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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
Shifting Focus
By DAN WEISS  |  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)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  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)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  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)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  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.
Warp (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  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
By DEVIN KING  |  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)
By DEVIN KING  |  January 13, 2009

Beyond tradition

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
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  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.”
Domino (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  November 11, 2008

Interview: Girl Talk

David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
By DAVID THORPE  |  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.
Mute (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 05, 2008



It’s been three years since Autechre’s Untilted , and it feels longer.
Autechre loosen up
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  April 08, 2008


M83 do something unexpected on Digital Shades, Vol. 1 , diving headlong into ambient music.
Digital Shades, Vol. 1 | Mute
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 26, 2007

Reaching climax

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
By VICKI SIOLOS  |  August 03, 2007

The Tuss

Things often are not as they seem — then again, often they are.
Rushup Edge | Rephlex
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 30, 2007

Loop dynamics

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
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 18, 2007


Dizzee Rascal

Boy in da Corner may be the classic Dizzee will be forced to chase for the rest of his career.
Maths + English | XL
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  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
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  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
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  March 27, 2007

Unhappy accident

Don’t let the amicable interviews or the delighted dancing fool you. Thom Yorke is upset.
Thom Yorke’s unwitting masterpiece
By WILL SPITZ  |  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
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 11, 2006


Techno files

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  
By DAVID DAY  |  March 20, 2006

Canadian clubbed

As red-hot underground DJs go, Ghislain Poirier is as understated as it gets.
Two new sides of DJ Ghislain Poirier
By DAVID DAY  |  March 07, 2006

Idol threats

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  
By DAVID DAY  |  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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 18, 2006