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FACT at SXSW 2015 Shiftee on grimes cultural exchange and turntablism in 2015
Mar 31, 2015 1:11pm | Fact Magazine

This year, FACT TV’s Bryan McKay, Chris Kelly and John Twells packed up and headed to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2015 and talked to some of the festival’s most exciting artists.

Hot Mom USA boss and turntable legend Shiftee knows that scratching simply isn’t cool any more, so we chatted to him in Austin about how he aims to take it to the club.

To see the rest of our SXSW coverage head here.

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Watch The Flaming Lips, Kesha, Bethany Cosentino, Norah Jones & Brian Wilson Sing Beach Boys Songs At Brian Fest
Mar 31, 2015 1:03pm | StereoGum
Last night, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson was honored at a tribute concert held at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Brian Fest aligns with the release of Wilson's forthcoming 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure, which is due out early next month. An all-star cast of performers included Wayne Coyne and Steve Drozd of the Flaming Lips, Norah Jones, Kesha, Devendra Banhart, M. Ward, Boz Scaggs, Bethany Consentino, Local Natives, Doyle Brahall II, Al Jardine, Wilson Phillis, Karen Elson, Joy Williams, Jade Castrinos, Adam Busch, Danny Masterson, Gingger Shankar, Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson of Wilson-Phillips (Brian's daughters), and Ann Wilson of Heart (no relation). Brian Wilson himself performed as well, taking the stage to sing some of the Beach Boys' greatest hits "Fun Fun Fun," "Surfin' U.S.A.," and "Barbara Ann." Watch videos of the Flaming Lips, Brian Wilson, Kesha, Bethany Constentino, and Norah Jones covering some of Brian Wilson's greatest compositions at the concert below.

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Is Tidal a terrible business proposition, or has Jay Z actually made another smart move?
Mar 31, 2015 1:00pm | Fact Magazine

Life has rarely resembled Zoolander quite like Tidals wackadoo press conference.

Last night, a crack team of pop stars assembled to announce the launch of Jay Zs music streaming service, then sign some kind of document in solidarity, then quote Nietzsche. Equally strange and poorly conceived was this weekends surprise announcement of the nascent service, in which the same beautiful people painted their Twitter personas turquoise. This shitshow did very little to answer important questions about Tidal, such as why?, especially when the services $19.99 monthly fee is double that of Spotify (its most obvious competition).

Its easy to clown Jay Z for the entire venture. Its easy to roll ones eyes when he drops eight figures on a Norwegian tech company. Its easy to write him off as, at best, out of touch, or, at worst, straight-up arrogant for diving headfirst into the crowded, impossible field of music streaming. But like Derek Zoolander, Mr. Carters heart might be in the right place. And if you look past the beautiful celebrities and (insert Zoolander reference here), there might actually be a plan unfolding.

To see Tidals potential, one has to understand streaming musics uphill climb thus far. As with every music-related business on the internet, the heart of the problem is simple: music is just not worth what it used to be and the recording industry has struggled to adjust. In the old, pre-internet wor...


Is Tidal a terrible business proposition, or has Jay Z actually made another smart move?
Mar 31, 2015 1:00pm | Fact Magazine

Life has rarely resembled Zoolander quite like Tidals wackadoo press conference.

Last night, a crack team of pop stars assembled to announce the launch of Jay Zs music streaming service, then sign some kind of document in solidarity, then quote Nietzsche. Equally strange and poorly conceived was this weekends surprise announcement of the nascent service, in which the same beautiful people painted their Twitter personas turquoise. This shitshow did very little to answer important questions about Tidal, such as why?, especially when the services $19.99 monthly fee is double that of Spotify (its most obvious competition).

Its easy to clown Jay Z for the entire venture. Its easy to roll ones eyes when he drops eight figures on a Norwegian tech company. Its easy to write him off as, at best, out of touch, or, at worst, straight-up arrogant for diving headfirst into the crowded, impossible field of music streaming. But like Derek Zoolander, Mr. Carters heart might be in the right place. And if you look past the beautiful celebrities and (insert Zoolander reference here), there might actually be a plan unfolding.

To see Tidals potential, one has to understand streaming musics uphill climb thus far. As with every music-related business on the internet, the heart of the problem is simple: music is just not worth what it used to be and the recording industry has struggled to adjust. In the old, pre-internet wor...


Future Islands at the Roundhouse in London
Mar 31, 2015 1:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The Baltimore indie-outfit play a headline set at the former north London railway shed. Wunmi Onibudo provides the pictures.>

Mourn played Mercury Lounge with Laced (pics)
Mar 31, 2015 12:55pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Mourn @ Mercury Lounge 3/30/2015

"I'm so happy I can't believe it!" Jazz, one of Mourn's two singer/guitarists, was clearly excited to be playing her first-ever NYC shows. She then unironically introduced the next number, "This song's called 'Misery Factory'!" It was a very funny, if unintentionally so, moment at the young Barcelona band's second NYC show. (Mourn made their US debut on Sunday.) While their stage demeanor tipped their age (15-18), their PJ Harvey/Hole brand of indie rock sounded confident -- their debut album is good -- with enthusiasm in spades.

It's almost a shame that Mourn's show couldn't have been part of Monday night's late show at Mercury Lounge -- they would've fit right in with Swervedriver, sonically at least. Mourn play Boston tonight (3/31) and then head to the West Coast for a couple California shows.

Laced, which features Dustin from Beach Fossils and Ryan from Nude Beach, opened the show. I got there, unfortunately, right as they said "thank you and good night" but our photographer was on time and caught them. Pictures of both bands continue, including one of Mourn's setlist, below...

