A Song That Sounds Like Vacation

Vacations are funny things: You pour so much time, energy, and daydreaming into them that, in the end, the reality rarely lives up to what you imagined as you refreshed Travelocity all those months. But if that imaginary perfect trip had a perfect sound, it would be the Portland-and NYC-based Akron/Family's Island. » 8/27/14 7:00pm Wednesday 7:00pm

Operators Tweak That Handsome Furs Magic Into Synth Heaven

When the curtain was first raised at the Future Islands show at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood last week I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know who would be opening for the Baltimore-based band and hadn't bothered to check. Squinting to make out the lead singer's face (I really need to update my glasses… » 8/26/14 7:00pm Tuesday 7:00pm

DJ Matthew Dear Sampled Thousands of GE Machines to Make This Banger

DJ Matthew Dear teamed up with General Electric acoustics engineer Andrew Gorton to sample the tones created by the churn of "thousands" of different GE machines, from turbines to medical equipment. The sounds were then chopped up and reassembled into "Drop Science," a frantic, meticulous music experiment. » 8/26/14 10:32am Tuesday 10:32am

The Perfect Song for Driving Through the Night

The last thing you might expect to hear on an early 20th century period medical drama about corpse-stealing ambulances and childbirth gone horribly wrong is electronic music. The show in question, The Knick—or Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen's Mad Men but with doctors—is by most accounts all right. The music is… » 8/25/14 7:00pm Monday 7:00pm

The Real Talent Behind Iggy's "Fancy" and Icona Pop's "I Love It"

Unless you've been living vacuum-sealed under a rock on the ocean floor, the hook to Song of the Summer 2014 "Fancy" has surely wormed its way into your ear. And last summer, you couldn't walk into a party without "I Love It" blasting to the stratosphere. These two insidiously catchy songs have one thing in common,… » 8/21/14 7:00pm 8/21/14 7:00pm

Trash Talk Bassist Destroys a Drone With a Beer and That's Pretty Punk

Punk shows have an indescribable energy. They're a kind of "you had to be there, man" experience. And like anything worth seeing nowadays, someone decided to film one with a drone. But where drones are commonplace when filming scenic parks or sprawling cityscapes, punk shows might prove to be a more hostile… » 8/17/14 9:00pm 8/17/14 9:00pm