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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...

Stagecoach Fest Friday in pics (Emmylou Harris, Lucero, Billy Joe Shaver & more)
May 1, 2016 12:46am | Brooklyn Vegan

Coachella Country Music Festival Stagecoach Day One in Photos.

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What's going on Sunday?
Apr 30, 2016 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Frankie Cosmos & Eskimeaux, Fat White Family & James Chance at WFMU Record Fair, Laurie Anderson & Marina Abramovic in conversation, reggae legend Bunny Wailer and more NYC show options.

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Nashville sports anchor fired for insensitive tribute to Prince
Apr 30, 2016 6:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

A Nashville sports anchor was reportedly fired after paying tribute to Prince during a recent broadcast.

As Death and Taxes points out, Dan Phillips included numerous references to the Purple One throughout his sports report. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life, an electric world life, but I’m here to tell you something else … The NHL Playoffs.” Phillips said to begin the segment.

However, following the tribute, Phillips was apparently fired by Fox 17, who felt he was being “insensitive.” He wrote on his Facebook page, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments, and positive feedback on this tribute to Prince I did last week … Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.

Opening for Hedley was the latest misstep in the marketing of Carly Rae Jepsen
Apr 30, 2016 4:17pm | Chart Attack

A year of think pieces came to life on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre. One thousand bloggers typing away (including myself) questioning every move of the team that surrounds Carly Rae Jepsen. The latest was on display at the packed arena of Hedley fans sitting in their chairs eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Canadian pop-rock group. As Now Magazine asked, why was she opening for Hedley? Good question.

It makes some kind of sense. Both finished third place in Canadian Idol and both make friendly, accessible pop music. But it stops making sense when you look at the trajectory of her career in the past year. She hasn't received much love from the mainstream audiences (as shown in the lower-than-projected sales figures), but found her calling with an entirely different demographic. It could be a lot like the trajectory of Robyn, who turned herself from a '90s blip into a critical darling while making a more singular, sophisticated brand of pop music.


Carly Rae Jepsen - EMOTION - Album Review

STAFF PICKS: Carly Rae Jepsen can claim her crown with EMOTION

But her team (which includes Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber) is still naively trying to turn her into a major pop star. There's no need ...

Watch Haim Cover Fleetwood Macs Dreams At Girls To The Front Benefit
Apr 30, 2016 3:59pm | StereoGum

Princes Vault Opened As Relatives Seek To Divvy Up Estate
Apr 30, 2016 3:15pm | StereoGum
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Musician Prince performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)According to documents filed by Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, earlier this week, Prince had no known will when he died. That means that his estate, valued somewhere between $150 million and $300 million, is set to be distributed between his s...

Watch Mick Fleetwood, Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, & Tommy Lee Join Will Ferrell & Chad Smiths Latest Charity Drum-Off
Apr 30, 2016 1:58pm | StereoGum
Watch Mick Fleetwood, Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, & Tommy Lee Join Will Ferrell & Chad Smith's Latest Charity Drum-OffCelebrity doppelgängers Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith held a charity drum-off on The Tonight Show back in 2014. (Ferrell won.) Last night, they held a rematch at the Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera at LA's Shrine Auditorium, with a little twist: it was a "team … More »

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith have drum duel rematch, this time with famous friends
Apr 30, 2016 1:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith may be real-life doppelgängers, but they’re also fierce rivals behind the kit. Back in 2014, The Tonight Show held a drum-off between the two, with Will Ferrell claiming victory. Last night, they agreed to a rematch as part of a Quinceanera they held in Los Angeles. This time around, however, they assembled teams to go to war on their behalf.

Smith’s team consisted of Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, Mötley Crües Tommy Lee, and The Polices Stewart Copeland. Ferrell countered with Fred Armisen, Fleetwood Macs Mick Fleetwood, and the USC marching band.

Watch it all unfold below.

Proceeds from the Quinceanera benefited Cancer For College and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization founded by Smiths Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmate Flea.

Thurston Moore Group & Lee Ranaldo playing NYC on Sunday
Apr 30, 2016 1:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Thurston Moore Group are currently in the US, having played Rough Trade NYC on Thursday (4/28). They would have played Austin festival Levitation this weekend, which was cancelled, but instead they'll play another NYC show on Sunday (5/1) at Baby's All Right. Thurston's former Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who also would have played Levitation) will open...

