Just announced! #HouseParty2 with 9th Wonder, DJ Wally Sparks, Jay Clipp, and Jeremy Avalon. Hosted by @fortknoxlive on July 22 at @aisle5_atl
with Boog Brown, Yani Mo, DJ Kerosene, Hosted by Fort Knox
Presented by Speakeasy & Aisle 5
Black Milk & Nat Turner (live band)
w/ Boog Brown, Yani Mo, Hosted by Fort Knox w/ DJ Kerosene
Saturday June 25 @ Aisle 5
Born and raised in Detroit on the sounds of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, Curtis Cross found out at an early age that he had a talent for hip-hop, especially for beats. He spent hours in his basement -- at first with just a cheap drum machine and a home karaoke system, eventually moving up to more sophisticated MPCs and samplers -- making tapes. One of these tapes got into the hands of fellow DetroitersSlum Village, who were impressed by what they heard and invited Cross to produce a track on their 2002 mixtape Dirty District, as well as on their official full-length Trinity (Past, Present and Future). After that, Cross, who was going asBlack Milk, teamed up with producer RJ Rice, Jr. (or Young RJ) as the group B.R. Gunna, rhyming and making beats on the duo's 2004 release Dirty District, Vol. 2. That same year, Slum Village, who were looking for production work because usual beatmakers Waajeed and Kareem Riggins were busy with other projects, hired B.R. Gunna for 11 of the 13 tracks on their Detroit Deli LP.
In 2005, without a label and with his group on hiatus, Black Milk went on to release Sound of the City, which was more of a mixtape than a typical album, on his own Music House Records, and shortly thereafter worked on SV's self-titled record. By this time, indie rap label Fat Beats had heardBlack Milk's work, which many compared to that of the late J Dilla and producer/MC Madlib; impressed, the label signed him in 2006 and issued his official solo debut, Popular Demand, in March of 2007. Late that same year, a jointBishop Lamont/Black Milk tape, mixed by DJ Warrior, hit the streets, a slightly modified version of which was mastered and released commercially by Music House early in 2008, and just a few months later his collaboration with fellow Detroiter Fat Ray, The Set Up, came out. In October, he capped off the productive year with the release of his second official solo album, Tronic. He worked with a four-piece live band for 2010'sAlbum of the Year, a heavily rock-influenced effort that featured guest artists Royce da 5'9" and eLZhi. His 2013 effort, No Poison No Paradise, returned to electronic and hip-hop sounds and featured the single "Sunday's Best." If There's a Hell Below followed in 2014, with Bun B and Pete Rock among its guests.
with Kelechi, Phay
Presented by Muddy Water
Born Cydel Charles Young in Atlanta, Georgia, one of four children of Coleman & Tanya Young. Prynce grew up in a Dekalb county neighborhood in Atlanta’s suburban Stone Mountain region. Growing up, Prynce was a vibrant youth as he played several sports including football, basketball, and track and field in addition to singing in school choirs, and participating in school plays and dances. His parents, who raised him in a Baptist church, were very strict in nature, as Prynce was not even allowed to listen to rap music until he was 12 years of age. Despite their ‘tough-love’, Prynce learned many lifelong lessons. He attended Redan High School located in Stone Mountain, Georgia shortly before dropping out to pursue a career in music.
In the latter part of 2007, Prynce became acquainted with the Konvict Muzikcollective and was officially signed with the label in January 2008, right before accepting a sub-label deal with Def Jam Records in February 2009. His in house production powerhouse, Crown Kings Productions, has also played a major role with cultivation of his sound and advancement of his career.
In August 2010, Kanye West signed Prynce to his G.O.O.D Music label after hearing him earlier that year on Yelawolf’s “I Wish (Remix).” Prior to the signing, CyHi was climbing his way to the top with accolades coming from Hip Hop Weekly in the “2010 Next To Blow” section and features in Ozone Magazine’s “Patiently Waiting” and XXL Magazine’s “Show & Prove” sections. He was recently interviewed by MTV2′s Sucker Free and made his acting debut in Stomp The Yard 2. He has since gained national recognition after his verse on the 2010 BET Awards G.O.O.D. Music Cypher 3 alongside label mates Kanye West, Common, Pusha T and Big Sean. In March 2011, Prynce graced the cover of XXL recognized as one of the top in the “10 Freshmen for ’11″ issue.
