Monthly Archives: August 2014

PRINCE Announces Two Brand New Studio Albums

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Music icon PRINCE today announces not one, but two, brand new studio albums to be released globally via Warner Bros. Records. The much-anticipated albums are ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE’ and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’, set to release on September 30th 2014 in the US.  ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE’ is a solo album and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ is by Prince’s new band 3RDEYEGIRL.

Both albums, which are sold separately, are now available for pre-order via digital retailers and from Early buyers will be able to unlock ‘instant grat’ tracks from each record.  The album releases will also be marked by a series of very special events taking place globally, to be confirmed shortly.

2014 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the prodigious musical talent. Together with 3RDEYEGIRL, he rocked UK and European audiences into a frenzy with his sell-out ‘Hit & Run’ tours, generating some of the most significant critical acclaim of his career so far. In April, NPG Music Publishing was launched, marking the first time Prince’s vast publishing catalog has been independently controlled and administered in over twenty years. All of this in addition to headlining and curating the Essence Festival onJuly 4th in New Orleans and a much talked about appearance on hit TV show ‘New Girl’. 2014 has underlined that Prince continues to innovate and surprise, thrilling his fans and welcoming a whole new audience in the process.

The brand new studio albums mark a historic return to Warner Bros. Records, Prince’s original label home. The renewed partnership came after the announcement that Warner Bros. Records returned to Prince the master recordings of his pioneering ’80s albums, including Dirty Mind1999Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times.

Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture,” said Warner Bros. Records Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang. “For the past 35 years, he has never stopped evolving, challenging himself, reinventing his sound, and pushing boundaries. In true Prince fashion, he has just given us not one, but two extraordinary albums that express the incredible range and depth of his talent. All of us at WBR are immensely proud to be working with Prince to bring this brilliant new music to his legions of fans around the world, and needless to say we are thrilled to be working in partnership with him again.”

In releasing two albums on the same day fans get the chance to savor the many different aspects of Prince’s musical talents with ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE’ and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ offering two very distinct listening experiences.

‘ART OFFICIAL AGE’ is a classic Prince album, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton (@joshuaworld).  Sonically the record is a contemporary concoction of soul, R&B and funk.  The melodies are immediate and prominent as ever and Prince’s vocals are rich and solid, taking full advantage of his vocal range with decidedly, seductive lyrics.

PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ is a classic band record, with 3RDEYEGIRL which include Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass).  Recorded live and in analog the album is an electrifying funk-rock statement.  Many of the tracks from ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ were performed live on the ‘Hit & Run’ tours of the UK earlier this year – incendiary performances in a series of historic venues – which led The Guardian to declare “These are performances by one of the greatest funk-rock bands ever.”  The group was showered in 5-star reviews from all major reviewing media.

More live dates will be confirmed shortly.

The track-listings for ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ are as follows:










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More news about Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL will be revealed soon. For updates, please visit:

Flying Lotus Reveals Details & Album Sampler for ‘You’re Dead!’ LP, Out 10/7 on Warp Records


Watch You’re Dead! album trailer at

You’re Dead! is a shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife.  A sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity that amounts to a transcendent, mind-expanding plasm that could only exist between our world and another.

The enduring universe of Lotus’ supporting cast has expanded and evolved to feature in order of appearance, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, alongside mindblowing original artwork by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago.

“The album isn’t about the end, it’s really the beginning. It’s a celebration of the next experience. It’s the transition and the confusion.  It’s not ‘hey you’re dead.’ It’s ‘hey you’re dead!’”

- Flying Lotus

You’re Dead! is released on 7th October 2014 (6th October in UK and EU) on Warp Records.  Formats include CD, Double Gatefold Vinyl, Digital and a Special Edition 4 x 180g Vinyl box set, which includes ‘You’re Dead! Instrumentals’ on an initial pressing of 2,000 copies worldwide.

Flying Lotus You’re Dead!


