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Jack Daniel's Birthday




Join us this Saturday for our big Jack Daniels birthday celebration Music, lights and JD. What more do you need? And why not streamline your experience by ordering your JD via the UKCN a.

Join us this Saturday for our big Jack Daniels birthday celebration! Music, lights and JD... What more do you need?
And why not streamline your experience by ordering your JD via the UKCN app? Visit: http://app.ukcn.com/ for more information.

Squires: Join DJ Shaggy as he mixes up the very best in Dance, RnB and Club Classics
NYNY: DJ Paul Mac brings you Prestons biggest and best Party, in our very own Disco room! Look out for those Motown and Soul classics, as he takes you down Memory Lane

Karaoke Lounge: Whether you have been told you sing like an angel or you canot sing at all, Karaoke is for everyone Bring your friends and come out to enjoy an evening of melodic entertainment. Sing your favorite songs or just sit back and listen to your peers sing theirs. Either way it is sure to be a good time.

Drink Offers:
Buy 4 Bottles for £12.00 inc. VK Flavours / Corona / Budweiser / Becks / Stella
£3.00 - Vodka Kick / Jung Bombs
£3.50 - Vodka Red Bull / Jagerbombs

2-4-1 on Long Cocktails
Double-Up for just £1.50 on Selected Spirits

Admission Information:
£5.00 entry all night

Category: Nightlife

£4.5
Booking




Starts:
Saturday 20th September, 2014 @ 11:00 PM


Location:

Squires, Preston, Market Place, Preston, PR1 2ES, UK






Christmas Motown Sound




: The Motown Sound returns for a special Christmas performance this December!

The Motown Sound returns for a special Christmas performance this December! Under the musical directorship of guitarist Ciyo Brown, accompanied by vocalists Gwyn Jay Allen, Verna Francis and backed by a six piece band, The Motown Sound promise to deliver all your favourite Motown classics!

£18-£30
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Starts:
Friday 28th November, 2014 @ 8:00 PM


Location:

Theatre Square, Stratford, London,






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4 weeks ago
Philly Funk Authority Snatches Si 2 http://www.prosoundnetwork.com/article/philly-funk-authority-snatches-si-2/18219?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter #ProAudio

Prosound Network: Philly Funk Authority Snatches Si 2
Prosound Network The Philadelphia Funk Authority, a funk, soul and R&B group that caters to the area’s weddings, private events, festivals, clubs and concert scene, recently purchased a Harman Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console to mix performances.


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Loose Ends Singles Event




Are you single between 35 to 55 ish ? Like to meet new people in a party atmosphere and have a great night out then this is for You, there is no speedating or games at my events.

The aim is for you to have a great night out at different places with varied DJ's and new people joining every month.

I have specially selected venues for up to 100 people in smart trendy bars in Central London which are exclusively hired for Loose Ends Events once a month.
I like to make sure we have even numbers of men & women so at times the booking availability may be restricted to ensure this.

One of the 3 DJ's will give you a trip down memory lane playing a selection of 70's 80's Soul & Motown with up to date music thrown in.

Category: Nightlife

£10
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Starts:
Saturday 27th September, 2014 @ 7:00 PM


Location:

Steam Wine Bar, 1 St Georges Lane, London, EC3R 8DJ, UK






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Soul 2 Streets

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4 weeks ago
Happy 20th @rinsefm!!! Culture defining station!!! Love + Salute!!!


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Mumblin' Earl's Original Gumbo Mix
An old Mardi Gras mix from several years back now, had itself a lil' spit 'n' polish for carnival time y'all. Never did make it up on the mixcloud here until now, gots lost on Canal or somethin'. Anyways here she is - bunch of great New Orleans music, starts with some old R'n'B hits and works on through to some stompin' brass band bidniss, yeah you right.

http://www.mixcloud.com/MumblinEarl/mumblin-earls-original-gumbo-mix/

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Rhythm & Booze




Dance the night away to classic rock, northern soul & 60's RnB...
Live: Ian Punter

There is no doubt that the U.K has had a love affair from Rhythm & Blues to Rock n Roll, through to Tamla Motown, Stax, The Rolling Stones and the British 60's RnB boom.

Honouring that, Rhythm & Booze brings you a night to enjoy Southend?s coolest new venue, to shake & swing to the finest hip-shakers every Thursday.

