David Byrne has shared a “Music for Valentines” playlist

David Byrne‘s latest instalment of his monthly playlist series has a Valentines theme.

The Talking Heads frontman has featured the likes of Billie Eilish, The 1975, SZA, Rosalia and FINNEAS in the playlist, though not all of its songs are love songs. Instead, Byrne explained they are mostly his general recent discoveries.

“This playlist consists mostly of recent songs I’ve added to my playlists. Some of these artists and songs were mentioned to me by friends, newspapers, and algorithms. They are not all love songs, but many of them are very popular!” he wrote [via BrooklynVegan].

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“Who was Saint Valentine? Well, he was a martyr in 3rd century Rome. He is now the patron saint of asthma sufferers and beekeepers… and lovers!

He was an avid christian proselytizer, and was arrested by roman authorities on more than one occasion. One judge asked him to perform a miracle and restore his daughter’s sight- which he did, and in return the judge and his entire family converted and smashed all of their lovely statues- per Valentine’s suggestion.

Later, Valentine was arrested again – this time he wasn’t so lucky. His sentence was to be beaten by clubs and then beheaded. Before his execution, he wrote to the formerly blind daughter a note signed “from your Valentine”.

David Byrne performs as ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ reopens on Broadway at St James Theater on September 17, 2021 in New York City. CREDIT: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

You can find the playlist on Spotify or on Byrne’s official website.

Billie Eilish – ‘TV’
Rosalía – ‘DESPECHÁ’
Stromae & Camila Cabello – ‘Mon amour’
100 gecs – ‘mememe’
Sylvan Esso – ‘Didn’t Care’
NNAMDÏ – ‘Dedication’
The 1975 – ‘Part of the Band’
Arcade Fire – ‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)’
BoyWithUke – ‘Toxic’
Blessing Offor – ‘My Tribe’
Katie Pruitt – ‘Something About What Happens When We Talk’
Tommy McLain – ‘I Ran Down Every Dream’ (feat. Elvis Costello)
Our Native Daughters – ‘Quasheba, Quasheba’ (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla & Allison Russell)
Andrew Bird – ‘I felt a Funeral, in my Brain’ (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
Archie Roach – ‘Took the Children Away’
Karen O – ‘I Shall Rise (Original Game Soundtrack)’
Weyes Blood – ‘It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody’
Benjamin Clementine – ‘Atonement’
Jessie Reyez – ‘MUTUAL FRIEND’
100 gecs – ‘Torture Me’ (feat. Skrillex)
Sly Johnson – ‘Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again’
NNAMDÏ – ‘Touchdown’
Anna B Savage – ‘The Ghost’
KALUSH & Kalush Orchestra – ‘Stefania’
FKA twigs – ‘Tears In The Club’ (feat. The Weeknd)
The Arcs – “Keep On Dreamin’”
PJ Harvey & Tim Phillips – ‘Run On’
Cyn – ‘Losing Sleep’
Benjamin Clementine – ‘Delighted’
Dry Cleaning – ‘Kwenchy Kups’
Ibrahim Maalouf & De La Soul – ‘Quiet Culture’ (feat. Pos of De La Soul)
Algiers – ‘Irreversible Damage’ (feat. Zack de la Rocha)
Benjamin Clementine – ‘Copening’
Tank and the Bangas – ‘Heavy’
Andrew Bird – ‘Sisyphus’
Selena Gomez – ‘My Mind & Me’
Alice Longyu Gao – ‘MONK’
24kGoldn – ‘Mood’ (feat. iann dior)
Alex Lilly – ‘Pure Drivel’
Midland – ‘Final Credits (Radio Edit)’
Andrew Bird – ‘Left Handed Kisses’ (feat. Fiona Apple)
Steve Lacy – ‘Bad Habit’
Macaroni Empitsu – ‘Nanndemonaiyo,’
SZA – ‘Nobody Gets Me’
100 gecs – ‘ringtone (Remix)’ [feat. Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito]
NNAMDÏ – ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Famous’
FINNEAS – ‘Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa’

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In other news, Byrne’s musical with Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love, is set to make its Broadway debut this summer.

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90 new names added to The Great Escape 2023 line-up

This year’s The Great Escape festival has unveiled 90 new acts for its summer line-up today (February 2).

Added to this year’s festival, which takes place in Brighton between 10-13 May this year, are artists including The Big MoonSad Night DynamiteWillie J Healey and Stone plus many more.

The festival has a long history of supporting new up-and-coming bands and will host 450 new acts in over 30 venues across the city in May.

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The new names added today will join the previously announced acts, Maisie Peters and Arlo Parks.
Any remaining tickets for the festival can be found here.

The festival was forced to cancel both its 2020 and 2021 editions due to the coronavirus pandemic, though it did hold a virtual event in 2021.

Last year, the festival returned fully with the likes of EnnyPriya RaguFinn AskewDeema and Sipho on the bill.

