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Featured Artists – August 2015

Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for August 2015!

BOY
Four years is a long time but finally BOY are back with their second record. After Mutual Friends the Swiss-German duo will be releasing We were here at the end of august. The first single of the same title brings you high-quality indie pop. And that’s just great news with every tune!

Chelsea Wolfe
Stronger than before: Chelsea Wolfe is back. Her sound has evolved over the last years, her one-time ‘scary’ folk is becoming more and more metallic. But that doesn’t mean that the US Singer/Songwriter and modern goth queen is not diving deep into darkness, desperation and sadness again. Quite the contrary: Abyss fills your ears with bloody self-destruction.

Health
Less Noise, more Pop – that is what Health sounds like in 2015. But the new record Death Magic still has enough dirt and edges in their soundscape of synths, power and euphoria to shine bright and broken at the same time.

John Taylor
The Jazz world last month mourned the death of one of the most important proponents of British Jazz, John Taylor. A remarkable creative voice not only at his instrument but also as a composer, Taylor made his name playing with a golden generation of British jazz greats like Kenny Wheeler, John Surman and Norma Winstone, whom he would later marry. Along with the death last year of his one-time bandmate Kenny Wheeler, British Jazz has sadly suffered two huge losses in a relatively short space of time.

Dr. John
This weekend sees the return of the Brecon Jazz festival, a very important international festival held annually in the beautiful setting of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Headlining this year is the incomparable Dr. John, now at the ripe old age of seventy four and still gigging! His New Orleans-style grooves with Mardi-Gras flavours and Voodoo spice has attracted a huge following ever since the 1960s, earning him six Grammy awards along the way.

Diät
After two excellent singles the Berlin based Post-Punkers come up with their first full-length record Positive Energy. Inspired by early UK Punk and Post-Punk Diät are serving a smart combination of the past and the present to underline their modernity.

Rhiannon Giddens
Her solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn is so eclectic it’s really incomparable. Fit with a stout upright bass, the backing string band seems dedicated to stirring the cauldron of long-forgotten folk histories. The sheer breadth of inspiration working together is fascinating to listen to. The song “Shake Sugaree”  is a visionary replica of a precious antique, and the whole album accordingly feels like a beautiful re-finishing of some tired heirloom.

Chris Stapleton
“What are you listening to?” he sung in a come-hither country whisper, and no one could ignore. Now that we’re trapped in his lure, The Traveller is released, which is a handsome exposé of vocal craft really. With a more R&B affection, his singing voice is both amorous and gritty. The song structures are well-tempered,  giving him the space to soulfully expand in verse, and he takes all the space afforded. This guy really loves to sing.
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Featured Artists – July 2015

Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for July 2015!

Phoebe Ryan
Writing catchy pop songs looks like no big deal for Phoebe Ryan who first showed us what she’s capable of with an impressive Mash-Up of R. Kelly and Miguel. Now the 24-year-old American Singer/Songwriter has just released her first EP Mine and easily betters the expectations.

Miguel
Miguel is back and you all know what that means – it’s Sexytime! With Wildheart, his third album, the Californian R&B crooner proves to be a serious contender for the “Innovative Bedroom Soul” championship D’Angelo started with his comeback album. This is a new wave of R&B without being whiny, depressive or half-dead. This album is anything but – it’s eclectic, super-melodic, bridging styles and, yeah you guessed right, super-sexy.

Ezra Furman
Sheesh, finally someone has done their homework in pop culture. Every note on Ezra Furman’s new opus Perpetual Motion People makes his knowledge of Doo Wop, Post Punk, Garage and, most importantly, SONGWRITING audible within milliseconds of the first listen. Yes, this is heavily influenced by everything that has been here before (except Gabba maybe) but never nostalgic or simply copying anything. This is an album by someone who knows music.

Sleaford Mods
These two guys from the UK are really angry, to be honest they are really pissed off, the reasons for which are shouted at you straight in your face. Their new record Key Markets is again a mix of minimalism and aggression, somewhere between The Streets and The Fall. It is Punk in essence, certainly with the right attitude. Simple and great.

