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Mayor of London Boris Johnson launches taskforce to protect music venues
Mar 6, 2015 10:55am | Fact Magazine

Boris wants to stop the attrition.

London’s nightlife has taken a clobbering in recent years, waving goodbye to stalwarts like the Astoria, Vibe Bar, The Joiners Arms, Madame Jojo’s, Buffalo Bar and of course, most recently, Plastic People.

Having finally realised that the capital’s endless property boom isn’t working out so well for the small businesses that actually make London a place worth living, the Mayor of London has decided to launch a “music venues taskforce” to protect what’s left of the city’s independent gig circuit.

Describing venues as “teeming wombs of London talent”, Boris Johnson said it was “worrying” that pressure from property prices and redevelopment was forcing them to close down.

“They are of huge economic importance, and not just cultural importance to our city,” he added, citing big-selling pop behemoths Ed Sheeran, Adele and the Rolling Stones.

The Music Venues Taskforce will be chaired by Music Venue Trust, the charity that aims to “protect, secure and improve the UKs grassroots circuit music venues.”

Other members of the taskforce include UK Music, the campaigning and lobbying group which represents every the recorded and live music industry, and the Musicians Union. The taskforce will be taking feedback from venues, loc...



Mayor of London Boris Johnson launches taskforce to protect music venues
Mar 6, 2015 10:55am | Fact Magazine

Boris wants to stop the attrition.

London’s nightlife has taken a clobbering in recent years, waving goodbye to stalwarts like the Astoria, Vibe Bar, The Joiners Arms, Madame Jojo’s, Buffalo Bar and of course, most recently, Plastic People.

Having finally realised that the capital’s endless property boom isn’t working out so well for the small businesses that actually make London a place worth living, the Mayor of London has decided to launch a “music venues taskforce” to protect what’s left of the city’s independent gig circuit.

Describing venues as “teeming wombs of London talent”, Boris Johnson said it was “worrying” that pressure from property prices and redevelopment was forcing them to close down.

“They are of huge economic importance, and not just cultural importance to our city,” he added, citing big-selling pop behemoths Ed Sheeran, Adele and the Rolling Stones.

The Music Venues Taskforce will be chaired by Music Venue Trust, the charity that aims to “protect, secure and improve the UKs grassroots circuit music venues.”

Other members of the taskforce include UK Music, the campaigning and lobbying group which represents every the recorded and live music industry, and the Musicians Union. The taskforce will be taking feedback from venues, loc...



Kanye West announces Paris concert residency
Mar 6, 2015 10:51am | Cosequence Of Sound

Kanye West has announced a series of concerts to be held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton as part of Paris Fashion Week. He’ll hit the stage four consecutive nights, beginning Saturday through Tuesday. Each performance will be accompanied by a film directed by Steve McQueen.

Tickets to these shows are currently on-sale with proceeds going to charity.

If last week’s surprise performance in London is any indication, the Paris shows will likely feature music from Kanye’s upcoming album So Help Me God.

Kanye West 2015 Tour Dates:
03/07 – Paris, FR @ Fondation Louis Vuitton
03/08 –  Paris, FR @ Fondation Louis Vuitton
03/09 – Paris, FR @ Fondation Louis Vuitton
03/10 – Paris, FR @ Fondation Louis Vuitton



Best Coast & Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, and Neko Case headlining Northside shows at 50 Kent (tickets on sale)
Mar 6, 2015 10:50am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Best Coast @ Burger A-Go-Go, 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)

The Northside Festival announced their initial 2015 lineup earlier this week, which included shows with Best Coast, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case and more. Those artists will all be headlining shows at outdoor space 50 Kent and details for those have been announced:

FRIDAY, JUNE 12: Neko Case with Rhye, and Majical Cloudz. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13: Best Coast + Built to Spill (co-headliners), with Alvvays and Bully. Tickets go on sale at noon.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14: Run the Jewels, with Vince Staples + Special Guests. Tickets go on sale at noon.

You can also buy Northside badges which are currently on early bird discount.

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Grab a free Ableton Live Pack of samples from the vintage Korg MS-20 synthesizer
Mar 6, 2015 10:47am | Fact Magazine

One of the most iconic analog synths of all time is reborn for Live.

If you want to recreate the sound of the iconic Korg MS-20 synthesizer but don’t have the money for an MS-20 mini, then you could be in luck. Cluster Sound has just released a free Ableton Live Pack filled with samples based on the famous instrument.

Based on the second generation of the analog synthesizer released in 1978, the pack is based on 28 multi-sample recordings sampled from several VCO, VCF and ring modulator settings. You’ll need to be an owner of Live 9 to use the pack, but the looped samples come packed into 46 instrument racks with dedicated controls and 48 sampler devices for ease of customization.

