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Moving Pictures

DJ Die in Bristol Bass Oddity doc: "At the end of the day it's all about beats and bass"

By Jason Black
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Massive Attack. Tricky. Portishead. Smith & Mighty. Roni Size and Reprazent. What do all these UK-based dance acts have in common? They all came out of the beat-and-bass-heavy Bristol music scene in the ’90s. In a new 20-minute documentary Bristol Bass Oddity from Dazed and Channel 4, the third film in their ongoing Music Nation series, director James Jesset reveals the sights, the sounds, and the DIY club culture coming out of this working class urban center located in England’s southwest country. Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Smith & Mighty, and DJ Die (formerly of Reprazent) as well as dubstep’s own Addison Groove and Pinch weigh in with their memories of early Bristol dub-reggae soundsystems, underground dance parties, and, of course, the music that took the world by storm. Relive the moments now.

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RIP

DJ Rashad, Chicago footwork icon, dead at 34

By Jason Black
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Pioneering Chicago footwork DJ Rashad (born Rashad Harden), 35, died Saturday afternoon of a suspected drug overdose. According to the Chicago Tribune, local police are conducting an investigation after a friend found Harden’s body. The news of his death has been confirmed by DJ Godfather who was scheduled to perform with DJ Rashad tonight. Members of Rashad’s crew Teklife, are already paying tribute.

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Music News

Pretty Lights confirms two-night stand at Red Rocks in August; get tickets this Friday, April 25

By Jason Black
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There’s nothing like coming home and playing in front of a faithful crowd. Just ask Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith), 33, who’s announced an upcoming string of US tour dates in 2014 including a two-night stand at Colorado’s idyllic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 8th and 9th. It’s all part of his new 11-date tour with summer festival stops in Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Austin, New York, Chicago, and more.

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