Electronic Music Dance Culture

Welcome Johnii to DM!

Vogue & Waacking & Oh My!

Written by: Dark Matter on January 08, 2015

It is with great pleasure that we officially announce the induction of our newest member into Dark Matter Squad. Johnii brings with him over 13 years of dance experience, with a core disciplines in Vogue and Waccking. He has performed and choreographed for some of the world’s largest dance events and maintained membership amongst the most respected Houses within the Vogue communities. Since his first per... + more input

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DM Adds 3 New Members!

Kenzie Frenzie, Dark Phoenix, Mina Bear

Written by: Dark Matter on September 24, 2014

Dark Matter is pleased to announce our newest members to the Squad; Kenzie Frenzie, Dark Phoenix and Mina Bear! Each new member brings a select set of skills, from hooping, fire, b-girl, hip hop, waacking and more, to further broaden Dark Matter's performance team and overall artistic diversity. Our newest members not only strengthen our core group of dancers and performers, but also bolsters our female con... + more input

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Japan DM Adds New Member

Masaya "Knit" Maeda

Written by: Dark Matter on May 12, 2014

Dark Matter is proud to announce the induction of our newest member, Masaya "Knit" Maeda! Knit has a long history within the Japanese Hip Hop culture that goes back to 1996 when he first began as a Bboy. Currently, Knit works for ADHP promotion company and is a writer for Japan's largest underground/urban based magazines, "Dance Delight". + more input

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Welcome New DM Members!

Eastcoast to Far Eastcoast!

Written by: Dark Matter on January 22, 2014

We are at it again! Please join us in welcoming Hydrosphere (Knoxville, TN), DJ Nysus (Philladelphia, PA), Ryoga (Japan), DJ SaintLike ( Fear & Loathing, VA ), DJ Throdown (DC). Blessed with the ability to interact, befriend and collaboarate with some of the worlds best music and DJ talent, we are excited to drop this announcement that includes the induction of 2 new dancers and 3 DJ artists. + more input

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Dancer Highlight v.9

cTut

Written by: Dark Matter on November 06, 2013

Dark Matter's, Shenchi, recently linked up with CTut to get an inside look into the who's, the what's, the where's and all the weird things in between, that drives his passion for the art of finger styles. + more input

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The Mothership has Landed

DarkMatter & Symbiotic's Newest Journey

Written by: DarkMatter on September 18, 2013

DarkMatter and Symbiotic are at it again!  This time taking you to the outter edges of space to find the most funky kind!  November 30th at the legendary Paradox Night Club, Baltimore USA is ground zero for the landing of The Mothership!  We are very excited to also have the gracious support from UFO Jeans for this event.  Prizes for our 1st and 2nd place winners of the All Finger Styles contest an... + more input

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Dance Delight Interview!

Code Red Invades Japan

Written by: Dark Matter on June 22, 2013

Recently, Code Red sat down with Masaya "Bboy Knit" Maeda of Dance Delight Magazine for an interview on Liquid and Digits. As Japan's largest and most reputable dance magazine and production company, this opportunity was by far one of the the broadest platforms of exposure for our culture to regarding the history and progeression of these EDM dances. + more input

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Congrats Liquid Kevin

StageMe.com Liquid & Digits Winner

Written by: LPE on March 06, 2013

I wanted to formally congratulate Liquid Kevin for his inspiring performance during stageme.com’s Liquid & Digitz Originals volume 1 competition. I also wanted to break down why I picked Kevin out of the other potentials in the competition.

#1 This will seem like a no brainer but he did 99% liquid and digitz in the video he submitted for the comp... + more input

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Eet is Here!

BLock Party Line up Announced!

Written by: Dark Matter on February 19, 2013

Finally! We get to lambast you with everything we have regarding Block Party. Well, almost. But the most crucial is upon us. The mutha funkin lineup! + more input

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DM Sessions

Houdoken v.2

Written by: Dark Matter on February 06, 2013

Part two of Houdoken's session. Hope you enjoy! Also, Stage Me voting has begun for the Liquid and Digits contest! Please take a moment to check out the entries and place your votes! + more input

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Liquid & Digits Contest

Stageme.com

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on January 30, 2013

Stage Me, the newest in online virtual video contests amongst friends and the world has partnered up with Dark Matter Squad to bring you their first Liquid and Digits contest! The contest is being judged by Dark Matter's Liquid Pop Eric! + more input

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Dancer Highlight v.8

Johnii Ninja

Written by: Code Red on January 14, 2013

Residing in Washington, DC, one of the many thriving dance scenes in the US, is an unsuspecting bundle of knowledge and talent known to many as Johnii Ninja. I first came across Johnii at a local battle in DC called ESS3. After seeing him get down there and than a few more times at events like "Four Hours of Funk" in Baltimore, it was clear this guy was well versed and studied in his dance arts. + more input

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DM Sessions

Houdoken v.1

Written by: Dark Matter on January 08, 2013

Dropping you all a short digits session by Houdoken! Be on the look out for more clips by Houdoken and the DMS! + more input

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Jam For Sandy: Review

An Amazing Show of Support!

