Crystal Castles Start Over

When Crystal Castles played Buku last spring, the duo’s electroclash set did everything right, but it still had an icky undercurrent. Vocalist Alice Glass had left the duo and implied that musical partner Ethan Kath was abusive in unelaborated-upon ways, and Kath appeared to have replaced her with another blonde woman who yelped his songs in similar ways.

The Ting Tings Wreck Their Lives

Jules De Martino of The Ting Tings wants people to know that they’re a real band, not the creation of the pop machinery. “Everybody thinks that it was this attempt to be a manufactured pop band to make some money, but it wasn’t,” he says, “it” being their signature hit, “That’s Not My Name.” 

“It was us having a fucking good ol’ moan about how things are.”

STRFKR Learns to Play Well with Others

Tonight concludes the second Buku Music and Art Project, the festival at Mardi Gras World that presents music from across the dance music spectrum. Major Lazer, STS9, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit and Kendrick Lamar are among the performers, as is the dance rock band STRFKR. The name started as a goof that became a bit of a challenge to live with as the act transitioned from Josh Hodges' personal project to a band with a national following.

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