Digitalism Announce 9-city, Rock N Roll-style Live US Tour this May

Digitalism will hit the United States this May for a string of shows across the country, bringing their captivating, dynamic live set to nine cities – with a kickoff performance in San Francisco on May 7th and a closing stop in Los Angeles on the 17th.

The Hamburg duo will return to their Rock-influenced roots for this tour as they bring a brand new live set to North America. After past US festival stops at HARD’s Holy Ship! and EDC Las Vegas, Digitalism will hit some more intimate spots this go around, as they zero in on iconic US venues including the Independent in San Francisco, the Bluebird Theater in Denver, and the historic Troubadour in Los Angeles.

In coordination with this Rock-influenced live show, Jence and Isi (Digitalism) have also put together two remixes for indie bands Bloc Party and The Rapture which are both forthcoming on the UK’s Toolroom Records this spring.

Digitalism have been busy in their Los Angeles studio in recent months, working with a diverse range of talent including The M Machine, Steve Duda, Blood Diamonds, Clockwork, Classixx, and others. Keep an ear out for new Digitalism music later in the year.

Tour flyer design by Los Angeles-based artist, Ashkahn.

Tour Dates
May 7th – San Francisco – Independent
May 8th – Atlanta – Terminal West
May 10th – Orlando – The Social
May 11th – Miami – Bardot
May 13th – Washington – U-Street Music Hall
May 14th – New York – Highline Ballroom
May 15th – Chicago – Bottom Lounge
May 16th – Denver – The Bluebird Theater
May 17th – Los Angeles – Troubadour

El-P & Killer Mike are Run The Jewels and announce tour dates

El-P and Killer Mike, frequent collaborators and two of the most celebrated names in rap in their own right, confirm rumors of a joint LP and tour today as Run The Jewels. El-P’s self-produced Cancer 4 Cure reanimated Brooklyn rap last year with his signature lyrical conviction and bruising production; he also handled all of the beats for Mike’s R.A.P. Music LP, which dropped a few weeks earlier. Both won the acclaim of media and fans across the globe and led to 2012’s legendary, hugely successful “Into The Wild” tour. One year later, the duo return to satisfy fan demand and their own creative urges with Run The Jewels, cementing their musical alliance with a full album of uncompromisingly raw, forward thinking hip-hop.

As a gesture of appreciation, El and Mike will release the self-titled Run The Jewels LP for free with tastemaking Brooklyn label Fool’s Gold this June, a partnership amongst innovators that feels totally appropriate. The independent label (founded by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs in 2007) has acted as a springboard for emerging talent since it’s inception, breaking international artists like Danny Brown, Duck Sauce and Kid Cudi. Fool’s Gold’s support for hip-hop iconoclasts is unparalleled, and the label will lend their midas touch to the Run The Jewels project by creating and releasing a limited run of specialty vinyl and merchandise for die-hard fans to be sold only on the Run The Jewels tour and through Fool’s Gold’s website and physical store in Williamsburg.

Run The Jewels will follow up the release with a sprawling US tour alongside Despot (currently putting the finishing touches on his Ratatat-produced debut album) and ex-Das Racist member Kool AD. The duo will perform their new material as well as solo songs for audiences who seemingly conjured this dream bill by sheer willpower. This summer, rap’s odd couple is on a robbing spree…

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RUN THE JEWELS TOUR DATES:

