Richie Hawtin Plots CNTRL College Campus Tour in April

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After taking a breather and lying low after he hit a female fan with a speaker at Time Warp NYC at the end of 2014 (an apology was quickly issued), globetrotting techno don Richie Hawtin is stepping out with an interesting tour. Instead of hitting big clubs and festivals, he’s setting his sights on college campuses across America with the intent of educating students about music technology.

Taking a cue from the mixture of daytime lectures on music, technology and performances he conducted with CNTRL in 2012, CNTRL: Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music, running April 15-25, 2015, will descend upon eight colleges and clubs with a more fleshed out program. Ean Golden of DJ TechTools will serve as seminar moderator, and Guitar Center in the U.S. and Moog Audio in Canada will run a five-hour technology marketplace and product demonstrations. Guest speakers include a variety of top-notch artists including Matthew Dear, François Kevorkian, Dantiez Saunderson, Marc Houle and Grimes.

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Jeff Mills’ ‘Man From Tomorrow’ Set For DVD Release

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Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills’ recent future-gazing film Man From Tomorrow will be seeing a DVD release this month. Directed by Jacqueline Caux, the film features extraordinary visuals set to thought-provoking extracts from conversations between Mills and Caux. Caux has previously directed other experimental films such as T­he Prism of Colour, Mechanics of Time, which explores the evolution of music from ‘60s avant-garde to modern techno.

“We wanted to make a film that would have a certain aesthetic quality,” says Caux. “Consequently, I wanted to be able to imagine images that would be inspired as much by his words as his music.”

The soundtrack, which features all original music by Mills, will be included on CD for the home release.

“Understanding what Man From Tomorrow could possibly mean and say to others,” says Mills, “We greatly discussed the ways of how we could go about materializing this in a manner that detaches the subject away from normality…what deep thoughts, dream escapes and unconventional expressions of our future could look, sound and feel like through ever-expanding and dimensional lens of techno.”

Mills has been a busy man this year – in addition to his frequent tour dates and creating a new instrument based on a UFO sighting — he is also readying a new album (Emerging Crystal Universe is set for release later this fall) and a new film, Life to Death and Back, which he wrote, directed and scored.

Man From Tomorrow will be available on DVD/CD on November 24 on Axis. Watch the trailer for the film below.

Man From Tomorrow Trailer from AxisRecords on Vimeo.

Report: DJ Rashad Died of Accidental Drug Overdose

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The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled DJ Rashad’s death in April 2014 an accident.

Toxicological tests found that Rashad died of heroin, cocaine and alprazolam intoxication. The famed and highly prolific Chicago footwork/juke DJ/producer born Rashad Harden, 35, was found unresponsive by a friend about 1:30 p.m. on April 26 in an apartment in the 2100 block of West 21st Street, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, at 1:50 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Rashad’s death sparked an outpouring of love on social media from music fans and peers from around the world.

In an exclusive interview with Big Shot, DJ Godfather, who had released a great deal of Rashad’s work before he aligned with Hyperdub and was supposed to DJ with him on the night of his death, praised Rashad’s artistry. “He was definitely a monster who could crank out a lot of shit.”

Tablelist Nightclub Booking App Raises $1.5 Million

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While readers of Big Shot probably aren’t ones to book tables at nightclubs, lots of people do. So it’s no surprise that Boston-based Tabelist app — a startup that believes booking tables shouldn’t be something left for the rich — has announced that it has raised $1.5 million. Founded by Julian Jung with Twitter executive Wayne Chang in tow, the iOS and Android app also allows friends to split the bill with friends and pre-select liquor and champagne brands for bottle service.

Obligatory press release gush from Jung: “Tablelist opens up the bottle service market, connecting users directly with tables and providing details about minimum tabs and availability as far out as a week and as last-minute as the night of.”

Currently available in Boston, Las Vegas, New York City, and the Hamptons, the cash will allow for the company to expand into Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and Miami within six months.

If all goes well in America, could club capitals like Ibiza, London and Berlin be next on the horizon for Tabelist? You can bet on it.

Donna Summer Roller Disco Tribute Party Is Tomorrow in Boston

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Boston bred disco star Donna Summer, who died in 2012 at the age of 63, gave the world a catalog of memorable, groundbreaking dance music that will thankfully be with us forever. Summer’s legacy will be the focal point of a city sanctioned roller disco tribute party taking place July 18 at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The celebration is presented in association with the fine folks from dance music festival Together Boston. The party will also help raise awareness of a group of local fans who are trying to establish a permanent memorial in Boston to the Roxbury/Dorchester native.

Dorchester’s Kon and the Gang will be spinning classic disco and funk and Dance Spot Boston, a mobile dance floor art installation, will create a custom installation to honor this Boston music icon. The free event will take place from 6pm-10pm. Bring your skates or rent them on site for free. More details can be found here.

Get there early and stay until the last dance.

Check out our list of 9 Boston DJs to know here.

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NYC Drag/Club Performer Kevin Aviance Raising Money For Double Hip Replacement

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Known for massive club hits such as 1996’s “Cunty (The Feeling)” and a brilliant 1997 cover of George Kranz’s “Din Da Da,” Big Apple nightlife personality Kevin Aviance has launched a fundraiser to raise money for a double hip replacement. “When us ‘queens’ sign up for this fabulous career of doing drag to entertain for all of you the one thing we’re NOT given is medical insurance,” states Aviance, who says he has difficulty walking and performing.

“From marching down Pride events all over the world on foot down the entire route to greet fans, to full choreography shows at Wigstock, charity events, store openings & and many many after-hour marathons in nightclubs week after week for 20 plus years and then being brutally gay bashed have taken a toll on my body. I’ve been known for my over-the-top shows and the way I move on stage and now that has been taken away from me. I can barely walk and it’s been struggle to even put a pair of heels on to just host shows but I have to bite the bullet and deal with the pain for now to survive.”

Aviance, who has been lying low in recent years due to his health condition, says once he undergoes surgery, which will cost $100,000, he will be back to performing within four to five months.

“I’ve gotta eat and pay my own bills but I do have the urge to make a full comeback and perform around the world again but need to take care of this matter first.”

Contributions to Aviance’s surgery can be made via his Give Forward page.