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LEAF London announce new additions //

LEAF London has announced further additions to its Friday conversations. The London electronic arts festival is a two-day celebration of  electronic music culture, with talks, workshops and performances from the likes of Nile Rodgers, DJ Harvey and Modeselektor. The new additions to Friday’s programme includes Point Blank Music School, once voted the world’s ‘Best Electronic… Read more »

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Listen to a live version of a new FKA twigs song ‘Figure 8′ //

It doesn’t seem that long ago that FKA twigs debut album dropped. From the looks of this concert shot Youtube video though the singer is already road-testing new material. She premiered a new track called Figure 8 last night at a Melbourne gig and footage has now surfaced online. The track features twigs’ signature falsetto… Read more »

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Red Bull Music Academy Lecture Series Returns //

Applications are now open for Red Bull Music Academy’s Paris edition so it’s time again for their nationwide series of lectures. This year the lectures will take place in Leeds, Liverpool and London and they’re even stopping off at our own pub The Christmas Steps for the Bristol leg of the series. Each stop will… Read more »

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Listen to Jeff Bridges’ ambient spoken word album //

Big Lebowski actor Jeff Bridges has recorded an ambient spoken word album entitled Sleeping Tapes. The album has been made in collaboration with True Detective and Nashville composer Keefus Ciancia and engineer Doug Sax. Sleeping Tapes has been designed to help the listener to drift off and features soft piano, field recordings, ambient drones and… Read more »

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Lil B teams up with vegan company Follow Your Heart for emoji app //

Lil B has teamed up with vegan food company Follow Your Heart to create an emoji app. The Based God’s second emoji venture, titled vegEMOJI, puts an animal friendly spin on Lil-B sayings, such as “Plant Based 4 Life” and “Cool People Are Kind To Animals”. Speaking to FADER, the company’s director said that Lil… Read more »

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Watch a rare, sobering ODB interview from 1997 //

The full 33 minute video of a rare Ol’ Dirty Bastard interview has surfaced online. Filmed in 1997 for MTV, the interviewer’s probing questions occasionally pierced through Dirty’s unapologetically wild, drugged-out persona, leading to discussions about his children, drug and alcohol addiction, the growing distance between himself and the Wu-Tang Clan (he only appeared on 6 of the… Read more »

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Freeze Club announce Bonobo, Todd Terje and more for tenth anniversary //

Nomadic Liverpool clubnight Club Freeze have released the line-ups for their tenth anniversary series. The first batch of acts to be announced include Bonobo performing a DJ set, world music connoisseur Gilles Peterson, Jamie XX, Todd Terje, Crazy P, disco re-edit legend Greg Wilson, Panorama Bar resident Gerd Janson, Prins Thomas and Spanish house stalwart John… Read more »

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L7 announce reunion //

After teasing a comeback via a Facebook post back in December 2014, the rebellious grunge band L7 have confirmed the reunion of their original line-up (that’s Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch, and Demetra Plakas). They’re set to perform at Spain’s Azkena Rock Festival 16 June and at the Hell Fest in France on 20… Read more »

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Sonar adds Duran Duran, FKA twigs, Arca and more //

Sonar has added more acts to its 2015 line-up. Among the new names are polarising dubstep figurehead Skrillex, Brummie outfit Duran Duran and future shock chanteuse FKA twigs. Vulnicura producer Arca will also perform, joined by visual collaborator Jesse Kanda, as well as Jamie xx, Róisín Murphy and South African rap unit Die Antwoord. The… Read more »

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Seven Davis Jr, Soul Clap and tINI among new Gottwood names //

Gottwood has announced more names for 2015. Heading to the Welsh festival are Seven Davis Jr performing live, disco dons Soul Clap and beloved Ibiza staple tINI. Fuse founder Enzo Siragusa and Systematic boss Marc Romboy will also perform. They join a line-up that includes deep house operator Motor City Drum Ensemble, Perlon co-founder Zip,… Read more »

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PRS for music’s Momentum 2015 deadline announced //

The PRS for Music Foundation have announced the deadline for applications to their 2015 Momentum programme. The closing date for applications has been set as 10 February 2015. The programme issues grants of between £5000 and £15,000 to up-and-coming artists in order to help advance their careers. The foundation has previously given funding to the… Read more »

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Outlook reveal first wave of artists //

Outlook have announced the first wave of acts booked for their 2015 event. The Croatian dance music event features the usual dub and drum’n’bass-heavy line-up, with a notable tilt toward grime. Headline acts include Boy Better Know with JME, Skepta, Jammer, Frisco, Shorty and DJ Maximum, alongside El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels. Scene… Read more »

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Studio 338 announce spring line-ups //

London music and arts space Studio 338 has announced its winter/spring season line-ups. The Greenwich club will host events from Visionquest, Sankeys, Viva Warriors, Half Baked, Cirque Du Soul and secretsundaze, as well as their own 12-hour opening party with Italojohnson, Fred P, Kowton and Call Super on 7 February. Panorama Bar stalwart Tama Sumo… Read more »

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Farr festival announce first wave of acts //

Farr festival has announced first wave of acts booked for their 2015 event. Headlining the event are the likes of Kristian Beyer DJing under the Âme moniker, Phantasy Sound boss Erol Alkan and house maestros such as Mr Ties, Midland, Gerd Janson, Hunee and Leon Vynehall. Panorama Bar stalwarts Tama Sumo and Prosumer will also play,… Read more »

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Odd Future’s Mike G shares ‘Award Tour II’ EP //

Odd Future’s Mike G – arguably the most low key rapper among the collective – has shared the Award Tour II EP. The production credits include OF members Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt (referred to as Ace, The Creator and randomblackdude, respectively) and Left Brain as well as Mac Miller. Stream the EP, read out… Read more »

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METZ release album teaser, announce European dates //

Toronto noise-punk luminaries METZ have released a 36 second promo clip for their upcoming sophomore album on Sub Pop. The clip, a montage of imagery accompanied by the band’s signature squalling feedback, also promises a Spring release for the follow-up to their acclaimed, self-titled 2012 debut, our 8th best record of the year. The band… Read more »

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Simple Things announce James Holden live in Bristol //

Simple Things have announced their latest show, presenting James Holden live in Bristol. James Holden’s live interpretation of his sound has been gathering momentum ever since the release of 2013′s critically acclaimed album The Inheritors. The Border Community boss will perform his intricate modular show alongside a full live band at Colston Hall’s The Lantern venue in… Read more »

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End of The Road festival announces first wave of acts //

Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sufjan Stevens, Ought, Fat White Family, Sleaford Mods, King Khan  & The BBQ Show, Jane Weaver and Madrid band Hinds (who recently changed their name from Deers) are among the acts confirmed End Of The Road 2015. The festival takes place at The Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire from 4-6 September,… Read more »

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Raekwon announces ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’ documentary //

A documentary for Raekwon’s seminal 1995 album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been announced. Along with fellow Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah – who appears on 15 of the album’s 18 tracks – Rae held a “sneak peek #PurpleCarpet screening” at the Sundance festival in Utah, which transpired to be a trailer for the documentary…. Read more »

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Mogwai announce 20th anniversary shows //

Mogwai have announced a string of dates to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of performing in the band, with four dates landing 20 years, to the week, since they first gathered together in a Glasgow living room to rehearse. The post-rock titans will play four dates in June, with two at London’s Roundhouse and two at… Read more »

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