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NOS Alive’s 13th edition is coming! The European Festival Awards festival, nominated as one of the 10 best European festivals will return to Passeio Maritimo de Alges on July 2019.
An electronica duo from Vancouver. "Howie and Vallance are worthy of attention for how they fuse house with genuine singing and songwriting talent, as well as a live aesthetic that comes through clear and cohesively" - Ibiza Voice "Hankering for some moody, post-club music that doesn't totally expunge the fire within? Bob Moses might just be your men." - Resident Advisor "Vancouver deep house duo Bob Moses are giving us all a glimpse into the future" - DJ Mag Canada
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Bon Iver is the name singer/songwriter Justin Vernon chose for his solo project when he retreated to a cabin in Wisconsin during 2006. He emerged from the isolation with an album - For Emma, Forever Ago - that became an indie folk touchstone. The gentle strumming of acoustic guitars, subtle arrangements, and Vernon's swooning falsetto combined to create a mood that felt like backwoods Radiohead recorded by candlelight. It was a sound that resonated with a great many people, and Vernon became something of a bearded sensation feted by outlets as diverse as Mojo and Late Night with David Letterman, and collaborating with Kanye West (the first of many hookups with hip-hop artists through the following years). Bon Iver swung away from the hushed intimacy of the first LP in favour of a bigger, near-orchestral sound that had elements of late-night R&B as well on 2011's Bon Iver, and then took a detour into jagged electronica on 2016's 22, A Million. Vernon blended the various streams of the Bon Iver sound into a cohesive whole on 2019's I, I, an album that features almost 50 musicians.
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The Chemical Brothers
Big beat and dance pioneers Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands, have perfected the art of keeping people on the floor. Their albums are journeys through guitar riffs, massive beats, cool samples and huge breakdowns - taking in everything and anything along the way. With an spectacular live show and a number of critically acclaimed albums to their credit, they are truly established as Superstar DJs.
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The etheral wailings of Robert Smith set amongst layer upon layer of dark, melancholic guitars, edgey atmospherics and occasional pop wanderings all make up the unmistakable ingredients of The Cure. Whether they're wandering down Fascination Street or in love on a Friday, The Cure remain unmissable.
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Guitar-led punk-pop from Melbourne, Australia. The group expanded from an instrumental hip-hop project based around frontman Dan Whitford's sampler. Now the group tour as Cut Copy delivering an electric post-punk sound.
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His first tracks were created on a tiny keyboard and recorded to a tape deck, and he first rose to prominence through rap battle videos uploaded to YouTube. Now, Emicida is one of Brazil’s biggest rappers.
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As a boy, Dublin singer-songwriter James began playing Irish music on a tin whistle and accordion before passing via the hard rock of Green Day and Slipknot to Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Sam Cooke to a sound that is somewhere between soul and folk. Having spent much time playing residencies on Dublin's thriving singer-songwriter circuit, Gavin James is now sharing his prodigious talent with the rest of the world, having supported the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and James Blunt. His platinum debut album 'Bitter Pill' reached no.5 on Irish charts, while 'Bitter Pill' the song won the 2015 Choice Music Prize 'Irish Song Of The Year' award. His is 2016 cover of The Magnetic Fields' 'The Book Of Love' notched up plenty of Radio 2 airplay and his TV appearances with James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel have brought him a new army of fans. He released his much anticpated follow-up album 'Only Ticket Home' in 2018.
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English DJ/producer, in recent times a Berlin resident who has returned to his native London. Signed to Domino Records, he has firmly established himself as one of the leading figures in electronic music. He is that rare breed who has made a successful transition from club producer to album artist. His material has seen him collaborate with some the finest names in dance, from Lil Silva to Bonobo and Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl).
