Grimes Triumphs at Moogfest 2016

Last year I got a chance to see Grimes perform at Terminal 5 in New York City right after the release of her highly-acclaimed album Art Angels. The songs were a bit new to me then, as they surely were to her with regard to performance. I had a blast and was impressed by the energy onstage nonetheless.

Earlier this week I embarked on an 11 hour journey on an Amtrak train from New York Penn Station to Durham, North Carolina for Moogfest. The lineup attracted me initially, but the workshops, talks and the sense of adventure in a new city is what made this trip a realiti (I had to).

Participants in the REALiTi exhibition

Participants in the REALiTi exhibition

On Thursday I got a press preview of the Microsoft Kinect gesture-recognition installation REALiTi: Inside the Music of Grimes. The installation is fully interactive and encourages participants to press against sheets of mesh to activate the Kinects located in each corner of the room, which plays one of 20 stems from Grimes’ song REALiTi and lights up the room. In the process, participants are layering on basslines and vocals to create a live remix of the song if you will. In addition to the installation, Grimes was the talk of the town leading up to her performance last night at Motorco.

Check out Grimes performing Oblivion and Be a Body at @moogfest last night #grimes #moogfest @actuallygrimes

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Grimes recently documented cutting off all of her hair on Instagram, a bold act for many that symbolizes freedom and change. Art Angels in every regard is an evolution for Grimes from the art, visuals, sounds, vocals, and most exciting of all stage performance. Her performance at Motorco was like none I’ve ever seen from her over the years (Primavera Sound, Mercury Lounge, Terminal 5, Hudson Pier, various DJ sets etc). On Art Angels Grimes finally found her voice, unburying it from layers and layers of sound and distortion, and a similar thing has happened with stage presence and confidence. On the current leg of her Art Angels performances, Grimes has stepped up from behind the machine and placed herself at the center of the show with the support of two dancers and her live collaborator HANA (and even does a bit of choreography!) Collectively, the performance is basically the coolest genre-skipping thing you’ll see in 2016.

I was so inspired after the show that I texted my friend back in New York: “Omg this Grimes performance is crazy, she literally put herself at the center of her show. Inspiring. Like looks comfortable and happy onstage, that’s a great place to be.” Embarrassing words admittedly, but I stand behind them. Personally 2016 has been truly about change, growth, and finding my own voice. It’s great to see others like Ms. Boucher doing the same and successfully.

Watch Blood Orange Perform a New Song from Moogfest 2016

Yesterday kicked off Moogfest 2016, taking place in Durham, North Carolina. The annual festival brings together music, technology, film, and art enthusiasts (some may say geeks) for workshops, performances, lectures, and hands-on immersive experiences.

Last night Blood Orange performed at Motorcade (arguably the hub for music during the festival) on a bill that included Floating Points and Miike Snow. During his hour-long set he performed two new songs from his upcoming album and a brief cover of Rihanna‘s James Joint before launching into Bad Girls. Check out a clip from the performance below.

Looking forward to reporting back on the rest of the performances as the weekend progresses.

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).


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.