Here is Our Ultra Music Festival 2019 Must-See List

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Ultra Music Festival is less than two weeks away and that means it is time to prepare! After finally revealing the final complete lineup for this year’s event, we were finally able to bring together a new Must-See list. If you are a first-time attendee to the world’s #1 music festival, then this list will

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Music Review: Bookworms – floating on air/hanging by a thread

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Bookworms

floating on air/hanging by a thread

[Self-Released; 2019]

Rating: 4/5

Searching through pockets too big for your hands
Pulling up dust
To wear thin with them (the pockets…the dust…)
What holds you is not natural, but material

Bookworms makes sometimes hefty, sometimes breezy, and always acute modular music for many years, having previously released on celebrated labels like L.I.E.S., BANK Records, anòmia, and Bánh Mì Verlag. This latest self-released soliloquy shares most with the more muffled parts of 2017’s essayistic Appropriation Loops (Break World Records), ushering us through an oblique and potentially endless maze of spongy walls and decayed corners. The end seems to have occurred long ago. What is at this end? An ending wrapped up with the rest? An interposable portal.

The fermenting 35-minute-long work effervesces with haunting, vestigial reverberations aged in salt or vinegar: creaks, squeaks, what could be a car braking or breathing, alarms sounding, squeals transposed to puffy and sonorous booms. Funky and smudged, these scraps shuttle all around as echoes cooing from the depths of long, cold cellars. Experiencing them together turns one a little bit around, like a heaving crowd or tossing wave. I might get carried in one direction and land with my shirt turned the other way. I might wake up in the morning with the blankets twisted, elaborately, far from where they first lay. Surrendering to unknowing can be maddening, but Bookworms immerses his sounds in a subliminal sublime. Transfigured. An ecstatic process, in movements.

floating on air / hanging by a thread by bookworms

At around 11 minutes in, a skittering pulse that has been quietly pattering through the semi-industrial mush gains volume and asserts itself with a consuming presence. The muddy, meandering hush that has carried the piece thus far solidifies into something like a trail to be followed. A rhythmic thread, spread like wet stone, pulled like an enticing string. Patterns to feel to. What have so far been more erratic creaks and squeaks also gather strength and whoop and hoot with an emergent presence. At around 26 minutes, this burst begins to fade away, and shortly after, the pieces collect themselves into the shade of a stunningly beautiful ambient pad that eventually guides them to clank out a stark and spontaneous finish. The finish is not the end. A flourish. It has passed, and where is left?

Back at the beginning, I pass by everyone doing everything. Everything doing everyone: kites struggling to catch wind; plastic bags tangled in trees, ripped and fixed and fleeting; long, flowing coats blown up by a breeze, and billowing; a wish to remove what was just spoken; a ripple; reflecting; missing it, and you, and wanting to and not wanting to; curling up at the door of your face and staying there indefinitely; trying to decode each groan from the floor, the door, your bed, the street; the way you look at me, doe-y, sadly, head turned down, chin pointing to the little dip in your chest, hair falling into the light somehow every time I leave you for good this time for the next long while.

For several days, air
For several days, sky
This one, wet
The one with a wandering mouth

SETLIST: Widespread Panic @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Washington, DC 3.17.19

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Widespread Panic played their third and final show tonight in Washington, D.C. at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Here are setlists from night one and night two. Check out the setlist from tonight’s show below… Widespread Panic @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Washington, DC 3.16.19 Set I: Disco > Rock, Sleepy Monkey, Space Wrangler, […]

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R.I.P. Dick Dale, Pioneer of Surf Rock Guitar, Passes Away at Age of 81

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Dick Dale, the pioneer of surf rock guitar who was best known for his 1962 hit “Misirlou,” has passed away at the age of 81. He died on Saturday night, Dale’s live bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed to the Guardian. You’d be familiar with the song nowadays through the movie Pulp Fiction. But it’s obvious his […]

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Imagine Music Festival Releases 2018 Aftermovie

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After movies are something all festival goers love. It gives us the nostalgia of the perfect weekend with friends and great music. Now, Imagine Music Festival has released their 2018 after movie after a long wait. After an amazing experience in 2018, we’re thrilled to relive it with the new after movie. It showcases every part

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Black Tiger Sex Machine Releases “Download the Future” EP

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Black Tiger Sex Machine is here with their new “Download the Future” EP. The two-track EP is hopefully just a tease for new music that will be soon coming our way. The first track, “Hacker” is a mindblowing collab with Blanke. I’ve honestly never heard anything it before. The track is techy and deep and

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Illenium Releases New EP Full Of “Crashing” Remixes

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Illenium is on the rise again. From selling out Red Rocks and Madison Square Garden, we know there must be tons of new music around the corner. Last week, Illenium released a pack of remixes of his newest single “Crashing”. Remixes come from DROELOE, KLOUD, and Rock Mafia. To start, DROELOE takes the first of

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Dick Dale Dead At 81

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Dick Dale, known as the “King of The Surf Guitar,” passed away last night at the age of 81. Dale’s bassist Sam Bolle confirmed the news to The Guardian. He had been suffering health issues for years, including rectal cancer, diabetes, kidney failure, and damaged vertebrae. More »

Dick Dale, Surf Rock Icon, Dead at 81

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The guitar legend behind “Misirlou” toured late into life despite a series of health issues

Shooting Near SXSW 2019 Leaves at Least One Injured

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Austin Police are investigating an incident that occurred amid a weekend of gun violence in the city