If pop music can in any way be lovable, then six-piece outfit Architecture in Helsinki is the band to make that happen. On Places Like This, the group's third longplayer, the traditional verse-chorus-verse formula is livened up with some tropical flavors, rhythms that call reggaeton to mind, and vocals that may warm some and annoy others, but are nonetheless extremely unique.Read more »
Portland-based, post-ambient producer Adam Forkner has a definite pension for the stranger side of things (on his MySpace page he states he wants to play in "healing huts"). On his latest offering, Prism of Eternal Now, Forkner's universe is composed of rich, delayed textures, Eastern drums, and engulfing feedback. Recording for both Marriage and Kranky Records, this young mystic may be the next Eno. Look for White Rainbow on tour with Dirty Projectors and YACHT in a town near you.Read more »
Hunting monsters are the latest theme engrossing Brooklyn-based visual artist Bast, and Devilwood, his forthcoming exhibition that will open in Los Angeles this weekend, features a grip of these twisted creatures adorned with found objects that double as weapons. Bast's paintings tend to examine destruction and uncertainty, and usually include elements from hip-hop culture. Devilwood should be no exception.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
San Francisco isn't a surprising place to find producers making European-stye house, but few accomplish this sound with as much originality as Connecticut-born, S.F.-based Justin Martin, co-founder of the dirtybird imprint (Claude VonStroke, Christian Martin), and also a member of Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly label.
Jesse Rose must be in the middle of his busy season, because the Berlin-based house producer has been touring like mad and releasing singe after single for the better part of 2007. Not only has homeboy remixed everyone from Armand Van Helden to Ben Mono, but he also has reinterpretations in the works for Simian Mobile Disco, Underworld, E-Dancer, and Swag. If you can’t wait for the release of Rose’s new vinyl annihilators, satiate your appetites with one of these dates.Read more »
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