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SHOW REVIEW: Zhu Concludes Month-Long North America Tour in Miami

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The mysterious artist known as Zhu closed out his Neon City Tour in Miami this past weekend at The Fillmore. This was his first full tour with the live band, and as a live music snob, he exceeded expectations. With electronic music it’s always up in the air just how “live” a show is going to be, but this show was indeed live. The three-piece band consists of hooded figures lined up strategically on stage with the Zhu LED logo directly …

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SHOW REVIEW: Moderat Plays Career-Spanning Set at Webster Hall

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Image via Moderat started off as sort of a side project, but pretty quickly proved to be more than the sum of its parts. The duo Modeselektor and Apparat have come together for three records now, and each has taken a big step into defining what exactly the collaboration entails. On III, the most recent LP, the trio comes together for a more cohesive sound. Anchored by rich electronics that nod to their Berlin roots, and finalized with some modern R&B sensibilities and, perhaps …

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iii Points Announced 2016 Lineup: Thievery Corporation, M83, Flylo, Ta-ku Live, and More

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III Points came back swinging this year after a fun and successful 2015. The 2016 lineup is the most impressive for the festival yet. LCD Soundsystem is the hot name of the summer. It’s impressive to see a smaller Miami festival pull such a large name. Our focus falls on Thievery and M83. Seeing both in the art filled Wynwood district of Miami will be legendary. Ta-ku (live), Flying Lotus, Black Coffee, Method Man & Red Man, and Earl Sweatshirt are …

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SHOW REVIEW: Floating Points’ 5-Piece Live Band Rocks Music Hall of Williamsburg, Release New Track

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Sam Shepard’s Floating Points project has been remarkable over the six months. After releasing Elaenia, the full-length record that melted jazz and classical influence into his techy electronica compositions, Shepard got to work assembling a band for a few very special shows. We caught one of them at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival last year, where his 11-piece orchestra wowed the crowd with true-to-form replications of the record that had just released. Currently, Floating Points is on a full tour, and while …

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Spring Concert Series in South Beach Featuring Miike Snow & Miguel

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The Faena Hotel in Miami Beach has a visually stunning theater that’s hosting an intimate and exciting Spring concert series. Grace Potter performed earlier this Spring which we unfortunately missed. Not to worry! Miike Snow and Miguel both have upcoming shows in the Faena Theater as part of the concert series. Full details below. Miike Snow – May 18th – Tickets Here – Event Page Miguel – May 27th – Tickets Here – Event Page Tweet

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ZHU To Close Out Neon City Tour in Miami

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The mysterious Zhu is amidst his first ever solo tour and it came with great anticipation. Ever since his debut EP, The NightDay, fans have been on edge and wanting more from the faceless producer. His second project, Genesis Series, has also drawn lots of attention with features like Skrillex, Bone Thugs, AlunaGeorge, and more. The Neon City Tour will come to a close next week in our stomping grounds, Miami Beach. The show will be held at the Fillmore …

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NEW MUSIC: Cobrayama Releases 20-minute Beat Tape of All Original Music

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Brooklyn-based producer Cobrayama has released a brand new beat tape comprised of all original music. The project is the brainchild of Mike Iannatto, formerly of the trio Exmag and who used to go by the name Buffalo Analog. This time around, Cobrayama’s sound channels current instrumental hip hop torchbearers like knxwledge, Mndsgn, and Samiyam more than his former project’s future-funk. The mix, titled Cardboard, has 14 brand new, unreleased, original tracks by the man himself, with some collaborations alongside Hair Club, Illuminator, and Recess. …

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SHOW PREVIEW: Psychic Mirrors is About to Smother Brooklyn with Miami Funk

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Miami funk outfit Psychic Mirrors are bringing their live show to Brooklyn’s Good Room this on May 25, playing alongside DJs Jacques Renault and Tom Noble. The band recently released their full-length record Nature of Evil, which melts 80s-style funk with some modern sensibilities. Think Dām-Funk, but as a six-piece live band. Think later-era Parliament or Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit.” It’s wild, untamed, electronic-infused capital F FUNK that is meant to make you do crazy things. Listen to Nature of Evil below, and save …