October 7th, 2014

01. Theme

02. Tesla

03. Cold Dead

04. Fkn Dead

05. Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

06. Dead Man’s Tetris (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)

07. Turkey Dog Coma

08. Stirring

09. Coronus, the Terminator

10. Siren Song (feat. Angel Deradoorian)

11. Turtles

12. Ready err Not

13. Eyes Above

14. Moment of Hesitation

15. Descent Into Madness (feat. Thundercat)

16. The Boys Who Died in Their Sleep (feat. Captain Murphy)

17. Obligatory Cadence

18. Your Potential//The Beyond (feat. Niki Randa)

19. The Protest


Original artwork by Shintaro Kago



16 Ceremonia Festival, Mexico City, MX

17 Summer Set Music Fesitval, Somerset, WI

24 FYF Fest – Los Angeles, CA



09 The Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL

10 III Points Festival, Miami, FL

11 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

12 Cats Cradle, Carrboro, NC

13 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC

14 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA

15 Terminal 5, New York, NY

17 Paradise, Boston, MA

18 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT

20 Societe des Arts Technologiques, Montreal, QC

21 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON

23 Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI

24 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL



07 The Roundhouse, London, UK

09 Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX

11 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ

15 The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA

17 Roseland Theater, Portland, OR

18 Neptune, Seattle, WA

19 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC

21 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT

22 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO


Photo credit: Tim Saccenti

IF I STAY “Premiere Pass” Sweepstakes – Los Angeles

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WHAT: World Premiere of IF I STAY on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:00pm (Arrive no later than 6:30p)

  • 1 Winner – Winner will receive 2 passes to the IF I STAY in Hollywood
  • (Passes will be available at Will Call on the day of the event)


TCL Chinese Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood)


Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds and Stacy Keach

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In Theaters August 22

(Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema)

Director:                              R.J. Cutler

Writer:                                 Screenplay by Shauna Cross

Based on the novel by Gayle Forman

Producers:                          Alison Greenspan

Executive Producers:     Denise DiNovi, Gayle Forman, Brad Van Arragon

Cast:                                      Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds and Stacy Keach

Email us at contact[fusicology]dot[com] with title “IF I STAY “Premiere Pass” Sweepstakes – Los Angeles” with your first and last name for your chance to win!

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Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel comes to the screen in New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama “If I Stay,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie,” the “Kick-Ass” films), Mireille Enos (TV’s “The Killing,” “World War Z”), Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”), Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsmen”) and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”).

Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley).  But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance.  Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.

Rounding out the main cast are Liana Liberato , Aisha Hinds, Jakob Davies and Gabrielle Rose.

R.J. Cutler directed the film from a screenplay by Shauna Cross based on Forman’s novel.  “If I Stay” is produced by Alison Greenspan, with Denise DiNovi, Forman and Brad Van Arragon serving as executive producers.

Cutler’s behind-the-scenes team included cinematographer John de Borman, production designer Brent Thomas, editor Keith Henderson, costume designer Monique Prudhomme and composer Heitor Pereira.

Slated for release on August 22, 2014, “If I Stay” is a presentation of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.


Bhakti Fest: The #1 Conscious Music Festival In The Country Announces A Fresh New World Music Line-Up



Bhakti Fest, the first and only family run devotional music festival in the West, will be returning to the Joshua Tree Retreat enter September 4-7th.


Known internationally for hosting the largest line up of kirtan music, master yoga instructors and spiritual teachers, Bhakti Fest is excited to announce its new partnership with the philanthropic organization EarthWe. This collaboration will bring conscious world music to the Bhakti Fest Stage for the first time in its’ stellar six year history.


Joining an already incredible festival line-up, Bhakti Fest and EarthWe are excited to welcome American reggae rapper and alternative rock musician Matisyahu and “The Golden Voice of Africa” Salif Keïta to the Bhakti Fest stage. Matisyahu is well known for his Top 40 hit “King without a Crown” and #1 Billboard Digital Album Youth, which was nominated for a Best Reggae Album Grammy award. The ground breaking afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali, Salif Keïta was awarded Best World Music Grammy in 2010 for his album La Difference. Returning headliners include Grammy nominated artists Krishna Das and Jai Uttal, Mantra masters Deva Premal & Miten, revolutionary hip-hop artist MC YOGI, long-time Madonna collaborator, Donna De Lory and many, many more.

Referred to as “The Spiritual Woodstock of The Millenium”, Bhakti Fest offers non-stop kirtan performances on two stages, with chanting in a wide of variety of musical genres ranging from blues, to rock, pop, gospel, traditional, and hip-hop. This year’s chant performer’s include, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Prema Hara, Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe, Girish, Govind Das & Radha, DJ Drez, Fanna Fi Allah, David Newman, Amritakripa, Arjun Baba, Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda, Gina Sala, Karnamrita, Brenda McMorrow, and more.


