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Our Top Five Picks for Dimensions Festival

OK, we can say it now. We’ve got less than one week until the worlds most educated party people touch down in Croatia for the much-anticipated premier of Dimensions Festival (unless you are a true-G and already getting down at Outlook).

Let’s talk about the artists we just can’t wait to see:

Little Dragon

Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Little Dragon gives a performance that mustn’t be missed!  Lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s strong and sensual voice, paired with the perfect mix of percussion and electronic sound, makes for nothing less than perfection.  After seeing the band recently at Celebrate Brooklyn’s free summer concert series, we are even more eager to reunite in the forts of Punta Christo.

Levon Vincent

American born artist, Levon Vincent, aims to provide us with positive vibrations through his tropical, methodically manicured, and joint weakening sound.  There is nothing we won’t give to hear “Double Jointed Sex Freak pt. 3” on the shores of Pula.

Mount Kimbie (live)

This British duo took us all on a glorious journey through space after releasing their first and only full length, titled “Crooks and Lovers”. It was announced earlier this year they were signed to Warp records and are currently working on a second album. Let us thank them for taking the time…Dimensions wouldn’t be the same without you.

Δkkord (photo)

A lot of things are left uncertain when it comes to supposedly U.K. born collective, Δkkord. One thing, however, is for certain, based on a few releases that blessed us in 2012, we know they can make a proper bass tune.  Part break-beat, part techno, listen below for a taste. We can’t wait to experience the mystery that is Δkkord.


Brooklyn’s own Travis Stewart has taken the music world by storm. Whether its owning his own record label, collaborating with the amazing Praveen Sharma to produce the sounds of Sepalcure, or just plain smashing things up under his stage name Machinedrum, we love and support Travis to no end. Can’t wait to see you in Croatia.

As we prepare ourselves for another dimension, lets give thanks that we are among those going to experience the wonder that is Pula. Dimensions 2012, here we come.

Words / Amanda Rohowsky

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Festival Digest: May 28-June 1

Welcome to the Festival Digest, our new weekly column in which we give you the scoop on this week’s festival news, courtesy of our friends at Cultivora. Here’s what you missed…

Memorial Day Weekend saw not one, but two major festivals: Movement in Detroit, Michigan, covered by Rose Mardit (and for HiFi, Oliver Correa… pics coming soon), and Sasquatch! in George, Washington, covered by Laura Baker-Finch. Coverage will be posted through the weekend, so stay tuned for more.

Safa Jinje chatted with Club Cheval about their residency at the Paris Social Club for the second installment of Cultivora’s “Artists in Residence” series. And speaking of Paris, Marjana Jaidi stopped by the Levi’s Flagship Store on the Champs Élysées to check out their collaboration with James Murphy and Busy P.

Back in New York, Jason Rezvan and Marjana Jaidi ate their way through the inaugural edition of The Great GoogaMooga. Also in New York, New Music Seminar, which will take place at Webster Hall from June 17-19, has announced their first-ever festival.

Coming up… MUTEK is happening as we speak, and Bonnaroo will take place next weekend, from June 7-10.

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Take Cultivora’s Survey and You Could Win 60,000 Delta SkyMiles

As some of you may know, the HiFi team has been working hard to bring you Cultivora, a website that helps you research, plan and book music-centric voyages. Launching next year, Cultivora is a cross between a news publication, travel guide and booking resource centered around music festivals and other forms of music travel.

Help us prepare for this exciting new venture by participating in our online survey. As a thank you, you’ll be entered to win 60,000 Delta SkyMiles. Can you think of a better way to kick off the spring festival season? Neither can we.

CLICK HERE to take the survey. Good luck!

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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 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.

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Stop The Virgens: A Psycho Opera Co-Created By Karen O

Murmurs starting surfacing of Karen O’s psycho opera, Stop The Virgens, a few months back. However, details were kept to a minimum leaving curious imaginations to run wild. Karen O, best known as the front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and her for audacious fashion statements, has never been shy when it comes to expressing her true self. Musically, she has received Grammy and MTV VMA nominations for her work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs,  scored tracks for feature films Where the Wild Things Are and Jackass, and played alongside Bjork, The White Stripes, and The Strokes. But does she have what it takes to make a successful opera? This traditional classical music genre is rarely depicted in the main stream. Yet, the standard definition of an opera is ‘an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text and a musical score’.

Of course she has what it takes to make this perform piece phenomenal. Karen’s partner in crime, Christian Joy, is responsible for creating the costumes for the show. Her designs are imaginative, inspiring, and make you wish you could take a walk through his brain just to get a glimpse of how she views the world.

