Two Sexual Assaults Reported At The Ruisrock Music Festival

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According to reports from police to Finland’s YLE News, two suspected rapes occurred during this weekend’s Ruisrock Music Festival. Both incidents reportedly occurred on festival grounds in a portable bathroom stall, but appear to be unrelated to each other. One victim was 17 years old and the other’s age was not disclosed to the news media. No arrests have been reported yet in connection to the crimes.

Ruisrock is an annual musical festival taking place on the island of Ruissalo in Turku, Finland. Featured performers at this year’s Ruisrock Music Festival include Jack , Major Lazer, Air, Rudimental and DJ Shadow.

This would not be the first account of sexual assault at a music festival this summer. Last week, Swedish police investigated more than 40 reports of rape or sexual assault at the Bravalla Festival in Norrkoping and the Putte i Parken (Party in the Park) in Karlstad. In March, we asked if female-only camp grounds can stop sexual assaults at music festivals.

These Headphones Learn And Adjust To Your Unique Sense Of Hearing

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What’s better than pitch perfect sound? How about sound that adapts and adjusts to you? Nura, a new headphone company, promises to do just that. According to the company, their new brand of headphones integrate sound wave technology to measure a listener’s hearing from their outer ear to their brain. The headphones will then automatically adapt the music to the listener within 30 seconds.

Why is this important? Everyone hears differently with different sensitivities to frequencies influencing how and why people listen to music. No one pair of headphones will sound the same from person to person.

In addition to their sound frequency technology, Nura’s headphones also reportedly features a double speaker for clearer tones and noise isolation. Thus far, the headphones, which were announced as a Kickstarter project, has amassed more than a million dollars in funding, with an initial project goal of $100,000. The project currently has four days left for interested parties to pledge funding.

Stream Sets From This Year's Movement Festival Right Now

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All weekend long, Red Bull Music Academy Radio will premiere sets from this year’s Movement Electronic Music Festival. Scheduled sets include The Black Madonna, Honey Soundsystem, J.Phlip, Shady P and more. Curious listeners who missed the festival or attendees who want to relive the fun can track the schedule on Movement’s Twitter page or on the Red Bull Music Academy Radio website.

The sets will then be rotated on the Movement Festival channel with sets from past years. In June, our news editor recalled her experiences at her first American music festival.

El-P Created A Remix Contest For A Pokemon-Themed Rap He Released

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What started as a series of tweets joking about the potential dangers of playing the new Pokemon GO game turned into a musical remix project. Yesterday, El-P posted a series of tweets criticizing the real-world application of the game and suggested people might get hit by cars playing the game. “I will laugh the second one of you gets hit by a car. Or softly chuckle to myself. Sadly. Soft but sad,” he said. “Real shit someone is going to get accidentally maimed or killed off this pokemon shit.”

However, fans of the game and program were not amused and sent tweets to El-P throughout the afternoon.

Later, he had a change of heart and continued to joke about his Twitter account getting hacked and him having a change of heart. “I will be reaching out to leaders of the pokemon community. listening. understanding. Improving myself and my capacity for empathy,” he said. Later, he posted a “Pokemon rap” to his Instagram account and challenged his followers to remix the rap to win a t-shirt and hoodie.

Since his call for Pokemon rap remixes last night, El-P has retweeted some of the submissions.

Spotify's Latest Feature Lets You Go On Vacation In Style

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Spotify now allows users to create playlists for their out-of-office emails. Titled ‘OOO,’ the service asks users questions about where they’re going and what type of trip they are taking (business or pleasure). It will then create a custom playlist featuring artists popular in the area in which the user is traveling.

Like regular out-of-office emails, you can set an automatic response to emails and a length of time in which the playlist will be available. A link in your auto response emails will take people to your custom playlist in another window.

OOO is available now.

The Last Record: Chrome Sparks's Record-Buying Philosophy Is All About Friendship

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Brooklyn-based producer Jeremy Malvin, who performs as Chrome Sparks, has been on a brief performing hiatus as he works on his latest album.”This is the first show I’ve played in almost a month,” Malvin said after a performance at Chicago’s Mamby on the Beach music festival. “It feels good to play again and the show went really well. It was fun. It’s like riding a bike, but with synthesizers.”

Earlier this year, Malvin hunkered down in a cabin in the woods of upstate New York to focus on his upcoming album, which he anticipates releasing sometime in 2017. “I spent a month in the woods just to concentrate, came up with some ideas out there, and now it’s just a matter of finishing it,” he said.

For the rest of the summer, Malvin will continue to fine-tune his album and play a series of festival dates before embarking on his latest solo tour. For the latest edition of “The Last Record,” Malvin shared his philosophy on record buying and why the latest James Holden and Floating Points collaboration is the, “sickest album ever.”

1. Ambivalence Avenue by Bibio

First off, I think, if you’re buying a record online or a new record at a store, I don’t think you should ever buy less than two of the same record because you should give one to a friend. I think that’s a good thing, so I’ve been trying to do that as much as I can lately, whether it’s something you know a homie is really going to enjoy or it’s something you want to give to somebody because you think they might like it.

I just did that with that Bibio album, Ambivalence Avenue. The full-length has been one of my favorites since I was introduced to it like seven years ago. And I immediately had to get it on vinyl, but of course that had been sold out and wasn’t getting repressed. But they just repressed it, so I bought two copies of that oneone for me and one for my friend who introduced me to Bibio seven years ago. And it’s so great to listen to … what’s that song? It’s the number one played in my iTunes … “Lover’s Carvings.” To listen to that on vinyl has been amazing.

2. Marhaba by Maalem Mahmoud Guinia with Floating Points and James Holden

And another record I just recently bought was the James Holden and Floating Points collaboration with … I totally don’t remember where the musicians with are from. That really shows my ignorance as a United States of America citizen. Could easily just ignorantly typify as world music which just means “not something I’m familiar with.” But yeah they collaborated and it is just the sickest album ever. It’s just this perfectly gooey combination of stringed instruments that I have no idea what’s going on and really interesting rhythms with percussion. It’s really subtle with tasteful electronics, which is all I really want to hear at the moment. So, I think that might have been the last thing I bought on vinyl.

Britt Julious is on Twitter.

The Last Record: Chrome Sparks's Record-Buying Philosophy Is All About Friendship

Photo courtesy of Mamby on the Beach


Brooklyn-based producer Jeremy Malvin, who performs as Chrome Sparks, has been on a brief performing hiatus as he works on his latest album.”This is the first show I’ve played in almost a month,” Malvin said after a performance at Chicago’s Mamby on the Beach music festival. “It feels good to play again and the show went really well. It was fun. It’s like riding a bike, but with synthesizers.”

Earlier this year, Malvin hunkered down in a cabin in the woods of upstate New York to focus on his upcoming album, which he anticipates releasing sometime in 2017. “I spent a month in the woods just to concentrate, came up with some ideas out there, and now it’s just a matter of finishing it,” he said.

For the rest of the summer, Malvin will continue to fine-tune his album and play a series of festival dates before embarking on his latest solo tour. For the latest edition of “The Last Record,” Malvin shared his philosophy on record buying and why the latest James Holden and Floating Points collaboration is the, “sickest album ever.”

1. Ambivalence Avenue by Bibio

First off, I think, if you’re buying a record online or a new record at a store, I don’t think you should ever buy less than two of the same record because you should give one to a friend. I think that’s a good thing, so I’ve been trying to do that as much as I can lately, whether it’s something you know a homie is really going to enjoy or it’s something you want to give to somebody because you think they might like it.

I just did that with that Bibio album, Ambivalence Avenue. The full-length has been one of my favorites since I was introduced to it like seven years ago. And I immediately had to get it on vinyl, but of course that had been sold out and wasn’t getting repressed. But they just repressed it, so I bought two copies of that oneone for me and one for my friend who introduced me to Bibio seven years ago. And it’s so great to listen to … what’s that song? It’s the number one played in my iTunes … “Lover’s Carvings.” To listen to that on vinyl has been amazing.

