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Editor’s Pick #300: Isa GT – Pela’o (Crookers Remix) by VPN
April 12, 2010, 10:27 pm
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Hailing from London, by way of Colombia, Isa GT is one part of the all-girl DJ crew, GIRLCORE. From playing alongside indie bloghouse gods like Diplo, Sinden, and Fake Blood (just to name a few), Isa GT’s bragging rights are more legit than any wannabe out there. Sounding like one part Bonde do Role, one part Major Lazer, with a hint of Uffie-like femininity, Crookers‘ addicting remix of Pela’o is sure to get any booty poppin. If not, you can’t help but watch this video more than once.

–Victoria Pilar Nava

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Concert Coverage: HARD NYC by tjwell01

20 Watts peaked inside the Major Lazer show in NYC last weekend.

HARD NYC was more than a concert. It was more than a rave. It was pure madness. The six-hour long show, comprised of performances from Destructo, Proxy, Buraka Som Sistema, Major Lazer, and Boys Noize, went at a voracious, non-stop force that engrossed the audience of 500-something people for its entire run.

Destructo (Gary Richards), creator of the HARD series, is known for inserting his performance into the DJ lineups. Hailing from Los Angeles, he generally aims to do nothing less than worm up a fervent crowd. He proudly emerged on the stage with an expectedly disappointing performance. His mildly synthesized beats seemed to appeal mainly to the eager crowd of New York City high school girls that surrounded me. Hey, they looked happy to get out of their house on a Saturday night by 8 o’clock. His music eventually grew to become much more tolerable and enjoyable. Richards pumped out his focused and consistently loud smashes, all while a Lego-inspired vehicle of a light show blasted on the massive screen behind him.

The Russian enigma, Proxy, performing live in the United States for the first time that night, jumped onstage quickly after Destructo’s finale. He was by far the best powerhouse to come from Russia since Ivan Drago’s fist in Rocky IV. He mixed his own original songs with contemporary bangers, like “Sweet Shop” by dub step legend Dr. P. As the concert was heating up, so were we. Terminal 5’s tight venue certainly did not keep our wallets tight. I myself must have dropped at least twelve dollars on water. Frequent trips to the patio area for some fresh air at first left us frustrated with our constant movements, but we grew to enjoy the intermittent blasts of oxygen that let loose our head-throbbing constraints.

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News of Note: Sleigh Bells Coming to Syracuse, NY by tjwell01
February 3, 2010, 9:44 am
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Sleigh Bells will play Spark on April 8th, thanks to O,Morning Records

PREVIEW: Sleigh Bells’ MySpace

LISTEN: “Crown on the Ground” by Sleigh Bells

O,Morning Records recruited hot new Brooklyn act, Sleigh Bells, to play at Spark Arts Center on April 8th. The show will cost $8 and is open to all ages.

It was only yesterday that Sleigh Bells announced their Spring tour with Major Lazer and Yeasayer, and it’s remarkable Syracuse University’s indie record label, O,Morning Records, scored a huge show for us. Sleigh Bells blew up late last year at the CMJ Music Festival in New York City, and is a fast rising act sure to make waves.

–Jett Wells