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Spend Saturday Night with Matthew Dear at Webster Hall

November 15th, 2012

You can’t pin down Matthew Deer, so don’t even bother trying. The producer, DJ and avant-pop musician first discovered electronic music as a teenager in his native Texas. In college in Michigan, he began DJing parties, which led to producing and then eventually making his way to the front of the stage to sing his own music. Pitchfork said of Dear’s fifth solo album, Beams, which came out earlier this year: “Each successive release under the Detroit producer’s own name has seen him reveal more of himself as he simultaneously retreats deeper into the shadows.” But make no mistake, influenced by Brian Eno, David Bowie and Talking Heads, Dear (above, playing “Headcage”) makes the kind of music that gets people moving. And you can get moving yourself when Matthew Dear—alongside Light Asylum, Beacon and MNDR—plays Webster Hall on Saturday.

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Get Onboard YACHT on Wednesday Night

April 25th, 2011


Jona Bechtolt attended an alternative school program in Portland, Ore., called Young Americans Challenging High Technology. For short, it was known as Y.A.C.H.T. So when the electronic musician and multimedia artist started a solo project, he decided to call it YACHT, as an homage. With three albums and several art-related appearances in NYC, it remained a one-man band for several years before Bechtolt linked up with vocalist (and artist and science writer) Claire Evans. The duo put out a fourth disc, See Mystery Lights, in 2009. And when they play live, as they will on Wednesday night at Webster Hall, YACHT (above, performing “Psychic City”) expands to a four-piece, rounding out their sound with drummer Jeffrey Brodskey and bassist-vocalist Rob “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter, who, along with Light Asylum, opens the show.