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Lockn’ Festival Posts Daily Schedule

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Lockn’ Festival continues to roll out the information surrounding their 2016 festival, and just the other day took to Facebook to announce their daily schedule. As you can see, Phish headlines both Friday and Sunday night, with a very curious omission of a set on Saturday. Maybe they’re gearing up for something secret like they’ve been known to do at their own phestivals? Ween and My Morning Jacket handle headlining duties on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, with fantastic support coming …

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SHOW REVIEW: RBMA Shines Light on Generations of Spiritual Jazz

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When Red Bull Music Academy released the lineup for their New York Festival, which is a month-long event series of shows, raves, talks, and more, this one really stuck out: a night of spiritual jazz with Sun Ra Arkestra, Pharoah Sanders, and Kamasi Washington. Sun Ra Arkestra being one of the longest running jazz institutions ever, led by 91 year-old Marshall Allan, and perhaps the first group to inject a spiritual component into a typically stuffy genre. Pharoah Sanders being known as the …

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SHOW PREVIEW: Herbie Hancock Unites with Terrace Martin for New Band, Playing Prospect Park, Robert Glasper Experiment Opening

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This very well may be the best headline I have to try and downsize all year. The legendary Herbie Hancock has been working with Terrace Martin on some new music, which we know through simply following the Kendrick Lamar associate on Instagram, but it looks like their project is getting closer to seeing the light of day. On August 11th, Herbie and Terrace will join forces alongside guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Trevor Lawrence Jr., and bassist James Genus to create an exciting …

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SHOW REVIEW: Woods & Ultimate Painting Conclude US Tour in Brooklyn

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Woods & Ultimate Painting, a couple of indie rock’s most Dead-indebted bands, concluded their US tour last night in Woods’ hometown of Brooklyn. As quite possible the largest headlining show Woods has ever played (and sold out!), it was amazing to see the band in their most evolved form yet, shredding a set that leaned mostly on the great new material they’ve put out in the past few years. City Sun Eater in the River of Light, Woods fatastic LP …

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SHOW REVIEW: Moodymann & Andres Spin Masterfully in Bushwick

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The hype around Moodymann is real. Last week when we saw Taylor McFerrin, he prefaced his encore by stating that he’s been really into Detroit house and Moodymann as of late, before diving into a 10-minute jazz-house improv cut alongside drummer Marcus Gilmore. At House of Yes on Saturday night, Moodymann showcased just how he’s our favorite artists’ favorite DJ. A mix of rare cuts, fire edits, and feel-good bangers kept the Bushwick club dancing into the early morning. Some …

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SHOW REVIEW: Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile Uses Jazz to Explore Polyrhythmic Grooves

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Nik Bärtsch’s music belongs in a museum. Luckily that’s exactly where he debuted the music of his latest LP, Continuum, in New York City. Hailing from Switzerland, Bärtsch comes from a much different place than the Rubin’s Himalayan, Indian, and South Asian art. Both cultures are equally foreign to New York City, but as the world’s ultimate melting pot, I suppose it makes sense for the Big Apple to play host for a performance that celebrates one of ECM Records’ latest release. …

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SHOW REVIEW: Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore Improvise at Rough Trade New York

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Taylor McFerrin is still touring in support of 2014’s Early Riser, an album that came out almost two years ago. However, the itch to play new material was evident last night as he and drummer Marcus Gilmore plays a mostly improvised set that saw special guests joining the duo for some jazzy electro-soul. The set began with McFerrin addressing the Rough Trade patrons, saying that he and Marcus rarely have a chance to hang out anymore, and that they’d be improvising a lot …

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SHOW REVIEW: Snarky Puppy Crushes Queens’ York College

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Snarky Puppy brought an incredible vibe to York College in Jamaica, Queens. The only NYC stop of their current tour in support of the recent (and awesome) Culcha Vulcha saw a crowd of young and old music enthusiasts alike getting wild to the band’s proggy jazz fusion sound. The night began with a few new ones off that record, “Tarova” and “Semente” before diving into some old tunes. The band’s huge sound and presence had the crowd screaming and head-bobbin’ in a …

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