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  • Documentary: Picasso Love, and Art

    If you're ever a contestant on TV's Jeopardy and the category is JazzWax, one of the answers may be "The only weekday date in 13 years when a post did not appear." The correct question would be, "What is March...       

  • Once And Again: An Interview With Julia-Sophie

    On the release of her second solo EP of hypnotic avant-pop, Oxford-via-Lyon musician Julia-Sophie speaks to Patrick Clarke about a storied career that's taken her from major label decadence to DIY brilliance

  • Little Simz Reveals New LP, 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert'

    You can watch a video for lead track 'Introvert' below

  • Flying Lotus Shares Two Tracks For Netflix Anime Series

    The US producer has made the score for upcoming show 'Yasuke'

  • Manchester Psych Fest Unveils Full 2021 Lineup

    Stereolab and Tinariwen share headline billing as the festival returns this September

  • Seefeel Share Four Previously Unreleased Tracks

    The 'Reduct' EP is a taster of an extensive set of Seefeel reissues and more being released next month

  • Sound City Ipswich To Return This October

    BC Camplight, Katy J Pearson and more have joined the new music-focused festival

  • Balancing Act: An Interview With Howie Lee

    Howie Lee talks new album Birdy Island, a blend of traditional Chinese folk and club production that strikes a beautiful balance between the human, the artificial, the ancient and the organic

