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Purity Ring’s body of futuristic pop

The brain of a seamstress must carry an intricate understanding of human anatomy, a knowledge of the body's limbs and joints, and the ways each part flexes into the next.
By LIZ PELLY  |  January 25, 2013

The Faint: Futurists look to the past

Although we are grateful for our lovely modern gizmos, the consequent deluge of culture and information has made it tricky to pinpoint precisely what makes a record "classic."

By BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 07, 2012

Simian Mobile Disco get a move on

Occasionally someone will find the Virgin Mary's image on a slice of toast, or they're sure they see grandpa's face in a patch of clouds.
By REYAN ALI  |  December 07, 2012

The explosive center of Boys Noize

In recent years, the ascent of electronic music has caused some anxiety among the sensitive and the conservative.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 30, 2012

Dan Deacon is coming to America

In 2007, Dan Deacon experienced startling cultural self-awareness.

By REYAN ALI  |  November 09, 2012

Mount Kimbie’s wallflower power

Sometimes making a statement from a corner of a room feels truer than making one from its center. Kai Campos — one-half of the London duo Mount Kimbie — believes that reasoning was crucial to his desire to make electronica in the first place.

By REYAN ALI  |  October 26, 2012


Paul Banks | Banks

It has taken a decade, but Paul Banks has finally written his mission statement in song: "Death will come by ocean, I want that guarantee," he sings on "I Paid for That," a propulsive cut from his debut solo album.
Matador Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 26, 2012
OTR:FlyingLotus:Until The Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus | Until The Quiet Comes

On Until the Quiet Comes , his reliably solid fourth studio album, Flying Lotus's Steven Ellison continues to bang out mind-bending electro-donut jams for folks who don't quite "get" electronic music.
Warp Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 05, 2012

Minimalists and maximalists

When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
The xx | Coexist
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 21, 2012

Amon Tobin settles into abstract electronica

If his 2011 off-the-cuff comment is any proof, Amon Tobin is terrible at resisting the urge to prod a proverbial beehive.
His bridge
By REYAN ALI  |  September 07, 2012

It burns, it burns

A presence locally with digital production efforts and a turn with Seekonk for more than a decade, C Money Burns releases this week his first full-length work under his own moniker, and its title is apt.
C Money Burns releases his first full-length work
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 17, 2012


The emotional electronics of Hot Chip

"You don't always just feel one thing at one time," says Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip's nerd-genius frontman, referencing the grand ambiguity of pop music.
Head music
By RYAN REED  |  July 13, 2012

Photos: Passion Pit at the Bank of America Pavilion

Passion Pit played the Bank of America Pavilion on June 22, 2012.
June 22, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  June 29, 2012

Out: An electronic séance with Hooray for Earth and Zambri at Great Scott

We in Boston enjoy reminding others that Hooray for Earth originally formed here, so we can still call them a Boston band.
Home bass
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 25, 2012

Porcelain Raft eases out of the shadows

Although Porcelain Raft released their debut full-length, Strange Weekend (Secretly Canadian), earlier this year, the project's mastermind, Mauro Remiddi, is no novice.
Calming effect
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  May 25, 2012

Stefan Betke returns with new discoveries

As one of the pioneers of the dub and glitch sub-genres of electronic music, Stefan Betke's reputation as a producer and mastering engineer almost supersede his identity as a composer.
Pole positioned
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 27, 2012


Reptar get their dance party underway

Oblangle Fizz Y'all could refer to one of any number of things: the battle cry of a Martian zombie army, a brand of aardvark repellent only sold in a hardware store in Delaware, or the sound a robot makes when gargling.
Youth gone wild
By REYAN ALI  |  April 13, 2012

The dance-music scene heats up Austin

"Like in 10 years, this is Lollapalooza— we're just ahead of shit," said Nick Hook of Cubic Zirconia on Saturday night, toward the tail end of his solo set during SBTRKT's collaborative shindig with burgeoning UK-label Young Turks.
Bodies moving
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 23, 2012
Justice music

Justice blaze new trails for dance music

Most musicians, at a certain point, discover a paradox at the center of the whole act of musical creation: that seemingly complex music can be simple, and that making simple music is often a complex process. After all, what do you expect in a medium whe
For all
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 16, 2012

Bruce Springsteen | Wrecking Ball

There was a time when Bruce Springsteen didn't need rousing choirs, swelling orchestrations, or repetitive Pogues poses to broadcast anthemic populist subversion.
Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 09, 2012
Grimes -- Visions

Grimes | Visions

The debut record from Grimes, an alias of the Montreal-based Boucher, kicks off the peculiarity parade by presenting song titles steeped in cutesy affectation.
Arbutus (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 03, 2012

off record - The Big Pink

The Big Pink | Future This

The Big Pink's name is forgettable and their sound is too generic to describe. Sneering electronic dance-rock heavy on synths and slowed-down '90s rave beats? They might as well be the Klaxons.
4AD (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  January 13, 2012

Pinch & Shackleton | Pinch & Shackleton

Honest Jon's Records is nearing deity status within the pantheon of electronic music labels.
Honest Jon's Records (2011)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 02, 2011

Sepalcure | Sepalcure

Taste-making electronic music Web site Resident Advisor recently declared 2011 as Sepalcure's year, citing early buzz from this release, their debut LP, and solo releases by members Travis Stewart (a/k/a Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (a/k/a Braille).
Hotflush Recordings (2011) 
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 18, 2011

Out: Fort Point channels the ambience of Oneohtrix Point Never

When I left my house for work last Wednesday morning, September 28, the temperature hovered at a balmy 70 degrees.
Boston beat party
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  October 07, 2011

DJ Shadow | The Less You Know, The Better

Bias alert: 1996's Endtroducing . . . DJ Shadow is one of the most firmly enduring perpetual motion machines in all of musical history, defying genre ("What was trip-hop, dad?") and all preconceived notions regarding an hour filled with turntablism, spo
Verve (2011)
By DAN WEISS  |  October 07, 2011

sewer goddess 4

Shaping noise into extreme metal with Sewer Goddess

Sewer Goddess are gritty, grimy, and unpleasant listening, but a growing legion of gluttons flock to the band's audial punishment.
The grimy underground
By IAN DUNCAN-BROWN  |  August 26, 2011
ID fest 3

Identity Festival rocks out the dance party

Genre predictions are dumb, but there is one thing absolutely certain in music: rock music is dead, and the era of electronic dominance is finally here.
Beats happening
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 19, 2011
New album from Little Dragon called Ritual Union

Little Dragon | Ritual Union

On Ritual Union, the third full-length from these mechanical soul weirdos, Little Dragon have managed to get way catchier and also a great deal stranger.
Peacefrog Records (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  July 15, 2011
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Moby | Destroyed

This was supposed to be some sort of acoustic jaunt, but Moby reverted to what he does best: sounding like Moby.
Mute (2011)