The masked Italian strikes again. Bloody Beetroots
(as Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo goes by) is bringing his dose of hard electro to North America on a spring tour starting in DC on 5/17 ending 6/21 in Vegas. He did just lay some roots in Los Angeles and is now claiming it his second home to Venice, and is unleashing remixes to his FB page on a near weekly basis. He's also busy with his Church of Noise (check video below of the same name.) And not to be a stickler for details, but 1977 was not when punk was born, but Rifo was, and his 1977 tattoo is homage to that period of time. (This was highlighted in the promos, and with all the kerfuffel over the Met exhibit "Punk: From Chaos to Couture" I thought it was kind of funny.)
But what's really cool is DC's 9:30 Club
giving a pair of tickets to one awesome Scene Trekker for the Bloody Beetroots show on 5/17! All you have to do is email us
by 3 PM 5/15
and let us know what your favorite BB track. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements. The winner will be emailed.
You can still get tickets here
WIN BEFORE YOU CAN BUY! Tickets for the sweat fest insanity known as the Mad Decent Block Party
at Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavillion
on Aug 2 go on sale this Friday 5/3, but thanks to our friends over at the 9:30 Club
, we are giving away a pair of lawn tix to one lucky Scene Trekker TODAY!
Wait, what is the Mad Decent Block Party you ask? It's the biggest block party of the summer happening at 13 different locations all over the US with different line-ups at them all. For the DC crowd, we will be graced with the bombastic stylings of Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, a DJ set by SBTRKT, Skream, RiFF Raff, Lunice, Tittsworth, and Griz!
Try to win today before they go on sale tomorrow! All you have to do is email us
by 5 PM TODAY
5/2 and let us know what track from any artist ever is your anthem for the summer! Include your first and last name for guest list requirements. The winner will be emailed back.
Sydney Austrailia's synth duo The Presets
are out on tour right now in support of their latest album Pacifica
. Not to mention long awaited! Their last album Apocalypso
went #1 via ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) back in 2008 and garnered them the first electronic act to win Album of the Year. Their 2005 debut Beams
put them on the worldwide tour circuit, and I was lucky enough to catch them back then. These guys definitely get crowds going- not a dry forehead in the house. And joining them on this part of the tour is Classixx
!! (Edit- Dragonette is not part of this date in the tour as mentioned earlier this week on the blog.)
DC's awesome 9:30 Club
wants to make sure you Scene Trekkers don't miss out on this tour as they come to DC on Sat. May 4, so they are giving away 2 free passes! All you have to do is email us
by 3 PM on 4/23
and tell us your favorite Presets or Classixx song. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements. The winner will be emailed back. Don't want to risk missing out? There is still time to get tix right here
Welsh rockers Joy Formidable
released their second LP Wolf's Law
in January and are currently touring in support of it. They even just added a second leg to their US tour! If you plan on making it out to their L.A. or San Fran gig, you have a chance to help film their next music video (check out their FB page
for details.) Meanwhile, check out the video for "Little Blimp" below from the latest release showcasing my favorite part of a live Joy Formidable performance- Ritzy and her guitar. What better way to give you a visual of how amped she is on stage then from a camera permanently fixed on her guit's neck. Amazing.
Even more amazing, DC's 9:30 Club
wants to make sure you get to see the amazement live before your very own eyeballs on Sunday APRIL 21
. So they're giving a pair of tickets to one lucky Scene Trekker! To enter, all you have to do is email us by 3 PM 3/26
and tell us what your favorite Joy Formidable song is. Please include your first and last name for guestlist requirements. The winner will be emailed back.
Don't want to risk missing out? You still have time to buy tix before they sell out here
(they've already sold out at other venues around the world.) For a complete list of dates, click here.
The untza season is coming back strong with Miami's Ultra Festival starting up this weekend. However, since it's always summer somewhere all year round, the untza season actually hasn't stopped since the early 80's. Yeah, I associate heat with house. I mean who likes to dance with a parka on? Hmmm, well now I want to look into Alaskan electro. Ok straying from the topic...
Joining in on this fest as well as dates throughout the rest of the world are the German house duo Booka Shade
. Around since the mid-90's Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier are considered veterans of the Frankfurt electronic music scene. They have 4 albums, a plethora of singles and live releases, are offering their latest EP Haleshop for free on their site, and just announced they will be opening up for Depeche Mode in Tel Aviv for their tour kick-off show.
Part of Booka Shade's worldwide tour is a stop at DC's 9:30 Club
on Thursday 3/21. And they want to make sure that you can make it to this laser light show. Tickets are available here
, and we have one pair to give away thanks to 9:30 Club! All you have to do is email us by 3 PM on 3/19
and let us know what your favorite Booka Shade track is. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements. For a full list of dates, check after the jump.
Booka Shade US Dates:
3/17- Ultra Music Festival, Miami
3/19 Irving Plaza, NYC
3/20- The Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia
3/21- 9:30 Club, DC
3/22- Ultra Music Festival, Miami
4/13- Coachella, Indio USA
4/20- Coachella, Indio USA
A bunch of announcements were laid out this week regarding the Cincinnati based post-punk revivalists The National
. A) Their 6th LP is coming out in May, and B) they are touring the entire world soon after in support of it! The buzz for new tracks was electrified after the quintet played 3 of them at the All Tomorrow's Parties fest in the UK this past December. Check out one of those songs below.