WED 7/10 OTTAWA, ON Ottawa Blues Fest

THU 7/11 TORONTO, ON Hoxton

FRI 7/12 MARIAVILLE, NY Camp Bisco

SAT 7/13 PITTSBURGH, PA Altar Bar

SUN 7/14 LOUISVILLE, KY Forecastle Festival

TUE 7/16 NASHVILLE, TN Exit In

WED 7/17 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird

THU 7/18 IOWA CITY, IA Gabe’s Oasis

FRI 7/19 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Varsity Theater

SAT 7/20 MADISON, WI UW Memorial Union

SUN 7/21 CHICAGO, IL Pitchfork Festival

WED 7/24 EDMONTON, AB Starlite Room

THU 7/25 CALGARY, AB Republik

FRI 7/26 VANCOUVER, BC Biltmore

SAT 7/27 SEATTLE, WA Capitol Hill Block Party

SUN 7/28 PORTLAND, OR Hawthorne Theatre

TUE 7/30 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent

THU 8/1 LOS ANGELES, CA Echoplex

FRI 8/2 SANA ANA, CA The Observatory

SAT 8/3 PHOENIX, AZ The Crescent Ballroom

MON 8/5 AUSTIN, TX Mohawk

TUE 8/6 BATON ROUGE, LA Spanish Moon

WED 8/7 ATLANTA, GA Masquerade

THU 8/8 ASHEVILLE, NC Orange Peel

FRI 8/9 CHAPEL HILL, NC Cat’s Cradle

SAT 8/10 WASHINGTON DC 9:30 Club

MON 8/12 PHILADELPHIA, PA Union Transfer

TUE 8/13 BOSTON, MA Paradise

WED 8/14 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall

The Uncluded Announce Tour Dates

The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson) are excited to unveil the details of their upcoming US tour which will begin on May 28 in Washington DC and will find the duo taking their whimsical tunes from coast to coast. The tour includes dates in Chicago at Old Town School of Folk Music on June 8 as well as stops along the West Coast in Los Angeles at the First Unitarian Church on July 25. For all dates, the band will be supported by Hamell On Trial. For the full itinerary, please see below.

The Uncluded are touring in support of their upcoming debut album Hokey Fright, out on May 7th on Rhymesayers.

Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 7 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”.

Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. He has released six solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. Lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, as well as Yale University’s Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of 900bats.com, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities.

Upcoming Tour Dates

5/28 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

5/29 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

5/30 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

6/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

6/02 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

6/03 Toronto, ON @ The Blk Box

6/05 Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes

6/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol

6/07 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center @ Ohio State

6/08 Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music

6/21 Dallas, TX @ The Texas Theatre

6/22 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs

6/23 Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian

6/25 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird

6/26 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar

6/29 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

6/30 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center

7/01 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

7/03 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

7/05 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre

7/06 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep

7/23 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic

7/25 Los Angeles, CA @ First Unitarian Church

7/26 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

7/29 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

7/30 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s

7/31 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club

8/02 Missoula, MT @ The Palace

8/03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Trick Daddy – Dick and Dynamite album review

There’s a lot to be said for Charisma. In a day where anyone can plug a Wal-Mart mic into a laptop and call themselves a rapper, only the most memorable of personas will leave the stain of success on the listening populace. Trick Daddy is one of the few MC’s who will always have the collective consciousness of the streets, billboard hit or not. He withdraws from that earned credit with his mixtape release Dick & Dynamite.

Weighing in at a somewhat sizable 22 tracks, the Dade County Mayor goes the traditional route of sprinkling original works with freestyles over popular songs where he flexes his lyrical muscle. The variety of the mixtape somewhat dilutes it’s collective impact. It offers something for everyone, but perhaps only one group should have been looked out for here: the streets.

On D&D Trick two steps between chest-thumping rhetoric that made him a southern pioneer and a less successful “diamonds and girls” approach. He sounds hungry as ever if not reinvigorated when he firmly plants his flag on the project’s gruff Miami bass soundscape. Over the wondrously ambitious bounce beat of “Wait One Mfn Min”, Trick petitions his ornery guerrilla mentality isn’t a gimmick, warning (that) “since you started shit you gettin it worse”.

Over the “Niggaz In Paris” beat is where he truly shines, delivering the street influenced introspection that’s universally revered and longed for in the genre. It’s as if Trick purposely lured the listeners in with the absurdly catchy bounce then decided to take them to school on “Niggaz in Dade”, where he talks about the dwindling profits and increasing treachery of the drug game, warning “the dope game is done if we don’t tighten up and take this back to the 90s”.

That may be a dubious lament to some, but it’s what Trick Daddy does well, and the listener is better off with him in his comfort zone, as opposed to when he overextends with tracks like “Know How To Treat Her” that’s so trite he might as well use Das Efx wiggedy-wiggedy lyrics within it. It’s not that he doesn’t have the basic concept of how to appeal to the strip clubs, but then again it’s that he has a mere basic concept of radio-friendly records.

