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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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Field Day 2013 - Preview


With Field Day 2013 less than two weeks away, now seems like a good time to look at the 5 must-see bands of the festival. 

Field Day 2013 - Preview

After the success of the festival last year it was difficult to see how it could possibly be improved. As the line up announcements filtered through from Field Day HQ, it became clear just how special this year is going to be. A quite astonishing array of artists all playing in one field, on one day - what could possibly go wrong? Clashes, of course. The chances of you catching every artist you intended on seeing are slim, so here are the 5 must-see acts this year.

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Arguably the most exciting band of 2013. Renowned for their extraordinary live performances, as demonstrated on Jools Holland a few months ago, Savages are one band you will not want to miss this summer. With their debut album having come out a few weeks ago, now's the time to catch them live. It will be an "I was there" moment.

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The Wait Is Over: Daft Punk Announce Fourth Studio Album, But No Tour


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Daft Punk are back at last, with their first studio album in eight years due to be released in May 2013. The French electronic dance duo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have signed a new recording deal with the Sony-owned Columbia label, according to The Guardian. This will be the fourth studio album from Daft Punk. Their last, Human After All was released in 2005, though they also created the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy in 2010.

So far, the details of the fourth album are limited but one thing seems to be certain: anyone expecting to see Daft Punk touring in support of the album is likely to be disappointed. There were rumors flying around that they would headline one of the days at Coachella. That proved unfounded, with the Coachella line-up now announced and not including the French dance act. BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank – who also curates Bestival on the Isle of Wight – has revealed that he was told Daft Punk would not be touring in 2013. The last time they played the UK was in 2007, at the Wireless festival.

What is known about Daft Punk’s movements in this lengthy gap between releases is that they have been collaborating with the likes of Chic’s Nile Rogers, Feist collaborator Chilly Gonzales and Animal Collective’s Panda Bear. They’re also said to have been working with the legendary disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, though it’s unclear how much of the material they’ve worked on over the last few years will actually make it onto the 2013 album release. Mystery may shroud this Daft Punk release but word of its arrival is still bug news for Daft Punk fans. The wait is finally over.  

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Animal Collective Cancel Tonight’s New York Show Through Illness


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Animal Collective have cancelled tonight’s show in New York after singer Dave contracted laryngitis. The group were set to play a show in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Park with Micachu & The Shapes, though have been forced to pull out on the advice of doctors.

In a statement the band said, “Hey everyone, We really wish we didn’t have to be writing this right now, but after taking Dave to the doctor this morning it turns out that he has laryngitis and unfortunately we are unable to play the show tonight. We are already in the middle of trying to reschedule NY dates in the next couple of months to make up for this cancellation.” Ticketholders will be entitled to full refunds at the place of purchase though a rescheduled date should be announced in the near future. The statement continued, “Again, our sincere apologies to fans anticipating this show. We are always psyched to play NYC and will make it up to you.”

The Williamsburg show was set to be part of the group’s promotion for ‘Centipede Hz’, their ninth studio album.


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Animal Collective, Fall Be Kind EP Review


Review of Animal Collective's EP Fall Be Kind

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Animal Collective, Nottingham Rescue Rooms Live Review


Review of Animal Collective live at Nottingham Rescue Rooms on Monday 23rd March 2009.

'Animal Collective' are a band of contrasts and perfect centres between oppositional forces. A band who eschew unforgettable moments and instantly forgettable meanderings in equal amounts, who sit happily in the minuscule overlap of euphoric dance-pop and jam-based, (near) proggish workouts, occasionally dipping out a foot into folk or tropical waters.

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Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion Album Review


Review of Animal Collective's album 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' released through Domino.

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