You can check out the full list of acts appearing at this year’s festival edition here:

Aggrasoppar
AIME SIMONE
ÁINE DEANE
Alice Low
ALIENBLAZE
Amy Root
Anna Erhard
Antony Szmierek
ARLO PARKS
ARTEMAS
ARXX
Astronne
AVANTDALE BOWLING CLUB
Aziya
BAMBIE THUG
BEEN STELLAR
BELLAH
Ber
Bibi Club
BIG WETT
Billie Marten
BLONDSHELL
Bluem
Braden Lam
BRIMHEIM
Caity Baser
Calum Bowie
Cam Kahin
Cathy Jain
Ceeow
CHALK
CIEL
CUCAMARAS
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Daudi Matsiko
David Kitt
Deadletter
Deki Alem
Dives
Eliza Hull
Ellen Froese
Ellur
English Teacher
Enumclaw
ETHAN BORTNICK
ETHAN P. FLYNN
Eugenia Post Meridiem
Farce
F
EET
Germein
Ghost Woman
Girl and Girl
GIRLS OF THE INTERNET
GROVE
Hannah Grae
Humour
JACOTÉNE
James Ellis Ford
Jericho Noguera
JESSICA WINTER
Jim E. Brown
JOEY VALENCE & BRAE
JULIE PAVON
KAI
BOSCH
Katie Gregson

MacLeod
Katie Tupper
King Stingray
Komparrison
LAMBRINI GIRLS
Lana Lubany
LEMONADE SHOELACE
Lila Drew
Lime Garden
LOZEAK
LUCI
MAISIE PETERS
Marianna Winter
Marysia Osu
MELIN MELYN
Mestizo Collective
MEYY
MIA WRAY
MICKEY CALLISTO
Milanosport
NELL MESCAL
Ney Liqa
Nowsm
Oscar Browne
PHOEBE GO
Pillow Fite
POZI
PPJ
REDOLENT
Rianne Downey
Rosellas
rum.gold
Ruth Lyon
Sad Night Dynamite
Saiming
Sam Akpro
Sammy Copley
SANS SOUCIS
Seb
Seb Lowe
Seigfried Komidashi
SERAPHINA SIMONE
SHANGHAI BABY
SHE’S IN PARTIES
SHELF LIVES
SKAAR
Skinner
Slant
SOMADINA
Songø
Sorcha Richardson
Spangled
STACEY RYAN
STONE
Storry
Strawberry Guy
SuperJazzClub
Sylvie
TASMAN KEITH
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
TERRA KIN
Thala
The Big Moon
The Chase
THE DI
NNER PARTY
THE DREAM MACHINE
The Facades
The Florentinas
THE HEAVY HEAVY
THE JOY HOTEL
The Lilacs
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la
Vacations
VENBEE
Victor Ray
WILD HORSE
Willie J Healey
WITCH FEVER
Yot Club
Yunè Pinku

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Y Not reveal stacked line-up for 2023

Y Not Festival have revealed its stacked line-up for its 2023 edition.

The festival will return to Pikehall in Derbyshire from July 28-30, with Royal Blood topping the bill on the Friday night. Headlining the Saturday and Sunday night respectively will be Kasabian and Paul Weller. Meanwhile, Bombay Bicycle Club will start the party on Thursday July 27 for festivalgoers who turn up to the site early.

The Wombats, James, DMA’s, Maisie Peters, The Charlatans, Everything Everything, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Beebadoobee have also been confirmed for the festival. They will be joined by Circa Waves, Kate Nash, KT Tunstall, The Murder Capital, Crawlers, Courting and many more.

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Royal Blood at Mad Cool Festival 2022 (Picture: Andy Ford for NME)

Jason Oakley, Managing Director at Y Not Festival, said: “Thank you to everyone who joined
us last summer for what was our best event yet! We were so excited to be back, and can’t wait to do it all again this year. We’ve got more incredible headliners for 2023 – Royal Blood, Kasabian, Paul Weller and Bombay Bicycle Club – plus great up-and-coming talent including Maisie Peters, beabadoobee, The Murder Capital and so many more. The support from festival-goers has been amazing, and we look forward to seeing you all in the rolling hills of the Peak District!”

Tickets for all days of the festival are now on sale via the official website. Weekend camping tickets are priced at £139 each plus a booking fee, while ticketholders can upgrade for Thursday night entry for an additional £40.

Last year’s Y Not marked the newly independent festival’s return from a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was headlined by Stereophonics, The Courteeners and Blossoms.

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Juno Awards defend Arcade Fire nomination, say they are “honouring the rest of the band”

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has defended Arcade Fire being among the nominees for this year’s Juno Awards despite the sexual misconduct allegations against frontman Win Butler.

Nominations for this years awards were revealed on Tuesday (February 31), and Arcade Fire are nominated in the Group of the Year category alongside Billy Talent, Metric, Arkells and The Reklaws.

