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Sørveiv Festival - Kristiansand, Norway 7-8 November
Nov 24, 2014 4:03am | The Line Of Best Fit
A two-day showcase of some of the best Scandinavia has to offer, Norway's Kristiansand-based Sørveiv festival is doing some great work in supporting new and up-and-coming acts.>


Song Of The Day: Natalie McCool - Wind Blows Harder (Thumpers remix)
Nov 24, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Thumpers produce a majesty so often missing from pop in their remix of Natalie McCool's "Wind Blows Harder".>


Gwen Stefani taps Pharrell for new single Spark The Fire
Nov 24, 2014 3:33am | Fact Magazine

No Doubt lass hooks up with old friends for the latest cut from her comeback album.

A decade after releasing her Neptunes-produced smasher ‘Hollaback Girl’, Gwen Stefani has teamed up with Pharrell again for new single ‘Spark The Fire’.

The sparse beat and playground-chant hook definitely recall their original collaboration, and as opening lines go, “OMG OMG I’m back again” takes some beating. So it’s a marked improvement on her previous effort, the anaemic EDM-infused ‘Baby Don’t Lie’, which went down like a broken elevator in FACT Singles Club.

The track is set to appear on her third solo album, which is expected to come out next month although it doesn’t have a name yet. If you need more Neptunes, check out Pharrell’s 50 Best Tracks.


Wilco - Whats Your 20?: Essential Tracks 1994 - 2014 / Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 - 2014
Nov 24, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
American alt. rock institution mark 20th anniversary with a 2-CD 'greatest hits' comp and an exhaustive but not exhausting four-disc overhaul of rarities.

Deers: We are friends and we have smiles and we try to share a good time with each other
Nov 24, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Catching up with the breakout four-piece from Madrid's garage rock scene, Best Fit Editor Paul Bridgewater gives his take on whey they're set to be the most exciting band of 2015.>

dEUS - Selected Songs 1994-2014
Nov 24, 2014 2:14am | Drowned In Sound

What makes a great band, great? Some argue it's the chemistry between the individuals, a time and mood magically captured on record, like lightening in a bottle. Others claim it's a shared manifesto of what needs to be achieved, needs to be said. Belgian band dEUS have never really fitted into either philosophy. Numerous musicians have drifted through their ranks over the years - 25 in total, although they've been settled since 2004 - and they've never been interested in grand plans or schemes; at times, the most pressing item on their agenda was simply getting to the next album intact. They are cult survivors, proof that soldiering determinedly on can pay rich dividends. 'There has been so many incarnations of dEUS that you can't really speak of a vision more than just making music and having a good time,' frontman Tom Barman told me earlier this year, and it's hard to think of a better justification for existing as a band through good times and bad.

And here they are, battered but unbowed 20 years on, still propping up the bar, still causing mayhem. Selected Songs 1994-2014, a career spanning double disc, arrives with Nineties nostalgia showing no signs of ending and amid steady hints that album number eight will be with us sooner rather than later. It's an arresting collection and, much like their career, contains its fair share of highlights and curios, warped genius and puzzling choices. It's most definitely not a Greatest Hit...


Savages and Bo Ningen - Words to the Blind
Nov 24, 2014 2:14am | Drowned In Sound

With Christmas coming up, many bands are rummaging around for cash-in ideas they can throw out quickly to their fans; expanding existing versions of their last record, or perhaps pulling together a covers album or a rarities collection. Well over a year on from their debut, Savages certainly need a new product to keep their fans interested, and those responsible for their finances must have been overjoyed to hear the band had something up their sleeve for the festive marketplace. Then theyd have heard Words To The Blind, the band's 38-minute-single-track collaboration with anglo-Japanese artpunks Bo Ningen and presumably shat themselves and burst into tears.

In the running for possibly the least commercial release by a vaguely mainstream indie act this side of Metal Machine Music, Words To The Blind is quite some achievement. The project began life as a run of live collaborations, where both bands played simultaneously, facing each other on a horseshoe-shaped stage. This has now birthed a full release, which is either or a song or an album (were really not sure which - maybe 'piece' is more appropriate?) partly culled from those initial shows and partly created in the studio. The inspiration here is apparently the Dadaist post-World War One concept of 'simultaneous poetry', in which two artists would perform their work at the same time, regardless of medium or language, with the resulting cacophony creating a ne...


Watch performances from this years AMAs: Nicki Minaj, Christina Milian, A$AP Rocky, Mary J. Blige and more
Nov 24, 2014 12:11am | Fact Magazine

The American Music Awards took place overnight, serving up its usual clean-cut telecast featuring performances from some of music’s biggest names.

Unlike last year’s ceremony, this year’s edition was largely devoid of absurdity. Although Charli XCX did perform alongside a shirtless dancer in a Donnie Darko-esque rabbit mask.

The evening featured performances from, amongst others, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and A$AP Rocky, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. There was also a Young Money performance, featuring Lil Wayne alongside Christina Milian and Nicki Minaj performing with singer Skylar Grey. Mary J. Blige arguably stole the show with her stirring rendition of ‘Whole Damn Year,’ penned by Sam Smith.

You can watch some of the choice performances below.

