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August 2014
Dead Native
"Dead Native

Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.

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Data Garden

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


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