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    Music, BeatBox Apparat


    Berlin-based producer Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, composes electrocoustic tracks that bridge the arterial with the ethereal. Whether solo or collaborating with fellow Germans Ellen Allien or Modeselektor, Ring uses granular synthesis and a penchant for strings to texturize arrhythmic beats…
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    Music, BeatBox Fedde Le Grand

    Fedde Le Grand

    Though Dutch-born, Fedde Le Grand made his name with "Put Your Hands Up for Detroit," a 2006 funky electrohouse anthem. Admittedly, anyone who knows electronic music knows that track isn't even remotely related to Detroit's techno heritage, save for some…
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    Music, BeatBox AC Slater

    AC Slater

    You'd think DJ and producer AC Slater is campaigning for a Vicks VapoRub sponsorship, the way this New Yorker (born Aaron Clevenger) brings back the sensory overload that accompanied the glorious early-'90s rave era. Plinky piano, reverb-saturated breaks, growling chords,…
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    Music, BeatBox Argy


    As the genre cryptically referred to as "minimal" has evolved, it has reconciled its tech-house foundations with some deep house and trance roots. Greece-born, Berlin-based Argyris "Argy" Theofilis plays the style between those dubby chords, melodic vocal spurs, vamping tribal…
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    Music, BeatBox Simian Mobile Disco

    Simian Mobile Disco

    Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford and James Shaw tweak their pulsing electronic assemblage into a mass of pastiche moments. The British duo's latest full-length, Temporary Pleasure, nods to acid's undulating squelches, freestyle's syncopation, machine soul's compressed bleep-beats, and bristling electrohouse.…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Rock 'Bots

    Rock 'Bots

    Some bands kick up so much racket, you feel like your hair is being whipped by a gale-force wind. Vancouver's Japandroids, a guitar-drums duo going strong after a couple of tentative EP releases, manages that sensation both figuratively and literally.…
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    Music, BeatBox Max Tundra

    Max Tundra

    British pop composer Ben Jacobs becomes Max Tundra from the moment his "knees and arms start quivering in time to the curious rhythms," he explained in a recent interview. Tundra explores the flickers between fiction and realism, crooning vaguely pessimistic,…
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    Music, BeatBox DJ Spooky

    DJ Spooky

    Turntablism artist DJ Spooky — aka Paul D. Miller, aka That Subliminal Kid — emerged in the 1990s with the theory that music should be equal parts academics and abstraction. Too that end, he treats blues, jazz, hip-hop breakbeats, and…
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    Music, Hear This Why?


    As his art-pop ensemble's name — WHY? — would suggest, Yoni Wolf began recording as a riddle wrapped in a mystery. When he started out collaborating with odd nosdam and doseone, his work embodied the Anticon/Mush Records aesthetic of ambient…
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    Music, BeatBox Adultnapper


    Brooklyn-based tech-house producer Adultnapper, aka Francis Harris, approaches syncopated percussion as though it's a post-industrial shooter game. In his midtempo soundscapes, disembodied voices bark and blanch against minor-key melodies, while tactically positioned samples strike briskly with resonant clangs. Live, he…
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    Music, Hear This Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys

    In March, the Pet Shop Boys released Yes, the British duo's 10th full-length studio album (not including soundtracks, live shows, and compilations). The cover sports a check mark assembled from 11 enlarged, brightly hued pixels, one for each track on…
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    Music, Hear This Mew


    Iceland is the undisputed capital of music for the spirit world. But Denmark, home of Hans Christian Andersen and fairy tales aplenty, has a contender in Mew. The trio's indie-prog-pop songs are deeply imbued with transformative moments, and an ability…
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    Music, BeatBox Underworld


    In 1996, synth-saturated U.K. producers Underworld helped bring bleeps and blops closer to the mainstream with the high-profile placement of their song "Born Slippy NUXX" in the hit film Trainspotting. The group's dubby acid house deftly balances the hauntingly subtle…
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    Music, BeatBox Flosstradamus


    If you prefer to pop your collar rather than pop 'n' lock, a Flosstradamus show isn't for you. Chicago-based DJs Autobot and J2K offer sweat-soaked, three-deck sets geared more for buggin' than muggin'. Known for mash-ups jackin' with hip-house and…
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    Music, BeatBox A-Trak and Treasure Fingers by Tony Ware

    A-Trak and Treasure Fingers by Tony Ware

    A producer of insurgent drum 'n' bass as well as adrenalized blog house, Ashley "Treasure Fingers" Jones is Fool's Gold Records' master of tweaked synth-funk. So what makes a proper Fingers banger? Stacked claps on a track percolating with shimmery…
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    Music, Busdriver drives against the flow

    Busdriver drives against the flow

    Regan Farquhar, who has been rhyming under the name Busdriver for more than 15 years, has a good sense of direction. He wants things to go right, even if he goes left. The prolific Los Angeles MC has spent two…
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    Music, BeatBox Fake Blood

    Fake Blood

    If synths were straight razors, then London's shadowy Fake Blood would be the blogosphere's Jack the Ripper, driven toward riff-fueled rampages. His weapons are serrated, even if his cut-up production is surgically exact. Fake Blood was a big Beat producer…
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    Music, The Juan Maclean adds a Human touch

    The Juan Maclean adds a Human touch

    John MacLean identifies with androids. Discussing the 1982 cult film Blade Runner, he admits that its artfully overcast tone has influenced the work of his group, the Juan MacLean. The concept of submerged humanity crops up often in his electronically…
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    Music, BeatBox Tiga


    By the time Canadian DJ and producer Tiga broke globally in 2001 (with a bedroom-produced cover of Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night"), he'd spent the past decade launching Montreal clubs, record stores, and labels. With that one retromodern single, however,…
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    Music, Germany’s Moderat busts the ghosts in its hard drive

    Germany’s Moderat busts the ghosts in its hard drive

    Sascha Ring was haunted by ghosts. In 2007, and Ring, a Berlin-based producer known for electrocoustic compositions under the name Apparat, found his hard drive littered with unused melodies he describes as Songleiche, which translates as "song corpses." Elsewhere in…
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    Music, BeatBox Stanton Warriors

    Stanton Warriors

    U.K. production and DJ duo Stanton Warriors recently featured a promo mix of the "freshest booty bassline bangers" on their Web site. The 30-minute session perfectly summed up their "nü-skool breaks" sound: digitally sequenced, kinetic drum loops and swollen, detuning…
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    Music, BeatBox Sébastien Tellier

    Sébastien Tellier

    Parisian producer Sébastien Tellier claims his 2008 album, Sexuality, was informed by "the abuse of sustained arpeggiator by extralarge tablecloths." That's crazy in any language. Of course, a French accent makes loony behavior all the more forgivable, especially when it…
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    Music, BeatBox Throbbing MSTRS

    Throbbing MSTRS

    It'd be easy to chart a Venn diagram of the sonic relationships delivered by Canadian production duo MSTRKRFT. Just assign red to the beat, blue to the bass, and green to the synths, and then align them perfectly atop one…
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    Music, BeatBox Shoot the DJ

    Shoot the DJ

    Like tequila shots (a love of which inspired his name), New York DJ and producer Drop the Lime's music combines a sense of woozy euphoria with moments of maniacal intensity. On his 2008 EP, Hear Me, unrepentant maws of bass…
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    Music, The Body Electric

    The Body Electric

    A proper aerobic workout demands a warm-up period, a spate of moderate to intense activity, and a cool-down session. It also demands a compelling soundtrack. Enter last year's Where You Go I Go Too — an album metabolizing the influences…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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