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  • July 06, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg


    Photos by Michael Freedberg

    Perhaps it is unfair to downgrade the performance dropped by the very young Swedish dance music track-maker ALESSO at Ocean Club, Marina Bay, the night of July 4. Alesso -- real name Alessandro Lindblad -- turns age 21 just this week, an age more suited, one wants to think, to arena rock or indie punk than to the worldly intricacies of great dance music.


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  • July 02, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg

    Last Friday night, ERICK MORILLO, one of the major creators of house music's second generation (1992 to 1999, when he was known as "Erick More"), dropped a 90-minute set at Quincy's Ocean Club at Marina Bay. Morillo doesn't often play the Boston area any more, yet by the huge number of mostly South American folks -- Morillo was born in Colombia and always works his roots -- who came to Ocean Club paying top dollar, it was clear that he still commands full loyalty from those who have sustained his music since he first founded Subliminal records, and before that.

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  • June 26, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg

    As often as this writer has heard DJ DEKA perform over the past six years -- at least a dozen times -- his set at RISE Club, after hours last Saturday night, surprised for its deep, massive mastery of the low frequencies. Deka, who hails from Lowell and whose real name is Alex Karangioze, gained his top reputation locally by shaping to its utter limits a sound he calls "New York style hard tribal."

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  • June 22, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg

    At Monet Lounge in Providence earlier this week, the MARTINEZ BROTHERS dropped the strongest two-hour set this writer has yet seen from the Miami duo. Playing in tandem, as always, their mix and soundscapes seamlessly similar; the pair used a Traktor program, mixboard, and two CD players to overlay funky stuff on scrambles, to slice sampled talk and goofy girl vocals into the mix, and to stroke the low register frequencies in which the "deep house" genre delivers its seductions.

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  • June 12, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg

    Photos by Michael Freedberg

    At Ocean Club Sunday night about a thousand fans of the two sides of dance music -- rave/rock and house/techno -- took full advantage of superb weather to savor the work of young electro-rave star ZEDD and established house music master FEDDE LE GRAND.

    Zedd, whose real name, according to Wiki, is Antlon Zaslavski, hails from Germany but has a sound quite unlike that of any of Germany's many top-name DJs.


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  • June 05, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg

    Of the two German DJs who together are known as M.A.N.D.Y., only one, Philipp Jung, worked the mix board at Julep Bar last Thursday night, May 31. That was all it took, however, to enrapture an almost full dance floor from the very first minute of his two-hour set. Using two CD players and no PC program -- a technique that seems almost quaint in this era of program mixing via Traktor, Skratch, and Ableton -- Jung dropped a set as classic as his instrumentation.

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  • March 27, 2008
    By Will Spitz
    Caribou (aka, Dan Snaith, the self-taught, math pro, psychedlic-obsessed Canadian musician we interviewed recently) loves his light projections. Below, see photos from last night's Caribou show at the Dise. Snaith's self-created, kaleidoscopic light projections led to even trippier photos, and I increased the level of color-smashed artiness in Photoshop to make 'em extra far out for ya.

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  • March 05, 2008
    By Caitlin E. Curran


    Gnarls Barkley news abounds today. First, the oh-so-predictable happened: the album, aptly titled The Odd Couple, leaked. Yawn. Call us when a hugely anticipated follow-up album doesn't leak. (Actually, Atmosphere might be able to pull it off. A recent e-mail from their publicist informed us that the only way for reviewers to listen to their newest record, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, is to head to one of the SXSW listening parties, or travel to Independent Label Group's offices in NYC.

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  • November 15, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    DJ Ms DD: Introducing The Trannysphere

    >>DOWNLOAD: DJ Ms. DD, The Trannysphere #1 [mp3]

    About once a week, for as long as we can remember, one of the Phoenix's most senior critics, Michael Freedberg, would come into the office to pick up his check, and then, on his way out, as a way of saying "hello," he'd stop by the arts desk and launch into a monologue, often aimed at no one in particular.



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  • November 12, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran





















    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Friday night @ the Middle East Downstairs.
    All photos by Caitlin E. Curran.

    Check the paper on Thursday for Will Spitz's review. Snap judgement: Sharon Jones rocks with the Dap-Kings 29384724 times harder than that "Rehab" chick.


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  • October 26, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran

    Lollapalooza flick by Carina Mastrocola

    In addition to OTD’s Friday, Halloween spirited MPFreeee goodness, here’s another pre-weekend treat: Checking our e-mail this morning and we had a happy message from the folks over at Tourfilter (how do they always know about this shit first?) - M.I.A. will play the Palladium on November 28! It’s not up on M.


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  • August 10, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran
    Insert obligatory joke here about Daft Punk playing at Brooklyn's house/ Lollapalooza's house/ Las Vegas' house / basically anywhere BUT our house. Or just watch the live footage of "Robot Rock," in Brooklyn:



    And, in case you missed it, Kayne's forgotten his anti-French dance music grudge and sampled Daft Punk - video evidence here:

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