street Seaport
* Arthur's Landing, Herbal Jazz Cig, Mickey Perez @ Zebulon
* FiKus, Speakerbot, Horizon Wireless @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* The Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Hammerhead, Seawhores, White Suns, Queening @ Death by Audio
* Monogold, Bird Call, Steel Phantoms, Psychobuildings @ Pianos
* Schwervon!, Supercute!, Beth Control @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Starnes & Shah, Jessica Pomerantz, Gazelle @ Knitting Factory
* RAC (Remix Artist Collective), Jeffrey Jerusalem @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Black Witchery, Burial Ritual, Agrath, Winter Nights @ Saint Vitus
* Apollo Run, You Won't, Judson Claiborne, Bombadil @ Mercury Lounge
* Major Stars, Salvation, Burning Star Core, Italian Horn @ Cake Shop
* Glitter Freeze, Photon Dynamo & the Shiny Pieces, Liberation Day @ XPO 929
* Kings County w/ Kristen Schaal, Eleanor Friedberger, Jessi Klein @ Galapagos
* Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dayna Kurtz, Brooklyn Steppers @ Celebrate Brooklyn
* Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler, Judah Friedlander, Amanda Palmer @ Littlefield
* Chippy Nonstop, N0ms, Cuntmafia, Work TVK, Jermaine Jagger, Dan2600, Avery Noyes, Aaron K @ 285 Kent
* Spy Music Festial w/ Skeletons, Rhys Chatham, Ryan Sawyer, Steve Gunn/John Truscinski Duo, Peter Stampfel @ Union Pool
* Genuine Imitations, Turbosleaze, Sediment Club, Phat Rascals, The Cleavagents @ Shea Stadium
Fiona Apple recently played Governors Ball in NYC and then announced three more NYC-area shows that went on sale today. Those don't happen until October though, so if you're itching to see her, consider heading to Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT TONIGHT
Spectrum Road, a super-group of rock instrumental giants Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce, Cindy Blackman and John Medeski, play B.B. King's tonight. There's video of them in action below.
"Remix Artist Collective" RAC, along with Green Label Sound, take over the late night portion of the evening tonight (with Jeffrey Jerusalem of YACHT) and Saturday (with Body Language) at Brooklyn Bowl. Doors at 11:30pm, shows at midnight.
The Spy Music Festival kicks off a week of experimental music tonight with a show at Union Hall featuring Peter Stampfel of Holy Modal Rounders, Rhys Chatham / Ryan Sawyer Duo, Skeletons and Gunn / Truscinski Duo.
At the movies, there's Neil Young Journeys (directed by Jonathan Demme), plus Beasts of the Southern Wild which everyone is saying is amazing. Or you could go see Channing Tatum male stripper flick Magic Mike, which is actually getting pretty good reviews (it is directed by Steven Soderbergh).
The 14th Annual Del Close Marathon begins tonight at UCB, and runs all weekend.
Daniel Johnston recently stopped by NPR to play their "Tiny Desk." Video of that is below.
Australia's Presets, who play Terminal 5 in October, just released the video for "Youth in Trouble," the first single from their new album Pacifica and you can watch that too below.
Australian electro duo The Presets will release Pacifica in September, their first album since 2008's Apocalypso (which went to #1 in their home country). That's the cover art above. The record's coming out in the U.S. on the newly-revitalized Casablanca Records which is really cornering the market on indie-leaning, vocal-oriented dance music. (TEED, Saint Etienne, Ladyhawke). No music has been released yet from Pacifica, but there is a teaser for a song probably called "Youth in Trouble" here.
The Presets will also be coming to North America this fall for a short tour, including a stop in NYC at Terminal 5 on October 19. Tickets to the T5 show go on sale Friday (6/29) with a AmEx presale starting today (6/27) at noon. All tour dates are listed below, along with a video for Apocalypso's "Talk Like That."
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The Presets @ Webster Hall - Apr 3, 2009
I had known for a while that I was going to be out of town last weekend, but decided to stick around an extra day (Friday) just to see the Whip and Late of the Pier at Studio B. After witnessing both bands get people moving at Bowery last Wednesday I was really looking forward to seeing the crowd's reaction at the more dance-friendly Studio B on Friday.
I made it over to the B in time to catch the Whip's entire set. The sparsely filled dancefloor became more concentrated with people (though full would be an overstatement) once the Whip took the stage. The band opened with "Muzzle #1" (full setlist below) and the crowd didn't really react much. There were a few people nodding their heads, vaguely moving, and so began the Whip's fight to get the crowd going.
