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Swans (US)

Swans (US)

Swans are alive. Approximately 13 years after the split of his group, which has been one of the most influential post-punk and new wave bands in the 80s and early 90s, Michael Gira called on his old bandmates to reunite in early 2010. With their following stroke of...

Hans Unstern (DE)

Hans Unstern (DE)

Is anybody nowadays still capable of seriously reasoning towards the truth? The Great Hans Unstern Swindle knows: every movement, every speech melody, every character, yes, every body is a pose, is rehearsed, is entertainment. Here, someone has widened his repertoire....

Element Of Crime (DE)

Element Of Crime (DE)

Actually, it isn’t important how long this band’s been existing, what tons of things they’ve already done and which meaning they have won in the German musical landscape. Not that it ain’t interesting: a band, having recorded their first album in 1985 at the legendary...

Dena (BU)

Dena (BU)

The hustle on the streets is what has fascinated Dena from an early age: as a nine-year-old the Bulgarian Dentiza Todorova recorded kiddie rap tracks with her sister and this DIY-manner is what made her famous after all. Years later she draws attention to herself with...

The Damned (UK)

The Damned (UK)

Celebrated as being the most entertaining of the original punk bands, The Damned were the first to release a punk single (New Rose, 1976) and are known as the band that would always deliver an accomplished live set ever since they started playing live in tiny punk...

Bear In Heaven (US)

Bear In Heaven (US)

For years, Bear in Heaven existed as a nights-and-weekends band, the sort of project that was more of a casual hobby than a career path for a few Southern natives who'd been living in the city for years. As such, they associated more with New Yorks experimental...

A Hawk And A Hacksaw (US)

A Hawk And A Hacksaw (US)

In 2012, A Hawk and A Hacksaw scored a new soundtrack to the legendary 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Sergey Paradjanov. They took the soundtrack on tour, accompanying the film live, and performed in cinemas and theatres. This record is the product of...

Robocobra Quartet (UK)

Robocobra Quartet (UK)

Originally formed at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the group operate as an expanding, contracting and ever-changing collective. A no-holds-barred approach centred on a howling drummer-vocalist and menacing saxophones takes them to...

Owen Pallett (CA)

Owen Pallett (CA)

The Canadian singer, violinist and composer Owen Pallett, formerly known by the name Final Fantasy, became well-known for his live performances as a loop musician. He would produce a dense set of orchestral flourishes, something approaching a one-man orchestra playing...

Neurosis (US)

Neurosis (US)

It is said that great art has the power to take us outside of ourselves and bring us closer to ourselves simultaneously. Few bands have accomplished this rare feat on a more profound and consistent basis than Neurosis. For nearly three decades, their music has touched...

Mudhoney (US)

Mudhoney (US)

Whereas most groups originally (wrongly or otherwise) associated with the grunge movement have broken up, fallen apart, reunited as shells of their former selves or disappeared entirely, Mudhoney kept on kicking out the garage-rocking, punk-infused, psycho-blues jams,...

Jaga Jazzist (NO)

Jaga Jazzist (NO)

For those who think they know Jaga Jazzist, the story of this Norwegian supergroup and Starfire – its fifth full-length studio album, hot on the heels of the acclaimed 20th anniversary vinyl box, ’94–'14 – begins with a pop quiz: Jaga Jazzist is: (a) A jazz band; (b)...

Bombino (NE)

Bombino (NE)

Omara “Bombino” Moctar, whose given name is Goumar Almoctar, was born on January 1st, 1980 in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the northeast of Agadez.

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore (DE)

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore (DE)

There is no documentation as to how Morten Gass, Thorsten Benning, Robin Rodenberg (and also Reiner in the beginning) left Mülheim an der Ruhr, why they buried their own past as the legendary hardcore act 7 Inch Boots, and began to explore the unparalleled boundaries...

Hidden Orchestra (UK)

Hidden Orchestra (UK)

Hidden Orchestra is the solo studio project of multi-instrumentalist composer/producer Joe Acheson. Classical/Electronic styles of music made with acoustic instruments, drums, field recordings and natural sounds. Beat-driven soundtrack soundscapes with layers of...