Karen stated: I have a pretty good idea of what the psycho opera is about but I wouldn’t dare try and put it into my clumsy words. I’m hoping to create an original live experience, it should feel like a psychedelic ride laced with catharsis. There is emotional cost to our narrative so we’re aiming to engage the audience, this piece isn’t aiming to be all about spectacle or abstraction though there is good helping of both in the production. It’s aiming to have all the good stuff of escapist entertainment with a few sucker punches to the gut along the way. I’m in the camp that needs to discover and take risks, sometimes it’s with the promise of something special and new, sometimes it’s to stay awake, either way it’s much more stressful with all the uncertainty but worth the pain in the end.

Stop The Virgens has been described as “an assault on the tragic joys of youth, fever dreams drenched in visual seduction, a cathartic spell spun through a cycle of nine songs”. The psycho opera is being produced by The Creators Project and will be taking place October 12-22 at Saint Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO. Tickets start at $45. Click here to purchase tickets.

Co-created by Karen O & KK Barrett
Music Direction by Sam Spiegel & Nick Zinner
Directed by Adam Rapp

Featuring Money Mark, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Brian Chase, Nick Zinner, Jason Grisell, Gillian Rivers, Yuiko Kamakari, Justin Kantor and Lili Taylor

Choreography by Mariangela Lopez
Choir Direction by Debra Barsha
Costume Design by Christian Joy
Make Up and Hair design by Mike Potter
Projection Design by Darrel Maloney
Lighting Design by Keith Parham
Sound Design by Andres Velasquez

Posted in Art, Editorial, Events, Extracurricular, Fashion, Film, Travel, Up & Coming

5th Annual BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen

The BPM Festival, Mexico’s biggest dance music festival, celebrates its blow-out 5th anniversary in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya from December 30, 2011 to January 8, 2012. With a record-breaking 25,000 attendees in 2011, The BPM Festival 2012 promises to be even bigger and better, with a stellar artist lineup and lots of surprises in store for the fifth year of this world-class electronic music event.

Named one of MixMag’s 10 Best International Parties, BPM Festival 2011 saw 120 of the planet’s best DJs and producers playing day and night for 10 sun-drenched days in the beautiful Mexican Caribbean. White sand beaches, turquoise waters, and top talents like Damian Lazarus, Dubfire, Laidback Luke, Lee Burridge, Marco Carola, Richie Hawtin, Steve Angello, and Steve Lawler (just to name a few) make the BPM Festival a perfect winter getaway in one of the most spectacular beach locations on the planet.

The BPM Festival will be celebrating its fifth year anniversary on January 5th, 2012 with special parties and surprises taking place all over Playa del Carmen. In just a few short years, the BPM Festival has grown from an elite industry networking event into an international mélange of electronic music lovers, DJs, producers, revelers and partygoers — and it just keeps getting better. It’s no coincidence that BPM Festival 2012 coincides with the end of the Mayan calendar, a time to celebrate change and usher in a new era.

A limited number of super special advance sale priced 10-Day VIP wristbands are available now HERE. Be sure to stay tuned in the coming months for more news and line-up announcements!

Stream this podcast from Nick Curly, exclusively made for BPM Festival, and start dreaming of beats on the beach…

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Flow Highlights: James Blake

James Blake delivered a haunting performance to close out the final day of Flow Festival. Accompanied by Ben Assiter on drums and Airhead on guitar, Blake brought an emotional depth to the performance that literally gave us chills.

CLICK HERE to listen to James Blakes’ eponymous debut album on Spotify, and check out photos from his set after the jump. For the complete collection of photos from Flow Festival CLICK HERE.

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Flow Highlights: Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe’s performance at Flow Festival in Helsinki was by far my favorite of the weekend. The introduction of her set was scored by “Suite II Overture”, the opening track on The ArchAndroid, as a ringmaster hyped the crowd and her extensive band took the stage, section by section. Still nowhere to be seen, Monáe launched into a “Dance or Die” before dramatically revealing herself from behind a cape. “Dance or Die” turned into a three-song medley that included “Faster” and “Locked Inside”, the two subsequent songs on her sophomore album.

It was an exhilarating set that literally left me breathless. Other highlights: a cover of The Jackson Five’s “ABC” and a jam session with Shantel, who played a set earlier that day.

If you’re in New York City, catch Janelle Monáe at the Afropunk Festival on August 28. Admission to the festival is free. If you have yet to hear The ArchAndroid, CLICK HERE to have a listen on Spotify.

Check out photos from her set after the jump, and the complete collection of photos from Flow Festival HERE.

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Photo Gallery: Flow Festival Day 3

Featuring Sly & Robbie, Rubik, Twin Shadow, Jamie Woon, Kanye West and James Blake.


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Photo Gallery: Flow Festival Day 2

Featuring Mayer Hawthorne, Iron & Wine, Janelle Monáe, Empire of the Sun, 2562 and Martyn.


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