Russian Authorities Have Cancelled Moscow's Outline Festival

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Russian authorities have cancelled Moscow’s Outline Festival. The event was set to begin Saturday night.

Late yesterday afternoon, festival organizers announced the cancellation on their Facebook page. “The Festival will be held not beyond the control of the organizers of the reasons,” the organizers posted. “The money for the tickets will be returned.”

According to Russian media reports, the festival organizers failed to meet requirements for fire safety and permitting. However, festival organizers and performers reject this claim. On her Facebook page, Magda said, “This afternoon government officials entered the Outline grounds unannounced and prevented the organizers and works from setting up the festival’s stages, installations and infrastructuredespite the fact that Outline applied for and received all permits and licenses necessary to throw the event in a legally appropriate amount of time.”

Police were later sent to what would have been the site of the festival (Moscow’s MoZAL plant) to control a crowd of about 20 people in fear of any public protests or rioting.

Scheduled performers for the event included Ricardo Villalobos, Rhadoo, Daniel Bell, Magda, Ron Morelli, and Varg. Outline first originated in 2009 and expanded to a two-day festival in 2014. Last month, we asked The Mole what to expect during our first trip to Moscow for Outline.

Britt Julious is on Twitter.

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LCD Soundsystem Curated A Music Festival On The Beach

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Riviera Maya’s Beach Vibes Festival is back and this year, they’ve asked LCD Soundsystem to curate the lineup. The recently-reunited group will headline two of the three days of the festival. Other scheduled acts include Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, The Black Madonna, Museum of Love and the Juan MacLean.

The Beach Vibes Festival takes place January 26-28, 2017 in Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Packages for the all-inclusive festival are available for purchase. View the entire lineup below and plan your vacations accordingly.

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The Bug To Release New 12-inch In August

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UK-based producer The Bug will release his latest 12-inch, Box/Iceman, on August 5th through Ninja Tune. This latest, four-track release will feature grime MCs Riko Dan on “Iceman,” and D Double E on “Box.” In addition to their two contributions, the 12-inch will also include instrumentals of “Iceman” and “Box.” This will be The Bug’s first major solo release since his 2014 album Angels & Devils.

Listen to “Box” below. In 2014, we talked to The Bug about his war on mediocrity.

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The Avalanches Revealed The Samples On Their New Album, 'Wildflower'

‘Wildflower’ album cover from The Avalanches.

In anticipation of the release of Wildflower, the Avalanches first album in 16 years which dropped Friday, Australia’s Triple J spoke with the group about the myriad of samples that comprise the record. Like their debut, Since I Left You, their sophomore release is an eclectic and densely-packed work of art filled with random, left-of-center sounds and field recordings the group has collected over the years.

Their 15-second opening track, “The Leaves Were Falling,” features a sample from a 1950s home recording by Dion McGregor, an American somniloquist. “Frankie Sinatra,” the first single from the new record features a sample of a song called “Bobby Sox Idol” by a 1930s calypso singer named Wilmouth Houdini.

It also includes a sample of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. “My favorite part about this song is the ‘Favorite Things’ sample, because growing up with five brothers and sisters we used to all watch musicals and The Sound of Music was one of the favorites,” said band member Tony Di Blasi. “We were like little Von Trapp family singers ourselves.”

And “Subways,” their latest single, features a sample of Chandra Oppenheim’s “Subways” from 1980. She was only 12 at the time of her recording. “It must be very strange for her today to hear her 12-year-old self sampled in another dimension exploded around in space and time, coming back out through the radio again,” said band member Robbie Chater.

Read the entire interview on Triple J’s website and stream Wildflower below. Last month, we interviewed Chandra Oppenheim about what it feels like to get sampled 36 years later.

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DāM-FunK And Nite Jewel's New EP, 'Nite-Funk,' Is Streaming Now

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DM-FunK and Nite Jewel first began their series of collaborations nearly seven years ago when the two (as Nite-Funk) dropped the single, “Am I Gonna Make It.” Last summer, they offered “Can You Read Me?” featuring their signature brand of lilting vocals and throwback synths. On Friday, Nite-Funk dropped their first EP, a self-titled, four-track collection of modern funk on Glydezone Recordings, DM-FunK’s new record label.

Stream Nite-Funk on Apple Music. Listen to “Let Me Be Me,” the first single from Nite-Funk below. In June, Nite Jewel shared her most recent record purchases. In 2015, we met up with DM-FunK in London.

