Watch Nine Inch Nails Cover Joy Division And Debut New Song “Ahead Of Ourselves” In Vegas

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Nine-Inch-NailsIt’s always a good idea to go see Nine Inch Nails live if you get a chance. For decades, their shows have been grand, cathartic theatrical experiences. But on the band’s current tour, it appears that they’re making their live shows even more special by switching up the setlists from night to night. At their … More »

Watch Nine Inch Nails Cover David Bowie And Play Their New Single At Vegas Tour Opener

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Trent ReznorNine Inch Nails are putting out their new album Bad Witch, the EP-length but not an EP conclusion to their trilogy of recent EPs, next week. Their Cold And Black And Infinite tour in support of the release officially kicks off in the fall, but the band played their first show of the … More »

Trent Reznor Explains Why You Should Call Nine Inch Nails’ New EP An LP: “EPs Feel Less Important”

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Nine Inch Nails’ Not The Actual Events came out in December of 2016. Last summer saw the release of another EP, ADD VIOLENCE, with frontman Trent Reznor explaining that it was the second part of an EP trilogy. The final installment, Bad Witch, is now on the way, but Reznor and his label … More »

Nine Inch Nails – “God Break Down The Door”

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Nine Inch NailsLast week, Nine Inch Nails announced a new record called Bad Witch. Although it seems to be the third and final installment in the planned trilogy of EPs that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and also includes last year’s ADD VIOLENCE, Bad Witch also seems to be a full album and … More »

Nine Inch Nails Announce New Bad Witch EP, Tour Tickets To Be Sold In Person Only

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Nine Inch Nails - Bad WitchNine Inch Nails just announced Bad Witch, the third EP in their trilogy, but perhaps of greater interest is their new round of tour dates and the security measures they’re taking with ticket sales. Specifically, tickets for the Cold And Black And Infinite Tour — with openers the Jesus And Mary Chain! — will only … More »

Nick Evol Delivers A Dark And Driving Remix Of Nine Inch Nails [Premiere]

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I had the privilege of seeing Nine Inch Nails for the first time this past December. It was at Houston’s Day For Night festival in the pouring rain, and by all accounts, it was one of the most incredible shows I have ever seen. Today I have the privilege of bringing you a truly dark

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Robert Smith’s Meltdown 2018 Lineup Features My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The Libertines

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The Cure’s Robert Smith is curating this year’s Meltdown festival in London, and its initial lineup is extremely solid. Among the headliners are My Bloody Valentine (who allegedly will have a new album out this year) and Nine Inch Nails (who supposedly will release the third installment in their EP trilogy this year). Also on … More »

Trent Reznor granted restraining order against neighbor after bizarre, belligerent behavior

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Trent Reznor‘s neighbor has been engaging in some wildly suspicious behavior over the past few months. TMZ reports that legal documents filed by Reznor indicate his neighbor, Nader Afshar, has been harassing him and his family for months — and has started to become increasingly threatening.

Afshar’s behavior reportedly includes expressing his hatred of Reznor to a friend leaving Trent’s house and yelling at him that Satan was coming to get Trent. Another incident report, which took place on Christmas Eve, states that Reznor — outside, playing with his kids — spotted Afshar walking down the sidewalk in a drunken, disheveled state wearing an open shirt, shorts and santa hat ranting that “rich people can do anything they want, but the Lord will get them in the end.”

Reznor has officially requested a restraining order on his neighbor, asking a judge to keep his neighbor at least 10 yards away from him and his family, as well as workers at his residence. A court hearing regarding the matter is scheduled to take place next month, but Page Six reports a temporary order has been secured.

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How Houston’s Day For Night festival served as a sound intersection of curatorial excellence

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How Day For Night festival achieved curatorial excellence

Houston, Texas’ Day For Night festival has established itself as an unconventional, hyper-sensory utopia. Bolstering an exemplary menu of avant-garde talent, the festival satiates thousands all while blurring the boundaries of performance and offering the utmost in aural phenomena in its industrial warehouse setting.

Day For Night prided itself on its snapshot booking in its third year, by and for the experimentally-inclined. Enlisting artists like Nina Kraviz, Kaytranada, Justice, Jlin, Jamie xx, Mount Kimbie, Solange, REZZNine Inch NailsTyler, the Creator, and Thom Yorke, among others, the gathering has situated itself as an unorthodox standout from an at times mundane, and largely counterfeit American festival circuit.

Words by Grace Fleisher Featured image courtesy of Theo Civitello

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In its immersively emblematic nature, Day For Night’s third edition was a polyamorous union of music, culture, and digital art. It was a multifarious destination, and offered its attendees a mode of escapism while simultaneously defying how they explored their own, as well as others’ relationships with art and reality.

Those who attended were immersed in an epicenter of capitalism’s desolation, i.e the former Barbara Jordan Post Office, only to enter a sprawling industrial wonderland; complete with capacious lasers, fog machines, and immersive visual art open to infinite interpretations. Despite its growing pains, Day For Night was an unparalleled destination in the American festival circuit, protruding the landscape with its singularity in 2017, as it likely will in years to come, too.

