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See Rick Rubin Cold Chillin In An Ice Bucket For His ALS Challenge
Aug 26, 2014 1:48pm | StereoGum

It was Eminem who finally put Rick Rubin up to the ice-bucket challenge, and not surprisingly, the producer/guru decided to take the whole thing to the next level. Rubin filled an entire bathtub with ice water, climbed in with just a bathing suit on, and then had several buckets poured over his his head. He did all that with a zen-like calm before getting out and walking away to do something awesome in the studio with Kanye (we’re just guessing about that last part). Watch it below, along with the Eminem video in which Rubin was challenged.


Hear the jungle-inspired Never Give Up from Murkage Cartels Star.One
Aug 26, 2014 1:45pm | Fact Magazine

DJ/producer duo Star.One are almost ready to share their star-filled mixtape Elements, and it looks like it’s going to be worth the wait.

Elements features appearances from Trim, P Money, C4, D Double E, Redz, Creed, Mica Paris and loads more, and serves as a killer example of why the two brothers are so respected as selectors. Blending a plethora of influences from classic jungle to US rap, the duo – who rose to prominence with Manchester crew Murkage Cartel –  melt the sounds into a surprisingly coherent whole and never allow themselves to buckle under the weight of their ambition or (more importantly) the egos of their long list of collaborators.

You can hear the latest taster below, a break-led cut entitled ‘Never Give Up’ that features Brummie veteran Doctor on vocals. Full mixtape Elements will be available through Star.One’s site tomorrow.

Video Rewind: Kate Bushs performance on Saturday Night Live
Aug 26, 2014 1:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Ed. Note: Tonight, Kate Bush returns to the stage for her first live performance in 35 years. In anticipation, we’re republishing this 2012 article on her performance on Saturday Night Live in 1978. Perhaps this can serve as some sort of distraction for everyone not fortunate to attend her upcoming residency…

While the whole world (including us) still rants and raves over Lana Del Rey’s less-than-stellar Saturday Night Live apperance, the folks at Matador Records have pointed us to a substantially more pleasing SNL performance by the incomparable Kate Bush from December 9th, 1978. Decked out in her finest gold jumpsuit, Bush regaled the crowd with “The Man with the Child in His Eyes”, the second single from her 1978 debut album, The Kick Inside. The whimsical performance saw Bush dancing on the piano, twirling and spinning with child-like abandonment before flapping her arms like a bird, as if she might take off at any moment. In addition to its entertainment value, the clip proves that just like SNLs comedic exploits, the music was always way better back in the day. Check out the full replay below.

Bush’s latest album, 50 Words for Snow, is out now via Fish People/EMI.

Pearls Negras Make It Last Video
Aug 26, 2014 1:29pm | StereoGum

The three teenage lady-rappers of Brazil’s Pearls Negras are those kids you’re not cool enough to hang with, but really really would like to, or at least glean some fashion advice from. “Make It Last” is one of the six deliciously bouncy tracks on their debut mixtape, Biggie Apple, which was released earlier this year. Pearls Nigras seamlessly trade spitfire verses and badass sentiment; the video is old-school VHS quality, as visually colorful as the trio’s textured beats. Fans of Santigold and M.I.A. will find a home in this fun favela funk. Watch Pearls Negras ruin a perfectly somber funeral (and look great doing so).


Stream Ballet School The Dew Lasts An Hour
Aug 26, 2014 1:29pm | StereoGum

We named Ballet School a Band To Watch because their winterfresh guitar-music-disguised-as-keyboard-music was sleek, stylish, and — above all else — a rush. The Berlin trio demonstrated their future-pop mastery on recent singles “Cherish” and “Lux,” and now the album from whence they came is streaming online in full. Stream The Dew Lasts An Hour below.


