STS9 – Featured Artist of the Week

Katrina — it’s a name freighted with some incredibly heavy history. The 2005 hurricane that decimated one of America’s proudest cities was the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States. And New Orleans hasn’t been the same since. Hoping to do their part in the ongoing process to revitalize the city, Californian dancefloor-pleasers STS9 have brought together a star-studded list of artists, producers, and DJs for a Katrina benefit record. All proceeds from the release will go to the New Orleans Make It Right foundation, founded by superstar philanthropist Brad Pitt after the catastrophe.

Featuring remixes from Telepath, Count Bass D, Richard Devine, Prefuse 73 and a host of others, the album is a reworking of STS9’s latest release, a collection of difficult to categorize but easy to digest beat-a-thons called Peaceblaster. Available on iTunes and via the band’s own 1320 records website, the album re-contextualizes the record’s penchant for melding the sweaty, strobe light rhythms of dance music with rock music’s wild energy. Taking their work with The Make It Right a step further, the foundation is the one and only beneficiary of all STS9’s charity efforts in 2009 – through the remix album’s proceeds, a $1 donation on every concert ticket the band sells this year, and more initiatives yet to be announced.

September 4 – The Bottom Line – Nagoya, Japan
September 5 – Metamorphose Festival – Izu, Japan
September 6 – Poka Stadium – Kashiwa City, Japan
September 25-27 – Earthdance Festival – Laytonville, CA
October 2-5 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX

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