Heady Links | Live Electronic Dance Music Edition

(updated on 2.25.07)

Live Electronic Dance Music? Electronic rock? “jamtronica?” — call it what you will, but there are a bunch of bands that are pushing the live EDM enevlope these days, continually creating new dance-party vibes and wowing audiences in the process. A bunch of these groups recently announced or updated their tour dates and are slated for various festival appearances, so I thought I’d offer a round-up…

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The Disco Biscuits
The Disco Biscuits have finally entered the millennium with a fresh website re-design (better late than never). They recently released a a free soundboard from their 12/29/06 show at the Electric Factory (available on the LMA), and have some festival dates already slated for the spring and summer, including stops at Langerado, moe’s snoe.down festival, and 10KLF. Word on the street is that Marc Brownstein’s got another baby Brownie on the way and the band won’t head back out on the road until later in the spring.

Brownstein and keyboard wiz, Aaron Magner, will also be joining UM’s Brendan Bayliss for a benefit concert for the UStorm Foundation (founded by Bayliss last year to raise money for music and art education programs for youth in Chicago). If you’re curious what the Bisco boys have been up to, here’s a quality flickr photo set from their recent show at the Starland in NJ, courtesy of HeadyLife.

Sound Tribe Sector 9
STS9 recently fleshed out their spring tour, complete with 5 nights at the Boulder Theatre and stops at Langerado and the NOLA Jazzfest. They’re also slated to play Bonnaroo this summer and just released a fresh podcast taboot. As Justin said, these guys are definitely on fire these days, so I’m stoked to see what they’ll bring down to Florida at Langerado!

The New Deal
Once a large draw in this category, the New Deal has slowed things down by touring lightly over the last couple years. They’ve done some dates in the Northeast and I managed to catch them a few times here in the Chi at the Logan Square Auditorium (one of those shows happens to be a huge favorite of mine, and is available on the LMA). But, other than that, the Canadian trio has been rather quiet, which I find odd for a band that is so focused on the live improv angle. They’ve got a couple of dates in Cali in May, including a stop at the Joshua Tree Music Festival on 5/19.

Lotus
Lotus is another band that I’ll be seeing at Langerado in a few weeks. They’ve also got a pretty heavy spring tour scheduled throughout the East and Midwest, and are slated to play Wakarusa this summer. I also recently discovered the band’s video site, which has some pretty solid video highlights of four shows from 2005-2006.

Brothers Past
Brothers Past has fleshed out its spring touring plans (previously covered here), adding shows in the Midwest, including a two-night run at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago as a part of the Green Apple Music Festival, a late-night slot at the snoe.down festival, and a spot at SummerCamp here in Iillinois. BP has also released some new downloads on their “digital downlow” site, giving fans soundboard quality tastes of some recent touring highlights, including a stellar show last fall in Northampton.

the Pnuma Trio
The Pnuma Trio definitely showed up a bit late to this whole “live EDM” thang, and their sound is very reminiscent of the New Deal (especially with the same set-up of keys, bass, drums). That said, these guys have some friggin chops and lots of energy. They’ve also managed to rise quickly among the jam-scene ranks and are slated for a slew of heady festivals spots this summer, including the Joshua Tree Music Festival, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, and 10KLF. They’re currently on tour down South and then wrap up their spring dates in March with a run through Colorado. If these guys can distinguish themselves from the rest of the crowd, they could do some serious damage. It’ll be cool to watch their stars rise.

Future Rock
Perhaps a bit less well-known than all the guys above is the Chicago trio, Future Rock. In my opinion, this band has really been steppin up their sound over the last 6-8 months. They’re currently hitting up some East and Midwest spots, will be playing with Lotus in Milwaukee, and are doing a “post STS9″ thang in Boulder on 3/15. If you’re in need of a fresh workout mix, I highly recommend downloading their 11/17/06 show from the Sonotheque here in Chicago last November.

  • http://www.blas-art.com blas

    plan on checking out ‘Holy Fuck’ tonight at the empty bottle. They sound right! from what I heard of their site..

  • http://www.blas-art.com blas

    plan on checking out ‘Holy Fuck’ tonight at the empty bottle. They sound right! from what I heard of their site..

  • http://www.burningoak.com Kane from BurningOak

    Interesting choice of links.

    Bisco – Why did the site have to be in Flash guys? couldn’t you just ask Tea Leaf Green for their site and redo the images? Ugh…

    Also, look into Pnuma Trio, they’ve got this vibe.

  • http://www.burningoak.com Kane from BurningOak

    Interesting choice of links.

    Bisco – Why did the site have to be in Flash guys? couldn’t you just ask Tea Leaf Green for their site and redo the images? Ugh…

    Also, look into Pnuma Trio, they’ve got this vibe.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com WHITperson

    kane, agreed. the site is not all that different from the old one…almost just a style and color design, rather than a full re-working. but any signs that tDB is getting more professional are good in my opinion.