Flow Fest Day 3 in pics: Outkast, Janelle Monae, Slowdive, Blood Orange, Jungle & more
Aug 26, 2014 1:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Outkast / Janelle Monae / Blood Orange

Earlier this month, we sent longtime BrooklynVegan contributor Dominick Mastrangelo to the three-day 2014 Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Here's his report and photos from Day 3...

The final day of Flow began with a lunchtime party for those of us in the press corps, hosted by Radio Helsinki at their offices a short walk away from the festival grounds. The party was co-hosted by Nordic Playlist and Music Finland. (Nordic Playlist offers weekly curated playlists by artists and tastemakers covering Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Here are a couple of playlists including the Flow playlist by Flow Festival artistic director, Tuomas Kallio.) There was easy conversation over fish hot dogs and sparkling white wine, as people recounted afterparty adventures, shared highlights of the festival and tipped their selections for Day 3.

It was another pristine summer day in Helsinki and things kicked off a littler earlier with the catchy/swooning pop of Iisa, lead singer of Finnish band Regina, over at the Main Stage. Then it was on to Finnish electro-pop duo Sin Cos Tan, comprised of Jori Hulkkonen and Juho Paalosmaa (whose voice is a dead ringer for the Cure's Robert Smith), at the Black Tent.

After a little bit of downtime, I headed over to the Blue Tent for Blood Orange. Dev Hynes hobbl...

Flow Festival Day 2 in pics: The National, How to Dress Well, Polica, Bill Callahan, Mo, Les Ambassadeurs & more
Aug 26, 2014 1:16pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The National / How to Dress Well / the scene

Earlier this month, we sent longtime BrooklynVegan contributor Dominick Mastrangelo to the 2014 Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Here's his report and photos from Day 2...

Flow Festival Day 2 ended up leaning heavily toward American bands. It wasn't planned, but with The Horrors canceling a couple days earlier and some scheduling conflicts, it's just how it played out. And not that it was necessarily a bad thing. There's definitely something cool and pleasantly disjointing about seeing bands you've seen stateside in a time zone seven hours away.

But the day did start out with two really solid Finnish bands back to back: The electro-pop of Shivan Dragn and prog-rock instrumentalists - and Spencer Krug collaborators - Siinai.

With a bit of time to kill I venture to the Main Stage to see Les Ambassadeurs led by Salif Keita. The catchy Afro-pop of the ensemble provided an enjoyable, uplifting respite before a run of bands in quick succession.

I caught a brief bit of How To Dress Well. My first time seeing Tom Krell since Pitchfork in 2011 and I was struck by how intense his live set had become. A much more assured and visceral performance than before -- eschewing the string quartet he had with him at Pitchfork in favor of a more straightforw...

Watch: Members Of The Men Tease Album As Dream Police
Aug 26, 2014 1:09pm | CMJ

Brooklyn band The Men has a distinct sound, rooted in celebratory riff-rock and straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll. For about four years now, founding members (Men-bers?) Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro have been working on a far more psychedelic project on the side, but understood that those sounds would not be at home with the Men. Today, the duo has announced their plans to release an album of those trippier compositions as Dream Police. The album, appropriately titled Hypnotized, will see a release on November 11 via Sacred Bones, home-label of The Men.

Readers will be shocked to hear there isn’t already a psych-rock band called Dream Police, but excited to hear what these Dream Police have to offer once they’ve checked out the band’s teaser trailer for the album below.

The post Watch: Members Of The Men Tease Album As Dream Police appeared first on CMJ.

Songs: Ohia Ring The Bell Working Title: Depression No. 42
Aug 26, 2014 1:08pm | StereoGum

The late Jason Molina’s music continues to reach new weary hearts by way of Secretly Canadian’s reissue campaign. Following last year’s deluxe Magnolia Electric Company will be Didn’t It Rain, one of Songs: Ohia’s most treasured confessionals. As with the previous reissue, this one will be accompanied by a bonus disc of demos. Today the label shared one of those demos, an even starker early version of “Ring The Bell” that first emerged under the working title “Depression No. 42.” Below, open a window into a brilliant, sorrowful soul.


