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DOWNLOAD: The Rapture - "How Deep is Your Love?" (Buffetlibre Remix) (MP3)

The Rapture
The Rapture

"Sorry for the long delay between records," frontman Luke Jenner said after "Come Back," before finishing the main set with "How Deep Is Your Love?" "A lot has happened." He's not kidding. Five years ago, after leaving DFA acrimoniously for Motown, Jenner's mother died, not long after he had his first child. In 2008, Jenner briefly quit the band; then bassist-songwriter Mattie Safer left for good. A year later, Jenner converted to Catholicism.

That newfound faith is all over the new album, quite explicitly, but Saturday night's show seemed like a church for all comers. The encore underlined it. Jenner introduced it by saying, "On Wednesday, my wife and I will be married ten years." His voice cracked a hair when he dedicated "Sail Away," Grace's opener, to her. Then the last song of the night, Grace's closer, "It Takes Time to Be a Man," reached its conclusion, and I realized--for the first time, after playing the album with increasing pleasure over the past two months--that what Jenner sings on the coda is "Hallelujah." [Village Voice]

The Rapture played their first public NYC show since returning to DFA at the sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/20) with Total Slacker. Pictures from that show are in this post. After a European tour, they'll return to North America for a full tour here which includes a show at Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets for that show are still on sale. No opener has been added yet.

The Rapture's recent single, "How Deep is Your Love?" was remixed by Buffetlibre. Grab an MP3 of that remix above.

Speaking of DFA, As mentioned, Fall on Your Sword (aka Phil Mossman and Will Bates) recently released the single "The First Time I Saw Jupiter." The duo are DJing and playing live at a release party for the single TONIGHT (8/25) at Cameo Gallery with a DJ set by DFA labelmate Justin Miller. There will be a REYKA Vodka open bar from 8-9 PM. FOYS also recently made a DFA Radiomix which you can stream below.

A flier for tonight's show, radiomix stream, and more Rapture pictures (with setlist), below...

Continue reading "The Rapture played Music Hall Of Williamsburg (pics, setlist), Fall On Your Sword playing Cameo (tonight)"

Iceage @ Emo's in July (more by Tim Griffin)
Iceage

today in NYC
* One Ring Zero @ Barbes
* Zozo Afrobeat @ Zebulon
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* APB, Ivan Julian @ Highline Ballroom
* Dramarama, Wyldlife @ Bowery Electric
* The Slackers @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Iceage, You., Frank (Just Frank) @ Cake Shop
* Caitlin Rose, Luke Rathborne @ Mercury Lounge
* Perpetual Groove, Hahn Solo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Totimoshi, Pigs, Bezoar, Fashion Week @ Saint Vitus
* Two Tears, Bad Girlfriend, City Streets @ The Gutter
* Canon Blue, Atlantic/Pacific, Forest Fire @ Glasslands
* The Foxx, The Wrong Words, FaceCrimes @ Bruar Falls
* The Rapture, Total Slacker @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Digitalism, Switch, Designer Drugs, Destructo @ Terminal 5
* Friends, Night Manager, Dive, Life Size Maps @ Shea Stadium
* SH101 Nightmare, Hess Is More, Chico Mann @ Cameo Gallery
* Lyonnais, Pacific Theater, The Present, Joywave @ Littlefield
* The War On Drugs, Porcelain Raft, Arc in Round @ Mercury Lounge
* Little Embers, Old Monk, Oceanographer, The Circuit @ Spike Hill
* Menage A Twang, Woodpecker, The Resurrectionists @ The Bell House
* Workout, DJ Nancy Whang (Juan Maclean/LCD Soundsystem) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, Dave Hill, Heather Lawless @ Knitting Factory
* Wombat In Combat, The Amputees, Alienz, Wounds, Dog That Bites Everyone @ ABC No Rio
* Tiken Jah Fakoly, Meta and the Cornerstones, Los Rakas, Atropolis @ Central Park Summerstage
* Bicep, James Friedman, Paul Raffaele, Mike Servito @ Cameo (Rapture afterparty)
* Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Pictureplane, Grimes, Ford & Lopatin @ PS1
* Dinosaur Feathers, Grand Rapids, Problem Solver, Dive (Silent Barn Benefit) @ 49 Wykcoff Avenue
* King Sunshine, Mala, Masashi Nakazawa, Peven Everett (Resident Advisor: RA X) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Math The Band, The Toothaches, Eskalators, Uncle Monsterface, Leema Mountain @ Death By Audio
* Revocation (Record Release show), Mutant Supremacy, Demilitia, Embrace Agony @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Maffew Ragazino, Delicate Steve, Party Supplies, Count Macula, Ducky, Jon Connor @ The Morgan

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Like they did in 2010, The Rapture played a secret show at Union Pool last week. We only heard after it happened. Tonight they play a sold out show at MHOW which is followed by an afterparty at Cameo. Their next NYC show is at Webster Hall.

