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The Black Market: The Month In Metal January 2015
Jan 28, 2015 11:39am | StereoGum

Coming into the new year, the five guys who curate the Black Market — Ian Chainey, Aaron Lariviere, Wyatt Marshall, Doug Moore, and me — had a few long discussions on what we might do to improve this feature in 2015 (and beyond). We considered expanding its scope, increasing its frequency, changing its format and/or structure, and pretty much any other possible remodeling options that might make the Black Market better. I feel comfortable speaking for the team when I say this: We all love talking about metal — and we all talk about metal pretty much all the time — and we wanted to make sure that enthusiasm came across here. We wanted to make sure this space reflected not only our tastes, but our conversations: to accurately reflect us, but more importantly, to accurately reflect metal in the moment. This is not a genre that can be comprehensively covered by five people on a once-a-month basis, but we take that as a given. Truthfully, this is not a genre at all: It’s a galaxy of subgenres, and sub-subgenres, and microgenres. And to be comprehensive, you’d need a dozen people working 24-7. So our goal was merely to make the Black Market the best it could be given our constraints.

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Only You The Pressure & Let Me Burn
Jan 28, 2015 11:39am | StereoGum

Here we have two new songs from Only You, the project of California-based singer Rachel Fannan. She only has a one other little-known single to her name so far, but based on the strength of these tracks, that won’t be the case for long. Her voice is a towering, exquisite masterpiece; it occupies these songs wholly, imbuing them with the power of centuries worth of heartbreak, all wrapped up into a single wailed cry. “The Pressure” and “Let Me Burn” serve as flip sides of the same coin. The former is a heavy, restless track that builds from a beginning that pulsates with the twangy melancholy of an old Spaghetti western. “Came from the smoke rings around your hair, worn like a crown of humble despair,” goes the massive climax. “Let Me Burn” wallows in dusty remorse, a slow-dance number for anyone who feels like their heart has been ripped out of their chest. “When I’m feelin’ low — and, honey, you know I feel so low, living around without you/ And my poor heart, it can’t seem to unwind/ And so I hit that wax, let me burn. One more time, let me burn.” This pair of tracks is timeless, a penance at the altar of great love and great loss. Listen below.

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Watch: Petite Meller - Baby Love
Jan 28, 2015 11:38am | The Line Of Best Fit
Petite Meller has an excellent pop song on her hands in "Baby Love". Unfortunately, the accompanying visuals leave us feeling a little strange.>

Kenny G Says Hes Responsible For The Starbucks Frappuccino
Jan 28, 2015 11:30am | StereoGum

We recently learned about Kenny G’s contributions to Chinese culture and his obsessive stock trading, but did you know he also invented the Frappuccino? OK, invent is too strong a word here, but in a new interview with Bloomberg, the world’s #1 smooth jazz musician says he was a catalyst for the eventual creation of Starbucks’ frozen blended beverage. Apparently G was an early investor in Starbucks after his uncle introduced him to founder Howard Schulz, and at one point down the road he was involved in reshaping the company’s menu. Here’s how the man himself explained it:

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Youth Code, Sannhet & Statiqbloom played Saint Vitus (pics)
Jan 28, 2015 11:24am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Maryanne Ventrice

"Love u New York. Thank you to everyone who helped us sell out our first show away from home. Xoxoxox" - Youth Code

"St. Vitus. Packed. On a Tuesday. After faux-snowmegeddon. @youth_code headlining. Yeah, metal ladies & gents are metal as fuc." - @dschmudde

Youth Code / Sannhet @ Saint Vitus, 1/27/2014

L.A. harsh-electronics duo Youth Code brought their hardcore sound to a sold-out Saint Vitus last night (1/27) with fellow noisemakers Sannhet and Statiqbloom. The show was a one-off for Youth Code, were just on tour with industrial vets Skinny Puppy and are about to head into the studio. Pictures from the show are in this post.

This weekend Youth Code will play a pair of far-flung festival appearances. First they'll be hitting Sweden's Kollaps Festival on January 30, and then heading back to California for an appearance at Santa Ana's Indigo Music Festival on February 1. Full lineup for Indigo is below.

Sannhet, meanwhile, are opening for the second of two BrooklynVegan-presented This Will Destroy You shows at Saint Vitus next month. That one (2/27, with Planning for Burial as well) is sold out, but tickets to the first TWDY show (2/26) with So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are still available.