URLs:
Facebook: http://atnd.it/14664-1
Twitter: http://atnd.it/14664-2

Free Entry
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Starts:
Thursday 28th August, 2014 @ 7:00 PM


Location:

East Coast Social, 9 London Road, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom






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Smirnoff's Big Night Out




Think BIG production and BIG entertainment Big Night Out is all about transforming your local venue to something spectacular whether it's the lasers of Ibiza or the gymnasts from the Circus.

Think BIG production and BIG entertainment
Big Night Out is all about transforming your local venue to something
spectacular whether it's the lasers of Ibiza or the gymnasts from the
Circus. Big Night Out is famous for bringing you the biggest, most
spectacular club nights across the UK. Unrivaled in scope and unmatched
in scale, we always kick off in style. Join the hype now, once you go
BIG you never go back
Liquid: House, Progressive Electro House, Dubstep and remixes of the latest tracks in the charts, open from 10:00pm.
Envy: R'n'B, Reggae, Afro Beats, Old School Soul and Funky House

Admission Information:
£5.00 standard entry

Category: Nightlife

£5
Booking




Starts:
Saturday 27th September, 2014 @ 10:00 PM


Location:

Liquid, Envy & JJ's, Hanley, Fiction, Hanley, ST1 1DR, UK






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Hydraulix, Oski, Hatch more at Chinese Laundry
Friday 13th June 2014
Chinese Laundry, 1 Slip Street, Sydney, NSW
Trap and Bass this Friday at night Laundry, headed up by local legend Hydraulix!

Full lineup:

HydraulixOskiBlackjackHatch

Cave - hosted by BASE Australia

Thossi
Kara
ChenzoMetlad

Doors open at 9pm, $5 drink specials until 11pm

https://soundcloud.com/hatch/sunshine

https://soundcloud.com/hydraulix-dub/sets/originals

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The Gallery Pres. Coldharbour Records
Friday 20th June 2014
Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt St, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6DP, United Kingdom
With the marathon DJ sessions of Markus Schulz now entrenched into Gallery folklore, tonight welcomes these esteemed ambassadors for his Coldharbour Recordings imprint. Promising the dark and devilish sound on which our international resident has become famed, but executed by these future heroes of the scene.

Mentored by Markus since the fledgling stages of his career, KhoMha returns after last Julys critically acclaimed Gallery debut. Impressing that night with a tumultuous blend of trance, progressive and tech, his inimitable sound is one which cannot be pigeon holed. Hence why the KhoMha experience is so engaging, combining the driving aspects of all genres into one soul shaking package.

Whether under Push, Plastic Boy or tonights pseudonym of M.I.K.E., The Belgian superstars anthemic tracks have been responsible for The Gallerys most defining moments. The Legacy, Twixt and Sunrise At Palamos amongst others, M.I.K.E. is not one to rest on his laurels. A recent acquisition to the Coldharbour crew, sees his new label productions represent the darker side of tech-trance.

After a critically acclaimed Gallery debut last August, Beat Service has gone from strength to strength. This year saw the launch of new show Beat Service Radio, which is fast building a devoted fan base and the perfect platform to spread his chunky trance worldwide. Finally two debuts, affirming The Gallerys resolve to blood hot new talent. Mr.Pit will impress with his inimitable style, which featured on a recent flagship mix for the Coldharbour Sessions Podcast. The Venom One duo is sure to air new track Revolution, a collaboration with Markus which has been a regular request in all recent sets.

The Gallery and Coldharbour Recordings. Its going to be hot.


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Unearth
2014-06-12
DNA lounge, 375 11th Street near Harrison in SoMa, San Francisco
Performing Live:

UNEARTH -- https://www.facebook.com/unearthofficial TEXAS IN JULY -- https://www.facebook.com/texasinjulyband CRUEL HAND -- https://www.facebook.com/cruelhand ARMED FOR APOCOLYPSE -- https://www.facebook.com/armedforapocalypse

With DJ:

