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Bonnaroo 2015 Is Here! Here's What The Rest Of The Weekend Has In Store


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Bonnaroo is in full swing and while we've seen some pretty impressive acts so far, the musical forecast shows things are not going to get quieter anytime soon. One of America's biggest and most diverse summer events, fans flock in their thousands to Tennessee this weekend to welcome some of the world's top entertainers.

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Friday's line-up is a particularly mixed bag; where you've got music veterans the likes of 80s new wave legends Tears For Fears and 70s R&B band Earth Wind & Fire, you also got newer names such as LA duo Mini Mansions, who recently won acclaim for their second album 'The Great Pretenders', and Brit award winning UK chart toppers Royal Blood. Making some noise on the main What Stage throughout though are house producer Deadmau5, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' rapper Kendrick Lamar and roots rock collective Alabama Shakes

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My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall Album Review


My Morning Jacket's seventh studio album 'The Waterfall', their first in four years, finds Jim James' five-piece band in a psychedelic and pastoral mood. It demonstrates many of the experimental tendencies of James' 2013 solo effort 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God', but I must admit that I've warmed less to these songs than other critics. Culled from a productive set of sessions in Northern California, this is the first of two My Morning Jacket albums planned for the next twelve months. The tracks are infused with the hazy sunshine that you'd expect from that location, but many of them became background noise to me far too quickly. The material feels comfortable, familiar even, but it felt a bit like wallpaper. Intricate, very detailed and occasionally beautiful wallpaper, but wallpaper all the same.

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That description does sound more detrimental than it should, but it is appropriate. Imagine landscapes that sprawl as far as you can see, littered with tiny details that you're more interested in than the overall picture. The term wallpaper may suggest repetition, there's little of that here, however the picture that's painted by James only temporarily catches your attention, that's where the analogy is strongest. To be fair, the moments where the ideas and sounds become less complex and more focussed are among My Morning Jacket's strongest work to date. There aren't enough of those moments for my money to make this one of their best albums though.

The emotional pinnacle of 'The Waterfall' is also perhaps its most striking moment; 'Get The Point' is a simple guitar lament to the breakdown of a relationship. It echoes the understated beauty of Paul McCartney's 'White Album' performance of 'Blackbird', comparisons have also been drawn elsewhere to Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin''. The song really is the jewel in the crown of 'The Waterfall', not least because it strips away some of the psychedelic haze to reveal James sharing an honesty that many of us find hard to put into words ("I hope you get the point, I think our love is done"). This is the most affecting break-up song I've heard in a long time, that much of the rest of the album doesn't reach this high water mark remains a problem for me. That's because I know that My Morning Jacket have the tools to prompt such a strong reaction as with this particular track.

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Forecastle Completes 2015 Line-Up With The War On Drugs And Mariachi El Bronx


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Forecastle Festival has finally completed its 2015 line-up and announced the full day-by-day schedule for the coming event, which is set to hit Louisville, Kentucky yet again in July. Plus, you'll very soon be able to purchase single day tickets for each day.

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Joining the stellar line-up headlined by the already announced Sam Smith, locals My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic are The War On Drugs, ZZ Ward, Robert DeLong and Mariachi el Bronx among a handful of others. With such talent expected every day between July 17th and 19th, 2015 is shaping up to be an important year for Forecastle.

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Bonnaroo 2015: More Thrills Added To The Summer Line-up


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More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.

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Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.

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My Morning Jacket Return To Louisville For Forecastle Festival 2015 Alongside Sam Smith


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Locals My Morning Jacket lead the line-up for Forecastle Festival 2015, as the first selection of acts entice more and more towards a sun-soaked weekend in Louisville, Kentucky this July. The band will also be joined by Brit singer Sam Smith.

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Hot on the heels of their latest album announcement 'The Waterfall', My Morning Jacket return to their hometown for a jam down by Waterfront Park this summer, alongside British superstar Sam Smith who is looking at his most successful year yet with four Grammy wins, a sell-out tour and a number one already with his re-released debut single 'Lay Me Down' featuring John Legend.

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Mumford & Sons Have A New Single, But 'Believe' Is Not What You'd Expect [Listen]


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Mumford & Sons have a new album well on the way, and they now unveil a taster in the form of first single 'Believe' - an instant download with all album pre-orders and a significant deviation from the modern 'folk rock' style that made them famous.