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Watch My Morning Jacket Cover Princes Purple Rain And Sign O The Times At Jazz Fest
Apr 30, 2016 12:52pm | StereoGum
Watch My Morning Jacket Cover Prince's

Princes Paisley Park music vault drilled open
Apr 30, 2016 12:14pm | Fact Magazine

Locked vault contains hundreds of unreleased recordings by Prince.

Following Prince’s death on April 21 news emerged of a vault in his Paisley Park home rumored to contain a wealth of unreleased material. With the code to the vault known only to Prince, it was drilled open yesterday by the company who has current temporary authority over his estate.

The musician had previously mentioned the vault in a 2012 interview, saying “one day, someone will release them. I don’t know that I’ll get to release them. There’s just so many.”

Speaking to ABC’s Good Morning America, Susan Rogers, Prince’s recording engineer, claimed that the shelves of the giant room had filled up quickly and that “we could put out more work in a month than most people could do in a year or more.”

Earlier this week, Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson claimed that the artist had no known will and filed paperwork to become executor of the estate. Current Minnesota state law dictates that without a will the estate would be divided between his sister and five half-siblings. [Via ABC]

Prince was known as a prolific writer and the contents of the vault could allow music to be released at a steady rate for years to come.

The musician’s body was cremated in a private ceremony days after his death and his family has an...

Radiohead fans receive mysterious Burn The Witch leaflets
Apr 30, 2016 12:14pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Radiohead work in mysterious ways, and that was again made evident by the events of today. As Pitchfork points out, the band has apparently mailed out cryptic leaflets reading, “Sing a song of sixpence that goes/ Burn the Witch/ We know where you live,” with an embossed Radiohead logo and artwork that currently appears on the band’s Facebook and Twitter pages. “Burn the Witch” is the name of an unreleased Radiohead song dating back to the mid-2000s.

The leaflets were sent to UK-based fans who had previously purchased merchandise through the band’s website.

Umm, I just got this in the post from Radiohead. Is the new album called Burn The Witch?

— Niall Doherty (@NiallMDoherty) April 30, 2016

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We reached out to representatives of the band for comment and will let you know if we hear back.

What we do know is that Radiohead are close to releasing their ninth studio album. Earlier this month, a member of the band’s management team told fans that the as-yet-untitled LP was scheduled for a June release, though those comments was later disputed by a representative of the band.

Radiohead are set to kick off a world tour next month.

Radiohead 2016 Tour Dates:
05/20 Am...

Radiohead Send Mysterious Burn The Witch Leaflet To Fans
Apr 30, 2016 11:36am | StereoGum
RadioheadWe don't know much about Radiohead's upcoming ninth album yet, but they're embarking on a world tour in just a few weeks, and anticipation is building to a fever pitch. Today, the band have dropped another seemingly meaningful but oblique clue in the form of a mysterious leaflet mailed out to fans in the … More »

Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin and more perform at White House for International Jazz Day concert
Apr 30, 2016 11:25am | Fact Magazine

Herbie Hancock leads generational cast for a celebration of jazz.

Today marks International Jazz Day and the White House celebrated the occasion with a concert last night that will be broadcast tonight on ABC and online, beginning at 8pm EST.

The Jazz At The White House event features an impressive cast lead by Herbie Hancock, a pianist and composer active since the 1960s who has in recent years collaborated with Flying Lotus.

Hancock, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and chairman of International Jazz Day, acts as musical director for the concert which features veterans of the music such as Chick Corea, Aretha Franklin, Wayne Shorter, and Buddy Guy alongside a new generation including Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin.

Tom Carter, president of the Thelonious Monk Institute who runs International Jazz Day, explained how the president and his wife “immediately embraced the idea of doing this at the White House” when it was presented to them. “Jazz has been a very important part of both of their lives,” he added. The annual celebration is now in its fifth year.

The event took place yesterday behind closed doors. Barack Obama gave a speech, which you can see below, about the importance of jazz and his father’s influence in discovering the music. Terrace Martin, best known today for his work with Kendrick Lamar, ...

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