The Bad Plus
Now well into their fifteenth year of playing together, The Bad Plus are fresh from the Love Supreme Festival, the Jazz answer to Glastonbury. A fantastically diverse trio capable of sculpting soundscapes based on just about anything, from their unique takes on classic Pop tunes to trio improvisations and everything in between. Their recent concerts have featured US tenor sax giant Joshua Redman guesting with the trio.

Dianne Reeves
Another Jazz star to play this year’s Love Supreme festival is singer Dianne Reeves. Active since the mid 1970s, the multiple Grammy-winning Reeves is still going strong and is widely considered to be one of the most important female Jazz singers of our time.

Kacey Musgraves
Her new album Pageant Material is a formidable follow-up to her last musical outburst Same Trailer Different Park. Speaking to the same rebellious nature, though with a little more matured poise, the songwriting has widened its sociopolitical stance. The instrumentation has only been perfected. Musgraves is quickly climbing the ladder to country music royalty.  The album’s simply a must-hear.

Elenowen
Josh and Nicole Johnson are the married couple responsible for Elenowen. What’s that? It’s a band that just put out an album that sounds like the last 40 years of Blues, Pop/Rock, Americana and Country-Folk influence compressed into a single sound. Their new album For The Taking manages to express a handful of disparate tonalities with sheer harmony – from the folky campfire-friendly title track to the soulfully cathartic “One by One”.

Bryn Terfel
It’s July, and that means time for some great Classical Summer Music Festivals! Our featured artist this month, the Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, will be heading from Tanglewood to the Proms, where he sings Tevye at the Proms production of The Fiddler on the Roof.

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Heroines of Sound

For the second time Heroines of Sound is presenting the female pioneers and women of the current electronic music scene. The festival will take place for 3 days at the Radialsystem in Berlin, from 10th ’til 12th of July. The program is based on 30 artists from 12 different countries and includes concerts, sound art, perfomances and talks.

Heroines of sound combines history with the here and now, and shows the alliance of historic pieces with contemporary music compositions. Featuring performances of pioneering composers such Daphen Oram, Delia Derbyshire or Pri Simley to the representatives of contemporary music like Susanne Kirchmayr aka Electric Indigo, Gudrun Gut (Malaria !, Mania D) or AGF. One of the many highlights to name is the German premiere of Joanna Bailies Analogue (2011), a concert installation for instrumental ensemble and Camera Obscura, performed by Ensemble Scenatet (DK).

The festival is accompanied by a two-day symposium with guests from music, art, science and disseminators of the electronic music scene.

For more information about the program and tickets please visit: www.heroines-of-sound.com

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Featured Artists – June 2015

Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for June 2015!

Holly Herndon
Getting into a relationship with your laptop may sound paradoxical at first, but it’s essential for the art of PhD student of Computer Research in Music And Acoustics Holly Herndon. By her second, great album Platform she remains experimental, but combines more organic with digital sounds and creates danceable structures.

Summer Camp
What a happy marriage it must be, if you still can work together in a band without killing each other. That’s exactly what Summer Campsters Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey seem to manage – besides making amazingly swift and sugary Indie Pop. Finally they are back with their fourth album and you can hear the harmony of two sweethearts in every note.

Algiers
The combination of post-punk and gospel has a name: Algiers. With a lot of soul, the debut album of the New York and London-based band is reminiscent of early Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds or Birthday Party, as well as MC5 or Nina Simone. The atmosphere is always dark, the music full of energy and enthusiasm. New protest songs for the here and now.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The psychedelic revival of the last few years is ongoing. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are not entirely blameless in this matter. So much the better, that with their third record Multi-Love they continue where they left off with II  before: 60s inspired songs that don’t sound in the least bit dusty.

Robert Glasper
2015 is shaping up to be a big year in the musical story of Robert Glasper. Easily one of the most influential figures in Jazz for the last decade, Glasper played a week-long residency at New York’s Village Vanguard earlier this year, and is set to release a new album later this month. As well as composing music for the forthcoming biopic of Miles Davis Miles Ahead (starring Don Cheadle), Robert Glasper will continue to tour Europe and the States over the summer of 2015.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
A giant of the Jazz world, Dee Dee Bridgewater has been making music for over four decades and picked up many a Grammy and Tony along the way. She returns this year with Dee Dee’s Feathers, a collaboration with Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, presenting a modern vision of the traditional jazz sound of New Orleans.

