• Deadmau5 Disrupts EDM With the Sprawling, Awesome 'While (1<2)'

    Deadmau5 Disrupts EDM With the Sprawling, Awesome 'While (1<2)'

    The reason you gotta love Deadmau5 is that he makes it so easy to hate him. To thumb through the yearbook of 2014 EDM stars is to be overwhelmed by the visages of shiny happy people. Who's chiseling these guys' features, Michelangelo? Martin Garrix, Avicii, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, David Guetta, Afrojack — it's like a Florentine sculpture garden drenched in hair gel. Then there's Skrillex, who thankfully looks like a '70s feminist who stuck a fork in an electrical socket. And then there's Deadmau5, who, yes, wears a mouse-head when he performs, but who is equally visually arresting offstage. Tatted up and speed-freak skinny, Joel Zimmerman looks like trouble. He talks trouble, too. He's a walking solar eclipse, throwing shade in every direction.

  • Hundred Waters. L-R: Nicole Miglis, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault, Trayer Tryon

    Hundred Waters Run Deep

    You can see it driving south on Interstate 17, a cluster of buildings sticking up like a mirage out of the crags and canyons of the Arizona desert: Arcosanti. It's an Urban Laboratory, or, as the official sign that greets you in the parking lot would have it, "An Urban Laboratory?" Per Wikipedia, it's an "Experimental Town." Per those of us who traveled there this past Memorial Day — from Austin, Boulder, San Francisco, New York, Orlando — Arcosanti is a peculiar, remote, but ultimately magical place to stage an album-release show.It's the vision of an Italian-American architect named Paolo Soleri, who in the 1970s developed the concept of Arcology — Architecture + Ecology, man living in harmony with his environment — and decided to build Arcosanti to put his theories into practice.

  • Broken Twin

    Watch Broken Twin's Haunting Cover of 'You Can't Wrap Your Arms Around A Memory'

    Broken Twin is the nom de plume of Danish singer-songwriter Majke Voss Romme, whose stunning debut album, May, was released April 29 on Anti. Dark and stormy, the record is suffused in Romme's melancholy, piano-driven dirges. She applies the same formula to her cover of Johnny Thunder's "You Can't Wrap Your Arms Around A Memory," transforming the power pop track into a haunting ballad. Says Romme, "We shot this while rehearsing for our first show ever as a band. It's always nerve wrecking playing live with new people for the first time. I like those moments. It makes everyone so tense and aware. It's vulnerable. No one wants to be the one fucking up." Watch Romme perform the song in the video above and read our Best New Artist profile of the singer while you're at it.

  • Broken Twin

    Broken Twin Commands Devastating Darkness on 'May'

    There's sad music and then there's sad music; music that's just plain devastating. Death Cab for Cutie made sad music, whereas Elliott Smith's was devastating. James Taylor made some sad music, but Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Jim Croce – their stuff was devastating. (Don't pretend you can listen to Croce’s "Time In a Bottle" and not cry.) Sad music sounds hurt; devastating music sounds damaged. Sad music tugs at the heartstrings; devastating music rips them out. Majke Voss Romme, who records as Broken Twin, falls into this latter camp. The singer’s experimental folk songs, as heard on her self-produced debut May, are stark, spectral odes to desolation, loss, heartache -- the whole shebang.

  • Damon Albarn's Modern Life Is Rubbish on Endearingly Great 'Everyday Robots'

    Damon Albarn's Modern Life Is Rubbish on Endearingly Great 'Everyday Robots'

    As most folks know, SXSW is more about brands than bands; it has been for over a decade. To wit: For 10-plus years now, there's one brand that throws this enormously expensive five-day party, from noon to 8 p.m. every day. Cover is free and the line-up is so consistently amazing the place takes on a kind of Pinocchio's Pleasure Island vibe, where it's hard to leave even as you feel shittier the longer you stay. This year, Blur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn was headlining the Friday evening slot. So picture this: It's 7:30 p.m., magic-hour in Austin, the free beer is flowing, and one of the most fascinating musicians of the last 30 years is performing new material in an intimate setting. Also: I'm a huge Blur fan (the pneumonic device I use to remember my ATM pin-code is a Blur reference). So again: free show, free beer, small crowd, living legend onstage. What do I do?

