June 9th, 2020

Tim Burgess, Squid, Georgia sign up for Greenpeace’s AAA (Action All Areas)

Posted on 09 Jun 2020 at 10:13am

Since their usual summer of collaborations and festival appearances won’t be happening this year, those at Greenpeace have announced their own online events will be taking place between Thursday June 18th-Saturday June 20th.

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Primavera Sound reveals full line-up and day splits for 2021

Posted on 09 Jun 2020 at 8:27am

Primavera Sound is one of the first festivals to be focusing on 2021 rather than the troubles of this year, and the full line-up and day splits for June ’21 have now been revealed by organisers.

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Album Review: Run The Jewels – RTJ4

Posted on 09 Jun 2020 at 7:13am

Run The Jewels released their fourth album early, and let everyone download it for free. This might seem like a promotional junket from the mid-noughties, but as with most of their actions, Killer Mike and El-P had their reasons, not least of which was timing.

The Saturday before, Mike had spoken publicly in the wake of George Floyd’s death, a video address which emotionally articulated the trauma being visited on America’s black communities and the stance that those most affected by it could take. As the country roiled under the spectre of widespread unrest, RTJ4 dropped like an atomic truth bomb.

Much has been said of the odd chemistry between the duo, a sentiment jokingly handled at one point with the aside, ‘One’s black, one’s white so if you don’t like them, you automatically racist’, but the contrast in style gives their fourth installment more wings than ever. Neither has any time for messing around, the twelve tracks running breathlessly, a tsunami of rhymes, whilst the big name collaborators – Josh Homme, Zack La Rocha and the inevitable Pharrell – are kept well in the background. There is a message here and let no other egos get in the way.

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The Smashing Pumpkins cancel Rock Invasion 2 tour

Posted on 09 Jun 2020 at 7:00am

More of the Smashing Pumpkins‘ 2020 tour plans have fallen by the wayside.

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Richard Russell, Glasser contribute to Crass remix EP Normal Never Was

Posted on 09 Jun 2020 at 6:31am

The first results of the remix project launched by Crass late last year will be released as a 12″ EP entitled Normal Never Was on July 24th.

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Bonnie Pointer, founding member of The Pointer Sisters, has died

Posted on 09 Jun 2020 at 5:34am

Bonnie Pointer, a founding member of The Pointer Sisters, has died aged 69, her publicist Roger Neal has confirmed.

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