Written by: Dark Matter on December 20, 2012

On December 15, 2012, Mike "Dynamike" Chau hosted a benefit jam for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, "Jam for Sandy: Charity Jam for New York Cares, Hurricane Sandy Relief!" Proceeds went to the "New York Cares" Charity. The contests included Bboy 2v2 and All Styles 1v1 battles. When we say the northeast and beyond showed up...Dayum, we ain't lying. + more input

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More Villains Join DM Empire

Welcome Hoopnosis and BassphreaK

Written by: Dark Matter on December 18, 2012

You hear from us all the time, DarkMatter for supporting ALL facets of the EDM scene, not just dancing. With that said we're pleased to announce the addition of 2 more members to our squad - bassphreaK and Hoopnosis. Both staunch supporters of what DarkMatter is trying and has been achieving. We’re especially excited for these additions because it’s another DJ and and Object Maipulator. + more input

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Thien Thu Quan Am

Thousand Hand Guan Yin

Written by: Dark Matter on November 30, 2012

As practicitioners of liquid and digits, seeing this video for the first time does nothing but make us wonder what could be possible with so many hands! This video is just simply breathtaking. Behind the amazing precision and beauty exists one single amazing fact. All 63 performers are deaf and are part of hte China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe. As you watch this, try to really think about the de... + more input

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Turkey, Stuffing, Family & Party News!

Written by: Dark Matter on November 21, 2012

Before you embark on your travels with the masses, politely sharing travel lines, kindly letting in the car in front of you, waving oh ever so politely (riiiight), we also wanted to share some exciting party news! + more input

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Thunderdome Recap!

Highlights, Vids, Music and More!

Written by: Dark Matter on November 13, 2012

The entire Thunderdome experience was one like no other, from beginning to end. Our combined teams gave every aspect of the event 110%, from coming up with the concept, decor, promotions, and sheer will and determination to give Baltimore one of the best damn parties it has seen in a long time! + more input

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DM will be on the UA Show!

Listen to us Live, Friday at 11am!

Written by: Dark Matter on November 01, 2012

Dark Matter is honored to have been asked by Urban Artistry to sit in on their live internet radio show this Friday at 11:00am EST. We will be bringing silky, smooth Tiev with us to discuss Dark Matter's mission, the state of EDM culture, dances such as Liquid and Digits and of course the AXIOM WORKSHOPS & THUNDERDOME! + more input

Urban Artistry Show

Step Inside the Dome!

Theme, Performance, Contest Info!

Written by: Dark Matter on October 24, 2012

Ok post-apocalyptic ravers! Last week we gave you the DJ lowdown for Thunderdome. This week is your comprehensive guide to all of the shenanigans we have going on leading up to and during what will go down as one of the best parties you will attend this year! So much effort has gone into bringing you a unique, on-of-a-kind experience never done before at a party. So give this post a gander and see why Dark ... + more input

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Funky Magic Mike

Bionic, MonstaPop, PopNTod, Playboy Stix

Written by: Dark Matter on October 23, 2012

Here's a fun video produced and edited by AK and Directed by Will Kong. Even though the concept is by Bionic, Something tells us the underwear idea was PopNTod's with MonstaPop being a good sport! + more input

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Thunderdome DJs

Your One Stop Audio Shop!

Written by: Veek on October 17, 2012

With Thunderdome quickly approaching, the anticipation amongst Dark Matter, Symbiotic and Mushmouth for putting on one beast of a production for you all continues to grow. We won’t say we have been giddy like a gaggle of schoolgirls, but we will tell you that our excitement-schwartz is as big as yours! + more input

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Dance Floor Fistacuffs

Bruce & Gator vs Nelson & Franqey

Written by: Dark Matter on October 11, 2012

So many amazing dance battles come out of Juste Debout. Hell, its one of the largest competitions in the world, what do you expect! This popping battle is between Bruce Ykanji (founder of Juste Debout) and Gator vs Nelson and Franqey. All four of these guys are beasts. The exchanges get rather heated, but take note the sportsmanship and respect given after the battle ends. + more input

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Houba Dance

With A Dash of Salah

Written by: Dark Matter on October 08, 2012

Salah is well known for having more bendable limbs than most species discovered to date. In fact if he met Gumby, it would probably lead to one epic battle. Salah has been touring with Cirque de Solel since 2011 for Michael Jackson's Immortal Tour. We stumbled across this video recently called "Houba Dance" which is part of a French film called Sur la piste du Marsupilami. We could be wrong, but if we had ... + more input

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Ode to the Mixtape v.9

DJ Dan: Warehouse Flashback 1992

Written by: LP Eric on October 02, 2012

One of my alltime favorite DJ’s. Dan has been around since the early days when RAVE first hit the United States. I have seen him many times and he never fails to leave a dance floor bent and broken. + more input

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DM Pick of the Week

Nite-Lite (UV Party!)

