REVIEW: Skrillex w/ Tokimonsta, Tchami, & Alesia | 9.30.14 @ War Memorial Auditorium

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Skrillex
w/ Tokimonsta, Tchami, Alesia
War Memorial Auditorium; Nashville, TN
September 30, 2014

Review by Sarah Sharp. Photos by Brian Hill.

There were lights. There was music. There was bass. There was dancing. There were people dressed up like idiots. There were people not dressed up like idiots. Skrillex was great as we expected him to be. And thank god the War Memorial was being put to good use. That venue is way too often underutilized. The real highlight of the night was hanging out with Skrillex until 6 in the morning. So I guess this is less of a review and more of an account.

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Skrillex & Friends Invade War Memorial Tonight & Tomorrow!

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I wanna start off by saying that I used to be a Skrillex hater.

I thought I was such a sophisticated electronic music aficionado. I preferred artists to the likes of Matthew Dear, Aphex Twin, SBTRKT, even Bassnectar. All I could think was Dude, calm down. Just less. And when he partnered up with Pretty Lights back in 2012 for With Your Friends at Riverfront, I couldn’t be bothered. I was on my way to Moogfest in Asheville, NC, seeing IDM, not EDM.

I was missing the point—not even trying to get it. But like any one thing or figure that takes precedence in American pop culture, curiosity of this character and his haircut took precedence over me, too. After a few listens, I came around. Maybe I did in fact like this “music?”

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Moogfest announces headliners + first round of artists, Kraftwerk

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Early yesterday, Moogfest (by way of Pitchfork) announced the headliners and first round of artists for the 5-day electronic innovator’s convention and music festival in Asheville, April 23-27. First and foremost, Moogfest managed to wrangle in Kraftwerk, who will perform their 3-D experience not once, but three times during the festival. Also, as we had expected from the speaker lineup announcement, there will definitely be some crossover. Experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson and disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder (both speakers) will headline, along with popular 70s disco R&B band CHIC feat. legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers.

We’ve been anticipating the caliber of this lineup since we found out Moogfest would be returning, but even more so when we discovered the music showcases curated by labels such as WARP Records, DFA, Fool’s Gold, Ghostly International, Crew Love, and others. So here it goes: below you have the first round of artists announced for Moogfest 2014.

ADULT., Art Department, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Bottin, Daedelus, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Erika, Escort, The Gaslamp Killer, Green Velvet, Kaytranada, Keith Kemp, Lapalux, Le1f, Les Sins, Mark Farina, Mike Simonetti, Nick Monaco, No Regular Play, RJD2, Sasha, Shigeto, Slow Hands, Soul Clap, TOKiMONSTA, Two Fresh, Wolf Eyes

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Gary Numan announces show at Mercy Lounge, 3/17

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Electronic music pioneer Gary Numan will play at Mercy Lounge on Monday, March 17, as part of his 2014 Splinter Tour. Big Black Delta and Roman Remains will open the show starting at 8 p.m.

As we saw at Mountain Oasis this past October, Gary Numan is very much still in the game. Though the British musician, composer, and producer reached his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 70s and early 80s with hits “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”, Numan has taken his sound to a much darker, industrial place. Now, over 30 years, upwards of 20 albums later, and having influenced acts such as NIN and Marilyn Manson, Numan lands at his strongest release in years, Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind).

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Moogfest announces music showcases, including WARP, DFA, Fool’s Gold

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In preparation for the release of the music lineup beginning this Thursday, Dec. 19, Moogfest has announced 12 music showcase curators including experimental record labels WARP, DFA, Fool’s Gold, Ghostly International, No. 19 Music’s Social Experiment, RVNG Intl., Driftless Recordings, and others. That means artists from these labels and collectives will be making up the music festival portion of the 5-day technovator’s convention. We can also go ahead and assume that we might be seeing some pretty interesting workshops based on this list, just as we anticipated from the speaker lineup announcement. Other curators include Afropunk, Crew Love, Switched On, Hopscotch Festival, and Movement.

If you’re fascinated with the convergence of technology and sound, these curators should peak your interest. Below, you’ll see that we’ve given you the rundown on a few of our favorites, so you can start thinking about who you might see in Asheville from April 23-27. Stay tuned… the headliners will be announced on Thursday, and GA tickets will go up to $299.

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