Over 30 food trucks are parked at South Street Seaport today for "Parked" Fest. More importantly, there will be free music by Anais Mitchell, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Two Man Gentleman Band, Soul 2 Seoul, and Mikey Palms (can't find set times, but the fest goes till 9pm). Flyer below.

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: The Rapture - "How Deep Is Your Love?" (MP3)

The Rapture

As hypothesized, The Rapture have added a North American leg to their tour in support of their upcoming album In the Grace of Your Love, due out September 6 via DFA. We mentioned that the tour hits Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets are on AmEx pre-sale now. General sale starts Friday (8/12) at noon. Check out the rest of the dates below.

The Rapture also play a sold out MHOW show on August 20. There will be an after party, "The After-Rapture Party," at Cameo Gallery that night (8/20) with Bicep, James Friedman, Paul Raffaele, and Mike Servito. Doors are at midnight for the 21+ party.

You can now pre-order The Rapture's new album at Insound and grab an MP3 of the single, "How Deep Is Your Love?" above. Check out the album artwork here and the tracklist below.

All dates and tracklist below...

Continue reading "The Rapture announce North American tour, MHOW show afterparty @ Cameo (dates)"

The Rapture at FYF Fest 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
The Rapture

We recently mentioned that The Rapture go on a European tour in support of their upcoming LP In the Grace of Your Love after a sole US show happening on August 20 at MHOW. That show has long been sold out. If you don't have tickets, you can try to catch The Rapture when they return for another NYC show on September 23 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the 9/23 show go on sale Friday (8/12) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/10) at noon.

No other US shows have been announced (yet?). In October they return to Europe for more touring. Updated dates and the DFA White Out Session for "How Deep Is Your Love?" below...

Continue reading "The Rapture add Webster Hall show to schedule (dates)"

Shit Robot at Terminal 5 (more by Andrew St Clair)
Shit Robot

Shit Robot has a few DJ and performance dates in the near future as part of a tour that kicks off in Chicago on Friday night at The Mid where James Murphy will also DJ. The NYC date is a DJ set at Le Bain on August 14th (no James). Full tour dates and a new mixtape and a remix by Shit Robot are below.

In other DFA Records news, The Rapture will play a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg on 8/20 which is followed by a bunch of European touring (updated dates below). The band recently released a new remix via an Adult Swim series. You can download the original for the price of your email at DFA. Adult Swim has since released the new Clams Casino track, "Wizard".

Juan MacLean has a few upcoming dates as well, including the previously discussed date on 8/20 at PS1 with Pictureplane (who just played a hot 285 Kent), Blood Orange, Solange Knowles and more. Full tour schedule is below.

Rewards aka Aaron Pfenning of Chairlift has signed to DFA and is releasing a 12" called Equal Dreams which is a track featuring vocals by Solange Knowles. Blood Orange aka Devonté Hynes contributes to the flip, "Asleep with the Lights On". Stream both songs below.

LCD Soundsystem guitarist Phil Mossman and Will Bates are Fall On Your Sword, and the duo are preparing to release the DFA debut too. The new single features extended versions of tracks from the soundtrack of Another Earth. Stream both songs, with a video for one too, below.

And last but not least, Holy Ghost hit the road as part of the Identity Festival in middle August, tagging PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/14 and Jones Beach Ampitheater on 8/21. Tickets are still available for both dates (they are no longer $20 though).

All tour dates and those Shit Robot mixes are below.

