Influenced by funk and dance acts from the late-’70s and early-’80s, Tiffany Roth, Morgan Wiley, William Andrew Raposo, Carter Yasutake, Max Goldman, Nick Roseboro, Jason Disu, Caito Sanchez and Andrew Frawley formed the get-you-to-the-dance-floor cosmic disco ensemble Midnight Magic earlier this decade in Brooklyn. They honed their live chops opening for the likes of Holy Ghost! and Cut Copy, and their most recent release, Free from Your Spell (stream it below), arrived in fall 2016 courtesy of Soul Clap Records. “Brooklyn’s Midnight Magic are a nine-piece band making dance music aimed straight at clubgoers—a rarity in an era when the phrase dance music conjures up either the image of EDM-festival headliners in goofy masks or bass experimentalists tinkering alone behind their laptops,” said Spin. “As you might expect, they make music that recreates the communal, joyous feeling of classic disco.” Experience it for yourself when Midnight Magic (above, doing “What the Eyes Can’t See”) play Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night. Brooklyn experimental-Afrobeat septet Underground System open the show.
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What began as a solo project for DJ-producer Dan Whitford blossomed into a trio with guitarist Tom Hoey and drummer Mitchell Scott onboard for the 2004 release of debut full-length Bright Like Neon Love (stream it below) and then turned into a four-piece with bassist Ben Browning joining Cut Copy (above, performing “Future” live in studio for KCRW FM) for their third LP, 2011’s Zonoscope (stream it below). And by then the band’s deft mix of classic disco and electronic pop had people making comparisons to LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk. The Melbourne, Australia, dance outfit’s fifth long-player, Haiku from Zero (stream it below), came out two months ago. “Cut Copy always seem to discover new ways to fine-tune their inclusive dance music and keep it sounding fresh and vibrant,” said Exclaim. “Cut Copy are a band that know how to make distinctive, original electronica that—crucially—sounds like them,” added the Line of Best Fit. “It’s pretty and smooth; the shimmers and reverb of their earlier records have been compressed into a concentrated essence of what made them great in the first place.” Dance off any lingering Thanksgiving excess and catch Cut Copy live at Terminal 5 on Friday night.
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Cut Copy – Terminal 5 – March 22, 2014
Terminal 5 might damn well be the perfect venue for a Cut Copy show. The band had two sold-out weekend appearances there to make this point. The finer moments of their second night—“Take Me Over,” “Where I’m Going,” “Saturday” and “Lights & Music”—spurred three different levels of bodies moving more or less in unison. It was a sight to see, and if you were there and hearing Cut Copy’s music live, it was an experience impossible to deny.
Every little corner of the place was filled with dancing concertgoers: people trying to order drinks, the bartenders, people in line for the bathroom, security guards, you get the idea. Dancing down on the main floor and looking up made one feel like part of a larger, spectacular movement, while looking down on all of this from the third floor inspired feeling like the king (or queen) of the world. I’d imagine it was even more fun to witness this from the stage, watching this giant feedback loop of energy blasted out from the band to the dancing audience, and seeing that energy boomerang back to the stage and those conducting the experience. The breakdown of “So Haunted” had Cut Copy’s guitarist climbing on top of the drummer’s kit, smashing down on the cymbals with a tambourine. This wasn’t an act of free will, he had no choice: The energy in the venue demanded it.
Cut Copy’s music has always felt nostalgic in a way, like they’ve taken the electronic music of other eras and perfected it. Watching them tear down Terminal 5 reminded me of documentary footage from the early days of rave culture, with drugged-out electronic- music fans trying to explain rave culture as if it were some significant cultural phenomenon on par with Woodstock. Having not taken part in that era, it always sounded naive and silly. But find a good show with dance music powerful enough that it has everyone dancing on the same wavelength, and you can see their point. —Dan Rickershauser
Cut Copy released their fourth album, Free Your Mind, last November, and they come to town this weekend for a couple of sold-out appearances at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday. And The House List is giving away two tickets Saturday’s show. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair for free. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Cut Copy, 3/22) and a brief message explaining your funniest St. Patrick’s Day–related story. Eddie Bruiser, who’s normally not a fan of amateur nights, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
Cut Copy – Prospect Park Bandshell – August 11, 2011
Cut Copy lead singer Dan Whitford’s arms are perhaps the most expressive limbs in all of live music. With fists pumping and outstretched, open palms, his gesticulations closely resemble his lyrics. Take, for example, the chorus to “Hearts on Fire.” Onstage with his fellow bandmates, Whitford grasped for the crowd while crooning, “With hearts on fire I reach out to you tonight.” If the words didn’t move you, the music and dancing certainly would.
And so it was that on Thursday night at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Cut Copy along with openers Foster the People and Midnight Magic closed this summer’s Celebrate Brooklyn! series. The choice, while not obvious, positioned the Australian dance rockers as the final act to a lineup of talent that opened with Andrew Bird and included diverse bands ranging from the Books to the Heavy.
From the onset, Cut Copy wove new songs from the recently released album Zonoscope with older favorites. “Take Me Over” led to In Ghost Colours standout “Feel the Love.” And, while live the band mostly conjured a sound similar to its studio albums, “Where I’m Going” and “Pharaohs & Pyramids” are still best heard when fleshed out in concert. The samples and synths have a way of infecting the brain with an urge to move. And on a perfect late summer night, you couldn’t ask for a better compulsion. —Jared Levy
The Australian electropop quartet Cut Copy has a new album, Zonoscope, and they’re coming our way for two shows at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday. Both dates are sold out, so no tickets are available, unless you try to Grow a Pair from The House List. That’s right, we’re giving away two tickets to see Cut Copy on Saturday. Want to go? Then try to snag ’em by filling out the form below, including your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Cut Copy, 4/2) and a brief message explaining why April is the new Rocktober. Eddie Bruiser, who might have to wear a diaper until May, will notify the winner by Friday.