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Sónar 2009 Lineup Preview

So far, the Sónar 2009 lineup includes the return of Orbital, Grace Jones, along with performances by Joker, and Martyn to name just a few. Go here for the full listing...

Transgendered Landscapes: Antony Exhibits

Antony Hegarty opens a London gallery show of his landscapes...

Antony Hegarty recently opened an exhibition entitled "The Creek" at the Isis gallery in London's West End. Comprised of drawings and collages which take the landscape as their collective theme, the exhibited works "employ a transgender intervention to readjust the colonial topography of the American Dream." January 17th - February 28th, Isis Gallery, 20 Hanway Street, London. Click here for more information

Butchery Obituary: The Death Of V/Vm

James Kirby's pop music butchery project ends...

After 13 years of top chart pop butchery, James Kirby's V/Vm and its record label V/Vm Test Records (which Kirby co-founded with Andrew McGregor in 1996) has called it a day. Over the years, and under a variety of monikers, V/Vm released a multitude of remixes and hacks of popular hits such as the release by Chris De Burger & Lion El Glichie "Lady In Red (Is dancing with meat)"/"All Night Long (Butcher All Night)" and a remix of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Relax". On The official V/Vm website Kirby writes that although V/Vm as an ongoing concern is finished, "I am able to say categorically that the closure will result in more output and new projects appearing" which will begin with a planned 7CD retrospective boxset due out late 2009. Kirby will continue developing his current project The Caretaker, which like V/Vm (a champion of online file sharing) has a large amount of work available online for free download.


A new album released in celebration of 40 years of surround electronic music...

In celebration of 40 years of surround sound electronic music, Sound and Music/Bmic has released Recovery/Discovery beginning with Henry Birtwistle's 1970 composition Chronometer, which utilised recordings of Big Ben and the Wells clock from London’s Science Museum. Other artists featured on the album are Mira Calix, Jonathan Harvey and Javier Alvarez. BBC Radio 3 will also be featuring the project on the Hear and Now program, February 21, 10:30PM

Sav X presents Gold Sabbat

Savage Pencil presents a new exhibition

The Wire's resident cartoonist and illustrator Savage Pencil presents a new exhibition this month. Sav X presents Gold Sabbat - new automatic works on paper depicting dreams inspired by the Hexen ceremony - runs from Tuesday 24 February to Monday 23 March at The Atlantis Bookshop in London. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 11am till 6pm

Kinetica Art Fair

London's Kinetica Museum for kinetic, electronic and new media art will be presenting it's first art fair in late February...

London's Kinetica Museum for kinetic, electronic and new media art will be presenting it's first art fair in late February. Along with a host of galleries, collectives and other organisations presenting their work, there will be a programme of screenings, tours, talks, workshops and performances. London P3, opposite Baker Street Tube on Marylebone Road, February 27 to March 2, Admission £12/£10 Students. More information here.

Art, Pop, Fashion & The Making Of Roxy Music

Author and Wire contributor will be discussing the interplay between art, pop and fashion and the role it played with the formation of Roxy Music...

Author and Wire contributor will be discussing the interplay between art, pop and fashion and the role it played with the formation of Roxy Music. The evening (which coincides with the release of Bracewell's book on the group) will include a film about Roxy Music fans from the 1970s and a free glass of wine. London Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, WC1E 6EQ, Thursday February 19, 6.30PM, Tel 020 76361577, £3, £2 for students. Admission is redeemable on the night against the books promoted.

Live Art Department Returns To The ICA

As a response to the London ICA's closure of their Live Art and New Media department last year, two artists, Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, respectively directors of Rotozaza and Forced Entertainment, have joined together to create True Riches a virtual interdisciplinary intervention of proposals to 'not' take place in and around the ICA until the end of 2009. The spoof is intended to ridicule the ICA's decision to close the venue's live art department. Events 'programmed' include late night lectures in the ICA bar, debates on the underground, film screenings, food stalls and more. For more information and to download a programme, click here.

Sunn O))) Bring It To London

Preceding the release of the forthcoming Sunn O))) studio album, Monoliths & Dimensions (due out May 5 on Southern Lord) Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley will be playing London's Corsica Studios on February 22, 8PM, Units 4/5, Elephant Road London SE17 1LB, Tel: 0207 703 4760, email:

Throbbing Gristle USA Tour

Throbbing Gristle have announced a US tour...

Beginning in New York City on April 16, TG will go on to play at the Coachella Festival in Palm Springs on the 19th, then to LA on the 21st, San Francisco on the 23rd, Chicago on the 25th. In NYC and Chicago they'll be performing a live soundtrack to Derek Jarman's film "In The Shadow Of The Sun" and be holding regular signings with "TG USA 2009 Merchandising" Check out their website for full details.