Presented by Speakeasy & Aisle 5
‘Tides’ is the debut album from Manchester-based producer Matt Brewer aka Frameworks. Since the release of his first EP ‘Vanish’ back in 2012, Frameworks has been building a loyal following for his atmospheric and haunting compositions. ‘Tides’ sees him joining the dots between instrumental hip hop heroes Aim and RJD2, the epic soundscapes of Cinematic Orchestra and the deft songwriting of Bonobo.
Previous collaborators Rioghnach Connolly and JP Cooper return for the album with two tracks apiece. Rioghnach gives a captivating vocal performance on lead single ‘Calm The Still Night’ and the brooding ‘Dawn’, whilst JP (recently signed to Island Records) brings raw soul to ‘Old Friend’ and ‘No Place To Hide Away’.
The bedrock of the album is instrumental with Frameworks’ trademark string-laden productions taking in cinematic jazz (‘Patience’), folk (‘End’) and more uptempo fare in the shape of ‘Breathing Light’ and ‘A New Sun’. Tides’ shows just how accomplished Frameworks is as a producer and composer, showing a lightness of touch and genuine song-writing talent that few can emulate.
Mux Mool didn’t set out to throw critics into a head-scratching tizzy—he just makes what sounds right. Jagged broken beats slip-slide across circuit-bent, pitch-shifted synths in a dystopian wasteland of 90’s nostalgia. The Mux Mool arsenal is a moody collection of instrumental dynamism vacillating between the serious and the silly.
Cutting his teeth on compilations for Moodgadget and Ghostly International, Lindgren found his audience amongst the neo-nerd ne’er-do-wells raised on junk food, taurine, and Adult Swim bumps. In a country steeped in pop and technology, a music geek with computer knowhow and cheap keyboards smashed the gatekeeper model with sonic sketches that went viral. His early work slipped onto “best of” lists in the mid-2000’s alongside fellow Swim alum Flying Lotus. Two Drum EPs and two full-lengths (2010’s Skulltaste and 2012’s Planet High School) cemented his Ghostly standing among the crate-digging elitists of the hip-hop world, but the nascent bass music movement latched onto the nomadic beatsmith, aligning him with the wonkier, brainier echelon of producers.
Brian Lindgren has been on the move from the beginning, hitting classy corners of happening neighborhoods, from Minneapolis to Brooklyn to Ann Arbor—dipping his toe into each burgeoning metro area, and soaking in the creativity that emanates from a scene on the rise. Relocating to Denver, Colorado, the epicenter of all things electronic, Lindgren is hitting his stride in time with the city that now more than ever towers above the landscape of the entire industry.
Now exposed to a vastly different audience of post-adolescent sub addicts, Lindgren didn’t tune in, turn off, and sell out; rather, the cerebral subsonic alignment of his body of work put him right in the crosshairs of tastemakers who heard whispers of his name all along. The kids just get it. The Mux Mool catalog is a hand-me-down from the older brothers of the scene, outlining where we are and where we’re going.
Friday July 8 @ Aisle 5
Presented By: Together At Last Presents
On sale: Thursday may 26th 3:00 pm
all ages // $10 Adv - $15 DOS // 9:00 doors
Refusing the confinement of any single genre, Gladkill captivates audiences with
sounds that span a diverse musical landscape. Stacked with a vast catalog of songs that range from dance-floor-dominating sexy kinetic club beats, to deep and captivating downtempo/melodic material that works just as comfortably on the home stereo.