  • The Weekly: 21–27 April

    The Weekly: 21–27 April Sisters With Transistors online screenings; Mdou Moctar recorded live in Niger; Kronos Quartet perform Zachary James Watkins; Laurie Anderson, Arca and Matt Groening take over NTS; Mary Margaret O'Hara unearthed. Not displaying correctly?View it in your browser. Welcome to The Wire's weekly pick of livestreams and online activity from the global sound and music underground. Plus what's new on The Wire website.Streaming this week Online screenings of the Sisters With Transistors film; Mdou Moctar recorded live in Niger; Buh Records festival opens a window on the South American avant garde; Kronos Quartet perform Zachary James Watkins’s Peace Be Till; Laurie Anderson, Arca and Matt Groening take over NTS to celebrate the station's tenth anniversary; AV works from Japan and China in Numbers Matter; and ten hours of drones on Wave Farm radio.New on The Wire website Listen to the four hour mix, covering three decades of work, that People Like Us has put together to accompany the cover story of the May issue of the magazine; a new album of pieces each one less than 37 seconds long by Lafawndah, Laurie Spiegel and Lucretia Dalt; and a new track by Jonáš Gruska. Plus: watch an exclusive performance by vocalist Charmaine Lee from her home in New York; and a performance by Margaret Mary O'Hara from 2017’s Le Guess Who? festival.Win Sisters With Transistors tickets! We have five tickets to give away for the UK online screening of Sisters With Transistors, the film about female electronic music pioneers directed by Lisa Rovner out this Friday 23 April. To enter, simply send an email to listings@thewire.co.uk with Sisters With Transistors in the subject line by 5pm London time on Thursday 22 April. Please note these tickets are for the UK screenings only.The May issue of The Wire is out with People Like Us, Joe Chambers, Embassador Dulgoon, Cathal Coughlan x Sean O’Hagan’s Invisible Jukebox, Alpha Maid, Jonáš Gruska, Charmaine Lee, Marianne Faithfull, The Fall, Poly Styrene, Jacob Kirkegaard, George Russell, Supersonic, Radiophonics and more. See here for full details.For daily underground music news plus the latest updates from thewire.co.uk as they happen, follow The Wire on Twitter. The current issue of the magazine The May issue is out now On the cover: People Like Us. As Vicki Bennett prepares for an ambitious audiovisual UK tour, the arch-collagist talks Buddhism, subverting popular culture and the autoregenerative art of cut and paste. Plus US jazz drummer and composer Joe Chambers; Chilean sonic adventurer Embassador Dulgoon; an Invisible Jukebox featuring Cathal Coughlan & Sean O’Hagan; and profiles of Alpha Maid, Jonáš Gruska and Charmaine Lee. And in the 40 page review section: Marianne Faithfull, The Fall, Poly Styrene, Jacob Kirkegaard, George Russell, Supersonic, Radiophonics, and more. Read the full contents here.Also this month: subscribers can download a copy of Below The Radar 36 featuring new music by Clarissa Connelly, Hali Polombo, Ryan Dugré, Venus Ex Machina, and others. Full track listing here.You can buy a copy of the May issue in our online shop, where you can also browse 100s more back issues of The Wire.  New on thewire.co.uk Wire mix: 30 years of People Like Us Sound collagist Vicki Bennett compiles a comprehensive soundtrack to her cover feature in the current May issue of the magazine, piecing together 30 years of work in a new four hour mix. Watch: Charmaine Lee live The composer featured in the May issue of the magazine gives an exclusive experimental vocal performance from her home in Chinatown, New York. Watch: Mary Margaret O'Hara live Le Guess Who? shares film of a rare performance by the Canadian vocalist and songwriter performing at the 2017 edition of the festival. Jonáš Gruska shares a track from his forthcoming album Listen to a preview of the Bratislava based musician, field recordist and microphone designer's next record Brieždenie which is inspired by dawn and dreaming. Album premiere: PRSNT Laurie Spiegel, Lafawndah, Lucrecia Dalt, Lyra Pramuk and others respond to the state of online music engagement with a new album lasting less than seven minutes. Joseph Stannard presents Adventures In Sound And Music The 16 April edition of The Wire's weekly show on Resonance 104.4FM featured tracks by Dishpit, Pink Siifu & Fly Anakin, J Fisher, Beans, Keiji Haino, Josephine Foster, United Bible Studies and more Festivals, live streams, exhibitions and more Sisters With Transistors: UK The second Wire supported launch event for the Laurie Anderson narrated film about female electronic music pioneers – including Daphne Oram, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Éliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel – features Wire contributor Louise Gray hosting a panel with director Lisa Rovner and Suzanne Ciani (27 April, 7pm BST, free). Online screenings of the film in the UK start from 23 April, tickets cost £9.99. NB The Wire has five tickets to give away for the UK screening. To enter, simply send an email to listings@thewire.co.uk with Sisters With Transistors in the subject line by 5pm London time on Thursday 22 April.  Sisters With Transistors: US US premiere screenings for the Laurie Anderson narrated film about female electronic music pioneers – including Daphne Oram, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Éliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel. Plus launch event with a panel hosted by Geeta Dayal featuring Laurie Spiegel, Suzanne Ciani, Moor Mother and others (24 April). Online screenings in the US from 24 April–6 May. Sisters With Transistors: Rest Of The World One week only pre-release digital screenings for viewers not in the US, UK, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Australia, Austria, Russia, Poland or Israel of the Laurie Anderson narrated film about female electronic music pioneers – including Daphne Oram, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Éliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel. Online, 24–30 April. Buh Records Festival A series of audiovisual presentations from the Peruvian label run by Luis Alvarado. Walter Smetak film, rock panel (21 April), an interview with Andrés Vargas Pinedo (23), Luis Sanz and Christian Kobi (24), a guide to Afro-Peruvian music from the 1960s and 70s (26), Amazon popular music (27). YouTube, 21 April–7 May, free. Voices Of Hope: Kronos Quartet Performance series from  New York’s Carnegie Hall focusing on the life-affirming power of music during times of crisis continues with Kronos Quartet performing Zachary James Watkins Peace Be Till, John Coltrane Alabama, new Iranian music by Mahsa Vahdat and Sahba Aminikia, and Terry Riley One Earth, One People, One Love. Online, 25 April, 9am BST, free. Mdou Moctar The Tuareg guitarist and his band filmed late last year in Niamey, Niger. Online, 23 April, 1am BST then available for 24 hours, $10. NTS 10 The online radio station for alternative and underground music