Reviews

As festivals sprawl up all over the U.S. and inundate the already heavily commercialized electronic industry, USC Events and LiveNation have put together a massive electronic music festival out in the secluded Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. Returning for its second year bigger and better than ever, Paradiso has been upgraded to a two-day, overnight camping experience that combines the likes of Coachella and EDC. Portlanders and Seattleites composed the majority of the audience this year but patrons from far and wide made their way to what was one of the larger electronic lineup’s I’ve seen in my 20+ years living in the Northwest. Held at the same venue the venerable Sasquatch Music Festival calls home, Paradiso threw the largest party the Columbia River Gorge has seen in it’s 12-17 million year old existence, and narrated it with some of the biggest names in the industry. Continue Reading


It’s been a very, very good year for the skinny-white-boy producers of the world. At the top of the pile shines one in particular: RL Grime (who is currently on tour with a bunch of other skinny white dudes. Brilliant.) Henry Steinway won our artist of the year in our 2012 recap and, judging by the past seven months since then, is on a warpath to take the title once again at the end of 2013. His latest EP High Beams, out today on Fool’s Gold, was a long awaited package from the wunderkid and is a bonafide selection of club weapons at their most volatile.

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Since the inception of our site over four years ago, UK producer Foamo has maintained a spot atop our list of favorites due to his steadily maturing sound. He’s set to release a banging new EP that comes out next week on the 17th backed by the Rinse camp. The title track Release Me will surely be doing the rounds in clubs this summer due to the knocking bass and silky vocals of Lotti. Clearly drawing from his recent work on his Gorgon City project, the future of dance music looks bright with artists like Foamo pushing the envelope and blurring the boundaries of genres.

Last night, for the very first time, Disco legend and arguably the father of modern dance music, Giorgio Moroder, performed at the Output club in Brooklyn for the Red Bull Music Academy. Best known for his work with Donna Summer, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Daft Punk and scores for Scarface and Flashdance, Moroder drew hundreds out to BK for this landmark performance…and we were one of the lucky few who got to witness it first hand!

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Out now is the latest from Le Castle Vania’s label Always Never Records, an amazing and multi-faceted six track EP from Miami based producers SLDGHMR. I’m really impressed – there’s not a whole lot of young American producers that have finesse and versatility in delivering an EP that progresses from barreling techno to indie/nu-disco type stylings whilst maintaining a sound true to their artistry.

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Last Saturday we returned once again to one of our favorite haunts, Webster Hall NYC. But this time it was a bit of a special occasion… aside from 4/20, A-Trak was back in town and Webster was kicking off the start of their new weekly Brite Nites party….and it was an insane night to say the least. Check out what went down after the jump!

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It comes as little surprise that Kastle, a man who’s such an avid and exuberant pusher for music (his own, and his label’s), has just released his first full length album only a short three years after starting this musical project. With a mind-blowing flow of releases, remixes, mixtapes, and shows already in his repertoire, Kastle’s been one of the most useful and gracious advocates of the forward-thinking musical movement in the US. As many talented and unique artists as there are in the world, Kastle is one of very few who I can introduce to absolutely any one of my friends and have them fall hands-down in love with his music without failure.

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Last Friday I headed back to the west side to the infamous Marquee New York. With help from Sleepy & Boo, the lineups for Marquee’s “underground” night on Fridays have only gotten increasingly better since it’s opening in January and last week was no exception. The Dirtybird chief, Claude VonStroke was in the house and there was no way I could miss those tech-funk vibes. Catch my review after the jump!

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Photo By: Timothy Norris

On Saturday, March 16th, the Portland-based electronica artist, Emancipator, graced Los Angeles with his presence at The Do LaB’s event held at the El Rey Theatre. With openers including the emerging indie-dance duo, Odesza, and the trip-hop mastermind, Little People, it was a particularly special night filled with excellent music, strong vibes, and a great crowd to match. Find out exactly how it all went down after the jump…
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