Work hard, play hard: electro-dance duo Brite Lite Brite does both at the same time

By Dana Getz

Calling Luke Johnson and Andrea Stankevitch workaholics would be an understatement. But when your job is music, it can be easy to get addicted. Individually, they each hold full-time positions at Berklee College of Music and perform with multiple bands and producers, but together they form Brite Lite Brite, an electro-dance group with layers of bass-ridden dubstep and haunting vocal textures. Stankevitch sounds much like a feminine Conor Oberst atop Johnnson’s dance-driven club beats, singing longingly of unrequited love and disappointment. The dark, restless quality of their compositions is undoubtedly a nod to their acoustic roots, noted on tracks like “Song On the Radio” from their debut album Universe Universe. Since its release in 2009, the duo has been scrounging their limited down time to finish their sophomore album, Stalker, due out later this year. During a rare free moment, Johnson chatted with us about sleep deprivation, cyborgs and their upcoming Lollapalooza performance.

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Nashville duo Cherub lets us inside their crazy fun world of electro love making

By Dana Getz

With a charmingly sarcastic sense of humor and a zest for the fun-loving lifestyle, it’s easy to see how Jordan Kelly and Jason Huber became friends. The Nashville-natives met during their college years and eventually formed Cherub, a funkified electro-pop group blurring the lines between 80’s dance music and contemporary pop. Combining risqué lyrics, silky smooth falsetto and synthesizer-rich production, their musical repertoire is a potpourri of psychedelic chillwave ballads and groove-heavy dance numbers. After landing a slot on Gramatik’s Age of Reason tour last spring, the duo booked gigs at festivals across the globe, including Bonnaroo, SXSW, Electric Forest and the upcoming Lollapalooza. The pair took time between stops on their European tour to discuss gray hairs, crazy fan antics and the importance of finding a good cologne.

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Ian Bevis of Bear Mountain: “Canada’s kind of like a really nice uncle”

By Dana Getz

Take glitch-drenched synths, sweeping falsetto and a sugary injection of unadulterated fun and you’ve got Bear Mountain, a genre-blending electro-dance group with a little bit of island flavor and a lot of big anthem sound. With influences ranging from jazz to house music, their style is somewhat of a musical grab bag, drawing upon contemporary pop, modern new wave, and subtle ‘80s funk.

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SSLYBY on their new album, Russian culture and the magnetic appeal of Nightwater Girlfriends

By Dana Getz

There’s something very endearing about Phil Dickey. He reminds me of an old friend I had in high school, from his boyish grin and beat up Converse to the way his words tumble excitedly from his mouth, almost too fast for his brain to keep up with. I imagine his longtime friend Will Knauer can still picture him at the just-ripe age of 18, though the two started Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelstin over 10 years ago. The lo-fi indie pop group completed their trio in 2002, when Phil met John Cardwell at a college Super Bowl party, though the multi-instrumentalist has since been exchanged for new member Jonathon James. Aptly named for former Russian President Boris Yelstin, the Springfield, MS band has enjoyed quite a journey throughout their career, including a Japanese tour, several trips to Russia and the official title of cultural ambassadors to Yelstin’s home country. For those unfamiliar with the band’s discography, SSLBY has produced four albums in their time together, with their fifth, Fly by Wire, available September 17.

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DJ Dainjazone: LMFAO’s black sheep

By Dana Getz

Rocking a mismatched, neon attire worthy of a Richard Simmons workout video, DJ Dainjazone looks at home among the clutter of half-empty glasses littering a corner table in Chicago’s El Hefe nightclub. The scene has become standard for the baseball-player-turned-DJ, who spent the last year or so on LMFAO’s “Party Rock” tour—but don’t let his leopard print harem pants fool you. A self-described “black sheep” of the group, Dainjazone doesn’t drink and prefers to spend his time researching music in his hotel room than partying until the crack of dawn. He’s a partier of a different variety, getting hyped on creativity and ingenuity, and he’s been high for a while now. Since the indefinite split of LMFAO last fall, Dainjazone has been doing solo shows and touring with Redfoo’s La Freak Crew. He most recently teamed up with Grammy winners Play-N-Skillz to produce trap house mixtape “Trap Hard Texas,” featuring artists such as Paul Wall, Juicy J, YG, Redfoo and Lil Jon, due out in the next few weeks. We met up with Dainjazone before his July 15 show to discuss tour life, staying hot and stereotyping DJs.

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Skylar Grey talks her new album, disappointment and the road to self-discovery

By Dana Getz

Seven years ago Skylar Grey didn’t exist. She was a distant figment of Holly Brook’s imagination, stifled by a handful of untrustworthy Hollywood big shots and a mediocre set of melancholy acoustic tracks. But after years of patience and several months in a desolate Oregon cabin, a poignant pop princess emerged, pronouncing herself Skylar Grey and leaving Holly Brook far behind in the woods.

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Audrey Napoleon: Goth-Glam Goddess

By Dana Getz

Audrey Napoleon knows how to make a statement. With heavy black cat eyeliner, pale skin, crimson lips and precision-cut hair the color of a raven, the 26-year-old DJ/producer looks like she belongs deep within the pages of an Edgar Allen Poe novel. Though her story isn’t quite “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the goth glam goddess found refuge in Los Angeles clubland after moving from city to city with her musician father. Her life has since exploded into a chaotic flurry of fashion shows, Heineken campaigns and live performances, including the 18-city Identity Festival in 2012 as well as her first-ever self-headlined tour, which kicks off July 10 at Studio Paris in Chicago.

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O.A.R. Rocks Chicago

By Dana Getz

Braving heavy rain and threatening thunderstorms, loyal fans ventured to Charter One Pavilion June 28 to kick off the Midwest leg of O.A.R.’s Sounds of Summer Tour. The ska-turned-pop-rock group is renowned for their explosive live shows and extensive summer touring, with their Friday night performance proving to be no exception.

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Savoy: Trailblazing the Electronic Music World

By Ria Sardana

If you enjoy electronic, rock, or EDM, Savoy, a band straight out of Boulder, Colorado, is a band you definitely do not want to miss out on. Starting as just a small college band jamming in their free time, they are now electronic dance music innovators who just started a six-week long tour. I was able to speak with band member, Ben Eberdt, to discuss their current tour, pop culture and Colorado.

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Alanis Morissette On Motherhood, Spirituality And Her Former Self

By Robert Frezza

Singer/songwriter and now mother Alanis Morissette has evolved since her 1995 debut Jagged Little Pill, and a lot has happened to her and the music industry alone since then.  Now, as a mother, Morissette faces the challenges of everyday life. “I feel like now this maternal, biological imperative is being channeled into an appropriate little human being,” Morissette states.

On the eve of her Guardian Angel tour, Morissette opens up about her large catalogue of inspirational music, her upcoming tour, and how her maternal instincts have kicked in.

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