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Lower Dens takeover: David Bowie live at Nassau coliseum (1976)
Mar 31, 2015 12:50pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

The light of Bowie’s stardom often obscures the names of his formidable side people. In this celebrated live show (listen to the full show here) it is impossible to ignore the energy and inventiveness of Carlos Alomar, George Murray and Dennis Davis, the core of the band which helped cement his reputation in the seventies. — Nate Nelson, Lower Dens

[more Lower Dens x gorilla vs. bear takeover posts can be found here]


Negative Gemini finds her voice on the stunning Real Virtual Unison EP
Mar 31, 2015 12:43pm | Fact Magazine

The Queens-based producer and singer crafts an airtight set of songs on her EP.

Negative Gemini is Lindsey French. Formerly based out of Richmond, VA, French relocated to Ridgewood, Queens last year. The move feels like good timing now that she’s dropped Real Virtual Unison, an excellent new EP that picks up where her debut full length Forget Your Future left off two years ago.

Although less than half the length of that debut, this EP hits with more than twice the impact, finding Negative Gemini breaking up genre tropes only to filter them through her unique vision. It’s that vision, in terms of production, that is even stronger while her singing constantly surprises from the self-sampled vocals on the title track to the effervescent, untouched R&B performance on ‘Hold U’. So it’s not a debut, but it makes for an excellent introduction.

Listen to Real Virtual Unison below and grab it for any price via Negative Gemini’s Bandcamp (or order it on vinyl via Human Records or cassette via Plastic Response)

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Negative Gemini finds her voice on the stunning Real Virtual Unison EP
Mar 31, 2015 12:43pm | Fact Magazine

The Queens-based producer and singer crafts an airtight set of songs on her EP.

Negative Gemini is Lindsey French. Formerly based out of Richmond, VA, French relocated to Ridgewood, Queens last year. The move feels like good timing now that she’s dropped Real Virtual Unison, an excellent new EP that picks up where her debut full length Forget Your Future left off two years ago.

Although less than half the length of that debut, this EP hits with more than twice the impact, finding Negative Gemini breaking up genre tropes only to filter them through her unique vision. It’s that vision, in terms of production, that is even stronger while her singing constantly surprises from the self-sampled vocals on the title track to the effervescent, untouched R&B performance on ‘Hold U’. So it’s not a debut, but it makes for an excellent introduction.

Listen to Real Virtual Unison below and grab it for any price via Negative Gemini’s Bandcamp (or order it on vinyl via Human Records or cassette via Plastic Response)

The post Negative Gemini finds her voice on the stunning Real Virtual Unison EP appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Outside Lands reveals daily 2015 lineups
Mar 31, 2015 12:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.

3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.

Continue reading "Outside Lands reveals daily 2015 lineups" at brooklynvegan


FACT at SXSW 2015 Wedidits Purple details his debut album
Mar 31, 2015 12:26pm | Fact Magazine

This year, FACT TV’s Bryan McKay, Chris Kelly and John Twells packed up and headed to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2015 and talked to some of the festival’s most exciting artists.

We caught up with recent Wedidit signing Purple to talk about his new album and plans for the future.

To see the rest of our SXSW coverage head here.

The post FACT at SXSW 2015 – Wedidit’s Purple details his debut album appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


FACT at SXSW 2015 Wedidits Purple details his debut album
Mar 31, 2015 12:26pm | Fact Magazine

This year, FACT TV’s Bryan McKay, Chris Kelly and John Twells packed up and headed to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2015 and talked to some of the festival’s most exciting artists.

We caught up with recent Wedidit signing Purple to talk about his new album and plans for the future.

To see the rest of our SXSW coverage head here.

The post FACT at SXSW 2015 – Wedidit’s Purple details his debut album appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Actress Bird Matrix
Mar 31, 2015 12:24pm | StereoGum
It seemed unlikely that Actress would release more music after 2014's swan song Ghettoville, but since the producer is helming his own contribution to the DJ-Kicks series, we've gotten a new track from him as well. This will be the 49th !K7 Records DJ-Kicks mix, and along with curation, Actress' original contribution is a 13-minute ambient track called "Bird Matrix." Stream it below.

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Stream Fort Romeau Insides
Mar 31, 2015 12:20pm | StereoGum
London producer Mike Greene's hazy, atmospheric album Insides as Fort Romeau is out today. We've heard a few of the cuts already: the title track, "Not A Word" featuring Dublin producer New Jackson on vocals, and the pulsing, eight-minute "All I Want." Listening to the full album in one cohesive moment is essential for understanding the way Greene moves through highs and lows, marrying old analogue influences with of-the-moment production. There's no need for vocals when his Chicago-indebted production style tells a story just as cleanly and clearly, never muddying the narrative with needless words. Listen below.

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Jammz 128 Bars (Produced By Spooky)
Mar 31, 2015 12:18pm | Abeano

Somedays when I go into work I was so broke I couldnt afford the bus back, but Im still here London-based grime MC Jammz is the first to recognise his own shortcomings, but also how hes battling against them, making up for lost time. While the absence of a hook means each line follows its predecessor relentlessly, he lets the beat breathe still; Jammz 128 Bars are fired like Solero Shots that leave holes in the ozone, knowingly leaving gaps for strings that refract through the clouds, sparkling like raindrops on a confused summer day. The foundation is laid by Spooky, with his gorgeous edit of Ameries Why Dont We Fall In Love, which is also available on his Bandcamp. 128 Bars is on the I Am Grime 3.0 EP and it drops on Sunday 29th March. Sign up here to get it for free.

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