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Pioneering icons in the Portuguese DIY scene, with a sound that ranges from pop rock to electronica using elegant arrangements that include anything from strings to subtle analogue synthesizers. 'Their unashamed love of theatrical chamber pop tinged with an array of sounds from ambient interludes to discordant electronica make them a must-see' Drowned In Sound
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This Arkansas trio have weapons of mass destruction in their no high-hat style drumming, innovative guitar tuning and charming vocals. All of these create a bluesy nu-wave garage rock sound. After a 6 year hiatus, 2019 sees them standing in the way of control once again.
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Seventies and eighties singer known for her unmistakable voice and androgynous look, who had hits with tracks such as Slave To The Rhythm, Do Or Die, Send In The Clowns and Nightclubbing.
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Greta Van Fleet
A four piece rock 'n' roll band from Frankenmuth, Michigan featuring twin brothers Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar) Kiszka and non-twin younger brother Sam (bass and keyboards) joined by Danny Wagner (drums). The four share a combined love of Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton which comes shining through in their sound, with classic rock vibes. "These guys have studied their Zeppelin both closely and well. Josh delivers many of his vocals with Robert Plant's signature wail, phrasing, and articulation, but the production also heightens the similarities" - Pop Matters.
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In the time of oversharing and overbranding, mystery markets itself. For singer-songwriter H.E.R.- the irony, of course, is the letters stand for Having Everything Revealed - obscurity is about more than strategy or privacy. By rendering herself faceless, she’s looking to create a space for her listeners to fill in the blanks and take what they need. H.E.R made waves in early 2017 after releasing her breakthrough EP’s H.E.R Volume 1 & 2 and since then the enigmatic singer/songwriter has established herself as one of modern R&B's most fascinating new voices with over one billion combined streams as of November 2018.
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Honne might hail originally from the British Isles' sleepy south west but you wouldn't know it from the lusty, late night, urbanite feel of 'Warm On A Cold Night'. The latest release from electronic imprint Super Recordings, responsible for early singles from likes of AlunaGeorge and Bondax, this debut single sees the pair - identified in their press release as Andy and James, two music teachers from Somerset and Wiltshire via Bow - pit fizzing James Blake electronics against Frank Ocean style croons honey-dipped in soul. Threaded with FM radio chatter and seductive R&B guitars, it's an emphatic statement of things to come from the duo.
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Hot Chip make a strangely quirky kind of electro-pop music fusing the sounds of Prince, Devo, the Beta Band and the Beach Boys. The GRAMMY andf Mercury nominated band hit their mainstream peak with the top 30 single 'Over And Over' and the top 10 hit 'Ready For The Floor', but their energetic live shows have continued to reach bigger audiences.
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IDLES are a heavy post-punk band from Bristol. They want to entertain and hurt in equal measure. They believe that art and violence work. Their spirit colour is coral pink. One of them loves queuing, one struggles counting, one has been arrested 8 times, one doesn't like music and one puts sausage rolls on his pizza! 'IDLES are hard to capture, because they're not Fat White Family, they're not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenaline pumping' - Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music.
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One of the most celebrated and influential guitarists in the history of contemporary music, the legendary guitarist from The Smiths has been an inspiration for legions of string-pluckers ever since the '80s. He was co-songwriter and guitarist of The Smiths. He has also been a member of Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as a prolific session musician and now also plays solo shows.
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Young soulful singer/song writer, originally from Walsall, but now residing in London. Her influences range from Mos Def to Lauryn Hill and The Streets, while her soulful and jazzy vocal style has been compared to Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill and FKA Twigs. Jorja was working at Starbucks when she posted her first single, Blue Lights, onto SoundCloud in January 2016. It was a stirring listen, backed by her angelic, gripping vocals and a knack for poignant story telling. Within a week, it had racked up 100,000 plays, earning shout outs from Drake, Stormzy and Skrillex. She brewed her last coffee soon afterwards. Then in 2018, she won the Brit Critics' Choice Award.
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Passionate postrock experimentalists from Portugal with a cataclysmic kick ass sound that ebbs, flows and crescendos just like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor.
