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Texas' Levitation Music Festival Cancelled Due To Flooding


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The annual three-day event was slated to kick off on Friday (29Apr16) at Austin's Carson Creek Ranch, but organisers from The Reverberation Appreciation Society announced on Thursday (28Apr16) they have decided to cancel this year's festival due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather.

"This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority," they said in a statement. "We’ve been working with county officials trying to find a way to carry on, but at this point the decision has been made, and it is beyond our control. We are completely devastated. We have been working for a year, looking forward to this weekend and seeing you all at the ranch."

Organisers are working on booking shows for indoor venues in downtown Austin.

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Father John Misty Surprised By Beyonce Writing Credit


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The superstar dropped her sixth studio album on Saturday (23Apr16), during the U.S. broadcast of her TV special of the same name, and a number of unexpected artists subsequently discovered they had been listed on Lemonade's credits.

Father John Misty, real name Joshua Tillman, was among those mentioned as contributors to the song Hold Up, which was penned by Beyonce, Diplo, and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and samples the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Maps.

However, the former Fleet Foxes drummer was unaware of the credit until social media users alerted him to the fact on Sunday (24Apr16).

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Animal Collective - Painting With Album Review


Early in 2009 we were in love again. Not thank god with the Klub Footed swagger of indie landfill Britain, but once more smitten were we with dandys from across the Atlantic: we grooved especially to Vampire Weekend's preppy, Ivy League afro-beat of course, but we really adored the lysergic, Vitamin D soaked weirdness of MGMT, the monumental Kids and Electric Feel sound tracking party after party after Jack and Coke chilled night in.

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No-one was really sure at that point about Animal Collective, the frequently splenetic quartet/trio who'd emerged at the beginning of the decade, mostly because their records frequently seemed more like in-joke installations than anything from within the dimension of the normal. These reservations were then washed away by the avalanche of good that was Merriweather Post Pavilion, the moment at which the band's music went from edgy curio to mainstream via an intersect with the record buying public's newly discovered love of higher-brow kitsch.

Merriweather.., particularly on its elegiac flagship song My Girls, propelled AC's notoriously obtuse members onto a stage with their supposed compatriots, but it was a relationship with the industry's gestalt mechanics which began to fray almost immediately. For MGMT this meant total submergence in their psychedelic narrative: for Noah Lennox, Brian Weitz and David Portner, this meant releasing various solo projects ranging in accessibility. The album's follow up, 2012's Centipede Hz, was a return to confoundment, sounding like a beehive of ideas set off to a thousand random notes, whilst Josh Dibb, having declared himself on hiatus in 2007, has remained to one side ever since, right up to  Painting With's present.

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Animal Collective Rejected Limitless Film Score Gig


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The Peacebone stars reveal they were approached by director Neil Burger to produce original music for the film, about a struggling writer who develops superhuman abilities, but they soon discovered he just wanted something similar to their 2009 hit Summertime Clothes.

"We got asked to do some music for that movie Limitless while they were filming it," Geologist, aka Brian Weitz, told fans during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, "but when we talked to the director he just wanted something that sounded like an instrumental version of 'Summertime Clothes' which we weren't very excited about."

The soundtrack ended up featuring tracks by The Black Keys, Ash Grunwald, Conway Twitty, and Versus, among others.

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Animal Collective have shared "Golden Gal," the second single from their new album Painting With, out this Friday on Domino. To coincide with the release the band will be on tour throughout the US followed by a set of dates in Europe from April 1. 

This Is Not A Drill. Lorde Is Curating The Soundtrack To "Mockingjay - Part I"


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Ella Yelich-O’Connor, whom you may know better as Lorde, is 17 years old, an outspoken feminist and took the music industry by storm in 2013. It’s hard to think of anyone better suited to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. Lionsgate just made the announcement yesterday, so it’s time to get hella excited.

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We can totally see Lorde in heroine mode, fighting for the districts, by the way.

We can expect Lorde to assemble a full-on HBIC soundtrack – Marina and the Diamonds, some of her contemporary inspirations like Lana Del Rey, Animal Collective, Kanye West, Yeasayer and others, who are all on the list of likely contributors as far as we’re concerned. Lorde’s friend and fellow feminist Taylor Swift created the lead single for the first Hunger Games soundtrack with The Civil Wars, so we’d be surprised, if she didn’t at least contribute a chorus here and there.

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A British Year For North Carolina's Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2013?


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The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit brings another year of eclectic electronics with rather a large helping of Britain filling up the line-up!

Headlining this amazing festival in Asheville, North Carolina on the last weekend of October (25th-27th 2013) is Nine Inch Nails; unsurprisingly, given their impressive headlining record this year which includes Lollapalooza, Leeds & Reading Festival, Outside Lands and Rock en Seine. Also scraping the top of the bill are Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, but there's something particularly British about a good chunk of the bands that follow. 

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Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 To Arrive With Another Weekend Of Uninterrupted Musical Fun


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Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco, California this October for two days with an impressive selection of live music and other entertainment at a stunning location on this popular man-made island.

Headlining Saturday, October 19th is Radiohead singer Thom Yorke's supergroup Atoms For Peace - a band with a dream team line-up in itself who released their debut album earlier this year - who will be joined by the likes of dancehall DJ Major Lazer and British duo Disclosure. Sunday 20th sees yet more great sets from exclusive headliner Beck, as well as Animal Collective, hyped band of the moment Haim, London indie group Palma Violets and pop duo Sleigh Bells. What's more, you don't have to miss out on any of this incredible music as bands will be spread out on two stages, with no-one playing at the same time and, more importantly, no interruptions.

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Animal Collective Star Suffering From Strep Throat


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Animal Collective star Avey Tare has blamed an "intense" bout of strep throat for crippling the band's North American tour.

The rockers called off a number of shows in Canada and the U.S. earlier this month (Mar13) due to "sudden illness" and this week (beg18Mar13) they postponed the rest of the American leg, axing seven shows, including stops in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Frontman Tare has now revealed he has been suffering from a nasty throat condition but hopes to recover in time to restart the band's tour in Europe in May (13).

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Animal Collective Axe Canada Show


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Cult rockers Animal Collective scrapped a gig in Toronto, Canada over the weekend (09-10Mar13) due to "sudden illness".

The band had been due to play at the city's Danforth Music Hall on Saturday night (09Mar13), but they axed the concert just hours before showtime.

A statement posted on the venue's website reads, "Due to sudden illness tonight's Animal Collective show at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto must be postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible."

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