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While the city of Bozeman was sleeping on Saturday night at 4 am, these rogue djs were spinning minimal tech house and dirty trap. From a compound on North Rouse, the sounds of bass prevailed. First enjoy the mixed sounds of DJ A’Marie VS. DJ Resonance.
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A’Marie VS Resonance Pt. 1
A’Marie VS Resonance Pt. 2
Posted on: July 14, 2013 by Brian Thabault
Alas, Boards of Canada have returned with a new album entitled Tomorrow’s Harvest. The BoC is one of the most influential acts to come out of the mid-90′s experimental electronic music scene — a la Warp Records and the like. Their analogue, kaleidoscopic visions brought a certain warmth to a scene that often times dodged beauty in favor of more complicated, mechanical chaos. In the early 2000′s, as acts like Aphex Twin and Autechre ventured off into complex of rhythms and more subdued melodies — the BoC remained the most accessible of the three.
It has been almost eight years since their last proper album and this time around they are exploring darker territories — even though it still has that signature BoC sound. Tomorrows Harvest plays out like a soundtrack to some post-apocalyptic sci-fi where environmental negligence and false prophets run amok (think Vangelis or John Carpenter, with beats). The duo only allow a sliver of light to shine through. With that said it is still a thoroughly enjoyable listen. After repeated listens I would say its on par with their seminal albums, Music Has The Right To Children and Geogaddi. Put on some headphones and spend some time with it. Each listen is sure to reveal something new. View their beautiful video for the single Reach for the Dead below.
Favorite tracks: Reach for the Dead, Palace Posy, Split Your Infinities, White Cyclosa, New Seeds
Posted on: June 24, 2013 by Shane Johnson
June 4th Queens of the Stone Age released their sixth studio album, …Like Clockwork. British artist/animator Boneface made an animated shorts for five of the tracks that have now been compiled into one 15 minute animated short. The apocalyptic horror theme Boneface paints is perfect tone for Josh Hommes twisted narrative. …Like Clockwork is out now on Matador Records.
Posted on: June 13, 2013 by Shane Johnson
Brother Ali, a hip-hop artist from Minneapolis MN, made a stop in Bozeman this week on his tour supporting his latest release “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color.” The album presents a scathing, yet honest, critique of America and its many flaws while simultaneously presenting a hopeful outlook of its possibilities. The production is spot on, courtesy of Jake One and the Rhymesayers crew, and as always, Brother Ali brings his seasoned
lyricism and signature voice.
The day with Brother Ali started with a free all-ages performance at Cactus Records. The show was intimate and powerful. The full house was captivated as Brother Ali played a few songs, spoke on the importance of humanist ideals and acceptance in hip-hop, as well as speaking about his actions (and arrest) working with Occupy Homes in Minneapolis. He closed out the performance with an accapella rendition of his song “Us,” then stuck around for another hour to take photos and sign autographs for fans.
Posted on: March 23, 2013 by Brian Thabault
As 2012 comes to a close, We chose our five favorite local releases of this year, granted there are some well deserving albums that may be missing from this list, we tried to choose some of the more up and coming artists than those who are already established.
Looking ahead, Theory is going to be expanding the music section of our website to stay up to date on local music happenings. Want to have your album reviewed or featured? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERE’S THE LIST!
5. Dub Sultan – Dub Sultan
With styles ranging from Middle Eastern reggae, funky hip-hop, and progressive hard rock, Dub Sultan delivers an extremely different listening experience from the typical Bozeman sounds. This album could have been produced anywhere in the world, but it was made right here in our own backyard. With an equal emphasis placed on musical originality and party rocking rhythms, Dub Sultan comes with a super unique blend that is alway’s an adventure to listen to.
4. David Dalla G – Davidology
A west-coast transplant, David Dalla G continues to make up-beat and positive hip hop music here in Bozeman. His flows are crisp and clear, guaranteed to get the party moving. On Davidology, he draws from a large pool of producers to create a truly diverse album. Lyrically, David Dalla G proves himself to be a seasoned storyteller. On ‘The Party’ he and collaborator Mic-B tells the story of an imaginary party of all his favorite music idols who have passed away. With lot’s of shows and tours in the plans, expect to hear more from David in 2013.
3. Hemingway – Balance
A debut release from Vermont native Will Hemingway, this homegrown hip-hop album is Hemingway’s introduction to the game. His tight flows and lyrical precision not only prove his worth on the mic, but also offer a glimpse into the mind of the man behind the voice. Backed by beats by onomono and the voice of Michal Madeline, Hemingway delivers his rhymes with intensity and grace. Lyrically, Hemingway delves deep into the art of rap, throwing around double meanings and triple entendres is no problem for the MC. On ‘Wakin Up’, Hemingway celebrates the party lifestyle, while at the same time, outlining the problems such a lifestyle can entail. It’s his attention to content and detail that will propel Hemingway ahead in his future work.
2. In Walks Bud – Take Time
For their fourth studio album, In Walks Bud continues on their quest to make feel-good reggae infused rock music. Take Time is a tightly produced album with clean vocals drenched in reverb and rhythms that beg to be danced to. As anybody who has attended a live show of theirs can tell you, dancing is exactly what happens. This album glows with good vibrations and is the perfect companion for a day in the sun, or even in your headphones as you hit the slopes.
