Dan Deacon (DJ set)

Dan Deacon is a Baltimore-based experimental electronic producer and composer. Deacon has released multiple critically-acclaimed albums over the past few years and has garnered a reputation for his highly interactive live performances. His most recent effort, America, came out late last year.

Friends have also garnered praise from the likes of , among others, Nylon Magazine, The NME and Creature Mag who had this to say about them: "(Friends)boast a classic pop sound and their single 'Friend Crush' is simply the epitome of cool…This Brooklyn quintet are led by lead singer Samantha Urbani whose vocals drip with a gritty sex appeal that relays the heat of a NYC summer… The bass and percussion on 'Friend Crush' is sultry, with an instantaneously memorable keys/guitar hook that'll have you humming this track for weeks to come. Urbani's vocals are effortless and simultaneously flawless- this band is definitely one to watch for 2011, and they haven't even started recording their debut album yet."


Baltimore and Wham City resident Adventure's 2008 self-titled debut was an energetic journey through the outer expanses of a SID chip, an experience that took listeners whizzing over pixelated mountains and explored the darker corners of the most modernized urban setting. This limited tonal range and lack of human vocals (save for a few dialogue samples from Bladerunner) may have made the music of Adventure seem a bit cold or impersonal, but on his newest release, The Lesser Known, Benny Boeldt has brightened up his sound, adding soaring synth blasts and maximalist flourishes a la M83.

The airy snare and pulsing bass that open the album act as fanfare, like Boeldt welcoming the listener into the spacious new environment of The Lesser Known. His aesthetic remains grounded in the 1980s, but the songs sound more like retro-futuristic radio hits than the arcade-conjuring modulations of his first release. On tracks like "Fool's Paradise" and "Smoke and Mirrors," Boeldt splits the difference between New Order and Nu Shooz, creating a sound that could please even the most cynical bedroom moper while gratifying any party-goer who's simply looking to dance. Those fearing a record of wistful 80s pop facsimiles will be pleased to hear tunes like "Relax the Mind" and "Lights Out" connecting the dots that link Giorgio Moroder and his modern hit-making scion Dr. Luke. Dance beats permeate the bulk of The Lesser Known, but the two closing songs introduce pensive atmospheres, perhaps laying the framework for Boeldt's future musical ventures.


A snarky, ballsy collision of frenetic noise punk riffs, odd rhythms, abrupt changes and performance art provocateuring, BODYPARTS is a three-piece blitz. Free associative lyrics are belted out in Spanish and in English, and the songs are concise enough to refuse any attempt by the listener to overcome the confusion, at least upon first listen. With some room for spontaneity, BODYPARTS execute an incredibly well orchestrated cacophony.



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