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It’s the weekend. Here’s what’s going on…
For all you New Yorkers, Dillon Francis and Skism are playing tonight at Webster Hall. However, if you want to avoid that whole shit show (and if you’ve been to Webster Hall before you know what I’m talking about…), be adventurous and make the trek out to Brooklyn to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heavy Trash, and a DJ set by Bear in Heaven at Brooklyn Bowl. Also worth mentioning, Fucked Up, DOM, Big Troubles, and Radical Dads are playing at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. (DOM will blow your mind.) Saturday looks a bit more laid-back. The National is playing at the Beacon Theater and Atlas Sound, Carnivores, and Frank Broyles will be gracing the stage of the Bell House.
L.A. crew, tonight is one for all you club kids. Le Castle Vania and Spencer & Hill will be playing Avalon’s weekly party, Control, which never disappoints, but the big news is what’s going down tomorrow. HARD & Mouth Taped Shut are putting on a free show at the Palladium where Deadmau5, Proxy, James Murphy, and Eye will be tearing it up. Try to make this, it will be one for the books. EDM is walking the razor’s edge between what’s been a blogosphere perpetuated youth uprising and what will soon be the mainstream co-opting yet another subculture for profit. (Danstradamus, who’s French btw, says the end is near.) Now, if you didn’t come to rave, Oh My Rockness is presenting Baths, DNTEL, and Raleigh Moncrief at the El Rey Theatre that same night. All of them are solid artists with amazing live sets.
Bay dwellers, our Hard & Mouth Taped Shut party is a day earlier than our SoCal siblings’. Major Lazer, Proxy, James Murphy, and Eye will all be there. Look, I know Major Lazer is all the rage, but just hear me out for one second. If you show up for just the headliner, you’ll see their show, and this is what will happen. People with bleached mohawks in strange clothes will jump off ladders onto one another’s erotically sprawled out bodies. They’ll proceed to have fake sex on stage, and you’ll think to yourself WTF is going on. All the while Switch and Diplo will be spinning. Then at some point Diplo will do some weird shout outs in a swanky white suit. You’ll leave wondering what you saw, and why everyone seems to think it was so great. Trust me. Go early. The highlight of your night will be Proxy. Only one word can describe this guy, raw. He always kills it. If you didn’t get tickets for tonight’s “Hardfest,” we’ve got a back up plan for you. Dada Life is playing across town at Ruby Skye. (Inflatable Bananas are guaranteed!) Also, tomorrow night Pinback and Ghettoblaster are playing at Bottom of the Hill.
Now for some tunes. This week saw a lot of releases, leaks, and new discoveries. We’ve got some leaks off Steve Aoki’s upcoming full length, two amazing mash-ups from 5 & A Dime, a new Skream track, and regretably, even some Lady Gaga. Boom.
Metric – Collect Call (Adventure Club Remix)
Kaskade with Rebecca & Fiona – Turn It Down (Carli Remix)
Skrillex – All I Ask of You (The S Remix)
5 & A Dime – #Bassmob
5 & A Dime – Only The Beginning
Young L – Loud Pockets (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
Stalley – Go On (Lunice Remix)
Oliver – Footsteps
Chuckie – Who is Ready to Jump (Dillon Francis Remix)
Noisia – Again Sometime? feat. Sofi
Xilent – For Once feat. Skyflake
This weekend looks promising. So we’ve put together a fat stack of tracks for your listening pleasure. In New York Digitalism is playing tonight! And so is Baths! On the west coast, Los Angeles will see performances by Boys Noize and David Guetta, as well as the 6th annual Winter Fresh Music Festival. If you’re in the mood for something a bit less ravey, check out Lord Huron’s free show with RSVP at Skybar. If you’re up in the bay and down for some bass, Low End Theory is tonight at 1015 Folsom, or you could check out Benoit & Sergio at Public Works. Want to see your event featured on our site? Shoot us an email. Now go get into some trouble kiddies!
Formed in 1982, in strikingly unusual circumstances for a musical ensemble, Tinariwen blend ancient musical traditions with radical contemporary politics. Despite severe natural and man-made hardships, young Kel Tamashek exiles continued performing the traditional music of their Tuareg forebears in the southern Sahara while simultaneously fighting against the government of Mali.
Forced to seek an alternative to starvation and repression in drought-stricken Mali, many of these young nomads hoped to attain a better life by striking up what proved to be an uneasy alliance with Libya. The hoped-for aid in their struggle with the Mali government failed to materialize, but in the meantime some of the rebels had evolved a form of music that kept alive the music of their forefathers while simultaneously communicating radical political messages. This music is known as tishoumaren, music of the ishumar (the unemployed). Usually performed by groups of 30 and more instrumentalists and singers, tishoumaren acknowledges contemporary western music, especially rock, as well as other music forms prevalent in the Middle East, while never losing touch with the original ancient form. In some instances, players not only adapt traditional forms but also substitute modern instruments for the traditional lutes, flutes and one-string violins. The electric guitar in particular has become popular, even though circumstances demand the availability of portable generators.