The Presets @ Webster Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* La Roux @ Studio B
* Kaiju Big Battel @ Warsaw
* The Presets @ Webster Hall
* Late Of The Pier, The Whip @ Studio B
* Cold War Kids, Amazing Baby @ Terminal 5
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The Blue Note
* MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots @ Webster Hall
* Gomez, Alberta Cross @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kurt Vile, Gary War, US Girls, Birds of Maya @ Silent Barn
* Still Flyin', Folklore, In Interview (ex-Toulouse) @ Union Hall
* Langhorne Slim, Jason Trachetenburg, The Woes, Sam Lowry @ The Bell House
* K.I.M. (of The Presets), The Golden Filter (DJ Set), DJ Cat @ (le) poisson rouge
* Themselves, Stabbing Eastward (feat. Tunde Adibempe), Zizek @ Union Pool
* Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Kutmasta Kurt, Hopson @ Gramercy Theatre
* Jennifer O'Connor, Choo Choo La Rouge, Antietam, Tim Bracy & the Collection Agency @ Cake Shop
Duchess Says had to cancel all appearances, including Bruar Falls tonight.
The Presets @ Webster Hall another time (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
I never saw all this success for The Presets coming ("my how you've grown"). The Australian dancey band is going on a North American tour in March and April, and that includes a headlining stop at Webster Hall in NYC on April 3rd. Tickets go on Am Ex presale on Wednesday and then regular sale on Friday. All tour dates below...
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Fake Blood is not Soulwax
I took two nights off after my early start Wednesday night, leaving me eager to hit the B Saturday night for a party that featured a nice mix of deejays that were both familiar and new (to me). I arrived in time to catch the tail end of Van Scott's set which featured a dancey Lykke Li remix, a super-voded mix of Little Boots' "Meddle" (which I later found out was by Treasure Fingers), and lots of other recent tracks.
Franki Chan followed with an excellent mix of some tracks I didn't recognize along with some new favorites including Whomadewho's "TV Friend" (one of the remixes that just came out at the end of last month) and a lovely hybrid version of the Soulwax remix of the Chemical Brothers' "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" that featured the original "super star deejays" vocal sample instead of "2manydj's" but as far as I could tell, retained all the instrumental parts from the Soulwax remix.
Princess Superstar took the evening in a highly dancey meets retro direction, dropping some current stuff mixed with some updated, oldie but goodie classic 90's tracks. Her set segued into Larry Tee's with the pair performing a live version of their hit "Licky" that's had dancefloors freaking out since last winter. Larry's set had everyone getting down and remembering what an innovator the pioneer of electroclash was and continues to be.
The night ended with a bang that unfortunately, hardly anyone was left to see: Nadastrom absolutely killed it. I'm not sure what specifically was great about their set ...it might have been the song selection, excellent mixing, just the right amount of wobbly bass...but one of the most satisfying elements of their set was the enthusiasm the pair maintained as the not too big to begin with, Studio B crowd dwindled down to a few handfuls of people:
Cut Copy @ Webster Hall - September 21, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Thursday I hit Santos for one of the Ete d'Amour parties I'd been looking forward to since the initial schedule was announced - Busy P & DJ Mehdi. Having seen Busy P and DJ Mehdi spin on multiple occasions, plus months of anticipation, still did not prepare me for Thursday night. Their sets crushed my expectations, going far beyond what I imagined. From the super fresh, to 'oldies but goodies', their individual sets had it all, but the real magic happened when the pair shared deejay duties - trading off every other track for one of the most unique, highly danceable, fun sets I've experienced this year. You can read more about the night here.
I really didn't want to do it (especially with Sinden deejaying at Love on Saturday - anyone go? how was it?), but I took the next two nights off from dancing. Then Sunday night I ventured out earlier than I've gotten used to, to see the Presets and Cut Copy at Webster Hall. The Presets took the stage around 9, beginning their set with "Talk Like That" with Kim's thunderous drumming reminding me of Soulwax's show at Irving Plaza last month for just a fleeting second. Much to the crowd's delight, he and Julian delivered about an hour of pounding (in a good way) dance music, most of which even I (not the biggest Presets fan) was able to enjoy.
Around 10:30 Cut Copy began what was to be an hour long, electrifying set with "Visions" followed by "Nobody Lost, Nobody Found" - the two songs that begin their most recent album In Ghost Colours. From there they played plenty of material from both that album as well as Bright Like Neon Love, whipping the crowd into a frenzy that resulted in happy faces and a bouncy Webster Hall floor as everyone jumped with glee to the Australian trio's upbeat tracks. You can check out the rest of what they played as well as some more great photos here.
