A couple weeks ago, Decibal's arrival in Seattle made me question why the Bay Area doesn't have some big electronic dance music festival of its own. I'm still wondering as we ease our way out of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and towards the Treasure Island Music Festival. And while last week's festiviti ... More >>
It's amusing to hear popular artists Skrillex and Korn collaborate on aggro nu-metal dubstep tracks and recall the music's humble London basement roots. Although U.K. dubstep originators like Skream and Benga are seeing rewards now, many more pioneers have been overlooked -- folks like Dave Jones ... More >>
Tamara PalmerInspired by the Brixton Academy (now named O2 Academy Brixton), a famous British venue that's been home to live recordings by the likes of Faith No More, New Order, Gregory Isaacs, Judas Priest, and many others, the Brixton opened this week in the very un-rockin' neighborhood kno ... More >>
Take the sex and drugs out of rock 'n' roll, and much of what remains is tour stories and censorship. Instances of the latter date from rock's Brylcreem beginnings in the 1950s, forming part of a long bellow of outrage over America's popular culture by the more backward and fearful elements of our ... More >>
Keepin' it real.
I literally just heard about this guy yesterday, and I haven't be able to lay off his music since; Becoming Real is South London's Toby Ridler, visual artist and innovative electronic music extraordinaire. He has been producing for barely over a year ... More >>
The duo of Johan Churchill and Jordan Presnick, known as Tres Lingerie, came together by chance. Both DJs and producers, the boys grew up with the same taste for disco and boogie tunes made before they were born, and met while studying in New York. After Presnick left the East Coast for a sc ... More >>
Nathan SeabrookValentine's Day is the soppiest date of the year. Dewy-eyed lovebugs would have you believe it's exemplified by bunches of red roses and teddy bears and boxes of candy and cards with pink hearts on the front and cloying sentiments scrawled inside.
The charmingly named King Canniba ... More >>
The xxFriendly Fires and The xx
November 23, 2009
Better Than: Anything involving Scissor Sisters; listening to Portishead's "Dummy" for the 37,392nd time
Friendly FiresTen songs into a stupefyingly energetic show at the Independent last night, Ed Macfarlane, vocali ... More >>