Mary J. Blige – ‘Whole Damn Year’

Sam Smith featuring A$AP Rocky – ‘I’m Not The Only One’

Charli XCX – ‘Break The Rules’/'Boom Clap’

Lil Wayne featuring Christina Milian – ‘Start A Fire’ / Nicki Minaj featuring Skylar Grey – ‘Bed of Lies’

 


What's going on Monday? (Interpol, TPOBPAH, Allah-Las, Kevin Gates, The Wytches, Champagne Jerry & more)
Nov 23, 2014 11:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

TPOBPAH last week at Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Hooray For Earth, Gabi, Ablebody @ Glasslands
Having finished their tour with The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at heart stop by Glasslands to play one last show before the venue closes in December.

Interpol, Hundred Waters @ Terminal 5
Finally free from the blizzard that could've ended in a Donner Party situation, Interpol return to NYC for three nights at Terminal 5.

Champagne Jerry, Ad-Rock @ Joe's Pub
Tongue-in-cheek Brooklyn rapper Champagne Jerry returns to Joe's Pub with frequent collaborator Ad-Rock tonight, as part of Creative Capital's 15th anniversary celebration.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Jen Kirkman, Emmett Montgomery, and Kenny DeForest are the guests this week at Wyatt Cenac's comedy get-together.

The Wytches, LODRO @ Mercury Lounge
UK trio The Wytches take a grungy, ever-so-slightly gothy spin on garage rock. Tonight's show is with moody Brooklynites, LODRO.

Allah-Las, Tashaki Miyaki, Savants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Their new album is called Worship the Sun, but LA's Allah-Las also worship The Byrds, Love, and The Chocolate Watchban...


Watch Waka Flocka Flames genius tongue-in-cheek commercial for a brand of cough drops
Nov 23, 2014 9:47pm | Fact Magazine

“What does a Waka Flocka Flame do for minor sore throat relief?”

We now have the answer. The Atlanta rapper has starred in an amusing, tongue-in-cheek commercial for a brand of cough drops, aired during this evening’s American Music Awards.

“Nothing soothes your throat like soft delicious Pine Brothers,” says Flocka in the advert, somehow managing to maintain a straight face. “With its plant glycerine, imported gum acacia… natural flavours. So next time you need sore throat relief, for whatever reason, take your Pine Brothers.” [via RapRadar]


Ariana Grande and The Weeknd team up at the AMAs watch
Nov 23, 2014 9:08pm | Cosequence Of Sound

A few months back, Ariana Grande and The Weekend linked up to kick off the 40th season of Saturday Night Live. There, the Canadian crooner and the pop princess performed “Love Me Harder”, off Grandes My Everything album, bringing some quiet intimacy to Studio 8H.

On Sunday evening, the musical love birds recreated their intimate stage show when they appeared at the American Music Awards. Watch the replay below.



Lorde performs Yellow Flicker Beat at AMAs watch
Nov 23, 2014 8:47pm | Cosequence Of Sound

During Lordes last major awards show appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards last August, she made history by becoming the first woman to win the award for Best Rock Video. Since then, the New Zealand pop singer has only made further in-roads into our shared cultural lexicon. Shes been spoofed by South Park, curated the star-studded Hunger Games soundtrack, and participated in an equally illustrious Beach Boys charity cover. Oh, and did we mention she turned 18, like, two weeks ago?

Despite her continually rising profile, Sunday night marked the young singers American Music Awards debut. She performed her new, Hunger Game single, “Yellow Flicker Beat”, marking the first time she’s done so on American TV. Watch the replay below.



Sam Smith and ASAP Rocky team up at AMAs watch
Nov 23, 2014 8:34pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The American Music Awards arent simply the bastard younger brother of the Grammys. Unlike the stratified Grammy hierarchy, the AMAs are voted on in part by the public at large, which means theres usually a more populous lean to the pool of nominees and performers.

And whats more popular than two of Americas most beloved acts coming together for the publics collective entertainment? Case in point: Sam Smith and ASAP Rocky, who hit the stage to deliver the live debut of their “Im Not The Only One” remix. Watch the replay below.



mp3: Chromatics The River (8 track version)
Nov 23, 2014 8:00pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

John Cale has created the worlds first drone orchestra watch the documentary
Nov 23, 2014 7:51pm | Fact Magazine

Cale’s flying symphony is the first of its kind.

Former Velvet Underground lynchpin John Cale teamed with Australian speculative architect Liam Young to create a performance entitled LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra. After two years searching for the right venue, the performance took place at The Barbican in London and featured flying drones as musical instruments.

The fleet of drones, each adorned with elaborate costumes, flew around the venue and and spread Cale’s voice, different audio tracks and their own motor sounds over the audience. According to Cale, the show represented ”a collaboration between airborne architecture and music.”

“It took a long time to find the right venue,” said Cale’s collaborator Liam Young. “Putting these technologies above people’s heads that are really violent; they spin at extraordinary speeds. These propellers are gonna take someone’s head off if you let them. It required someone with some vision and some bravery to let us attempt it. And it really is the first time that these things have been flown above the heads of an audience.”

The Creators Project prepared a short documentary that provides an insight into how the performance came together. You can stream the documentary below.

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