Patricia Johnson

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Rachel Row’s ‘Follow the Step’ Remixed Thrice

If you’ve found yourself on a dancefloor a few times this summer, chances are you’ve heard Rachel Row’s hit track Follow The Step or one of its many remixes (we’re quite partial to Justin Martin’s take). Now, Defected has released a package of remixes by FCL, Breach, and KiNK, who each bring Row’s vocals to new depths. Belgian duo FCL begin their “Gentil Remix” with […]

Hot Natured Releases Debut Album ‘Different Sides Of The Sun’

Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C, and Ali Love have each already made a name for themselves within the house music world. Jamie Jones and Lee Foss both founded the influential label Hot Creations and are also highly respected DJs on their own. Luca C and Ali Love are together the UK duo Infinity Ink, who have released their club-friendly house hits […]

Lil Silva at Make It New 8/29

This Thursday, Make It New is hosting Bristol, UK producer Lil Silva. This one is big — and we have three reasons why you shouldn’t miss it, below: 1. Two words: Night Slugs. Headed by Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990, Night Slugs has earned a reputation for featuring a signature sound that blends grime, house, electro, R&B, techno, hip-hop, and dubstep into […]

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, […]

Beats Antique Announce New Album & Performance Art Project

World fusion and electronica hybrid trio Beats Antique have announced their seventh studio album and supporting tour, set to be unleashed this October. You may already be aware of the genre-bending group’s creative life performances, which incorporate Zoe Jakes’ belly dancing routine with elaborate costumes and decorations. This time, however, the group has taken it to the […]

FaltyDL at Make It New 8/15

Since his first releases nearly six years ago, Brooklyn producer FaltyDL has earned considerable respect among his musical peers and fans alike. Now, with the release of his third album Hardcourage on Ninja Tune and a US tour in support of James Blake earlier this year, the bubbling enthusiasm surrounding FaltyDL is reaching a boil. This Thursday, Mmmmaven is proud to host him […]

Interview: Mastermind Savant Reminds Us Music is Art

EDM naysayers beware: Twenty-six-year-old Aleksander Vinter from Norway, known as Savant, is here to remind us that electronic music is indeed an art form that provides us with endless possibilities for creative expression. At an age when most of us were still playing with bugs and Legos, four-year-old Savant was discovering electronic music by playing around […]

Turbo Recordings Night at Make It New with Bordello & Thomas Von Party 7/25

Turbo Recordings is a record label that requires little introduction. Founded in Montreal in 1998 by cheeky techno-meets-electropop icon Tiga, the label has achieved such notoriety over its productive fifteen year history that the name alone bestows its artists with instant credibility. Turbo boasts releases from artists including Azari & III, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Boys Noize, Proxy, and ZZT (Tiga’s collaboration with Zombie Nation), reflecting the […]

Interview: Z of SectionZ Records – Pushing the Boundaries of Genre

In the commercial world of top 40 tracks and Billboard charts, much of the popular music is built on a static formula designed to produce the biggest financial return with the least amount of effort. With little room for creativity and innovation, the result is a landscape of music that all sounds the same. There […]

Interview: Drop Goblin’s Black Magic Entices on ‘Voodoo’

Deep in the darkest realm of electronic dance music dwells a producer and DJ from New Hampshire, USA known as Drop Goblin. Goblin’s signature sound exists at the cross between metal and dubstep, combining deep bass and heavy wobbles with shrieking electric guitar to create metalstep. There is but one word to describe it: angry. […]

Celebrate Bastille Day at the French Cultural Center July 12th

At this year’s Together Festival, we partnered with the French Cultural Center in Boston to celebrate French culture with a panel discussion on French house music. The panel featured notable DJ Fred Falke, as well as several figureheads of the local scene. On Friday, July 12, the French Cultural Center again invites us to experience a taste of French […]

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: 5/18 Gold Panda at Brighton Music Hall and Mathew Jonson at Good Life

Gold Panda brought his exotic beats to Brighton Music Hall Saturday night, playing to a sold out crowd of head bobbers, hip swayers, and a handful of less inhibited dancers, indicating his ability to cross over the indie and electronic music scenes. His set was reminiscent of Four Tet’s at the Middle East on Tuesday, but higher energy, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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