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Los Angeles’ FYF Fest was one of the more stylistically diverse festivals of the year. Its lineup blended major headliners (Phoenix, the Strokes, HAIM) with some of the best electronic musicians in the world (Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Four Tet), and managed to throw in some choice heavier stuff (Boris, Deafheaven), hip-hop (Earl Sweatshirt, Ru… More »

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

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The Antlers – “Director (Dave Harrington Remix)”

Last year, the grand, graceful, downcast Brooklyn band the Antlers released their album Familiars. Dave Harrington used to be half of the planetarium-core duo Darkside with Nicolas Jaar, which means he knows a few things about being grand and graceful and downcast. And now Harrington has remixed the Antlers’ Familiars song “Director,” turning it into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Stream Darkside’s Psychic Live Concert Film

Darkside, the collaborative duo of electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, released one great album before announcing a hiatus and playing a few final shows last year. But in case you weren’t able to catch them, the band have just released a new concert film called Psychic Live, filmed at their show at… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 30, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Watch Alex Bleeker & Dave Harrington Play “Eyes Of The World” During Marathon Grateful Dead Covers Set

Even though the halcyon indie-pop janglers Real Estate and the darkly psychedelic electronic duo Darkside have little in common sonically, there are distinct yet distinctly different traces of the Grateful Dead in the music of both acts. So it weirdly makes sense that Darkside’s Dave Harrington joined Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker’s band the Freak… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 11, 2015 - 4:27 pm

In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

Since 2008 I’ve put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year’s band breakups. It’s a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side. Sometimes it takes a decade or more of inactivity for a band to really maximize its fanbase. Ask American Football, Slint, Neutral Milk Hotel, OutKast, the Replacements, or any of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Watch Darkside Perform At Their Final Show

Last month, Darkside announced that they were taking a break “for now” and said that their last show would be in Brooklyn. That show took place last night at Brooklyn Masonic Temple to a sold out crowd. Watch some video from the show below and let’s mourn the loss of the Nicolas Jaar/Dave Harrington collaboratio… More »

By: James Rettig / September 13, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Watch St. Vincent Attempt To Identify Songs By Her Biggest Influences In A Cruel Listening Test

Annie Clark has always been open to talking about her musical influences, from Miles Davis to Steely Dan. She even got to collaborate and release an album with one of her favorite musicians, David Byrne. During some downtime at last weekend’s Rock En Seine festival where St. Vincent was playing a set, French site SourdoreilleMore »

By: James Rettig / August 27, 2014 - 10:41 am

Darkside Announce Final Show, Share Two Psychic Outtakes

Nicolas Jarr and Dave Harrington’s collaboration Darkside is coming to an end, at least for now. The band announced on Twitter today that their last show will be in Brooklyn on September 12th at Le Poisson Rouge. They also shared two songs that didn’t make it onto their debut album Psychic — “What They Say”… More »

By: James Rettig / August 17, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2014

Øyafestivalen has now entered its 13th year, and last week, the Norwegian festival’s 2014 iteration filled Oslo with excellent artists. There were folk musicians like Angel Olsen and Bill Callahan alongside electronic artists like Todd Terje and Darkside alongside major headlining acts like Outkast, Robyn, and Queens Of The Stone Age. We sent photographer ClintMore »

By: Miles Bowe / August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Nicolas Jaar Scoring A&E’s The Returned

Chilean-American producer (and one half of Darkside) Nicolas Jaar has signed on to compose the score for A&E’s upcoming drama series The Returned, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed French series of the same name (in English, anyway — the original French title is Les Revenants). According to a press release:… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 16, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Stream Dave Harrington Before This There Was One Heart But A Thousand Thoughts EP

Dave Harrington is best known for Darkside, his duo with electronic music producer Nicolas Jaar, but today he shares his debut solo EP. As the guitarist for Darkside, he might unfairly be thought of as the more grounded of the two, pulling Jaar’s spaced productions back to Earth with a recognizable sound, but Before ThisMore »

By: Miles Bowe / May 12, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Small Black – “Lines Of Latitude (Dave Harrington Remix)”

Guitarist Dave Harrington is Nicolas Jaar’s bandmate in the elegantly restrained electro-psych duo Darkside, and he may also be Jaar’s peer in creating woozily pretty minimal tick-tock remixes. Harrington has taken on “Lines Of Latitude,” a piece of dazed, lovesick synthpop from the Brooklyn band Small Black. The original appeared on the band’s Real PeopleMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 5, 2014 - 4:39 pm

St. Vincent – “Digital Witness (Darkside Remix)”

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, as Darkside, have released a tremendous remix of St. Vincent’s “Digital Witness.” What once was a sproingy art-funk excursion has been repurposed as a futuristic dance track, with Clark’s vocal pitch-shifted into ghostly molasses and the original rhythm switched out for a gnarly pulsating undercurrent. The horns remain, as they… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 30, 2014 - 9:57 am

Darkside (Feat. Tamara) – “Things Behind The Sun” (Nick Drake Cover)

The spacey, proggy downtempo duo Darkside has two members, and it turns out that both of them are perfectly capable of putting together a satisfying, in-the-zone DJ mix. Nicolas Jaar, one half of the group, was already an electronic producer of some renown before he joined the group, so we know he can do thing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2014 - 9:20 am

Watch Darkside Play “Freak, Go Home” In A Maida Vale Session

Earlier this month, Darkside, the duo of producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, released Psychic, a very good album of spacey, proggy downtempo music. The Darkside live show is way more interesting than most knob-twiddle-intensive live shows, and that definitely has something to do with how much fun it can be to watch people… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2013 - 11:27 am

Stream Darkside Psychic

Darkside is the duo of downtempo electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington. This year, they’ve already given us the Daft Punk remix album Daftside, and their official debut full-length Psychic comes out next week. Early tracks “Golden Arrow” and “Paper Trails” brought a weirdly slick and jazzy edge to Jaar’s gorgeous slow-drip production,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2013 - 11:38 am

Darkside – “Paper Trails”

Darkside is the great downtempo electronic producer Nicolas Jaar’s duo with the guitarist Dave Harrington, and they’ll release the new album Psychic next month. We’ve already heard the album’s 11-minute opener “Golden Arrow,” and now they’ve shared another of the album’s tracks. The lightly percolating, weirdly bluesy “Paper Trails” sounds like what might happen if… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2013 - 10:48 am

Darkside – “Golden Arrow”

Darkside is a collaborative project between Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington. Earlier this year, we heard from the duo when it released a remix of every track on Random Access Memories under the name Daftside. A few days ago, Darkside announced a new album on Twitter, and then premiered it live on the Lower… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 25, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Stream Darkside’s Remix Of Random Access Memories

Darkside is the side project of Nicolas Jaar, the young Chilean master of downtempo techno, and guitarist Dave Harrington; the two last teamed up for a self-titled EP in 2011. And now, they’ve regrouped to remix every single track from Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories, transforming the Parisian duo’s lux disco-pop into dubbed-out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013 - 8:59 am
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