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Q&A: Brendan Biesen And Ben Wittkugel, WIUX Special Events Directors
Mar 31, 2015 9:06am | CMJ

WIUX Special Event Directors Ben Wittkugel (left) & Brendan Biesen (right)

WIUX at Indiana University in Bloomington, has been hosting Culture Shock, an annual music festival showcasing local artists, since 1986. At its core, Culture Shock is about bringing together the campus and community in support of student-run radio and local music. As the event has grown over the years it has attracted headliners with bigger names, and this year the line-up includes Foxygen, TOPS and Twin Peaks in addition to a diverse selection of local bands. Culture Shock will be held on April 11 at Dunn Meadow in Bloomington, IN.

WIUX has been putting on Culture Shock for a while. Can you give me some of its history?
Brendan Biesen: Culture Shock has been a WIUX staple since 1986 for IU and the Bloomington Community. We have had many great headliners on the past such as Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Maps & Atlases, Beach House, Ty Segall, and Four Tet. The event has always been free and traditionally takes place on Dunn Meadow at Indiana University.

Ben Wittkugel: Culture Shock has focus on showcasing rising artists. In 2011, the lineup included was absolutely crazy for a college festival. I couldnt imagine seeing The War on Drugs, Ty Segall, and Beach Fossils all in one day for free. This year we looked at that years lineup as a challenge to find the most exciting, rising acts.

How did you...

Justin Bieber working on new album with Kanye West and Rick Rubin
Mar 31, 2015 9:04am | Fact Magazine

The reformed pop brat is working on his Bieezus.

Following his roasting on Comedy Central last night, Justin Bieber has revealed he’s finishing up his new album with Kanye West and Rick Rubin after scrapping the record he was previously working on.

Speaking to USA Today, the world’s worst next-door neighbour said he had “grown up” after a year of bad behaviour and brushes with the law. “I’m finishing up the album now, working with Kanye and Rick. I’m not rushing it, I’ll just wait until it’s totally done,” he said of his collaboration with ‘Ye and the super-producer behind Yeezus.

Biebz added: “My whole direction has changed. What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I’m thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music. I had to re-do my whole [new] album. It was done but it didn’t match up to where I am now and where my head’s at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it’s about getting out of that rut. It’s about knowing there’s sunshine on the other side.

The new songs will be about “growing, being in touch with yourself,” he explained. “I don’t wan...

Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Joey Bada$$, Travi$ Scott, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign & more playing Hot 97 Summer Jam 2015
Mar 31, 2015 9:03am | Brooklyn Vegan

Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 7 this year, and the lineup is now announced. Kendrick Lamar (who's played the main stage and the side stage before) is headlining this year, and the rest of the main stage includes Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino and more. The side stage has Travi$ Scott, Joey Bada$$, Dej Loaf and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Meek Mill and Dej Loaf also play the NYC-area when their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe hits Barclays Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Susquehanna Bank Center this summer.

Big Sean plays the area when his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits MSG, Susquehanna Bank Center and PNC Bank Arts Center.

Joey Bada$$ also has a Terminal 5 show.

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Scuba All I Think About Is Death (Official Video)
Mar 31, 2015 9:00am | Fact Magazine

Scuba shares new visuals for ‘All I Think About Is Death’. 

The Hotflush label boss and FACT TV Singles Club participant released his new album, Claustrophobia, on March 24. Now, you can watch the mysterious new video for ‘All I Think About Is Death’.

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Stream Godmodes American Music Compilation
Mar 31, 2015 8:58am | StereoGum
The now-defunct New York postpunk trio Mr. Dream founded the label Godmode a few years ago, and back then, it was a cassette label that focused on noise and postpunk. Last year, though, the label signaled a change of direction with the compilation Common Interests Were Not Enough To Keep Us Together. That comp widened the label's focus, embracing slinky house and disco. And it introduced the world to Shamir Bailey, now a star on the rise. Today, Godmode drops a new cassette comp, and it very much follows in the footsteps of that last one. American Music is a collection of smooth, impactful, high-stepping, retro-leaning dance-pop, albeit one that takes breaks for the occasional lurching noise-burst. Even though it's a cassette release, it's recorded way more beautifully than most major-label things I hear. (Full disclosure: label boss Nick Sylvester is a good friend, but come on, you've heard Shamir. You know I'm not just bigging this guy up because I know him.) We've posted the videos for a couple of tracks from the comp, Fitness' "You Go Where I Put You" and Courtship Ritual's "Ancient Drip." The album also features people like YVETTE, Excepter, Fasano, and Montreal Sex Machine, as well as a Shamir remix. Listen to the whole thing below.


Flyying Colours Running Late (Stereogum Premiere)
Mar 31, 2015 8:56am | StereoGum
As an American and an annoying stickler for spelling, I find Australian shoegaze quartet Flyying Colours' name a bit maddening (that extra u and an extra y!). I'm mostly joking, but their music would be more than enough to soothe any irritation, a heady balm of smeared guitar textures and sharp pop sensibilities. After "Not Today," "Running Late" is the second single from their upcoming ROYGBIV EP. Brodie Brümmer and Gemma O'Connor's dreamily deadpan male/female vocals melt together perfectly like some sort of musical Voltron before separating in the chorus, where O'Connor's breathy coos swirl into an angelic echo overhead. At three and a half minutes, "Running Late" is fairly trim for a song about being fundamentally incompatible with the inexorable forward march of time, but those three and a half minutes proceed at their own leisurely pace. Flyying Colours are taking the time to stop and smell the flowers -- or the effects pedals? -- and you should probably take the time to stop and listen below.


R.I.P. Jeremy Brown, Scott Weilands Wildabouts guitarist has died
Mar 31, 2015 8:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

Jeremy Brown, lead guitarist for Scott Weilands new band the Wildabouts, passed away Monday, just a day before the release of their debut album Blaster. Brown’s death appears to have been sudden, but a cause has not yet been confirmed.