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Discogs Will Host Their First Crate Diggers Record Fair In Berlin

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After successful events in Portland, Los Angeles and Miami, Discogs will bring their Crate Diggers record fair to Berlin. This will mark the first Crate Diggers event in Europe. In partnership with the Grimey record label, Crate Diggers combines a massive record fair with a series of afterparties. Past afterparty guests included Dam-Funk and Theo Parrish.

Crate Diggers will take place at Prince Charles on September 24. A lineup announcement and vendor information will be announced soon on the Crate Diggers Facebook page. In 2015, we beta tested Discogs’ app.

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NYC Mayor's Office Convened A 'Brainstorm Session' To Help Improve The City's Music Industry

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Representatives from more than 75 companies or organizationsincluding labels, management companies, recording studios, promoters, venue owners, brands, and musiciansgathered this past Tuesday for the first “New York City Music Industry Convening.” Organized by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the industry-wide “brainstorm session” was created to determine ways in which the city can continue and improve its support of the music industry and its creators.

Until the appointment of new MOME commissioner Julie Menin, the office only had focused on film, television, and theater. It now includes music as well as digital content, advertising, and real estate pertaining to the arts. “There was a tremendous response from everyone in the room,” Menin told Billboard. “Everyone was excited that music is now housed within a City agency that, soup to nuts, is going to deal with issues within the music business, both focused on bringing new opportunities to New York City and being supportive of the music industry.”

The meeting comes at a particularly fraught time in the city’s music scene, as a number of beloved performance venues closed within the last decade, including the likes of CBGB, Roseland Ballroom, Death by Audio, 285 Kent, Glasslands, Cameo Gallery and most recently, Palisades. Rising rent costs and restrictive city regulations have thus made it difficult for new venues to open in reaction to the closures.

“We were hearing the same kinds of issues emanating from the music industry; that when they’re opening up new businesses there are a lot of different agencies to deal with and a number of different regulations,” Menin said. “So one of the ideas that we discussed was to have someone in the office to almost serve as an expediter to help navigate different regulatory requirements.”

In addition to adding someone to their office to answer questions about city regulations, the office has also supported the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit, while will provide tax breaks for music projects records in the state of New York. The new state legislature is still waiting to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Britt Julious is on Twitter.

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This Researcher Believes The EDM 'Drop' Holds The Key To Understanding Craving Disorders

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Kiralee Musgrove, a Melbourne University researcher, is seeking volunteers who enjoy EDM for a new study. In an interview with 774 ABC Melbourne, Musgrove said, “We’re looking for people to help us understand why and how certain people crave what we call ‘the drop’ when they’re listening to electronic music.” The university has requested Melbourne-based volunteers proficient in English between the ages of 18 and 40 who enjoy EDM and do not have any hearing difficulties.

Waiting for “the drop“where instruments, rhythms and the volume ascend to a peak before the song transitions to the normal rhythmis “a very predictable formula,” according to Musgrave, yet also potentially a key pillar to his ongoing study.

Because people use music as a tool to regulate their emotions, understanding why EDM fans crave the drop will help researchers create therapies for people with craving disorders including eating disorders, substance abuse disorders or self-harm issues. In 2014, we created a short documentary about the rise of superstar DJs titled, Waiting for the Drop.

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Squarepusher Responds To Brexit Vote With Global Collaborative Remix Project

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has announced a global-wide remix project on his website in protest of last week’s Brexit vote.

“It has amplified many divisions in society and in particular has helped to re-establish xenophobia as legitimate and acceptable,” the iconic UK-based IDMproducer wrote about the referendum. “Witnessing this against the global backdrop of a resurgence of the far-right, it’s essential that those who find these developments unacceptable make their thoughts known and take action.”

In response to the aftermath of the referendum vote, Squarepusher crafted a song titled “Midi Sans Frontieres” and offered a finished mix down of the track on his website along with the audio stems of the instrumentals, scores, and a midi file of the “note to note information.” Participants can create their own interpretation or remix of the track and get it listed on his website so long as they title it “Midi Sans Frontieres.”

“I present it as the basis of an internationalist collaboration with sound makers irrespective of what kind of music they make, where they live, their background, their ageall are invited to participate,” he wrote about the project’s goals.

Learn more about the project and download the files on Squarepusher’s website. In 2015, we interviewed Squarepusher about his 14th studio album. Last week, other members of the electronic music community responded to the controversial vote.

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The 16 Most Creative Totems We Saw At Electric Forest This Year

All photos by Katie Laskowska.

What art cars are to Burning Man, totems are to Electric Forest, which took place June 23-26 in Rothbury, Michigan, and featured headliners like Bassnectar, Major Lazer, and The String Cheese Incident. Not only are totems an opportunity to show off your arts and crafts acumen, but they also help you navigate the sprawling festival grounds as a group, and bring yourself back down to earth when other factors, uh, do the opposite.