Written by: Dark Matter on September 26, 2012

Many of you in the DMV know that MushMouth Media doesn't let you down when it comes to throwing a party. Their events reach out to so many types of people they will make your baby's momma's momma want to strap on some UV reactive fishnets, crack a set of glowsticks, and glove your face off! + more input

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808 Thoughts v.1

LPE’s Memory Lane

Written by: LP Eric on September 19, 2012

Hello everyone! I am proud to introduce my new blog segment called "808 Thoughts" where I will be focusing on some of my favorite classic dance tracks. Whether you are a fresh faced newbie or a seasoned veteran reminiscing of dance floors long gone, I invite you to sit back relax and soak up the vibes. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

September 17 thru September 23, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on September 18, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) each month so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in our pants! If you know about a dope event on the horizon send us the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here or there, as long as it's somewhere. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

September 10 thru September 17, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on September 11, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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Tutorials v.5

Funky Lia

Written by: Dark Matter on September 07, 2012

We are kind of hot and heavy over these YakFilms tutorials. Right now, they are bringing some of the best tutorial shorts out there. This is on top of their stellar filming of battles, major events, and showcases on individual dancers. + more input

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Anton & Two Face

Be Water My Friend

Written by: Dark Matter on September 06, 2012

This video right hurr is a create and fairly out of the box (or grid if your a tutting nerd) way of showing off the talents of Germany's "Two Face" and Sweden's "Anton." Maybe we should all practice on a boat. Why not? Without digressing too far, we can definitely get into their digits like use of fingers integrated into their tutting. + more input

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DarkMatter Pick of the Week

Medical Measure: Benefit Event

Written by: Dark Matter on September 05, 2012

One thing we love about our scene in the DMV area is people tend to come together and support each other when it truly matters. On Friday, September 7, Symbiotic and Beltway Bandits will be hosting a benefit to raise funds for a dear friend facing major medical expenses. + more input

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Dance Floor Fistacuffs

Greenteck/Devious vs Baby Bang/Spazm

Written by: Dark Matter on September 05, 2012

This battle was kinda fire! Big ups to all four of these guys, but my goodness was Spazm on another planet for this one. From the Streetstar 2012 Popping Finals & Juste Debout Prelims, enjoy this ruckus by Greenteck & Devious vs Baby Bang & Spazm. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

September 3 thru September 9, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on September 04, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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2 Men Enter 1 Man Leaves!

Axiom Workshops and Thunderdome!

Written by: Dark Matter on September 04, 2012

Ladies and Gentelman: Be prepared for a mind blowing, ear loving, face stealing show. We are pleased to bring you 5 headliners of musical bliss and carnage: Elite Force, The Funk Hunters, Danny The Wildchild, Parallax & 2Rip along side 11 additional acts. You’re going to wish you had a clone to catch all of the sets. But wait there’s more! During the day, we will be offering a 5 hour smorgasbord of work... + more input

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Dance Floor Fistacuffs

Dance for peace and love

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on August 31, 2012

We wanted to come up with something clever to say about this video. but do we really need to? How would you battle this? + more input

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Utah Saints

Something Good '08

Written by: Dark Matter on August 31, 2012

If I say do the running man, how many of you will take me seriously? Well, if I was the dude in this video telling you to, I would say you should probably listen up! Utah Saints dropped this video awhile back, but the coordinated use of the running man is pretty amazing. Add some eye candy, interesting looking locals, and rando bar in the UK, somewhere you'll probably never end up at, and you got a typical... + more input

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Silent Screams

Kai

Written by: Dark Matter on August 27, 2012

Kai is well known in the liquid and digits dance community for his video production talent and integration of a style known as Levers. Prior to moving to California, Kai made significant contributions to the community by helping found Floasis, a Chicago born online community group that focused on promoting and archiving the advancement of Liquid and Digits + more input

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Where's the Party At?