Continue reading "DFA Updates -- Shit Robot shows, Rewards, Fall on Your Sword & more (dates & songs to listen to)"

The Rapture at FYFest (more by Rachel Carr)
The Rapture

The Rapture have released an Emperor Machine Remix Edit of "How Deep Is Your Love?" via the Adult Swim Singles Program (which recently released songs by Best Coast, The Tallest Man On Earth, Mastodon, How To Dress Well, Ford & Lopatin, and Active Child). Listen to the song below now. Download it Wednesday (7/20) along with all the other tracks released so far. Look for upcoming songs from Clams Casino, JJ feat. Ne-Yo, El-P, and Cerebral Ballzy in the coming weeks.

The Rapture play Music Hall Of Williamsburg on 8/20 before they head across the pond to the EU. The show is sold-out. All dates are also listed below.

Continue reading "Adult Swim Singles continues w/ a Rapture remix (listen)"

The Rapture at FYF Fest 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
The Rapture

The Rapture, who are back on DFA go on a short European tour at the end of August in support of their new album In the Grace of Your Love which comes out September 6 in the US. They'll play a NYC show shortly before heading out, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 20. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/1) at noon.

For a taste of DFA much sooner, Juan Maclean DJs Cielo tonight (6/28).

The Rapture recently recorded a video for DFA White Out Sessions (DFA's video series where you watch a turntable play a song) for their new song "How Deep is Your Love?" Check that video out along with their new album cover and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Rapture add Brooklyn show before European tour (dates)"

The Rapture
Rapture

"Almost 10 years after the release of House Of Jealous Lovers, The Rapture will be coming back home to DFA. Their new album The Grace Of Your Love drops on September 6 in the US, September 5 in Europe. We'll be sure to keep you posted." - DfA Records
In other DFA news, YACHT and Midnight Magic and The Miracles Club will play the DFA Northside Festival showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 19. Tickets are on sale now for the gig that is much smaller than YACHT's last headlining NYC show.

As mentioned, Midnight Magic also open for Cut Copy at Prospect Park on August 11. Tickets are still on sale for that too.

Like the recently-announced Seapony and Thee Oh Sees shows, you can also try and get in to YACHT with a Nothside Festival badge. All of these shows are part of the latest round of Northside Festival lineup additions. The full list of bands is below...

Continue reading "The Rapture is back on DFA, YACHT & Midnight Magic playing Northside Fest (other bands too)"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris Juarez & Rachel Carr

Local Natives & the crowd @ FYF Fest Saturday
Local Natives

Yesterday was FYF Fest. We know all the problems... The lines... And are addressing them now. In no way are we sleeping on these problems. The bands were amazing and the turn out was unreal. I'm speechless. -Sean Carlson & FYF Fest
That's how the FYF Fest organizers started their post-fest email, which also outlined new, cheaper pricing to the three "fan fest" shows it hosted on Sunday in LA. For all the organizational problems on Saturday, FYF still managed to put on a highly enjoyable day of bands, around 37 total across three stages (plus a comedy tent), at LA State Historic Park.

The day's short sets kept you wanting more from nearly every act, many of whom played for a half hour or 35 minutes (which expanded in 5 minute increments up to an hour for the headliners). That made for tough decisions between overlapping sets. Ted Leo and band blew through their 45 minutes, and Titus Andronicus could've continued for another 35 at least with the momentum from their Monitor songs. Those two, along with Screaming Females, were part of what Ted Leo termed the "New Jersey Takeover" - three punk bands with Garden State roots who all played great sets at the fest.

Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink

Los Angeles represented with a number of notable hometown acts. Growlers, in grey facepaint, brought an earthy, ramshackle sound and lots of friends. Best Coast, Abe Vigoda, Local Natives and Ariel Pink also repped their hometown - the latter two with mezmerizing late afternoon sets.

Other acts brought some nice surprises. A chorus of kids, costumed as zombie versions of dead historical figures, backed Dead Man's Bones' Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. The Blow introduced some of her new songs written for an unnamed celebrity (and played recognizable earlier songs too, including one "written with Sting...when [she] was 7"). And Big Freedia, the fest's only act with any trace of hip-hop, shocked the crowd with a short pre-headerliner dose of "Azz Everywhere."

Big Freedia
Big Freedia

There was plenty of garage rock (Thee Oh Sees brought the man responsible for their cover art, William Keihn, to play tambourine), punk and metal. A reunited Sleep, in New York this week, grinded away, as !!! had people shaking their ass on the sister stage. On the fest's third stage, hardcore band 7 Seconds reminisced about their first time in LA almost 30 years ago and lead a spirited circle pit. Add to those bands, breezy folk from AA Bondy, the jams of Warpaint and Delorean to name a few.