Gladkill sits deftly between the sheets of ethereal melodies and silky basslines while
embracing a heavy emphasis on songwriting and structure. In an era where disposable dance music is big business, Gladkill rises above the fray and aims to make music that will stand the test of time.
with Andy the Doorbum
Presented by The Bowery
Big Business started as a two piece band composed of Jared Warren of Karp and The Tight Bros From Way Back When, and Coady Willis of Murder City Devils. Their sound has been characterized as a bombastic and frantic low end attack, marked by Warren's signature vocal delivery. The band released its first album, "Head for the Shallow", on January 25, 2005.
In late 2006, after relocating to Los Angeles, Jared and Coady both became members of The Melvins, first appearing on "(A) Senile Animal". The tour, titled "the Double-Drumming Rock for Peace tour", featured Warren and Willis playing a set as Big Business before being joined by Crover and Osborne for a set as the Melvins. While on tour, Big Business played with David Scott Stone who would later play guitar and Minimoog Voyager on all songs from their 2007 release "Here Come the Waterworks".
After releasing Here Come the Waterworks to critical acclaim, Big Business was given an opening spot on the summer leg of the Tool tour. Toshi Kasai played guitar for Big Business throughout this tour.
After the fall US tour ended, Big Business started recording material for the new Melvins album, entitled "Nude With Boots", which was released on July 8, 2008.
On March 9, 2008 Toshi Kasai was introduced onstage as the third member of Big Business. Both the band and Toshi verified this on their respective Myspace pages. Big Business released their third album "Mind the Drift" on May 12, 2009. The album, produced by Phil Ek, who has produced both of their previous albums. was given a "pre-release" preview at the websitehttp://mindthedrift.com/
In October, 2010 after a year of not playing shows, they posted on their myspace that they had added another guitarist Scott Martin (400 Blows, Crom), officially making them a "Power Quartet".
with RBTS Win, 10th Letter, Thrice Groove
Presented by Speakeasy
with Mylah, Jon Mero, Tasha René
Wednesday July 20
Telefon Tel Aviv is the musical project of Joshua Eustis, who is trying very hard to make music as a way to sweat out all the nasty things. It has devolved from his eye-to-eye collaboration with the late Charles Wesley Cooper, III, into the musical detritus of all the horror, awe, despair, hope, beauty, and contempt in our world.
House Party 2:
HOSTED BY FORT KNOX
Presented by TAL & Full Circle
Saturday July 23 @ Aisle 5:
Esseks X Sayer
Presented by: Together At Last X Full Circle Presents
On Sale: Friday may 27th 3:00 pm
Doors: 9 pm // All Ages // $10 advanced
Esseks (Sam Eckstein) is a Brooklyn based producer and artist who creates emotionally driven electronic music and visual art. His music is influenced by a variety of styles from J Dilla inspired hip-hop beats, melodic bass, house and even blues and swing. The diverse elements of his music are tied together with Esseks’ subtle but instantly recognizable sonic landscape
Sayer has spent his entire life creating and evolving from music. Heavily influenced by his punk and metal background, he’s carved out his own space between bass, trap, and grime in the electronic landscape, making some of the most unique dance music coming out of the west coast. With a large catalog of heavy hitters to be released in 2016, he is a force threatening building foundations, startling nearby pets and causing dance floor feet to move uncontrollably.
Presented by Together at Last & Full Circle
In 2014, she won the 'Best International Newcomer of 2013' at the UK Glitch-Hop Award.
Her tracks defy genres, oscillating between Glitch-Hop, Trip-Hop, Future Bass and World Bass. She created her own place in the glitch community, thanks to a unique, highly surprising style mixing powerful basslines, funky off beat percussion, world instruments and emotional cinematic sounds. Her recent track ‘Koto’ (Otodayo Records) is about to reach 900k plays on Soundcloud in 6 months, and already more than a million views on YouTube in only 2 months.