Several thousand participants will gain access to the world’s finest teachers of spiritual knowledge, yoga, dance, and breathwork.  Featuring twelve hours of daily yoga classes in 4 venues, facilitated by incomparable teachers Dharma Mittra (the founder of modern yoga), Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Bryan Kest, Mark Whitwell, Tim Miller, Sianna Sherman, Kia Miller, Sara Ivanhoe, Raghunath, Jules Febre, Govind Das & Radha, Bhava Ram & Laura Plumb, Mas Vidal, Sean Johnson, Saraswati Markus, Felicia Tomasko, and Kristin Olson just to name a few.  All levels are welcome. Beginner and advanced yogis alike are encouraged to join! There is really something for everyone.


There will be two intensives offered at the event. A pre-festival “master class” with legendary yoga master Dharma Mittra on Wednesday, September 3 and a post-festival intensive with Saul David Raye on Monday, September 8. Intensives enable participants to extend their yoga studies and further immerse into the incredible energy that is Bhakti Fest.


The Bhakti Fest workshop offerings include the top Buddhist meditation teacher in the country, InsightLA’s Trudy GoodmanThe Journey Home’s author and philanthropist Radhanath Swami, and breathwork phenomenon Michael Brian Baker. MBB’s class has been said “to provide a life changing experience.” As always Bhakti Fest will bring an exclusive interview with Bhakti Elder, and conscious icon, Ram Dass, whose book “Be Here Now” brought Eastern philosophy to the West in the 1960s.


Bhakti Fest provides a complete physical, mental and spiritual health experience including a healing sanctuary with massage, bodywork, energy work, and other wellness enhancing modalities.


Bhaktas will feast on a variety of raw, vegan, vegetarian and high vibration food and beverage options. This year Bhakti Fest sponsor “Nectar of the Gods” will offer a juice cleanse option to participants, further enhancing this high vibration experience.


There is an extensive marketplace filled with eco-friendly vendors offering yoga gear, clothing, devotional art, musical instruments, CD’s, crafts, jewelry and more. Bhakti Fest’s own Bhakti Shoppe ( features hard-to-find trinkets from the bazaars of India.


Bhakti Fest takes place in a family friendly safe environment, free of alcohol and drugs. Children 12 and under can attend for free and enjoy their own set of kid-oriented activities at the Bhakti Kid Land area.


The Joshua Tree Desert Retreat Center offers the perfect setting to foster inner reflection and spiritual reconnection with its peacefulness and natural desert beauty. Accommodations on-site include en suite rooms with baths, camping and RV parking. There are also several hotels within a few miles of the retreat center.


With a top line-up of musicians and yoga instructors, more than 60 conscious workshops, and 100 artisan vendors, Bhakti Fest offers the most heart opening, consciousness raising experience of any festival on the scene today. Attendees describe the Festival as “being immersed in the greatest conscious party you have ever experienced, filled with music, yoga, dancing, love, light, and heart centered community.”


Tickets for Bhakti Fest West 2014 are available at The festival donates monies to non-profit organizations including Food for Life Vrindavan, Give Back Yoga, Love Serve Remember Foundation, Ramana’s Garden, Seva Foundation, Share Your Care, and Woman’s Earth Alliance.


About Bhakti Fest

Bhakti Fest is a festival series that celebrates the devotional path that has its roots in yoga, kirtan, and meditation. It embraces ancient and modern sacred wisdom and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices. All the artists, presenters, and vendors embody, practice, and share the spirit ofBhakti in a variety of ways, including continuous kirtan, yoga, meditations and prayer, workshops, fire ceremonies, an eco-friendly, holistic marketplace, healthy vegetarian cuisine, a wellness sanctuary including massage, bodywork, energy work, intuitive readings, and other unique life enhancing modalities. Bhakti Fest encourages the spirit of service and offers a work exchange program. The festival donates monies to a variety of non-profit organizations that provide food, education, and environmental beautification programs around the world.


Some of the many sponsorship program participants Bhakti Fest appreciates include EarthWe, Coconut Bliss, My Zen Home, Namaste Light, Aloha, Desert Essence, Health Ade Kombucha, HealthForce Nutritionals, Nectar of the Gods, Reeds Ginger Beer, Upton’s Natural, Vega, and White Swan Records.

