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Exploring the frosty electronic pleasures of Brahms
Naming your band after a mighty musical figure whose work has preceded your group's by almost a couple of centuries takes some moxie, but don't mistake this choice for hubris. It's not quite a tribute, says Brahms's Cale Parks, but rather a way to chann
| February 25, 2011
Born Ruffians | Say It
Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, th
| May 28, 2010
LCD Soundsystem | This Is Happening
If the self-conscious hypercontrivance of James Murphy ever appears to you at odds with his relentless quest for abandon, I hear ya.
| May 14, 2010
Booka Shade | More!
Booka Shade get back to where they once belonged.
Get Physical (2010)
| May 07, 2010
Love by the numbers
Khaela Maricich, of the Portland, Oregon-based, low-budget electro-pop group the Blow, and Britain’s dauntingly young and talented folk star Laura Marling don’t, frankly, deserve to be lumped together like this.
The Blow and Laura Marling make their cases at SPACE Gallery
| May 07, 2010
Stranding travelers across the continent as it forged surreal panoramas in the sky, the ash spewed forth by Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull might rank among 21st-century Europe’s most impressive natural disasters, but it didn’t quite register with Dan
Caribou’s Swim rules the pool
| April 30, 2010
Hot Chip | One Life Stand
Four albums into a career that appeared to begin as an art-school goof, Hot Chip look more likely than any of their peers to ascend one day to the intellectual electro-pop heights of Pet Shop Boys or Scritti Politti.
| February 19, 2010
Four Tet | There Is Love In You
In the five years since Kieran Hebden a/k/a Four Tet last dropped a full-length, the playing field has been seriously leveled for sample-based electronic music.
| February 05, 2010
Various Artists | Pop Ambient
It'd be easy to understand a resistance to "ambient" music — beyond all of its unfortunate Enya and dusty Eno connotations.
| January 29, 2010
Matias Aguayo | Ay Ay Ay
You know the old saying: you can lead a horse to dance music, but you can’t make it sign up for a Beatport account.
| November 06, 2009
First annual We Push Buttons Festival
The successful first-annual WE PUSH BUTTONS: ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL wrapped up on Saturday night.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 02, 2009
Eno Moebius Roedelius | Cluster and Eno/After the Heat
Krautrock pioneers proved much more simpático musical partners than either the fractious Roxy Music or the British classical avant-garde milieu that thought of Eno as an untrained fanboy.
Bureau B (2009)
| September 25, 2009
Gus Gus | 24-7
Letting the music take control is a primary tenet of the dance-floor ethos — but that's only because dance music is by nature submissive. Even at its most sonically rich, dance music remains a utility, and even when it demands your attention, it does so
| September 18, 2009
Bound for greatness
Twenty years ago, Damon and Naomi founded Exact Change, a small publishing house (okay, a small publishing room) specializing in a wide range of near-forgotten texts from the far-flung fringes of Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus, and other outcroppings of the 2
An Exact Change sampler
| September 18, 2009
King Cannibal | Let The Night Roar
King Cannibal is the latest incarnation of the artist formerly known as Zilla, a mixtape prodigy (check the supremely eclectic mid-'00s One Foot in the Fire, One Fist in the Air , if you can track it down) who managed to impress even the jaded Warp Rec
Ninja Tune (2009)
| September 04, 2009
Shudder to think
With the tools available to electronic musicians — software and limitless collaborators available through the Internet — the only limiting agents are ambition and work ethic. Well, talent, too, but that can be as easily wasted as ever if you don’t know h
Chill out this summer with Goose Bumps, Vol. 3
| July 10, 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 other river rave
When heads deserted the Chinatown-warehouse rave scene in the late '90s, the house loyalists from Soul Clap and Marz Entertainment were still cracking glow sticks.
Soul Clap and Marz bring life to the banks
| June 19, 2009
Weird and wired
It is, of course, difficult to attach a single sound to a city. And Providence is no exception.
A small band of electronic music acts take on a rock ’n’ roll city
| June 05, 2009
"I grew so weary of playing by myself on the laptop. I felt so controlled by the computer."
It's a pleasure keeping the Field on repeat
| May 15, 2009
Taking the B-boys to School
You may have noticed, hip-hop dance has gone legit — or at least slightly commercial.
The Other MIT Crew
| April 24, 2009
Black Dice | Repo
Spearheaded by Brooklyn trio Black Dice and their peers, American noise rock is less like the pure noise of Merzbow and more like a renewal of dark, grinding industrial rhythms.
Paw Tracks (2009)
MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY
| April 10, 2009
"The French language is perfect for talking about sex," muses hirsute Parisian singer and electronic-musician Sébastien Tellier.
Voulez-vous coucher avec Sébastien Tellier?
| March 30, 2009
Dance, dance, evolution
They've been working together for a long time, since the late 1990s in Florida and the nascent Slowing Room, which came to Maine to become early innovators of the Portland electronic music scene.
The secret weekend start the party with Energy Broadcast System
| February 04, 2009
Various Artists | Money Will Ruin Everything
Asked to describe his label Rune Grammofon's output, Rune Kristoffersen uncomfortably offers, "It's typically somewhere between improvised, electronic, contemporary . . . ," before fading off.
Rune Grammofon (2009)
| February 03, 2009
Quitters, tinklers, tacklers, and whoppers
David Berman of Silver Jews intends to quit the music biz and concentrate on writing prose, says a post on the Drag City Web site.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
| February 02, 2009
Rare Frequencies: Callithumpian Consort, Thurston Moore and Bill Nace
Although composer JOHN CAGE is best known for 4'33" of silence, he could raise a ruckus when the mood struck.
Louder than bombs
| January 20, 2009
Review: Drew Brown | Tiago La Is Losing the Plot
You know how Brian Eno is supposed to have said something like, "Only 5000 people ever bought a Velvet Underground album, but every single one of them started a band"?
| January 13, 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
This old house
You wouldn't know it, but throbbing away in the upper two floors of that tiny wedge of a building splitting Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue is Rise: Boston's only after-hours nightclub.
Rise celebrates 10 years on the edge
| January 12, 2009
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