A musical identity which led her to play in the USA (more than 45 dates in 2014/2015, including the festivals Coachella, Camp Bisco, Sonic Bloom, Enchanted Forest, Farm Fest…) but also in Canada, India, Germany, Ukraine, and more than 30 different cities in France, alongside artists like Bonobo, Gramatik, Chet Faker, Pretty Lights, TOKiMONSTA, Tipper, GRiZ, Phutureprimitive, Big Gigantic, Papadosio, Stwo…
Runner-up of several remix contests (launched by artists Mr. Bill, Asian Trash Boy, Crazy Daylight, Daenine...), CloZee was spotted by respected labels such as Gravitas Recordings, Glitch Hop Community, Otodayo Records, Adapted Records, Digital Whomp…
with The 200s
Entropy's Purple Reign
w/ The 200s
Entropy has been a force in southern-bred funk, soul and hip-hop for over fifteen years. They released two full studio albums, Live+Rebel+Funk+Love (2004) and Crawl (2007), plus several live EP's over the course of a decade, garnering critical praise and a rabid fanbase. From 1999 to 2009, Entropy played over 1500 shows and toured the entire United States many times over, further cementing themselves as a lasting and influential funk ensemble in today's music scene. In 2009, Entropy began an extended hiatus to focus on other music projects and their growing families, but has reunited occasionally over the past several years for special performances and events. They are currently back in the studio working on their third full-length album "A.F.R.O. (Allied Funk Revival Operation)", slated for a late fall release in 2016. Wake up and enforce da funk!!
Chris Reed, also known as Plastician (formerly Plasticman), is a DJ / Producer from Thornton Heath in the London Borough of Croydon.
Plastician is unique in that he is respected as one of the true pioneers of both the Dubstep and Grime genres born out of London in recent times. Always with his ear to the ground for what is new and groundbreaking, he continues to discover and represent new artists in his DJ sets, across various genres and tempos, with a lean towards anything bass oriented.
He plays a prime time weekly radio show on Rinse FM, having been on the station for 11 years he is the longest standing DJ on the station, representing them from their humble roots as a London pirate station, and helping them on their way to legal status. In 2006 he spent 18 months as part of BBC Radio 1's "The Residency", which then became "In New DJ's We Trust". It was the first time grime and dubstep was represented in a specialist show on national radio anywhere in the world. His passion for pirate broadcasting was so strong however, that during this time he returned to Rinse, broadcasting under the alias "Blue Stripe" with his friend MC Nomad taking control of mic duties! In 2007 when his time at the BBC came to an end, he returned to the Rinse airwaves under his more regular moniker.
Presented by The Bowery
The Bowery Presents:
On Sale: Friday, May 20
Tickets: $12 adv/ $14 dos
The Suffers are Houston's award-winning 10-piece ensemble that have redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. Established in 2011, The Suffers’ lineup was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly, who brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, percussionist Jose “Chapy” Luna, and drummer/vocalist Nick Zamora. Jazz saxophonist Cory Wilson and guitarist/vocalist Alex Zamora filled out the rhythm section, while frontwoman Kam Franklin topped off the group with soaring vocals. Last year brought the band to new heights, as they played 150+ shows across North America, visited NPR in Washington, DC for a Tiny Desk Concert, and made their national television debut on Late Show With David Letterman. This year, the band officially released their much anticipated self-titled album in February and performed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Suffers have quickly progressed from packing Houston venues to accepting invitations for featured performances at notable festivals and events, while remaining a local Houston favorite, accepting 20 Houston Press Music Awards in the last three years. The Suffers’ album is now available on iTunes, Amazon & Spotify. For further information on The Suffers, please visit:www.thesuffers.com. Videos KEXP https://youtu.be/NcqS5TSzTWY Kimmel https://youtu.be/w8SNT0Ov0o0 NPR's All Songs Considered Sweet 16 Party https://youtu.be/7sZYd9eHMK0 NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts https://youtu.be/RM3hj-6F1pk Letterman https://youtu.be/Ak0N3tyutrg Quotes "If you can't do this, get out of the business!"- David Letterman "Much like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Franklin and The Suffers can own a room... it won't be long before people are making room for The Suffers" - Buzzfeed "They're the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing" - SPIN "‘Make Some Room,’ opens with a blast of classic-sounding R&B horns and spends the next four and a half minutes subtly shifting from slinky to soaring and back again.” - The New York Times
A person who is always travelling or visiting a place for pleasure. That's how William Phillips' name defines his adventures as a musician. "It allows me to write whatever I want. My writing takes me to lots of places: electronica, garage, piano. I want to write anything, and the name Tourist lets me do that." And it’s through channeling that freedom that he became one of Hype Machine’s most blogged about acts, solidified as a young producer who crafts his beats like kinetic sculptures. Now, as 2016 begins, he’s a Grammy winning songwriter on the verge of releasing his debut album.
