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The Flippy Genius of Moebius

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In memory of Dieter Moebius who passed away last week, the Guardian published an article tracing the artist’s immense influence on experimental music, from his work in Cluster and Harmonia through his solo projects. “‘I was more of the ‘flippy’ one,’ he joked when I interviewed him for Frieze in 2012,” writes the author of the piece.

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This Week in Posivibes: Wax Idols

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Hether Fortune’s latest single premiered this weekend, the first from the upcoming Wax Idols record American Tragic, slated for release this October on Collect Records. The track, “Lonely You,” has been described as “a cathartic breakup song” by The FADER, “liv[ing] in a grim, melodic sweet spot between total bummer and feel-good sing-a-long, with a hook that sounds better suited for fist-pumping post-trauma than wallowing in the thick of it.”

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Sound Takes: Live at the London Palladium

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Love it or hate it, if you listen to Live at the London Palladium, you’re going to get intimate with Marvin Gaye. ...more

Song of the Day: “Jackie Wilson Said”

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Van Morrison—aka George Ivan Morrison of Belfast, Northern Ireland—has had a long and varied career that began in the mid 60s. After recording a string of massive hit singles like “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Moondance,” and “Caravan,” he released “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile),” a veiled tribute to the influential soul artist of that name.

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It’s Not Too Late: Summer’s Best Free Shows

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The Village Voice has compiled a list of the season’s best free shows, ranging from small to large, miscellaneous bar to Central Park’s summer stage. The artist list is pretty comprehensive, too, including Mykki Blanco, Yo La Tengo, Fiona Apple, and Steve Gunn, to name just a few.

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This Week in Posivibes: Dave Monks

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The frontman of Tokyo Police Club released the debut of his solo project June 16th on Dine Alone Records. The EP, All Signs Point to Yes, has been receiving some serious positivity from the indie rock press that previously hailed the Toronto-based Tokyo Police Club, such as calling the solo project “a glimmering little folk-pop gem from one of indie rock’s great young minds” and pronouncing that the EP “finds Monks in his most natural state, heart cracked wide open and songs as bare as can be.” Watch the first music video from the album after the jump, which premiered last week on Black Book, and check out the record in its entirety via iTunes.

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Outkast for Peace

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Sometimes the Internet is an amazing thing, as proven by the campaign to memorialize Outkast on Stone Mountain. For those of us not in the know, Stone Mountain is a Mt. Rushmore–sized memorial to the heroes of the Southern Confederate cause—we’re talking Davis, Lee, and Jackson blasted into three acres of stone, along with a theme park celebrating the thing, all situated just outside of Atlanta.

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The Rumpus Interview with Banning Eyre

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Producer, senior editor, Afropop expert, and author Banning Eyre talks about his new book, Lion Songs, a 15-years-in-the-making biography of Zimbabwe’s legendary musician Thomas Mapfumo. ...more

Hip Hop in the Holy Land

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The first installment in VICE’s Noisey Israeli Palestine: Hip Hop in the Holy Land follows Tamer Nafar, the “godfather of Palestinian rap,” as he discusses what it means to speak about the experience of his people as they live in a system where they do not politically “exist.” Nafar is a co-founder of DAM (Da Arabian MCs), the first Palestinian rap group to break through and gain attention on an international level.

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The Runaways and the Bystander Effect

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Former Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs came forward last week with an account of being allegedly raped by Kim Fowley after a New Year’s Eve show at the start of the band’s career. The article discussing her experience included accounts from a number of people who claimed to have witnessed the event, corroborating Fuchs’s memories and working through the shame that their inaction had caused them in the intervening years.

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New Video from The Telescopes: “You Know the Way”

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The brilliantly genre-avoidant The Telescopes are releasing a new album, Hidden Fields, on Germany’s Tapete Records this August, and it’s looking like the band’s eighth full-length won’t disappoint. Samples of three of the record’s songs premiered via Tapete this May, and now the band has shared the video for the opening track, “You Know the Way,” directed by the Mutual Extermination Club.

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The Rumpus Interview with Frederic Rzewski

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Composer Frederic Rzewski talks about his masterpiece The People United Will Never Be Defeated, writing and playing classical music, and performing his music in an unusual venue—a fish market. ...more

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Rumpus Video Premiere: The Size Queens’s To The Country

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An exclusive video premiere of The Size Queens's To the Country, a two-song sampler featuring the titular track, "To The Country," along with "Hands and Knees." ...more

Grace Jones Memoir Actually Happening

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The performer’s been playing with us for ages with the promise of a memoir, to the extent that she was even calling the seemingly infinitely delayed book I’ll Never Write My Memoirs—okay, Jones claimed the title came from the first line of “Art Groupie,” but the tease was there too.

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Song of the Day: “Living For The City”

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Stevland Hardaway Morris, aka Stevie Wonder, got his start playing for Motown Records in 1961. Today, he boasts a back catalog of some of the most iconic and original soul music in the world. Though Stevie Wonder started singing more than 50 years ago, the lyrics of “Living For The City” are just as relevant today.

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