    Yep, I’ve got Pnuma and New Deal coming as an update at some point real soon…but thanks.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com WHITperson

    kane, agreed. the site is not all that different from the old one…almost just a style and color design, rather than a full re-working. but any signs that tDB is getting more professional are good in my opinion.

    Yep, I’ve got Pnuma and New Deal coming as an update at some point real soon…but thanks.

  • Paris

    Thanks for the livetronica update! As a fan of trance-fusion, here are a few other bands totally worth mentioning and supporting, in my opinion:

    Psylab, http://www.psylabunderground.com
    Themasses, http://www.themasses.ca
    Push, http://www.pushlive.net
    Prism, http://www.prismfunk.com
    Motion for Alliance, http://www.mfacentral.com

    And of course, I’m sure I’m not the only one still holding my breath for the return of Signal Path, http://www.signalpath.org.

  • Paris

    Thanks for the livetronica update! As a fan of trance-fusion, here are a few other bands totally worth mentioning and supporting, in my opinion:

    Psylab, http://www.psylabunderground.com
    Themasses, http://www.themasses.ca
    Push, http://www.pushlive.net
    Prism, http://www.prismfunk.com
    Motion for Alliance, http://www.mfacentral.com

    And of course, I’m sure I’m not the only one still holding my breath for the return of Signal Path, http://www.signalpath.org.

  • http://www.burningoak.com Kane from BurningOak.com

    I’m also a Signal Path fan… never had a chance to see them, just have a bunch of recordings. I’m pretty sure one of the guys got on stage at Summer Camp last year and played with Brothers Past or someone, Sunshine Stage if I recall correctly. Any recommendations for more stuff from them?

  • http://www.burningoak.com Kane from BurningOak.com

    I’m also a Signal Path fan… never had a chance to see them, just have a bunch of recordings. I’m pretty sure one of the guys got on stage at Summer Camp last year and played with Brothers Past or someone, Sunshine Stage if I recall correctly. Any recommendations for more stuff from them?

  • Paris

    I never had a chance to see Signal Path either. Ryan Burnett has been playing guitar with Pnuma Trio the last few months of 06, it took their music a bit further beyond the (for-me-too-bouncy) New Deal sound. My favorite show off the archive is 3/19/05 at Trilogy (http://www.archive.org/details/path2005-03-19.flac16) with a very cool Voices, Genre, Transit, leading to a 15+ minute Wolves. The long jam in Bob It on 10/5/04 is also off the charts.

  • Paris

    I never had a chance to see Signal Path either. Ryan Burnett has been playing guitar with Pnuma Trio the last few months of 06, it took their music a bit further beyond the (for-me-too-bouncy) New Deal sound. My favorite show off the archive is 3/19/05 at Trilogy (http://www.archive.org/details/path2005-03-19.flac16) with a very cool Voices, Genre, Transit, leading to a 15+ minute Wolves. The long jam in Bob It on 10/5/04 is also off the charts.

  • John

    I miss the old Signal Path days at Summercamp… Also, make sure you don’t miss the 4 studio tracks they have available on their site, most notably, Aaron’s Cube. It’s some good stuff.

  • John

    I miss the old Signal Path days at Summercamp… Also, make sure you don’t miss the 4 studio tracks they have available on their site, most notably, Aaron’s Cube. It’s some good stuff.

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  • Mikael S

    I saw Pnuma w/ the Signal Path guitarist a few months ago, it was OK, but not a lot of soul in the music, mostly just pressure – release repeat, which I like, but I prefer the Soundtribe style over tND style….

    I also saw Themasses in Vancouver Canada recently and they blew me away! It was a double bill with Lotus who sounded a bit boring next to Themasses. Too bad they only tour in Canada, cuz they hot!

  • Mikael S

    I saw Pnuma w/ the Signal Path guitarist a few months ago, it was OK, but not a lot of soul in the music, mostly just pressure – release repeat, which I like, but I prefer the Soundtribe style over tND style….

    I also saw Themasses in Vancouver Canada recently and they blew me away! It was a double bill with Lotus who sounded a bit boring next to Themasses. Too bad they only tour in Canada, cuz they hot!

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  • http://www.fowlplay.net.au/blog Fowl Play DJ

    Hey,

    Cool Blog! Lovin it :)

    I have recently launched my own house music blog and podcast. It’s all about the best new deep, soulful, tribal, funky & big room house. Jameson and myself (Fowl Play DJ) present the Beats & Pieces show every Wednesday 6-8pm EST on Bondi FM, and then upload the show for podcasting the next day.

    Check it out here -> Beats & Pieces Show Blog

    You can also subscribe to the podcast here -> Beats & Pieces Show Podcast

    Have a listen and please let us know what you think.

    Cheers,
    Jeremy (Fowl Play DJ)
    From Sydney, Australia