Growing up with three sisters meant Phillips had to find his own entertainment as a child. He found his kicks in music, and more specifically the piano. "Those were my earliest musical memories" begins William, who is still in his early twenties. “I played the piano for a long time. I tried to have lessons, but I couldn't stand the thought of some old fart talking me through D major scale".
Soon, the internet arrived, home computers became MS-DOS beacons of endless opportunity and William started experimenting with music software. The combination of a fascination for piano and an affinity for technology soon saw him discover dance music, and with it came Pete Tong's Radio 1 show, Ministry of Sound's 'The Annual' compilations, and the acquisition of a midi keyboard. "I was an 11 year old listening to dance music. I couldn't go and experience it, but I loved it through a child's eyes. As a result, I still have a naive view of the communal culture of dance music. Even now, I see it as something I listen to in my bedroom."
This inverted relationship with dance was evident on the early Tourist EPs. They championed an introspective and solitary brand of electronic music, full of melodic emotion and affected vocals. His Placid Acid EP oozed electronica; the Tonight EP combined woozy R&B with shadowy 2-step, but both had one thing in common: they had next to no intentions for the dancefloor. There was no pounding kick drum, and no monotonous build and drop. "That's the thing" explains William, "I write dance music for people who don't dance.”
Last year’s Patterns EP, on Disclosure’s Method label, certainly marked some changes in the Tourist sound. He brought in vocalists, in the shape of Lianne La Havas and Will Heard, and suddenly the dancefloor found itself right in his cross hairs. ‘Together' - an emotive deep house track with pitch-shifted vocals and whispers of electro - paid testament to this beefier approach, but it was the stripped back club-pop of ‘Can't Keep Up' that struck a key with his growing fan base, becoming a highlight during live shows at Pitchfork Paris and the Annie Mac Presents UK tour, and amassing over 3.2 million plays on Soundcloud.
Deep house and club-pop aside, behind this polished and digitally produced sound, still lurks a very pure musical soul, that boy who played the piano. This comes through on tracks like ‘Illuminate’, which stole the Guardian Guide’s ‘Track of the Week’ and ending up on Radio 1’s B-list, with its glittering and spiralled synth hooks embossed by the vocals of Years & Years Olly Alexander. Annie Mac summed it up pretty concisely when she said ‘Illuminate’ just sounded “absolutely massive on the radio.”
Reminiscent of those early Tourist tracks that seem to find their way as you’re listening to them, his track ‘Wait’ opens like a garage tune, but the beats disappears, plunging into a hot bliss of warped time signatures that are distorted by scarce hi-hats, warbling subs and minimalist piano. It all creates a black hole-like soundscape from which your only escape is the thundering final two minutes, so fierce they sound like Tourist’s own London take on the Berlin techno of Monkeytown.
As a remixer he has helmed huge rewords for Years & Years, Haim, Chvrches and more.
Phillips’ musical contributions stretch even further than Tourist, co-writing songs for Jessie Ware, Kacy Hill, MNEK and with kindred writing spirit Jimmy Napes. Together, they co-wrote ‘Stay With Me’ for Sam Smith; to date his most successful single, which scooped a Grammy for “Song of the Year” and cemented Phillips as a vital new British artist.
But it’s the Tourist project that will be his entire focus this year, as he’s poised to release his debut album U on May 6th 2016. First single ‘To Have You Back’ premiered on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show and online via Pitchfork, and his next single ‘Run’ is due on March 11th with ‘Too Late’ to follow.
