Peaking Lights Band Interview: Deciphering Cosmic Logic

Recently back in the spotlight with their latest record, Cosmic Logic, Peaking Lights have left behind the laid-back grooves of their last two full-lengths, 936 and Lucifer, to embrace full-on the ostentation of a dance record. Cosmic Logic is guaranteed to throw the duo’s long-time fans for a polarizing loop, but despite the initial shock it may bring, the album is one that stays true to the band’s ethos, history, and goals, even if one needs to dig deep to understand exactly how Cosmic Logic is a natural progression.

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Intuitive Navigation 2014 Recap: Swahili, Phone Call, Dual Mode, House of Aquarius

A big thanks to everyone who came out to Holocene for our second installment of Intuitive Navigation, an interdisciplinary night of sights and sounds, this time with a focus on DANCE! We paired every musical act with a visual artist and invited House of Aquarius to perform one-off dances in-between. Relive the night or see what you missed via this photo and video recap.

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Intuitive Navigation (May 28th, 2014): An Interdisciplinary Dance Night of Sight & Sound

While 2011’s installment was a psychedelic exploration of meditative states, 2014’s INTUITIVE NAVIGATION will by more outwards-focused, featuring four sets of performers that share a love for dance and body movement. Three musical acts will be paired intimately with visual artists to create stage sets and video projections, while dance performances will tie the transitions together in a dazzling and flowing manner.

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Pure Potentiality – SXSW 2014 Unofficial House Party – Photo & Video Recap

Year four of REDEFINE’s Unofficial SXSW 2014 parties finds us in Austin with some changes: one stage was whittled down to two, with unbelievably excellent results, and we brought in a new collaborator at XRAY.FM! The things that remained constant were the ~1,500 free beers from Dos Equis, good vibes, and tons of bands and friends hanging around all day at the 21-person University of Texas co-op, House of Commons! Here are some clips and photos of our favorite bands of the day, and massive thanks to all of the bands and attendees.

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Pure Potentiality (#31) Austin 2014 Unofficial House Party Announcement & Mixtape

Mixtape download of our favorites in pop, psych & soul, for REDEFINE magazine’s Austin 2014 Unofficial House Party, featuring Gardens & Villa, Supreme Cuts, Slow Magic, Diane Coffee, Psychic Twin, Tops, Tei Shi, Midday Veil, and more.

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FANTASTIC BABY: K-Pop Music Videos & Discussion Panel (w/ Transcription)

REDEFINE magazine and Holocene host FANTASTIC BABY: The Opulent Kingdom of Contemporary K-Pop, a K-Pop music videos gallery and discussion panel on the following topics:
– Repeated motifs and common techniques in filming contemporary K-pop videos: a technical analysis
– The rise of colossally sized K-pop idol groups with 10+ members
– Eroding social conservatism and subverting gender norms in Korean culture through pop music and imagery.

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FEEL YOU SXSW 2013 Unofficial House Party Event Recap

REDEFINE’s third unofficial SXSW house party went off with minimal hitches, as usual. With 1,250 free beers from Dos Equis with which to lubricate showgoers, we created a musical oasis in the midst of corporate SXSW chaos, full of good vibes, good music, and real human beings. Below is a brief recap of the day’s festivities. Click here for the original press release, along with a 13-track mixtape download and stream featuring some exclusives. Golden Spun from Brooklyn, NY   Beca from New York, NY   Young Pharoahs from Austin, TX   Ethereal & The Queer Show from Portland, OR   Brainstorm from Portland, OR   Brainstorm from Portland, OR   Darktown Strutters from Dallas, TX        

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FEEL YOU (#25) SXSW 2013 Unofficial House Party Mixtape

An oasis for mythic musics at SXSW 2013, FEEL YOU is all about creating clarity, harmony and POSI VIBES in an oft-overwhelming week of chaos. Our focus is on music that muddles introspective psychedelia with exuberant dance, so expect revelry and epiphanies.

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Shy Boys Fly Girls K-Pop Mixtape (#24) Download & Stream

With PSY having achieved billionaire/Bieber-destroyer status just in time for the holidays, here’s a mix of not-so-Gangnam s(e)oul jams to recap 2012 and usher in the new year. These aren’t quite for the club; they’re more for staying in — with your boo, or just you — and making it through the rest of the winter.

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Boomarm Nation’s Deep Listening Mixtape (#22) Stream & Download

Ambient, dub, psychedelic, minimal, and experimental tracks, with reference points in the global and otherworldly, will submerge listeners in a hypnotic world that stresses meaningful listening experiences over mindless fleeting ones.

