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What's F'n Next? Disclosure

Surrey, England
FM radio ruins everything.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 13, 2013


Stroke of Genius: Claude VonStroke's ascension

Somewhere along the line, it seems dance music became a contest — to determine who can fist-pump the highest and glow-in-the-dark the brightest.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 20, 2013


A$AP Rocky | Long.Live.A$AP

A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records (2013)
A$AP Rocky is a living, breathing Tumblr aggregator.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  January 16, 2013


Jolly good odds: Holiday gambles

'Tis the season for letting it ride on the Patriots, reveling in riches when they cover the spread, and wincing when they don't.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 04, 2012


Six-packs for the hardpack

Five canned local craft brews to throw in the cooler for your next ski trip.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 07, 2012


Emeralds | Just To Feel Anything

Editions Mego (2012)
Compared to their predominantly improvisational past releases, everything here seems calculated.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 07, 2012


Globetrotting with Seth Troxler

The last time Seth Troxler played Boston it was to a room of about 50 people. That changes this week when he plays Sónar.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 01, 2012


Review: Knuckleball!

Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary
For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 18, 2012


Review: Shut Up and Play the Hits

Documenting LCD Soundsystem's farewell show
For those in their 20s who worship dance and Internet culture with equal voracity, LCD Soundsystem was a "generation defining" band, and this documentary detailing the their 2011 farewell concert is their Stop Making Sense.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 14, 2012


Matthew Dear | Beams

Ghostly International (2012)
Matthew Dear has always been a producer first, DJ second, and songwriter third.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 28, 2012


Shed | The Killer

50 Weapons (2012)
If aliases in the world of techno indicated split personalities, Rene Pawlowitz would surely qualify for dissociative identity disorder treatment.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 14, 2012


Cloudy with a chance of Skrillex

Summer camp
Anything that can go wrong at Camp Bisco, will go wrong. I've been attending the annual festival in upstate New York since 2007, and every year there seems to be a hitch: torrential rain begetting knee-deep mud, eight-hour traffic backups, and even those neon-clad dubstep kids on my damn lawn.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  July 18, 2012


Review: Lockout

Guy Pearce rises above the rest
Every once in a while, an actor can single-handedly hoist a film to near greatness, despite a banal script and subpar direction.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 18, 2012


Review: Detention

The Breakfast Club meets Scream 2
A knife-wielding maniac plots his exploits off of a popular slasher film.   If you were to call out Joseph Kahn for unabashedly ripping this plot straight from Scream 2 , he'd probably take it as a compliment.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 12, 2012


The dance-music scene heats up Austin

Bodies moving
"Like in 10 years, this is Lollapalooza— we're just ahead of shit," said Nick Hook of Cubic Zirconia on Saturday night, toward the tail end of his solo set during SBTRKT's collaborative shindig with burgeoning UK-label Young Turks.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 21, 2012

Scuba album Personality

Scuba | Personality

Hotflush Recordings (2012)
Believe it or not, there still exist some pockets of the globe where dubstep remains sacred, with champions of purism deflecting the ever-tainting mainstream intrusions.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 06, 2012


Ital | Hive Mind

Planet Mu
If there was a broken-record knock against electronic music in the last decade, it's that it all sounded the same.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 07, 2012

Off the record: Habits

Schoolboy Q | Habits & Contradictions

Top Dawg Entertainment (2012)
Without much that can be considered "structure" in terms of the verse-chorus-verse standard, Q confidently wobbles through an album's worth of jaded bangers.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  January 31, 2012


Dubstep's party crashes the mainstream

Wobble to the top
And with a single magazine cover, it was written.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 20, 2011


The Roots | Undun

Def Jam (2011)
The year was 1999, and the Roots were entering a cool-kids club thanks to the release of Things Fall Apart .
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 14, 2011
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