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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Plus: Phantom 45, JT Donaldson return

John Larner earned his reputation in the 1990s under the guise of Cyberjive. More than a decade later, the multifaceted house DJ/producer says he still can’t shake his past. “Nearly every show, someone wants to hear tracks from the rave days,” says Larner, who now sets up shop in Indianapolis. “Back in the day I played a lot of Chicago house mixed with some techno and acid. It’s pretty much the same thing now . . .
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Plus: Three’s Finest House Wine

Chuck Love’s musical diversity may have landed him a spot with crossover label giant Om Records, but it’s his musical understanding that has kept him on the radar of the underground electronic audiences for more than three years. The Minneapolis musician didn’t start impacting the house scene until early 2005, when his breakthrough Frozen in Minneapolis EP debuted on Miguel Migs’ Salted Music impact. Backed by the commercially savvy appeal of an artist such as Migs, Love’s multi-tasking music style became a hot commodity at clubs across the country.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Seventh Tree (Mute)

On their last two albums, 2003's Black Cherry and 2005's Supernature, the duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory—known together under her surname—achieved the uncommon feat of making dance music that didn't require its listeners to stop thinking. Their latest, Seventh Tree, keeps the musical intelligence, but . . .
Friday, May 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Jackalope Lounj - 10 p.m.

Los Angeles’ Troublemaker is no stranger to high-profile paying gigs, having DJed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 60th birthday party and remixed Linkin Park for their Reanimation album. Troublemaker’s brand of electronica is every bit as suave as you’d expect from a guy who’s managed to make . . .
Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tonight @ Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

VHS or Beta doubled down on the dance-punk craze of half a decade ago, pairing their excitable guitars with boisterous, Daft Punk-styled party beats. As dance-punk petered out, after lasting about as long as the late-’90s swing revival, the Lo...
Monday, May 12, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:30 p.m.

With her bold politics and penchant for confrontational interviews, British electronic/dancehall queen M.I.A. has a divisive personality. But when it comes to her music, critics aren’t divided at all. Music publications—print and online, big and small—heralded her 2007 release, Kala, as one of the year’s best albums . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Plus: Brett Johnson brings back the new-school

The soulful roots of Chicago house dug deep into the artistic mind-set of Andrew Emil, who channeled their influences into sound, art and audio experimentation. The accomplished result melds the smooth vibe of neo-jazz with the funkier influences of underground house. Emil’s recent venture, Four Play Music, is an attempt to expand his musical reach through a self-helmed record label. Four Play marks a home base for his own work— alongside several artists from Chicago and his native Kansas City, who he features on the imprint’s latest compilation, Andrew Emil Presents Four Play Music.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jamanta Crew’s Sunny Rise

When Jamanta Crew’s Eduardo Marote (aka Prztz) wrapped up a three-day gig in Barcelona in 2004, he returned to his native Brazil with several tracks for the seminal Chicago house imprint, Classic. “It was a Monday morning, my last day there and I called Classic to have them listen,” Prztz said via his cell phone from Sao Paulo. It turns out the Classic label heads had been the ones looking for him. Months prior, several unlabeled tracks crafted by the burgeoning Brazilian P.A. act fell into the hands of Luke Solomon, who played them without knowing who made them. Solomon saw first-hand how crowds went off.

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