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MICHAEL C. WALSH

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What's F'n Next? Disclosure

Surrey, England
FM radio ruins everything.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 13, 2013

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Stroke of Genius: Claude VonStroke's ascension


Somewhere along the line, it seems dance music became a contest — to determine who can fist-pump the highest and glow-in-the-dark the brightest.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 20, 2013

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A$AP Rocky | Long.Live.A$AP

A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records (2013)
A$AP Rocky is a living, breathing Tumblr aggregator.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  January 16, 2013

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Jolly good odds: Holiday gambles


'Tis the season for letting it ride on the Patriots, reveling in riches when they cover the spread, and wincing when they don't.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 04, 2012

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Six-packs for the hardpack


Five canned local craft brews to throw in the cooler for your next ski trip.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 07, 2012

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Emeralds | Just To Feel Anything

Editions Mego (2012)
Compared to their predominantly improvisational past releases, everything here seems calculated.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 07, 2012



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Globetrotting with Seth Troxler


The last time Seth Troxler played Boston it was to a room of about 50 people. That changes this week when he plays Sónar.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 01, 2012

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Review: Knuckleball!

Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary
For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 18, 2012

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Review: Shut Up and Play the Hits

Documenting LCD Soundsystem's farewell show
For those in their 20s who worship dance and Internet culture with equal voracity, LCD Soundsystem was a "generation defining" band, and this documentary detailing the their 2011 farewell concert is their Stop Making Sense.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 14, 2012

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Matthew Dear | Beams

Ghostly International (2012)
Matthew Dear has always been a producer first, DJ second, and songwriter third.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 28, 2012

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Shed | The Killer

50 Weapons (2012)
If aliases in the world of techno indicated split personalities, Rene Pawlowitz would surely qualify for dissociative identity disorder treatment.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 14, 2012



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Cloudy with a chance of Skrillex

Summer camp
Anything that can go wrong at Camp Bisco, will go wrong. I've been attending the annual festival in upstate New York since 2007, and every year there seems to be a hitch: torrential rain begetting knee-deep mud, eight-hour traffic backups, and even those neon-clad dubstep kids on my damn lawn.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  July 18, 2012

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Review: Lockout

Guy Pearce rises above the rest
Every once in a while, an actor can single-handedly hoist a film to near greatness, despite a banal script and subpar direction.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 18, 2012

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Review: Detention

The Breakfast Club meets Scream 2
A knife-wielding maniac plots his exploits off of a popular slasher film.   If you were to call out Joseph Kahn for unabashedly ripping this plot straight from Scream 2 , he'd probably take it as a compliment.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 12, 2012

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The dance-music scene heats up Austin

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"Like in 10 years, this is Lollapalooza— we're just ahead of shit," said Nick Hook of Cubic Zirconia on Saturday night, toward the tail end of his solo set during SBTRKT's collaborative shindig with burgeoning UK-label Young Turks.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 21, 2012

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Scuba | Personality

Hotflush Recordings (2012)
Believe it or not, there still exist some pockets of the globe where dubstep remains sacred, with champions of purism deflecting the ever-tainting mainstream intrusions.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 06, 2012



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Ital | Hive Mind

Planet Mu
If there was a broken-record knock against electronic music in the last decade, it's that it all sounded the same.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 07, 2012

Off the record: Habits

Schoolboy Q | Habits & Contradictions

Top Dawg Entertainment (2012)
Without much that can be considered "structure" in terms of the verse-chorus-verse standard, Q confidently wobbles through an album's worth of jaded bangers.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  January 31, 2012

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Dubstep's party crashes the mainstream

Wobble to the top
And with a single magazine cover, it was written.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 20, 2011

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The Roots | Undun

Def Jam (2011)
The year was 1999, and the Roots were entering a cool-kids club thanks to the release of Things Fall Apart .
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 14, 2011
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