If FYF's organizers are a bit defensive above, it may be with good reason: the few critical organizational errors were fairly memorable. A long line at will call (an hour would be a short estimate) kept many waiting in the 90 degree sun while the first bands of the day (Magic Kids, Let's Wrestle and The Goat) could be heard starting in the distance. Water inside was also an issue, with limited access to free drinking water and bottled water at $4 (which, according to Noah Lennox, ran out).

By the end of the night, the two final acts - The Rapture and Panda Bear - set up on competing stages. Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox interspersed his dreamy lullabies with patches of noise and dissonance while videos and images that could be described only as "trippy" played behind him; I think your response to the set depended largely on your state of mind after the long day: exhausted or ready for a patience-testing string of songs and sounds. He and The Rapture provided, alternately, a place to dance or doze.

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Unsane also played a rare runion set at the festival where Off! shared a bill with Lower Dens. School of Seven Bells, Davila 666, Cults and Ceremony were there too.

Read what Noah thought about his own set, HERE. More pictures from the entire day, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2010 in pics & review "

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Ryan Barkan

Mark Ronson & MNDR @ Milk Studios
Creators Project

The show spaces were predictably cozy and cramped, and USA lost their World Cup match again Ghana, but besides those qualms, not many bad things can be said about the Vice/Intel Creators Project event on Saturday (6/26). Interpol played their first hometown set since unveiling their new lineup earlier in the week, and M.I.A., the night's secret guest, put on a singularly ridiculous, entertaining show, albeit in the crowded, low-ceilinged second floor space. Even the un-affiliated soccer game screened amicably on a huge projector before the music started. If there was one caveat, it was that not that many people, relatively, got in to enjoy the art and music presented. Then again, that's one reason the labyrinthine network of art installations and stages was so surprisingly bearable and easy to navigate.

The same second floor stage that filled up for M.I.A. was also packed to capacity for Sleigh Bells. How much you enjoyed either's set depended a great deal on where you stood (and how early you got there). Cramped in the back, Sleigh Bells sounded pitchy and uneven - but jostled up in the front, the spectacle and body-shaking bass of Die Antwoord were entirely enjoyable. It also depended on your affinity for personal space, which was in short supply anywhere with a decent view of the stage.

And a view was pretty essential to enjoying the antics of the Antwoord crew and M.I.A.'s coterie of stage guests. Mia opened with caustic punk song "Born Free" (video below) a loud if not exactly melodious entrance choice. The stage-show continued the flashy political baiting of the "Born Free" video, which played behind the song. M.I.A. donned pot leaf goggles, rainbow hair and a hooded camo jacket, with a band who alternately wore glow-stick lined clothes and MIA-logoed burkas. Others on stage included a pair of dancers (one ginger-haired), Sleigh Bell's Alexis and Derek, and Ninjasonik. More new songs came, as did "World Town" and crowd-pleasing closer "Paper Planes."

Three of the night's other bands - The Rapture, Gang Gang Dance and Interpol - set up on the first floor studio's back loading dock, which was open to 14th street and the adjacent High Line Park. Gang Gang Dance sounded dependably sturdy in the cavernous garage. Interpol played an 11-song set with four new songs (including the slow-building "Lights") - tight and together, and ready for bigger arenas. The stage was open on three sides, so even without a spot in the front of the stage you didn't get locked out.

I didn't see much on the first floor lounge - Salem took a while to set up and I skipped them to catch Interpol. Neon Indian played the downstairs too, where DJs spun throughout the day. The eighth floor of the building was also part of the show (as was the penthouse/roof VIP-area above it). On eight, there was a screening room where Spike Jonze's I'm Here, a surrealist robot drama, played among other things, as well as installations like Nick Zinner's gothy, minimal photo and ambient-score room.

After M.I.A. I went to downstairs to find Mark Ronson DJing in the first floor gallery. MNDR was on stage with him singing her song "Fade to Black". She also reportedly performed Ronson's new single "Bang Bang Bang" before I got there. NME also says...

"Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald [sang] the Ronson-tweaked version of Radiohead's 'Just' while executing an impressive crowd-surf.

