Together festival is far-and-away the most diverse the city has to offer, this year or any other, as illustrated by this mix from one of our very own.
Never mind the fact that, in their unassuming absentmindedness, they’re omitting a large portion of activities offered up by the festival that extend beyond “people playing music.” There’s visual art and panels and a lot of stuff that I don’t need to tell you about because this week’s issue of the Dig does a bang-up job at as much.
The real problem, though, lies in that damn “EDM” distinction.
Like one of those intrusively large umbrellas that people carry when it’s only slightly drizzling, the term has become a lazy retort for those not willing to take the time to hash out the differences amongst genres. That someone could maintain that close-mindedness in 2013— where electronic music is fully accepted as a thing that you no longer have to conceal in seedy clubs and basements—speaks more to that person than the music.
And in all actuality, the festival is far-and-away the most diverse the city has to offer, this year or any other, as illustrated by this mix from one of our very own.
Nickdawg‘s artist showcase dives and careens through more styles than you can shake a glowstick at, traversing far-and-wide during the 77-minute runtime. From Duke Dumont‘s hands-high take on house to an introvertedly neurotic burner from Four Tet. The stone-cold cool of Andrés to the spasmistic trap of UZ. Whatever it is that Flying Lotus does. All on display here, and again next week at a bevy of friendly neighborhood venues throughout the city.
As for myself, I’ll be on the ground covering the festival for XLR8R magazine throughout the week, so this may be the last you hear from me on the matter here. Follow me on the social networks (@michael_c_walsh) to figure out where I’m at and if you see me out, don’t hesitate to come say hi.
We can share a beer and talk about how much fun we’re having.