SEMF (Sacramento Electronic Music Festival)

RAC (Remix Artist Collective)

RAC (Remix Artist Collective)'s remixes have been reinventing the art of remixing and gathering widespread acclaim since the collective's creation in 2007. The newest expansion of the RAC family is RAC DJs, another creative teaming of André Anjos and Karl Kling. With RAC DJs, RAC takes its remix theory to the booth, altering and combining tracks on the fly, to create an engaging soundscape fed by crowd energy and live interaction.
RAC has done remixes for Phoenix, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ra Ra Riot, and many more.

Electro pioneers ADULT return in May with a dark and devastating new LP, "The Way Things Fall" on Ghostly Records, and in June take The Echo stage for PART TIME PUNKS (!!). Founded in 1998 and often (mistakenly) lumped into the Electroclash movement, the band are even more accurately described as Synthpunk or even Minimal Synth or Minimal Wave. Fusing analog synths with punk aggression and sparse 808 beats, the band were releasing these records well over a decade before a term like "Minimal Wave" was even coined. All to say...Adult are a band who have always been out of time. Still pioneers, innovators and true artists. And PTP is proud to welcome them back to Lost Angeles for the first time in more than half a decade.

Sister Crayon

After releasing their debut album Bellow in February on Manimal Vinyl Records, the band toured relentlessly with acts including The Album Leaf and El Ten Eleven. They will remain on the road for much of 2012 while continuing to work on material for a new album.

"On 'Holy (Or)der,' Sister Crayon maximizes a sonic landscape of ethereal loops and twangy keyboards that evoke childhood music machines contrasted with Terra Lopez's warm-deep-sad vocals (primarily words, occasionally pure instrumental sound). SC exists on that fine line of sadness and bliss, ever unstable, ever reaching across their driving methodic beats for sanctuary before the fadeout." --Sacramento Underground Music Examiner

"What you get with this band is sincerity, thoughtfulness, intense beauty, wisdom, joy, and (perhaps, best of all) music that should be at once pondered and cherished. Stumbling onto Sister Crayon is like finding a book of apocalyptic poetry in the confessional booth of an old, burned out cathedral."


Shortcircles is the moniker of Oakland resident Matthew Tammariello. After tinkering around with beats ever since he got his hands on a pirated computer program back in middle school, Tammariello began seriously pursuing production towards the end of his college years, debuting as Shortcircles in March of 2011 with a free EP for the local blog/net-label Mapzzz (ran by Oakland electronic-music enthusiast and XLR8R staff writer Glenn Jackson). Tammariello's initial efforts as Shortcircles took shape as pieces instrumental bliss-hop—dreamy tracks which placed cool chords, chopped vocal samples, and sparsely poignant melodies atop mid-tempo hip-hop beats. In the time since, Tammariello's productions have evolved and matured into more lush and distinctive sonic territory, as heard on his two EPs for Plug Research in 2012 and his handful of distinctive remixes that have appeared all over the web in the past two years.

Now, Tammariello is ready to make his mark with his debut LP, Between Waves, out this May. Without a doubt his most introspective and ambitious release to date, the 10-track record is an immersive musical experience, one which takes its listeners deep beneath the airy textures and moody chords that lie at the base of Tammarielo's songcraft and reveals a vast world of auditory wonders. Between Waves takes its shares of twists and turns throughout its run, hitting on moments of shimmering ambience, soul-tinged electronic pop, and somehow jazzy-yet-futuristic hip-hop along its way. Depending where you find yourself in the record, you may hear echoes of Bonobo-style beatwork ("Tunnels"), come across piano-led slow jams ("Smiles"), or be coyly beckoned by Shortcircles' lush, inviting brand of future-R&B ("On My Mind"). Through it all though, Tammariello finds a cohesiveness in his knack for lush, angelic textures and subtly enthralling arrangements, all of which work to render the LP a profoundly inviting affair.

Fitting a handful of vocal collaborations amongst the tracklist—not to mention saxophone solos, live drums, chopped guitar, and, of course, a bevy of arpeggiated synth lines and repurposed samples—Between Waves is a debut album that reveals Shortcircles as a truly multi-faceted talent. In an era of electronic music that seems to find so many young producers reaching too eagerly towards flash-in-the-pan trends or dancefloor fame, Tammarielo is content to build patient productions that invite reflection as they carefully open up onto unexplored sonic worlds.

Sub Liquid

Northern California original music crossing genre boundaries and bending the norm. Sub Liquid is a fusion of live recordings and field recordings spanning from Downtempo and Trip Hop to Dub and Mid Tempo.

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