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ICA@50 - Free For All: Mitral Transmission at Institute of Contemporary Art Feb. 19

Data Garden is helping the Institute of Contemporary Art kick off its ICA@50 anniversary celebration with the launch of Greg Fox’s new album Mitral Transmission. “The temporary installation and performance uses human biorhythms to generate live music.” The former drummer for Dan Deacon and Liturgy developed the technology that generates music using the organic rhythms of the human heart for his latest project. He’ll be joined by Jamey Robinson (Man Man, Buffalo Stance) on keys, while Batsley Adams provides the visuals. Guests are encouraged to try out Fox’s creation as well as Data Garden’s previous experiment with plants and sensors, used to make sounds from human-to-plant interactions, that you may have experienced at the local electronic music label/event production collective’s Switch-On Garden or Data Garden Quartet, which was on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There will be an accompanying installation entitled Personified, where you are encouraged to use the interface that was originally developed for the plants on your own body. At this evening’s event, you can also take home a print made of plantable paper, consume festive wintry snacks and refreshments, try on a virtual reality helmet, and listen to the music of your own body. Do something different tonight! Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36 St., 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, All Ages (Flier by Jason Killinger) - Q.D. Tran

Stream: FIM "Fast Cars"

Approahcing humor in songwriting is usually looked down upon, as if not taking things seriously makes you a goof in a musical climate where you're more respected for being brooding and woundedly self-absorbed. At first glance, it's easy to dismiss dance punk trio FIM, who willingly define themselves as extraterretrial psych rockers. Staying true to that sill descriptor, the foursome just released their most outlandish track yet, "Fast Cars", a brainy, robotic synth pop romp that is actually backed up by some considerable skill. Meaning, they take their humor seriously. It's tempting to instantly raise the "novelty" flag, but when you're incorporating an infectious rhythmic energy with such care there's no reason to embrace the weirdness and let your inhibitions flow. FIM will be playing this and other songs off their latest EP "Alien Beach Party" at the Satellite on February 24.


New Music Video: "Shake" - Moon Bounce

Check out the truly demented and twisted music video for "Shake" by Moon Bounce, a.k.a. Corey Regensburg! It premiered yesterday at the all-things-gory website, Fangoria. The video was directed by Italy-via-London director Andrea Youth. The track is off Moon Bounce's forthcoming EP, Dress Rehearsal, due out February 25 via Grind Select, a new imprint owned and operated by Regensberg and his manager Jeremy Garber.


Review - Annie & Kate - Running Out Of Time

I’m guessing that teenage twins, Annie & Kate, never have time to be bored. High school is hectic enough, but somehow they manage to play ten instruments between them, write songs, and play shows left and right. If they’re this efficient now, I’m excited to see where they’ll go! The world needs more girls like Annie and Kate Brogdon, unafraid to pick up guitars and start a rock band. Their debut CD, Running Out of Time, is online to stream and its physical release is coming on the 21st at Roots Bistro in Georgetown. --Written by Marie Meyers


Chairlifts' Caroline Polachek unveils anti-pop solo album under Ramona Lisa moniker

Chairlift, brainchild of singer/keyboardist/composer Caroline Polachek, has been one of our favorite NYC pop bands since they broke out back in 2008, when they graced the cover of our Best of NYC issue - those were the times of single "Bruised," blessed by an Apple ad.

Caroline is now announcing the release of a solo album - to be released on Terrible Records in April - under the moniker Ramona Lisa. Preview single and video "Arcadia" (streaming below) shows us an unexpectedly gloomy atmoshpere, so much so that we are tempted to think this is not just a parallel project, but alsmost a Chairlift antithesys - a necessary outlet of somebody who starts feeling curbed by pop music's brightly colored straitjacket? Gone are the upbeat rhythms and the uplifting melodies, gone the meticulous and somewhat intricate production. A completely anti-pop 2 minute drumless instrumental intro guide us to the haunting vocal melody, which betrays Gregorian influences. The song is rather uneventful, like a beautiful, intimate chant that listens to itself, rather than being projected out to others. And that's exactly what pop music is not.

We realized that Caroline had serious balls when we saw this video, this record only comes as a confirmation.




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