Posts Tagged: Dance music

Unafraid and Proud

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In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, questions have been raised about the ability of the gay dance scene to overcome the fear bred by such senseless, yet targeted, violence. A piece at THUMP by VICE argues the importance of dance culture in affirming the right to congregate, unafraid and proud:

Will fear drive us back to the days of blackout tape over bar windows, speakeasy-like password entries, underground nightclubs?

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The Rise of Flex

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The Brooklyn-based genre of dance music that has thrived since the ’90s is beginning to reach far beyond the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, which has housed dance competitions in the genre for years, and is breaking through to much larger audiences. Pitchfork has chronicled the history of flex music and its dancers, the “Volume” riddim and lazer effects that characterize its sound, and the growing number of hip-hop fixtures who originated in the scene (such as Boof, Nicki Minaj’s DJ).

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Swinging Modern Sounds #71: A Michael Bay Film Eating Itself

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“Love,” then is not to be taken lightly here. It is being engaged at full force, megaphonically. ...more
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Albums of Our Lives: The Mountain Goats’s The Sunset Tree

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I knew if I could make it out of town, make it to college, I would survive. But I wasn't sure I would. ...more

Obey the DeeJay

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180px-safety_danceI hadn’t thought about it this way before, perhaps because I’m rarely in a dance club anymore, and when I was in them, I was generally too blitzed to pay that much attention to the orders I was receiving from the speakers, but it seems that as much as beats per minute and catchy bass hooks, the imperative tense in lyrics is part of what really gets us going on the dance floor.

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