Ex-[Pipettes] singer Rose Elinor Dougall took to the stage for two new 'Record Collection' tracks, 'Hey Boy' and 'You Gave Me Nothing' - the latter a song co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums. Ronson ended the night with the first public airing of 'Somebody To Love Me', which features vocals from Boy George.

The rest of Ronson's set that I saw, before the end, was mostly soul and early '00s hip-hop (Pharell, Snoop, Stevie, Jay-Z). Upstairs, MIA was still on the stereo, with NASA mixing the verses of "Bombs over Baghdad" over her song "Boyz." Much of the remaining audience was on stage partying with two arthropod-looking creatures. Back downstairs, some diehards were still dancing - the bar was still stocked, and Mark Ronson behind the decks didn't give much reason to leave.

Ryan's Die Antwoord pictures were already posted (as were Ben's of Interpol). The rest of Ryan's pictures, and some videos, below...

Continue reading "a take on the Creators Project event @ Milk Studios - pics & video of Mark Ronson, MIA, MNDR, Rapture & more included"

Here's Andrew from MGMT jumping on bass during Tame Impala's last song at Coco66 tonight. Congratulations. (amrit singh)
Tame Imala

Australia's Tame Impala, who are in town for shows at Pianos and Glasslands, played an invite-only (sort of) show at Coco66 last night (6/23). As you can see above, Andrew from MGMT sat in with band. If you're looking for a connection, the band's just finished a three-week tour together. All current Tame Impala dates below.

Also last night, the Rapture played a semi-secret show at Union Pool, where they debuted a pair of new songs. They play Friday in Philly and Saturday at NYC"s Milk Studios.

In Manhattan, UK singer Estelle, who performs in Miami tonight, stopped by Talib Kweli's show at S.O.B.'s and performed her single "American Boy." Estelle sings on the new Reflection Eternal (Talib and Hi-Tek) track "Midnight Hour". You can listen to that song below.

Some grainy tweet pics of both Estelle and the Rapture are also below. There's also an unrelated video of someone asking MGMT & Tame Impala for directions as an excuse to talk to them on the street before a show posted below...

Continue reading "The Rapture played Union Pool last night, Estelle joined Talib @ SOB's, Andrew MGMT helped out Tame Impala @ Coco66"

photos by Erez Avissar, words by Andrew Frisicano

Alan Palomo

In May, Vice and Intel announced the Creators Project, an art & music series that would be hosting events in various cities and on its website. The NYC kick off for that will be Saturday, June 26th at Milk Studios and will include performances by Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and others, plus a "very special guest." The event is free; RSVP here. How big is the space exactly? They write that "the eight-floor art gallery and performance space will host thousands of people for live concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and panel discussions by leading artists and the next generation of innovators."

It's the first of five events in different cities- the others are slated for London, Sao Paulo, Seoul and a three-day event Beijing.

For Die Antwoord, it will be their first NYC show, making the July gig at Governors Island their second.

For Interpol, it will be the first time we see them with their new lineup (unless they announce something else soon).

Pictures from the Creators Project announcement event, and a flyer and the full lineup of music and visual art (which includes work by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, Danny Perez/Animal Collective's ODDSAC and more) are below...

Continue reading ""Creators Project" announces free show w/ Interpol, Die Antwoord, Mark Ronson, the Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Neon Indian & more"

photos by Ryan Muir

The Rapture

So we played a few shows over the weekend. We hadn't played shows for a long time and it felt GREAT! We really wanna thank everyone that came out. [below] is a clip of House of Jealous Lovers at the Prada Store from last Thursday.

On our way down to Jersey and Baltimore we had a lot of great music to listen to. One of the albums was The Idiot by Iggy Pop. I hadn't listened to this album for quite a while and I forgot how amazing it is. It was his first solo album and was produced by David Bowie, along with his second solo album, Lust for Life. It got us all talking in the van about what a cool motherfucker Iggy Pop is and what an amazing career he's had (actually that part was mainly me ranting in the van and everyone else kinda listening) We were talking about some of the amazing bands that he played with and videos of different performances over the years. Harris who is playing bass with us mentioned a video I'd never seen that was Iggy playing on the Dinah Shore Show in 1977 (which was the roughly the equivalent of todays Martha Stewart Show). It features David Bowie and one of my all time favorite rhythm sections, the Sales Brothers. - The Rapture

Wyld Stallyns aka The Rapture played a show at Matchless on Thursday (9/17) (one week after the Prada store show). More pictures from that Brooklyn show, with the above-mentioned videos, below...

