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Immersion - Analogue Creatures
Feb 8, 2016 1:35am | Drowned In Sound
The best ambient artists are also the best at vanishing acts. Cluster and Tangerine Dream hang above us as distant constellations, because even now their music obscures any human essence with horizons vast and lush. Such was the point of Immersion in the Nineties disappear behind the name, and engulf club-goers with the landscapes left behind on the albums. What were once Colin Newman of Wire and Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact are now, for the sake of this review anyway, one drifting mass. And drifting masses do not progress in the same manner as ordinary bands so long as they continue to drift, all is well. Still, while the Immersion guise remains as weightless as it should be, one cant help but look up and see the familiar stars above.

Each track on Analogue Creatures echoes a quest that others have already completed. Immersion boast about the guitar parts lent by Spigel, as the groups last two albums were solely electronic affairs; and while that extra hum may be new to them, it mostly sounds like a re-jiggering of Robert Fripps signature soaring tone, simplified to suit less dynamic spheres. This is especially true on 'Shapeshifters' which is fine and serene, but at just under four minutes, the track cant ascend in the same way.

Thats the main problem with a 10-inch comeback EP grand cosmic waves that should stretch ...

Junior Boys - Big Black Coat
Feb 8, 2016 1:35am | Drowned In Sound
The winter months can be a miserable time. For those of us unlucky enough to live more than a stones throw from the equator, they mean short (sometimes even nonexistent) days, grey skies, storms, floods, snow, that awful ice that just looks like a bit of snow but has the slippery underfoot consistency of a slapstick banana skin the list goes on. But theres also a brighter side to winter. The warm rush of a roaring pub fire. Bright city lights sparkling on a cold clear night. A sense of camaraderie that surrounds the season - were all in this together. Hailing from the chilly city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canadian cohorts Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus have made it their mission to infuse Big Black Coat, their first record together as Junior Boys since 2006s So This Is Goodbye, with a combination of the wintertimes most melancholy and uplifting moments.

On first thought, it makes total sense - holing yourself up in a warm studio with an arsenal of synths and samplers at your command seems like the perfect way for a musician to spend the cooler months. But this record is much more than the idle product of a cold, boring winter. Instead, it could be defined as a concept record of sorts - about winter, about Hamilton, but also about places that will be familiar to many of us - ailing, failing urban centres. The decline of h...

What's going on Monday? (Graveyard, Emmy the Great, Pell, The Pains of Being TEEN Bowie tribute & more)
Feb 7, 2016 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Graveyard @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

David Bowie Tribute w/ The Pains of Being TEEN, White Hinterland, Adesuwa, Best Behavior, & more @ Mercury Lounge
"Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am: A Tribute to David Bowie" features a bunch of indie acts headlined by a mash-up of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and TEEN. Late show, doors at 9:30

Graveyard, Spiders @ Bowery Ballroom
If you like your heavy rock riffage the way it sounded in the early '70s, Graveyard have you covered. Related band Spiders make this a good double bill. This is the rescheduled date, after January 23 was cancelled due to Winter Storm Jonas. They also play Brooklyn Bowl on February 10.

Pell, Daye Jack @ SOB's
Pell is yet another recent breakout of the kind of sing-rapping that's been very much in style lately. If you like Chance the Rapper, you might dig Pell too.

Emma-Lee Moss, Jenny Zhang, Sarah Howe @ Elvis Guesthouse
Emma-Lee Moss, aka the brains behind Emmy the Great, headlines this Chinese New Year celebrations featuring "poetry, dumplings, AZN pop" and more.

Ask Me Another w/ Leslie Odom Jr. @ Bell House
NPR's live quiz show taping "Ask Me Another" return...

The end is near in new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse watch
Feb 7, 2016 9:01pm | Cosequence Of Sound

During the Super Bowl, 20th Century Fox premiered a new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse.

As far as mutant movies go, this is the big one. Director Bryan Singer returns to finish the second X-trilogy, re-teaming with X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg.

Opening May 27th, the film stars (deep breath) Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Lucas Till (Havok), Josh Helman (William Stryker), Ben Hardy (Angel), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), and Lana Condor (Jubilee).

(Read: Whos Next? A Preview of Comic Book Movies in 2016)

Today, we celebrate our new Independence Day: Resurgence trailer watch
Feb 7, 2016 8:46pm | Cosequence Of Sound

20th Century Fox chose the Super Bowl to offer humanity a look at its impending demise with the trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence.

20 years after the initial invasion, the aliens have returned. This time, though, Earth doesn’t have Captain Steve Hiller around the defend them. Instead, it’s up to original stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, and Brent Spiner, to team up with newcomers like Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Joey King. Lucky for them, Earth’s military has learned a lot from the wreckage of the last battle. But not even that could prepare them for what has come back.

Also starring Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, and William Fichtner, the Roland Emmerich-directed Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters June 24th. Watch the trailer below.

Beyoncé announces Formation World Tour
Feb 7, 2016 8:39pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Moments after her wrapping up her spectacular Super Bowl halftime performance, Beyoncé announced dates for the Formation World Tour. Named after her surprise new single, the massive stadium tour kicks off its North American leg in Miami on April 27th before jumping over to the UK/Europe in late June.

Check out the full docket below.

Beyoncé 2016 Tour Dates:
04/27 – Miami, FL @ Marlins Park
04/29 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
05/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
05/03 – Raleigh, NC @ Carter-Finley Stadium
05/05 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
05/07 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
05/09 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
05/12 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium
05/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
05/16 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
05/18 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
05/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium
05/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ TCF Bank Stadium
05/25 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
05/27 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
05/29 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
05/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
06/03 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
06/05 – Phil...

