Moritz Simon Geist is a performer, musicologist and robotics engineer, aiming to create the future of electronic music—with robots. Geist’s projects range ... More

The Material Turn

EP by Moritz Simon Geist

The Material Turn

EP by Moritz Simon Geist

Moritz Simon Geist is a performer, musicologist and robotics engineer, aiming to create the future of electronic music—with robots. Geist’s projects range from robotic music performances to robotic sound installations, and he has performed at festivals and exhibitions throughout the world. On his fascinating debut EP The Material Turn, Geist introduces the world’s first techno record played entirely by self-made robots. First single “Entropy” is a bassy club-track played by futuristic 3D-printed robo-kalimbas, small motors that beat on metal, salvaged parts from old hard drives, and a pneumatic hi-hat. His full length album Robotic Electronic Music is due for release next month. (Kompakt)

NZ-born avant-pop wunderkind Connan Mockasin has announced a new “five-part melodrama” and accompanying concept album. Bostyn ‘n Dobson, Mockasin’s first publicly-released film ... More

Jassbusters

Album by Connan Mockasin

Jassbusters

Album by Connan Mockasin

NZ-born avant-pop wunderkind Connan Mockasin has announced a new “five-part melodrama” and accompanying concept album. Bostyn ‘n Dobson, Mockasin’s first publicly-released film project, follows fictional music teacher, Bostyn (played by Mockasin), and his student, Dobsyn (played by Mockasin’s childhood next door neighbor Blake Pryor). The series was filmed inside a disused hair salon in Los Angeles in 2016. The accompanying album, Jassbusters, is Mockasin’s third album and the first he has recorded with a band. Adopting the concept of “an album made by music teachers”, Jassbusters was intended to be listened to after watching the miniseries.(Mexican Summer)

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Written and directed by Hannah Marks and Joey Power in their feature-length debut, After Everything (FKA Shotgun) premiered to rave reviews at ... More

After Everything

Film by Hannah Marks and Joey Power

After Everything

Film by Hannah Marks and Joey Power

Written and directed by Hannah Marks and Joey Power in their feature-length debut, After Everything (FKA Shotgun) premiered to rave reviews at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. The comedy drama film stars Gina Gershon and Marisa Tomei, and tells the story of Elliot (Jeremy Allen White), a brash 23-year-old living carefree in New York City, who meets sensible Mia (Maika Monroe) and receives a damning diagnosis all in the same week. As their love blossoms amidst his treatment, they discover that Elliot’s illness is not the real test of their relationship—it’s everything else. (Good Deed Entertainment)

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After moving to LA from Kansas City five years ago, Anna St. Louis released a cassette of recordings titled First Songs—catching the attention ... More

If Only There Was a River

Album by Anna St. Louis

If Only There Was a River

Album by Anna St. Louis

After moving to LA from Kansas City five years ago, Anna St. Louis released a cassette of recordings titled First Songs—catching the attention of Pitchfork and Stereogum in the process. Now, on her debut full-length studio album If Only There Was A River (produced by Kevin Morby and King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas), St. Louis spreads her wings and expands on the promise hinted at on that first tape. (Woodsist/Mare Records)

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Adrianne Lenker, the enigmatic singer and guitarist from lauded indie rock band Big Thief, has released new solo album abysskiss. Called ‘one ... More

abysskiss

Album by Adrianne Lenker

abysskiss

Album by Adrianne Lenker 

Adrianne Lenker, the enigmatic singer and guitarist from lauded indie rock band Big Thief, has released new solo album abysskiss. Called ‘one of a kind’ by Pitchfork, Lenker writes songs that are swirling and captivating, written as a refuge amidst the blur of Lenker’s constant touring. On abyskiss Lenker seeks meaning in life’s small moments, and articulates with intimacy and subtlety the deep sense of home contained within. (Saddle Creek)

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Professionally trained jazz vocal performer Molly Burch burst onto the scene last year with her breakout album, Please Be Mine, which earned ... More

First Flower

Album by Molly Burch

First Flower

Album by Molly Burch

Professionally trained jazz vocal performer Molly Burch burst onto the scene last year with her breakout album, Please Be Mine, which earned her high praise from critics for her smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics. She now gives us First Flower, a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. The album’s singles impressed music blog Pitchfork, which says of Burch: “she is both feminine and in charge.” (Captured Tracks)

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As a photographer, Dave Naz’s experience and perspective are singular, and his books are collaborations with a full spectrum of individuals who ... More

Natural

Book by Dave Naz

Natural

Book by Dave Naz

As a photographer, Dave Naz’s experience and perspective are singular, and his books are collaborations with a full spectrum of individuals who desire to be seen naked by the world at large. In his latest book, Natural, Naz applies generous allotments of curiosity, identification and revelation. All of it is natural; this exchange cannot be anything but natural. Naked interest has always been the most natural thing in the world. (Issue, Inc)

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Winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. chronicles the extraordinary rise to ... More

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

Film by Steve Loveridge

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

Film by Steve Loveridge

Winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. chronicles the extraordinary rise to fame of British musician and human rights advocate M.I.A. (“Paper Planes,” “Galang,” “Bad Girls”). Drawn from a cache of never-before-seen personal video recordings from the past twenty-two years, director Steve Loveridge’s film is an intimate and eye-opening profile of M.I.A.‘s remarkable trajectory from young Tamil refugee to global pop star. (Abramorama)

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Following the release of 2016’s acclaimed Strangers, Boston-based musician and fine artist Marissa Nadler returns with her eighth album For My Crimes. ... More

For My Crimes

Album by Marissa Nadler

For My Crimes

Album by Marissa Nadler

Following the release of 2016’s acclaimed Strangers, Boston-based musician and fine artist Marissa Nadler returns with her eighth album For My Crimes. Featuring cameos by Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, the album stares down the dark realization that love may not be enough to keep two people together through distance and differing needs. Despite having demoed more songs than she needed, Nadler wrote many of the album’s singles in a flurry of creativity a week before recording in Laurel Canyon, California. The result is some of the most indelible music of Nadler’s career. (Sacred Bones & Bella Union)

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