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 - 4:40pm FREE w/ Admission (SCHED EVENT LINK + FACEBOOK EVENT LINK)

MusicfestNW

Portland September 7th, 2012 Holocene 6:30pm - 8:00pm FREE & Open to the public (FACEBOOK EVENT)

Panelists

HONEY OWENS BUMBERSHOOT + MUSICFESTNW Vocalist/Producer, The Miracles Club - "The Wheel" (Music Video Premier) RYAN BOYLE BUMBERSHOOT + MUSICFESTNW Dancer/Choreographer, The Miracles Club - "The Wheel" (Music Video Premier) SEAN PECKNOLD MUSICFESTNW Director, Here We Go Magic - “How Do I Know” ELY (EUGENE LEE YANG) BUMBERSHOOT Director, Polica - “Wandering Star” AMY O’NEAL BUMBERSHOOT Choreographer, Reggie Watts - “F_ck Sh_t Stack” ANDREW SLOAN MUSICFESTNW Director, Onuinu - “Ice Palace”

 

Director and musician Q&As after the jump!

 

Portland director Sean Pecknold has put together a brand new video for Here We Go Magic's "How Do I Know," starring experimental dancer Janet Pants. In the middle of a desert landscape or along the side of pools, Miss Pants comes to life like a wind-up robot, full of awkward moves and strange puppet-like animations that make a lyrics like, "How do I know if I love you?" seem to demand an emphatic "ALL OF THIS!" for an answer. Pecknold was first introduced to the music of Here We Go Magic on a road trip, and a line of synchronicitous experiences led to his directing the film. Here We Go Magic's upcoming record, A Different Ship, is out now on Secretly Canadian.

 

 

Bands don't always show signs of aging by their third album, but Here We Go Magic have grown up with their latest, A Different Ship. The band was never loud and brash before, but they seem to have taken a turn for the drastically mellow on this album. They have clearly become more in touch with their later "Yo La Tengo phase" than their mystical, vibed-out phase of yore that was on trend with indie experimentalists like Animal Collective. In this vein, my initial recommendation for the album's title track of would have been the super relaxed "Made to Be Old," although in the end I see how the trippy, feedback-laden "A Different Ship" was appropriate. Walk with me while I explain.
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Gardens & Villa

We've covered these Santa Barbara groovesters quite a bit, but their trajectory this year is upwards-bound at an intense and exponentially-terrifying rate! If you haven't seen them yet, now is the time; constant touring and being on the road have catapulted them to new heights of live performance expertise, just in time for showing off to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella. We've just posted a series of live tour videos on YouTube, with more to come. Scope out unreleased track "Avalanche" below, from their show last year at Holocene in Portland. They will be returning again to Holocene after Sasquatch, on May 30th -- to play with another band we support: Swahili. Stream a demo of a new Swahili track, below.

 

Read our interview with Gardens & Villa Watch "Spacetime" Music Video Stream more Gardens & Villa Live Videos On REDEFINE'S YouTube Channel GARDENS & VILLA TOUR DATES 4/26 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish 5/11 - Monterey, CA - Cal State/Black Box Cabaret 5/24 - Davis, CA - Sofia Thai Kitchen 5/25 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bonds Garage 5/25 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival 5/30 - Portland, OR - Holocene 6/1 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl ^ 6/23 - St. Paul, MN - River's Edge Music Festival 7/7 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Fest 7/8 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Fest

Swahili

Playing with Gardens & Villa in Portland on May 30th, for a MusicfestNW kick-off party, as mentioned above. Here is a rough demo of Swahili's latest track, "Mokomokai."

 

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