Beyoncé Slays Coldplays Super Bowl Halftime Show, Announces Formation World Tour
Feb 7, 2016 8:32pm | StereoGum
Beyoncé Slays Coldplay's Super Bowl Halftime Show, Announces Formation World TourThree years after Beyoncé headlined the Super Bowl halftime show, she returned to steal the Super Bowl 50 show from actual headliners Coldplay. Chris Martin and co. opened things up by playing a few songs with the help of a giant, colorfully-suited marching band, after which Bruno Mars came out clad in black leather to … More »

Beyonce played the Halftime show w/ Coldplay, announces tour (Citi Field included) -- dates & video
Feb 7, 2016 8:29pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Beyonce, Chris Martin & Bruno Mars -- Halftime show

BEYONCÉ announced THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR today following her appearance during Super Bowl 50. The highly-anticipated tour, promoted by Live Nation, presented by American Express and produced by Parkwood Entertainment, will kick off in North America on April 27 in Miami, Fla. at Marlins Park with 21 additional stadium dates lined up throughout the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas and more. The European leg of THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR will start on June 28 in Sunderland, United Kingdom at Stadium of Light. Additional European stadium dates include London, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and more. A full list of tour dates and venues is below.

Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, Feb. 15 in Europe and Tuesday, Feb. 16 in North America (full on sale schedule provided at end of release). Beyhive members may purchase tickets in advance beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Monday, Feb. 15 for shows going on sale on Feb. 22.
As the above-quoted press release says, Beyonce timed a tour announcement with her appearance as part of the Halftime show of Superbowl 50 (where she performed her new song, but not the Coldplay song she appears on). All dates, including June 7th at Citi Fi...

Wait, wasnt Coldplay supposed to headline the Super Bowl, because no one told Beyoncé
Feb 7, 2016 8:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

This year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show was billed as featuring Coldplay as headliners with accompaniment from “special guests” Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Apparently no one told Beyoncé that, because her performance of “Formation” is likely the only thing you’ll remember 50 years from now.

It helps that Coldplay’s pre-recorded medley of “Yellow”, “Viva La Vida”, and “Paradise” was about as pedestrian as the New York Giants’ 2015 season, and Mars aped Prince right down to the afro and hip thrusts. But even if Coldplay did plug in, and Mars learned the definition of originality, Beyoncé would have remained the true headliner queen of the Super Bowl thanks to a stunning combo of visuals, choreography, and of course, singing. The Michael Jackson tribute was also a nice touch.

Following the performance, Beyoncé announced a world tour, while Chris Martin sadly walked to James Corden’s car for a return trip of hacky karaoke.

Super Bowl Halftime Show Setlist:
Yellow (Coldplay)
Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
Paradise (Coldplay)
Adventure of a Lifetime (Coldplay)
Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)
Formation (Beyoncé)
Clocks / Fix You / Up&Up (Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars)

Chance The Rapper Is Getting His Own Beats 1 Show, Too
Feb 7, 2016 6:41pm | StereoGum
Chance The Rapper Is Getting His Own Beats 1 Show, TooChance The Rapper is the latest artist to be getting his own Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music, following in the footsteps of Drake, Ezra Koenig, St. Vincent, Pharrell, and more. He announced the news tonight while appearing as a special guest on Pharrell and Scott Vener's show OTHERtone. There are no details yet … More »

The first trailer for Matt Damons new Jason Bourne movie explodes online watch
Feb 7, 2016 6:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

After eight years away from the franchise, Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne. With its just-revealed Super Bowl spot, Universal has finally given the fifth Bourne film a name — it’s simply titled Jason Bourne — and delivered a first look at the action flick. Watch below.

In addition to Damon, the film sees the return of director Paul Greengrass and actress Julia Stiles. New to the crew are cast members Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Riz Ahmed, and Vincent Cassel.

Disney premieres new The Jungle Book trailer during Super Bowl watch
Feb 7, 2016 6:22pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The Jungle Book, the latest in Disney’s run of live-action remakes of their classic animated films, hits theaters on April 15th. A big preview of the big-budget feature just premiered during the Big Game and has now come online.

Jon Favreau directs an all-star cast of actors CGIed into animals. Specifically, the films stars Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the panther, Idris Elba as Shere Khan the evil tiger, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Lupita Nyongo as Rakcha, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the python. Newcomer Neel Sethi takes on the human role of Mowgli. Check out the latest preview below.

Watch Lady Gaga Sing The National Anthem At Super Bowl 50
Feb 7, 2016 6:05pm | StereoGum
Watch Lady Gaga Sing The National Anthem At Super Bowl 50The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos are facing off in Super Bowl 50 tonight, held in Santa Clara, California. Before the game kicked off, as anticipated, Lady Gaga took the field to sing "The Star Spangled Banner." Right at the end of the National Anthem, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flew overhead. Watch … More »

Lady Gaga just sang the hell out of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl watch
Feb 7, 2016 5:58pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Lady Gaga shines brightest in the biggest stages. That was the case for her tribute to the Sound of Music at the Oscars, and again tonight when she took the stage at Levi’s Stadium to sing the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl 50. Would it be sacrilegious to say it was Whitney Houston good? Decide for yourself by watching the replay below.

Its Team Cap vs Team Stark in new Captain America: Civil War preview watch
Feb 7, 2016 5:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

During the Super Bowl, Marvel teased its latest super hero battle royale, Captain America: Civil War, with a new 30-second TV spot. Watch below.

(Read: Whos Next? A Preview of Comic Book Movies in 2016)

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter Solider), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), William Hurt (Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross), and basically everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that isn’t Thor or the Hulk. The movie hits theaters on May 6th.

The official synopsis reads:

“Marvels Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two campsone led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interfer...

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