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Sylan Esso @ Terminal 5: January 23, 2015
Jan 28, 2015 11:21am | CMJ


Dress, Sylvan Essos bass-numbing, electro-folk pop meets hip hop mash, just reeks of perfection. And the bands frontwoman, Amelia Meath, wants you to know it. As Megafauns Nick Sanborn, Meath’s bandmate and producer, was wrapping up that song during their performance at Terminal 5, the singer-songwriter gave the sleekly ornate record her own stamp of approval, with help from an unexpected source: Beyonces #Flawless. “I woke up like this/I woke up like this,” Meath roared with an undeniable swagger that seemed to awaken her inner Sasha Fierce.

You know the types of people that go to parties only to sit down and bob their heads when music is being blasted from the speakers? Meath is the antithesis of that. Donning a crop top, black platform sneakers, dark pants and a high bun, she was ready to get down, or at least lead by example. She grooved, bounced, spun and slithered around the stage with her hands flying in the air as she sang songs like the band’s hit Hey Mami, a charming track that cogitates on cat-calls, and the shimmying concert opener Could I Be, which found her dragging out the vowels in “soot” and melding a sweet musical round alongside Sanborns foamy electronic glitches. The synth-pop duos presentation highlighted their capacity to make Sanborns shrieking beat and Meaths fragile vocals one instrument. You never feel like you have to devote more time to one than y...


Detroits Movement Electronic Music Festival reveals 2015 lineup
Jan 28, 2015 11:20am | Cosequence Of Sound

Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival has revealed its 2015 lineup. As has been the case throughout the festival’s 10-year run, Movement celebrates techno, house, and hip-hop with a diverse lineup featuring genre trailblazers, cult favorites, and talented up-and-comers. In the case of 2015, the lineup includes heralded UK duo Disclosure, techno legend Richie Hawtin, Skrillex and Boys Noize’s collaborative project Dog Blood, and rap kingpin Snoop Dogg, who will perform as DJ Snoopadelic.

Other notable acts include Danny Brown, Matthew Dear, Carl Craig, Loco Dice, Tuskegee (aka Seth Troxler b2b The Martinez Brothers), Ben Klock, Kevin Saunderson, Joris Voorn, Clark, Luciano, Dixon, Hot Since 82, Nina Kraviz, Soul Clap, Eats Everything, People Under the Stairs, Ben UFO, Maya Jane Coles, Fort Romeau, and Art Department.

Movement 2015 takes place May 23rd – 25th at Hart Plaza in Detroit. General admission and VIP passes are now available through the festival’s website.



Rye Pines Pessimist
Jan 28, 2015 11:05am | StereoGum

I spent a few days in Boston last summer and was genuinely saddened when the dudes I encountered in Allston didn’t have the same kind of grating, goofy voices that I’ve grown accustomed to when I hear music coming out of the area. Kal Marks, Pile, Krill, and occasionally Bad History Month all have a very particular vocal affectation that makes their music unmistakable even to an untrained ear. Despite their obvious differences, there’s a supreme lack of self-seriousness in all of these voices that’s so refreshing — you can practically hear the corners of their mouths curl up at the end of each verse. Rye Pines can be added to this list with their latest track “Pessimist,” a song that starts off with Edward Maguire’s contrarian declaration, “There’s no such thing as summer or spring.” Maguire knows how to shout memorable lyrics with wry conviction (“Can you smell it?/ There’s change in this house and I’m gonna sniff it out”), and accompanied by Alex Page’s semi-spastic, wholly cathartic drumming, “Pessimist” sounds like an anxiety attack. The song will be released on the band’s forthcoming EP Dead Ocean, which includes the equally compelling “Atlantic Ascent.” Listen to “Pessimist” and check out the Dead Ocean tracklist below.

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Lxury Square 1 (Feat. Deptford Goth) Video
Jan 28, 2015 11:00am | StereoGum

Lxury is a young London dance producer with Disclosure affiliations, and we’ve posted his tracks “Pick You Up” and “Let Down.” On his new single “Square 1,” he joins forces with the downcast singer/producer Deptford Goth for a hard-thumping but atmospheric dance-pop jam. The song’s got a strangely hypnotic animated video from director Mau Morgo. It shows us CGI hands doing sign-language dances and twisting themselves up into impossible pretzels, and according to the YouTube description, it’s “an homage to the narrative we find in African funeral rituals, where the relationship between dead and alive is made through and dance not words.” Check it out below.

