Archive: October, 2011

Amon Tobin’s ISAM Blows Minds in Brooklyn


Last Wednesday, Amon Tobin brought his audio visual masterpiece ISAM to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple as one of the three sold-out New York dates on his tour.

Berlin based Emika started out the evening with an understated performance of her somber and dub-heavy tracks, often overlain with vocals of a deep and melancholy sort. She performed both “Drop the Other” and “Double Edge Sword,” two of her most beloved tracks, to excellent reception from the audience.

As the curtain was drawn aside to reveal the immense structure that is ISAM, the crowd commenced on a journey that truly was a multi-sensory experience. Amon Tobin took the audience through an epic voyage of light and sound, setting the futuristic and other worldly visual elements to the bass driven music that he is known for. Space ships flew, fire danced, smoke rose, and blocks came tumbling down as Amon Tobin himself sat in the largest center cube, orchestrating it all while remaining nearly invisible. The performance was creative and inspiring, rounding out the end with a foray into some serious drum & bass and graphic driven visual accompaniment.

CHECK OUT THE FULL PHOTO GALLERY HERE

Posted in Concerts, DJ, Live Music, Music News, Photo Gallery

Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross Remix Major Lazer


Not familiar with Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross? You will be after hearing his remix of “Original Don,” the latest single from Major Lazer. The original was nothing to spit at, but given how complex the track is, it was begging to be remixed.

The Mad Decent labelmate responsible for this gem is Dexter Tortoriello, a producer out of Chicago. His take on the track highlights the synth, ups the bass, and peaks with an epic guitar solo. It’s somehow darker, and yet it feels perfectly suited to the club.

A digital EP, featuring this remix and other versions of “Original Don,” will be released November 1. Until then, you can stream the remix HERE.

Posted in DJ, Music News, New Music, Up & Coming

All Hallow’s Eve (Weekend) Guide for NYC/Brooklyn


Halloween weekend has finally graced us with her presence and there is clearly no shortage of festivities taking place throughout the next 72 hours. If you find yourself in a bind and unable to make a decision, let us take the pressure off and recommend a few to you. Happy Halloween!!

FRIDAY

Boys & Girls Presents: Porter Robinson and Madeon at Webster Hall
Click here for advance tickets. Webster Hall: 125 East 11th St between 3rd & 4th. Doors 10 PM. 19+ with I.D.

Shpongle: Live in Concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom
Halloween Ball. Hammerstein Ballroom: 311 West 24th Street. Show is currently SOLD OUT. Try your luck with Craigslist!

CVZ Contemporary Presents: Halloween Party at Safe Harbor
Click here for advance tickets and more info. 11 PM – 6 AM. Artists: Voices of Black (wolf + lamb), Cem & Rg (sleep is commercial), Low Pitch Orchestra, Guest DJ’s TBA, Live Visuals by Jimenez. Safe Harbor: 446 Broadway, 3rd Floor, NYC


SATURDAY

Blkmarket Membership & ReSolute Present: GET SPOOKY
You must RSVP with full names to Oct29th11@gmail.com All RSVP’s must be sent before 3 PM on Saturday 29th. Location will be annoucned the day of the event. 10 PM – LATE. Artists: Mathias Kaden (Vakant/Freude Am Tanzen), Margaret Dygas (Perlon), Rhadoo (A:irpia:r), Elon vs. Connie (ReSolute), Taimur & Fahad (Blkmarket Membership)

Mister Halloween Night: A Space Odyssey at 12 Turn 13
Click here
for more info and advance tickets. 10 PM – 6 AM. 172 Classon Ave between Park and Myrtle, Brooklyn. Artists: Eamon Harkin, Justin Carter, Doctor Mojo, and Jeffery Raiston.

BangOn! NYC Presents Warehouse of Horrors
RSVP here, location announced Friday night. Artists: DJ Sega, Zoni DJs, Cherokee Blood Live Feat. Rose Lovell.

Beyond Booking Presents The Bunker Limited
Click here for more info. 10 PM – 6 AM. Public Assembly Loft: 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn. Artists: Function and Eric Cloutier

MONDAY

NYC’s 39th Annual Village Halloween Parade
This event is Free! Click here for more info.