August 27 thru September 2, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on August 27, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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Tutorials v.4

Firelock

Written by: Dark Matter on August 23, 2012

We haven't done a whole ton on locking lately, so here is a nice tutorial by Firelock, produced by YAKFILMS.  Firelock is undoubtedly one of the worlds best lockers. We also dropped a ridiculous routine by him and Hurrikane at the end. Buckle up your seat belts and loosen your wedgies, this video is tight! + more input

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Event Review

Big Dub 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on August 21, 2012

For the second year in a row, Dark Matter Squad was blessed with the opportunity to attend Big Dub Candy Mountain (BDCM). The anticipation for this event, the ability to teach workshops on Liquid, Digits and other styles and DM’s Lush being booked to DJ during the day while attendees kicked it near the campground’s natural swimming hole still has us buzzing over the event. + more input

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Chico Joins Dark Matter!

A well deserved induction!

Written by: Dark Matter on August 21, 2012

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the induction of long time friend, Chico Johnson, into Dark Matter Squad. Chico is no stranger to the EDM community and in fact he goes way back with many of us to the days of when we used to walk uphill, in the snow, barefoot, both ways, to attend parties and events. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

August 20 thru August 26, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on August 20, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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Dance Floor Fistacuffs

FW vs MonstaPop

Written by: Dark Matter on August 15, 2012

Finals battle between FW and MonstaPop at The Block Party. Who do you think won? We are definitely loving what's up in Montreal right now. So many good dancers coming up out of there. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

August 13 thru August 19, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on August 15, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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Korea's Got Soul!

R-16 Showcase

Written by: Dark Matter on August 08, 2012

They have soul, wires, gears and a remote to adjust their speed. Check out these dudes from Korea's R-16 competition. Rest of the world, you better watch your backs! + more input

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Where's the Party At?

August 6 thru August 12, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on August 07, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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Dancefloor Fistacuffs

Lionz of Zion vs Knuckleheads-Cali

Written by: Dark Matter on August 03, 2012

Let's talk about what happens when things appear so wrong, they are oh so right. This battle is between Lions of Zions and the Knuckleheads. However, if you walked into this venue at the start of this battle you probably would have felt more like you walked into some weird corner of Hunter S. Thompson's brain and of awkward proportions. + more input

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Tutorials v.3

Waving, Snaking & Cobra

Written by: Dark Matter on August 02, 2012

Since we have been on the waving, snaking and cobra tip lately, we wanted to drop some great breakdowns by dancers on how to perform various techniques in these styles. Each lesson uses the same core principles in the respective style, but the beauty in it is the different interpretations and personal approaches in conveying and teaching it both verbally and physically. + more input

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Bench

Liquid Kevin

Written by: Dark Matter on August 01, 2012

Recently Liquid and Digits dancer "Liquid Kevin" dropped a new video simply called, "Bench." He combines the art of Liquid and Digits with snaking, cobra and robot, while pulling off some great speed control. We love to see new videos come out of this caliber as it is a testament to the dedication the EDM culture is putting into their art form. Check it out! + more input

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Class is in Session

The Lockers, Reo Robot, Dre, Taco

Written by: Dark Matter on August 01, 2012

As artists, it is important to continually explore your roots, while learning about how to become "you."  We inspire from what those before us have innovated, accomplished and passed along. Like it or not, you are and will always be borrowing from something before you. This is a small homage post to some of the most influential pioneers in the urban dance arenas.  Expect more of this kind to come down the... + more input

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Axiom 2012

Workshop & Afterparty Update

Written by: Relic on July 31, 2012

Hey party people! Given the lack of information on Axiom so far, I wanted to give people a quick update on what we are planning and some other tidbits related to DarkMatter. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

July 30 thru August 7, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on July 30, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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Dark Matter Pick of the Week

ESS3: Popping, Locking, All Styles Battle

Written by: Dark Matter on July 26, 2012

Studio G, DCDC and LifeXHipHop.com have teamed up to bring the DMV area one banging battle on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at DC Dance Collective. With over $1000 in prizes, expect to see some of the areas best competitors and dancers to come out of the woodwork for this one. + more input

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Dance Floor Fistacuffs

Tiny vs Future

Written by: Dark Matter on July 25, 2012

Back in July 2011 at Stepyagameup, Tiny Love (Dark Matter/Liquid Lights) and Future (Urban Artistry) had one hell of an exchange. The exchange went off during one of the battle intermissions. It went for so long that the host had to actually get on the mic and have them stop so the battles could continue! This exchange, as Future notes on the YouTube video was "All dance and no talk....leading by example." ... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

July 23 thru July 29, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on July 25, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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Waving, Cobra, Snaking

Jr Boogaloo

Written by: Dark Matter on July 20, 2012

If you follow Jr. Boogaloo, you know he is identifiable by some of the most unique tutting out there. But he is also one of the best and most creative at the cobra, snaking and waving styles. Here a couple videos of Jr. Boogaloo getting down. + more input

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Where Where You at 7y/o?

