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Win: The Best Independent Albums of 2015
Dec 21, 2016 7:42am | Drowned In Sound
A massive giveaway for one lucky DiSser.

Now that we have revealed our albums of the year, we can now offer you one of the biggest competition prizes we've ever run.

One lucky DiSser will win an absolutely massive pile of signed vinyl, a stack of CDs, some t-shirts, posters, and there's even a super-rare limited edition Pixies cassette. There's everything from CD editions of our album of the year (spoiler alert!) by Father John Misty to Joanna Newsom, Girl Band, John Grant, Jamie xx, Sleater-Kinney, Bjork, Beach House (both 2015 releases including the velvet sleeve edition of Depression Cherry, plus poster), Kurt Vile, Editors (special Japanese edition of the album), Temples (holographic 12" + t-shirt), Fat White Family (badges and t-shirt), Alabama Shakes, Battles, Gwenno, Songhoy Blues, Soak, Deerhunter, El Vy, Ezra Furman and loads more. Plus signed vinyl including Faith No More, Ghostpoet, Enter Shikari, Roisin Murphy, Spookyland, Genghar, Claptone (plus mask!), and another PIAS tote bag full of records... In fact, there's too much to lift, and the winner will get so much stuff that it's probably going to require the world's strongest postman to deliver it.

To win all of this, all you need to do is be a...

Iceland Airwaves fest announces initial 2016 lineup
Feb 8, 2016 8:48am | Brooklyn Vegan

Iceland Airwaves

The annual Iceland Airwaves festival will happen November 2 - 6 in Reykjavík. They've just announced their initial lineup which includes PJ Harvey, Lush, Julia Holter and múm who'll be playing with with Kronos Quartet. Additionally, they've announced a few other Icelandic bands: Axel Flóvent, GKR, Mammút, Reykjavíkurdætur, Mr.Silla, and Sturla Atlas.

Tickets are on sale now.

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Grateful Dead members and John Mayer announce US tour as Dead and Company
Feb 8, 2016 8:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

Dead and Company, the new supergroup featuring Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann alongside John Mayer, have announced a US tour for this summer. Following their headlining appearance at Bonnaroo, where they’re expected to perform two sets, the band will embark on a 17-date trek that includes dates at Citi Field in New York and Boston’s Fenway Park. See the full schedule below.

Dead and Company 2016 Tour Dates:
06/09-12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/10 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
06/17 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
06/20 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
06/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
06/23 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
06/25 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
06/26 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
06/28 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
07/02 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field
07/03 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field
07/07 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/09 – Elkhorn, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07/10 – Elkhorn, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/15 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
07/16 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park

Florence + the Machine & Grimes add 2nd Barclays Center show (updated tour dates)
Feb 8, 2016 8:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Grimes @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)

June 14th sold out in days, so Florence + the Machine added a second night with Grimes at Brooklyn's Barclays Center--June 15--to her North American "How Beautiful" tour. Tickets for the new show go on sale Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET, unless you have an American Express card. Then you can get them starting Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Friday, February 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

All tour dates are listed below. Five albums that changed Grimes' live are listed HERE.

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Dead & Company announce 2016 summer tour dates, including two nights at Citi Field
Feb 8, 2016 8:31am | Brooklyn Vegan

Dead & Co

As promised, Dead & Company, aka Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir plus John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and Jeff Chimenti (RatDog), will tour again in this summer. Dates include two nights at NYC's Citi Field on June 25 & 26. Tickets for the Citi Field shows go on sale sale Saturday (2/13) at 10 AM with AmEx and Mets presales beginning Tuesday (2/9) at 10 AM and a LiveNation presale beginning Friday (2/12) at 10 AM.

Beyonce also just announced a tour and a Citi Field show.

All tour dates, which include NJ and CT shows, are listed below.

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Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater on working with David Bowie and new album 'The Astonishing'
Feb 8, 2016 8:28am | Drowned In Sound
Dream Theater arent scared of taking risks. But its a given; the genre the US quintet effectively coined, progressive metal, expects the out of the ordinary.

The Grammy-nominated band, who formed in 1985 and have since sold tens of millions of records, are well-known for grandiose epics, dazzling virtuosity and complex structures. However, their latest album The Astonishing seems one step even further.

Its a double-disc concept record with a running time of two hours and 17 minutes, with 34 tracks telling a futuristic story that doffs its cap to the likes of Game of Thrones.

Its Dream Theater at their most expansive yet; theres a multitude of styles, from prog to Broadway, swing jazz to blastbeats - the latter two quite literally found in the space of ten seconds - while orchestra and choir work from renowned composer David Campbell ensures things are kept thoroughly cinematic throughout.

DiS caught up with keyboard player Jordan Rudess to find out more about Dream Theaters new album, working with David Bowie and if he really did compose music for a Toys R Us advert

Did you consciously decide to do something different musically on The Astonishing, or did the idea happen organically?

Weve wanted to do a concept album for years, ever since we did the first one, Scene...

Beleaguered Phil Anselmo Sings Boyz II Men With His Black Friends
Feb 8, 2016 8:23am | StereoGum
Phil AnselmoPhil Anselmo, man. I don't even know. Last month, the former Pantera frontman was sloppy-ass drunk onstage at Dimebash, a show that honored his late Pantera bandmate Dimebag Darrell. As the show was ending, he threw a Nazi salute and yelled, "White power!" He first said that it was an inside joke involving white … More »

Lemmy to be immortalised in bronze at favourite LA bar
Feb 8, 2016 8:21am | Fact Magazine

Looks like Lemmy’s still marking his territory, even from beyond the grave.