Avi Avital
International superstar mandolinist Avi Avital’s newest release with Deutsche Grammophon showcases a fresh take on Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” adapted for the mandolin – a must-hear. Hot on the heels of his performance at the Berlin Festival in May, Avi is back on the road in June with performances across Germany as well as in Brazil and Italy – catch him live and you may end up on his Instagram feed of reverse curtain-calls!

Howling
After the acclaimed hit on the Innervisions label, Howling strike back with an album and a single. Don’t sleep on this one.

Jose Padilla
Summer is almost here and it’s almost time to listen to the new Jose Padilla LP, to be released in June.

French Montana
Mr. Montana eases the wait for his next album with a mixtape Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend, and truth be told, it’s a lot better than your average rapper’s official release.

Hiss Golden Messenger
This Country-Rock outfit’s tunes are usually centred around the voice of songwriter M.C. Taylor, but their latest release shows the intent to rehash material into broader sounds. The three tracks presented on the recent EP Southern Grammar all quite clearly recall a track of the same title released in 2014. The original motive of the one song has been honed and generously expanded into a sonic triptych of bluesy, downtempo, americana swamp-pop dripping with wah-wah pedal and sax.

Dwight Yoakam
“It’s all about the radio and a car,” Yoakam says in reference to the sound of his new album Second Hand Heart. That on-the-road feeling actually comes through in these songs. “In Another World” especially seems to constantly race up a hill due to the synchronous strumming patterns and engine-like pulsing of tremolo-soaked guitar riffs.  This album gets loud and stays rhythmic. Yoakam’s voice is rollicking as usual, and on “Man of Constant Sorrow” pulls off a deceptive inflection.

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Berlin Atonal

Originally started in 1982, the festival for sonic and visual art came to an end in 1990 with the fall of the Berlin Wall, when founder Dimitri Hegemann left to open the legendary techno club Tresor. Since the re-launch in 2013, Berlin Atonal has rapidly regained its status as one of the most recommended events for experimental music. In 2015 it will take place from August 19th to 23rd and, as with the last two years, will be held in the impressive setting of the old Kraftwerk in Berlin Mitte, which perfectly suits the vanguard sound of progressive music with its cold, grey and imposing concrete walls.

The first wave of confirmations for 2015 have just been announced and promise another high-level festival. One of the many featured events is the live performance of Outside the Dream Syndicate, the legendary collaboration between the avant-garde filmmaker Tony Conrad and the german Krautrock band Faust, who released a seminal record together back in 1973. This year, Berlin Atonal marks their first live show in over 20 years! There are also several exciting world premieres confirmed, such as SUMS, a new collaboration between Barry Burns (Mogwai) and the electronic musician Kangding Ray, both genre-leading artists in their own right who will grace the stage together for the first time. Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails will present his first audio-visual performance of his solo project Sonno, as well as techno artist Mike Parker, adapted to the oversized dimensions of the old power plant. Further announcements underline the high standard, like Ugandan Methods (that’s Karl O’Connor, head of Downwards label, together with Ancient Methods), Christina Nemec (Shampoo Boy, SV Damenkraft) alias Chra, or Ryo Murakami with his experimental sound-robe.

More names will be added in the following weeks. After parties will take place at Tresor and OHM. For further information about the programme, tickets or news please visit: www.berlin-atonal.com

Enjoy a selection of artists appearing at this year’s festival with the Berlin Atonal 2015 station at AUPEO!

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Pop-Kultur Berlin

Pop-Kultur is a new festival in Berlin. For three days, from August 26th to 28th 2015, Berghain will be the centre of Berlin’s music and creative scene. Various spaces in the legendary Techno club near Ostbahnhof will be utilised, including the Panorama Bar, the Hall of Berghain, Kantine or Schlackehalle, for live performances, concerts, talks and workshops. The focus is based on the exchange between guests and artists, to provide a forum for productivity and to illustrate trends and developments in popular music. In this regard, Pop-Kultur is certainly in step with the times, as a quick glance through the programme confirms.