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Portland Events: Six+Robert Henke, Nils Frahm, IASOS

Early Fall is apparently the time in Portland for experimental and ambient listening events galore. These exciting weeks begin on Sunday, September 23rd with a FREE six-channel installation at PNCA featuring Robert Henke (Monolake), Marcus Fischer, and many more local musicians. It continues on September 26th and September 28th with two sessions from New Age guru IASOS, and goes even further on September 30th with a REDEFINE-sponsored event with modern classical composer Nils Frahm. Frahm, Henke, and collaborators from Nueva Forma will also be playing at Seattle’s all-encompassing electronic music festival, Decibel, from September 26th through 30th. Expect two more similar events next week, centered around Deep Listening and John Cage. An Intimate Evening w/ Nils Frahm Presented by Adso

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Motion & Movement in Music Videos: REDEFINE Panels at Bumbershoot, MusicfestNW 2012

REDEFINE magazine has teamed up with two of the West Coast’s largest festivals, Bumbershoot and MusicfestNW, to present Motion & Movement in Music Videos, a pair of complementary panels exploring how dance and movement intersect with modern music videos. Select music videos will be screened, followed by an open community dialogue with associated dancers, directors, and musicians. Topics covered may include differences in dance styles among different musical genres, trends of modern dance in contemporary music video, and spontaneity versus choreography in the creative process. A related brochure, featuring Q&A with directors and musicians, will be distributed with further information about the participants and videos screened.   Bumbershoot Seattle September 3rd, 2012 Leo K Theatre in Seattle Center 3:30pm –

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Mystical & Spiritual Ideas in Modern Music: REDEFINE magazine’s SXSW 2013 Panel Pitch

John Coltrane once said: “My goal is to live the truly religious life, and express it in my music. If you live it, when you play there’s no problem because the music is part of the whole thing. To be a musician is really something. It goes very, very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am – my faith, my knowledge, my being.” REDEFINE magazine is pitching “Mystical & Spiritual Ideas In Modern Music”, a SXSW 2013 panel that will explore how creation is influenced when musicians have strong foundations in the metaphysical. Artists will share how spiritual beliefs affect musical creation and its end goals, how it supports transformation on individual and cultural levels, what

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BODY||MIND 2012: An Unofficial SXSW House Party Recap

This post is long overdue, but it is a recap of our SXSW 2012 party, which you can read more about HERE. REDEFINE’s second annual SXSW party was once again thrown with Gina Altamura of Portland nightclub Holocene and Marjorie Owens of Dallas blog Clumsy N Shy, who collaborated on an evening of acts that entranced your mind and made your body move. Beyond that basic premise, the bands that really held the crowd’s attention and turned it from a 21-room college co-op into a home for all were those who really exemplified the ideal of the entire party, as captured by the Alan Watts quote below. They were the bands that provided in comfort to concertgoers, by providing a

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BODY||MIND 2012: An Unofficial SXSW House Party

“The only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets — is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.” – Alan Watts Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/317699598279306/ Download a mixtape of BODY||MIND artists HERE (206 MB). Friday, March 16th, 2012 @ House Of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX) Doors 4:00pm; Show 4:30pm ALWAYS FREE, ALL-AGES, DIY & 100% UNAFFILIATED WITH SXSW SXSW 2011 saw the wildly successful house party GARAGE _ PSYCH _ DANCE, the first joint effort of a dynamic booking trio consisting of Vivian Hua (Editor-in-Chief of Pacific Northwest-based publication REDEFINE magazine), Marjorie Owens (founder of the

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Protect Creative Content Creation & Join REDEFINE In SOPA/PIPA Blackout

On Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, Congress is set to vote on Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA), two extremely loosely-worded and broad bills that would give the United States government the power to deny user access to any websites they feel are violating piracy laws. If they pass, SOPA and PIPA have potentially serious repercussions for smaller and independent music and arts publications, blogs, record labels, and distribution sites. They are backed by the major music and film industries, and if these bills pass, we will see the distribution of media controlled by companies that care only about profits and the preservation of their businesses in the digital age.

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Intuitive Navigation: Portland Event Recap

INTUITIVE NAVIGATION : An Evening Of Psychedelic Music, Movement, Wearable Sculpture Art & Film Thursday, August 25th, 2011 @ Holocene, Portland SEE ALSO: Initial Press Release & Event Announcement or FACEBOOK EVENT Billions And Billions Photography by Vivian Hua (1-3), missclarita (4) Swahili Photography by Kerosene Rose; Performance & Visuals by Kaitlin Bryson Midday Veil Performance & Wearable Art by Katherine Groesbeck and Dancers; Visuals by David Golightly Photography by Kerosene Rose (1), missclarita (2), Vivian Hua (3,4) Golden Retriever Performance by Lucy Yim; Wearable Art by Matt Leavitt and Vivian Hua Photography by Kerosene Rose (2) and Vivian Hua (1,3) Press Coverage From Portland Mercury: “Holocene gets dressed up as an empyrean dreamworld tonight for Redefine Magazine’s Intuitive Navigation,

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Intuitive Navigation: An Evening Of Psychedelic Music, Movement, Wearable Sculpture Art & Film

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:00pm @ Holocene, Portland $5.00 21+ FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=221291931247972 After last winter’s successful MMMicrofestival, REDEFINE magazine returns to Holocene to bring you another evening of bounds-pushing cross-disciplinary performances. INTUITIVE NAVIGATION invites like-minded performers from Portland and Seattle to transform the atmosphere of Holocene into a hypnotic, self-reflective zone. Five bands will showcase the spectrum of possibility found in psychedelic music while focusing on one central goal: to unite concertgoers in a similar consciousness of meditative bliss. Bands will pair up with at least one dancer and one visual artist for costumed performances which celebrate the act of ritual — a mode of expression as symbolically cathartic as it is aesthetically pleasant. Drawing inspiration

