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2008 Stories by Tony Ware

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  • Of Montreal’s tantric shape-shifting

    published November 19, 2008

    Kevin Barnes is a centaur. Or, at least, he plays one for a few minutes onstage each night with his polymorphic pop sextet Of Montreal.... More >>

  • Athens Art Punk

    published November 12, 2008

    In 1979, four residents of the sleepy Georgia college town of Athens built a scene out of conceptual art classes, yard-sale instruments,... More >>

  • Slick Electronics

    published October 29, 2008

    Initially catching a break as an opening DJ for progressive figurehead Sasha, U.K. DJ/producer James Zabiela funneled an interest in... More >>

  • The Notwist

    published October 22, 2008

    German brothers Markus and Michael Acher have recorded with programmer Martin "Console" Gretschmann and drummer Andi Haberl as the Notwist... More >>

  • Sasha Exposed

    published October 22, 2008

    DJ and producer Sasha was one-half of the team that produced Northern Exposure volumes 1 and 2, mix CDs that defined the... More >>

  • Be Kind, Reeeeewind

    published October 15, 2008

    As the classic drum 'n' bass MC shoutout goes, "Selectah, reeeeewind!" And a mental rewind is just what you can expect from U.K. DJ and... More >>

  • Dearly Beloved

    published October 8, 2008

    From the microtonal bleeding edge of cyberspace to Berlin's cavernous post-industrial clubs, the corkscrew productions of Matthew Dear... More >>

  • Artistic Love Affair

    published October 1, 2008

    There's certainly an art to throwing a good party, so leave it to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to organize another gala of... More >>

  • Trapped in the Deadmau5 beat

    published September 24, 2008

    Canadian Joel "Deadmau5" Zimmerman has spent the last three years catching electrohaus fans in his mau5trap. Zimmerman has been crowned the... More >>

  • The Juan MacLean scuffs soles

    published September 10, 2008

    With a distinct aim to scuff soles on the dancefloor, John "Juan" MacLean released the fibrous 13-minute burner "Happy House" back in March,... More >>

  • Pretty cult machines: NIN and Deerhunter

    published September 3, 2008

    Nine Inch Nails and Deerhunter are two ensembles operating in the eclipse of their shamanistic frontmen. For NIN, that singular... More >>

  • Allien Invasion

    published September 3, 2008

    The concept-driven queen of mnml — the bastard genre of Detroit techno, European microhouse, New York's avant-garde, and oven-baked... More >>

  • Schedule Outside Lands trip with playlists of our favorite artists

    published August 20, 2008

    Golden Gate Park has seen its share of Human Be-Ins since it was reclaimed from the dunes in the late 19th century. Now add to those events the... More >>

  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

    published August 6, 2008

    As the continued existence of the Warped Tour proves, I get older and the kids stay the same age. And as long as the latter is true, there will... More >>

  • Getting Physical with the Electro Olympics

    published August 6, 2008

    Get Physical DJ Heidi inspires her fair share of dancefloor trills and thrills. The London-based Canadian came up through the click,... More >>

  • Eat to the Beat at Pan Ambient Brunch

    published July 23, 2008

    Ambient is the softcore wing of electronic dance culture. It offers slow-building titillation, concerned not so much with climaxing as with... More >>

  • Dancefloor Carnage from Italy

    published July 16, 2008

    From ricotta and Sangiovese to impossibly buttery leather, there are certain arenas where the Italians reign supreme. Add to that list... More >>

  • Journey

    published July 9, 2008

    The members of Journey must be feeling its name is more apt than ever these days. It's unlikely any band (Bay Area or otherwise) has as... More >>

  • A brief history of vocal fakery from Zapp to "Lollipop"

    published June 25, 2008

    When the vocoder was first invented in the 1930s, it was intended as a telecommunications encoder for speech encryption and transmission. Okay,... More >>

  • Clipped Tones and Casios

    published June 4, 2008

    Working off a template of 8-bit shock, Toronto duo Crystal Castles turns the myoclonic twitches of Atari chips and Super Game Boy blips... More >>

  • Robyn Is a New Breed of Chart Chanteuse

    published May 14, 2008

    Pop music is "anything that connects to a lot of people at the same time, that deals with what's going on when it's made," says Swedish... More >>

  • Berlin techno producer Ellen Allien steers to innerspace

    published April 30, 2008

    The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 abruptly offered sizable options for euphoric electronic music fans. Formerly grayed-out... More >>

  • Berlin Beats

    published April 23, 2008

    Certain members of the Berlin-based Get Physical label — i.e., DJ/production duo and label cofounders M.A.N.D.Y. — opt for a... More >>

  • Desire, Regret

    published April 23, 2008

    Energy is constant, but not always instant. The same goes for the composure of singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek. The San Francisco... More >>

  • The Sword

    published April 16, 2008

    There's no denying rock and all its bastard children existed before videogames, but more and more there's a feeling that music and electronics... More >>

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