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Nicola Lefanu - BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week

Nicola LeFanu - © MichaelLynch This year, the composer Nicola Lefanu is 70 and there are a range of celebrations (see my interview with her to find out more). From Monday 24 April 2017 she is Composer of the Week on BBC Radio 3 when over five programmes Lefanu talks to Donald Macleod about her music and her inspirations. Show More Summary

Love Music Too

Last year, pianist William Howard's CD Sixteen Love Songs, on Orchid Classics, inspired the launch of an international Love Song Composing Competition in collaboration with Judith Weir, in which entrants wrote their own contemporary response to the love song genre. Show More Summary

Watch Chairlift Perform “Bruises,” “Ch-Ching,” “Amanaemonesia” at Final Show

At the end of last year, Chairlift announced that they were breaking up after a series of farewell shows. The last of those shows took place tonight at Brooklyn Steel. During the concert, the duo performed “Ch-Ching” (off last year’s Moth), “Amanaemonesia” (from 2011’s Something), their breakout hit “Bruises,” and more. Show More Summary

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Hits No. 1 With Biggest Sales Week of 2017

Kendrick Lamar’s excellent new album DAMN. has landed at No. 1 in the U.S. charts, amassing higher single-week sales than any other album this year, Billboard reports. The record, released April 14, unseats Drake’s More Life as the year’s...Show More Summary

New Smiths 7? Etched With “Trump Will Kill America”

The Smiths just released a new 7" featuring alternate versions of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Rubber Ring" for Record Store Day. And, as Pitchfork points out, the run-out groove of the vinyl's a-side is inscribed with a powerfully succinct political message: "Trump Will Kill America." See below. …

Recent Listening: Cuong Vu Plays Michael Gibbs

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Cuong Vu 4TET, Ballet (Rare Noise) Trumpeter Vu and three fellow Seattle adventurers explore pieces by Michael Gibbs. It was guitarist Bill Frisell’s idea to bring the British composer to the University of Washington last year for concerts of his orchestral music as well as sets by Vu’s quartet with Frisell, bassist Luke Bergman and […]

listen to Hot Rod Circuit's first new song in six years, "Default Setting"

Back in late 2014, indie rock/emo vets Hot Rod Circuit revealed that a new record was in the works with the same lineup that recorded their classic 2002 album Sorry About Tomorrow. Over two years passed since then with no word on new music... until now. Continue reading…

Day 93/100: Gilligan Moss – "U Ruined It"

This is the latest in the 'Our First 100 Days' series. Continue reading…

Lana Del Rey Shares Climate Change Message On Instagram

Today, in honor of Earth Day, thousands of people descended on Washington, DC and over 600 cities around the world for the March For Science. And Lana Del Rey wants all of them to know that she stands with them. She shared the following note about climate change in a series of posts on Instagram:…

Coachella's on-site record store maintains an old-school vibe

The scrum in front of the racks at the Coachella record store doesn't lie: There are people who, in the oppressive heat of the Coachella Valley in the middle of a festival, will shop for vinyl while live music surrounds them. Such was the case on Saturday, known in music circles as Record Store...

New Smiths Record Store Day 7" Vinyl Features Anti-Trump Etching

Today is Record Store Day, and to celebrate the occasion, numerous artists and labels have issued exclusive releases for independent record shops. One of those releases was a new 7" from the Smiths, featuring previously unreleased music. While...Show More Summary

Watch Bruce Springsteen’s Surprise Performance At Asbury Park Festival

Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at the Asbury Park Music And Film Festival in New Jersey last night, taking part in a two-hour jam session with longtime E Street Band member Steve Van Zandt and veteran Jersey rocker Southside Johnny to celebrate the historic Upstage Club. "The Upstage was our university," Van Zandt told…

Five Arrested In Another Coachella Phone Heist

Last weekend, a dude was arrested for stealing over 100 cell phones at Coachella. And just as Coachella returns for its second weekend, so do the phone thieves. The Desert Sun reports that five people were arrested early this morning for stealing over 40 cell phones, plus cash and credit cards, at the festival. Indio…

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon And The National’s Aaron Dessner On Their “Anti-Festival” Eaux Claires

"In many ways, we have become the anti-music-festival festival," says the National’s Aaron Dessner of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, which he and Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon established three years ago. "It’s about rethinking what’s possible when you get all these artists together." …

'Copwatch' Documentary to Premiere at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

'Copwatch' shines a spotlight on a police watchdog group. Continue reading…

Organized Noize Announce New Compilation ONP EP Featuring Big Boi, 2 Chainz, More

Hip-hop production outfit Organized Noize have announced a new compilation EP. The ONP EP arrives on May 5 via the production group’s own label, Organized Noize Productions. The trio of Rico Wade, Ray Murray, and Sleepy Brown have recruited several guests for the new project, including Big Boi, 2 Chainz, Cee-Lo Green, and more. Show More Summary

The Minnesota Twins Announce Prince Night

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Prince's death, and the Minnesota Twins have decided to honor the Purple One's legacy with a "Prince Night" celebration at Target Field on 6/16. "All of us in the Twins organization were deeply saddened by the loss of the late Minneapolis icon Prince," said Twins President and CEO Dave…

Sylvan Esso Stream New Album Following Record Store Day Scavenger Hunt

Sylvan Esso, the North Carolina electro-pop duo made up of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, are officially releasing their sophomore album What Now at the end of the week. But today is Record Store Day, so they decided to share the album a little bit early via an international scavenger hunt, hiding the…

The bassists of Coachella: Celebrating the oft-unsung heroes who propel the booties

On various stages at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which commenced its second weekend on Friday, the singers, synth players and guitarists stood front and center as cameras projected billboard-sized images of them. And to their side, or in the second line behind them, stood the lowly bassists....

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