Gone are the days of “Shutup”, where he took the most befuddling of choruses nationwide. On the aforementioned as well as “Chevy” you can hear Trick trying to ignite a spark that just might not emit. Charisma will make people listen, but it won’t make people like it, and that’s this project’s fatal flaw. With too many swings and misses, this project definitely doesn’t reach the top of his catalog.

Trick Daddy is at the point of his long career where he should stick to his niche which carries this mixtape. More gritty, resonant music for Liberty City summers and less chasing of hits like a desperate young buck.

KASTLE’s Debut Album Out + Kastle May Live Tour Dates

KASTLE’s Debut Album Kastle Out Today, 4/23, on Symbols Recordings + May Live Tour Dates

Listen to ‘Kastle: Potato Mix Series – Episode 4’ on Potato Will Eat You

Kastle’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album Kastle drops today, April 23, on his label Symbols Recordings. The album features Kastle’s dynamic signature sound: a forward-thinking fusion of garage, house and bass music with R&B-style melodies from Ayah Marar, JMSN and many more. Listen to three album tracks — “Things We Can Do” ft. Reva DeVito, “Red Light” ft. Ayah Marar and “Make You Stay” ft. JMSN — on his mix for Skrillex, Diplo and A-Trak’s electronic music network Potato Will Eat You here.

Featuring 15 tracks, Kastle provides soulful, bass-infused music full of ethereal atmospherics, catchy vocal melodies, garage and house-inspired rhythms, and what has become the voice of Kastle: keyboard solo, which he will take on his first ever live tour of North America this May (see dates below). With Earmilk describing “Make You Stay” ft JMSN as “smooth as silk” and “Red Light” ft. Ayah Marar seeing play on KCRW, Rinse.fm and BBC Radio 1, Kastle is set to continue elevating his unique take on electronic music to otherwordly heights.

Kastle, who recently made his Coachella debut, is the tastemaking label boss behind Symbols Recordings. Last year, his track “Stay Forever” from the eponymous EP reached the iTunes Top 10 Best Electronic Songs of 2012, and he embarked on his highly successful ‘Stay Forever’ tour across North America, and into Australia and New Zealand. Kastle has garnished strong media attention from the likes of XLR8R, Resident Advisor, URB, MTV Hive, Fact Magazine and more.

Kastle’s debut album KASTLE drops today, April 23, followed by his first North America live tour. Buy KASTLE on iTunes.

KASTLE Tracklist

01. Stay Close ft. Austin Paul
02. Been A While
03. Without You ft. Austin Paul
04. Insatiable ft. Ayah Marar
05. Into The Night
06. Timeless ft. Armanni Reign & Domonique
07. Death From Above ft. JMSN
08. Red Light ft. Ayah Marar
09. Circles
10. Shouldn’t Say ft.. Austin Paul
11. Things We Can Do ft.. Reva DeVito
12. Must Be Crazy ft. Atlas
13. Respiration ft. Xavier
14. Make You Stay ft. JMSN
15. One Last Time ft. Starkey

KASTLE LIVE Upcoming Dates

May 2 Miami, FL @ Bardot
May 3 New York, NY @ 285 Kent
May 3 New Haven, CT @ After life (DJ set)
May 5 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
May 15 Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
May 16 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
May 17 Seattle, WA @ 1927 Events
May 18 Calgary, AB @ Hi-Fi Club
May 19 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound
May 22 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
May 24 Nelson, BC @ Spirit Bar
May 25 Edmonton AB @ Starlight Ballroom
May 28 Orange County, CA @ Focus (DJ set)
May 29 Los Angeles, CA @ Low End Theory
May 30 Mexico City, Mexico @ Club Rhodesia (DJ Set)

Chromeo to launch collection with Frank & Oak

DAVE 1 OF CHROMEO TO LAUNCH COLLECTION WITH FRANK & OAK

MENSWEAR BRAND AND E-TAILER FRANK AND OAK HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW COLLABORATION WITH DAVE 1 OF PROMINENT ELECTRO-FUNK DUO CHROMEO. TOGETHER, THEY’LL RELEASE A CAPSULE COLLECTION OF ELEGANT ESSENTIALS MAY 21.