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Aug 8-10: 25th Anniversary San Jose Jazz Summer Fest – Jazz Beyond Stage

The 25th Anniversary San Jose Jazz Summer Fest has slowly expanded to create a weekend experience that’s one of our city’s cultural touchstones. Along with acts like Bootsy Collins, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Snarky Puppy, Poncho Sanchez Band, Ledisi and others, the Fest’s Jazz Beyond Stage presents jazz in its most contemporary forms, where it often merges with hip-hop and electronic music.


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The Jazz Beyond Stage kicks off on Friday night with 23-year-old bassist Kenneth “GIZMO” Rodgers. His influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop, and his resume already includes artists like Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Bilal and Lalah Hathaway.


Pianist and composer Kris Bowers, winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, closes our Jazz Beyond Stage Friday night. A rising voice in a vibrant new wave of jazz, Bowers’ compositions draw from sources as varied as classical, rock, electronic and film scores.


Keep it going with Friday’s late-night Jazz Beyond After Party featuring DJs Sake One and The CME.


Saturday’s focus is on Stones Throw Records. If you want a primer before you head to the Stones Throw Block Party, check out Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, a documentary about the avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label screened at Camera 12, right on the Fest grounds.


Ourvinyl-626x350First up at the Block Party, LA artist Knxwledge often remixes old R&B and raw rap tunes with ease, blazing his own path along the way with his unusual but familiar sound.


He’ll be followed by Karriem Riggins, whose modern spontaneity bridges the gaps between jazz and hip-hop. He’s produced for Erykah Badu, The Roots, and Common and played with jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Bobby Hutcherson. New album Music Kaleidoscope has solidified Riggins’ role in the modern music movement.

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Celebrated DJ J Rocc closes Post Street at 11pm. A founding member of the Beat Junkies with Melo-D and Rhettmatic, Rocc is one of the original turntablists of the decade.


When J Rocc finishes, a Fest wristband gets you into Jazz Beyond’s closing After Party featuring BVMO artists Dstrukt and SheaButter. These two are known to fuel downtown parties, and spin frequently at MOMSJ and Nomikai.


Red Bull Music Academy Announces 2014 Event Series In Tokyo; New Video & Comic Series




Month-long series of Japan-inspired concerts, club nights and talks blend music, art and culture


Artists include Ryoji Ikeda, EYE (Boredoms), Daito Manabe, Mala, Kerri Chandler, Keiji Haino, Ben UFO, Holly Herndon, Otomo Yoshihide, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Untold, Lone and many more

From October 12 to November 14, the Red Bull Music Academy will touch down in Tokyo to curate a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary culture program of music events, workshops, public lectures, and art exhibitions.


Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musical happenings” in the city when it set up shop for its last installment, the Academy has left a lasting impression on the world’s foremost creative hotbeds. Traversing the globe since 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy has established itself as the music world’s leading institution for fostering creative exchange between the innovative vanguard of local scenes, and international talent both emerging and foundational.


Coming to Asia for the first time in its 16-year history, the Academy sets out to explore the rich musical and artistic legacy of Tokyo, and shine a light on it for the world to see. The program reflects a deep reverence for the trailblazers of Japanese culture past, present, and future – including a public, large-scale sculptural light installation by pioneering electronic and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda, an improv-themed show led by EYE of seminal noise rock group Boredoms and pioneering avant-gardist Otomo Yoshihide, a video series celebrating the unsung heroes of video game music, a multi-booth live stream from famed karaoke hotspot Karaokekan Shinjuku, public lectures with Otomo and multimedia artist Daito Manabe, collaborations with local festivals and club nights, and much more.


For the duration of five weeks, 59 participants from 34 different countries (selected from a total number of 6,229 applications) are invited to work on music together in a state-of-the-art studio complex amidst the hustle and bustle of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Spread over multiple floors, the Academy space is designed by Japanese architect extraordinaire Kengo Kuma, whose approach mirrors the curriculum, as he likes to learn from the past and update these traditions for the 21st century. The building will feature installations and artworks curated by Kenji Kubota. After the Academy, the structure will find a lasting place in Tokyo’s cultural life and continue to host art installations and studio sessions.


Each day will see two iconic musicians pass through the gates to share their knowledge and expertise with the participants as part of the Academy’s signature lecture format. Though the lecture program will only be open to the 59 participants from all over the world, who made it past the grueling application process, and past their more than 6000 competitors, everyone may cherish the resulting videos on The same goes for the actual musical productions in the makeshift studios, where participants are guided by a mentor team that includes Kerri Chandler, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Just Blaze, Mathew Jonson, and Dorian Concept, who will host workshops and work side-by-side with the Class of 2014 around the clock.