Rob Metal

Unearth: Metalcore is a stubborn genre, and one that should never change. Luckily for tried and true death metal and metal core fans, we have Unearth to be its champion. For more than 15 years, Unearth has been staying true to the heavy metal genre that birthed them. Metal is their craft, and they do it with an attention to detail rivaled only by the dark brutality of their output. Part homage to legends like Pantera and At The Gates, part amendment to classic subgenres like Swedish death metal and early metalcore, and part uniquely Unearth, the band has never wavered in their grittiness, darkness, or their ability to excite the audience of headbangers (seriously, they've opened for metal legends Testament and easily held their own). Unearth features a death growling lead singer along with some stellar clean vocals and backing vocals from one of their two guitarists. They've got the low end down pat, solos galore, the soul of thrash metal egging them onwards, and enough stage antics for everyone. The band directly engages the audience (you will be sweated upon, front row) and leaps around the stage with wild abandon, antics that are true to the ethos of heavy metal, adding some levity to an already amped up live show. You get the feeling that these guys would be just as stoked to play someone's rowdy basement party as they would be opening up an arena festival -- they are genuine protectors of the faith (aka metal).

Texas In July: Emotional, earnest, raw, and truthful, Texas In July is a metalcore band from, you guessed it, Pennsylvania. Mixing soaring clean vocals reminiscent of emo-alternative rock of the early 2000s with guttural, growling lead vocals that shake your soul, Texas In July creates a moody yet fun blend of all things metalcore. Four boys decided to form Texas In July during their high school days and still have plenty of that youthful energy left to share with their fans. Constant touring has allowed these dudes to form a tight rapport and easy songwriting connection, despite a few line-up changes. Motifs such as transition, Christianity, and faith, mingle with the harder elements such as angry vocals, super powerful, forceful drumming, and in your face guitar. The band has got the technicality of the music down, both on record and throughout their aggressive live show, but also embraces groovin' out and jumping around on stage -- you can tell they're having fun and doing what they want to be doing. The crowd certainly picks up on the Texas In July attitude, and responds with unencumbered dancing. Every breakdown (and there are many) is a chance to jump up and waive your fists with glee.

Cruel Hand: From the tranquil wilderness of Portland, Maine, comes a decidedly un-tranquil band: Cruel Hand. Equal parts thrash, hardcore, and metal, Cruel Hand brings a devastating and brutal sound to every record and live show. The five piece haven't turned their back on fun, despite the deep heaviness of the music. Hair flies, sweat pours, and music pounds as Cruel Hand wails and growls. The band has played huge festival stages and small rooms with equal vigor - their energy, complete with rowdy stomping around stage and singing directly into the crowd, is big enough to capture any crowd. Dual guitars, excellent drumming, and lots of headbanging bring the audience some of the feeling from classic days of hardcore. Don't be surprised if their blend of thrashy hardcore inspires a mosh pit, just get out of the way.

Armed for Apocolypse: What exactly is Armed For The Apocalypse armed with? Heavy, heavy metal. You won't find any clean choruses or slightly happy tunes coming from this five piece from Chico, Ca. Hell, you'll only hear loud, aggressive, dark, and dangerous songs that rumble along at a dirge then switch to fast pace single chords and blast beats. Three guitars make for quite a heavy sound, especially when tuned down and pissed off. There's nothing more evil sounding than the growl emitted by Armed For The Apocalypse's singer -- as if he was calling some demons to his side. With dark lyrics and song titles that speak of demons, world ending, and, a personal favorite, "You Are Alive When They Start To Eat You," make no mistake: Armed For The Apocalypse is intensely, brutal, gory, and ready to explode your eardrums.

metal.
doors @ 6pm;
show @ 6:30pm.
all ages.
$14 advance;
$16 day of show.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/468004486679218/

Buy Tickets: $14: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54771 VIP Upstairs: $340: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54772 VIP Downstairs: $415: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54773 VIP Double: $680: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54774

Watch and listen:
Unearth: This Glorious Nightmare: http://youtu.be/MMI5bmlSrRg Texas In July New Beginnings: http://youtu.be/Vhz_7n1Nu9g Cruel Hand: Lock and Key: http://youtu.be/k44Y3DKBTtM Armed For Apocalypse Better Worlds The Road Will End: http://youtu.be/KuzhyK8YCas

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VCR
Friday 20th June 2014
Electric Social, 40 Acre Lane, Brixton
South London's only 100% Audio-Visual monthly.

VCR returns for another installment of audio-visual mayhem at Electric Social. This month joining residents BRXTNFNK and Tom Central is fellow local DJ and record label owner DJ Gilla from First Word.