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Mumford & Sons return with new single 'Believe'

'Believe' is taken from third album 'Wilder Mind' and already gives us some idea that we shouldn't expect material like what we saw in debut album 'Sigh No More' and 2012's number one 'Babel'. This album has been recorded at Air Studios in London and has been produced by James Ford, whose previous work includes that of Arctic Monkeys, HAIM and Florence & The Machine.

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The Flaming Lips And Fwends Rework Sgt. Pepper's


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Rock oddballs The Flaming Lips have released more details about their upcoming charity album. It's a track-by-track tribute album to The Beatles' 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, regarded by many to be the most influential pop record ever released.

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Entitled With A Little Help From My Fwends, the Lips bring their unique style to proceedings with assistance from a host of collaborators including members of MGMT, Moby, My Morning Jacket, Foxygen, Tegan & Sara, Phantogram, J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.) and Miley Cyrus.

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Various Artists - College Radio Day The Album Volume 2 Album Review


On their 1985 minor hit 'Left of the Dial', The Replacements sang their ode to college radio, America's best solution to showcasing all the most interesting up and coming bands to all the coolest people. 'College Radio Day the Album Volume 2' demonstrates that this is an American tradition which is still in rude health.

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The curators of 'College Radio Day' stress that this is an album put together with care by the college radio community for the college radio community, and profits from the sale of this collection get pumped back into college radio. As a result, they have got some fairly big names in to contribute music. You get the southern rock of My Morning Jacket, you get a live version of Passenger's inescapable and insipid 'Let Her Go' and Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam's punk idealist side project RNDM even take a turn, as do the brilliantly named The Front Bottoms.

One of the strengths of 'College Radio Day' is its diversity. This is a compilation with little regard for genre boundaries, embracing everything from the Alice In Chains grunge revival of Killed the Fixtion to the hip hop stylings of Feli Fame. As a result, it would be difficult for anyone to enjoy absolutely everything on offer here but there is indeed something for everyone.

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CBGB Festival To Hold Free Times Square Concert PLUS Music Line-Up Now Announced


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The second CBGB Music & Film Festival is set to take over New York next week as hundreds of artists both old and new flood the streets in nearly 175 venues across the city.

The line-up has now been announced for year two of the CBGB Festival which will almost certainly exceed 2012's set-up. On October 8th - 13th, more than 700 artists will spread out in a celebration of some of the greatest music to have ever come out of New York - we are, of course, talking about the legendary 70s club of the same name that was founded by Hilly Kristal and saw the beginnings of icons such as Ramones, Misfits, the Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Talking Heads.

Must-see artists this year include Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket, Californian quartet The Wallflowers and New York's own Grizzly Bear. We will also get to see a special DJ set by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and all female tribute act Lez Zeppelin will be making an appearance, though with only three songs so make sure you don't miss it! It's not all about Americans either as CBGB happily opens its arms to the likes of Aussie trio Atlas Genius who released their debut album earlier this year and eclectic Irish band Bell X1 who also released an album which reached number one in the Irish charts.

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Performing Live On Stage During Day 3 Of The Peace And Love Festival

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It’s been almost 10 years since Aujin Rew (@aujinrew) overhauled her whole life, leaving behind a stable engineering career in South Korea to pursue photography. Last year, she accomplished another dream by traveling all over Asia, starting in Vietnam and ending in Turkey. “Mostly I traveled by bus or train, but sometimes hitchhiking took me on a more adventurous experience,” she says. “I hitchhiked a vegetable sellers’ car from Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan, and helped them sell vegetables on the way to Osh. A three-hour journey became six hours.” Aujin’s current home base is in Singapore, but before heading back on the road, she’s pausing in Seoul to reflect for the #LunarNewYear: “What has been driving me to keep traveling and stay away from home? Maybe even before I find some answers, my itchy feet will lead me to somewhere in Siberia or the border between Myanmar and India. Who knows? Life brings surprises.”
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It all started with a handful of Polaroids found on a city street. Now, Zun Lee’s (@zunleephoto) project, Fade Resistance (@faderesistance), has amassed over 3,500 instant photos, chronicling the African-American family experience in the United States. “There was so much love and joy and affection, and these photos were so full of life,” the Toronto-based photographer says. “The question then is: Why are so many of them out there? And what does it say about how they end up on the street?” Zun’s collection largely hails from the Los Angeles area — the majority were taken in the 1980s and early 1990s — capturing life’s milestones, moments and everyday scenes. “When you see pictures that resemble one’s own experience, it’s much easier to empathize and to humanize a community that might not be your own,” Zun explains.