Poppin John and Ariah aka BabyWockee

Written by: Dark Matter on July 20, 2012

Check out this clip of Poppin John (Soulbotics Krew) and the adorable, cypher killer, Ariah AKA BabyWockee. This little girl can get it in for sure. All you dancers out there better keep an out for this her, no question she's got what it takes! + more input

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Digits Framework Discussion

Houdoken // Axiom 2011

Written by: Dark Matter on July 19, 2012

At Axiom 2011, Dark Matter's Houdoken gave a lecture, along with visual demonstrations on several theories, concepts and techniques he had been experimenting with during that year. In this video, he discusses triangle-space finger techniques for Digits and the concept of the triangle grid vs the square grid. He ended with with unveiling of Dimensionality framework (1 point flow, 2 point flow and 3 point flo... + more input

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Dance Floor Fistacuffs

Greenteck vs Slim Boogie

Written by: Dark Matter on July 19, 2012

This battle is from Chaos Unleased III. Its the Finals battle between Greenteck and Slim Boogie. The musicality between these two is astonishing. Enjoy this beast of a battle! + more input

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The V Motion Project

We live in a Computer World!

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on July 19, 2012

We won't lie. We are jealous, envious, and seriously considered getting locked up just to sneak into the vault that this baby is stored in just to have a go at it! This amazing project combined musicians, dancers, programmers, designers and animators who collectively put together one of the more amazing audio/visual symphonies of awesomeness we have yet to see. Our hats are tipped! We are inspired! + more input

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Tutorials v.2

Mr Wiggles // Animatronics

Written by: Dark Matter on July 18, 2012

Legendary dancer, Mr. Wiggles breaks down a technique called Animatronics in this tutorial segment. Mr. Wiggles is a world renowned pioneer and advocate for urban dance styles. He is also one of the earliest inspirations of the original Liquid Pop Collective to pursue popping styles. + more input

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Les Twins

World of Dance 2010

Written by: Dark Matter on July 17, 2012

The Les Twins, whom hail out of Sarcelles, France, have been making noise in the dance circuit for quite a few years now. There are plenty of vids of them out there but this one from the World of Dance in 2010, is and will probably remain as one of the most iconic examples of what the Les Twins are capable of. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

July 16 thru July 22, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on July 16, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here... + more input

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Dance Floor Fistacuffs

Kapu vs Luigi

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on July 13, 2012

Since we are a dance based blog, we only found it fitting to start digging out more videos. This blog is all about the battle. We will be highlighting some of the best battles we come accross. Since we haven't really covered much bboying why not kick off this new topic with this battle from Red Bull in 2010 with Kapu vs. Luigi. + more input

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The DMV has it Goin' On!

Op-Ed of a Recent Transplant

Written by: Code Red on July 12, 2012

I could easily start this op-ed with some undercutting, my scene is better than your scene, comment or observation. However, I am not writing this to try and tell you the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) is better than any other location. What I want to tell you about is my take on why I think the DMV in so many ways, well, just has it goin’ on. + more input

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Tutorials v.1

Salah

Written by: Dark Matter on July 10, 2012

Time to get your learn on! This blog topic is all about tutorials and lessons. We will be using these entries to highlight various online tutorials, ranging from foundational concepts all the way to the WTF category! First up is Salah! + more input

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Where's the Party At?

July 9 thru July 15, 2012

Written by: on July 09, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

June 25 thru July 1, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on June 26, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Dancer Highlight v.7

Tiev

Written by: on June 19, 2012

Tiev is most noted for his footwork, sharp isolations, unique competition dance names, origami skills and far out gear. It’s no surprise that when he begins dancing his movement captivates onlookers. He maintains a fresh character, a special wit and humor, and an undeniable presence of internal personality. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

June 18 thru June 24, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on June 18, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

June 11 thru June 17, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on June 12, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

June 4 - June 10, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on June 04, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Dancer Highlight v.6

Liquid Kevin

Written by: Dark Matter on May 30, 2012

Liquid Kevin continues to progress at the dance styles of Liquid and Digits, along with many forms of popping, waving, cobra, robot etc. We are honored to know him, to have met in person and look forward to see him stealing faces on the international front in the future. + more input

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Dancer Highlight

Liquid Rush

Written by: Dark Matter on May 21, 2012

16,000 miles away, and according to Google, a possible 6,635 mile kayak across the Pacific Ocean (at least you pass through Hawaii), is a guy most of Dark Matter Squad, and the old LPC has known for quite some time now; Liquid Rush. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

May 21 thru May 27, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on May 21, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Dark Matter Tutorial v.2

