Photos & Interview: The Knocks at the Independent, a story of fate, dance, and wild shows

The Knocks (photo: Ian Young) Interview with The Knocks: Brittany O’Brien Wordsmith/Writer: Melanie Mazza Photos by Ian Young Portraits by Brittany O'Brien Many a love story has been set in New York City. This one, the tale of two star-crossed roommates that would one day produce some of the world’s favorite dance singles and Hypemachine-topping hits, is no exception. Meet James Patterson (JPatt) and Ben Ruttner (B-Roc), the two faces, voices, and long-time DJs behind The Knocks. These two fated DJs met through mutual friends in a search for housing, and they both set up their own hip-hop studios within their apartment. The two then [...]

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SOFI TUKKER to play three shows at The Independent this week

NYC duo SOFI TUKKER have only released two singles, "Drinkee" and "Matadora," and they're already on tour opening for The Knocks, signed to Heavyroc Records, and have licensed "Drinkee" to play during an Apple Watch commercial. It's a dizzying combination. So far, it seems that vocalist Sophie Hawley-Weld and instrumentalist Tucker Halpern create Brazilian folk music worthy of a dance party. "Matadora" was conceptualized off of Brazilian poet Chacal's work and features an Andean string instrument, the charango. The only show with tickets still up for grabs at The Independent is on Thursday, February 11. I'll be fighting off brutal cold #2 [...]

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