“I had never designed a capsule collection before, and when Frank & Oak approached me, there were three reasons why I couldn’t refuse,” David Macklovitch (aka Dave 1) explained. “First, they’re a brand from my hometown of Montreal. Second, their background is traditional men’s tailoring. And lastly, they’re accessible and democratic.

“The inspiration here was the disheveled elegance of the South of France: the Stones recording Exile at Nellcôte, manly gents who aren’t afraid to pose next to a bouquet of flowers, the morning after a wedding…” Macklovitch said. “I like to think of it as a complete wardrobe: essential pieces that can all be effortlessly combined.”

The 18-piece collection-imbued with midnight blues, whites, and olives-blends Dave 1’s raw rock & roll aesthetic with Frank & Oak’s classic and minimal approach to design. The faded, low-cut tees ($30), minimal button-ups ($65), crisp white jeans ($75), and bold summer blazers (starting at $155), are all impeccably tailored with extra-skinny silhouettes (echoing Dave 1’s personal style).

“After meeting Dave and looking at his music and his personal aesthetic, I knew he shared Frank & Oak’s values and modern design philosophy,” said Frank & Oak co-founder and creative director Ethan Song. “This collaboration has worked so well because we’re aligned creatively, but we also both have something unique to bring to the table.”

To celebrate the collaboration, Frank & Oak will host an official launch party on May 15 in New York City. From April 29 – May 10, fans can enter to win a trip to meet Dave 1 at the NYC event at www.frankandoak.com/dave1/nyc.

The Frank & Oak x Dave 1 collection launches May 21, available exclusively through frankandoak.com

Mad Decent Block Party 2013 expands to 13 cities

EARLY BIRD TICKETS TO ALL BLOCK PARTIES AVAILABLE NOW

MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY 2013 PREVIEW

The always expanding and incredibly successful expedition that is the MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY will continue its ascent to outdoor festival extravaganza across North America this summer. Starting July 19th in Calgary and ending September 15th in San Diego, 2013’s Mad Decent Block Party will be setting off on its largest festival undertaking to date, bringing a full day of musical performances and tons of fun on-site activities to 13 different cities. In an effort to bring the most exciting talent to 13 stages across the continent while ensuring entry, the Mad Decent Block Party will now be a ticketed event – a limited number of discounted early bird tickets are available starting today for $20, which also come with a FREE 30 day premium Mad Decent membership to their subscription service at https://drip.fm/mad-decent/. A statement from Mad Decent below:

“The Block Parties have grown exponentially in the last few years, both in the number of cities we are visiting and in the number of people who would like to attend. Due to the continual need to expand venues and book bigger artists, the best solution for all involved was to make the Block Parties ticketed events. This will not only help ensure a smooth, guaranteed entry for all ticket holders, but also allow us to bring you the best and brightest talent within the Mad Decent universe at the biggest and coolest locations! We look forward to seeing you all this summer!”

Mad Decent Block Party 2013 is partnered with PUMA, Serato, Red Bull Music Academy and The FADER.

MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY 2013 DATES

7/19 Calgary – venue TBA

7/20 Las Vegas – Encore Pool – 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. S

7/26 Toronto – Fort York – 100 Garrison Rd.

7/27 Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing – 601 N Columbus Blvd.

8/2 Baltimore/Washington DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion – 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

8/3 Ft. Lauderdale – Revolution Outdoors – 200 W. Broward Blvd.

8/9 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park – 695 North Avenue NE

8/10 Brooklyn, NY – Willamsburg Waterfront – 110 Kent Ave.

8/31 Dallas, TX – Club Zouk Outdoors – 703 McKinney Ave.

9/6 Detroit, MI – Elektrik City Outdoors – 2040 Park Ave.

9/7 New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Music Amphitheater – 11860 FM 306

9/14 Los Angeles, CA – venue TBA

9/15 San Diego, CA – Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd.

Swollen Members Release Video For Death Warrant & Announce European Tour With Peter Jackson

As Vancouver based Swollen Members continue to tour in support of their new album, “Beautiful Death Machine”, which debuted at number three on the Canadian Billboard Charts. The group have announced the dates for their upcoming European tour with Peter Jackson throughout May. Swollen Members have also launched a brand new video for the track “Death Warrant” online

Swollen Members “Death Warrant” Official Music Video

To create their latest opus, “Beautiful Death Machine”, Swollen Members regrouped with a revitalized energy and a vision to record an album that strengthens the group’s musical legacy. Armed with their signature brand of dark, sinister, spellbinding hip-hop, Swollen Members emerged with an album that is aggressive, confident and commands listeners attention with its in-your-face attitude.