Fixed 45s // Digits

Written by: Dark Matter on May 17, 2012

Dark Matter's Houdoken is well known for extending the vocabulary of Digits (Digitz) by exploring new concepts to share. In this tutorial he speaks about a digit technique called Fixed 45s. + more input

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Dark Matter Tutorial v.1

Fans // Digits

Written by: Dark Matter on May 17, 2012

In this tutorial Houdoken breaks down the technique of Fans used within Digits. Fans utilize close coordination with each finger in which the movement mimics that of a chinese fan being opened and closed. + more input

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Ode to the Mixtape v.8

Richie Hawtin AKA Plastikman

Written by: LP Eric on May 16, 2012

If you are involved with the electronic music scene and don't know DJ Richie Hawtin is you are straight up wrong! Born in England and growing up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, across the river from Detroit, he was perfectly placed in the late 1980’s to help the North America Rave movement come into being + more input

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Where's the Party At?

May 14 thru May 20, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on May 14, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Dancer Highlight v.4

Tommy Von Flowington III

Written by: Dark Matter on May 08, 2012

Chicago resident, Tommy Von Flowington, III, is no lightweight in the Liquid dance community. Over the last 6 years, we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to watch him grow as a dancer and practitioner of Liquid and Digits. It was apparent when we first came across this guy, that he had “it”. By “it” we mean a formidable concept of the driving principle of Liquid; Flow. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

May 7 thru May 13, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on May 07, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Dancer Highlight v.3

Mark Flux

Written by: Dark Matter on May 01, 2012

Mark Flux is a good friend to many of us here in the DMV and can often be seen competing, teaching, judging, joining us at a master workshop or getting down at the club. His expertise in understanding musicality is evident in the precise timing of his movements. Mark fuses robot, boogaloo, animation and other styles together, creating an off balance/unique approach in his movement. + more input

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Where's The Party At?

April 30th thru May 6, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on April 30, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Ode to the Mixtape v.7

The Curious Case of DJ Z Trip

Written by: LP Eric on April 27, 2012

So sue me, it's technically not a mixtape, but this mix from 2001 is so dope I have to share it! The first time I heard Z-Trip’s “Uneasy Listening, Volume 1” mix I thought I was tripping. As a child born in the 70’s and raised in the 80’s I witnessed first-hand the explosion of so much good music. + more input

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Dancer Highlight v.2

Storyboard P

Written by: Dark Matter on April 25, 2012

This week's dancer highlight is Storyboard P. With a broad knowledge in both underground/urban dance styles and modern/contemporary movement, Storyboard P, defies the physics of balance and gravity. We recently asked him a few questions about his style and background and obtained a few videos which he recommended to us. Here is another great example of a dancer that integrates various styles and movements ... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

April 23 thru April 29, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on April 23, 2012

This week has two multi-day events going on in the Washington, DC area. The Forward Festival runs From April 25 - 29, 2012 and the International Soul Society Festival runs form April 21 - 29, 2012. Both events have tons of programs scheduled during this week. We highlighted two of them below, but we recommend you visit their websites as well to learn about their other workshops, discussions, music events a... + more input

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Dancer Highlight v.1

Bishop

Written by: Dark Matter on April 18, 2012

This new blog topic is about discovering and showing you other dancers, who are at times, a little less known to the masses, but come with a unique and identifiable style. Some of you may know the dancers we will be posting up here, and some of you may never have heard of them. Either way, our intention is to offer you some great videos we come across that we think you too can find as a helpful influence, o... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

April 16 thru April 22, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter on April 17, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.

If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its her... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

April 9 thru April 15, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on April 08, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. + more input

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Where's the Party At?

April 2 thru April 8, 2012

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on April 04, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. + more input

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Event Review

Manifest // Archaic Revival

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on March 08, 2012

On February 25, 2012, Dark Matter Squad attended Manifest's Archaic Revival at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. We had such an amazing time, met so many awesome and very talented people, and even broke out our retro, Disco Bot suits. Below is a video recently released by Manifest highlighting the event. The video is produced by William Blucher with music provided by SugarPill, who might I add, killed it at Archaic... + more input

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DarkMatter Pick of the Week

Shakedown 10 Year Anniversary Party

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on March 05, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012 is Worship Recordings 10 Year Anniversary of their renowned house music monthly, The Shakedown. This time, Worship Recordings is stepping up their already top notch game, by bringing in legendary artists Francois K , Josh Wink, King Britt and of course in-house sets by their very own Rob Paine and Willyum.

