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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Daedelus at Johnny Brenda’s, Aphra DJ set at Da Vinci Art Alliance, Cam’ron at Voltage Lounge

Daedelus | photo by Shubostar | via the artist’s Facebook page

Daedelus, the prolific Los Angeles-based project of Alfred Darlington, brings his Antidote Tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The experimental electronic project has a few dozen releases from over the years, the most recent being this year’s Wears House. Mono/Poly and Free The Robots will also play tonight’s show, and DJ Phonographiq will be spinning tunes throughout the night. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mount Moriah at Boot & Saddle, Jacob Snider and Chelsea Sue Allen at Steel City, Kneebody & Daedelus at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Mount Moriah | photo by Lissa Gotwals | courtesy of the artist

North Carolina’s Mount Moriah play Boot & Saddle in support of their new How to Dance LP. We got a glimpse of the new record earlier this week with a video for “Precita,” which you can check out below. Pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here and stay tuned for a special World Cafe session with the band that is part of a Sense of Place: North Carolina feature.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby Suns at Johnny Brenda’s, Daedelus at Underground Arts, Hiding from Andy at World Cafe Live

166_The-Ruby-SunsNew Zealand’s The Ruby Suns play Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The psych / pop band is touring in support of their dreamy Christopher LP, which they released earlier this year on Sub Pop.  Using his world travels as inspiration for all three Ruby Suns full lengths, Ryan McPhun drew inspiration from a trip to Scandinavia for this most recent effort.  Lyrically, Christopher is a breakup album but sonically it’s an adventure into both the musical and natural landscapes of the north.  Tickets and information for theie 21+ show with Painted Palms can be found here.  Watch the video for “Kingfisher Call Me” below and download the song here.

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Get to know Ryan Hemsworth (playing at Underground Arts tomorrow night with Daedelus, Salva and Samo Sound Boy)

Ryan-Hemsworth Tomorrow night at Undergound Arts there’s an excellent lineup of DJ’s and electronica musicians worth seeing for a glimpse into some of the best musicians working in the electronic dance scene; each one bringing their own unique influences to the mix. The evening features headliner Daedelus with support from Salva, Samo Sound Boy and Ryan Hemsworth.

DJ and producer Hemsworth is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has received a lot of music blog love and positive critical attention lately not only for his own work, but for his remixes of songs by Grimes, Frank Ocean and Drake. What’s notable about his work is his use of genres like hip-hop and R&B to inform the moodiness and emotion of the music he creates. His recent album, Last Words, released on WeDidIt, features “Colour & Movement” that you can watch below. Hemsworth is definitely worth keeping an eye (and ear) on. WIth each new release and remix, he’s adding to the conversation of electronic music in leaps and bounds. Sample some of his work below.

Go here for tickets to the show tomorrow evening at Underground Arts. The show is 21+. Doors at 8 PM; Show at 9 PM.

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Salva releases new EP, tours with Daedelus (playing at Underground Arts on 3/3)

San Fran mixmaster Paul Salva, or just Salva, will release a new EP, Odd Furniture to accompany his upcoming tour with fellow Los Angeles DJ Daedelus. Salva, head of the beat powerhouse record label Frite Nite (sponsoring acts like Shlohmo and Ana Sia), took off this year after his remix of Kanye West’s “Mercy” exploded on dancefloors. His 2011 debut Complex Housing (released on Friends of Friends) featured nightclub stunners like “Keys Open Doors” and “Baroque.” He upped his own slick production cred by rocking live crowds at 2012’s Coachella, Mutek Montreal and Lollapalooza festivals. Tickets and information for Salva’s March 3rd performance  at Underground Arts (21+) can be found on our concert calendar here; you can stream the RL Grime & Salva remix of “Mercy” below.

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Now Hear This: New songs from Kylie, Kali and Koze; PC, PCM and SMD; Daphne, Damien, Daniel and the Decemberists

Kylie Minogue | photo via facebook.com/kylieminogue

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

This year was already off to a pretty good start, musically speaking, but at some point around the beginning of last month things really started popping off. By which I mean we started getting a steady stream of bright, shiny, undeniable capital-P Pop music, the kind of stuff that’s going to become truly indispensable / inescapable come summertime – which, for all intents and purposes is basically already here – and which will likely wind up defining 2018 in our memories forevermore. And I’m digging it! First off, we got Cardi B’s debut album, Invasion of Privacy, which was not just a major cultural event but also way more fun than I would’ve expected, and has been rightly celebrated as such across the board. (Truly, if you haven’t at least heard the made-for-the-summer Latin-pop sizzler “I Like It,” featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin, do yourself the favor – also, she’s coming to town in September with Bruno Mars.) Then there was Drake, of course, replacing himself at the top of the charts with “Nice For What” and having more fun than he’s had in ages (maybe ever?), even if at least half of the song’s appeal is down to that Lauryn Hill sample. (He’s also got an album on the way, and a just-announced September Philly date with Migos.) Continue reading →

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Kneebody and Daedalus explore jazz at Johnny Brenda’s on 3/12

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Kneebody | photo by Chris Clinton | courtesy of the artist

The SoCal quintet Kneebody and the stable of eclectic artists on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label have both been rethinking the meaning of “jazz,” albeit from opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Kneebody – keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood – steer a recognizable jazz quintet line-up into unexpected waters, detouring through electronica, indie rock, hip-hop and new music en route to an of-the-moment sonic palette. Spearheaded by his own uncategorizable mash-ups, meanwhile, Lotus has made Brainfeeder a home for artists who use genre as an element, not an end.

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