Santigold Launched New Album “99¢” with a Massive Party in a NYC 99 Cents Store!

To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what Santigold‘s Tumblr IRL event would entail. Is she going to perform? Is she even going to attend? Are there going to be drinks? A 99 cents store??? The answer was yes to all of these questions and so much more!

We arrived at the very unconventional venue (Jack’s 99 Cent Store on 32nd Street in Manhattan) a little after 9PM on Friday night, and the line had already wrapped around 32nd Street and onto 6th Avenue. It was cold out and every two seconds a passerby would ask what we were waiting on line for. Their confused reaction to us explaining what we might be waiting in line for said it all.

After waiting about 40 minutes, when we finally got in it took some time to adjust from the cold temperature and much much longer to process the sensory overload. Juliana Huxtable DJ’d at the front entrance, mannequin Santigold-doppelgangers, a huge 99¢ sculpture made of items from the store, Santigold-branded price tags and signage, photobooths, art installations, gift bags, multiple bars, the list goes on. The event was so meticulously detailed and organized, that I caught myself saying “this is insane” throughout the night.

As the evening progressed, a “store employee” made announcements directing “customers” to specific aisles and locations in the three-level store for what turned out to be performances. Santigold performed “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” at the front of the store, “Disparate Youth” in one of the aisles featuring her dancers pushing carts in unison (Santi held onto my hand as she moved through the crowd and gave me the mic to sing “Owww wa, Owww wa”!!), “Chasing Shadows” in a very colorful hair product aisle, and a closing performance of “Creator” at the cash registers! It truly was an insane, genius, immersive experience, and as a long time fan I can’t believe I was able to be a part of it! 99¢ is out now, be sure to grab a copy!

See all the pictures from the event here.


Charli XCX Launches Vroom Vroom Recordings, Beats 1 Radio Show, and New EP!

Charli XCX gifCharli XCX has kept extremely busy since releasing her excellent 2013 debut album True Romance.

A few of those activities include releasing a sophomore album called Sucker, launching a clothing line, performing at the biggest festivals around the world, writing songs for mega popstars, and international fame naturally.

If that wasn’t enough, Charli will be hitting the airwaves with her own Beats 1 radio show on February 26th, launching Vroom Vroom Recordings, and a releasing a new EP!

The first releases on the Atlantic Records-backed Vroom Vroom Recordings include Charli’s 4-track SOPHIE-produced EP (a prelude to more of their collaborations), and singles from new acts RIVRS and CuckooLander.

 

Moogfest 2016 Lineup Expanded + Translational Drifts Vol. 2 EP!

As if you needed another reason to attend Moogfest, earlier this week it was announced that Miike Snow and Grimes would be joining the already stellar 2016 lineup! Looking at the Moogfest 2016 poster honestly kind of stresses me out because the acts listed from large font to the very smallest are all extremely solid (see highlights below).

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In addition to announcing the new acts taking the stage at Moogfest 2016, Volume 2 of the Translational Drifts EP series has hit the airwaves as well. Stream the 5-track release below via SoundCloud.

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art & technology, and takes places on May 19-22 in Durham, NC. Discover the full programming here and be sure not to miss out!

Pictures from Jamie xx, Maya Jane Coles, Matador at Verboten StageOne

Earlier this summer Jamie xx headlined a sold out show at Terminal 5 in support of his debut full-length In Colour. Knowing that he would be returning to play 50 Kent in August with Maya Jane Coles for the open air Verboten OneStage at 50 Kent, I opted for that instead with pleasure.

For his Sunday afternoon OneStage slot, Jamie played an all vinyl set dropping everyone’s favorite songs from “I’ll Take Care of U” to “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”…and there certainly were good times! Maya Jane Coles followed suit with a super-energetic set as a very instagrammable sunset dripped across the sky.

Initially I didn’t intend on staying until the very end of the night, but the closing set from Matador kept my dancing feet firmly on the dance floor. The party continues today at the Verboten OneStage with Maceo Plex, DJ Tennis, David August, Rebolledo, Odd Parents, and DJ Koze!. Be sure not to miss those great Sunday vibes as we all wave farewell to summer!

New Majical Cloudz song “Silver Car Crash” + Northside Fest Pictures

Earlier this summer Majical Cloudz performed an 8-song set of brand new songs (aside from the closer This is Magic) at 50 Kent in Williamsburg for Northside Festival. One of those new songs is called Silver Car Crash and it was debuted today as the lead single from their upcoming album. Are You Alone? will hit shelves on October 16th on Matador Records. Pre-order the album here and stream Silver Car Crash below.

 

Check out the rest of the photoset from Northside Festival 2015 here.

Pictures: Samantha Urbani’s debut solo show, playing Baby’s All Right again tomorrow night

Last month former Friends lead, Samantha Urbani debuted her new solo act at Baby’s All Right ahead of her performance at MoMA PS1’s Warmup series. Although the show started much later than billed and the air conditioning at Baby’s was non-functional, the show was really fun and worth the agony. Samantha plays again tomorrow back at Baby’s All Right, but we are told that the A/C is working now so you are in luck this time.  Info on that show here.

See the full gallery here.

The Amy Winehouse Documentary Opens in Theatres Today — Go See It!!

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Asif Kapadia’s (acclaimed Director of Senna) documentary about the tragic rise and fall of the legendary Amy Winehouse stunned critics at its Cannes debut earlier this year. Today it opens in select cities (New York, UK).  Whether you were a fan of Amy Winehouse and/or celebrity culture or not Amy is a must-see…but be prepared. Amy is a harrowingly difficult film to watch.

The film is very successful in humanizing someone who struggled with addictions and self destruction to ridicule in the public eye and a sea of enablers. Leaving the theatre at an early screening this week I truly felt as if I knew Amy, and though it is a heartbreaking story somehow justice feels like it has been served. Rest in Peace Amy!


Don’t miss Verboten’s StageONE Festival this summer featuring: Scuba, Jamie xx, Maya Jane Coles, DJ Koze, Carl Craig and more!

Verboten StageONE

Spread across four dates this summer, Verboten’s StageONE Festival returns with an impressive lineup of DJs to keep you moving from day to night. The fun kicks off on July 3rd with headliners Sasha and Scuba before wrapping up on September 19th with Carl Craig and company. Tickets and additional information can be obtained at VerbotenNewYork.com. See you this summer!

Verboten: StageONE:

July 3 Last Day On Earth: Sasha / Scuba / Guti [live] / Agoria / Kate Simko / Brad Miller / special guest Joris Voorn
August 23
Jamie xx / Maya Jane Coles / Andhim / Matador / Nastia / Bedouin
September 6 Maceo Plex / DJ Tennis / David August [live] / special guest DJ Koze
September 19 Detroit ♥’s SUBVERSIONS:
Carl Craig pres Modular Pursuits / Audion [live] / Magda / Gaiser [live] / Floorplan / Moodymann