Patricia Johnson

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Top 5 Moments of Decibel Festival

Seattle’s Decibel Festival is an impressive five-night dance music marathon, run almost entirely by dedicated volunteers and fueled by a genuine love for electronic music (and a whole lot of Red Bull). In its 11-year history, Decibel has earned a reputation as one of the best electronic music festivals in the United States and is therefore a respected authority […]

The Silent Maestros: Competition Celebrates Visual Artists of the EDM World

“VJs in general … we’re kind of like pirates,” says Jon Bonk, local visual artist and head of the Together Boston VJ Competition. “We just swoop in, set up our own equipment, stay late, and no one really knows exactly what we’re doing but they kind of like it.” Electronic music has taken over the […]

Movement Announces Phase 1 Lineup

The legendary Movement Electronic Music Festival has announced the first segment of its lineup for 2014. Held on Memorial Day weekend from May 24-26 in Detroit, Michigan, Movement is known for hosting some of the best talent in electronic music, including the original pioneers of house and techno as well as rising new artists ushering in fresh […]

Highlights from BEMF 2013

Fresh out of the car from Boston, I jumped in line at Output in Brooklyn and waited impatiently to start my weekend at the sixth annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival with the Skreamizm kick-off party. With three nights plus the Thursday pre-party featuring an intriguing lineup of underground artists at six of Williamsburg’s favorite music venues, you […]

Skream, Tong & More to Heat Up Brooklyn This Weekend at BEMF 2013

Are you planning on being around Brooklyn this weekend? If not, maybe you should consider grabbing some last-minute plane/train/bus tickets right now, because the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is hosting some serious underground talent. In addition to a special kickoff party at Output this Thursday, BEMF spans three nights from Friday, Nov. 8, to Sunday, Nov. 10, with multiple […]

BPM Festival Releases Phase 1 Lineup for the Perfect Party in Paradise

Imagine: ten blissful days spent dancing to the best house and techno artists in the world and relaxing along the serene turquoise waters of the Caribbean. It sounds too good to be true, but the BPM Festival provides exactly this. BPM’s jaw-dropping lineup and idyllic scenery attracts electronic music fans, artists, and industry heads alike each year. […]

Five Up-And-Coming Electronic Acts to Catch at Made in America

The two-day Made In America Festival kicks off this weekend in Philadelphia for the second year. The eclectic lineup features a variety of genre-spanning acts to appeal to a wide audience. Noting the importance of electronic music in America’s popular music landscape, curator Jay-Z has made a point to include a number of electronic artists among the other rock, […]

Movement Festival 2013: Review

When I told friends and family that I was headed to Detroit for Memorial Day weekend, the most common response was, “Don’t get shot!” followed by incredulous inquiries as to why, exactly, I wanted to travel there. The decline of the US auto industry in the 1970s and 1980s hit Michigan’s Motor City especially hard, causing […]

Recap: 5/17 Turbo Recordings Showcase with Duke Dumont at Together Central Stage

This Friday, the Together Central Stage hosted one of the highlights of this year’s festival: a Turbo Recordings showcase featuring Duke Dumont, Nautiluss, and Bordello, plus local artists Doctor Jeep and General Motor. This show was the final segment of Together’s partnership with Turbo Recordings, which also included a remix competition and a performance by label founder Tiga at the kick-off party on Sunday. The Turbo talent […]

Panel Wrap-Up: May 17

On Friday, the Together Center featured two free panel discussions open to the public. Find a recap of each panel below. Polar Seltzer Presents: Does Genre Matter? Moderator: Peter O’Karma, Good Karma DJs and The Law Offices of Peter A. O’Karma; Speakers: Shawn Conte; Eartha Harris, Psylab; DJ Leah V; Wiggz, Moduloktopus; Peter Colombo, Rewrote and M|O|D This discussion featured a panel of local musicians who examined the idea […]

Panel Wrap-Up: May 16

On Thursday, the Together Center featured a series of free panel discussions open to the public. Find a recap of each panel below. Copyrights and Copywrongs Moderator: Andrew Sellars, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; Speakers: Chris Bavitz, Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Eve Brown, Suffolk University Law School International Property Clinic; and Jessica Silbey, Suffolk […]

