It is tough to stand out in a business endowed with so much genius, but multi-talented, multi-genre, DJ/producer, Loren Moore, aka IDestiny, is standing tall and may very well be on his way to becoming a household name. The Dallas-based sensation has taken the world by storm with his unique work, as well as with his remixing skills. Joonbug recently had the opportunity to speak with Loren about his current projects, musical influences, and the future of EDM:
Last week, veteran rock stars Deftones released the official track listing off their highly anticipated seventh studio album Koi No Yokan set to drop November 13th on Reprise Records.
The band has been working off of Diamond Eyes’ favorable momentum, already launching a promotional North American tour stopping in New York’s, Terminal 5 on All Hallows eve. Frontman Chino Moreno admits this record will not be as cohesive as other Deftones albums but in seeking to broaden their sound promises a beautifully ethereal album. Sergio Vega continues as their active bassist and Diamond Eyes producer Nick Raskulinecz has undertaken this project as well. For a limited time the Deftones official website is offering a free download of a cut off Kio No Yokan, Leathers
EP++, released earlier this year, is Crosses’s second EP, internet release and is available in a deluxe edition, which features five songs, demo seeds, front and back cover art, a digital booklet and in-studio video. Upon listening toEP++, you'll immediately noticed a conceptual approach (EP+ has a more disconnected demo feel in between tracks). Instrumentally, this concept is realized by the steady minimalist/lo-fi tonality felt from start to finish. EP++’s feel is also branded by its recurring lyrical themes. There is a beginning, an end and a story in between. The first track appropriately titled “Frontier” has a cinematic onset. The speaker, (which seems to be the same character throughout the record) offers the subject benediction for his/her enigmatic ways as they embark on a journey towards enlightenment. Echoed synth notes accompanied by a slow tempo electric drum riff are then smeared by a high treble latent guitar phrase in this premise’s noir intro. In comes Chino’s crooning vocals that build toward a cathartic refrain of heavy guitar and bass. This would adhere to the typical Alt Rock/Rock Ballad formula if Chino’s voice didn’t ascend into an ethereal whale moan supported by Chris Robyn’s (also of Far) heaving acoustic drumbeat that joins creating an elegantly gritty shoegaze ambiance. The other four songs keep up this dreamy sythrock style by maintaining similar instrumental arrangements and tempos at around 90 BPM. Lyrically, the songs continue to depict the speaker’s journey, traversing a range of existential circumstances redolent with Christian iconography while always beckoning an elusive “you.” With each song, the listener enters a climactic situation where the subject is given an ultimatum or offered a choice that promises, solace… enlightenment.
This cast of veteran musicians (Chino with the Deftones & Team Sleep, Shaun and Chris with Far and contributing Velvet Revolver/Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan) knowledgeably maneuvers the studio, choreographing striking indie records in a matter of weeks devoid of the “produced in my bedroom” feel that has become synonymous with electronically influenced music. Both EPs have been one-hundred percent produced by the band at their own pace and without interference from record companies. This independence is important to Chino, who has mentioned that album expectations and marketing generated hype ruined the concept he was aiming for with previous project Team Sleep. For many Deftones fans, Crosses represents a resurgence of Chino’s own creative insights (The electronic basis and mystical themes are also major elements in Team Sleep). Organic and commercial free, the sanctity of Crosses represents a truly artistic expression from all its members and is very much worth cherishing.
While New York Rivals just formed this summer, they boast a refined, refreshing style that seems to be backed by years of experience writing songs and touring the country. It's no coincidence. With former members of Great Big Planes and Armor for Sleep, this Brooklyn four-piece consists of tri-state area veterans coming together to create something special. While the vocals of Josh Moran have a lazy indie swagger similar to singers like The Strokes' Julian Casablanca, the band boast a hard-rocking sense of musicality more in line with bands like Muse and the Deftones. Having just released their new album on iTunes this week, and with a tour with indie legends The Lemonheads under their belt, New York Rivals are already working like professionals in their 2 months as a band. We spoke to guitarist Erik Rudic (pictured far right) about the band's formation, recording their self-titled full-length, and what the future has in store.
Lollapalooza:: August 5-7, Chicago, IL
This year marks Lollapalooza’s 20th anniversary on August 5-7 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. This music festival will be the granddaddy of all festivals this summer and the most extravagant birthday celebration to date. To help commemorate this phenomenal affair, acts such as Coldplay, Eminem, Damian Marley & Nas, The Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, and Deadmau5 top the Lolla lineup. Other top-tier artists include the Cars, Girl Talk, Kid Cudi, Crystal Castles, Ratatat, Collie Buddz, Deftones, and Pretty Lights. With over 130 performers, this is one birthday you won’t want to miss. Check out the full lineup here.
This is the first installment of Joonbug's weekly live music preview. Check back here every Monday to see who's coming to town and why you should overcome your crippling agoraphobia.
Tuesday May 10th
Donald Glover - Bowery Ballroom
Donald Glover is making us all look bad. He was hired as writer for 30 Rock straight out of NYU. He’s a staple of the comedy series Community where he gets to riff with Chevy Chase. His videos with Derrick Comedy and Funny or Die have been the bane of any computer bound procrastinator. And to top it off he lashes his razor wit through a mic when he moonlights as the rapper Childish Gambino. Yes, he makes us look lazy, but he also makes us laugh.
The Deftones released their sixth album Diamond Eyes to critical and fan acclaim. The band started touring to promote the album in Europe and the South Pacific and are finally bring the tour to the United States.
Announced Tour Dates
02/18 – Honolulu, HI – Waterfront At Aloha Tower
04/14 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
04/16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04/18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
04/19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
04/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Commodore Ballroom
04/22 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
04/25 – Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s
04/26 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
04/28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
04/29 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
04/30 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
05/01 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Theatre
05/03 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
05/04 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
05/05 – Hampton, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
05/06 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s
05/07 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
05/09 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
05/11 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/13 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
05/14 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
05/16 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
05/20 – Jacksonville, FL – Plush
05/21 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
05/22 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cover Amphitheater
05/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
05/29 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
06/01 – Oklahoma, OK – Diamond Ballroom
06/04 – Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
06/05 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
06/06 – Grand Prarie, TX – Verizon Theatre A t Grand Prarie
06/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
06/13 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre