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Issue 394

December 2016

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Inside this issue:

Spirits Rejoice! Much music is nourished by a power stronger than itself. For this special extended feature, The Wire’s writers tap into the spiritual currents feeding gospel, hardcore, hiphop, doom metal and more.

NON: Home to Mya Gomez, Chino Amobi, Isis Scott and others, the Afrodiasporic dance label suggests a new contemporary model for uniting like-minded artists across the globe. By Joe Muggs

Invisible Jukebox with Dagmar Krause: “Who’s Gonna Help Me Now?” wonders the Slapp Happy/Henry Cow/Art Bears vocalist as she runs the gauntlet of The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Mike Barnes

Pamelia Stickney: The life and times of a potty-mouthed thereminist. By Kurt Gottschalk

Magnetoceptia: The interdisciplinary duo recycle signals and waves into playful performance art. By Tristan Bath

Kill Alters: The trials of childhood are processed through Bonnie Baxter’s cathartic noise. By Claire Sawers

Chris Cobilis: The Australian composer explores the legacy of the first crowdsourced TV show. By Julian Cowley

Bonaventure: The African-European musician uses confrontational collage to highlight the plight of the disenfranchised. By Steph Kretowicz

Global Ear Taipei: Political freedom has enabled art to flourish in the Taiwanese capital. By Aki Onda

The Inner Sleeve: Oliver Coates on Mike Nelson

Epiphanies: Richard Pinhas picks up on the primal pulsations of the universe

Print Run: Loft Jazz: Improvising New York In The 1970s by Michael C Heller; This Is Grime by Hattie Collins & Olivia Rose; Beyond The Beyond: Music From The Films Of David Lynch edited by JC Gabel & Jessica Huntley; Music And The Myth Of Wholeness: Toward A New Aesthetic Paradigm by Tim Hodgkinson; Post-Punk Then And Now edited by Gavin Butt, Kodwo Eshun, Mark Fisher

On Site: The Infinite Mix; James Richards

On Screen: Kasper Collin I Called Him Morgan

On Location: Meakusma Festival, Eupen; Hyperlocal, London; Out.Fest, Barreiro; Skaņu Mežs, Riga; Orphy Robinson All-Stars Play The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook, London; Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia, Liverpool; Masafat, Cairo.

Soundcheck: Gaye Su Akyol, Amandla Freedom Ensemble, Rashad Becker, Burkhard Beins & Chris Abrahams, Beyond Solutions, Body/Head, John Cage, Chris Cobilis with Kenneth Goldsmith & Spektral Quartet, Shirley Collins, Croque Madame, CukoO, Jay Daniel, E, Avalon Emerson, Peter Evans, Peter Evans Quintet, Helado Negro, Hen Ogledd, Kristin Hersh, Hoca Nasreddin, Immersion, Eli Keszler, Jung An Tagen, Mauricio Kagel, Yussef Kamaal, Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay, Josef Leimberg, Siya Makuzeni Sextet, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Sean McCann, Metallica, Carlo Mombelli, Roy Montgomery, Miles Mosley, Drew Mulholland, Andrew Paine, Nelson Patton featuring Lonnie Holley, Papa M, Ivo Perelman, Maja SK Ratkje with Cikada & Oslo Sinfonietta, Maja SK Ratkje & Saka, RunningOnAir, Wadada Leo Smith, Solange, DJ Taye, Terror Danjah, Tredici Bacci, Various Unpopular Music: Late Junction Sessions, Ben Vida, Wardruna, Yamaneko, Richard Youngs

The Boomerang: Black Sabbath, Bowery Electric, John Cale, Enslaved, Gas, Chico Hamilton & Eric Dolphy, Betty Harris, King Crimson