Leading up to the Academy and over the course of its duration, Red Bull Music Academy will also serve as portal to a wide range of cornerstones that make up Japanese music culture. The video series Diggin’ In The Carts seeks out the unheralded musical heroes of the 8-bit era and beyond, bringing to light the hidden history of Japanese video game music. The global impact of these composers still resonates today – as close Academy associates like Flying Lotus, Mobb Deep, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, J.Rocc, Fatima Al-Qadiri and Thundercat will illustrate throughout the series.


A series of online comics will pay tribute to Japan’s culture of manga comics and its impact across the world. Two Japanese artists and two artists from Europe and America will share their depictions of crucial events from music history, underscoring the ways in which diverse cultural backgrounds shape our perception. Highlighting Japan’s perennial standing at the forefront of innovation and musical machinery, the Future Instruments series will invite distinguished artists and musicians to share their vision of what music making will look like in the year 2214. 3D artist Kim Laughton will translate their ideas into gripping visualizations.


Fueling the exchange between local and international creatives, Red Bull Music Academy is set to invite a handpicked selection of musical luminaries and Academy friends to perform across the Tokyo metropolis. Alongside Academy participants like Mumdance, Xosar, Zebra Katz and WIFE, the five-week event program will also feature Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO, South East London sound system boss Jah Shaka, BBC Radio 1 host Benji B, digital experimentalist Holly Herndon, New Zealand’s prime soulful dub export Fat Freddy’s Drop, Hemlock Recordings honcho Untold, and many others.


Tickets for all events will go on sale August 23rd.


Famed for his detailed and textural explorations of sound, as well as his large-scale sculptural light installations,Ryoji Ikeda transforms the visible and invisible data that permeates our world into audible and visible works that transcend our everyday imaginings. He has performed and exhibited at world-renowned venues including the Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris and MIT, Boston. As part of Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo, Ikeda will bring his test pattern series to Tokyo for the very first time ever, premiering test pattern [n°6] : Ryoji Ikeda by taking over Spiral Hall in Aoyama district for five days between November 5th and 9th.


Bringing the sound of Japan to the comfort of homes across the globe, the Lost In Karaoke event on October 22nd will be broadcast live from inside seven separate booths in Tokyo’s most popular karaoke house, Karaokekan Shinjuku. Instead of Bill Murray delivering his interpretation of Roxy Music, the night will feature seven local crews waving the flag for various musical subcultures. Be it the saccharine dance pop of tofubeats, the big, bold and beautiful bass music of seiho, or Battle Train Tokyo’s footwork interpretations – the karaoke booths’ intimate setting will be opened up wide for one special evening for a worldwide audience to experience.


Steeped in tradition yet embracing the present, The Garden Beyond: DJ Krush x Washo on October 20thembodies Japan’s eternal timelessness. In front of The Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum, pioneering hip hop artist DJ Krush will demonstrate his mastery of the ones and twos in conjunction with a group of musicians playing traditional Japanese instruments. The combination of old school and new school will make for a spectacular fusing of elements in the enticingly lit courtyard that houses history enshrined.


Combining the long-running history of improvisation in Japanese music with contemporary sounds from around the world, Chaos Conductor on November 11th will bring the Boredoms’ EYE and Otomo Yoshihide to Hall Shinseiki, to separately work with the participants from this year’s Academy. Boredoms have spent the past decades focusing their attention on incredible live experiences and Otomo Yoshihide has spent his career in various improvisational contexts, so this night with the two of them conducting the musical moves of the participants throughout the evening will no doubt be unpredictable and thrilling.


A journey from nosebleed-inducing noise music to ethereal washes of ambient awaits attendees at the Wails To Whispers night on October 17th. At Tokyo’s prime basement venue for experimental noise, SuperDeluxe, loud, beat-based music is off the menu after midnight. Perfect timing, then, for the Japanese master of sound catharsis,Keiji Haino, to lull the audience into trance-like in-between-states. Along with Hurdy Gurdy and special guests, Haino will weave together a comforting tapestry of sleep music, after extreme noise acts like Fushitsusha, Melt-Banana, Violent Onsen Geisha and MASONNA have left no room for respite.