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Dubbed by The Guardian as 'the sentimental face of Grime', South Londoner Loyle Carner is an actor turned rapper. With a drama degree behind him, it seems rap has become his real destiny. His sound has a laid-back flow and beats which combine with old school hip-hop and UK influences. Following a tour and collaboration with spoken word artist Kate Tempest on her single 'Guts', Loyle went on to support Nas at the O2 Arena, then released his highly acclaimed debut album 'Yesterday's Gone' in 2017, which was nominated for the prestigeous Mercury Music Prize award. Success went higher with 2019's follow-up, 'Not Waving, But Drowning', which reached no.3 on the UK album chart.
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Despite growing up in the same picturesque village, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory, aka Maribou State, customarily ignored each other at school, but discovered their shared passion for music at university in Leeds and became firm friends. Since then they have steadily built a glowing reputation via their debut album, a string of well-loved EPs, and a fistful of remixes (Including Kelis, Lana Del Rey, and Ultraísta). Plaudits from the electronic press have flowed thick and fast alongside support from radio heavyweights: Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Giles Peterson, and Pete Tong amongst others. Intrigued by the dynamics of electronic music for the dance floor as much as with the richness and human quality of live instrumentation and song craft, the have worked tirelessly to evolve and forge a unique, compelling and deeply soulful marriage of the organic and the synthetic, showcased on their debut LP, Portraits.
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With a hugely successful debut album 'The Family Jewels' released in 2010, as well as being nominated and winning many prestigious awards along the way, Marina Lambrini Diamandis, an Abergavenny-born songstress known just as Marina (formerly Marina & The Diamonds) started her career with a bang. Her new-wave pop drew comparisons with Kate Bush and Florence and the Machine, while 2012's second album 'Electra Heart' saw her take a more electro-pop direction. 2015 saw her continue the electro sound but with a more atmospheric feel on her third album 'Froot'. 2018 saw Marina team up with Clean Bandit for their hit single, 'Baby', and her fourth studio album 'Love + Fear' was released in May 2019, reaching no.5 on the official UK album chart.
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Glasgow's critically acclaimed post-rock band, led by Stuart Braithwaite. Loved by the late John Peel, Mogwai put an emphasis on epic big scale music with an orchestral feel. Rich and luscious in its atmosphere and texture, here's a group that really will take you on a trip to somewhere else. Who needs vocals when instrumentals can be this powerful?
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'Never listen to people who want to change your music. With that advice from a fellow musician Amsterdam based Pip Blom started making songs. First with a three string Loog guitar with the 14 track demo album Short Stories as result. Some years later, the sound has changed completely. Gone is the ‘girl with little guitar’. Enter electric guitars, bass and drums. But it is still Pip.'
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Loaded with a massive eclectic body of work, from their early C86 jangly guitar releases to the ambient baggy indie-rock sound of their Mercury Prize winning 'Screamadelica', their mid-career pastiche of the Rolling Stones, right through to their later more experimental dance-based material, Bobby Gillespie and the boys are forever movin' on up.
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Swedish pint-sized pop star, Robyn brings a different type of pop music to the table. Writing about the journey from adolescence into adult life and the trials and tribulations of being young, Robyn's songs are classic pop. She ended her hiatus in October 2018 with the unexpected release of her eighth studio album 'Honey'.
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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
A tough pop / soft punk band from Melbourne, Australia, signed to the Sub Pop label. "If you were raised on ’80s college rock, you could revel in nostalgic nods to the Feelies, the Clean, the Go-Betweens, and countless other Velvets revisionists. Younger fans could hear the sort of band the Strokes might have turned into had they aged more gracefully, or imagine what Real Estate might sound like after downing a case of Red Bull" - Pitchfork
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Ry X was the first signing to Dumont Dumont. The Australian born, Los Angeles based musician burst on to the scene with his debut EP 'Berlin' and the response was staggering. He strips away all the gimmicky elements and delivers beautifully captivating tracks which are incredibly powerful yet simple. He sometimes strays into Bon Iver / Ben Howard territory, but in an original and masterful way.
