Patricia Johnson

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DJ Set of the Week: Moon Boots

Before the streaming giants took over with their algorithms and celebrity-curated playlists, independent music blogs ruled music discovery on the internet from the mid to late 2000s. They were seen as cultural curators — the DIY music distributors of the new internet age — offering up free (and often illegal) mp3s from undiscovered artists. Music […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Flying Lotus Explores New Musical Territory

Highlighting the intersection of music, art, and technology, the Together Festival celebrates how each of these spheres connect to inspire creative innovation and a deeper sense of community. As an artist who understands the value of free creative exploration, Flying Lotus fits in seamlessly with our philosophy and we are excited to host him this year. In a January interview […]

!!! @ The Sinclair 5/16

Every once in a while a band comes along and reminds us that dance music isn’t limited to just DJs in a booth fooling around with knobs, and an indie show doesn’t have to consist of a crowd of sullen hipsters barely bobbing their heads. !!! is one such refreshing band, with a full roster of live instruments as well as […]

New RA Film Series: Between the Beats

Imagine life as a successful, sought-after DJ, performing gigs all over the world. You might envision trendy clubs, exotic locales, endless parties, adoring fans, lovers, money, and constant ego gratification – an alluring fantasy to us common folk on the outside. With their new mini documentary series “Between the Beats,” Resident Advisor aims to give viewers a […]

Venue Spotlight: The Sinclair

Together is excited to partner with Cambridge’s newest music venue, The Sinclair. Located in Harvard Square, The Sinclair has an eye for booking up-and-comers from a variety of genres. It has already hosted an impressive roster of artists since opening in December, including Jessie Ware, Shlohmo, and Sasha. It’s safe to say this new venue is heating up the […]