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Practical Alchemy: Northside Festival 2011 Showcase Announcement & Press Release

Friday, June 17th, 2011 Doors 8:00pm, Show 8:30pm @ Shea Stadium, Brooklyn (20 Meadow St.) $12.00 All Ages FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150334218372959 Through a serendipitous string of events, Pacific Northwest-based Redefine Magazine was invited to curate an official showcase for 2011’s Northside Festival in Brooklyn, New York. This showcase will mark Redefine’s second event in the past year, following a wildly successful two-stage unofficial house party at SXSW. Practical Alchemy finds Redefine on the East Coast for the first time. The showcase, to take place at Shea Stadium, will bring a varied and unlikely collection of performers to the well-known DIY venue. Headliners Lucky Dragons will execute their standard goals of creating positive shared spaces which encourage crowd participation and collaborative

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garage _ psych _ dance Non-Official SXSW Party: 3-Part Event Recap

Or see more photos and tag yourself on ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE SXSW 2011 was the first time REDEFINE has ever attempted to throw a SXSW event. We went big. We booked thirty amazing bands to play two stages at a 22-bedroom vegan co-op called House Of Commons. All party-attending patrons were treated to 3,000+ 16-ounce cans of beer, courtesy of Dos Equis. In short: a jolly good time! The unofficial showcase, which took place on Friday, March 18th, was a hectic blur, as were the two days leading up to it. Let’s just say that we grossly underestimated the amount of work and pre-planning involved in throwing a party during SXSW week. Myself and Gina Altamura ran around like madwomen,

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garage _ psych _ dance Non-Official SXSW Party: Press Release

For the first year ever, REDEFINE magazine — a Pacific Northwest-based independent music, art, and film blog — has decided to undertake the daunting task of throwing a show at SXSW. After partnering with influential Dallas-based mixtape blog, Clumsy & Shy, and enlisting the help of Portland, OR booker, The Petite Zarathustran, the collaborative trio employed DIY tactics and ideals to scrap together a doozy of a SXSW house party. The thirty-band lineup will reflect the locales of the party throwers, with nine performers from the Pacific Northwest and six from Austin or its surrounding areas. The unofficial house party will be an all-day gathering on Friday, March 18th, 2011, at a 21-person vegan housing co-op calledHouse Of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX

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Indie Lit Roadshow: Parties, Performances, Pop-Up Bookshops

REDEFINE will be collaborating with Pilot Books: December 11th, 2010 2:00pm to 6:00pm Pioneer Place Mall: Place Gallery Portland, Oregon REDEFINE magazine and Pilot Books are teaming up to bring you an afternoon of literary readings, music, and a pop-up book shop just in time for the holidays. Come hang out at PLACE gallery in the mall — yes, the mall — for an afternoon celebrating independent press, literature, music, and a lot of anti-stereotypically-“mall” ideals. Readings and tabling by Matty Byloos, Poor Claudia, Zac Fulton, Cate McGehee, Sparkplug Comics, Sarah Galvin, Tom Debeauchamp, and more. REDEFINE-curated musical performances by The Harvey Girls, Rachel Hays, and Silly Rob ChildISH! Plus, get first dibs on a limited edition zine from REDEFINE,

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MMMicrofestival: Call For Video Art! Aural/Visual Synthesis To Soundlers By Hoop Dreams

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Open Call For Video Art : An Installation Of Aural/Visual Synthesis At MMMicrofestival : An Evening Of Music, Movement & Multimedia On December 8th, 2010, REDEFINE magazine and InterArts will be curating MMMicroFestival – An Evening of Music, Movement, and Multimedia – at Holocene in Portland, Oregon. The inventive evening will feature cross-disciplinary projects and performances, including four musical acts, three performance pieces, and one video installation. (Complete event details here.) A community-rooted project of aural and visual synthesis, the side room installation will feature an open call for video art. Portland/Seattle-based musical trio Hoop Dreams will be offering forth “Spirit Momentum,” a track from their forthcoming debut album. Artists of all disciplines and persuasions are invited

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MMMicrofestival: A Celebration Of Music, Movement & Multimedia

December 8th 2010 7:00pm to Midnight @ Holocene, Portland $6.00 21+ Just six weeks after Sean Ongley’s management of InterArts’ 2010 No.Fest – an annual festival dedicated to showcasing music, art, and performance across discipline, generation, and culture — he and Vivian Hua, Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE Magazine, crossed unlikely paths. Thanks to a Craigslist-driven keyboard exchange, they discovered that they held similar attitudes towards independent music, and their shared passion for experimental and cross-disciplinary art led to discussion of an event which would combine music, movement, and multimedia elements in a meaningful way. The result of their efforts will be seen at the Holocene in Portland, Oregon, on December 8th, 2010. On paper, the event seems daunting, with four musical

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