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Marissa Nadler shares new song; Wrekmeister Harmonies and Muscle & Marrow opening her tour
May 4, 2016 10:29am | Brooklyn Vegan

Also: watch a new video from Mary Lattimore, who opens Marissa's Brooklyn show.

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Fear Of Men Sane
May 4, 2016 10:25am | StereoGum
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Barcelonas Off At Forum festival adds Tony Allen, Damian Lazarus, Marcellus Pittman
May 4, 2016 10:24am | Fact Magazine

Tony Allen and a private beach, what’s not to like?

Barcelona’s Off At Forum festival has added Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen to its 2016 line-up. The Fela Kuti drummer will present the Film of Life project he worked on with Damon Albarn.

Crosstown Rebels’ boss Damian Lazarus, French DJ Oxia and dubstep veteran Scuba – who did this Hotflush- focused FACT mix for us back in 2011 – are now also confirmed to perform at the city’s Parc Del Forum, along with Marcellus Pittman, Beautiful Swimmers, Palms Trax and Nick Höppner.

The fourth annual Off At Forum takes place June 16-19 just a few metres from the sea, with a bathing area offered via a private beach – see a plan of the site below. Tickets are available to buy from the festival website.

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New line-up additions:

Motor City Drum Ensemble
Todd Terje
Optimo (Espacio)
Gold Panda
Michael Mayer
Gui Boratto
Tony Allen
Damian Lazarus
Marcellus Pittman

Pinegrove performs gorgeous acoustic versions of New Friends and The Metronome
May 4, 2016 10:13am | Chart Attack

I dare anyone to listen to Pinegrove's latest album Cardinal and not fall in love with the band. The raw, emotive, and powerful vocals of Evan Stephens Hall bring the gorgeous instrumentation to another level. The music tugs right at your heartstrings. If there's a breakout band in 2016, my bet is on Pinegrove.

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We couldn't pass up the opportunity of getting to witness Evan Stephens Hall perform these songs live, so we brought him to our offices and said "do your thing." Everyone on the floor slowly removed their headphones as his voice echoed throughout the building. It was so jaw-dropping I had double check I hit record.

Above he performs an alternate take on "New Friends," a song from Cardinal, and the beautiful, climactic "The Metronome" below. Take a listen, and you won't regret it.

Pinegrove's album Cardinal is out now on Run For Cover Records.

Catch them on their upcoming North American tour, which includes stops in Montreal and Toronto:

6/24 - New York, NY @ Palisades
6/25 - Wallington, CT @ The Legion
6/26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East - Upstairs
6/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca
6/29 - Washington, DC @ DC9
6/30 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
7/01 - Carboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Back Room
7/02 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/03 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
7/05 - Tampa, FL @ Transi...

Jay Z Reportedly Working On Lemonade Response Album
May 4, 2016 10:13am | StereoGum
Jay-Z and BeyonceA week and a half ago, Beyoncé released her surprise album Lemonade and famously upended the public's image of her relationship with Jay Z. The whole album is built around the idea of a cheating husband and a marriage that needs to be healed. And while we don't know how much of it is … More »

Mutek unveils free stages with Machinedrum, Jlin and Peder Mannerfelt
May 4, 2016 10:10am | Fact Magazine

We’re getting ever-closer to the 2016 edition of Montreal’s long-running Mutek festival.

It was already shaping up to be a must-see event, with more than 80 (!) live performances from over 100 artists, including appearances from FACT favorites Lee Gamble, Aïsha Devi, Peder Mannerfelt, Powell, Colleen, Tim Hecker and more.

Now Mutek has announced its free programming and special events, the final pieces of the puzzle to be revealed before the festival itself begins on June 1. For the second year in a row, the festival will spice up the area in front of the Maison Symphonique from Thursday to Saturday from 5PM-11PM (from 3PM on the Saturday). There will be a bar and food trucks, and of course music from Jlin, Machinedrum, Peder Mannerfelt, Riohv, Lee Gamble, Booma Collective, Claire and others.

Elsewhere, Mutek has revealed that it will be teaming up with Piknic Électronik yet again on Sunday June 5, and also welcoming Boiler Room to Montreal, who will be curating the first in a series of audiovisual events in Canada with a free lineup of musicians and VJs at the Society for Arts and Technology. Mutek has also partnered with Festival TransAmériques for the second year runni...

Tegan and Sara cruise through LA in colorful new video for U-Turn watch
May 4, 2016 10:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Tegan and Sara traveled to space and kicked at the beach in last week’s music video for “Boyfriend”. For their new Seth Bogart-directed clip for “U-Turn”, the Quin sisters head out on another fun adventure, this time via their colorful hand-drawn car. The two can be seen zigzagging through the city of Los Angeles, taking in the sights on Melrose Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard along the way.