According to a post on Weiland’s Facebook page, he and the Wildabouts were scheduled to rehearse for their album release show Monday night when they were alerted of the news. “We received a call today about my friend Jeremy Brown that has shaken me to the core,” Weiland wrote.

“I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that Ive ever known. A true genius.”

He added: “Its impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts. A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts.”

Friends for nearly a decade, the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman and Brown first crossed paths back in 2008 during the recording of Weiland’s solo album, “Happy” in Galoshes. 

Below, watch a few videos of Weiland and the Wildabouts.

De La Soul fund new album via Kickstarter in 1 day; set to feature Damon Albarn, Little Dragon, David Byrne & more
Mar 31, 2015 8:52am | Brooklyn Vegan

"Thank you all for showing up and playing your part in our success of reaching the goal!! Continue to spread the word!" - De La Soul

photo: De La Soul at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared)

Legendary rap trio De La Soul haven't released a new album since 2004's The Grind Date (not counting the album two members put out as fictional group First Serve in 2012), but they're finally ready to change that. It's called and the Anonymous Nobody, and the group launched a Kickstarter for it yesterday (3/30), and successfully funded the album in under 24 hours. It's set to feature collaborations with Damon Albarn (who they worked with previously in Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, David Byrne and more TBA. Plus, they're allowing anyone who pledges at least $7,500 to appear on the album as well. They also talk a little bit about the recording process...

Sampling is basically copying a piece of sound, from one recording, and reusing it to create a new recording. It is how De La has always made music. The sampler is our instrument, but people who copy, and in this case "sample," have also been considered thieves and unoriginal. So, unfortunately a huge part of our career has also been spent fighting off the "sample police."

Enough of those battles! For the new album, we needed a completely new approach, something Hip-Hop hasn't done before. So, here it is: For the first time, we're going to samp...

Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, Dead Moon, White Lung, No Hope for the Kids & more playing LA's Berserktown II fest
Mar 31, 2015 8:48am | Brooklyn Vegan

Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.

Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.

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Stream Weed Running Back (Stereogum Premiere)
Mar 31, 2015 8:46am | StereoGum
Weed's songs sound like layered linen. Instrumental fragments are fragile and wispy on their own, but stacked together, these small pieces create an impressive textural whole. Weed call Vancouver home, and despite being a city with as many scenes stacked within it as there are layers of molten haze on their album, Weed sound distinctly Pacific Northwestern. That is not to say that Weed's new album recalls Sub Pop's early empire, it's more of a reference to the softened gloom found on the album. This is a record that all at once sounds like rain on Sundays, trying to drive home in a late-night down-pour, and the moment when the sun slowly creeps out from behind the clouds to breathe some sort of life into a soggy day. There's hope to be found in this dour, silty mud. We've already heard Running Back's two exemplary singles "Stay In The Summer" and "Yr Songs," and now you can stream the entire record a week early. Listen to Running Back below.


Lower Dens takeover: Brian Eno/Daniel Lanois
Mar 31, 2015 8:45am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Together they made albums like U2s Unforgettable Fire that are the gold standard for tone and economy. That album in particular works as well as it does at least in part because of circumstances of restriction. They were working without a lot of tools, according to Lanois, and it made them create something wholly new. Along with The Smiths Louder Than Bombs, Unforgettable Fire was my primary musical touchstone during writing. Both of these I could remember in their entirety from my childhood. — Jana Hunter, Lower Dens

[more Lower Dens x gorilla vs. bear takeover posts can be found here]

Mac DeMarco jams out on Conan with Let Her Go watch
Mar 31, 2015 8:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

Though it’s been nearly a year since Mac DeMarco released Salad Days, the young Canadian is just now hitting the late-night circuit in support of the album. Last night, the slacker rocker made an appearance on Conan to perform “Let Her Go”. Check out the replay below.

DeMarco has lined up one heck of a busy festival schedule for this upcoming season. He’s got scheduled appearances at the likes of Bonnaroo, both Primavera Sound and NOS Primavera Sound, Field Day, and Austin Psych Fest’s LEVITATION. See where else the jizz jazzer will be jiving here.

Janelle Monáe & Jidenna Yoga
Mar 31, 2015 8:38am | StereoGum
Janelle Monáe is the type of songwriter who's more likely to write a concept album about funky future cyborgs than she is to do a simple dance-craze song. So now that she's actually made a dance-craze song, it makes sense that it's about yoga, which is not, by most definitions, an actual dance. The single "Yoga" comes from Eephus, a new compilation album that will highlight the talents of Monáe's Wondaland Arts Society crew. We've already posted her buddy Jidenna's absurdly catchy "Classic Man," and Jidenna shows up alongside Monáe on "Yoga." It's a frisky, funky piece of work, and you can hear it below.


Listen: FEHM - Hand To Mouth
Mar 31, 2015 8:29am | The Line Of Best Fit
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Listen to Actress murky DJ-Kicks exclusive, Bird Matrix
Mar 31, 2015 8:26am | Fact Magazine

The 13-minute track features on the forthcoming mix.

Earlier this month K7! announced that Werkdiscs boss Actress would be at the helm for the next in its long-running DJ-Kicks series.

In great DJ-Kicks tradition, Actress has contributed an exclusive track to the mix, which is available to stream below. Lasting a whopping 13 minutes, ‘Bird Matrix’ sees the producer combine the murky, slow-moving crunch of last year’s Ghettoville material with some brief snatches of crystal melody.

Actress’ DJ-Kicks is released on May 4, and features tracks from Autechre, Lorenzo Senni and Mark Fell – you can check the full tracklist here.

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