November 11, 2012 |
Since his path-breaking "Silver Apples of the Moon" brought electronic music into the mainstream in 1967, the composer Morton Subotnick, who turns 80 in April, has grown from a pioneer of electronic music to one of its elder statesmen. But he's still very much on the ramparts, and on Friday night Subotnick — joined by the new-music vocalist Joan La Barbara and two other stalwarts of New York's new-music scene — took the stage at the Library of Congress for three of Subotnick's works that probed the...
March 27, 2013 |
Only a few songs into a sold-out performance at U Street Music Hall , Josh Young, one half of the electronic beatmaking duo Flosstradamus, hopped on the microphone and shouted, "It feels like a house party in here!" Beneath four laser beams stretched out across the dance floor, a sea of flat-brimmed baseball caps bobbed madly in approval. If this had been an actual house party, all the china would have been smashed, cops would be at the door, and someone's parents would have...
November 23, 2011 |
Oy, it's been a year. We're beleaguered. Beaten up. Depressed by the economy, distressed by political dithering, swirled by tornadoes, slammed by hurricanes, shaken by earthquakes. Things must have been better, once — when we were blithely pre-supercommittee, pre-Sandusky, pre-Occupied. Right now we're on our way to a blue Christmas even Elvis wouldn't want to sing about. But there's unsurpassing joy in giving — and this year, more than ever, the best thing to give is joy itself.
October 4, 2012 |
Porter Robinson and Zedd are two of electronic dance music's rising stars. Known for producing electro-house music that combines synth-heavy instrumentals, ethereal vocals and enough bass to rattle your ribcage, both received mainstream acclaim after touring with Skrillex in 2011. Now they're co-headlining a fall tour, sharing the DJ booth and spinning back-to-back tracks. You can catch them at Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Porter Robinson Oh, to be a...
December 11, 2012 |
Is there a seat for electronic music at the live music table? Alex Clare is on the case. The singer-songwriter and bearded Brit lays soulful pop vocals over dubstep, dub reggae and even drum-and-bass to merge the two worlds, territory most notably navigated by fellow Londoner Katy B . But unlike his spunky and self-assured neighbor, Clare hasn't quite settled on a musical identity. Is it pop music or electronic dance music? Or is it electronic pop music? And, most important, is it any good?
February 3, 2008 |
BALTIMORE -- It's a packed night at the Red Room, the tiny, no-frills performance space in a sketchy part of town where you go if you're hunting for the music of the future. There's barely room to move, but people keep squeezing in, navigating the tangle of cables that spreads across the floor, finding a seat wherever they can. A couple of guitars are tilted against the wall, and there's a small arsenal of synthesizers, amplifiers, mixing boards and MacBooks at one end of the room. In a dim corner, two musicians are intently...