Stories by Kara Manning

Luaka Bop Marks Anniversary With Concerts And Box Set

David Byrne's Luaka Bop record label will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of New York concerts at Tribeca's Mmuseumm and other venues next month. In addition, the label will reissue Nigerian funk artist William Onyeabor's entire eight-album catalog via a two volume box set in November.

Honeyblood: FUV Live

Glasgow's Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar of Honeyblood released their eponymous debut as a team earlier this year, but in mid-September, McVicar departed the band. Replacing McVicar on drums is Cat Myers (Tweeddale and Myers played their third live gig together in London on Tuesday). Earlier this summer, when Honeyblood was still singer/guitarist Tweeddale and drummer McVicar, the pair visited Studio A for an FUV Live session. Watch videos of Honeyblood in Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, September 26, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Samsaya: FUV Live

Effusive, cheerful and self-determined, India-born, Norway-raised and Sweden-based pop singer Samsaya paints a crimson heart over her eye before every performance. It's a talisman of sorts, reminding the singer (and her fans) of her deep love of music, a passion that guided her through some lonely years as a child and teenager trying to bridge two very different cultures. Earlier this summer, Samsaya released her self-titled EP (her second album, Bombay Calling, will be released in the near future) and she's been opening for Lily Allen in North America. However, Samsaya will have her very own headlining New York show this Monday at Mercury Lounge. Watch Samsaya and her bandmates' buoyant performance of "Bombay Calling" and the single, "Stereotype."  

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.

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