Now, I.M.P. Presents the National with Dirty Projectors
at MD's Merriweather Post Pavilion
on June 6
. The show was just announced and tickets go on sale 2/28 at 10 AM here
. But now is your chance to win before they go on sale! Thanks to MPP/930 Club
, we've got a pair of lawn tickets to hand over to a lucky reader. All you have to do is email us by 6 PM 2/27
and tell us your favorite National or Dirty Projectors song. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements.
A double dose of international electro is making a round of the states by way of London and Estonia! That's right- Maustrap label's Feed Me
featuring the incredible Teeth booth, and Mord Fustang
are warming up the cold front that has finally made its presence known this winter. (See all US dates after the jump.)
"Debuting by being the first external artist to feature on the infamous mau5trap label, Feed Me's array of hard hitting electronica with a grin quickly caught the eyes and ears of listeners worldwide. After a succession of high profile remixes, Feed Me continued to develop his distinct visual style and sound with his first extended play." And Mord Fustang "has been at the top of the Electro charts on Beatport for months across multiple tracks, and creeping through the Electro Top 20 on AREA with every new bomb he drops."
As the tour rolls through DC on Tuesday 1/29, we've teamed up with one of the top venues 9:30 Club
to get one of you lucky readers into this sweat fest! If you haven't already gotten your tickets here
, now's your chance to win a pair. All you have to do is email us
and tell us what track you plan on dancing your ass off to by 3 PM on 1/27
. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements
. The winner will be emailed back.
Jan 29th- 9:30 Club Washington DC
Jan 30th- Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia
Jan 31st- Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia
Feb 1st- Opera (DJ Set) Atlanta
Feb 2nd- Webster Hall New York
Feb 3rd- Webster Hall New York
Feb 4th- Royale Boston
Feb 5th- Royale Boston
Feb 8th- House of Blues Chicago
Feb 9th- House of Blues Chicago
Feb 11th- Fox Theatre and Cafe Boulder
Feb 12th- Odeon Theatre Denver
Feb 14th- Regency Ballroom San Francisco
Feb 15th- Regency Ballroom San Francisco
Feb 16th- Fonda Theatre Los Angeles
Feb 17th- Fonda Theatre Los Angeles
Feb 20th- Showbox at the Market Seattle
Feb 21st- Showbox at the Market Seattle
Feb 22nd- The Republik (DJ Set) Honolulu
Brooklyn's pop-psyche-droning trio Bear in Heaven have been making the rounds again in support of their spectacularly awesome April release I Love You, It's Cool. If you haven't seen them live yet, then you best try and make it their next gig near your town! They are a guarenteed dance your ass off good time. For seriously. And in other news, they just released a free download mix via Fader, featuring a remix of "Kiss Me Crazy" and the unreleased track "Greece Sun." Check out their latest video below for the single "Sinful Nature."
Their tour is winding down before they head off to the UK in December, but before that happens, we've got a couple passes to give away to their 10/29
show at the Black Cat in DC
! All you have to do is email us
by 3 PM
, and let us know what your fav Bear in Heaven song is and why. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements. The winner will be emailed back 10/28.
Wakefield England's the Cribs
are back with their 5th indie garage rock album In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, and it's their 2nd album to make Top 10 in the UK! The trio of brothers originally formed in 2002 and with sold out shows around the world since then, it's no shocker that Q Magazine had pegged them as the "biggest cult band in the UK." May brit-rock reign supreme again with the Cribs leading the way.
The Cribs US tour starts June 5th in Philly (see all dates after the jump), and they've got giveaways galore going on via their Facebook
page. And we've got a couple passes to give out to their June 7th DC show at the Black Cat! All you have to do is email us
by 3 PM on June 6th
, and tell us what your favorite Cribs song is and why. Please include your first and last name for guestlist requirements.
The Cribs US Tour:
06/05 - Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA
06/06 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
06/07 - Black Cat - Washington DC
06/08 - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC
06/09 - Masquerade: Hell Stage - Atlanta, GA
06/11 - Fitzgerald's: Upstairs - Houston, TX
06/12 - The Parish - Austin, TX
06/15 - El Rey Theater - Los Angeles, CA
06/16 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
06/18 - Venue - Vancouver CA
Influenced by the Stooges and Joy Division, and having been classically trained on piano and violin since the age of 4, French avant musician Yann Tiersen
has been creating unique scores of music since 1993 before getting more global recognition from his score for the indie film hit Amelie. He is currently on tour in support of his 7th studio album Skyline
(released April '12 in the US.) On it, Tiersen full on showcases his multi-instrumental knowledge with contributions from a mellotron, bouzouki, marimba, and many others to create a unique fusion of alt. folk and indie rock. Check out the stellar track "The Trial" below.
Joining him on tour is the amazing one man French post-punk machine Piano Chat
, who layers and loops his vocals, guitar, and drums commonly on the floor amongst the crowd that's ready to get down. His first EP ours molaire
is now available and worth the click.
Saturday 5/26 in DC will be the last stop on their US tour, and the 9:30 Club
wants to make sure you see these guys, so we've got a couple passes to give away! All you have to do is email us
and tell us what your favorite Yann Tiersen or Piano Chat song is by 3 PM on Friday May 25
. Please include your first and last name for guestlist requirements. The winner will be emailed back Friday afternoon.
Don't wanna risk not winning and the show selling out? You can still get your tickets here