With a live show already locked in and a May UK tour in the diary, and with festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury and Sonar all under his belt, this is the year Tourist picks up the baton of that deep London electronic pop sound and takes it off the scale.
with Helms Alee
Presented by Tight Bros
Tuesday October 4 @ Aisle 5
9pm | $18adv /$20dos | All Ages
Since 2004, Chicago’s Russian Circles has been crafting heavy, transcendent and melodic soundscapes. Russian Circles has tirelessly brought its masterful live show around the world, sharing the stage with artists such Tool, Deafheaven, Pelican, Isis, Boris and many more.
Lemaitre is an electronic duo hailing from Oslo, Norway. Formed in 2010 by longtime friends Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund, the bandmembers named themselves after Belgian priest Georges Lemaître, father of the big bang theory.
Hailing from Chicago, Louis The Child is an electronic music duo with the simple goal of creating music that makes people happy. Their single, “It’s Strange”, has been played on BBC, Triple J, and KCRW, and racked up over 5 million plays on both Spotify and SoundCloud. In 2016, SnapChat listed Louis The Child as one of 3 EDM Artists to Watch, and Mix Mag ranked LTC as the #1 Artist Taking Dance Music to the Next Level. 2015 involved numerous tours supporting Madeon, Kaskade and The Chainsmokers. Currently embarking on their first headlining tour, LTC is on the rise.
Presented by The Bowery
The Bowery Presents:
Matt Wertz + more TBD
On Sale: Friday, June 3 10am
Tickets: $18 adv/ $20 dos
A self-made singer/songwriter, Matt Wertz spent years creating soulful, feel-good pop music on his own terms. Nashville — a city that doubled as his muse and adopted hometown — always played a big role in that creation process. It was the place where Wertz wrote his songs, the place he recorded his albums, the place he'd return after touring the country with songwriters like Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, Parachute and Gavin DeGraw.
Something changed after 2014's Heatwave, a record that shone a neon light on Wertz's appreciation for '80s pop music. Wertz realized he'd grown perhaps a bit too comfortable in Nashville, where he'd been making music for more than a decade. Looking to write an album that tackled contemporary pop music from a different angle — literally — he headed to Los Angeles, where he spent several months writing songs for his ninth album, Gun Shy. Fueled by infectious, 90’s-inspired beats, lush textures, and soaring air-tight pop melodies, Gun Shy fires twin barrels of modern pop and synthesized R&B, finding new life in old-school influences.
"I realized I'd been making records in a similar way in the same geographic area," Wertz admits, "and I wanted to get away from that comfort zone. I personally was needing a fresh approach — to pull the clip on the grenade and blow things up and start over. I'm a fan of current pop music, and L.A. is very much about what's happening now. I wanted to see how my music fit into that space."
Filled with left-field love songs about guarding yourself, opening your heart to new possibilities, and wrestling with the sacrifice and vulnerability that love requires of everyone, Gun Shy finds Wertz urging his listeners — and, perhaps, himself — to continue taking leaps. It's an album about stepping into unfamiliar situations, armed with the courage to fail and the drive to succeed. On "Committed," the album's kickoff track, Wertz rededicates himself to the artistic struggle, and with "Slow Motion," he focuses his attention on a loved one by clearing away the clutter and distractions of everyday life. Later, during "Hold On To Me," he channels his inner Michael Jackson on a song that poses some of the biggest questions of his career: why we're here, who put us there, and what it all means. A longtime member of Nashville's songwriting community, Wertz teams up with some of L.A.'s A-list pop writers for Gun Shy, including Ian Keaggy (Hot Chelle Rae, Cody Simpson), Ben Romans (The Click Five, Carly Rae Jepsen), and Seth Jones (Greg Holden, Tyler Bryant).
More than a decade into a career filled with commercial success and touring milestones, Matt Wertz remains proud to be an independent singer/songwriter. But don't mistake Gun Shy for the sort of intimate album you'd hear at your local coffee shop. These are not acoustic guitar songs. They're songs built on laptops and driven forward by dance beats. Songs that move you physically and emotionally. Songs that splash Wertz's super-sized hooks across the backdrop of the Los Angeles skyline, creating their own brand of scenery along the way.