Additionally the event is being moved from its monthly location, The Barbary... + more input

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Sunday School v.1

This is Our House

Written by: LPEric on March 03, 2012

I am very pleased to share a documentary that goes all the way back to "year zero" in the evolution of dance music. This documentary is one of the few definitive guides to the history of electronic music . It's called Pump up the Volume " The History of House Music' and was made in the early 2000's by the BBC. + more input

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DarkMatter Pick of the Week

Minnesota + Sugarpill

Written by: on February 21, 2012

Since MANIFEST’s last noteworthy party, with headliner Tipper, the production crew has thrown a few warehouse parties intermittently in order to continue to build its growing fan base in addition to bringing more progressive acts including Vibesquad. However, next up in this series of high production events is “Archaic Revival” featuring northern California’s Minnesota with supporting acts Sugarpill... + more input

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Where's The Party At?

February 2012

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on January 28, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) each month so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type.If you know about a dope event on the horizon send me the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter ... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

January 2012

Written by: on January 04, 2012

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) each month so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. + more input

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Ode to the Mixtape v.3

Hardcore Uproar: "Amnesia" 1990

Written by: LP Eric on December 12, 2011

This selection is truly old school ( 21 years old ) and features legendary rave DJ Frankie Bones. It was recorded live at a party called Amnesia held in the UK back in 1990. The music on this tape is truly classic rave music from that era and features hardcore breaks, house, acid house, and even hip house. + more input

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Event Review: AXIOM

The Electronic Music Dance Conference

Written by: on December 09, 2011

26 cities, 15 states and 3 countries. This was the attendee list for AXIOM: The Electronic Music Dance Conference, held on November 26, 2011 at Jamz Dance Studio in Pasedina, MD. If you have ever spent a considerable amount of time planning for an event, there comes a point where it finally sinks in: It’s going to happen. + more input

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DarkMatter Pick of the Week!

Manifest pres. Introspect w/ TIPPER!

Written by: Leslie Elmore: 88 production on December 06, 2011

Advertised as “An Epic Night of Creative Self-Expression”, MANIFEST brings Introspect with special guest, Tipper, to the Sonar & Talking Head Club. The layout for the evening seems to be ideal for welcoming such a special guest to the East Coast. The space offers a multi-faceted and conscious oriented environment that includes a huge variety of culture and arts. + more input

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New Dark Matter Members

Ty Fingers & Tiny Love

Written by: on December 02, 2011

DarkMatter is pleased to announce the addition of 2 more members to our squad - Tiny Love and TY Fingers. Both of these individuals embody the true meaning of artists - possessing the ability to not only create applicable dance theory, but also apply it well - very well. + more input

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Axiom After Party Info!

Midnight Mass at the Paradox!

Written by: on November 16, 2011

We are pleased to announce Midnight Mass, the official after party location for Axiom on November 26, 2011!! Midnight Mass, presented by the Baltimore Music Collective and a collaborative production between CWPR, The Baltimore City Ravers and Dark Matter Squad is being held at the legendary Paradox Night Club (The Dox) in Baltimore, MD. + more input

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Ode to the Mixtape v.2

"Do it" 1995

Written by: LPEric on November 10, 2011

Holy hell where do I begin on this one? This was my first party in Philadelphia when I moved to the city in October 1995. I went with a bunch of people I met out at clubs in and around Philadelphia. + more input

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Axiom Event Details

Full Event Info Released!

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on November 09, 2011

Dark Matter is pleased to release the final details for Axiom: The Electronic Music Dance Conference! With only a little over 2 and half weeks to go we wanted to update you on schedule times, battle details and, for ticket holders; a secret squirrel private after-party! + more input

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Event Review

No Excuses All Styles Battle

Written by: Code Red on November 07, 2011

On Sunday, October 23, 2011, I had the humbling opportunity to judge at No Excuses, and all styles competition at the Dance Connection in Chicago at the Dance Connection dance studio. No Excuses was put together by ally and friend Plainwhite Tom, and this guy's hard work did not disappoint. + more input

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I'd Rather Be Dancing v.4

Fingers Fingers Everywhere

Written by: Relic on November 04, 2011

I’ve been brainstorming a couple of themes for this weeks video roundup but diverted back to the finger styles. Seems like not only are there more videos coming out but the overall quality and skill level in them is as well (I’m running into a lot of these thru facebook groups). Finger Tut, Finger Connect, Digitz... shit is hoppin! So glad to see these styles in a lot of cultures outside of EDM. + more input

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Where's The Party At?

November 2011

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on October 31, 2011

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) each month so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in our pants! If you know about a dope event on the horizon send us the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here or there, as long as it's somewhere. + more input

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Ode to the Mixtape v.1

Live at the Limelight 1994

Written by: LPEric on October 04, 2011

Ahhhh...the mix tape how I loved thee? You were the pre party, the after party, for so many years, the soundtrack for so many lives. Nothing says classic club/rave culture quite like the mix tape. In the days before the internet dominated peoples' lives music was spread by mix tapes. Especially when most, if not all, club and dance music was not yet supported by commercial radio. The only way to get your mu... + more input

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Where's the Party At?