“U-Turn” is taken from Tegan and Sara’s forthcoming album, Love You to Death, due out June 3rd.

Few Bits Summer Sun (Stereogum Premiere)
May 4, 2016 10:03am | StereoGum
Few Bits Summer Sun

Aerial East Crazy Now Video (Stereogum Premiere)
May 4, 2016 10:02am | StereoGum
Aerial EastAerial East's explanation of her name is characteristic of her music: pure, vulnerable, and honest. She says, "Aerial East isn't a stage­name. My Mom wanted to name me Ariel but didn't know how to spell it. So she looked it up in the dictionary." … More »

Inter Arma The Paradise Gallows (Stereogum Premiere)
May 4, 2016 10:00am | StereoGum
Inter Arma - The Paradise Gallows

Watch Mac DeMarco Cover Princes Its Gonna Be Lonely
May 4, 2016 9:56am | StereoGum
Watch Mac DeMarco Cover Prince's Mac DeMarco has joined the many artists paying tribute to the late Prince by recording a cover of "It's Gonna Be Lonely," off of Prince's 1979 self-titled. His cover comes accompanied with a video, which was shot by Jim Larson on the shore of Far Rockaway Beach, where DeMarco lives. On an Instagram … More »

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2016 lineup (Patti Smith, M. Ward, Margaret Glaspy, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Darlene Love, more)
May 4, 2016 9:46am | Brooklyn Vegan

Last month, it was revealed that Laurie Anderson would be co-curating a Lou Reed tribute for this year's annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, and now the full schedule for Season 46 is here.

It runs from July 20 to August 7 with free outdoor performances at various Lincoln Center venues. Opening night is "a night of words and music" with the legendary Patti Smith...

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Mutual Benefit shares lush new song The Hereafter listen
May 4, 2016 9:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

Skip a Sinking Stone, Mutual Benefits follow-up to 2013 debut Love’s Crushing Diamond, is looking more promising than ever. After releasing single “Not For Nothing” and sharing track “Lost Dreamers“, Jordan Lee’s indie baroque project just scored a hat trick with his latest song, “The Hereafter”.

Love’s Crushing Diamond came from a variety of creative sources and inspirations. Lee used this record as a means of reifying his discovery of the world around him, anger at racial injustice in North America, and the breakdown of his relationship. Though contrasting, these elements come together to create raw and unfiltered emotion, and this is certainly not absent from “The Hereafter”.

The fuzzy crackle hidden in the background of “The Hereafter” immediately draws images of playing vinyl on a record player, almost signifying a wish for simpler times. Lee’s demure voice strains with sadness as he gently opens the song with, “What’s to say?/ When we break in our skin?” We most commonly use “heartbreak” to describe how we feel upon dissolving a romantic relationship, but Lee’s lyrics redefine that overwhelming emotional pain as something that spreads throughout our whole body. As other elements of double vocal tracking and synths layer over the opening piano, what Lee creates is a lush and ...

Berlins electronic vanguard spike a grand social occasion with confusion and complexity at Decession
May 4, 2016 9:42am | Fact Magazine

With performances from Amnesia Scanner, Bill Kouligas, T.C.F., Physical Therapy and Claire Tolan, Decession at Berlin’s Volksbühne on Saturday felt like a grand social occasion for the city’s electronic scene, reports Lisa Blanning.

If you ask older members of Berlins music community what they think about the large number of foreign expats that come to live and work in the city, youll very often get a positive response. Its invigorated the scene, theyll say, or perhaps theyll note how its helped to make Berlin part of the international conversation. Most of the time, those older musicians came from elsewhere in Germany themselves, although they tend to have arrived much sooner after the fall of the Wall. Modern-day Berlin has been a relatively cheap western capital for over two decades, consequently welcoming a large number of creatives living here either temporarily or indefinitelyfirst from Germany, then from all over Europe (thank you, EU freedom of movement), and finally, as both the reputation and artistic community of the city grew, the world.

This explains why the main line-up of Decession, a large-scale multimedia happening featuring brand new commissions from six influential figures within the Berlin-based electro-pop avant-garde, included not one German musician (although there is one German DJ and one German collaborating artist. Not all of the collaborating ...

Fat Joe, Remy Ma, & The Dream Of A New York Goon-Rap Renaissance
May 4, 2016 9:40am | StereoGum
Fat Joe and Remy MaMost rappers never get a Billboard #1. Jay Z didn't get one until "Empire State Of Mind." Drake still doesn't have one, though that seems likely to change in the next few weeks. Dr. Dre doesn't have one. Nas has never even made it into the top 10. Neither have Public Enemy or the Beastie … More »
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