You can grab it from the Cluster Sound website, or read about the MS-20 in our list of the 14 synthesizers that shaped modern music. [vis Synthtopia]

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Grab a free Ableton Live Pack of samples from the vintage Korg MS-20 synthesizer
Mar 6, 2015 10:47am | Fact Magazine

One of the most iconic analog synths of all time is reborn for Live.

If you want to recreate the sound of the iconic Korg MS-20 synthesizer but don’t have the money for an MS-20 mini, then you could be in luck. Cluster Sound has just released a free Ableton Live Pack filled with samples based on the famous instrument.

Based on the second generation of the analog synthesizer released in 1978, the pack is based on 28 multi-sample recordings sampled from several VCO, VCF and ring modulator settings. You’ll need to be an owner of Live 9 to use the pack, but the looped samples come packed into 46 instrument racks with dedicated controls and 48 sampler devices for ease of customization.

You can grab it from the Cluster Sound website, or read about the MS-20 in our list of the 14 synthesizers that shaped modern music. [vis Synthtopia]

The post Grab a free Ableton Live Pack of samples from the vintage Korg MS-20 synthesizer appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Crocodiles Crybaby Demon Video
Mar 6, 2015 10:43am | StereoGum
Crocodiles, the reverbed-out Southern California garage-punkers, recorded their new album Boys in Mexico, and first single “Crybaby Demon” has more of a playful rhythmic lilt to it than anything else we’ve heard from this band. The band’s new video for the song is the sort of neon brood this band does so dependably. But it […]



Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou) releasing debut LP, playing shows in NYC, LA & San Francisco (dates, stream)
Mar 6, 2015 10:29am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Say Lou Lou, the Australian/Swedish sisterly duo who used to be called Saint Lou Lou, are gearing up to release their debut album, Lucid Dreaming, on April 6. You can listen to their new single "Nothing but a Heartbeat" and watch the entirely ridiculous video for their very catchy collaboration with Lindstrøm, "Games for Girls," and another video below.

Having had to cancel their NYC shows two years ago, Say Lou Lou are now set to play two shows this spring: Baby's All Right on May 11 and Mercury Lounge on May 12. Tickets are on sale now, and tickets Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. All dates, which include shows in LA and San Francisco, are listed below.

Fun fact: Say Lou Lou's Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson are the daughters of The Church's singer Steve Kilbey. He'll be over with The Church playing two NYC shows next week as part of their tour: Bowery Ballroom on March 13 and Rough Trade on March 14. Tickets are still available.

Dates and videos below...

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tix on sale: TVOTR, Purity Ring, Joey Bada$$, Trail of Dead, Pianos Become the Teeth, Chastity Belt, Crocodiles & more
Mar 6, 2015 10:18am | Brooklyn Vegan

Tickets for the TV on the Radio show at Kings Theatre go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their BV-presented NJ show with the Pixies are on sale now.

Tickets for the second Purity Ring, Brainds and Born Gold show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. Night 1 is sold out.

Tickets for the Joey Bada$$ show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tanlines show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Pianos Become the Teeth show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Pissed Jeans at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Crocodiles show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Union Pool is on sale now.

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Chastity Belt show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. Their shows with Courtney Barnett are sold out.

Tickets for the Overkill show with Symphony X and Sanctuary at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Natural Child shows at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Other Lives shows at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ar...


Future Islands Samuel T. Herring and Earl Sweatshirt team on Play It Cool listen
Mar 6, 2015 10:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Robert Altman

Grand Theft Auto V is soundtracked by a bevy of new, exclusive music and interesting collaborations, including Action Bronson and Danny Brown’s “Bad News” and “Masquatch” featuring Flying Lotus and DOOM. Now, as Rockstar Games has announced a soundtrack expansion for the hit video game, we’re presented with possibly the most unexpected and awesome combination of them all as Earl Sweatshirt and Future Islands Samuel T. Herring come together for “Play It Cool”, a new track spearheaded by The Alchemist and Oh No, tka Gangrene.

The cut comes from the forthcoming The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, an expansion based on the score the producing duo initially created for GTAV. “Play It Cool” opens with a heavy bassline leading into Herring singing in his indelibly low register, “On a dark night in the city/ on broken eagles may you fly/ Play it cool.” And if that sounds amazing, just wait till those jazzy piano and flute notes burst out under Earl’s furious delivery. Check it out:

Welcome to Los Santos also features new tracks from Phantogram, Killer Mike, Little Dragon, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Freddie Gibbs, and others, promising even more joint efforts like this one. The new music will first premiere i...


