Linkin Park cancel tour following Chester Bennington's death

The band were scheduled to play 27 dates across the US. Linkin Park have cancelled their North American tour following the death lead singer Chester Bennington. Bennington was reported dead at the age 41 on Thursday (July 20). The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed that his death was a suicide by hanging. Writing on Twitter, promoters Live Nation said refunds would be made available to all ticket […]

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The 12 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable synthesizers

Hardware synths are smaller, cheaper and more flexible than ever. Scott Wilson picks the best pocket-sized, affordable and hackable synths synths on the market for experienced studio heads and beginners alike. As computers gradually replaced hardware synths towards the end the last century, it seemed as if outboard gear was a dying relic another era. However, the demand for hardware […]

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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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Bjarki cancels tour, splits from label partner following transphobia controversy

“Those who know me can assure that I do not hate on other artists.” Bjarki has cancelled his upcoming tour and severed ties with his label partner Johnny Chrome Silver after a transphobic comment from Silver was posted on the Instagram account trans artist Octo Octa, also known as Maya Bouldry-Morrison. Bjarki apologized on behalf  Silver in a Facebook post last night […]

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'Fake' Composer Comes Forward About Producing Music For Spotify Playlists

A composer came forward after Spotify faced controversy for an accusation that it pays songwriters to produce music under fake names and places the music on its premium playlists. Peter Sandberg, a 27-year-old Swedish composer, is one such musician who crafts music for the playlists. Writing in an email relayed through an intermediary to , he said that the term “fake” is […]

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Lana Del Rey can't cure her summertime sadness, Chance and Thugger team up

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection our writers work their way through the new music the week gone by. This week, Lana Del Rey teams up with A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti for some hip-hop-infused summertime sadness and Chance the Rapper and Young Thug bring out the best in each other for an easy listening loosie. Elsewhere, […]

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Dance of the Dead: Remembering George Romero's iconic soundtracks

On Sunday, July 12, legendary horror auteur George A. Romero died at 77, leaving behind a legacy that has influenced generations. John Twells takes a closer look at Romero’s finest soundtracks, from his collaboration with Italian prog act Goblin on Dawn the Dead to the melancholy jazz Donald Rubenstein’s Martin score. George A. Romero was a true master horror. Bursting […]

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Slowdive break down 'Sugar for the Pill' on Song Exploder

The track was inspired by walking around the Cornish coastline. Slowdive’s Neil Halstead has broken down the process behind ‘Sugar for the Pill’ for the Song Exploder podcast. Halstead says the song has elements his coastal Cornish home, citing its “blizzard gulls” lyrics. He says it was written on an acoustic guitar with the delay added later and goes on […]

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Alan Vega IT review: The final sermon from Brooklyn's late 'Screamin' Jesus'

Suicide frontman Alan Vega died in his sleep last July at age 78 and IT, his last solo effort (which is being touted as “his masterpiece and final statement”), has been released into the world. April Clare Welsh breaks down the master destruction’s final grisly transmission. Alan Vega didn’t dodge flying axes or slice his face with safety pins on stage as part the US proto-punk innovators Suicide […]

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Beshken Releases Hauntingly Beautiful 'Lighting By the Sea'

Beshken Releases Hauntingly Beautiful ‘Lighting By the Sea’ Brooklyn-based producer Beshken (aka Ben Shirken) has turned heads recently with his ; morphing genuine songwriting and lyricism with upbeat, percussion-centric productions. His latest fering is called ‘Lighting by the Sea’. The track is a hauntingly beautiful composition that showcases his singing voice and production abilities. Ben had some words to share […]

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