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Run the Jewels premiere video for Lie, Cheat, Steal watch
Jan 28, 2015 10:49am | Cosequence Of Sound

How does this writer know that Run the Jewels is a true cultural phenomenon, a group with genuine staying power? Well, for one, they can go from dishing out romantic advice to young girls one week to releasing the video for “Lie, Cheat, Steal” the very next, and none of that seems out of place whatsoever.

In the latest clip from last year’s award-winning Run the Jewels 2, the duo of El-P and Killer Mike keep it simple but scary, performing in an seedy alley with the aid of a few editing tricks and some extra trippy animation. Strip away all the demonic faces and swirls of psychedelic colors, and you’re still left with the pair’s endless charisma and red-hot, fiery intensity. Watch it below.

In the next two weeks, RTJ will rob a bank and then read bedtime stories to hungry orphans, so be on the lookout.



Cocoon comes to London with a five-hour set from Sven Väth
Jan 28, 2015 10:49am | Fact Magazine

Frankfurt’s legendary Cocoon club never really closed  the residents just packed their bags and never came home.

After two sold-out London shows in 2014, next month the crew touch down in London for a massive night at Building Six, with Cocoon founder and techno legend Sven Väth set to play an mammoth five-hour set.

Papa Sven will be joined in Room 1 by Markus Fix and Luke Woodward, while Room 2 is hosted by Rhythmatic with sets from Dorian Paic, Steve OSullivan (live), Daylomar and Andy Luff.

Cocoon London takes place at Building Six, part of The O2 in Greenwich, from 10pm to 6am on March 28. Get more information and tickets, including VIP tickets offering fast-track entry, a private bar and more, via London Warehouse Events and on the Facebook page.


Lion Babe Treat Me Like Fire Video
Jan 28, 2015 10:47am | StereoGum

Lion Babe are quickly becoming one of those names that crop up in conversations about artists poised to break out in 2015. The silky vocals of Jillian Hervey and minimal, jazzy production of Lucas Goodman hit a sweet spot between pop, electronic, and R&B. Maneuvering through those three realms can be a difficult balancing act, but these two make it look like a cakewalk. “Treat Me Like Fire” is on the self-titled debut EP they released last month, and the visuals feature Hervey and Goodman flickering in and out of the frame in stark black and white. Nothing against Goodman, but when Hervey is the focus of the shot it’s almost impossible to look away; as the daughter of Vanessa Williams she has certainly inherited plenty of her mother’s charisma. It’s labeled as “visual #2″ because a previous video for “Treat Me Like Fire” already exists, but the understated nature of this new one indicates a quiet maturity that suits them well. Watch it below.

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Watch Screaming Females Debut Its Not Fair In 94 Jewel Performance Video
Jan 28, 2015 10:31am | StereoGum

Back in December, we premiered the first live video that legendary rock-doc filmmaker Lance Bangs directed for Screaming Females’ song “Ripe,” off of the New Jersey band’s forthcoming album Rose Mountain. I’ve said it several times in recent posts, and I’ll say it again: That record is going to be a total shit-kicker. Get a taste of what to expect in a second Bangs-directed live video, this time for the previously unheard song “It’s Not Fair.” Watch below.

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The Charlatans released 'Modern Nature,' first LP in five years (watch videos for its singles)
Jan 28, 2015 10:31am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Long-running Manchester band The Charlatans released their 12th album, Modern Nature, this week. It's their first album in five years and first since the death of drummer Jon Brookes who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2013. In his place, the band used three different temporary drummers on the album: Stephen Morris of New Order, Peter Salisbury of The Verve, and Gabriel Gurnsey of Factory Floor. Sean O'Hagan of High Llamas did the string arrangements. The Charlatans have managed a remarkably consistent catalog over the last 25 years. Modern Nature is no different, settling into a comfortable groove with some very good songs. The band's signature elements (hammond organ, bongos) are still intact without really calling attention to themselves either. It's a really nice record. You can check out videos for singles "Come Home Baby" and "So Oh" below.

The Charlatans last visited North America in 2010. Let's hope they come back for this album (which doesn't have a US release date at the moment).

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Watch: Callum Pickard & The Third Look - Lonely Boy and Girl
Jan 28, 2015 10:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Coventry lo-fi rock outfit Callum Pickard & The Third Look may still all be under 20, but their track "Lonely Boy and Girl" wields immense maturity.>
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