celebrates ten years of activity with five days of programming curated by special guests. Highlights from the last three days include: Arca presents Damon Zucconi, Lolina and Shayne Oliver; Liz Johnson Artur presents Cassie Kinoshi, Larry Achiampong and Shabaka Hutchings (21 April), Laurie Anderson presents Anohni, Jenny Hval, JG Thirlwell and Museum Of Love; Patia’s Fantasy World presents Earl Sweatshirt and Shygirl (22), six hours of Theo Parrish; Matt Groening presents EYE from Boredoms, Henry Kaiser, Juana Molina, Marc Hollander and Savage Pencil. Online, 19–23 April, free. Biophilia Records Streaming event featuring artists from the Harlem based jazz and new music label including Sara Serpa, Nortonk and Fabian Almazan. Online, 22 April, donations. Roulette The New York performance space is streaming its events programme for free. The series continues with ICE, Fay Victor, Darius Jones and Skerpla performing works by Anthony Braxton & Bergrun Snæbjörnsdóttir. Online, 21 April, 8pm ET then archived, free. Numbers Matter: Episodes 2 & 3 Three artists from Japan and two artists from China present audiovisual works as part of this series drawing attention to Japan's poor gender equality ranking. The featured artists are Akio Suzuki, Hiromi Miyakita, Chiharu MK & Micelle, Wei Wei aka VAVABOND and Chunyang Yao. Online, 22 April, 1pm & 8:30pm, free/donations. Five By Five: Anthony R Green Online chat and performances of new and reworked pieces hosted by chamber ensemble fivebyfive. With composer, performer and social justice activist Anthony R Green. Online, 24 April, 1:30pm ET, free. Drone At Home Ten hours of commissioned drone performances for Wave Farm radio, featuring Maria Chavez, Anna Friz, and more. On air & Online, 24 April, noon EDT. Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra Three day festival featuring the experimental big band bookended by two contrasting concerts by the 18 member group. In between there are six other concerts by subgroups and an interactive modular synth sound installation. Online, 27–29 April. Archipel Online archived relays from this Swiss experimental music festival include performances and works by Éliane Radigue (Occam Ocean), Mariam Rezaei, Will Guthrie & Ensemble Nist-Nah, Anthony Pateras, Ryoko Akama, Julien Desprez, Brian Eno, Sofia Gubaïdoulina, Sarah Hennies, Tashi Wada, Michael Pisaro and James Tenney. Geneva various venues, 16–25 April. Experimental Sound Studio The Chicago studio’s virtual concert series continues with experimental musicians pairing up with movement and puppetry artists (22 April), Parlour Tapes release event for four new tapes (23), RP Boo workshop on footwork and production (24), improvised music with Dave Rempis & Keefe Jackson and Pruvost/Guionnet/Abdou/Orins (24), and Black Mountain College event with Tyondai Braxton & Grace Villamil (26). 100 per cent of donations during the show go to the performing artists. Online, various times, donations. Abolition 2021 The weekly virtual concerts organised by Abolition Apostles to support families of people incarcerated at Louisiana State Penitentiary continue with (among a large and diverse range of artists) Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber, Eliza Carthy and Terry Edwards. Produced by musicians Jolie Holland and Johanna Samuels and Peter Bauer. Online, 23 April, $20. Eavesdropping New music performance series and weekend symposium themed around "the sounding body: site of trouble and transcendence". Four performances feature eight musicians presenting new or in-progress works in an informal setting including Rihab Azar, Angharad Davies, Juliet Fraser and Winnie Huang. Online, 20–25 April, free/ticketed. Arts For Art Salons Improvised music series continues with Juan Pablo Carletti drums, Yoni Kretzmer tenor saxophone, William Parker bass, Keegan Monaghan super-8 film (22 April), and James Brandon Lewis tenor saxophone, Rashaan Carter bass, Chad Taylor drums (27). Online, 8pm ET, donations. With Womens Work Second series of commissioned works by Issue Project Room with artists responding to experimental scores originally published in the 1975 collection Womens Work by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles and sound artist Annea Lockwood. Anabelle Playe (21 April) and Ogemdi Ude (22). Online, free. Walking Festival Of Sound International meeting for practitioners and researchers interested in sound and walking. This year's walking performances, seminars and listening sessions are mainly online because of the pandemic. Participants include Barry Truax, Jana Winderen, Patrick Farmer and Jez riley French & Pheobe riley Law. Online, until 25 April, free. Counterflows At Home The online components of Glasgow's festival of underground experimental music continue to be accessible until the end of the month. Explore newly commissioned sound works, films, podcasts, texts and more by Annea Lockwood,  Nazar, Mazen Kerbaj, Susie Ibarra & Michele Koppes, Serafine 1369 & Young Nettle, Quinie, Nakul Krishnamurthy & Nrythia Pillai, Helena Celle, Yan Jun, Thefuries and Soft Tissue. Online, until 30 April, free. Elaine Mitchener Temporary online stream of this programme of radical and revolutionary music by the experimental vocalist with bassist Neil Charles and members of Apartment House, recorded live at London's Wigmore Hall. Works by Jeanne Lee, Benjamin Patterson, Archie Shepp, Christian Wolff and Katalin Ladik, as well as Charles Mingus's rarely heard 1972 String Quartet No 1 (With Voice). Online, until 13 May, free/donations. Jazz In Central Park: Walk With The Wind Giant Step Arts and Keyed Up!'s free outdoor presentations continue with Marquis Hill Quartet (24) and Michael Thomas Quartet with Michael Rodriguez, Edward Perez and Johnathan Blake (25). New York Central Park, 11am–3pm, free. On Air Adventures In Sound And Music: 22 April Join The Wire’s deputy editor Emily Bick as she plays tracks by Ziúr, Bizarre Rituals, Jac Berrocal, Dalibor Cruz and others. Adventures In Sound And Music airs and streams on Thursdays between 9–10:30pm on Resonance FM. Shows are repeated on Sundays at 1am. Catch up with shows you've missed: explore our archive of shows complete with playlists or listen back on Mixcloud. Copyright © 2021 The Wire Magazine Ltd, All rights reserved. unsubscribe update subscription preferences

  • John Pizzarelli Plays Pat Metheny

    This album shouldn't work. One superb artist recording the music of another usually happens many years after the subject has passed away. But John Pizzarelli's new album, Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny, works with tremendous success....       

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    Pioneering producer and engineer Gareth Jones takes Ned Raggett on a journey through his thirteen favourite albums, from the elegance of Can to the wit of Karlheinz Stockhausen via Robert Wyatt, Wendy Carlos and more

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    'Return To Solaris' will be released in June