Continue reading "The Rapture played Prada (video) & Matchless (pics) "

Wyld Stallyns is not a Bill & Ted tribute group (it is The Rapture).

The Rapture are playing a Prada fashion week party tonight (9/10). 9/11 is when they play their first of two previously announced US dates. Prada flyer below. Please leave any other fashion week party tips in the comments...

Continue reading "Who is playing Fashion Week parties? -- The Rapture play a Prada one tonight (their Jersey show is Friday)"

Rapture

Dear Fans and friends,

I've been meaning to catch you up on what' s been going on in Rapture world. First off, I'm sad to say that at the begining of April our buddy Mattie Safer decided to leave the band. We are sad to see him go but it seems it is the best for all of us. Since then Luke, Vito and I have been on a creative tear. We've been working out of our little Brooklyn make shift studio, writing, demoing and jamming. I'm pretty damn excited to share the fruits of our labor with you. But its still gonna be a minute before we hit the studio for real. On the other hand, I am very pleased to announce that the people of the great continent of Australia will be some of the first to hear some of our new material live, when we arrive late September for Parklife festival. In the meantime, keep an eye on this blog and another on your neighborhood dance party, who knows maybe we'll be spinnin'.

Lotsa Love,
The Rapture

That message, which we previously posted, was originally blogged by the Rapture on July 14th. The Australian dates they reference kick-off on September 26th, but those down under won't be the first people to hear the new material live. That honor goes to NJ (and Baltimore). The show is September 11th at the Stone Pony. Golden Filter opens. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...

Continue reading "The Rapture (minus Mattie) announce some shows (dates)"

MSTRKRFT @ the 2009 Rothbury Festival (more by Graeme Flegenheimer - NSFW)
Rothbury

Last weekend I finally made it out dancing on a day other than Sunday for a change. Saturday night I headed to the Tribeca Grand's basement where Fixed was making its welcome return. I caught the last two songs of Free Energy's set. It was my first time seeing the band, and as much as two songs aren't much to go by, they at least made me want to hear more. Following Free Energy, Dave P deejayed a bit, playing Fixed's typically awesome mix of very current dance tracks from a variety of genres, while the stage was set up for Lemonade.

I have nothing against Lemonade, but have never really gotten into their music so I sat tight during their set, patiently waiting for Riton to begin his. He finally went on somewhere around 2/2:30 and to the degree I really wasn't too familiar with his music to begin with (save for a remix here & there), his selections were very unexpected. It's all a bit of a blur now...lots of current stuff, with a lot of really random tracks thrown in (ie Abba's "Voulez Vous") that worked beautifully and had everyone who had stuck around getting down. The early ending (3:30) left things a little bittersweet (I wanted that last half hour!), but overall it was a great night.

While there is no Fixed party happening this week, there are lots of other great events sure to have you dancing through your weekend. Here's what's going on, starting with Thursday (7/30):

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 1) (The Rapture, All Points West, A-Trak, MSTRKRFT & more) "

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DOWNLOAD: Mattie Safer - Feelin Kinda Horny Mix (MP3)

People Dont Dance No More

Last week/weekend I slacked off in the going out & dancing department. I missed the People Don't Dance No More Rooftop Disco BBQ which looked great and thankfully will be happening often. Friday night the heat zapped me of all energy and I skipped Tiga...and things continued down that road until Sunday when I finally went out to Studio B to see Vega.

I had just become familiar with Vega's music last week, but generally was into it and eager to see what a live show from them would be like. I wasn't too crazy about the first track they opened with, but they immediately had me with the second, "No Reasons" (video below) which sounded excellent live and is just a great poppy, dance track. Unfortunately after that something turned me off about their set. The songs were in a weird state somewhere between poppy & dancey, that I couldn't get into.

On to this week, beginning with Thursday (5/28):

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

Santigold show @ Irving Plaza (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Santigold

"Santigold will take her endless dance party across the US one more time this spring before heading back into the studio to record the follow up to her smash self-titled debut. Santigold will be performing with a full band and dancers for the first time in North America to bring her genre-blending sound to life. Virgin Records artist Trouble Andrew, who can be heard on the Santigold track "I'm A Lady," along with Downtown Records' singer/mc Amanda Blank will be the openers." [PR]
As already mentioned, the NYC show will take place at Terminal 5 on June 9th. Tickets are now on sale.

