Liam O’Kennedy

Get To Know UK Quartet Rudimental Before They Storm The Northeast This Fall

How often does a new piece of music totally captivate you? It probably doesn’t happen every day; the hunt for beautiful music can be a fruitless affair. But, when you finally stumble upon something powerful, cue the dopamine. And when you encounter an artist that consistently evolves and pushes beyond the boundaries of a genre, the deep dive commences. Not every artist’s[...] Read more >>

North Coast Music Festival, “Summer’s Last Stand,” Prepares For Sixth Year

North Coast Music Festival is gearing up for another three-day affair at Chicago’s Union Park this Labor Day weekend (September 4th to 6th). The festival, now in its sixth year, drew 60,000 total attendees in 2014 with a lineup that combined EDM, hip-hop and rock and jam bands. Organizers are employing a similar formula for 2015. Legendary jam band Widespread Panic will play a[...] Read more >>

Vacationer Have All The Chill, And They’re Bringing It To The Northeast

If summer has a sound, Vacationer have found it. The five-member band, anchored by the mellow vocals of former The Starting Line frontman Kenny Vasoli, bottles up the sonic equivalent of a day at the beach. That’s due, in large part, to member Matthew Young’s collection of Polynesian and Hawaiian records from the 50s and 60s. In the band’s early days, songs came together around[...] Read more >>

DnB Heads, Rejoice: Spor Is Coming In Summer 2015

Spor, the drum and bass alter ego of English producer Jon Gooch, will exit hibernation to embark on an eight-stop tour of North America next month. Dormant since 2012 - during which Gooch primarily released music and toured as Feed Me - the Spor dimension of Gooch’s musical output has been evolving since the early 2000s. At that time, he lived “a double life in online[...] Read more >>

Thriftworks Brings Weirdness & Depth To Northeast on 2015 Tour

On October 25, 2010, Jake Atlas posted a composition, “2 AM,” to his SoundCloud page. The two-minute track, a dusky piece of experimental electro-hop that opens Atlas’ self-released debut album Hermetic Thriftology, features dialogue from Li Mu Bai, a master swordsman depicted in the 2001 film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”     “A man's primary need is to[...] Read more >>

Tipper, Benga Round Out Stellar Infrasound 2015 Lineup

Infrasound Festival 2015 unveiled their phase 2 lineup recently, with organizers reaching deep into the electronic cauldron to present an intriguing mix of funky livetronica, darkly hypnotic dubstep and cosmic trip hop. The four-day music and arts festival will be held at NCN Campground in Black River Falls, WI, from May 28th to 31st. The ins and outs of this year’s Infrasound[...] Read more >>

Archnemesis Brings Electro Hip Hop Soul To The Northeast in 2015

With a diverse musical background including classical training on the cello, piano, bass, drums and guitar, South Carolina-based DJ and producer Archnemesis brings a soulful jolt of eccentricity to the electronic music world. His compositions and remixes bounce around the sonic spectrum, darting between styles while retaining momentum and pure, hip-twisting[...] Read more >>

Movement Music Festival 2015 Announces Phase 2 Lineup

Paxahau Events has released the phase two lineup for Movement Music Festival 2015, adding 67 new artists to the three-day event. Maceo Plex, Brodinski, Hudson Mohawke, Method Man and Squarepusher bolster a house- and techno-heavy roster that showcases Detroit’s place in electronic music history. Juan Atkins, widely credited as the originator of Detroit techno music, will put down a[...] Read more >>

Whatever Freak Flag You Fly, It’s Welcome At Symbiosis Gathering 2015

The transformational festival universe is a pulsating and many-tentacled beast, and its numerous appendages are ripe for exploration. Enter Symbiosis Gathering 2015, which will be held for the second time at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, California. No newcomer to the scene, Symbiosis is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2015, capping off a decade of powerful gatherings (2015 will[...] Read more >>

Live Band And Steampunk Fungi: Infected Mushroom’s Animatronica Tour 2015 Beckons

When Israelis Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani began playing music together in the late ‘90s, a mighty auditory force sprouted from the Holy Land. And for nearly two decades the spores of Infected Mushroom’s frantic brand of heavy metal psytrance have scattered across the globe, contaminating legions of devoted fans. Along the way, Eisen and Duvdevani underwent a freewheeling sonic[...] Read more >>

Beardyman’s Voice Defies The Limits Of The Human Body

Vocally speaking, Beardyman is a freak of nature. The English beatboxing champion, 32, conjures up sounds with his voice that seem to defy the logic of the physical realm. And although he may control a pair of the world’s most talented vocal cords, Beardyman isn’t quite satisfied. In a TED Talk titled “The polyphonic me,” Beardyman demonstrates the real-time music production[...] Read more >>

Simon Posford And Shpongletron 3.1 To Land At Seven Northeast Venues

“Are You Shpongled?”  That was the question posed to the universe in 1998 by Simon Posford and Raja Ram on Shpongle’s debut album, Are You Shpongled? The pioneering release, which spanned 78 minutes of meandering psybient alchemy, connected a web of previously disparate musical dots. Combining psytrance, world music and ambient soundscapes, the album flows seamlessly[...] Read more >>

Shambhala Music Festival 2015 Promises Isolation, Exhilaration

Deep in the wilds of the British Columbia Interior, the 500-acre Salmo River Ranch, home of Shambhala Music Festival, lies in wait. In about six months, from August 7th to 10th, the family-owned farm, flanked lengthwise by the pristine Salmo River and on all sides by rolling, wooded hills, will be transformed into a Mecca of electronic music & sound system culture.. For the past[...] Read more >>

On Warmer Shores, Envision Festival 2015 Prepares To Go Deep

Powerful things are happening within the transformational festival universe. As they grow in popularity throughout the world, these gatherings act as conduits for positive change -- both within festival-goers and in the world at large. Perspectives on existence and truth are shifting. Visionary artwork is serving as a catalyst for spiritual growth and as the inspiration for deeper[...] Read more >>

[GIVEAWAY] Nightmare Festival 2014 to Rock East Coast Halloween Festivities

Is there a better Halloween headliner than Figure? Everything the man does is steeped in old-school horror. His signature blend of spooky drumstep madness features guttural screams, psychotic laughter and wailing bass lines. And at this year’s Nightmare Festival, the sonic slaughter will be accompanied by the gruesome Terrorvision, a visual onslaught of cinematic gore lovingly[...] Read more >>

[GIVEAWAY] Phutureprimitive sets out on Searching For Beauty Tour in Fall 2014

On last fall’s Dance Out Your Demons Tour, Phutureprimitive asked his fans to stomp their fears into the dance floor - literally. The Bay Area producer provided duct tape and sharpies so that show-goers could write down a personal “demon,” tape it to the bottom of their shoe, and pulverize it under the healing weight of dance and bass. The ritual was met with such positivity[...] Read more >>