Stories by Kara Manning

Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs And Kate Tempest On Mercury Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Mercury Prize, one of Britain's most prestigious music awards for album of the year, was revealed on Wednesday. While Damon Albarn, Anna Calvi and Bombay Bicycle Club made the cut, seven of the 12 nominees (including Albarn) are debut artists, like scrappy street poet Kate Tempest, the sultry FKA Twigs, the funky London duo Jungle and former Portico Quartet member Nick Mulvey. The 

Lost In The Trees Will Go On Indefinite Hiatus After Final December Show

Lost in the Trees is calling it quits by year's end for the foreseeable future. The collective's frontman and songwriter Ari Picker announced via Facebook on Wednesday that after seven years, Lost in the Trees will play a final show in Saxapahaw, North Carolina on December 12. "I’m certain I’ll continue to write and release music," says Picker, "but at the moment it’s time for me to move away from touring for the time being."

David Bowie Announces Career-Spanning Collection And New Music

David Bowie is swiftly following his 2013 release, The Next Day, with a career-spanning collection called Nothing Has Changed, to be released on November 18 in the States. A new, nearly eight-minute single, "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," will also come out that day, a song Bowie recorded with his longtime cohort Tony Visconti. The single's B-side is another recent recording, "'Tis A Pity She's A Whore." Read about the tracklisting here.

Watch Ty Segall's Surreal New Video


Ty Segall, who plays New York's Webster Hall on September 17 and 18, has released a suitably surreal video for the title track of his new album Manipulator. The video, which premered via the New York Times, was directed by Matt Yoka and also has an interactive version too, available on Segall's own website. Delight in images of Segall with babies, koalas and aliens and watch "Manipulator" here.

Jungle: FUV Live

The funked-out, falsetto-driven songs of London's Jungle offer up the perfect summertime soundtrack, brimming with sleek harmonies and soulful anthems. The two boyhood friends still stubbornly adhere to some anonymity; they prefer to be called J and T. But as a touring collective of five (or seven) members, Jungle is boldly uncloaked. This summer, the pair finally released their self-titled debut album on XL Recordings and on October 2, they return to New York for a show at Irving Plaza. Not long ago, Jungle ventured to the Bronx to play a mini-set for WFUV. Watch videos from their performance in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, September 5, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Nick Cave Releases A Single And Announces A New York Show For '20,000 Days On Earth'


Ahead of the release of the new pseudo-documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have released a new single, "Give Us A Kiss," backed with "Jubilee Street." Both songs are previously unreleased and will appear in the film, directed by Jane Pollard and Iain Forsythe. In addition, Nick Cave will play a solo show at New York's Town Hall on September 20 following a screening of the film. There will also be a Q&A with the filmmakers. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, September 6, at 12p.m. EDT with a fan presale beginning tomorrow, September 5, at noon.

Courtney Barnett Returns For North American Tour This Fall

Courtney Barnett, who will be rereleasing The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas on pink vinyl on September 30 as part of RED Distribution's "Ten Bands One Cause" initiative for National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, will be returning to North America for a headlining tour this fall. She'll play New York's Webster Hall on October 22 with San Fermin.

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