2. Marhaba by Maalem Mahmoud Guinia with Floating Points and James Holden

And another record I just recently bought was the James Holden and Floating Points collaboration with … I totally don’t remember where the musicians with are from. That really shows my ignorance as a United States of America citizen. Could easily just ignorantly typify as world music which just means “not something I’m familiar with.” But yeah they collaborated and it is just the sickest album ever. It’s just this perfectly gooey combination of stringed instruments that I have no idea what’s going on and really interesting rhythms with percussion. It’s really subtle with tasteful electronics, which is all I really want to hear at the moment. So, I think that might have been the last thing I bought on vinyl.

Britt Julious is on Twitter.

Detroit Club Populux Shuts Down After Criticism From Vic Mensa And Other Artists Over Racist Tweets

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Detroit club Populux has shut down for the immediate future after public outcry against a series of racist tweets posted to its Twitter account. According to the Detroit News, an investigation has been launched into who posted the inflammatory tweets to the club’s Twitter page. The club’s Twitter and Facebook page are currently down.

Greg Bowens, a spokesperson for the Majestic Theatre complex where Populux is located, said that the club will be closed for at least a week and that they have filed complaints with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wayne County internet crimes task force. “Folks are doing everything they can so nothing like this happens again in the future,” Bowens told the Detroit News.

The now-deleted tweets were posted in response to Thursday night’s shooting of police officers in Dallas and included an anti-Black Lives Matter hashtag and rhetoric blaming President Obama for the shooting. Artists including Vic Mensa, Hunter Siegel and Bixel Boys all pulled out of scheduled appearances at the club in response to the offending tweets and a call for fans and other artists to boycutt the venue began on Friday.

In a now-deleted statement on their Facebook page, the club wrote, “The tweets, political views and hate messaging that were posted to our Twitter account in the last 24 hours in no way represents our feelings, outlook, or political positions.”

Inkke Drops New Single Off 'Secret Palace' EP

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Glasgow-based producer Inkke (aka Russell Patterson) dropped “Chores,” the latest single off his new EP, Secret Palace, on Friday. The LuckyMe artist channels similar sonic templates to his past releases and to LuckyMe owner Hudson Mohawke on this newest track. Earlier this week, Boiler Room debuted “Tales From the Quick,” another track from Inkke’s new EP. Secret Palace drops July 15.

Secret Palace tracklist:

1. New Day Theme
2. Chores
3. Tales From The Quick
4. Sorry
5. Simmer
6. Ghost World

Stream “Chores” below.

Âme Will Release Their First Studio Album In 13 Years

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During a takeover of Resident Advisor’s Instagram account, Innerversion’s Dixon announced the upcoming release of acclaimed house and techno duo me‘s first studio album in 13 years. “Best Thursday morning in a looooooooong time. In our Studio with Henrik and Frank. Listening to bits & pieces of the new LPs from Ame & Schwarzmann. 2017 is going be incredible,” he wrote.

The duocomprised of Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemannreleased their self-titled debut album in 2004. me also released a live album in 2012. In 2015, Wiedemann’s side group Howling recorded an “On Deck” mix for THUMP.

Detroit Club Populux Shuts Down After Criticism From Vic Mensa And Other Artists Over Racist Tweets

Vic Mensa. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Detroit club Populux has shut down for the immediate future after public outcry against a series of racist tweets posted to its Twitter account. According to the Detroit News, an investigation has been launched into who posted the inflammatory tweets to the club’s Twitter page. The club’s Twitter and Facebook page are currently down.

Greg Bowens, a spokesperson for the Majestic Theatre complex where Populux is located, said that the club will be closed for at least a week and that they have filed complaints with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wayne County internet crimes task force. “Folks are doing everything they can so nothing like this happens again in the future,” Bowens told the Detroit News.