First Word is celebrating 10 years of releasing soulful, beat-driven music in all sorts of forms. As well as A&Ring the label, he's also an excellent DJ in his own right, performing across Europe and at festivals such as Dimensions and Soundwave year after year.

URLs Links:
Twiter: http://atnd.it/12239-2Facebook: http://atnd.it/12239-0

Category: Nightlife


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Join us this Saturday for our big Jack Daniels birthday celebration Music, lights and JD. What more do you need? And why not streamline your experience by ordering your JD via the UKCN a.

Join us this Saturday for our big Jack Daniels birthday celebration! Music, lights and JD... What more do you need?
And why not streamline your experience by ordering your JD via the UKCN app? Visit: http://app.ukcn.com/ for more information.

Squires: Join DJ Shaggy as he mixes up the very best in Dance, RnB and Club Classics
NYNY: DJ Paul Mac brings you Prestons biggest and best Party, in our very own Disco room! Look out for those Motown and Soul classics, as he takes you down Memory Lane

Karaoke Lounge: Whether you have been told you sing like an angel or you canot sing at all, Karaoke is for everyone Bring your friends and come out to enjoy an evening of melodic entertainment. Sing your favorite songs or just sit back and listen to your peers sing theirs. Either way it is sure to be a good time.

Drink Offers:
Buy 4 Bottles for £12.00 inc. VK Flavours / Corona / Budweiser / Becks / Stella
£3.00 - Vodka Kick / Jung Bombs
£3.50 - Vodka Red Bull / Jagerbombs

2-4-1 on Long Cocktails
Double-Up for just £1.50 on Selected Spirits

Admission Information:
£5.00 entry all night

Category: Nightlife

£4.5
Booking




Starts:
Saturday 20th September, 2014 @ 11:00 PM


Location:

Squires, Preston, Market Place, Preston, PR1 2ES, UK






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Clique: Jack Daniel's Birthday




Liquid: House, Progressive Electro House, Dubstep and remixes of the latest tracks in the charts, open from 10:00pm. Envy: R'n'B, Raggae, Afro Beat, Old School Soul and Funky House, Drink Off.

Liquid: House, Progressive Electro House, Dubstep and remixes of the latest tracks in the charts, open from 10:00pm.

Envy: R'n'B, Raggae, Afro Beat, Old School Soul and Funky House,

Drink Offers:
90p - Selected drinks before 1:00am
90p - VK Flavours / Becks / Corky's

Admission Information:
£5.00 entry, £3.00 online

Category: Nightlife

£3
Booking




Starts:
Saturday 6th September, 2014 @ 10:00 PM


Location:
Liquid, Envy & JJ's, Hanley, Liquid, Envy & JJ's, Hanley, ST1 1DR, UK






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Jack Daniel's Birthday




Join us this Saturday for our big Jack Daniels birthday celebration Music, lights and JD. What more do you need? And why not streamline your experience by ordering your JD via the UKCN a.

Join us this Saturday for our big Jack Daniels birthday celebration! Music, lights and JD... What more do you need?
And why not streamline your experience by ordering your JD via the UKCN app? Visit: http://app.ukcn.com/ for more information.

Squires: Join DJ Shaggy as he mixes up the very best in Dance, RnB and Club Classics
NYNY: DJ Paul Mac brings you Prestons biggest and best Party, in our very own Disco room! Look out for those Motown and Soul classics, as he takes you down Memory Lane

Karaoke Lounge: Whether you have been told you sing like an angel or you canot sing at all, Karaoke is for everyone Bring your friends and come out to enjoy an evening of melodic entertainment. Sing your favorite songs or just sit back and listen to your peers sing theirs. Either way it is sure to be a good time.

Drink Offers:
Buy 4 Bottles for £12.00 inc. VK Flavours / Corona / Budweiser / Becks / Stella
£3.00 - Vodka Kick / Jung Bombs
£3.50 - Vodka Red Bull / Jagerbombs

