The Holy Circle are the Baltimore synth-pop trio with experimental metal in their DNA

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Jamie Ludwig meets Baltimore trio The Holy Circle, a trio founded by Terence Hannum drone metal greats Locrian and his wife Erica Burgner-Hannum. Keeping only metal’s cathartic spirit, the band blend shoegaze, synth-pop and R&B on their self-titled debut. […]

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Rinse FM archive disappears from SoundCloud

“Was nice while it lasted”. Legendary online radio station Rinse FM has taken to Twitter to note that their SoundCloud prile archiving a legion broadcasts over the years has been disabled. Links to any uploads and to their main prile leads to an error message. Yesterday it was reported that SoundCloud may only have finances to support 50 more days […]

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Spotify Scores New Licensing Deal With Sony

Spotify Scores New Licensing Deal With Sony Spotify has reached a licensing agreement with its second major label this year, Sony Music Entertainment, after months negotiations.  reports that the new deal follows the music streaming giant’s multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group announced back in April. The agreement terms allowed for Universal’s artists to for two weeks, marking a change from […]

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Sudan Archives is the experimental violinist channeling ’90s R&B and Afrobeat for Stones Throw

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, experimental violinist Sudan Archives tells Claire Lobenfeld about her journey from covering pop songs to signing with Stones Throw. It is rare that a new artist is so innovative that their music genuinely surprises you. Prestige indie label Stones […]

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The Chainsmokers Have Finally Fallen Out Of Billboard's Top 10

  The Chainsmokers, made up Andrew Taggart and Alex Pal, are the famous American DJ and producer duo that has been smashing the charts with their radio hit singles. They’re known for combining elements pop, indie and even rock with their “dance” productions. They first came to fame in 2014 with their single “#Selfie” and then went on to release […]

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Moses Sumney announces debut album Aromanticism

Hear the first single ‘Doomed’. Soul futurist Moses Sumney announced earlier this summer that he had signed with indie beacon Jagjaguwar (who also recently added Chicago R&B innovator Jamila Woods to their roaster) and he released an undeniable new single ‘Doomed’. He’s now announced that his long-awaited debut album will be released this fall. Titled Aromanticism, the album will be […]

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Spotify responds to allegations it's putting fake artists on playlists to cut costs

“We pay royalties – sound and publishing – for all tracks on Spotify.” Spotify has denied creating fake artists to fill popular playlists in an attempt to keep royalty costs down. The allegations were first made by Music Business Worldwide last year, when the site claimed that the streaming service was asking producers to create music to specification and paying them a […]

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The xx Releases New Music Video For ‘I Dare You’

The xx pulled out all the stops for their new music video for ‘I Dare You,’ the second ficial video to accompany their third studio album, I See You. The indie trio, who hail from London, wanted to celebrate the city Los Angeles in this video, a city they deem “close to their] hearts.” In doing so, they recruited the […]

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True love waited: How Radiohead conquered Glastonbury again, 20 years after the glory of '97

When Radiohead took to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in 1997, they made history. Widely regarded as one the greatest headline sets in not just Worthy Farm folklore, but in UK festival history as a whole, Thom Yorke and co emerged icons from their first time topping the bill in Pilton. 20 years later, fresh from the release last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool, the […]

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