As has now become an annual tradition, we traversed some seriously trippy terrain in search of the most magical, memorable and downright ridiculous totems from throughout the weekend. Where years past saw a good deal of sexual and relatively subversive signs held overhead (dickbutts for days), it was nice to see some more lighthearted images this year that were merely meant to make you smile amidst mantras of positivity and inclusivity. Especially for an election year, there were surprisingly few politically-charged totems; it would seem most attendees were happy to abandon America’s civic circus sideshow for a few days.

As music festivals serve as a place where we can create the culture and cultivate the vibes we most deeply desire, totems are the symbols and taglines that dot the sky and help set their tone. Here’s what we caught.

1. Betty White

Owner: “Does Betty White need a story?”

2. Bill Clinton

Owner: “It’s the perfect face. I’m here, I’m livin’ it, I’m doin’ it.”

3. Butts, Butts Everywhere

The weekend wasn’t totally without a couple references to rear ends, and we can certainly appreciate a bugged out Tina Belcher.

4. Mr. Cactus

Owner: “Well we’re from Arizona so…”

5. Totem S. Thompson

Owner: “He lost his nose last night, somehow.”

6. Forest Gump

The Forest is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to find.

7. Fuck Real Life

After adding fur to make his forest-favorite totem “cuddlier” last year, Trajan’s improvement for 2016 was much more practical that past year’s.

8. Heart Hands

This girl’s sister wasn’t able to make it to the festival this year so they used a sketch of her hands to make this totem as a way for her to still be there with them. Aw.

9. If You’re Lost Go Dance With Them

A regular feature in the forest, totems like these inviting wandering spirits to join them are always a welcome and heartwarming sight.

10. The Name Giver

Our photographer, Katie, was given the name “I take good photos” while I was bestowed “I am Home.” Interactive totems FTW.

11. Pikachu

Owner: “It’s from a YouTube video called ‘Pikachu on Acid.'”

12. Rick

Rick and Morty seemed to edge out last year’s regular Adventure Time totems as the psychedelic cartoon du jour.

13. Skrillary

At this point we aren’t ruling anything out.

14. Sun and Moon

Owners: “We went through hell for this. They made us take the pole off at the gate. My boyfriend got in an argument with security, then we found this pole in the forest.”

15. Unicorn

The 2016 award for Most Magical goes to Blake and his unnamed unicorn. The intricate creation had fiber optics, motion-sensor LEDs, tabs of Justin Bieber acid on its tongue, and required multiple battery packs to operate. It was like a walking Circuit City built for a psychedelic hippie dream world.

16. Matt Vo

Mostly from Clarkston, Michigan, this group had lost a dear friend, Matt Vo, the weekend prior to Electric Forest. As we waited for all of them to arrive for the photo, they shared stories and told us about the kind of person he had been. “Matt was super genuine,” a young man named Chad lovingly expressed. “He would give the shirt off his back to anyone. Friends went to him for guidance.” A friend in the group had come up with the motto: “You can’t spell love without Vo,” and the love they felt for their lost friend was surely palpable.

Reisa Shanaman is on Twitter.

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Jamie Xx Just Dropped A New Music Video For His Single, "Gosh"

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After controversial filmmaker Romain Gavras shared a short teaser on Thursday, Jamie xx today released a new music video for the single, “Gosh,” off his 2015 solo album In Colour. The new video is a hazy, dystopian treatment that reportedly features more than 400 actors and was created without the use of special effects. Gavras is best known for his videos with M.I.A., Kanye West and Jay Z, and Justice.

In April 2015, Jamie released a different (and interstellar-themed) video for the single. Watch the new video below. In 2015, we reviewed Jamie xx’s live set.

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Sven Vath Responds To Getting Caught Watching Soccer During His Set

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German techno DJ and producer Sven Vath was caught watching a European soccer championship game on his phone during his DJ set at the Awakenings Festival in the Netherlands last weekend. On Wednesday, the Facebook page Mr. After Party posted an image of Vath during his set with a closeup of the soccer match on his phone and the caption, “Talk about priorities…”

Vath today responded by posting on his own Facebook page a photo of him DJing, with the caption: “This Saturday I am playing at Love Family Park and during my set, you will be able to see the scores of the Germany-Italy game on the screens for the first half.” Not only will fans get to see the score of the Germany-France game on the screens during the first half of his performance at Love Family Park, Vath promised that they’ll also get to, “watch the rest of the game together.”

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