Artists Visiting Boston Gain Year-End Acclaim

As we wrap up 2016, we were psyched to see some of our guests rack up the GRAMMYs, even an Oscar or two, but then came the year-end lists, and, suffice it to say, our squad made a lot of waves, starting with The Black Madonna, who was awarded Mixmag’s DJ of the Year.

…if dance music, and society in general, is far from a utopia, to be at the front of a Black Madonna gig is to be transported somewhere far better. Buried among the sweaty, jubilant mass – there’s lots of girls, but guys too – it’s impossible not to feel The Black Madonna loving each and every one of us right back.


When the Resident Advisor polling was complete, we had to get out the whiteboard: 94, 92, 90, 87, 84, 77, 69, 67, 60, 59, 52, 51, 50, 48, 46, 32, 30, 23, 21, 19, 10, 9, 8, 2… 24 out of 100 had come through our neck of the woods.

Previous #CambMA guests also racked up tracks of the year nominations in Avalon Emerson, Floorplan (aka Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric), Project Pablo, and Midland.


Over the years, much of the focus in the new music world has fallen on the “Live” act, and here we’ve also been able to pivot towards giving you that live experience. Of the Top 40, we’re psyched to have had a hand in 10, including #2 (Recondite) and the continually chart-topping #1 KiNK:

Not to be overlooked, Vice’s Thump channel named Beautiful Swimmers–who only played here a few weeks ago–as their “DJs of the year.”

As the B2B becomes an increasingly commodified trope in club culture—utilized broadly to pad out festival lineups with as many names as possible—Beautiful Swimmers also showcase the transformative power collaborative selectors can have when they get it right.

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Which of our Together and Make It New guests (and former residents?) will win the awards next year?

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Make It New with Midland [10/6]

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One look at Midland’s discography will make you jealous. One grip of his remixes and you’ll entrance a dancefloor. One listen to his DJ sets and you’ll fall in love.

Amongst his collaborators and inspirations? Mano Le Tough, Boards of Canada, Caribou, The Two Bears, Motor City Drum Ensemble, James Zabiela. His originals have landed at Aus, Naked Naked, Phonica, Graded, More Music.

We keep bringing him back because each and every time he smashes things down with an arsenal of R&B re-edits, disco dubs, house hacks, and techno touches.

Our 12th anniversary month kicks off with a blast!

Make It New w/ Midland
+ residents Baltimoroder & Coralcola
Thursday October 6
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave.
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, MA
$10 before 11pm / $15

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