Livetronica, also known as jamtronica, started in Philadelphia and is a style of music that blends jam band elements with those of electronica.[1][2] The name is a portmanteau of the terms "live music" and "electronica."

The genre traces its roots to the late 1990s and early 2000s, specifically to bands such as The Disco Biscuits, STS9, and The New Deal.[3] Although STS9 guitarist Hunter Brown has expressed basic reservations about the "livetronica" label, explaining that "it's a really vague term to describe a lot of bands," he did cite Tortoise as stylistic precursors.[2] Entertainment Weekly also identified Prefuse 73, VHS or Beta, Lotus, Signal Path, MFA, and Midwest Product as notable livetronica groups.[1]

Stylistic origins Jam bands, electronica
Cultural origins Late-1990s, United States
Typical instruments Electronic

See also


  1. ^ a b Drumming, Neil (February 21, 2005). "Pushing Your Buttons". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Harrington, Jim (April 14, 2005). "Be it tie-dye or techno, STS9 has a good time". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved November 19, 2012. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  3. ^ Eisen, Benji. "Back to the Future: An Oral History of Livetronica". Retrieved 23 October 2014.

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