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Fukushima-themed opera staged in Germany

Jan 27, 2016

Fukushima-themed opera staged in Germany

An opera about Japan’s disaster-devastated Fukushima Prefecture has received its world premiere at an opera house in the northern German city of Hamburg. Composed by Japanese musician Toshio Hosokawa and directed by the writer of its original story, Oriza Hirata, “Umi, Shizukana Umi” (“Stilles ...

Radiohead set to play new material at Summer Sonic

Jan 27, 2016

Radiohead set to play new material at Summer Sonic

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Following the announcement of a new album in the works, Radiohead has been confirmed as one of this year’s Summer Sonic headliners. Creativeman Productions made the announcement yesterday via the festival’s official website and joining the band will be Underworld, Sakanaction, Fergie, Weezer, Two ...

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

Jan 27, 2016

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

A single-stringed violin played only by Tuareg women is making a comeback in Algeria as the last of its players come to the rescue of a tradition on the verge of extinction. Women have long played the imzad in the matriarchal Tuareg communities of ...

Macklemore explores his 'White Privilege' in new rap song

Jan 25, 2016

Macklemore explores his 'White Privilege' in new rap song

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Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called “White Privilege II,” rapping about a white person’s position in society with black people fighting injustice and even namechecking Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture, along with himself. The track, released Friday, is close ...

| Jan 24, 2016

Afrirampo reunion may save 2016

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While 2016 kicked off for most of the music world with David Bowie tricking hundreds of thousands of people into buying a jazz-prog concept album about death, the message from the heart of J-pop was loud and clear: “DO NOT WORRY, NOTHING WILL EVER ...

As dance music booms, top club bets on Macau over New York

Jan 22, 2016

As dance music booms, top club bets on Macau over New York

House music was made in America, but as the dance scene increasingly goes mainstream a leading club is placing its bets on Macau over New York. Pacha NYC, one of the premier nightclubs in New York and a launchpad for DJs now famous around ...

Grimes is set to challenge your definition of pop

Jan 21, 2016

Grimes is set to challenge your definition of pop

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No matter how hard her fans and the music press campaign to make it happen, Grimes will never become the true pop star they want her to be. Although her otherworldly, Ableton-assisted music is crammed full of hooks fit to sit alongside Rihanna and ...

Bowie finally tops chart in U.S., his adopted home, after death

Jan 18, 2016

Bowie finally tops chart in U.S., his adopted home, after death

David Bowie’s final album on Sunday hit No. 1 in the United States, his adopted home, with the British music legend posthumously achieving a feat he never managed in life. “Blackstar,” which was released two days before Bowie’s Jan. 10 death from a secret ...