Watch: Tomorrow We Move To Hawaii Breaking News Video
Mar 6, 2015 10:15am | CMJ

Tomorrow We Move To Hawaii – Photo by Andrea Gjestvang


Trying to decide whether to go out or stay in tonight? This video might help you make up your mind, or at the least give you some killer makeup tips. We chatted with Norwegian electro-spuzz duo Tomorrow We Move To Hawaii recently on the release of their debut album, Indépendance (Red Eye Transit), and now they’ve sent along this new video for Breaking News. Check it out below. And as for us, we’d suggest going out tonight.

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Rihanna is Spotifys most streamed woman of all time
Mar 6, 2015 10:11am | Fact Magazine

Spotify celebrates International Women’s Day by running the numbers.

For the third year running, Rihanna has been named the world’s top streamed woman on the music platform, ahead of Katy Perry, Beyoncé and more. It appears that she outperforms her counterparts with men around the world, as Beyoncé and Lana Del Rey perform better both in the United States and with women listeners.

Plus, even after taking her catalog off Spotify, Taylor Swift still cracks the top tens; we’ll see if that changes next year. The lists are below, via The Hollywood Reporter.

Rihanna has spent the last few days previewing her forthcoming album in clips and commercials on her Instagram account. We’re guessing she didn’t read our list of the things the music world should have ditched years ago.

All-time top 10 streamed women globally on Spotify:
1. Rihanna
2. Katy Perry
3. Beyoncé
4. Lana Del Rey
5. Lady Gaga
6. Ariana Grande
7. Nicki Minaj
8. Ellie Goulding
9. Taylor Swift**
10. Lorde

All-time top 10 streamed women in the U.S. on Spotify:
1. Lana Del Rey
2. Beyoncé
3. Katy Perry
4. Lorde
5. Ariana Grande
6. Rihanna
7. Nicki Minaj
8. Taylor Swift**
9. Miley Cyrus
10. Ellie Goulding

...

Rihanna is Spotifys most streamed woman of all time
Mar 6, 2015 10:11am | Fact Magazine

Spotify celebrates International Women’s Day by running the numbers.

For the third year running, Rihanna has been named the world’s top streamed woman on the music platform, ahead of Katy Perry, Beyoncé and more. It appears that she outperforms her counterparts with men around the world, as Beyoncé and Lana Del Rey perform better both in the United States and with women listeners.

Plus, even after taking her catalog off Spotify, Taylor Swift still cracks the top tens; we’ll see if that changes next year. The lists are below, via The Hollywood Reporter.

Rihanna has spent the last few days previewing her forthcoming album in clips and commercials on her Instagram account. We’re guessing she didn’t read our list of the things the music world should have ditched years ago.

All-time top 10 streamed women globally on Spotify:
1. Rihanna
2. Katy Perry
3. Beyoncé
4. Lana Del Rey
5. Lady Gaga
6. Ariana Grande
7. Nicki Minaj
8. Ellie Goulding
9. Taylor Swift**
10. Lorde

All-time top 10 streamed women in the U.S. on Spotify:
1. Lana Del Rey
2. Beyoncé
3. Katy Perry
4. Lorde
5. Ariana Grande
6. Rihanna
7. Nicki Minaj
8. Taylor Swift**
9. Miley Cyrus
10. Ellie Goulding

...

Jay Electronica Road To Perdition
Mar 6, 2015 10:00am | StereoGum
The always-elusive underground rap star Jay Electronica may never get around to releasing an album, but that means it feels like an event every time a new song shows up online. When last we heard from him, he was sharing a stage at the BET Awards with Common, Vince Staples, and Mike Brown’s parents. And […]



Jay Electronica and Jay Z team up for Road To Perdition listen
Mar 6, 2015 9:57am | Cosequence Of Sound

Today, Jay Electronica has shared a new song called “Road to Perdition” featuring Jay Z. Though technically a previously unheard track, its origins seem to date back to a 2012 tracklist for Electronica’s never-released Act II: Patent Of Nobility. Some fans speculate it may even be five years old.

Still, Electronica sounds fresh and insightful here, and Hov’s rhymes (actually ad-libs taken from American Gangster’s “Success”) fit into the mix nicely. While it’s unclear exactly how “new” this version is, it’s worth noting that the original was supposed to clock in 2:17 and this one’s over three minutes long. Could it be a sign that Electronica’s finally going to put out an album? Fingers crossed. Check it out below.

Oh well, since it leaked… here's a better quality version. https://t.co/gK5cqUBWfx

— (@JayElectronica) March 6, 2015


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