Bianca Casady of CocoRosie will present her new solo project, Matthew Herbert is confirmed for the German premiere of his new album The Shakes followed by participation in workshops and talks. Bernard Sumner of New Order will present his autobiography, his bandmates Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris are coming to join Daniel Miller, head of the legendary Mute Records, and Owen Pallet for a conversation, the latter also due to perform live. And Elijah Wood will bring some Hollywood glamour, as part of the DJ-Team Wooden Wisdom. Amongst the big names are also lots of artists who’ve been popping up on the radars of many of the last years “bands to watch” lists, like Die Nerven, Schnipo Schranke, Messer, 18+, Hinds, Gabi or Kero Kero Bunito, just to name a few.

This all sounds more than promising and is only a small part of an extensive programme. Tickets price depending on the individual festival plan guest are able to compile for themselves. For further information about the programme, tickets or news please visit: www.pop-kultur.info

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Featured Artists – May 2015

Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for May 2015!

Nadine Shah
What a voice! The British Singer/Songwriter Nadine Shah combines the darkness and drama of PJ Harvey teaming up with Nick Cave – a bittersweet desire. Please Nadine, take us to your crypt, we won’t fight back… as long as you sing for us.

East India Youth
The second record for William Doyle aka East India Youth. Culture Of Volume is a combination of sound experiment and pop, fascinating with a significant voice. You can win tickets for his Berlin show here.

Miami Horror
Nothing horrible about this Australian four-piece – actually their amazing new album All Possible Futures might be the only warming light you’ll need this summer. A collection of sun-soaked dream-disco gems that will definitely be a highlight of our summer soundtrack.

Son House
One of the true pioneers of Delta Blues. He influenced the likes of Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. Starting his recording career in the early 30s, he only reached international recognition during the 60s ‘Blues Revival’ where he enchanted his audiences with passionate stage performances and fierce guitar style.

Victoria Spivey
Having her first hit record “Black Snake Blues” in the 20s, Victoria Spivey inspired many blues artists with her raunchy lyrics. After a 10 year break from show business in the 50s, Victoria Spivey was again high in demand during the sexual revolution of the 60s.

Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum has been around for a while now, and it seems a long time ago that he presented his very well-received debut ‘Pointless Nostalgic’ back in 2002, and since then he’s matured musically and released a collection of fine albums that demonstrate a strong development as an artist over the last decade. He was chosen as Guest Director of the world-renowned Cheltenham Jazz Festival which took place at the beginning of this month, overseeing performers as diverse as Gregory Porter to Squarepusher, Martha Reeves to Kurt Elling, and many, many more.

Cassandra Wilson
A giant of the Jazz world, Cassandra Wilson returns this month with a new album of radical takes on the music of Billy Holiday. Sounds familiar? That’s probably because José James also presented an album of his interpretations of Holiday’s music earlier this year. Well, who can blame them when Billie Holiday’s music is such a vast ocean of creativity and finesse, it’s hardly surpring that she inspires so many others! ‘Coming Forth by Day’ is available on AUPEO and can be heard in the ‘Sing The Jazz’ station.

Other Lives
If you listen to these guys from Portland it’s never really clear whether you’re awake or dreaming. With their folky indie songs Other Lives swing somewhere between reality and illusion. And after their fabulous Tamer Animals they’re back with their third record Rituals.

Daryle Singletary
It’s been six years since we’ve heard anything new from Singletary, and now he’s back as if he couldn’t keep quiet any longer. “Pack it up, Son” and “Get Out of My Country” advises the Traditionalist singer on his 2015 release There’s Still a Little Country Left. This album is full of commendable choices, especially the inclusion of the great Johnny Paycheck and his outlaw throw-back “I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised”.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
These renowned banjoists, married both literally and musically, weave together their combined illustrious talents to make something as old as folk-music shine like new. Their eponymous album is a very calculated Americana blend, taking on an array of bluegrass and folk styles that come together with seamless improvisations.

Ciara
With everyone and their mother jumping on the atmospheric PBR&B bandwagon, Ciara’s Jackie feels like a refreshing throwback to 90’s pop and R&B. Very commercial, but in a very good way.

Tinashe
Amethyst may ‘only’ be a free mixtape, recorded in Tinashe’s bedroom, but it also happens to be full of hazy songs to chill to on a lazy summer night.

St. Germain
St. Germain releases a new album after 15 years of radio silence.The first single, “Real Blues,” has been released and features the vocals of Lightnin’ Hopkins.