Philip Sherburne

writer

Biography

  • Space Invaders meet Deadmau5

    The Future of EDM: Space Invaders and Deadmau5 Stamp on a Human Face, Forever

    So music producer Deadmau5 and the video game Space Invaders have teamed up. Well, that's not entirely true. Deadmau5's lawyers have inked some kind of deal with Square Enix Ltd./TAITO Corporation's lawyers. And soon, apparently, we'll be able to spend money on products and/or experiences that bring those two entities together.This is what you wanted, kids — EDM's total world conquest. The PLURpocalypse, if you will. And with Live Nation and Robert F.X. Sillerman's SFX pumping money into the ballooning "EDM space" like so much fracking fluid, it's the kind of thing that's starting to bubble to the surface.As Billboard reported this week, this is EDM's future. Sillerman is about to take his SFX company public, and potential investors are looking for growth opportunities far beyond the low-margin concert-ticket business and even the higher-margin festival business.

  • Michaella McCollum Connolly, dressed for work in Ibiza

    Ibiza Drug-Mule Arrests Offer a Glimpse Into the White Isle's Seedy Side

    A tale of guns, drugs, and go-go dancers currently playing out across the British tabloids is so bizarre, it might be a joint screenplay between Spring Breakers' Harmony Korine and Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh.In late July, a 20-year-old Irish dancer named Michaella McCollum Connolly went missing in Ibiza, where she was spending the summer working in bars in the seedy San Antonio district. After her family contacted Interpol and launched an international appeal for information regarding the young woman's whereabouts, she turned up, all right — in Lima, Peru, where she and another Ibiza summer worker, 19-year-old Melissa Reid, from Scotland, were arrested after attempting to board a flight to Madrid with 11 kilos of cocaine hidden in their luggage.

  • Julia Holter / Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

    Julia Holter's Erudite Avant-Pop Epic 'Loud City Song' Will Beguile and Engulf You

    While the sidewalk vultures cluck over their Frappuccinos and the sun slices up the boulevard like a klieg light, our heroine hides beneath her hat brim. As the restaurant burns and soldiers take up their positions on the rooftops, she forages through green fertile valleys, and returns with a fistful of riddles:"There's a flavor to the sound of walking no one ever noticed before.""When the summer's over, will he remember winter words?""I don't understand falling leaves. A tree's a tree."What place is this? Who is this complicated ingénue, wise beyond her years? Julia Holter's new album is loosely based on Gigi, a 1944 novella about a teenage girl in grooming to become a Parisian courtesan.

  • Duke Dumont

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Duke Dumont Hopes to 'Hold On' to Chart Dominance

    Duke Dumont feat. MNEK, "Hold On" (Blasé Boys Club) In a year full of pop weirdness, the Fluke of the Year award surely goes to Duke Dumont, whose "Need U (100%)" went to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart this spring. Not that there's anything wrong with the song, but who would have expected a '90s-inflected deep house tune to go to the top like that? (His previous record had been titled For Club Play Only — not exactly a harbinger of imminent chart domination.) With his new single, he's clearly taking the if-it-ain't-broke approach: "Hold On" is another low-slung house cut graced with a booming low-end and buoyed by an opulent bed of vocal harmonies. One of the co-writers of "Need U," MNEK (Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike), turns up here as well, this time behind the mic.

  • Alan Abrahams (Portable, Bodycode) shows solidarity with Russia's LGBT community on Boiler Room

    Dance Music Fights Russia's Anti-Gay Campaign With Partying

    While the International Olympic Committee kowtows to Russia's draconian anti-gay legislation, the club scene is beginning to fight back as it best knows how: by partying.Berlin's Berghain, Munich's Harry Klein, and Brooklyn's Output will throw coordinated events on September 12 under the banner, "Promote Diversity," reports Resident Advisor. The full admission fees from the events will go to All Out, a non-profit organization that works to defend the rights of LGBT people worldwide.

