by Mike Breen
Fascinating film about musical collaboration featuring Skrillex, Pretty Lights and Mark Ronson to screen in theaters nationwide
If you're a hardcore devotee of the creative Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene exploding across the world right now, the place you'll most want to be tonight isn't your favorite dance club, but a movie theater. That's because the intriguing documentary film Re:Generation Music Project is premiering simultaneously in theaters across the country, including locally at the AMC theaters at Newport on the Levee and the Rave theaters in Florence, Ky. Showtime is 8 p.m. (Click here to buy advance tickets for tonight's screening or the encore ones Feb. 23.)The film's premise is quite clever and not what you might expect from a documentary seemingly about the state of contemporary Electronic music. While five of today's most popular producers/DJs — Skrillex, The Crystal Method, Mark Ronson, DJ Premier and Pretty Lights — are at the heart of the movie, it really sounds like it is more about the inherent mongrel nature of music in general and how all music evolves organically through hybridization.Acclaimed documentarian Amir Bar Lev directed the film, which follows the five featured artists as they prepare to write and record a new track with someone renowned for their work in a decidedly different field of study. Subtitled "5 DJs Turn the Table of the History of Music," Lev takes viewers along as recent Grammy winner Skrillex teams up with members of Rock band The Doors, The Crystal Method head to Detroit to collaborate with Motown legends Martha Reeves of The Vandellas and The Funk Brothers, Ronson gets down on some New Orleans Jazz with Trombone Shorty (as well as Mos Def, Erykah Badu, The Dap Kings and Zigaboo Medeliste), DJ Premier goes Classical with the Berklee Symphony Orchestra and Pretty Lights explores Bluegrass with Ralph Stanley (and LeAnn Rimes). By exploding genre and generational barriers, Re:Generation makes a great point about the development of music in society. While Stanley and Pretty Lights' Derek Vincent Smith are a half a century apart in terms of age, they share the common ground of being artists and creators, which makes them able to "get" what the other is doing on a unique level that often only artists can access. The new generation of Electronic Dance Music artists are also perfect to focus in on, since the younger musicians of today (especially in electronic music) feed off of invention and seem willing to experiment with any source. As long as it services the song, who cares where it's placed in the iTunes store?Here's a clip from the film featuring Skrillex and his legendary collaborators, The Doors.
by Mike Breen
Russian Circles, Deafheaven, Zeds Dead and Kids These Days, plus This Day in Music with Amy Winehouse, Nas, Scarface and Geto Boys
Music Tonight: Hugely popular Dubstep duo Zeds Dead turns Madison Theater into dance music heaven tonight as its The Graveyard Tour comes to Covington. The Canadian Electronic duo (stage names: DC and Hooks) has become a favorite go-to remix team and they continue to run a weekly dance night in Toronto called Bassmentality, which has featured different international acts for each event, including Skrillex, Dieselboy and Netsky. But they still manage to globe-trot quite a bit, capitalizing on their huge internet (that's what free downloads can do for ya) and word of mouth buzz. Presented by Next Era Ent. Dub Collective, showtime for the all-ages show is 9 p.m. Admission is $15. Check out one of Zeds Dead's better known cuts, a rewiring of a certain Moody Blues classic.
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When it comes to snortable human residue stories (boy, we’ve all got a few, don’t we?), nothing will ever top Keith Richards’ disclosure that he inhaled some of the ashes of his dead father. But former Oasis/current Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher recently told a tale to Q Magazine that comes close to Richards’ revelation.