1. onomono – Windows
This album is a collaboration between experimental producer Shane Johnson and the talented vocalist Michal Madeline. The production style is thickly layered with synths, samples, and massively complex drum patters. Michal’s vocals create a backbone for the glitchy sonic structure, and she creates a hauntingly beautiful aura throughout the album. The mood of the songs ranges from up-beat almost danceable tracks, to dark and brooding electronic anthems. The album as a whole hovers miles above other local sounds, and has the potential to compete on an international level.
Posted on: December 31, 2012 by Brian Thabault
Here are some fresh sounds from Hemingway, a local Bozeman MC and producer. BALANCE is his debut mixtape. It was produced and mastered out of a home studio by the masterful Onomono (AKA Shane Johnson) The beats are a mix of re-worked material from the Onomono Archive, originals from Hemingway, and collaborative works between the two masterminds with the aid of Theory Magazine editor Brian Thabault. They range from glitchy arrangements with obscure layers and depths, to simple sample driven anthems, to sub-bumping elemental hip hop. Hemingway’s lyrical stylings not only showcase his incredible rhyming dexterity, but also explore the ups and downs of the party and music lifestyle. With infectious hooks, and endlessly quotable lines, Hemingway’s lyrics are the kind that you need to listen to a few times to pick up on all the nuances. Even after ten times through a track, you will continue to pick up new things. Additional vocals are provided by the multi-faceted female vocalist Michal Madeline on Grindstone and Alien. Dan “The Man” Mangum contributed his melodies and voice to the collaborative final track of the mixtape, Ear Pillow. Listen, download, and enjoy!
BALANCE is available for FREE to listen and download below.
Keep an ear out for new releases from all parties involved in this project, there is a new mixtape in the works from Hemingway, as well as a Onomono/Michal Madeline collab on the way!
Contact Hemingway at email@example.com
Posted on: November 4, 2012 by Brian Thabault
With his new EP Vermillion Break, ONOMONO unveils a world of pulsing melodies and layered samples. The mood of the four track set blends a spectrum of sounds, from intense break beats to obscure floating melodies. Mysterious, and at times bizarre, the EP packs an auditory punch to the eardrums.
ONOMONO’s debut album A View From the Second Layer is also available from bandcamp, it is also available in a CD/DVD combination that features full length music videos for each track. It is a deep and incredibly complex project. The videos are made by colorizing, tweaking, and generally freaking out old ephemeral films to the point that they become dense visual landscapes that bend and break to the beat. The experience is not to be missed, and you can check it out IN PERSON, before the videos are released online, at the THEORY MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY, 7PM MAY 2nd at The Cottonwood Club. You can also purchase the DVD/CD combo from ONOMONO for $8.
Here is Heaves Sake, with original video from the A View From the Second Layer, enjoy.
Posted on: May 2, 2012 by Brian Thabault
Boston based producer Atwell Baker makes downtempo beats infused with elements of hip-hop and glitch. His new EP titled “De Sol” is up on Bandcamp, along with three remix EPs. His sounds are rich in layers of texture. Jumping around the rhythm, Atwell Baker keeps the listener guessing at what will come next. The Boston Globe says:
The four original tracks here, plus a handful of remixes from Boston area producers M. Constant, Ian Barnett, and Quam (much of whose recent works share a chilled-out hip-hop aesthetic), clock in between one and three minutes, but in each instance it’s a brief introduction to a vibrantly imagined conceptual space.
You can listen to the EP and name your own price for the download over at Bandcamp.
Atwell Baker recently recorded this great live mix for the Belgian internet radio station/blog Urban Waves. It’s a great blend of beats and pieces of sound, here’s a bit from the man himself on the mix:
it’s mostly friends, and the vast majority of those tracks are available online for free. the set was recorded live using ableton, a couple midi controllers and a really old turntable/home stereo system. it’s unedited. most of the atwell baker tracks i put in there are either soon-to-be or never-to-be released.
Looking forward to hearing more from Atwell and the burgeoning Boston electronic music scene.
Posted on: April 20, 2012 by Brian Thabault
The East Coast introspective style of Kendall Elijah is highlighted by filmmaker Jared Soule in “The Wild”. Kendall’s smooth delivery and conceptual lyrics blend perfectly with Jared’s warm vintage style of cinematography. It’s an airy beat with heavy lyrics, all accented with beautiful imagery. Hip Hop is alive and well.
Kendall Elijah is an up and coming hip hop artist from Maryland. You can hear more of his tracks, and download his brand new ep featuring “The Wild” at kendallelijah.bandcamp.com.
A Brief Note from the Editor.
This is the first effort of THEORY to bridge out beyond our Montana foundations and incorporate artists from other areas of the country. It is my belief that art is a unifying force in our small world. The goal of THEORY is be a channel of sharing and promotion all over the land. We encourage any artists from anywhere on this earth to submit their work.
-Brian Thabault Editor, Theory Magazine
Posted on: March 6, 2012 by Brian Thabault
Multi-talented artist Megan M. Hamilton is a beatmaker / rapper / singer / instrumentalist originally out of Bozeman. She is now based in Minneapolis MN. Megan’s style is essentially her own brand of music, she is in control of every level of production. Her debut full length album called The Skillogy is impressive to say the least. We here at THEORY are all about homegrown hip-hop and are excited to see what Megan has in store for us.
This is Megan’s new single titled “Stuck”.
Also you can check out Megan’s Reverb Nation page to hear more tracks.
Posted on: March 1, 2012 by Brian Thabault