False Witness shares Makina EP via Lit City Trax; download it now
Aug 26, 2014 1:02pm | Fact Magazine

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Marco Gomez toys with KUNQ on his latest release.

As False Witness, Gomez has helped establish the #KUNQ sound a fusion of underground and queer-centric dance sounds from the US, the Caribbean and beyond with frequent collaborator (and FACT on BBOX guest) Rizzla.

His latest creation, ‘Makina’, asks Pero, que makina? (But, what/which machine?) a question that “False Witness asks of all club goers reveling in ecstasychemical or otherwise,” according to press materials. “What political machines of oppression are you buying into? Which societal mechanisms do you have to destroy?”

The single is backed by Rizzla’s vogue-kissed remix and Gomez’s own “DURO” remix, which supercharges the original and shows off his hardstyle and hardcore influences. Download the EP via Lit City Trax now.

Prince unveils Lianne La Havas collaboration 'Clouds'
Aug 26, 2014 12:51pm | NME
The song features on his 34th LP 'Art Official Age' - which is out September 29

Rick Rubins Ice Bucket Challenge is seriously badass
Aug 26, 2014 12:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Foo Fighters’ Carrie spoof was pretty genius, but renowned producer Rick Rubin just snatched the title for most badass Ice Bucket Challenge. That’s because he didn’t just drench himself with a pail of chilly water, he straight-up took a BATH in a tub of ice.

Rubin, known for his work with Kanye West, Beastie Boys, and Eminem, took the ALS challenge one step further, personally filling a tub with buckets (emphasis: MULTIPLE buckets) of ice before finally submerging himself in it. That can’t be safe … but damn, is it gnarly. I’m feeling hypothermic just writing about it.

Watch it below.

Rubin went on to nominate Frank Ocean, Owen Wilson, and Vincent Gallo. I don’t know about you, but I’d hate to have follow his act. Also, can you imagine Liam Gallagher doing this? One bucket alone made him curse up a storm.

To see more artists (Drake, Pearl Jam, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure) take on frigid waters all in the name of ALS awareness, head here.

Nine Inch Nails at LA’s Hollywood Bowl
Aug 26, 2014 12:42pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Trent Renzor's industrial-rock project headlines the Griffith Park amphitheatre, with support from Soundgarden. Gaëlle Beri shoots.

Giveaway: Win Two Tickets To A3C Hip-Hop Festival
Aug 26, 2014 12:35pm | CMJ

CMJ has joined forces with Atlanta, GA’s A3C Festival to offer one winner a pair of tickets to attend the festival, which has garnered a reputation as hip-hop’s annual pilgrimage. Taking place on October 8-12, the festival will feature performances by over 500 artists at over 50 of Atlanta’s best venues. Boasting an array of performers from “All 3 Coasts”—including Black Thought, The LOX, Slaughterhouse, Scarface, Mystikal & Juvenile, Too Short, Sean Price and hundreds more—this festival promises to have something for every Hip-Hop listener. Check out the full line-up here.

A3C will also be headquartered this year at Atlanta’s Crowne Plaza Atlanta Hotel, which will host a bevy of panels, mixers, press junkets, film screenings, and speakers, plus a style expo, product demos, and more. A3C has also partnered with iStandard Producers and SAE Institute of Atlanta to produce The Pro-Audio Experience located at SAEs Atlanta campus. Pro-Audio will include workshops, demos, panels, studio sessions, interview and competitions from some of the most renowned producers, engineers and DJs in hip-hop history. Check out the full list of Pro-Audio guests here.

To catch all the acts and attend all the panels, enter your information in the form below. The winner will be chosen by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 3.


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Burning Man festival gates to open after first day wash out
Aug 26, 2014 12:35pm | NME
The week long event takes place in Black Rock Desert, Nevada

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