An Evening With “Ween”
Ween live with no openers. Hammerstein Ballroom: 311 West 24th Street. Show is currently SOLD OUT. Try your luck with Craigslist!

The Bowery Presents SBTRKT
With Cubic Zirconia. Click here for more info. The Music Hall of Williamsburg: 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn.

Deep Space NYC Presents Halloween 2011
Click here for more info. 10 PM – LATE. Cielo: 18 Little West 12th Street, NYC. Artists: Pearson Sound (Ramadanman, Hessle Audio – London UK) and DJ François K.

Posted in Concerts, Events, Live Music

Brooklynites (and everyone else) rejoice: BEMF is coming!



The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, now in its fourth year, is just a few weeks away. The two-day festival, taking place Friday and Saturday November 11-12, will be held across more than five Williamsburg venues. A 40-strong lineup is in development; Matthew Dear, Diamond Rings, Four Tet, Hudson Mohawke, Braille, Dubbel Dutch, and Daedelus are among the artists announced.

Compared to last year, production company MeanRed has doubled the capacity. This not only allows for significantly more musical performances, but also for street art projections, installations from local experiential artists, and a food truck lot.

The festival will run from 4pm-4am. Primary venues are Music Hall of Williamsburg, Public Assembly, The Cove, Cameo, and Zablozki’s; all will be 21+, with the exception of Music Hall of Williamsburg (18+). $45 buys a 2-day pass.

In addition, MeanRed will host a pre-BEMF Dark Disco party, which will feature Lvis-1990 and will be held at a secret location in Chinatown on Saturday, November 5. Advanced tickets are $10, or $15 once those sell out. Alternatively, a ticket to both the pre-party and BEMF can be purchased for $50.

Tickets to BEMF and the Dark Disco pre-party are available from Ticketfly. HiFi will continue with festival coverage as information becomes available. See you on North 6th Street!

Posted in Concerts, Events, Festivals, Live Music, Music News

Stop The Virgens, The Aftermath


“A song can enter the solar plexus and activate a dream world. It can achieve the power of other forms of narrative—the novel, film, a play—in less than three-and-half minutes it recruits matter from the unconscious, the recesses of the heart, the heatlightning of the soul. When forty women are gathered in a room, singing these songs, another world is conjured, something not quite recognizable, not quite ours, and this is why art can be beautiful: because it has the power to transform us, to transport us to other places whether they be subterranean, molten, aquatic, or interstellar. So welcome to our planet where the scum runs deep, the speed tastes so sweet, and the Virgens run wild. Let’s begin at the end… “ –Adam Rapp

The curtain to the stage dropped and Karen O’s signature voice cautiously sang through the opening lullaby. The last words to delicately fall out of her mouth were “Let’s begin at the end.” As that message resonated throughout the theater, it became apparent that the end had already started. As the audience was ushered into the theater, we had to walk through a tunnel lined in translucent chiffon-like walls. On the other side of the walls were the Virgens themselves, whispering haunting phrases such as “the speed tastes so sweet” and “the scum runs deep” while pushing through the barrier and invading your personal space. This haunting thematic element set the tone for the eve.

This work can be the spark for hours of conversation, delving deeper into the thick of the plot. However, I dare not give away the story itself for that would diminish fragments of the theaters authentic magic. The classic battle of good versus evil runs deep through the spine of this tale and plays a pivotal role in Karen O’s character. While watching the scenes unfold, my mind danced back in time to a past Dramatic Literature course and I began to view this dramatic work as a jigsaw puzzle. Christian Joy’s imaginative mind worked its magic at full force and shined through the simplicity of the Virgens and Karen’s decadent attire sculptured out of hair and various loud fabrics and colors.  The “Players” were clad in midnight blue, almost black, nun-ish robes that resembled death, lies, and darkness. The “Virgens” could have stepped out of the first scene in Fischerspooner’s “Emerge” video. They were very bare; minimally clad in white cloth that resembled bandage wrap. The white cloth was also wrapped around their knees and elbows, possibly healing broken joints or holding them together?  As the snow fell from the sky in the end all I could think of was “Softness. Compliance. Forgiveness. Grace.” from “Angels in America.” A new beginning could now form post catharsis. (Also, take note that the trees in the opening scene are white in a black forest. In the closing scene, the colors are inverted.)