The late, great Motörhead frontman will soon be propping up the bar of his favourite LA drinking den – the Rainbow Bar & Grill on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip – for all eternity, via a life-sized bronze statue commissioned by fans and crafted by LA artist Travis Moore.

A crowdfunding campaign has already raised nearly $16,000 for the project.

In other Lemmy news, Download Festival has renamed a stage in tribute to the hard living firebrand, with Iron Maiden, Rammstein and Black Sabbath already lined up to play this year. Motorhead were due to perform at Download 2016 but sadly had to pull out following Lemmy’s death from cancer on December 28.

Last month Motörhead fan John Wright set up a petition to have newly-discovered chemical element Ununoctium 118 named Lemmium after his hero. The petition currently has over 15,000 supporters.

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Stream Flowers Everybodys Dying To Meet You (Stereogum Premiere)
Feb 8, 2016 8:11am | StereoGum
Flowers - Everybody's Dying To Meet YouInstrumentally, the iridescent indie-pop of Everybody's Dying To Meet You almost amounts to a more direct take on late'80s/early '90s underground staples like Galaxie 500 and Cocteau Twins. Mixing reverb-laden guitar leads and bass lines with a heavy crunch, the atmosphere of Flower's sophomore album is spacious without sparsity, maintaining a sense of heaviness that … More »

Sunfall announces Jamie xx, Shackleton and Omar-S for 2016
Feb 8, 2016 8:10am | Fact Magazine

Moodymann, Zomby and Fatima Yamaha will also appear at the festival’s debut.

Sunfall Festival has revealed the daytime line-up for its debut edition in South London’s Brockwell Park on July 9, with Jamie xx headlining.

The bill covers all angles of underground dance music, with techno from Ben Klock and Donato Dozzy, dubstep from Digital Mystikz and Shackleton, and house from Omar-S, Fatima Yamaha, Hunee and Joy Orbison.

Other artists appearing include Moodymann, Benji B, Mister Saturday Night, Goldie, Josey Rebelle, Kamasi Washington, Zomby, Anthony Naples and Ryan Elliott.

The festival pays equal attention to daytime and nighttime programming daytime tickets are purchased alongside a ticket for a late-night session at one of several clubs and venues across the capital.

So far, Derrick Carter has been confirmed for the Studio 89 party at Electric Brixton, Commix for the Metalheadz party at The Steelyard and Mister Saturday Night for the Rhythm Section party at Canavan’s in Peckham with Bradley Zero. ...

There May Be A Late-Breaking Secret Kanye Album Title
Feb 8, 2016 7:59am | StereoGum
Kanye WestIn the years that he's spent working on his much-anticipated new album, Kanye West has changed that album's title a few times. First, it was So Help Me God. Then it was SWISH. A couple of weeks ago, he changed it again, to WAVES. Last week, even more confusingly, he said that it … More »

Pixies Tease New Studio Recording
Feb 8, 2016 7:41am | StereoGum
Pixies in studioThe reunited Pixies started cranking out EPs a couple of years ago. And in 2014, they collected those EPs on an album called Indie Cindy, their first since 1991's Trompe Le Monde. By and large, people were not too thrilled with this one. But from the looks of things, the band hasn't abandoned the … More »

Im having rap-rock flashbacks: Future, PJ Harvey and more reviewed in FACT Singles Club
Feb 8, 2016 7:30am | Fact Magazine

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.

With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea of what constitutes a single has shifted dramatically in the last half a decade, and it’s for this reason that the songs reviewed across the next pages are a combination of 12 vinyl releases, mixtape cuts, SoundCloud uploads and more. Rated and slated this time: Future, PJ Harvey, Primal Scream & Sky Ferreira, Tessela and more.

The post “I’m having rap-rock flashbacks”: Future, PJ Harvey and more reviewed in FACT Singles Club appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..

The Pirate Bay now streams torrents in your browser
Feb 8, 2016 6:38am | Fact Magazine

Torrents Time is a new thorn in the side of the entertainment industry.

Spotify and Netflix have a new competitor: The Pirate Bay has just added support for Torrents Time, a plug-in that lets users stream torrents inside their browser.

As VentureBeat reports, the new technology first appeared on the web on February 2, and had already been adopted by The Pirate Bay on February 5. Torrents Time has been designed to work with any torrent site, and several more sites have added support for the plug-in.

The plug-in appears to work in a similar fashion to illegal movie streaming Popcorn Time, allowing users to watch movies and download torrents inside their browser without needing to install a separate BitTorrent client. Those who want to use the new feature will first need to install the Torrents Time plugin for their browser, after which they can use the “Stream It!” buttons that now appear on The Pirate Bay.

Torrents Time doesn’t feature support for audio playback yet, but as the dubious Aurous proved last year, a streaming service that runs on a BitTorrent network isn’t out of the question.

The Pirate Bay has faced multiple problems in recent years: in February 2015 the site returned after being shut down by Swedish authorities, but many long-time staffers left...

Missy Elliott unveils Pep Rally
Feb 8, 2016 6:16am | Fact Magazine

“Are you ready?”

Aside from Beyonce’s A+++ performance, the other main event at the Super Bowl this year came from Missy Elliott, who shared her bumping new track, ‘Pep Rally’, in the ad break.

Featuring a powerful Missy battle cry and a heavy drum beat, part of the song can be heard in the advert for Amazons Echo speaker – which also features none other than Alec Baldwin and Jason Schwartzman – but you can hear the full version below.

This track follows 2015’s ‘WTF (Where They From)’ featuring Pharrell Williams, her first actual single in 10 years. A new Missy album is expected for 2016 but details are currently scarce, although Timbaland and Pharrell are said to have been in the studio with her.

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