October 2011

Written by: on September 27, 2011

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) each month so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in our pants! If you know about a dope event on the horizon send us the link at transmit@darkmattersquad.com and we will check it out. Doesn't matter if its here or there, as long as it's somewhere. + more input

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New Dark Matter Video

Big Dub Roundup Video

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on September 26, 2011

We are stoked to drop this new video promo for Dark Matter Squad. On September 15th, we went to Big Dub Candy Mountain, thrown by B.A.D.A.S.S Raves and Slo Kids, and had an opportunity to take some footage of us performing, teaching and getting down. If you haven't had a chance to read our review of the event, we definitely recommend it. These guys know how to throw an event, and we highly recommend not mi... + more input

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Event Review: BDCM

Big Dub Candy Mountain!

Written by: Dark Matter Squad on September 25, 2011

So, Where to begin? Let’s just start off by saying this event was absolutely magical. Great vibe, lovely people, fun tunes, beautiful location, kind groundskeepers, warm drum circles and clean bathrooms (3 days of camping makes this is very important!). A perpetual adventure - all of it, fantastic! If you weren’t there, you seriously missed out on an amazing experience. Yes, “you had to be there!” + more input

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I'd Rather Be Dancing v.3

So Many Fingers, So Little Time

Written by: Relic on September 09, 2011

Ahoy! After being away for a short minute I’m back to post some of our favorite vids. Much is busy in the land of YouTube but I wanted to center this weeks post around some type of theme. So in honor of the phalanges battle at Axiom this November let’s watch some of our favorite finger style videos, both old & new. Happy Friday! + more input

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Box Full of Influence v.1

Robot Invasion

Written by: Code Red on August 30, 2011

I will admit, I am not a digger. I wish that I had the time to scour the interwebs for music, videos, gifs and the like. But sometimes, I do get on a kick and this week, I had robot on the brain. I have a rather large affinity for robots and I know, I am not alone on this. + more input

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Where’s The Party At?!

September 2011

Written by: Relic & Code Red on August 25, 2011

We thought it would be fitting to transmit all the upcoming shows (that we like) each month so you have a better idea of where the party will be, besides in my pants. Most of the events we're mentioning are thrown in the Mid-Atlantic region and host EDM music of some type. + more input

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I'd Rather Be Dancing

Vol. 2: You are Freaking Out, Man!

Written by: Lucas aka "Relic" on August 19, 2011

Soooo I’m still not sure what to make of Glovin. I think it has enormous capability to do something epic, but I feel like the watered down digit concepts they use don’t ever achieve the intended illusion. BUT I’m watching a lot more of them to monitor the progression of the art as time goes on. I finally came across one this week I felt worthy of passing along. Its a Glovin battle, and the first dude,... + more input

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I'd Rather Be Dancing Vol. 1

Is it the Weekend Yet?

Written by: Lucas aka "Relic" on August 12, 2011

With the (not so) recent explosion of dance related YouTube videos, we thought it would be dope to kick-start each weekend with a recap of the latest videos released by dancers across the globe... and maybe include a classic or two as well. + more input

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It Never Looks Good Enough

Achieve “IT” thru Creative Development

Written by: Lucas aka "Relic" on August 11, 2011

I often let my wife know how I feel about my personal development in dance after each practice. I’ve noticed my thoughts on progression usually gravitate towards a reoccurring theme: I’m still not there, it doesn’t look good enough yet, I’m nowhere near my goals, so much more practice is needed, UGH!, etc...Here’s an excerpt from Ira Glass on this type of struggle. He’s discussing writing and st... + more input

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Lady Lush Mix Vol. 1

Your Monthly Audio Transmission

Written by: Jenn aka Lady Lush on July 27, 2011

Here's a little mix put together by yours truly. It is a small preview of some of the music I’ve been tuned into these days :) A lot of the tracks are available on Bandcamp from a couple of compilations that I picked up. The rest of the tracks are just a bunch of randoms I snagged from various channels on youtube over the last couple of months and even some I had from when I first started digging for dub. + more input

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DM Goes Candy!

Event: Big Dub Candy Mountain

Written by: Lucas aka Relic on July 27, 2011

On September 16th and 17th the Dark Matter Squad teams up with B.A.D.A.S.S. RAVES to showcase and teach Liquid, Digitz and other knowledgeable urban dance styles to all those attending the 2011 Big Dub Candy Mountain Festival in Artemas, PA. In addition to showcasing and rocking circles all weekend long, the squad will be teaching a workshop at 3pm Saturday afternoon. + more input

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