Watching Nick Zimmer play with such enthusiasm and passion was as much of a treat to be a part of. The chorus was lead by a live conductor while the band lined both sides of the stage. Every last detail of this work of art was carefully thought out and executed to perfection. If there were anyone in the world I could sit down and have drinks with, it would undoubtedly be Karen O. Her mind is a beautiful and brilliant mystery that birthed this masterpiece.

“Since the music was written it called out to be something more; even though I still can’t describe exactly what it is we have created, I can’t imagine it being anything else, nor can I see a more perfect collective of artists and friends answering that call.” Karen O

Posted in Art, Editorial, Events, HiFi Cartel, Review

Duck Sauce releases new single



The latest single from Duck Sauce (a.k.a. A-Trak and Armand Van Helden), “Big Bad Wolf,” was released this week. North and South American fans can purchase the track on Beatport and iTunes, with all other international versions slated for release by the end of the month. Keep your eyes out for the video, which should be out in the next few days.

Posted in Music News, New Music

Crystal Castles, the Rapture, and A-Trak to play secret location this Saturday



CMJ may be drawing to a close, but there’s still time to gain entry to an exclusive party this weekend. On Saturday, October 22, Crystal Castles, the Rapture, and A-Trak will be performing as part of Flip Out: A Never Hide Concert. The 21+ event, sponsored by SPIN and Ray-Ban, will take place at an undisclosed location in the city.

There are three ways to get in:

  1. Head to a participating Optyx location and purchase an item from the Ray-Ban Flip Out Sun Collection or Ray-Ban Polarized Frames by Saturday; wristbands will be distributed while supplies last. The participating locations are 2384 Broadway, 1076 Third Avenue, 228 Second Avenue, 599 Lexington Avenue, 2009 Broadway, 1225 Lexington Avenue, 655 Sixth Avenue, and 862 Lexington Avenue.
  2. Look for wild postings on the streets of SoHo and LES and enter for a chance to win when you take a photo of the mobile code.
  3. Follow @SPINmagazine on Twitter to see clues of where wristbands will be distributed.

For “fashionable fans in-the-know,” fear not, wristbands are being handed out “around college campuses, downtown hotspots, and concert lines,” according to the announcement from SPIN. Some CMJ badge holders will be granted admission, subject to capacity. For everyone else, good luck!

Posted in Concerts, Contest, Events, Live Music, Music News

Free Eclectic Method Live Show and Open Bar at the RE:MIX Lab This Friday October 21st


This Friday audio/visual remix heros Eclectic Method drop by the RE:MIX Lab for a free live show brought to you by Hyundai Veloster. We have you covered with an exclusive invite to join the party. There is an open bar and giveaways from 9-12 along with performaces from 8-bit artist minusbaby and Paris. All you have to do is RSVP below!

The RE:MIX Lab is a five city art/music/videogames/fashion/film/culture pop-up festival with a gallery installation, performances, film premieres and panels celebrating the creators and thought leaders whose works are at the forefront of culture today. More info can be found at: http://www.gamesradar.com/remixlab/

RE:MIX Lab
410 West 16th Street
NY, NY 10011

The guest list is now closed.

Posted in Concerts, Events, Live Music

Stepping Into the Creator’s Mind


“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.” Auguste Renoir

The Creators Project was the City’s best kept secret this past weekend. For those who are unaware, the Creators Project is an ongoing global arts and technology initiative created by Intel and Vice in order to support visionary artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expansion. The energy and intent behind this event was clear and successfully executed. Boundaries were pushed into unknown fields. Numerous exhibits visibly left participants lost for words and musical acts conjured tears of joy and appreciation.

Saturday was nothing less of a quintessential fall day. The abundance of joy from DUMBO’s sea of guests palpably radiated off their skin and into the cool October breeze. Vice and Intel had strategically planned out every underlining detail for the day. The crowd was the perfect size (you never had to wait in line for anything and could move around freely without ever feeling cramped), security was tight and on-point, all of the pop up spaces were flawless and original, VICE’s onsite team was hands on and helpful, and the event truly revolved around the art. A wrist band and email RSVP confirmation were required to attend the event (Saturday only). Once the blue band was secured, you were allowed to walk freely to and from the various buildings housing installations.

