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Issue 372

February 2015

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Mica Levi
From underground pop star to acclaimed film composer, the artist also known as Micachu is a modern polymath. By Frances Morgan

Inside Red Bull Music Academy
In Tokyo, Derek Walmsley investigates the utopian ideals of the global music brand’s banner event

The Primer Hiphop mixtapes
A user’s guide to the major playas in rap’s underground economy, from 50 Cent to Lil B. By Jack Law

Invisible Jukebox John Carpenter
The veteran film maker and composer is spooked by The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by William Hutson

Word power from grime’s most literate. By Daisy Hyde

Javanese traditional music gets a refit. By Clive Bell

Heather Phillipson
Wayward narratives and beastly obsessions. By Nathan Budzinski

Global Ear Florence
The avant garde makes some noise in the Renaissance city. By Alessandro Michelucci

Collateral Damage
Stewart Morgan calls on music documentary makers to sing more like their subjects

On Screen
New films and DVDs: footwork documentary I’m Tryna Tell Ya and Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders

Print Run
New music books: Bowie in Berlin, new perspectives on Christian Marclay, and an art rock masterpiece reassessed

On Site
Recent exhibitions: Yusef Lateef’s Towards The Unknown and Otomo Yoshihide’s Between Music And Art

On Location
Recent festivals, gigs and clubs, including Opal Tapes, Fire! Orchestra, GIOfest VII and more

The Inner Sleeve
Peter Strickland on Organum and The New Blockaders’ Raze

The journey from punk to improv collapses categories for Tony Rettman

Soundcheck A–Z

Sir Richard Bishop
Blind Idiot God
John Carpenter
Carter Tutti
Eric Chenaux
D’Angelo And The Vanguard
Dan Deacon
FE Denning Descension Orchestra
Michael Francis Duch
Runhild Gammelsæter & Lasse Marhaug
The Inward Circles
Kåre Kolberg
Jason Kahn & Phil Julian
Jöelle Léandre & Michael Duch
DJ Marcelle
Joacim Nyberg
Panda Bear
The Pitch
The Pop Group
Matana Roberts
Patrick Shiroishi
Six Organs Of Admittance
Helge Sten
Various Devotional Music For Invisible Cities
Various Gravity Spells: Bay Area New Music And Expanded Cinema Art
Various Kazbek: Field Recordings From The Caucasus 2012–2014
Various Multiple Tap
Christian Wallumrød
Pete Wiggs
Robbie Basho
Brian Eno
Sten Hanson
King Crimson
Ákos Rózmann
Various Jazz In Polish Cinema: Out Of The Underground 1958–1967
Various Punk 45: Extermination Nights In The Sixth City – Cleveland, Ohio: Punk And The Decline Of The Mid-West 1975–80
Various Punk 45: Burn Rubber City Burn! – Akron, Ohio: Punk And The Decline Of The Mid-West 1975–80

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