Recap: 5/16 Andrés at Middlesex Lounge

This Thursday, weekly Middlesex Lounge party Make it New hosted Detroit house guru Andrés. After residents Coralcola and John Barera opened up the night, Andrés took to the decks with his impressive vinyl collection. He blended elements of house, hip hop, funk, and R&B, dropping classics from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest. Local producers and music fans alike gathered around the DJ booth […]

Recap: 5/14 Fred Falke & Lifelike at Naga and Chez Damier at Phoenix Landing

This past Wednesday, Cambridge saw one of the busiest Wednesday nights in recent memory thanks to Together, which brought several events to Central Square within walking distance of each other. Naga hosted French nu-disco label Kitsuné for a club night featuring Fred Falke and Lifelike. After Together’s own Charles Mazzola kicked off the night, Lifelike delivered positive vibes with an energetic set and bass […]

Recap: 5/14 Four Tet, Anthony Naples, and Ricardo Donoso at Together Main Stage

On Tuesday evening, Four Tet graced the Together Main Stage at the Middle East Downstairs with a captivating life performance. Easing into his set with slow and cerebral tracks with ribcage rattling bass, Four Tet gradually picked up the pace until the entire sold-out audience was enthralled and zero flat feet remained in the packed venue. To warm up […]

Recap: 5/12 Tiga, Mistaker and Left Fold at The Sinclair

This Sunday marked the beginning of Together 2013 with the VIP kickoff party hosted at The Sinclair, the latest new local venue in Harvard Square. As part of Together’s partnership with Turbo Recordings, the event featured a heavily anticipated headlining set from label founder Tiga. Openers Mistaker and DJ competition winner Left Fold warmed up the crowd, and photographer Nicky Digital snapped shots of […]

Last Chance to Enter the VJ Competition!

The deadline to enter the official Together Festival VJ Competition is fast approaching! Be sure to send in your application by tomorrow, May 5th, at 8:00 pm EST for a chance to win some of the great prizes at stake. The top VJs will be awarded with prize packages (including full software licenses from Resolume, MadMapper, and Modul8) and will perform in a […]

Timbre: The Official App of Together

Together is excited to partner with Cambridge-based music discovery app Timbre. Available for free on iOS and Android, Timbre uses your location to find live music playing near you. The app allows you to scroll through artists playing upcoming shows, listen to song clips, purchase tickets, and download tracks on iTunes, making it easy for you […]

Dancing on the Charles 5/19

Spring is finally here! The sun is out full force and now is the time to soak up that Vitamin D we have all been lacking over the winter. What better way to celebrate the long-awaited change of seasons than with a dance party along the Charles? On Sunday, May 19, Together hosts the return of Cambridge’s […]

A Look Back: Together 2012

As we gear up for another successful year of the Together Festival (it’s less than a month away!), we wanted to take a look back on the festival’s previous years to get you mentally prepared for the exciting week of events that we have in store for May. Fueled by the driving momentum from successful […]

A Look Back: Together 2011

As we gear up for another successful year of the Together Festival (it’s less than a month away!), we wanted to take a look back on the festival’s previous years to get you mentally prepared for the exciting week of events that we have in store for May. After a successful first year in 2010, it […]

A Look Back: Together 2010

As we gear up for another successful year of the Together Festival (it’s less than a month away!), we wanted to take a look back on the festival’s previous years to get you mentally prepared for the exciting week of events that we have in store for May. In February of 2010, Together quickly came […]

New Track “Extremophile” from Sole and Together’s Gold Panda

Together artist Gold Panda recently released a new track and accompanying video in collaboration with politically conscious rapper Sole and video producer Big Pauper. The track, titled “Extremophile,” represents Sole’s philosophical and apocalyptic-themed poetic style. He says that the song is “a Keroac-ian poem about about science and civilization using ‘space’ as the canvas … An extremophile is an organism […]

Mathew Jonson to Release New Album on Crosstown Rebels

Together artist Mathew Jonson has been a minimal house and techno heavyweight for over a decade, turning out some of the biggest techno tracks and keeping plenty busy with both solo work and various collaborations. 2013 will be another productive year for the Canadian producer. Crosstown Rebels (also home to Together artists Art Department) recently announced that they will release Jonson’s second full-length solo […]

Art Department at the BPM Festival

Together artists Art Department have been making waves this year. At the start of 2013, the house/techno duo spent some time in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for the world-class BPM Festival. If exceptional house and techno beats alongside beaches, sunshine, tequila and tacos sounds like a good time to you, then BPM might be your heaven on earth. […]