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The Rave Story

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To mark the launch The Rave Story, an exhibit at London’s Club Aquarium showcasing art and memorabilia surrounding the UK rave scene of the 80s and 90s, Dazed Digital has published its own chronicle of rave history. The article locates rave’s cultural resonance in a revolutionary inclusivity:

The creation of the rave scene was the social revolution that began to break race and class boundaries in Britain.

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The Rumpus Interview with Paul Lansky

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Paul Lansky talks about his career as a pioneer in the world of electronic and computer-generated music. ...more

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A Year in the Life #2: Deadlines,  A Love Story

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Deadlines make me crazy. They cause me anxiety, sleepless nights, and self-hatred, but they also make me work very hard, and to manage to always, somehow, so far, pull it off. ...more

This Week in Posivibes: Seth Bogart

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The Hunx & His Punx frontman released his self-titled solo debut via Burger Records last Friday, and it’s excellent. Featuring Kathleen Hanna, Tavi Gevinson, Cherry Glazerr, and Chela, the album is heavier on the synths than Bogart’s other projects and is produced by Cole MGN (Ariel Pink, Julia Holter). 

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Police Boycott Beyoncé’s Formation Tour

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In a bid to epically miss the point, select police unions are protesting Beyoncé’s “Formation” video and Super Bowl performance due to the artist’s use of imagery comments on police brutality. The Tampa Police Benevolent Association has issued a statement encouraging all union members to boycott the purchase of Beyoncé music and concert tickets, stating:

The Tampa PBA is disgusted with Beyonce’s performance on the night of the Super Bowl and equally disgusted with her new video “Formation.” The PBA does not support any artist who spreads an anti-police message.

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Charles Bradley’s “Change for the World”

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The Screaming Eagle of Soul has released a psychedelic video to accompany the single “Change for the World” that dropped last month. The song’s video matches its political message with imagery from protests of the Civil Rights Era alongside the artist as he challenges us to “change the false pretense,” “change the hate,” and “change our love” to ensure we will never return to a segregated world.

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Sound & Vision #19: June Millington

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Allyson McCabe talks to June Millington of Fanny, the first all-female rock band to release an album on a major label. ...more

Song of the Day: “White Shoes”

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You can get your hair all wet sleeping on the riverbed
Kiss a frog and then dissect, gotta find out what’s inside
And you can have my bad side too, anything you wanna do
Sure anything you wanna do

…Conor Oberst sings on “White Shoes,” a slow and beautiful ballad that appears on the record Outer South, released in 2009 with the Mystic Valley Band.

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This Week in Posivibes: Emotional Mugger

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Ty Segall and The Muggers performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the other night, playing the song “Candy Sam” off the album Emotional Mugger released this January on Drag City. Playing with Mikal Cronin, King Tuff, Charles Moothart, and members of WANDS, this new project marks a shift in Segall’s sound.

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A Valentine from Andrew W.K.

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During his takeover of The Talkhouse’s Instagram, Andrew W.K. took requests from fans for Valentine’s Day cover songs: Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” Cheap Trick’s “World’s Greatest Lover,” Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed,” and The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” all made the cut.

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Guided By Voices Are Back (Again)

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Sort of. According to PitchforkGuided by Voices will be playing the Sled Island music festival in Calgary this summer. The confirmed line-up includes Robert Pollard (of course), Bobby Bare Jr., Kevin March, Nick Mitchell, and Mark Shue—so not exactly a full reunion, but we’ll take what we can get.

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Rivers Cuomo Does Fetty Wap

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Apparently, the Weezer frontman has been really digging hip-hop’s Top 40 lately. His recent covers testify to the fact: he’s posted a version of Rae Sremmurd’s “Come Get Her,” and, most recently, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.”

A new Weezer album is due out this spring; any bets on some covers making it in?

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Song of the Day: “Hard To Tell”

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The genre of bluegrass receives its fair share of criticism. Considered by some to be a backwater of the teeming estuary of American music known as country, bluegrass, characterized by a decidedly twangier sound, gets unfairly stereotyped as the redneck’s music of choice and relegated to straw-chewing Appalachian family reunions and backyard barbecues.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #70: Alien Now!

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Maybe, in terms of idiom, The Dabbers are like a thrash rock and roll version of the Cocteau Twins, or what the This Mortal Coil would sound like if the Dead Boys tried to cover one of their albums. ...more

Hip-Hop’s Response to the Flint Water Crisis

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Artists across the musical spectrum have rallied to help raise awareness and funds for the Flint, Michigan water crisis, which, thanks to governmental inaction, has been allowed to develop since 2014.

Okayplayer. chronicled the work that hip-hop artists, in particular, have done to bring attention to the issue, and the responses of Flint’s own hip-hop community to the crisis that has put their town on the international stage.

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This Week in Posivibes: Sir Elton John

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In a demonstration of why he embodies the very essence of posivibes, Sir Elton John gave a surprise concert for London commuters in the city’s St. Pancras Station. The performance marked the release of the artist’s Wonderful Crazy Nightreports the Guardian.

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Beyoncé’s “Formation”

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This Saturday, Beyoncé dropped “Formation,” her first single since 2014. The song came one day before the Queen’s Superbowl 50 appearance and was accompanied by a free download via Tidal, Pitchfork reports.

Like most of the artist’s videos, the video for “Formation” is incredibly visually compelling, moving from an Antebellum House to images protesting police brutality to Beyoncé sinking, atop a cop car, in the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina.

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PJ Harvey on Kosovo, Refugees, and Crisis

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PJ Harvey has released another video from her upcoming album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, which will come out April 15th on Vagrant. The video for “The Wheel” was filmed in Kosovo and London, as NPR reports, and documents the singer’s work with her collaborator, Irish director Seamus Murphy, examining Europe’s recurring crises of war, ethnic conflict, and refugees.

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Song of the Day: “Ramblin’ Man”

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The Allman Brothers have had a long and tumultuous run since their formation in 1971 around a core group including Duane and Gregg Allman. The death of Duane in a motorcycle accident that very year could have broken up the band forever, but instead, it led to a highly creative period that produced epochal southern rock records like Eat A Peach—named after the type of truck that had killed their founding member—and Brothers and Sisters.

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Rihanna’s Anti Capitalist Strategy

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Although it marks a turn away from the hit-heavy model of a record industry money-maker, Rihanna’s Anti is still a calculated capitalist move, and the Atlantic explains how. In an editorial examination of record release strategies, the Atlantic connects the dots between Samsung’s sponsorship of the new record and how Rihanna is making money by giving the new album away for free.

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