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A young singer / songwriter from London, who with his silky voice, has been compared to contemporaries such as Kwabs and Lemar.
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Sharon Van Etten
Indie-folk singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten performs beautiful and powerful heartfelt songs. The Brookyln, New York artist's rise has seen her gain regular support from BBC 6Music and receive glowing reviews. "Etten and her band display a hypnotic, off-kilter shimmer like that which Throwing Muses once brought to the alternative rock of the late 80s" - The Observer.
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The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the 90's biggest bands, known for their original sound, constant bust-ups and Billy Corgan's visionary leadership which led to classic albums such as Gish, Siamese Dream and Melonchollie and the Infinite Sadness. After officially calling it a day in 2001, The Pumpkins returned in 2007 with their gold-certified and acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. Since their triumphant return to the stage in 2007, the Pumpkins, with the current line-up of Billy Corgan (Guitars, Vocals, Songwriting), Mike Byrne (Drums), Nicole Fiorentino (Bass) and Jeff Schroeder (Guitar), have headlined some of the biggest events around the globe including the Reading Festival, Rock Am Ring, and V festival.
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Independent artist Tash Sultana is a young, dynamic, multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne who is generating massive street buzz whilst playing multiple sold out shows around the country. Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, the self-taught artist quickly developed her own unique style that has people lining up to see her perform. Tash has carefully crafted an edgy fusion of loop-style, multi-instrumental pieces. Having self-taught over 10 different instruments including guitar, trumpet, saxophone, keys/synthesiser, mandolin, arabic oud, pan pipes, beat boxing, live looping, percussion, harmonica and many more, it can only be seen to be believed that this all comes from one singular person, leaving audiences in awe.
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Thom Yorke's presence in the world of music is powerful and indisputable - as the lead singer of Radiohead, there are few bands who won't admit first and foremost taking a large amount of inspiration and influence from the man, whose career has seen a push towards innovation and experimentation, as well as political activism. Yorke's interest in experimentation culminated in his debut solo album, The Eraser, a set of electronic works designed to further Yorke's exploration of music.
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Born in Scotland but raised in Manchester on his father's record collection, Tom was drawn to artists like Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley, which still influence his music today. Tom combines hip-hop beats, traditional songwriting and electronic elements with a voice that has the soulful grit of Paolo Nutini and the reggae lilt of Finley Quaye. As he steadily builds a loyal following, Tom has already garnered support from the likes of Annie Mac, MistaJam, BBC Introducing, SBTV, Pigeons & Planes & Clash Music.
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Tourist is the musical moniker of London born Will Phillips. Combining emotive, melodic sensibilities with innovative production values, Will incorporates his love for analogue tapes and field recordings with his passion for synthesisers and sampling to create a euphoric, melancholic sound that plays equally well on the dance floor as it does in more intimate environments.
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Vampire Weekend was formed by Ezra Koenig, Chris Tomson, Chris Baio and former member Rostam Batmanglij in 2006 while enrolled at Columbia University. They combine African rhythms and Peter Gabriel-esque vocals with an urban, punkish tone, describing themselves as specialists in the styles of 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa', 'Upper West Side Soweto', 'Campus', and 'Oxford Comma Riddim'. The band have over 1 Billion cumulative streams across digital platforms.
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An alternative rock band from Madrid who formed in the late 1990s.
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American garage-pop band who shot to fame with the massive worldwide hit 'Buddy Holly' whose up-beat sound and award-winning video directed by Spike Jonze and featuring clips from 'Happy Days' made it a permanent MTV favourite.
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Australian Surf / Roots artist with a definite multi-instrumental element to his music, utilising not only the guitar, but the didgeridoo, slide steel, tongue drums, harmonica and an assortment of percussive parts that have earned him his 'one man band' status. Xavier's songs relate to the history and indigenous people of Australia, and have equally spiritual and personal elements.
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