The now-deleted tweets were posted in response to Thursday night’s shooting of police officers in Dallas and included an anti-Black Lives Matter hashtag and rhetoric blaming President Obama for the shooting. Artists including Vic Mensa, Hunter Siegel and Bixel Boys all pulled out of scheduled appearances at the club in response to the offending tweets and a call for fans and other artists to boycutt the venue began on Friday.

In a now-deleted statement on their Facebook page, the club wrote, “The tweets, political views and hate messaging that were posted to our Twitter account in the last 24 hours in no way represents our feelings, outlook, or political positions.”

Pictureplane Turned His Friends And Idols Into 'Magic: The Gathering' Cards

In spaces as everyday as DIY shows and as otherworldly as surveillance-themed social experiments, Travis Egedy has been a ubiquitous presence in Brooklyn’s weirdest realms over the past several years. The producer/designer/composer best known as Pictureplane knows and influences just about everybody, likely because his own work brings together so many different scenes and styles. In his own music, like on his 2015 LP Technomancer, he finds a way to organically blend bits of punk, techno, sci-fi, horror, and trap together in a single delirious swirl.

But Egedy’s something of a postmodern renaissance man; he endlessly creates without barriers like genre, mode, or medium. His other artistic pursuits include digital art, painting, drawing, running his own clothing line, but most recently he’s trained his talents on even stranger ideas: like, say, creating signature decks for the fantasy/strategy card game Magic: The Gathering. Yeah, drawing on his years of graphic design and visual arts experience, Pictureplane made a Magic deck with a collaborator named Niko Alokin that he met on Instagram.

As a long time fan of the game once called “the new poker,” Egedy decided to bring the concept of Magic to his own world, imagining special abilities and skills for locations and characters from the DIY universewhich is only a hair less fantastical than the original Magic: the Gathering universe. Instead of dragons and warlocks festooning the cards, local weirdos like Juiceboxx and hallowed DIY spaces like 285 Kent make up the playable set. In the end, he and Alokin created only 100 copies of their deck, each containing 72 cards which can, in theory, be played against a Magic deck featuring cards designed by the good folks at Wizards of the Coast. That said, watch out for his signature “Pictureplane” cardhe’ll be the first to admit it’s “almost too powerful.” The decks were released this week, and Pictureplane took some time to answer a few questions about how the project came about and detail a few of the slickest cards in the set.

How did the idea to do this come about?
I have always loved board games and gaming culture, but the idea originally came about from my collaborator, Niko Alokin. Niko and I have never met before in person, but he messaged me on Instagram, showing me a Pictureplane and “Negative Slave” Magic card he had created which was named after one of my songs. I thought it was hilarious and awesome! We started talking more and decided we wanted to create more cards, like a full deck. I came up with all the ideas, like the creatures, spells, enchantments, and lands along with most of the artwork, then Niko created all of the abilities for each card and put it all together digitally. Niko knows way more about the rules of contemporary Magic than I do, and he is an incredible graphic designer. This was a full on collaboration with someone I have never met before, so the process was pretty amazing and a lot of fun. We spent a few months working on it.

A lot of people talk about how Magic is not unlike poker or chess, just with fantasy elements. Are you more drawn in by the fantasy or the strategy of Magic?
Magic definitely has elements of both poker and chess, but when I first became really obsessed with Magic as a kid in middle school, I was really drawn in by the fantasy aspect. I fell in love with the art on the cards and how dark and powerful they seemed.

Which is the most powerful card in your deck? Which is your favorite?
There are so many powerful cards in the deck, I’m not sure which is the most powerful or the least powerful. One of the coolest things about Magic is that a lot of the cards work with each other, and combine different abilities together to really fuck some shit up. This is where the strategy of Magic comes into play. There are some really strong combos in this deck. The “Pictureplane” card is a Planeswalker and it is almost too powerful, once you bring that card out it allows you to keep gaining tons of life, which makes it really difficult for your opponent.