As great as I always feel after dancing around at a Cut Copy show, there is something really beautiful and poignant about some of their lyrics that always seem to make the experience more emotionally involving than a straight-up, banging deejay set. One very poignant moment during the show, probably lost to those unaware of her passing, was the band's dedication of their last song, "Hearts on Fire" to Nagi (Noda), the young Japanese director responsible for the music video (the last she worked on) for that song. While I only recently became familiar with her work, it's always sad to see someone so young and creative leave our world so quickly...
As is basically the norm at this point, we're in for another very eventful weekend dance-wise in New York. Things get started tonight (Thursday, Sept 25th), with quite a bit going on from which to choose:
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Cut Copy & the Presets played their first of two shows at Webster Hall in NYC Sunday night (Sept 21). The second show is Monday (tonight) and the afterparty is at Santos Party House. This afternoon they'll be deejaying the Apple Store. More pictures from last night below....
Cut Copy in Mexico
If you're still standing after the past few crazy days & nights of dancing there is still plenty happening Sunday and heading into the beginning of next week.
Bon Iver in the crowd in Maine - July 26, 2008 (Bryan Bruchman)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* Takka Takka @ Pianos
* Earlimart @ Sound Fix (free)
* The Killers @ Highline Ballroom
* Max Richter @ (le) poisson rouge
* The Submarines @ Mercury Lounge
* Butthole Surfers @ Webster Hall
* Yellow Fever in New Brunswick, NJ
* Bon Iver & Bowerbirds @ Bowery Ballroom
* Foo Fighters & Supergrass @ the Izod Center
* Extra Golden & Icy Demons @ Knitting Factory
* Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Central Park Summerstage
* Tilly & The Wall, The Ruby Suns & Vivian Girls @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Soon you'll be able to hear "BrooklynVegan blog radio" on XM (or not at all...).
The new Presets video below...
Cut Copy @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
Those mysterious dates are now officially announced. All of them below...
Cut Copy @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
The official release of the Cut Copy single 'Hearts on Fire', taken from their sophomore record, In Ghost Colours, is out this week in the USA. As for remixes, we [Modular] asked The Midnight Juggernauts, Knightlife, Calvin Harris, Holy Ghost! and former touring bassist, JP Shilo to rework the track, and they all came back with thumping throwdowns.Tickets go on sale Wednesday for two Cut Copy / Presets shows at Webster Hall in September. (update: not on sale yet. dates removed for now) The dates are part of a TBA tour that
The latest eye-widening and mind-altering single from The Presets, "This Boy's In Love" will be release digitally Stateside this Summer with remixes from the workshops of Jori Hulkkonen, Zombie Nation, Lifelike, Kevin Saunderson and a rerub by The Presets' K.I.M himself.
m83 @ Bowery Ballroom - June 4, 2008 (more by Bao)
I caught an amazing set from m83 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg Tuesday night (who also played Bowery last night). Anthony Gonzalez creates interesting, thoughtful, atmospheric music whose heavier rock elements are greatly emphasized during live performance. His ability to do this while still allowing all the beautiful subtleties of the music to shine through makes for an excellent live experience. Despite being one of my favorite bands, M83 fell off of my increasingly electro-oriented listening radar. I'd only heard a handful of tracks from Digital Shades Vol. 1 and Saturdays = Youth. I was afraid I was going to get to the show and have no idea what was going on. After M83 opened with a track I hadn't heard before (but that definitely had the M83 sound I know and love), they quelled my worries by going straight into "Run Into Flowers" from their 2003 release Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. Thankfully this wasn't the only flashback. The entire set alternated new, catchier, lyrics-based songs from Saturdays = Youth such as "Graveyard Girl" and "Kim & Jessie" with great older tracks like "Don't Save Us From the Flames".
Thursday night (June 5) things get dancey, but more on the rock side with a bunch of bands including Radio 4, The Cloud Room, Cassettes Won't Listen, and Foreign Islands kicking off the night at 8. From 12-4 Steve Aoki, DJ Cat and others are on deejay duty...
We're also giving away two of our favorite Preset remixes - both of them by Lifelike who we were just talking about. Download those above.
The Presets play Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on June 4th, and then Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan the next day. Tickets are still on sale for those dates and others. All the tour dates are listed HERE. We (Finger on the Pulse) will also be hosting an album release party at Royal Oak this Friday (May 9). We'll be giving away free posters, stickers and a couple copies of the record. The flyer for Friday, and the video for "This Boy's In Love", below....