  • Rhythm & Snooze: From Sohn to Chet Faker, A Global Group of Artists Explore the EDM-R&B Axis

    Rhythm & Snooze: From Sohn to Chet Faker, A Global Group of Artists Explore the EDM-R&B Axis

    Look, I hate to do it, I don't want to do it, but I have to do it. Reader, it's my job: I have to come up with a new term to encompass a clutch of music. I know, I know, we need another darkwave/coldwave/drumstep/chillstep/witch house/shithouse like we need a hole in the head. But we have to do it. Writers, editors and maybe even readers (big maybe) need a word to throw around, make fun of, feel depressed about. Like, how are we going to be nostalgic for this shit in ten years if we never figure out what to call it?So which shit? Right.

  • Thievery Corporation

    Review: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

    Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨, 鮓, 寿斗, 寿し, 壽司?) is a Japanese food consisting of cooked vinegared rice (鮨飯, sushi-meshi?) combined with other ingredients (ネタ, neta?), seafood, vegetables and sometimes tropical fruits. Ingredients and forms of sushi presentation vary widely, but the ingredient which all sushi have in common is rice (also referred to as shari (しゃり?) or sumeshi (酢飯?)).Sushi can be prepared with either brown or white rice. Sushi is often prepared with raw seafood, but some common varieties of sushi use cooked ingredients. Raw fish (or occasionally meat) sliced and served without rice is called sashimi.Sushi is often served with shredded ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce. Popular garnishes are often made using daikon.Click here to read more about sushi. 

  • Post-Rock Supergroup Inventions Conjure Transfixing Debut

    Post-Rock Supergroup Inventions Conjure Transfixing Debut

    Can there be such a thing as an ambient music supergroup? Feels like a contradiction in terms: Two titans of sonic landscape design join forces to show the phonies how it's done. Yeah, no, it's hard to make ambient music sound bad-ass. But so what if Inventions aren't Damn Yankees. The duo, comprised of Explosions in the Sky guitarist Mark T. Smith and Eluvium mastermind Matthew Cooper, has turned in a debut album that's perfectly befitting their post-rock bona fides.Inventions works for all the reasons post-rock ambient experimental noise-scape music is supposed to work. It features glacial builds with satisfying crescendos; guitars that twinkle like stars in a desert sky; electric static obscuring dulcet melodies; sub-bass that works more like a drawn-out bear hug than something with rhythmic purpose, enveloping you in a prolonged, low-end thrum.

  • neil young, ponomusic, sxsw 2014, a letter home

    Q&A: Neil Young Plots Retro-Tech Revolution With Pono, New Album 'A Letter Home'

    Amidst the chaos of SXSW, Neil Young announced the arrival of his long-gestating PonoMusic, which Neil and CEO John Hamm insist isn't really a device or a digital music service (although it happens to be both) but rather a movement — a 360-degree revolution (the word is used frequently) that will not only restore us to the pre-MP3 elysian days of hi-fi music-listening, but in doing so also save the entire music industry, right down to its clerical workers. If all of this sounds a little fuzzy, that's because it kind of is: The only thing you can do right now is donate to the movement on Kickstarter, where the service has raised $3.1 million at press time, which is nearly four times its original goal. After listening to Neil's keynote address on Tuesday, SPIN sat down with the rock legend in a suite at an out-of-the-way hotel in Austin.

  • Tyler, the Creator Nearly Incites a Riot at SXSW

    Tyler, the Creator Nearly Incites a Riot at SXSW

    Does Tyler, the Creator thrive on chaos, or does he thrive on subjecting other people to it? There's a difference. One tendency you tend to associate with artists, the other masochists. To wit: During his headlining spot at the Converse/Thrasher "Death Match" at the Scoot Inn Thursday afternoon, Tyler incited hundreds of people outside the already-packed venue to break down the gates, nearly causing a riot just hours after two people were killed and 23 injured outside his scheduled show at the Mohawk.

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