* Local production company/party planners Defy Grav are funneling the vibe of their Sokol Auditorium-hosted dance parties into Defy Music, a new electronic dance music label. Defy Grav formed the label in conjunction with Make Believe Records and Andy Garlock, who hosts 89.7 FM’s electronic music radio show the Freak Factory. The label’s roster includes Buckhunter, Cake Eater, Robit, DFM, Buzz Junior and Bentone and all are featured on the label’s first release, a compilation titled 001. Check it out at defymusic.bandcamp.com.
* Experience nine silent films by masterful suspense director Alfred Hitchcock, soundtracked by a host of live musicians. Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St., hosts the Thursday night series, which kicks off February 13th and concludes April 3rd. Silent accompanist Donald Sosin will play during showings of Champagne and the Pleasure Garden, while local musicians Dan McCarthy, James Maakestad, Ben Brodin, Joseph Knapp, Jim Schroeder, Luke Polipnick, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Alex McManus, Aaron Markley and Ted Stevens Unknown Project will tackle various other films in the recently-restored collection of Hitchcock silent movies. For more information on the series, visit filmstreams.org.
* The Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series is seeking local musical talent to play its midday summer concert series. The Wednesday noon shows, which take place outside at 1415 N St. in Lincoln, start May 7th and run through August 27th. Interested musicians are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line FGPS to receive an application form for the event.
* There’s two new local music video worth noting. The first is “Salt”, the latest video from Lincoln hip-hop act Purveyors of the Conscious Sound. The song, a duet between Jake Dawson and Liz Graham, is the first single for Dawscyclops’ solo EP Tales Involving Women. The video was directed by Brett Brooner of Broonamite Photography, while the song itself was produced by Andy Boonstra and Zach Crawford. Omaha indie pop band Talking Mountain also unveiled a video for “Am I A Water Bubble (How Do I Know?)”, off the band’s 2013 release Mysterious Knowledge/Unknown Colors. Both videos can be see on Youtube.