  • Carmen Villain

    Hear Carmen Villain's Gorgeous Cover of Kurt Vile's 'He's Alright'

    "I'm a big fan of Kurt's music," says Carmen Villain of her kinda-sorta namesake, Kurt Vile. "I discovered him when I read an article about new music in some magazine a few years ago. He was mentioned in a short sentence, which led me to check out his album Constant Hitmaker, and it quickly became one of my all-time favorite albums. He is a brilliant songwriter — such good taste in terms of textures and harmonies, lyrics, and his vocals, man… All slanted and beautiful."Proving the extent of her fandom, Villain and her backup band tackled the recent SPIN cover star's "He's Alright" during a studio session at Oslo's Øya Festival this past weekend. A bonus track off the Philadelphia guitarist's 2009 album Childish Prodigy, it's not one of his more obvious hits, but its low-key sense of yearning and spacey atmosphere make a perfect fit for Villain's own aesthetic.

  • Birmingham's Circo Loco in the Arena, 2012

    Man Shot at Birmingham's Circo Loco in the Arena

    Ibiza's Circo Loco parties are famous for their hedonistic, free-spirited vibes, but the mood turned dark at Birmingham, England's Circo Loco in the Arena event last night when a man was shot outside the venue, the Rainbow Warehouse (via DJ Mag). Initial reports from freelance photojournalist Michael Scott on Demotix said that an unidentified 22-year-old man had been shot in the stomach when "a door was rushed"; BBC later confirmed that the victim is 35 and remains in critical condition. In plea for information from witnesses or acquaintances of the shooter, West Midlands Police noted, "The motive for the attack remains unclear but initial enquiries indicate this was a targeted attack and the gunman escaped on foot." This morning, the Circo Loco in the Arena organization announced, "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to cancel today's event.

  • The Con Ed bill isn't cheap: Ultra Music Festival 2013

    Ultra Music Festival's Payment Plan Will Run You $509.70, Shipping Included

    Ultra Music Festival's IT department had it rough on May 21. That was the day that three-day passes for the Miami festival's 2014 edition went on sale for the early-bird price of $149.95 — 50% off this year's $299 price tag. In four minutes, they were gone.

  • Dillon Francis, backstage at Lollapalooza

    Dance Tracks of the Week: Tiesto, Drake, Dillon Francis, and Flo Rida Hop on the Deep House Train

    Tiesto, "Club Life 331" (Sirius XM) So Tiesto has gone and launched a deep house radio show. That's not a sentence I expected to write, well, ever, but that's the state of EDM in 2013 for you: Even the A-list DJs seem nervous about the bursting of the big-room bubble, and they're casting about for alternatives. It's a smart way for Tiesto to hedge his bets — by dedicating a weekly show to the sound, he ups his cred with listeners growing tired of main-stage fare, and he positions himself to benefit should the recent successes of acts like Duke Dumont, Disclosure, and Hot Natured swell into an actual Next Big Thing.Maybe that sounds cynical, and maybe that's unfair. Despite his susceptibility to cheese and his recent embrace of Vegas-sized cliché (including quitting Ibiza for an exclusive residency in Vegas), the Dutch trance superstar has been known to dig deep for his sets.

  • Jordan Ullman and Majid Al Maskati are Majid Jordan

    Who Is Majid Jordan, Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' Collaborator?

    Yesterday, Drake dropped a new song out of the blue: "Hold On, We're Going Home," a dreamy, 100-BPM cut that nicely split the difference between synth-soaked R&B (think Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It") and slow-motion deep house (Disclosure's "Help Me Lose My Mind"). The track features someone named Majid Jordan, prompting one feverish question: Who is Majid Jordan?A good question, but it turns out that the grammar is all wrong. We should be asking, "Who are Majid Jordan?" According to a thread on the Kanye to The forums, the name is a hybrid of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, a pair of Toronto producers formerly known as Good People.

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