“Ladies and gentleman, I regret to inform you that you’re already dead.”
These were the opening words of Steven Ellison—aka Flying Lotus—to the crowd at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater, as he stood shrouded behind a prism-like projector screen that could almost pass for a bullhorn. He followed that statement with a swift salvo of beats that sounded anything but dead, certainly never dull. Continue reading →
Italy’s JoyCut are bringing a world tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of its latest LP PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround. The Bologna-based electronic trio was introduced to wider audiences through tours with Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse, winning over crowds with their optimistically upbeat dark-wave compositions. Pieces was released on Italian label IRMA Records in 2013. Watch JoyCut perform “Wireless” and “Domino” live below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Bells and The Silence Kit can be found here. Continue reading →
To describe Steven Ellison, better known as the Los Angeles-bred Flying Lotus, with traditional signifiers is a pretty difficult endeavor. He’s not quite a jazz artist, although his pieces smack of the heavy-concept, free-form complexity that defines that genre in the 21st century. He’s not quite a hip-hop producer, although his rhythms derive from the canon of that world’s sonic tapestry and ground performances from superstar luminaries like Kendrick Lamar. And he’s not even an electronic artist, despite his heavy use of blippy synths and membership on the genre-defining (and -redefining) Warp Records label. Continue reading →
Wondering what could top the work that rapper Kendrick Lamar set a high standard with on his last album, good kid, m.A.A.d city? Then look no further than this new Flying Lotus song, featuring Lamar, “Never Catch Me.” It’s from the forthcoming Flying Lotus album, You’re Dead out October 7th (Warp Records). Continue reading →
Folk / pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse performs at World Cafe Live tonight. The Nebraska native, who now lives in Spain, is touring behind his recent The Happiness Waltz release. Throughout his career, Rouse has perfected an up-tempo-but-hushed sound that makes his recordings both inviting and intimate. Waltz returns Rouse to his English language roots after 2010′s bi-lingual El Turista effort. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Eleni Mandell can be found here. Below, watch his new film noir inspired video for “Julie (Come Out of the Rain).”
Les Claypool brings his Duo de Twang to The TLA tonight. Fitting in a handful of dates before he heads out on tour with his main band Primus, Duo de Twang features Claypool and guitarist Marc Haggard in an intimate, unplugged set-up. According to a review of a Duo de Twang show in Los Angeles, the set-list for the evening includes a mix of Primus favorites, original material and some covers as well as a significant amount of banter and story telling. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. Below, watch the Duo (in this instance Claypool and Chris Robinson) perform “Battle of New Orleans.”
Experimental DJ Flying Lotus headlines Union Transfer tonight. The Los Angeles-based musician / producer (real name Steven Ellison) has an impressive musical pedigree – Alice Coltrane was a great-aunt and Ravi Coltrane counts Ellison as one of his cousins – but he’s forged his own path in the electronica / hip hop world over the course of four studio efforts. Most recently, Ellison released his 2012 Warp Records LP Until the Quiet Comes, on which he showed his ability to cross genres and blend concepts with transcendent results. Tickets and information for the show with Teebs and Thundercat can be found here. Watch Flying Lotus’ short film for “Until the Quiet Comes” below.
XPN welcomes Matt Duke to the Tin Angel. The New Jersey native continues to tour behind his recent Love On a Major Scale EP, which hit #6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart last December. Duke has been hitting the stage hard up and down the east coast lately, and this June he’ll be heading down to the Outer Banks for Pat McGee’s Down the Hatch OBX event after getting back into the studio this spring. Tonight’s concert will feature opening sets by Matt Santry and Zach Hurd; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Duke perform “The Eyes” at World Cafe Live and download the song for free here.
DJ, producer, and multi-genre musician Flying Lotus has announced a Spring tour with a date at Union Transfer on Friday, April 26th with support from Teebs and Thundercat. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 15th at Noon. Go here for tickets and more information. Born in Los Angeles, Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) comes from an exceptional lineage of musicians. He was a great-nephew to Alice Coltrane, cousin of Ravi Coltrane and the grandson of Marilyn McCleod, who co-wrote “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross. With more than a handful of musical trailblazers in his family, Ellison has blazed his own trails with several releases including his 2012 mind (and genre) expanding avant-DJ record Until The Quiet Comes that included contributions from Erykah Badu and Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Flying Lotus is like the Ornette Coleman of DJ’s; this show promises to be fantastic.
Philly soul singer Bilal has a new video and an EP for the song “Levels” from his 2010 release Airtight’s Revenge. It includes the original song, an instrumental, and remixes by Sonnymoon and acclaimed producer Flying Lotus (whose real name is Steve Ellison). Ellison also makes his directorial debut which features appearances by Erykah Badu, Thundercat, and Shafiq Husayn (who produced the song). Check out audio track for the tune below; you can watch the video here.