Following on from the release of the Red Bull Music Academy’s Diggin’ In The Carts documentary series, which pays tribute to Japan’s leading composers of video game soundtracks, the 1UP: Cart Diggers night similarly salutes those magnetic soundscapes and playful, robotic melodies that have influenced music makers around the world. At notorious Tokyo nightspot Womb, under its iconic oversized disco ball, international and Japanese artists will spend the night exploring video game music from all angles.


Of course the Academy will carry on its longstanding tradition of collaborating with both rising and established local music institutions, venues, and event series also in Tokyo. Returning to Liquidroom for the second year in a row, Red Bull Music Academy teams up with the exciting Electronic Music of Art Festival (EMAF) to present an eclectic assortment of Japanese and international electronic groundbreakers. Untold, Holly Herndon, Lone, Luke Vibert, Addison Groove, Matthewdavid, tomad, Submerse, Daisuke Tanabe and Alex Banks are just a few of the names that will be blasting their tunes through the impeccable sound system at Liquidroom. Additionally the Academy will join forces with tone-setting club nights and events, bringing Just Blaze and Zebra Katz to Red Zone at HARLEM on October 14th, presenting a set from Mala at Unit’s DBS on October 18th, and bringing together Japan’s finest record stores in pop-up form at the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Fair from November 8th-9th.


True to its self-imposed educational mandate, the Red Bull Music Academy will also host two public lectures with esteemed Japanese artists over the course of the Academy. Otomo Yoshihide will take a seat on the couch on October 23rd, to chat freely about his historical achievement in the fields of electroacoustic improvisation, his work with experimental rock group Ground Zero, and his compositions for film and TV. Daito Manabe will follow suit onNovember 6th. A true master of projection, lighting, design, composition and programming, Manabe will showcase his explorations in testing the boundaries between man and machine.


For the full list of events, shows and exhibitions, please visit







About Red Bull Music Academy


The 16th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will take place in Tokyo from October 12 to November 14, 2014, bringing together 59 carefully selected producers, vocalists, beat-makers, instrumentalists and DJs from 34 countries. They will attend intimate lecture sessions and collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-built creative studio space in Shibuya, designed by award-winning architect Kengo Kuma.


More than 1,500 musical luminaries have participated in past incarnations of the Red Bull Music Academy. Former lecturers include Giorgio Moroder, Chuck D, Steve Reich, Sly & Robbie, Bernie Worrell, Mark Ronson, M.I.A., Q-Tip, Hot Chip, MF Doom, Ryuichi Sakamoto, RZA, Stephen O’ Malley, Gilberto Gil, and pioneering synth inventors Bob Moog, Tom Oberheim, Don Buchla, Roger Linn, Dave Smith, amongst many others. Plenty Academy alumni have gone on to become true figureheads of their scenes like LA soul singer Aloe Blacc (“I Need A Dollar”); experimental electronic music producer and beat music innovator Flying LotusHudson Mohawke, the Scottish producer behind the beats of Drake and Kanye West; and UK singer Katy B, who introduced the whole world to the sound of London’s dubstep, funky and garage.


The Red Bull Music Academy has been pairing music legends and emerging beatsmiths since 1998 in cities such asBerlin, Cape Town, Melbourne, Barcelona, Rome, São Paulo, London and New York City. This unique combination of old school knowledge and new school sounds is unrivalled for its creative exploration and achievement. Each Academy edition leaves behind structures to encourage musical collaboration and creative ex-change for years to come. By the end of 2014, there will be eleven fully equipped Red Bull Studios around the world.


For more information on the Red Bull Music Academy and to access thousands of lecture videos, mixes, and exclusive tracks visit or follow @RBMA. To access hi-res art and video of Academy events for media use, visit the Red Bull Content Pool at


Mentor Team Includes Kerri Chandler, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Just Blaze, Mathew Jonson & Dorian Concept

Downtown LA Art Walk – August Lifestyle Photo Fundraiser


Downtown LA Art Walk is doing a Fundraiser for this August Art Walk on the 14th.  We are encouraging people to take square photos with the subject being “lifestyle in DTLA” along with a $25 donation.  Our goal is 50 submissions!

1st prize winner receives exclusive promotion on our social media and website which has a reach of 130K viewership

2nd prize winner receives a 20″x20″ canvas print of their image

3rd prize winner receives a $15 gift card to Pete’s Café

Entry Deadline is August 10th