Modern electronic dance music seems to be split into two complementary aesthetics, unified by a common timbral interest. On one hand, we have a super clean production style that seeks to take advantage of the pristine sonic clarity available only in the purely mathematical environment provided by computers. On the other, we have an approach that favors vintage, gritty, dare we say soulful sounds and effects to inject warmth and humanity into digital soundscapes whose cutting precision too often feels cold upon the ears. This past Friday at Terminal 5, we here at Joonbug were pleased to experience an expert presentation of this dichotomy with a stop on The Rebel Era Tour, with Pegboard Nerds representing the former camp, and headliner GRiZ and The Floozies aligned with the latter.
Friday, November 15th
The DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE: An 8-piece ensemble who reinterpret some of the world's most popular electronic dance music with a horn section, rhythm section, vocals and electronics. Since emerging from Toronto's prestigious Humber College Jazz Program in 2009 they have been melting faces and liquifying dancefloors with sold out shows at the most prestigious clubs and concert halls across Canada. Doors 7PM, Show 9PM. 18+. $15 Advance, $20 Door.
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.
"GRiZ" is an independent American electronic music artist who began his career as a classically trained Alto Saxophone and piano player. Stylistically, he creates bass infused hip-hop, electro soul, and future funk sounding productions often accompanied by the live performance and recording of his Alto Saxophone and the use of an array of vinyl samples. Doors 8PM, Show 9PM. $20 Early Admission, $25 Advance.
Opened by Nosaj Thing, Blake, a master of minimalism, entered his low maintenance stage before setting off what may possibly be the best light show in the business, with sensitivity matching the intensity of the bass of the songs. Absolutely incredible. Playing records from his latest album, Overgrown, along with popular cuts from his debut, as well as pre-debut projects(“CMYK”), Blake brought the records to life, literally re-creating songs with his loop machine, at one point even restarting a loop on “Retrograde” because he didn’t approve of his first take. Blake is a natural and his live show displays his wide array of talent. Vocally he matches the quality of his studio cuts, his live compositions and extensions of records increase already great records to new heights, and his ability to to turn up the intensity of his records is astonishing.
The 6 piece, Seattle based band took the stage with a confident prowl acheived by the success of their sophomore album. Known for their unique, indie folk sound, somewhat reminiscent of a rebel love child between Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers, The Head and the Heart proved to have as much presence live as they do on their albums.
Lead single “Shake” started the night with one of the lead singers, Jonathan Russell, demanding the stage. With his shoulder length, Jesus like hair, he’s easily a stunning and captivating character. The overly catchy hook and sexual innuendoes throughout the tune make Russell’s cult-like presence stand out even more. His strong and raspy voice fits flawlessly in this foot stomping, danceable folk jam, and it was the perfect start to the night.
It's only a matter of days until CMJ is upon us and we thought now would be a good time to shed some light on what you can look forward to at the festival. As always, the week will be packed full of the three P's: performances, panels and parties. A full schedule of events is listed on the CMJ website but here are a few showcases that we're looking forward to in particular.
British rock icons Placebo made a name for themselves in the nineties/early noughties with their dark, pseudo glam brand of alternative rock. They will be joined at Terminal 5 by Jesca Hoop.
Thursday, October 3rd
Love Nightclub will be the best host to the New York native Victor Calderone, this Thursday night from 10 pm- 2am. Presale tickets are now available here - $10 + fees for ladies $15 + fees for gentlemen.
LOVE NIGHTCLUB, 246 Voice Road, New York NY 11514
Friday, October 4th
The Canadian drum&bass/dub duo Zeds Dead will be hitting Terminal 5 this Friday as part of the Altered States Tour. Along with RJD2, Paper Diamond, Green Lantern and Branchez, Zeds Dead will get the NYC turned up hard.
This past Friday, Timeflies took over Terminal 5 in NYC. They played to a packed crowd of screaming fans and proved they are players to watch out for in the music world. The stage presence between Cal and Rez was filled with charisma as they connected with their fans from the stage. Accompanying that charisma, was an immense amount of energy showcasing their versatile approach to each song they performed. The guys were pumped being in their respective hometown and it showed. They played a mix of well-known songs (with a Timeflies twist, of course!) as well as their own productions.
The duo is currently on their first headling tour, 'The One Night Tour,' which goes through November hitting 35 cities. We were able to catch up with them to see what their production routines are, how social media has helped them and what type of music they plan on making in the future.