Madchild from Swollen Members take part in this summer’s Vans Warped Tour along with Goldfinger, Forever the Sickest Kids, Big Chocolate, The Black Dahlia Murder, Mac Lethal, and MC Lars.

SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES:

Apr 18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

Apr 19 – Port Alberni, BC – Argyle Showroom

Apr 20 – Whistler, Canada – World Ski Snowboard Festival

Apr 25 – Langley, BC – Jimmy Liks

Apr 26 – Victoria, BC – Club9one9 Nightclub

May 03 – Frankfurt am Main, Germany – Batschkapp

May 04 – Zurich, Switzerland – Stall6

May 06 – Munich, Germany – Backstage

May 07 – Linz, Austria – Stadtwerkstatt

May 09 – Basel, Switzerland – Sommercasino

May 10 – Lyss, Switzerland – Kulturfabrik

May 11 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – Olma Areal

May 14 – Budapest, Hungary – Durer Kert

May 15 – Bodo, Norway – Sinus

May 16 – Trondheim, Norway – Familien

May 17 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Club MIXTAPE 5

May 18 – Krauchenwies, Germany – No Stress Festival

May 19 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland – StahlgieBerei

May 08 – Vienna, Austria – B72

Porter Robinson to release Easy single with Mat Zo on May 7th

PORTER ROBINSON TO RELEASE “EASY” SINGLE WITH MAT ZO ON MAY 7

After producing one of last year’s biggest dance hits “Language” , which sold more than 250,000 copies, Porter Robinson has teamed up with UK producer Mat Zo to officially release their single “Easy”. The house anthem with feel-good soulfulness will be released in North America via Astralwerks on May 7th. The track – which hit #1 on Beatport and Hype Machine, and premiered to great acclaim on Radio 1 by Pete Tong – will feature a range of new remixes including Belgian producer Modek, indie darlings Lamaitre, and drum n’ bass legend Andy C.

“Easy” began as a demo for Mat Zo’s album until Porter fell in love with it while the two were touring together. Porter had brought Mat on the road with him for last year’s “Language Tour”, where the solo effort turned into a collaboration and together, Porter and Mat created one of the most incendiary crossover dance records of the year.

“a well-produced, feel good, and universally catchy track.” Dancing Astronaut

“…beautifully brings together the styles of both producers. ‘Easy’ supplies a sound that is both melodic and energetic, bringing shiny piano progressions that combine with powerful synth behind a pounding beat to create an uplifting track that is sure to put hands in the sky at the biggest of EDM events.” – Elektro

“Easy” Remix E.P. Tracklisting:

1. Radio Edit

2. Andy C Remix

3. Modek Bright As Day Remix

4. Botnek Remix

5. Lemaitre Remix

6. Extended Remix

Pigeon Hole – June audio

Pigeon Hole are two Vancouver Island based producer/mc’s with a constant evolving sound and ability to crank out next level music. Their output as members of Sweatshop Union is evidence of leaps in style, delivery and approach from album to album. ‘Chimp Blood’ the group’s second record out now on Urbnet, delivers a sound so powerful it’s impossible to ignore.

In 2010, Pigeon Hole released their critically acclaimed debut LP, ‘Age Like Astronauts’. Using the MPC 2000, they pieced together a mix of samples, analogue synths, live instruments, and sharp lyricism – their debut outing spoke to listeners from the opening note to its final fade out. The audio translated to the stage, sending Pigeon Hole on a ruthless touring schedule, annihilating audiences across North America. Along with Sweatshop Union their energetic live show invaded the festival circuit, notably Shambhala, Rifflandia, as well as the world-renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

Trading in their original blueprint for a heavier bass-driven electronic sound, Pigeon Hole attack with all new artillery. ‘Chimp Blood’ thrashes over a foundation of grimey synths, sampled and chopped over machine gun drum programming, 808s, and massive bass. An epic hybrid of music, ‘Chimp Blood’ will make you feel like you can levitate.