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Movement 2014 has revealed the first handful of performers slated to play its ninth year, taking place in Detroit over Memorial Day Weekend.Post a comment
As usual, Movement will take over the downtown area's Hart Plaza for a three-day event from Saturday through Monday, starting on May 24th. The first wave of performers features the usual mix of local Detroit staples and a handful of international artists. There's no info on the festival layout yet, but usually there are five stages spread around the site.
Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir, Eddie Fowlkes, Kenny Larkin, Carl Craig, Mike Huckaby and Stacey Pullen are among the hometown heroes, while Dixon (our #1 DJ of the year), Carl Cox, Simian Mobile Disco, Pete Tong, Chris Liebing and Tale Of Us make up some of the big-ticket talent from elsewhere. Other highlights include Lucy (after being forced to cancel last year) collaborating with Speedy J as Zeitgeber, Justin Martin, Dustin Zahn, Jamie Jones and Damian Lazarus. A handful of live performers have been announced as well—Black Asteroid, Adam X, Brian Sanhaji and Octave One will lay down the techno, along with American disco duo Metro Area.
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Chicago institution Kranky has a series of 20th anniversary events scheduled in the Windy City this week.
The label will celebrate two decades of experimentally laced rock, ambient and electronic music with four shows, featuring thirteen acts in all, at three venues. First up this Thursday is a night at Empty Bottle with Lichens and the bands Disappears and Implodes. Friday and Saturday will see the celebration move a couple miles north to Constellation (a relatively new spot, founded in April of this year)—Grouper, Benoît Pioulard, Christopher Bissonnette and Justin Walter are billed for Friday night, and Saturday's show will feature Tim Hecker, whose latest LP for Kranky, Virgins, was well-received here on RA, along with Pan•American, Keith Fullerton Whitman and Implodes' guitarist Ken Camden. Finally, the series winds down on Sunday in Lincoln Park at Lincoln Hall with sets from Stars Of The Lid (backed by the Wordless Music Orchestra) and Loscil.
Get ready for the shows with this fifteen-minute recording of Whitman rehearsing for his set over at SoundCloud.
Dec 12 Kranky Twenty, Empty BottlePost a comment
Dec 13 Kranky Twenty, Constellation
Dec 14 Kranky Twenty, Constellation
Dec 15 Kranky Twenty, Lincoln Hall
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Ewan Pearson has a handful of American shows coming up later this month.
Ewan Pearson is respected for his measured and melodic take on house music, most recently showcased on 2010's We Are Proud Of Our Choices mix CD for Kompakt. He's also a producer, though he's probably better known for his work behind the mixing desk for artists like Tracey Thorn and Delphic.
His latest US jaunt is his third and final of the year, following a string of gigs in April and a single Philadelphia stop in September. First up he'll hit the next YYYNYC party in New York this coming Friday, the series' second event after launching in October. From there he'll hit Miami a week later, playing at the Electric Pickle, and then SF the weekend after for As You Like It's massive Ugly Sweater party, alongside Mathew Jonson and others.
Check out a recent mix by Pearson for Manchester's Islington Mills here.
Tickets for the NYC, Miami and San Francisco parties are available on RA.
Dec 13 Y Y Y N Y C with Ewan Pea.., 87 Lafayette Street, New York2 Comments
Dec 20 The Electric Pickle presents E.., Electric Pickle, Florida
Dec 28 Second Annual Ugly Swe.., Public Works, California (North)
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The Bunker has announced details of its new label, with the first release due out on January 13th.12 Comments
At the beginning of this year, the well-loved NYC party run by Bryan Kasenic celebrated its tenth birthday, which we marked with an extensive oral history feature. The series is generally known for its focus on techno, but it could get down with house and also tread more experimental waters (or "fringe artists who also know how to move a dance floor" according to the press release). The first EP is also the debut from Bunker regular Michael Hopkins as Leisure Muffin. The EP comprises three modular-heavy tracks written while the producer was living in Maine to take care of his dying mother earlier this year, and the A-side "In Wearable Hertz" features Elizabeth Warren on violin. It'll be released digitally and on vinyl.
You can hear clips of the release over at The Bunker NY's BandCamp or SoundCloud pages.
We chatted with Bunker founder Kasenic over e-mail to find out more about the label.
Why did you want to start a label in addition to the club night, and why now?
A In Wearable Hertz feat. Elizabeth Warren
The Bunker New York will release The Bunker New York 001 on January 13th, 2013.
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Chris Liebing will spin an extended set for his birthday next Sunday at Output for Dance Here Now.13 Comments
The German producer and DJ is one of the most prominent techno artists in the world right now. He's known for his hard-hitting sets and his CLR label, which is home to Tommy Four Seven, Monoloc and others. Liebing returns to Output for another extended set (after his last appearance in May), this time to celebrate his birthday, taking control of the decks from 8 PM all the way until 4 AM the next morning. For more on Liebing, check out our just-published ORIGINS film highlighting his early career history.
Tickets for the party are available on RA.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013  /  4 Comments
Pittsburgh's monthly Honcho series has revealed the guests for its next four parties.
Honcho happens at Hot Mass, a Saturday-night, Sunday-morning afterhours venue that last weekend celebrated one year in operation. Aaron Clark, one of the founders of Honcho and an all-around scene fixture in Pittsburgh, explains: "This is the one party there that is targeted towards homo dudes, with a focus on underground music from queer DJs and producers who are either making waves with their music, or with other queer parties they're doing in their own cities." The series counts among its previous guests Mike Servito, Honey Soundsystem and Horse Meat Disco.