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Embracement of Reflection: Houston & Beyond

It would be naive to ignore how Houston’s rampantly evolving cultural and developmental environment shaped Day For Night. A look at almost any sect of the city points to hyper-gentrification and a lack of zoning restrictions that are rendering a city of cultural depth increasingly unrecognizable. Festivals have the potential to be the 21st-century’s greatest linking apparatus, and Day For Night embraced multiple methods of coupling reflection in an immensely immersive fashion. Summits delved into socio-political discourse by way of Laurie Anderson, Chelsea Manning, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, and more. The gathering challenged its attendees toward an attainment of outward-awareness.

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Woven into the very seams of artistic discourse at Day For Night was a thread on how the world’s 24-hour loops and radical advances in technology and communication are seamlessly moving faster than behavioral evolution, rendering many helpless in the interim. In a hyper-connected sect of the world, it’s ironically never been easier for one to feel helpless. Day For Night ruminated on how these very advancements can work to foster connections and discoveries in the world which will propel us further as a collective entity.

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Post HTX Served As A Model Venue

“The way one sees things, and the expectations one brings to a performance, or any art form, really, is completely determined by the venue,” articulated David Byrne of the seminal group, The Talking Heads.

This phenomenon of a concert space shaping context, and in turn, enjoyment, is explored in Byrne’s book How Music Works. Surely, the way in which performances are perceived en masse is in relation to the space they’re experienced in. At times this is an obvious element. Take the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, for example. Burning Man’s sustenance relies on the desert space it resides in, and while this may be an extreme example, space is becoming a deeply entwined element in the worldwide festival circuit. The relationship between attendees and venues is why scenes blossom, and it’s why destination festivals are becoming increasingly popular.

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Day For Night’s decision to place a hyper-sensorial paradise across four stages in a dimly lit, abandoned post office was a masterful one. Ironically, the nucleus of the performance venue were the veins of the warehouse, many of which contained captivating art installations. Unlit hallways that separated the “blue” stage from the intimately circular “yellow” stage, for example, beckoned an art form in themselves. For in these empty spaces, attendees prepared to ascend into visual or aural titillation. Whether it be disco balls adorned from a ceiling in netting, illuminating an entire room, moving mechanical cranes paired to ominous music, or synced screens around a ground level stage, the once-vacant warehouse was flooded with an innate intertwinement of senses.

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Exemplary Curatorial Intent

A festival’s success begins in its curatorial intent. Founded in 2015 by the Free Press Houston and the New York-based creative agency Work-Order, Day for Night established itself as a visually immersive music and art festival from the very beginning. By embedding an exploration of the elements of light, space, and sound in its mission, Day For Night has transformed the festival landscape by combining new media art with envelope-pushing musicians. It may still be a young festival, but its surely created a unique experience. Day For Night’s careful selection of artistry and curatorial intent spoke to several sects of music, tech, and art lovers. Planning such a feat does not come without intent or without a deeply embedded audience understanding, though.

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Appealing to the experimentally-inclined, for example, Day For Night brought forth Nina Kraviz, who’s on the heels of a momentous 2017, and largely regarded as a queen of techno. The festival also booked her трип (or Trip) labelmate Bjarki. Jlin, who’s set ironically rivaled her longtime purveyor Aphex Twin‘s 2016 DFN appearance, was also a standout experimental act. Her album, Black Origami, was an exemplary experimental record of the past year. Additionally, artists like Forest Swords, Jenny Hval, Shlomo, and Roni Size, all capitalized on the use of live sets as a medium for either outward, emotive release or social commentary.

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Day For Night also booked standout artists like the esteemed Nine Inch Nails, who’ve been touring their immensely accessible EP Add Violence. Solange stunned in her Houston homecoming, merging art and popular culture with an affirming image of black pride and femininity.  Cardi B gave the 12-minute performance of the year, encapsulating a tumultuous 2017 with her ominous hit “Bodak Yellow.”  Tyler, The Creator gave a fervent performance which was brimming with tracks off his introspective new work Flower Boy. Pussy Riot, Pretty Lights, Justice, and REZZ — with her exceptional Mass Manipulation tour visuals — all expectedly stunned.

Day For Night displayed a keen understanding of the experimentally inclined, but also served as an apt pop culture gathering.In bringing together artists who continue to challenge the status quo, the festival’s curational intent was two-fold — displayed initially by the festival, and then, by each and every artist that performed.

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Embedding a Festival Framework for the Future

As more and more festivals continue to emerge on the American festival circuit, immersive affairs such as Day For Night will continue to be a saving grace. It’s one thing to have an exemplary understanding of an audience, but as festival-goers grow into an increasingly digitized world, a means of facilitating connection through art and performance will be needed more than ever. Day For Night blurred the lines between its attendees and artists, it’s an environment where everyone was on an even playing field, as an observer, student of performance, and the outside world itself.

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Hear Nine Inch Nails Break Down “The Lovers” On Song Exploder

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Nine Inch Nails’ Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor recently guested on Song Exploder to talk about their song “The Lovers,” off of this year’s ADD VIOLENCE. Reznor chatted about sonic inspiration and the way he tries to come up with a very particular vibe for a song before recording concrete ideas. Ross says that … More »