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Inside the experimental mind of Flying Lotus
"I have less time to make music than I wish I did," says Steven Ellison, "so when I work on stuff, I mean it, you know?" Ellison is Flying Lotus, a soft-spoken 27-year-old from Los Angeles with a pause in his speech, like he just figured out where anothe
| September 02, 2011
DJ Mehdi | Red, Black & Blue
No, Virginia, there's no Ed Banger. That is, you can go all over Paris looking for Monsieur Banger and you won't find him.
Ed Banger/Because (2009)
| January 08, 2010
Demdike Stare | Symbiosis
Do not adjust your speakers. There will be sounds emerging from them that would lead you to believe they’re malfunctioning, but fear not.
Modern Love (2009)
| November 20, 2009
Review: Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy
It's unfortunate that there's a glass ceiling in the US market for British hip-hop — but for the lovely, clipped London accent that gives truth to Speech Debelle's delivery, this release would be huge stateside.
Big Dada (2009)
| August 07, 2009
Bibio | Ambivalence Avenue
Since this new record by Wolverhampton's Stephen James Wilkinson (a/k/a Bibio) has done nothing but delight me, I'm going to honor the sentiments posted to his MySpace blog and spare him the f-word and all variants thereof.
| July 03, 2009
The moving pictures
If one way that bands tie themselves to the past is through sonic reference — Fleet Foxes calling forth Crosby, Stills and Nash, or Animal Collective channeling the Grateful Dead — then there's been a number of bands who tie themselves to the past throu
Pattern Is Movement reanimate the past
| May 15, 2009
Review: Humcrush | Rest at World's End
Replete with bands who weave jazz, modern composition, and electronic music, the Rune Grammofon label captures a thriving scene of Norwegian improvisers and composers.
Rune Grammofon (2009)
| January 13, 2009
On December 6 the University of Southern Maine Composers' Showcase will offer selections from new composers for eclectic ensembles, and on December 8 the Decompression Chamber Music Ensemble will offer an interactive concert pairing Robert Schumann with
Two concerts seek fresh ears for 'classical' music
| December 03, 2008
Max Tundra | Parallax Error Beheads You
It begins with a MIDI organ and Tundra singing like Little Orphan Annie: “I landed in somebody’s lap, between the iPod and yellow trucker cap.”
| November 11, 2008
Interview: Girl Talk
David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
| November 10, 2008
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop | BBC Radiophonic Music & The Radiophonic Workshop
First released in 1971 and 1975, these reissued Workshop compilations provide a neat summation of the outfit’s heyday.
| November 05, 2008
It’s been three years since Autechre’s Untilted , and it feels longer.
Autechre loosen up
| April 08, 2008
M83 do something unexpected on Digital Shades, Vol. 1 , diving headlong into ambient music.
Digital Shades, Vol. 1 | Mute
| December 26, 2007
Ten years after the release of their classic debut, Homework , Daft Punk embark on a long-awaited tour across America with only seven dates on its roster.
Daft Punk, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA, July 29, 2007
| August 03, 2007
Things often are not as they seem — then again, often they are.
Rushup Edge | Rephlex
| July 30, 2007
The warm, multi-layered drones of Area C are so lush and richly detailed, you could be forgiven for thinking they must be the work of multiple musicians.
The ambient experiments of Area C
| July 18, 2007
Boy in da Corner may be the classic Dizzee will be forced to chase for the rest of his career.
Maths + English | XL
| June 12, 2007
DJ Food and DK
You’d be hard-pressed to find such proficient and seemingly effortless mixing.
Now, Listen Again! | Ninja Tune
| May 08, 2007
The year being 2007, had I started off telling you this new Gui Boratto album is “intelligent dance music,” you’d have stopped reading right then and there.
Brazil’s Gui Boratto embraces IDM
| March 27, 2007
Don’t let the amicable interviews or the delighted dancing fool you. Thom Yorke is upset.
Thom Yorke’s unwitting masterpiece
| July 12, 2006
Supergroup was the bastard son of two other VH1 shows — The Surreal Life and Behind the Music — in that it offered a new and bristling hybrid of “celebreality.”
Supergroup and the state of heavy-metal nation
| July 11, 2006
By the time the four-man disco band take the stage at Great Scott, the crowd is so jammed into the Allston venue, you’d swear it was a Saturday night.
Hot Chip live, plus the return of the Orb
| March 20, 2006
As red-hot underground DJs go, Ghislain Poirier is as understated as it gets.
Two new sides of DJ Ghislain Poirier
| March 07, 2006
It remains to be seen whether he can top the pop charts, but J. Jewels has got Diddy-style diversification on lockdown.
New England Idol; Cylob rocks T.T.’s
| February 21, 2006
Look, Ma! No TV!
As Internet video clips proliferate and spread like kudzu, it’s getting hard to keep up on all that’s out there just waiting to be watched.
A democratic Youtube
| February 18, 2006
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