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Entering Kazuashita with Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw

Gang Gang Dance | photo by Ari Marcopoulos | courtesy of the artist

Seven years after blowing minds with 2011’s Eye Contact, the alchemists of Gang Gang Dance finally re-surfaced this summer with their most beatific sounding album yet in Kazuashita. Its ethereal ambience juxtaposes with lyrics that emerge from the ether to reference police brutality, the protests at Standing Rock, and several other forms of tumult that inform life at large.

To hear founding member Brian DeGraw tell it, making the record didn’t come without its own share of struggle. Ahead of the band’s show at Boot & Saddle this Thursday, we talked about how the record came to be, how the band’s process of making music had to change, and what to expect when they take the stage this week. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: After seven years, Gang Gang Dance return to Philly this September

Gang Gang Dance | photo by Ari Marcopoulos | courtesy of the artist

After a seven-year hiatus, New York experimental outfit Gang Gang Dance is back on the road with new music in tow. Following the release of their new album Kazuashita, their first since 2011, the band has announced a short run of tour dates that will bring them our way this fall for a gig at Boot & Saddle on September 6. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Gang Gang Dance at Johnny Brenda’s

Gang Gang Dance is all about the complicated and unexpected. The Brooklyn-based group has been marrying world beats to experimental rock since 2001—and, five albums later, the music is still surprisingly novel. The band’s most recent effort, this year’s Eye Contact, garnered an 8.5 on Pitchfork and showcases everything from synthy-dance grooves to reggae to a tribute to fallen band member Nathan Maddox (“Glass Jar”), who died when he was struck by lightning in 2002. Gang Gang Dance’s music has become more accessible in some ways, but it’s not any less delightfully weird. Gang Gang Dance performs with Total Freedom and Nguzunguzu at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $14.