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Best Band to Die in the Past 12 Months


At the end of the summer, Darkside, the collaborative project between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, bowed out with a final show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple and a track called “Gone Too Soon.” The song’s title was fitting: Since forming in 2011 while huddled around a laptop in a Berlin hotel hallway after a converter plug exploded and fried their speakers, the duo left us with just one three-track EP; a full-length album (last year’s smoldering Psychic); and a curious but well-received remix of the entire Daft Punk album Random Access Memories. They were also pretty good at effortlessly creating hype, such as playing their first sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg when they still only had three tracks to their name, and, later, casually inviting anyone interested to a Psychic listening party at a small space on the Lower East Side. Gone too soon indeed, but take heart: The tweet that announced the band’s departure contained a cliffhanger: “Darkside is coming to an end,” it read, “for now.”

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