2-4-1 on Long Cocktails
Double-Up for just £1.50 on Selected Spirits

Admission Information:
£5.00 entry all night

Category: Nightlife

£4.5
Booking




Starts:
Saturday 20th September, 2014 @ 11:00 PM


Location:
Squires, Preston, Market Place, Preston, PR1 2ES, UK






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The fear programs run deep.. in complexity we find confusion.. the Truth is quite easy once you see it.. it's the lies that one keeps clinging unto which causes all the effects of misery in their lives. Shut your monkey mind up that loves victim mentality and keeps yelling 'but.. but.. but..' and that keeps running circles in the false hope that doing the same thing will get you different results.. that's insanity right there. The Universe is in constant communication with one's soul/spirit essence.. all the time, in the here and now of life.. but how are you ever going to hear this little inner voice in you if you keep being distracted by thoughts from your left-brain monkey mind? How are you ever going to find your center if you keep reacting to external events with emotional responses, shutting down your ability to be in a state of unconditional love? The moment you realize that YOU are the only savior that can and will bring an end to your suffering and enslavement.. you step out of victimhood. You stop pointing fingers.. You stop blaming other aspects of you for doing things that YOU created. YES, YOU ARE A CREATOR.. The more that you give your creative powers away the more you are subjected to the creations of other people e.g. the controllers and the ones that are controlling your life. Energy flows where attention goes.. take responsibility and go inwards... go deep, down and dark into your heart so you can remember what you have always known... who you are, why you are, what your purpose is in this life. So many distractions that we forget to stand still for a second.. to stop thinking and doing.. to just be and breathe. This is the perfect time to let go of everything and everyone that do not longer serve you on your path.. All happens for a reason, there is no need to take the weight of the past with you, leave it where it belongs, in the past..! Empty your cup so you can start the day anew.. YOU are the one you have been waiting for all your life.

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Marcus Intalex helms New York's Natural Selection
Drum & bass icon and Soul:r stable boss Marcus Intalex will make two rare New York City appearances this weekend on Saturday, August 9th and the following weekend as well on Saturday, August 16th. Influential UK-based DJ producer Marcus Kaye, known in recent years for crafting house and techno under his popular Trevino moniker, brings his classic, experimental drum & bass sound to Tammany Hall on Saturday, August 9th for the ongoing Natural Selection event, backed by Double Dragon and residents. Then, the following week, Natural Selection will also host the Metalheadz NYC party on Saturday, August 16th featuring labelmates Doc Scott and Bailey.


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Motown soul stew: Isabelle Gaddie's west-side watering hole Full Belly serves up Southern-style supper from scratch
by Jane Slaughter If ever a restaurant deserved to make a go of it, it's Full Belly. Owner Isabelle Gaddie, a former jazz, blues, Motown, R&B, and gospel singer, opened the cafe on Halloween 2011, between Ryan and Mound on the east side, just north of the Mound Correctional Facility.?

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Win tickets to see Kwabs at Chadderton Baths in Manchester

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Join Microsoft Mobile Devices and La Blogothèque for the Lumia Live Sessions in Manchester.

The lineup for the 5th and final instalment of the 2014 Lumia Live Sessions (LLS) features soul sensation, Kwabs with support coming from Disclosure, Rudimental & Ryan Hemsworth collaborator Sinead Harnett. It takes place on 1st September in yet another wonderfully unusual location (they've already done Lumia shows this year in an abandoned London tube station, a fairground museum in Devon and Jagwar Ma played in the old courts in Bristol). 2014€™s final LLS will take place in Manchester€™s art deco Chadderton Baths.

Christophe Abric of La Blogothèque said:

In 2014, it doesn't matter if you like R'n'B, electro music, rap or soul; the Internet freed everyone from genres. Kwabs is one of these artists for whom music is a big field of experiment. He isn't a rapper, a soul man, or an r'n'b singer - he is all of them at the same time, floating from one genre to another with his deep soulful voice and his incredible sense of rhythm. He will, without question, easily bring us into his world for our first Manchester Lumia Live Session.

Sound good? Right then, you can win yourself tickets! We have 50 paris of tickets to give away for this unique event and all you need to do to enter is to click the retweet button on this tweet:

Winners will be pick at random from entries by the DiS editorial team and notified via Twitter a few days before the event. Good luck!

For a second chance to win tickets and to watch previous sessions visit - nokia.com/gb-en/lumialive

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This Weekend: Kindred The Family Reunion Returns With An All-Star Philly Lineup - Saturday, August 9

Philly husband and wife soul duo, Kindred the Family Soul is back with another community-centered, family-friendly event this weekend. The Kindred Family Reunion, presented by State Representative Jordan Harris, willbe jam-packed day of fun, music, food, and much more ? and it?s free to attend!