A few of photos from the galleries are displayed below, yet these mirrored images do not serve the sculptures justice. ORIGIN, for example, morphed into a glow in the dark rubix cube once the sun set in the sky. Hundreds of participants were found laying down on the floor of the installation, absorbing the vibrations of the sounds and looking into the sky of changing colors. ORIGIN is open through the 23rd of the month, we urge you to go check it out! The musical shows we were able to catch moved us beyond words. The archway was a treat of venue- hosting a very European, outdoor and natural aroma. The shape the arch created its own echo and captured lingering sound beautifully. The masterminds behind the soundboards knew how the manipulate this as A$AP ROCKY + CLAMS CASINO, Four Tet, and Florence + the Machine all hailed high from the stage.

This was one of the most put together, well organized, and artfully mesmerizing events I had experienced in a long while. Click here to check out the full photo gallery here. We can not thank VICE and Intel enough for the opportunity to be part of the Creators Project and we can’t wait for next year!

R&DAZZLE By SOFTlab:
R&Dazzle is an asymmetrical, graphically camouflaged structure that hides within it an inverted kaleidoscope of color and fractured light. Using simple materials like wood and paper in their constructions, SOFTlab pioneered a new design practice that is perfectly in step with the future.

DISKINECT: By Team Diskinect
DisKinect explores the disconnect that exists between virtual and physical reality. Using a hacked Kinect controller, users contral a four-foot puppet suspended in mid-air. The puppet mirrors the user’s movements in an imperfect symbolic gesture that references the way our digital representations take on lives of their own.

SIX-FOURTY BY FOUR-EIGHTY By: Zigelbaum + Coelho
What if pixels could break free from the confines of the screen and into our physical environment? That’s the idea behind Six-Forty by Four- Eighty, an interactive lighting installation composted of magnetic, physical pixels. The pixels change color in response to touch and communicate with each other using the body as a conduit for digital information.

STRATA #4 By: Quayola
Quayola’s Strata series studies the visual language of classical paintings and architecture , using custom software to analyze and deconstruct the improbable tensions and collisions existing between the old and new. In this multi-channel immersive video installation Strata #4, he takes inspiration from works of Flemish masters like Rubens and Van Dyck, creating an unlikely harmonious dialogue between classic and digital aesthetics.

ORIGIN By: United Visual Artists, with music from Scanner
Origin is UVA’s latest work in a year-long project from The Studio, which begin with the re-design of Coachella’s main stage. There, UVA presented a moving mass of light, metal, and sound, before transforming the same sculpture into two more forms. Now, they present a 30-foot audio-visual cubic lattice- the largest interactive work they’ve ever created.

SOIL By: Cantoni +Crescenti
Soil is a multi-paneled seesaw from Brazilian Creators Cantoni + Crescenti. The piece is a reactive, aluminum floor installation composed of 50 planes that undulate as you walk across, throwing your world off-kilter. The duo custom design every component of their interactive projects-from nuts of bolts-creating pieces that are stunning to both see and physically experience.

Chairlift performing at the Archway.

A$AP Rocky + Clams Casino performing at the Archway.

The packed crowd at the Archway during Fourtet.

Posted in Art, Concerts, Editorial, Events, Fashion, Film, HiFi Cartel, Live Music, Music News, Photo Gallery, Travel

This Wednesday: FIXED Returns with their CMJ Freakout


This Wednesday, October 19, FIXED is back with their annual CMJ Freakout at Public Assembly. The OAK-sponsored event will feature Teengirl Fantasy, Still Corners, CFCF (dj set), Chad Valley, Warm Ghost, Radio People, Lemonade, VDRK, Free Magic, along with special guest JD Twitch (aka Optimo), and of course, FIXED’s own JDH and Dave P.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day of. Doors open at 9pm for those 21+ with ID. Make sure to get there on time to enjoy a Reyka Vodka open bar from 9-10pm. Get advanced tickets HERE.

Posted in DJ, Events, Live Music

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