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Music, Hear This Bonobo: Show Preview

Bonobo: Show Preview

Electronic dance music shows often have a similar vibe: A DJ on a stage above a large dancefloor or tucked away in a small booth you can't quite see. A sea of head-bobbing, dancing fans. Flashing lights, high volume, heavy…
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Music, Hear This Flying Lotus: Show Preview

Flying Lotus: Show Preview

Considering how elusive his records can be, Flying Lotus' live show is surprisingly visceral. The Los Angeles beat artist's new album, Until the Quiet Comes, features more of the twisting basslines, stuttering rhythms, and crackling negative space that marked breakthrough…
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Music, Seek the Booty: 10 Artists to See at Treasure Island

Seek the Booty: 10 Artists to See at Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Music Festival is one of the Bay Area's best live music events, and to celebrate its fifth anniversary, this year's lineup is a doozy — a collection of some of the greatest artists working in the worlds…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • As if the first Low End Theory SF party wasn't crowded enough, organizers announced that Flying Lotus will perform at the next edition on March 4. You might want to start lining up at 103 Harriet now. •…
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Calendar, Night&Day Q&A: Low End Theory's Daddy Kev Is Kind of a Nerd in Real Life

Q&A: Low End Theory's Daddy Kev Is Kind of a Nerd in Real Life

While most of us were drooling over the latest Power Rangers episode in middle school, L.A.-based producer — and Low End Theory club night resident — DJ Daddy Kev was honing his DJ skills. With a badass appearance, fearsome talents,…
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Music, BeatBox Toro Y Moi: Show Preview

Toro Y Moi: Show Preview

Chaz Bundick's February release as Toro Y Moi surprised indie-electronic pop listeners who thought the genre sounded basically like the Notwist, the Books, or the Postal Service. The South Carolinian imbued his bedroom opus, Causers of This, with rich shoegazey…
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Music, BeatBox Show Preview: Flying Lotus

Show Preview: Flying Lotus

Los Angeles' Flying Lotus (also known as Steven Ellison, or FlyLo) reckons that the epic, playful electronics of his sophomore album, Cosmogramma — which features a guest turn from Radiohead's Thom Yorke on "... and the World Laughs with You"…
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Music, BeatBox Jogger: Show Preview

Jogger: Show Preview

The beatmaker scene surrounding vaunted Los Angeles club night Low End Theory has not stopped sending San Francisco a steady stream of stoney bass-centered live lineups. But Friday's still stands out: Starting off is young freak-rhythm whiz Shlohmo, who flavors…
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Music, BeatBox Club preview: Bonobo

Club preview: Bonobo

With his fourth album, the recently released Black Sands, U.K.-based Bonobo has secured his status as the production star of the Ninja Tune label. The talented producer and musician is fond of creating epic soul- and funk-infused soundscapes embellished with…
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Music, BeatBox Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus

From the nexus of Los Angeles' simmering experimental hip-hop scene soars Flying Lotus, who shaves sheets of static over neck-snapping beats. Lotus plugs and plays as gleefully as any of his Warp Records labelmates, and his upcoming "space opera," Cosmogramma,…
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Music, BeatBox Mary Anne Hobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs

It's full-circle time for BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs when it comes to visiting the West Coast. The vaunted U.K.-born veteran DJ first made her name in 1985 when she skipped off to L.A. to report on the…
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Music, BeatBox Left-Field Flyer

Left-Field Flyer

Steven Ellison is the great-nephew of the late great cosmic jazz pianist Alice Coltrane. He's making his own name in the music world, though, for crafting otherworldly, hip-hop-informed beats under the moniker Flying Lotus. His second album, Los Angeles (named…
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Music, Daring Daedelus

Daring Daedelus

Los Angeles laptop wunderkind Alfred Darlington, better known as Daedelus, is something of a knob-twiddling wisecracker in a genre known for being fairly stodgy. His albums reveal an assemblage of textured beats never lacking for musical mirth as they skirt…
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