Not part of the tour is Santigold's upcoming appearance at the new Topshop store opening in SoHo. According to NY Mag, Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga will also be there on April 1st, the day before the store on Broadway and Broome officially opens. And there will be deejays...

"It's always nice to have tunes while you're shopping your latest look. It's even nicer when they're played by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Justine D, The Whip and other surprise acts. With DJs on hand throughout the opening week, tapping your toe is inevitable. Make sure you check out the instore schedule to see who is spinning the decks daily." [TOPSHOP]
One of the surprise acts is Kim of Matt & Kim who's spinning on Sunday, April 5th.

UPDATE: Here's the whole DJ (I think just DJ) schedule:

Top Shop

"Fashionable UK clothing stores Topshop and Topman are opening their first American outpost here in New York City, on Thursday, April 2, and EVR is the first to announce the lineup at their grand opening event. EVR's own Andrew Andrew and Cassie and Harley will be there along with The Rapture, Kid Sister, Misshapes, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and many more. Located at the corner of Broadway and Broome Street, Topshop and Topman are a celebration of downtown fashion, music, and culture, and East Village Radio is proud to be their radio partner."
The Whip will be in town as part of their tour with Late of the Pier (who are also on the DJ bill as you can now see above). All Santigold tour dates below...

Continue reading "updated Santigold tour dates, new TOPSHOP in-store DJ info"

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The RaptureThe Rapture

Hope you had fun last night. There's a lot more dance headed your way this weekend. Here's what's going on Friday (9/5) alone:

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Mini

For 10 days the rooftop, located on 10th Avenue and 36th street, will be a perfect end of summer hang-out. High above the Hudson River, the MINI Rooftop NYC will feature a daytime wellness area and an open creative space. The daily events include a "Morning Sanctuary" (Yoga and Pilates in the open), "Studio Sessions" for talks and a nightly "Lounge and Celebration" Party. The not to be missed opening and closing parties are in collaboration with Dazed and Confused and V magazines. The location is built by Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner aka HWKN, an architecture firm focusing on the creation of innovative and responsible manmade environments. Apart from the Rooftop itself, The MINI Space website will be the other spot to see what's going on up there. Videos and report backs will be regularly uploaded. It will also be the way to sign up for special events and parties. If you want to be a part of this event, make sure you sign up to stay on top of what's going down. Or up!
selected events (that may be impossible to get into)
Sept 4 - Diplo & MGMT?
Sept 6 - Apes & Androids, JDH & Dave P
Sept 8 - James Murphy
Sept 9 - The Rapture DJs
Sept 12 - Trevor Jackson & Château Flight
Sept 13 - Yeasayer & No Age

High Places @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY (mercurialn)
High Places @ Market Hotel

For rock bands this is a great time to be weird and independent in Brooklyn. After years in which the sound of New York was defined by various shades of retro monochrome -- the new wave minimalism of the Strokes, the disco-punk of the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the moody Anglophilia of Interpol -- a new generation is making music that is indefinably eclectic and complex, and finding acclaim around the world. [NY Times]
SEE ALSO: MTV NEWS' "The Noise From Brooklyn"

then, and now....

Santogold & Diplo @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Though free, the Metromix holiday party at Music Hall of Williamsburg wasn't that packed. I'm guessing that had something to do with it falling on a day that was simutaneously the worst weather we've had this winter AND one of the busiest nights of the year (Dec 13, 2007) (and Pitchfork hasn't given Santogold 'best new music') (and White Williams was on the bill - his 500th show that week). Anyway, it didn't stop Santogold from putting on a fun show - what she called her first real/official show (in NYC, or anywhere - I can't remember). Last time I saw her it was at the FADER party which was probably a shorter set (but honestly not by much), and it was more industry (though this party was a newspaper party, so it wasn't really normal either).

Santogold & Amanda Blank Music Hall of Williamsburg

Last time I saw her (Santi), she also wasn't accompanied by Diplo and Amanda Blank. This time she was. Bonus! I really liked her sidekick the first time though, but Amanda was good too, and she seemed to know all her parts really well, and they played a new song that was produced by Diplo. Actually, they played all the songs Santi had/knew (which wasn't very much, but long enough). More pics below....

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