One of my favorite cards is the “Mark Snow” card. Mark Snow made all the music for the X-Files and his card has a special ability: when his card enters the game, you can play the X-Files theme music on your phone and make him way more powerful. There is also a card for my friend Narwhalz (who actually creates comics for VICE as Brian Blomerth) who is obsessed with pomeranians. His card brings out these vicious little pomeranian tokens. Its insane actually.

Who made the artwork? Was there a certain aesthetic you were going for?
Most of the artwork either comes from photos that I took or digital art I made. Some cards even come from artwork that I’ve exhibited in gallery shows. I guess the aesthetic was the “Alien Body” universe. Alien Body is the clothing line that I have, but it’s also a way for me to explore my artistic interests in conspiracy theories, the paranormal, and really lunatic fringe type stuff, like extraterrestrials and UFO’s. Niko created some artwork for the cards, and there are a few photos taken by other people also.

Will you make more decks if they sell out? Would you be interested in making a new deck with different cards?
I would really like to design another deck entirely so that there can be two different decks that can be played against each other. I think that will happen, the interest in this idea has been huge. People have really responded to it well.

What do you hope to achieve through this project? Do you want to bring your community and the Magic community together?
The idea was to just have a lot of fun creating this! I think the idea of bringing the “street” aspect of my world as an underground musician and artist and all of the conceptual aspects of my music into the fantasy world of Magic: The Gathering is just really interesting and funny. There isn’t just one community of Magic players either. All types of different people play Magic so there isn’t really a division between the music and art community, and the Magic community. My goal with the cards is really for people to have fun.

How did you go about choosing which artists, genres, and venues to feature in the cards?
I wanted to focus on artists and people that have been important to my artistic development and who have been really strong players in the underground American DIY scene. These people are my friends that inspire me, I have known and played shows with them for years. DJ Dog Dick, Narwhalz of Sound, Sewn Leather, Juiceboxxx, HEALTH, Fluct. There is even a Genesis P-Orridge card. Venues like the DIY warehouse in Denver I lived at for 6 years, Rhinoceropolis, 285 Kent, and the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan in Mexico were chosen because I imagine the energy of places like that charging up artists and giving them life much like the Mana cards in Magic do. There are so many more artists and people that i want to make cards for, I really think I’m going to have to make another deck!

Tell me about a few of your favorite cards.

Rhinoceropolis


“Rhino” is my dearly beloved home in Denver. a DIY venue that has been running strong for over ten years now. which is almost unheard of for DIY venues. Living in a DIY venue for 6 years, booking shows all the time, performing all the time, basically running a radical art commune with my best friends was the best life education I could have asked for. I learned more about life and art living there than I did in 5 years of college. The photo on the card was taken at an insane Lightning Bolt show there in 2007.

Shams


Shams has been a good friend for a long time. It was Shams who I originally coined the famous term “witch house” with, and I truly feel that Shams is the only real witch house artist ever. Dude lit a dead bird on fire in a ritual at one of his shows. Shams is a big Magic: the Gathering fan, so I fulfilled a dream of his to put him on a Magic card. The picture on the card is from the time that Shams and Narwhalz were literally on the Judge Judy show. It’s the best episode ever.

Fluct


Fluct are Sigrid Lauren and Monica Mirabile, two of the most radical and amazing performance artists I know. These women are legends in the making. We have collaborated a lot before. Fluct has danced on stage with me when I perform officially many times, so much so that they are basically a part of Pictureplane. They Inspire me so much and do so much for the underground communities in NYC.

Anticon


One of my favorite cards in the deck! Anticon is my current record label, they have also been hugely influential on my life and my early development as a musician. I was a massive fan of the record label when I was in high school. the music they were releasing, groups like Deep Puddle Dynamics, Greenthink, Clouddead, and artists like Sole and Doseone were way too weird and strange for most hip-hop heads. That shit changed my life as a teenager. I will always ride so hard for anticon.

To buy the deck, head over to Pictureplane’s Twitter.