Beams — have won praise from both the electronic and mainstream press. Dear regularly performs onstage with his live band; in recent years, they’ve served as the opening act on major tours for the likes of Depeche Mode, Interpol and Hot Chip. His latest release, the 57th installment of the venerable DJ-Kicks mix series, is a swaggering, eclectic set featuring tracks from Simian Mobile Disco, Pearson Sound and Dear’s hard-edged techno alias, Audion. You can expect a similar vibe when he DJs on the rooftop.
One of the more prominent artists from the world of electronic music, Matthew Dear wears many hats: DJ, producer, bandleader, label boss. His albums — most recently, 2012’s stylish indie-electronic LP