In August, Butler was accused of sexual misconduct by four people – who were between 18 and 23 years old at the time of the alleged interactions, between 2015 and 2020 – who accused him of “inappropriate” behaviour. Those actions ranged from sexual assault to sending unwanted explicit text messages and pursuing relationships with fans of the band much younger than him.

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In November, a fifth person came forward to accuse Butler of “emotionally abusive, manipulative, toxic” behaviour towards them, saying the musician used “his power dynamic to exploit my body at times that were convenient for him”. Butler has denied allegations of misconduct, saying he was “very sorry to anyone who I have hurt with my behaviour” but that all contact with his accusers was “consensual”.

Arcade Fire’s nomination in this year Juno Awards sparked backlash on social media, with many questioning the decision to include an artist with allegations of sexual misconduct in the shortlist. The Academy has since defended Arcade Fire’s inclusion, arguing that the nomination highlights Butler’s bandmates.

“We look at Arcade Fire’s nomination for group of the year as one for the entire band,” the Academy said in a statement to CBC. “While we take the allegations very seriously, in this situation, we are also honouring the rest of the band for their success. We hope the allegations against Butler will not detract from the achievements of the other group members.”

Group of the Year eligibility in the Juno Awards is determined by a number of factors, including sales and streaming consumption, delegate vote, social media presence and radio audience. The winner is ultimately determined by Academy delegates’ votes.

In addition to Butler, Arcade Fire also includes founding member (and Butler’s wife) Régine Chassagne, along with longtime guitarist Richard Reed Parry, bassist Tim Kingsbury and drummer Jeremy Gara. When the accusations against Butler were first reported, Chassagne shared her own statement, in which she said: “I know [Butler] has never, and would never, touch a woman without her consent and I am certain he never did.”

Days after the initial allegations against Butler were made public, Arcade Fire embarked on a UK and European tour in support of their most recent album, last year’s ‘WE’. Feist, who had been booked as the tour’s main support act, withdrew shortly after. In late October, the band began a North American tour. Similarly, Beck, who had been booked to open shows on the run, dropped off the tour before it commenced.

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The Junos – which are set to take place this year at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta on March 13 – are not the only upcoming music awards Arcade Fire have been nominated in. This weekend, the band are up for Best Alternative Music at the 2023 Grammy Awards.

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Death Cab For Cutie pay tribute to Low with ‘The Plan’ cover

Death Cab For Cutie have paid tribute to Low‘s Mimi Parker with a cover of ‘The Plan’.

Parker, the group’s vocalist and drummer, passed away in November from ovarian cancer at the age of 55, leading to an outpouring of tributes from the artist community.

Now, Death Cab For Cutie have shared their own musical tribute in the form of the new cover. “We believe the best way to remember the musicians we lose is to play their songs. ‘The Plan’ has always been one of our favorite Low songs and is presented here in tribute to Mimi,” said the group’s vocalist Ben Gibbard.

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The cover will appear as the closing track on an acoustic version of Death Cab For Cutie’s most recent album ‘Asphalt Meadows’, which came out in September. ‘Asphalt Meadows: Acoustic’, will be out on March 10.

Check out the band’s interpretation of ‘The Plan’ below.

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Speaking to NME about ‘Asphalt Meadows’, Gibbard discussed how he gained a new perspective on music from playing livestreams during the COVID-19 pandemic, where he would often do covers or dig out Death Cab deep cuts.

“For anybody who has been doing this as long as we have, there’s this delicate balance that you’re always trying to strike between the spirit and the sonics of some of the older material, while also trying to push in some new directions. But I also wanted the record to sound like Death Cab – I want us to sound like us,” he said.

“In revisiting a lot of the older material for those shows,” he added, “it gave me some newfound perspective, or a perspective I hadn’t really had in a while. I would say, ‘I really like this tune, maybe we should start playing it again’. Or, ‘Oh, this song has a cool twist in it. Maybe I should try to do something similar to that on a new song’. It just allowed me to be a little more full-circle when thinking about our catalogue.”

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The band will be touring the UK and Europe in June, which they will conclude at London’s Royal Albert Hall. You can check out the full list of dates below and buy your tickets here.

JUNE 2023
1 – Milan, Fabrique
2 – Zurich, X-Tra
5 – Copenhagen, Den Grå Hal
6 – Stockholm, Filadelfia
7 – Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Oslo
9 – Berlin, Columbiahalle, Berlin
10 – Tilburg, 13, Tilburg
11 – Amsterdam, Paridiso
12 – Cologne, E-Werk
14 – Antwerp, De Roma
15 – Luxembourgh, Atelier, 
16 – Paris, Salle Pleyel
18 – Nottingham, Rock City
19 – Dublin, Bord Gais Theatre
21 – Birmingham, 02 Institute
22 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
23 – Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
25 – Manchester, Apollo
27 – Brighton, Dome
29 – London, Royal Albert Hall

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