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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. Prosumer3 Comments
Jan 11 Honcho Pres. Mr. Ties
Feb 01 Honcho Pres. Michael Magnan
Mar 01 Honcho Pres. Carlos Souffront
19 hrs 12 mins ago  /  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
1 day 19 hrs ago  /  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
2 days 15 hrs ago  /  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
Mon, 02 Dec 2013  /  2 Comments
The new album from Terrence Parker, Life On The Back 9, is out on Planet E next month.2 Comments
You might know Parker best for his feats in the DJ booth, where he employs a good deal of turntablism (and a telephone handset converted into DJ headphones) to mix house, disco and beyond. Over the course of his 25-year career, though, he's also put out more than 100 records and remixed artists from Moodymann to Christina Aguilera. Life On The Back 9 is Parker's third album and his first solo long-player since 1997's Detroit After Dark. He says the name comes from the term for the second half of an 18-hole golf game. During a difficult stretch in his life, Parker says his dad told him, "Terrence, if you think of your life as a game of golf, perhaps the front 9 did not go as you had liked. But don't give up because you still have the back 9.”
01. Finally (Baby Be Mine)
02. Night Light
03. Saved Forever
04. God He Is
05. Spiritual Warfare
06. The Friend I Lost
07. Hiding In Your Love
08. Selah Interlude
09. My Virtuous Woman
10. Open Up Your Spirit
12. The Back 9
Planet E will release Life On The Back 9 on January 27th, 2014.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013  /  1 Comment
Pete Swanson will headline Motor IX in Seattle on December 20th.1 Comment
MOTOR is a bi-monthly night started up by Seattle's avant-garde label Debacle Records, focusing on what they call "psych/dance." For some background, Debacle has had releases from acts like Black Hat, Expo '70 and Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, and every year it holds a weekend festival highlighting everything from noise to metal to experimental electronic (in which MOTOR played a part for this year's edition).
NYC-based artist Pete Swanson will return to MOTOR for a second time to headline their last event of 2013, which will take place at Capitol Hill's Chop Suey. A former member of influential noise band Yellow Swans, Swanson has found solo success with a sound that combines his more esoteric tendencies with the rhythms of techno. He'll be backed up by residents TJ Max, Chris Davis and DJ Slow.
You can check out a good chunk of Swanson material over at his SoundCloud page, and to get a feel for what the MOTOR parties are like, a live set from Chris Davis from their sixth show here.
Thu, 28 Nov 2013  /  4 Comments
The 17th Scene party will take place in Detroit on December 14th.4 Comments
Blank Code started the Scene series back in 2011 as a new techno-centric series in the city. So far Drumcell, Truncate and Tommy Four Seven have been among the headliners. The 17th edition will feature the return of Mexico-based DJ Luis Flores, known as a member of LA techno crew Droid Behavior, and also as an associate of Blank Code's self-titled label. He'll be backed up by Minneapolis techno head Mike Gervais, Detroit's own Project 313, Blank Code member Altstadt Echo and plenty more. It'll happen at The Works, and will go all the way until 5 AM the next morning.
Check out Flores' CLR podcast from earlier this year here.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013  /  1 Comment
Asylum has lined up gigs with Nina Kraviz and Jesse Rose
The Honolulu club is one of the more reliable outposts in a scene that doesn't attract international guests all that often. Recently, they've been behind nights with artists like Benoit & Sergio, Tim Green and also hosted a Circo Loco takeover. Now the venue is finishing off the year with three events in as many weeks.
First up is Asylum's five-year anniversary celebration, taking place this coming Saturday. That one will be headlined by LA-based Brit and Made To Play boss man Jesse Rose, with backup from a grip of Asylum residents including Willis Haltom (the club's promoter), Zane, Higher Concept, Fathom and more. The next Friday, December 6th, the same group of local DJs will open for Get Physical's Lopazz, who'll play live, and then the Friday after that, one of 2013's breakout stars, Nina Kraviz, will land in Honolulu. Tickets for all three parties are available at Asylum's venue page.
The night after the Kraviz show, Haltom will host a show with Sasha at The FIX. Tickets for that one are available here.
For more on Kraviz, you can immerse yourself in her world with our Between The Beats film from earlier this year.
Nov 30 Asylum 5 Year Anniversary Feat. Jesse Rose - Made To P..1 Comment
Dec 06 Asylum Pres. Lopazz - Live - Get Physical - Germany, A..
Dec 13 Nina Kraviz, Asylum
Dec 14 Sasha, The FIX
Wed, 27 Nov 2013  /  21 Comments
tINI has sorted out a six-show tour of the US for December.
The German DJ and producer recently put out an EP for Supplement Facts, and she's due to appear again soon on her home imprint Desolat with a remix of Tiger Stripes. Her latest stateside visit starts on Friday, December 6th with a Blkmarket Membership party in NYC, where two more out-of-towners, Frenchman Ivan Smagghe and Moscow's Roustam, will play sets. A tINI & The Gang show at Club Space in Miami during Art Basel follows that, along with a Chicago stop at Spy Bar. The other three shows on this tour will all happen in California: a Lovelife holiday party in San Diego that starts on noon of Sunday the 15th, a Framework night with DJ Sneak at Sound in LA on the 20th, and finally a Deep Blue event at San Francisco's Public Works on the 21st.
Tickets to tINI's gigs in NYC, Chicago, LA and San Francisco are available on RA.
Dec 06 Blkmarket Membership with Tini.., TBA - New York, New York21 Comments
Dec 07 Tini & The Gang, Club Space, Florida
Dec 13 Tini - Max Jacobson & Mantas Steles, Spy Bar, Illinois
Dec 15 Lovelife presents....., Palomar Hotel, California (South)
Dec 20 Framework presents DJ Sneak a.., Sound, California (South)
Dec 21 Deep Blue & Public Wor.., Public Works, California (North)
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