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JiaJia Fei, digital director at the Jewish Museum (@thejewishmuseum) in New York City, has visited the Studio Museum in Harlem (@studiomuseum) many times, but a recent trip was for the #MuseumInstaSwap: 18 museums in New York paired off and spent time with each other’s collections, taking photos with their own communities in mind and posting them throughout the day on February 2. Organized by the Intrepid Museum (@intrepidmuseum) and inspired by the first swap led by the Wellcome Collection (@wellcomecollection), the initiative offers a fresh perspective on each museum as well as a broader audience for all. At the Studio Museum, JiaJia (@vajiajia) took photos of pieces capturing its spirit, such as Glenn Ligon’s iconic work “Give us a Poem,” a light installation blinking the words “me, we.” “Though the mission of both institutions is dedicated to art seen through a specific lens, these are ultimately museums for people of all backgrounds,” says JiaJia. “We were able to connect all of our voices and audiences online, worldwide, for a single day.”
Photo at @studiomuseum by @thejewishmuseum
There’s a reason musician Butch Serianni refers to himself as @oddkidout. “I always felt like people didn’t understand me, nor did they understand that I wanted to do something different,” says the 20-year-old Drexel University sophomore and co-host of FACT Magazine’s #FACTInstaBeats series. No matter. Being on his own just allowed him to build up his skills, first on the drums, and then in electronic production. The chronology makes more sense when you check out his videos, where he can be seen gliding across a Native Instruments system, tapping out a beat in real time. “The format I used to learn drums, I took that concept and transferred it.”
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Like. Love. Affection. Romance. A double tap. All month long, @instagram will be celebrating this simple image with a big helping of meaning. For Hayden Zezula (@zolloc), a New York City artist and animator, having heart means “life.”
Your heart beats about 100,00 times in one day and 36.5 million times in a year.

Watch this space for more standout hearts, and share yours with #IGHearts

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#WHPnocturnal asked community members to make creative images and videos at night, like this one by Mohammad Reza Mandani (@maandani), an artist from Iran.

Mohammad took this photo when traveling into the desert with friends. “We got there in the evening and the sun disappeared,” Mohammad says. “I was wondering how we could freeze the moment forever and remembered one of the oldest techniques: long exposure with light painting.”
See more of our favorite submissions at blog.instagram.com.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPvibrant 
The goal this weekend is to create brightly colored photos and videos filled with energy, like this one by @ioulex. Here’s how to get started:
Get up close to capture lively action, spirited moments and animated personalities.

A vibrant subject pops in a muted setting. Look for backgrounds that allow your subject to shine, and try shooting from unexpected angles.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPvibrant hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.

For more examples and inspiration, check out blog.instagram.com

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“Sometimes an illustration is more direct than words,” Lucille Clerc (@lucille_clerc) says. Since the November Paris attacks, the London-based, French-born illustrator has been working on illustrations of the French values “liberté, égalité and fraternité” (liberty, equality and fraternity). Drawing allows Lucille to stay connected to her native country’s culture: “It helps me a lot to draw these days. These values — liberté, égalité, fraternité — they are not only French. They are universal.”
To explore more stories from the French-speaking community, follow @instagramfr.

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“Every person you photograph, young or old, you have to bond, you have to connect,” photojournalist Daro Sulakauri (@darosulakauri) says. “I don’t think portraiture has an age to it.” Daro was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, then studied in the United States before returning back to her native country. She grew up surrounded by social change as Georgia regained its independence from the Soviet Union. “Everything happened in front of my house all the time,” she explains. While her early work was photographing her friends and family, now she says she likes to slip into the corners of other homes, too, capturing domestic moments that highlight contemporary life in Georgia: “Like remote villages, for instance, where you will never get a chance to meet those people and see the life that’s going on there — the light, the colors, the people, everything.”
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