It'll be the Pittsburgh debut for each of the next four headliners, starting this weekend with seasoned Edinburgh-based house selector Prosumer. January's party will feature another DJ hailing from across the pond, Mr. Ties, known for his wide-ranging sets at Berlin's Homopatik party (he was the subject of an RA feature back in May). In February, NYC DJ Michael Magnan, a resident at 11:11 and Club Shade, will swing through for a set, and Carlos Souffront of Interdimensional Transmissions—from Detroit but now living in San Francisco—will top the bill at March's party. Support at each night will come from Clark and fellow resident and co-founder Edgar Um.
For a closer look at the party, check out Clark's recent interview and "Head Honcho" mix for Butt Magazine.
Dec 07 Honcho Pres. Prosumer4 Comments
Jan 11 Honcho Pres. Mr. Ties
Feb 01 Honcho Pres. Michael Magnan
Mar 01 Honcho Pres. Carlos Souffront
Thu, 05 Dec 2013  /  1 Comment
Carter Tutti (formerly known as Chris & Cosey) will play shows in Chicago and NYC next month.
The duo of Chris Carter and Cosey Fanny Tutti are former members of Throbbing Gristle, best known for the string of dark synth-pop albums they released throughout the 1980s. They reunited last decade as Carter Tutti and have been active since, also making music as Carter Tutti Void with Factory Floor's Nik Void. These American gigs will be the two's first since 1991.
First up is an appearance at MoMA PS1's Mike Kelly exhibition in New York, where they'll perform tracks from the X-TG (a group that comprises former Throbbing Gristle members) albums on January 5th. From there, they'll head to Chicago on the 9th, where they're set to perform Chris & Cosey tracks at Metro Club alongside Outer Space and Hieroglyphic Being. Two nights later they'll return to NYC for another Chris & Cosey showcase, this time at Santos Party House, where they're joined by Excepter.
An exclusive new CD of Carter Tutti remixes of classic Chris & Cosey material will also be available at the shows.
Jan 09 Carter Tutti Plays Chris & Cosey, Metro, Illinois1 Comment
Jan 11 Carter Tutti plays Chris &.., Santos Party House, New York
Wed, 04 Dec 2013  /  3 Comments
Smart Bar in Chicago has announced a new residency called We Still Believe, which starts this Saturday night.
We Still Believe was conceived by The Black Madonna (Smart Bar's talent buyer) and Olin, who DJ together as Trustus. As explained in a press sheet, the duo threw parties around the city under the Trustus banner, rejecting "the more glamorized, more fashion oriented side of techno and house" and focusing on "a return to the core values of inclusion and pure dance euphoria." Those values, as described in a manifesto (which you can read at the event pages below) will be a key part of We Still Believe, which looks to happen on a quarterly basis in 2014. The club has revealed that Trustus, along with another duo, Studio Casual, who run the local label Stripped & Chewed, will be the resident DJs.
Headlining the first event this Saturday is Gunnar Haslam, a New York producer with releases on L.I.E.S. and Argot under his belt in 2013, who'll be making his local debut. Studio Casual completes the program at this one. (Get ready for the weekend with Haslam's new podcast for Little White Earbuds.) Then on Saturday, January 25th, We Still Believe will welcome to town Novel Sound man Levon Vincent—it'll be his first time playing Chicago as well—with Trustus taking to the decks in support.
Tickets to the first two editions of We Still Believe are available on RA.
Dec 07 We Still Believe with Gunnar Haslam and Studio Casual3 Comments
Jan 25 We Still Believe with Levon Vincent and Trustus
Tue, 03 Dec 2013  /  2 Comments
Mutual Dreaming will throw a party featuring the White Material label crew and SF producer Vereker on December 20th.2 Comments
NYC-based White Material is one of 2013's most remarkable success stories. The young group of producers found their music in high demand after just four releases showing off their dusky brand of deep house and techno, which you can read more about that in our recent Label Of The Month piece. Founders Young Male and Galcher Lustwerk will rep the label at the party along with the debut live set from "bondage goddess" Motiv_A. San Francisco's Vereker, meanwhile, also found a new audience in 2013 thanks to two industrial-tinged EPs on L.I.E.S. (plus one on the mysterious Russian Torrent Versions). Rather than the usual Mutual Dreaming location of 285 Kent, this one will take place at a loft space just further up the street.
Check out a recent radio session from Vereker here, and to get an idea of the White Material aesthetic you'd do well to listen to Lustwerk's much-discussed 100% Galcher mix for Blowing Up The Workshop.
You can grab tickets for the show on RA.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013  /  2 Comments
London-based DJ and Leftroom label boss Matt Tolfrey will play an all-night set this Friday at Spy Bar in Chicago.
Tolfrey's appearance comes shortly after the release of his latest record on Leftroom, The Truth, a single featuring Marshall Jefferson that was pulled from his 2012 LP Word Of Mouth. He has played Spy Bar often over the years—he last appeared there back in May (and was also booked on the club's stage at Wavefront Festival in July). This time, he'll have the decks all to himself, from 10 PM to 4 AM.
This Windy City gig for Tolfrey comes on the back end of a brief Mexico and US tour. This Thursday, he'll play G-Life in Juarez, and then on Saturday he'll hit Detroit to DJ at TV Lounge.
Tickets to the all-night set at Spy Bar are available here on RA.
Dec 05 Matt Tolfrey, G-Life, Mexico2 Comments
Dec 06 Matt Tolfrey (All Night Long), Spy Bar, Illinois
Dec 07 Matt Tolfrey, TV Lounge, Michigan
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