The event will be hosted by Hot 107.9?s PMS Morning Show Crew, Laiya St. Clair and Shamara. Musical performances will include some of Philadelphia?s most loved, and talented, artists. And, they are definitely going to lay it down in the name of Philly soul.

Take a look at the show's all-star lineup.

Jaguar Wright ? From her work with heavy hitters like Jay Z and The Roots to her own solo work, Jaguar Wright has a voice that cannot be denied. A pillar of the Philly soul scene, Jag broke out on the international music scene during the peak of Philly's soul revival of the early 2000s.

Kindred the Family Soul ? Kindred has to be one of the most endearing husband and wife duos on the planet. Their smooth sound has led them to the tops of the charts and all across the country performing their great music. Kindred will perform material from their latest release, A Couple of Friends.

Jazmine Sullivan ? The highly anticipated return of Jazmine Sullivan is under way and Philly 360 is here for all of it! Jazmine has been slaying stages since she was a young child. After taking some time away from the music business to grow and find more of her voice, she is back and gearing up for the release of her third effort, Reality Show.

Additional performances for the festivities include Suzann Christine, Jeremy Isaac, Mont Brown and ARF, Brotherly Love ? with more acts to be announced.

We'll see you there!


Kindred the Family Reunion
When: Saturday, August 9, Noon-8 pm Where: Chew Playground, 1800 Washington Avenue Cost: Free More Info: Click here.



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Montana renames Mount Sentinel after Paul McCartney
Mount McCartney christened in honor of Missoula performance.

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They Took My Soul: Spoon at New York’s McKittrick Hotel
A secret show becomes more experience than concert.

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The Shoes "B-More Blind"

The Shoes' rushing "B-More Blind" comes from HUMAN RESOURCES Vol. 1, a new digital compilation put together by the freshly launched Parisian label resources. Joining 13 other bootlegs, edits, and originals from fellow French production outfits, The Shoes' contribution to the collection takes on Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City," reshaping the classic soul tune into a driving club number, flushed with B-More-indebted breaks and layers of screaming synths. Out today, the entire HUMAN RESOURCES Vol. 1 compilation can be streamed in full after the jump and downloaded for free here.

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The Shoes "B-More Blind"

The Shoes' rushing "B-More Blind" comes from HUMAN RESOURCES Vol. 1, a new digital compilation put together by the freshly launched Parisian label resources. Joining 13 other bootlegs, edits, and originals from fellow French production outfits, The Shoes' contribution to the collection takes on Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City," reshaping the classic soul tune into a driving club number, flushed with B-More-indebted breaks and layers of screaming synths. Out today, the entire HUMAN RESOURCES Vol. 1 compilation can be streamed in full after the jump and downloaded for free here.

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FKA Twigs - LP1

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Pummelled continuously round the head by 24-hour news. Obliged to watch an entire DVD boxset per night so as not to get left behind as a cultural dinosaur. Plans for a costly high-speed rail network just to make the journey from one bustling metropolis to a similarly overcrowded conurbation thirty minutes quicker. Software update notifications every time you plug in your damned toaster. A Facebook feed bombarded by the constantly ageing faces of your friends€™ infants. The We Buy Any Car jingle playing on an involuntary four-hour loop inside your crackling brain. Ray Winstone€™s disembodied noggin interrupting all sports coverage every thirteen seconds to bellow the words, €œCome on geezer, put a fackin€™ monkey on the €˜orses, you soft bleedin€™ muppet!€ Contracting the inability to concentrate on any arts criticism that dares to be longer than 140 characters. Too busy working, networking, scrolling, sharing and clicking to have the time or energy to even skim through a fluffy airport novel, let alone make it past footnote no. 24 of Infinite Jest.

Let€™s slow the f=== down everybody. And listen to FKA Twigs.

Traditionally, the sound of youthful dissent has often been tied to pedal-to-the-metal acceleration, be it punk rock, thrash metal, grindcore, drum and bass, happy hardcore, or The Cuban Boys€™ yodelling hamster song. Well that stuff€™s old hat now and with the world rattling forwards at twice the pace of Technohead€™s €˜I Wanna Be A Hippy€™, the only real way to rebel in 2014 is to slow down, man, s-l-ow d-ow-n.

