Movement Guide 2011
Keep on moving, with our critics' picks for all three days
Published: May 25, 2011
Detroiter Mike Rubin is a writer living in Brooklyn. His work appears in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Daily Swarm and MTV Hive. He was a senior contributing writer at SPIN and his work has been published in Rolling Stone, GQ and the Village Voice. Since 1987 he has been one of the editors of Motorbooty, a Detroit-based, independently published satirical journal described as "the only good fanzine in America" and "the Spy of the rock world."
Noon-2 p.m.: If I weren't sound asleep, recovering from Too Far Gone/No Way Back, annually the best afterparty of Movement weekend in my opinion, I'd check out DJ sets by former Minusian Clark Warner (Beatport Stage) and current Ectomorphian Erika Sherman (Made in Detroit Stage). Or, if I were really ambitious, I'd go on Wheelhouse Detroit's "Techno in the 313" historical bike tour (noon-3 p.m.), but having doubtless stayed up past the break of dawn, the only thing I'll be riding at this hour is a REM cycle.
2-4 p.m.: OK, time to greet the day and groggily make my way to Hart Plaza for Day 3 of the Techno Triathalon.
4-5:30 p.m.: Pearson Sound/Ramadanman (Red Bull Stage): Prolific Hessle Audio co-founder David Kennedy is so restless he can't settle on which of his pseudonyms he'll DJ under, but expect the UK dubstep stalwart to evoke the fidgety grooves of his excellent recent Fabric 56 mix.
5-6 p.m.: Dirtbombs live (Vitaminwater Stage): Mick Collins' rock-as-repertory project souped up "Cosmic Cars" in the garage for Party Store, their tribute to hometown dance floor pioneers like Cybotron, a Number of Names and Inner City. Sparks will potentially fly as the band takes its guitar arrangements of Detroit electronic classics on a test drive for the first time ever onstage.
6-7:30 p.m.: Art Department (Beatport Stage): What if Morrissey had come of age in a post-Chicago-house Madchester? This Toronto duo's sultry grooves and Johnny Glasgow's sullen vocals propose one possible answer on their impressive debut album The Drawing Board (which includes "Without You," Resident Advisor's top single of 2010).
7-8:30 p.m.: Scuba (Red Bull Stage) More top-notch UK dubstep, this time from Paul Rose, founder of the Hotflush label (home to Joy Orbison and Mount Kimbie).
8:30-9:30 p.m.: Little Dragon live (Red Bull Stage): The bewitching vocals of Yukimi Nagano are at the center of this Gothenburg, Sweden, group, who dabble in downtempo, jazz, and neo-soul. They'll preview material from their upcoming Ritual Union.
9:30-11 p.m.: Claude Young (Made in Detroit Stage): After living abroad since 1995 (in London, Glasgow, and now Tokyo), one of Techno City's most gifted turntable titans returns home to school a new generation of Detroiters. It would be "Impolite to Refuse" this rare opportunity to see him conduct this master class.
10:30 p.m.-midnight: Flying Lotus live (Red Bull Stage): The psychedelic visionary at the center of Los Angeles' fertile beat scene, Alice Coltrane's nephew Steven Ellison brings the festival to a fittingly cathartic climax with his futuristic take on free jazz.
Midnight-sunrise: After recharging my batteries with some late-night food, it's time to drain them all the way down to empty at "Shit Show 2" (TV Bar, 2548 Grand River Ave.). A deliriously overstuffed lineup — including NYC's Metro Area, Banff, Alberta's Eddie C, and a couple of beloved Detroit expats, Recloose (New Zealand) and Mike Servito (New York) — is slated to spin all night (barring any unwelcome visits by the DPD), leaving me just enough time to grab my suitcase and head for the airport once the sun comes up. If you're at Detroit Metro on Tuesday, say hello; I'll be the guy with the slipmat-sized circles under my eyes.
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