San Holo shares choice indie selects ahead of M3F with new ORBIT playlist [Stream]

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San Holo is off to a solid start in 2020. Fresh off his first delivery of the year, a brand new Broods collaboration, “Honest,” which closes a six-month release gap, San Holo is primed to hit the spring season running. With the festival circuit starting to heat up, the album1 producer is slated to hit Arizona’s long-running M3F, billed on an eclectic lineup of indie and electronic flavors.

Amid a roster that includes Bon Iver, Local Natives, Mayer Hawthorne, and more, San Holo shared some of his favorite indie selects with Dancing Astronaut ahead of his performance at M3F. Expounding on the new playlist, San Holo tells DA,

“So the M3F lineup is a bit more indie than some of the festivals than I’m used to playing so I wanted to share a playlist with you of some of my own personal favourite indie inspirations! Before I started the San Holo project I was just a guitarist playing in indie rock bands. I was obsessed with John Frusciante and Tom Morello and all of these legendary rock artists and soon after that I was exposed to artists like Sigur Ros, Explosions In The Sky, and Bon Iver. All of those indie and band influences from when I was younger really helped shape the San Holo sound of today.”

The downtown Phoenix-based music festival, preparing for its 17th run March 6 – 8, is a 100% non-profit event, with the event’s proceeds benefitting various philanthropies throughout the city and region. Stream San Holo’s ORBIT playlist below.

Newest single from Francis and the Lights features Kanye West, Bon Iver, and more

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Now streaming on major DSPs (Spotify, YouTube, TIDAL) Francis and the Lights’ new single “Take Me to the Light” is an unexpected industry delivery that credits some seriously upper-echelon artists including Kanye West, Bon Iver, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Noah Goldstein, BJ Burton, Caroline Shaw, and Jeff Bhasker.

“Take Me to the Light” is set to become the title track to the impending album from the duo hailing from Oakland. The song is delicious, even downright heavenly, as Francis and the Lights’ usual warm embrace rests on forefront of the track. The artists’ masterful electronic sound manipulation makes for an auditory journey that begs endless repeat.

There had been ample speculation of new tunes on the way in recent Twitter activity from Francis and the Lights, hinting they’d been working on a track with “some friends.” Some friends, indeed.

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Bon Iver’s album boasts his third James Blake collaboration

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Bon Iver released his album i,i nearly a day early, and the project has already received praise from a large amount of top tier outlets. The 13-piece record has a wide array of all-star collaborators, including a particularly standout number between himself and longtime collaborator, James Blake. Their productive relationship stretches back to 2011’s “Fall Creek Boys Choir,” and this new offering, “iMi,” marks their third joint effort together.

“iMi” is a rich, sentimental piece bursting doused in lo-fi sound design. It appears that James Blake might have played a larger background role, considering his vocal contribution to the tune consisted of a mere two lines. Others working on the track alongside Blake include Wheezy, Buddy Ross, and Mike Noyce. Velvet Negroni, Camilla Staveley-Taylor also contributed their vocals to the mix.

Bon Iver return with two new singles in tow, ‘Hey Ma’ and ‘U (Man Like)’

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Two brand new Bon Iver singles have made their way to all major streaming platforms after originally debuting during Bon Iver’s performance at All Points East festival. “Hey Ma” and “U (Man Like)” are the first two previews of a Bon Iver album to eventually follow. According to a press release, the singles derive from an extended Bon Iver effort that will gain a release at a later point. The ensuing album will succeed the indie folk band’s 2016 longform production, 22, A Million.

Sonically, “Hey Ma” and “U (Man Like)” surface as dulcet showings that foreground the honey vocals of Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon. Bon Iver’s announcement of additional dates for their 2019 fall tour flanks the two-pronged release. The live initiative will see Indigo Girls, Feist, Yo La Tengo, and Sharon Van Etten provide city-specific support for Bon Iver.

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Mad Cool adds Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and more to already expansive 2019 lineup

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Mad Cool adds Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and more to already expansive 2019 lineupMad Cool Festival Main Stage

Mad Cool’s lineup arrives as an exemplification of its name. Madrid’s multifarious music festival, Mad Cool is genre amorphous from its headliners to its flanking acts. Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and Prophets Of Rage appear as the newest headliners to top the bill, which already touts Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure. Festival organizers have added several more artists to the festival’s expansive collection of talent, including Marina–formerly of Marina & The Diamonds–Let’s Eat Grandma, SG Lewis, Black Honey, Haiku Hands, and more.

A veritable sonic sampler, Mad Cool merges many genres, including, of course, the electronic. The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Charlotte De Witte, Eric Prydz, Years & Years, and Bonobo represent just some of Mad Cool’s dance selections. Mad Cool will host its musically explorative 2019 iteration from July 11-13. Tickets to the festival are currently available for purchase, here.

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Eminem addresses critics in ‘Fall’ video featuring Justin Vernon

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Eminem recently surprise dropped his Kamikaze project which left everyone from day one fans to pop culture perusers in a frenzy.  One track from the veteran rapper’s latest LP that remains perhaps the most controversial note from the record is “Fall” featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who took to Twitter to state he was not a fan of the record’s message.

Now Marshall Mathers has unleashed the official music video for “Fall.” Released via Aftermath Records, the five-minute clip is dark and intense, with Shady tackling the demons that come constant social media attention and lashing online opinions. The new noir feature represents the track’s aesthetic accurately, further pushing Eminem’s polarizing new record into the spotlight.

Barclay Crenshaw blesses Coachella with beat-heavy Bon Iver renegade cut, releases it as free DL

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Self-proclaimed bass daddyBarclay Crenshaw, the extraterrestrial-steeped hip-hop alter-ego of Claude VonStroke, closed out Coachella‘s Gobi Tent on the first weekend’s final night.

In what can only be described as an over-the-top delivery of high frequencies and off-kilter, bass-driven meanderings, Crenshaw was in top form. Though much of his background is in jungle and drum-n-bass, Crenshaw still infuses his musical pursuits with pieces of his earliest musical fascination — hip-hop. Appropriately, he’s imbued his love for the genre on a new rework of Bon Iver‘s “715 – CRΣΣKS,” off the group’s electronic-tinged album,  22, A Million.

A highlight in his sets over the last four months, Crenshaw’s Bon Iver cut now sees its official renegade release, as both a nod to the artist and an amplified testament to Bon Iver’s electronic production potential — may that someday see that light of day.

Download it here

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Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.

Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season  — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest  — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.