As Sean €œMr DiS€ Adams tweeted to his bazillion followers after seeing her live for the first time, Tahliah Barnett aka FKA Twigs is a €œdrone€˜n€™b, Aaliyah in a slo-mo daydream€. The comparisons to the blue-mood soul sound of Aaliyah are apt. Barnett€™s extraordinary voice also evokes the melancholic queens of trip-hop Martina Topley-Bird and Beth Gibbons, and Massive Attack collaborators such as Sinead O€™Connor and Elizabeth Fraser (not to mention various others from the 4AD roster).

Anyone who€™s already heard the single €˜Two Weeks€™ will testify to the truly astounding nature of Barnett€™s vocals. The track is an astonishing display of power and restraint. If those desperate X-Factor wannabes are kids running amok in an unguarded fireworks warehouse, letting off bangers left, right and centre and accidentally burning their faces off with their own unfixed Catherine wheel lungs €˜cos they think that€™s what Mariah Carey does, Barnett is an expert pyrotechnic with a remarkable control over her rockets, knowing exactly when to explode and how long to hold back for pace and suspense with little more than a sparkling whisper. With extra swearing. And slower.

Kylie Minogue€™s instructions to €œslow down and dance with me, yeah, slow€ come to mind, yet despite rocking mounds of rich, deep, funky, booming grooves, LP1€™s music is too slow to dance to really. Try slo-mo boogying to this and you€™ll risk looking like an aqua aerobics class that lost its swimming pool. Its disorientating, unsettling and claustrophobic ambience would be better suited to soundtracking a Netflix reboot of Nineties yuppie drama This Life. But don€™t let that put you off. It may be slow but Twigs€™ music is constantly swerving, shifting and splicing. While its glitchy beats, swathes of bass and woozy synths may soothe, they never bore. Its production is slick, professional and precise, but fortunately LP1 remains too out-there to put on at a dreaded dinner party (unless, perhaps, it€™s one of those mythically kinky dinner parties where you all put your car keys in a bowl and then make ((excruciatingly slow)) love to someone else€™s hubby). €œSlow love / So much better when we take it easy / Slow love / So much better when we take our time,€ as Prince once sang.

Pleasingly, FKA Twigs makes sex sound as awkward and nerve-racking as it€™s always been here in post-Victorian England where we might get Prince but we never really get Prince. Twigs€™ music is undeniably sexy, but in a somewhat distracted, apprehensive and paranoid way that flirts with being more frightening/frightened than sensual. It€™s like trying to calmly enjoy a snog on the steady ascent of a rollercoaster, or being seduced by someone who you slightly suspect may in fact be a phantom. Perhaps Barnett is a phantom. Or an alien, like Prince. Or an imaginary mutant r€˜n€™b superstar who€™s escaped from the radiator inside one of David Lynch€™s transcendental nightmares.

When Twigs sings about touching herself on €˜Kicks€™, she doesn€™t sound cringingly exhibitionist like Lady Gaga or Madonna before her, she sounds wounded and alone (€œI love my touch, know just what to do, so I tell myself it€™s cool to get my kicks like you€), yet still strong and defiant (€œI just touch myself and say, I€™ll make my own damn way€). Like other aching tracks such as €˜Numbers€™ (€œWas I just a number to you?€), €˜Kicks€™ could be a retort sung by one the many girls who€™ve been dicked over by the sexual shenanigans of The Weeknd.

In actual fact, some of FKA Twigs€™ ostensibly sexy-time lyrics are deeper than they initially appear. Barnett has explained that €˜Lights On€™ (€œWhen I trust you we can do it with the lights on€) is more concerned with personality than physical matters; it€™s about being comfortable enough with somebody to reveal who you really are. And it turns out that €˜Video Girl€™, which on first listen might come across as some seedy virtual sex narrative, actually documents the far grubbier experience of Twigs€™ former employment as a backing dancer in the video for Jessie J€™s €˜Price Tag€™ (the horror! the horror!).

Confidently frail and hesitant, LP1 is a refreshing reaction to, and a calm assault upon, the unfathomably fast-paced total noise of the current age. It projects modern anxieties, vents them, and forms a big warm blanket to protect and medicate you from them too. So maybe you should surrender to Ray Winstone€™s bloating, floating, gambling-promoting mug after all and have a flutter on LP1 winning the Mercury. Don€™t let that put you off either. This is no Well-Done Our Kid by Guy Garvey and The Elbows or James Blake€™s Overblown. This one deserves it.

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