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This Is Not A Love Song is an eclectic music festival in Nîmes, France. Now in its sixth year, TINALS has a remarkable track record when it comes to securing lineups from a diverse range of genres; with past appearances from indie favourites, hip hop stars and electronic music royalty.
Held in the Paloma performing arts complex in the northeast of the city, the festival uses the indoor and outdoor spaces perfectly to create a truly intimate atmosphere that often betrays the calibre of the acts on the bill.
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Indie pop gets a French twist with this superb quartet. Although more obscure than their hugely successful label mates Air, you may have heard them on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for 'Lost In Translation'. It's quirky, sexy pop with an added dash of Parisian chic. The Grammy Award winning indie rock band from Versailles, was founded by Thomas Mars, Deck d'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz.
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Beck's rambling collage of sound is built up from cryptic Dylanesque lyrics, Delta blues, hiphop and rock'n'roll. Blended in a carefree, lo-fi style, his sound is original and has earned huge critical acclaim. Beck continues to produce innovative material and looks set to become one of his generation's great singer-songwriters.
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The Jesus & Mary Chain
Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus & Mary Chain, most famous for albums such as Psychocandy and Honey's Dead, who changed the face of alternative punk during the eighties and early nineties. Though the supporting players drift in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remain vocalists and guitarists William and Jim Reid, Scottish-born brothers heavily influenced not only by underground legends like the Velvets and the Stooges but also by the sonic grandeur and pop savvy of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.
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Father John Misty
Aka Josh Tillman, former drummer with Fleet Foxes. His music consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell and Roy Orbison. Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of pain and pleasure elicit, in equal measures, the blunt descriptive power of Bukowski or Braughtigan, the hedonistic philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III.
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Vince Staples is an American rapper and one-third of hip hop group Cutthroat Boyz.
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Cigarettes After Sex
From El Paso in Texas and fronted by Greg Gonzalez, the ambient pop sounds of Cigarettes After Sex invoke not only the powerful feelings of euphoria inherent in the band’s name itself, but somehow manage to recreate emotions found only in the most romantic of movies. Immersive, achingly nostalgic, thoroughly transporting, and intensely visual. It’s these powerful and unique qualities which have enabled the love songs of Cigarettes After Sex to reverberate across countless countries, and excite the most devoted kind of following. It's a bottled intensity and a perfect cohesion between musical landscape and lyrics which keeps listeners falling in and out of love, thoroughly enraptured, returning to the music again and again. The love songs of Cigarettes After Sex are an indelible soundtrack.
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Founded by then-Pixies bassist Kim Deal in the late '80s, along with Tanya Donnelly from Throwing Muses, American alt-rock band The Breeders signed to the 4AD label and in 1990 released their debut album, 'Pod'. Following Tanya's departure, the new line-up of Kim, her sister Kelley, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson went on to worldwide success with the 1993 single 'Cannonball' and accompanying album 'Last Splash'. This classic line-up returned to touring in 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of 'Last Splash', playing together again for the first time since 1994.
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Ty Segall is an American musician and songwriter who makes Garage-Rock that's urgent, insistent and generally p*ssed off, with howling vocals and distortion-heavy guitar. Since 2008, Ty has maintained a fairly prolific work ethos, releasing 3 albums in 2018 alone! His early material drew on glam and punk influences from Bowie to The Stooges, while his later material nods towards Neil Young and the Grateful Dead.
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The Blessed Madonna
An increasingly respected DJ, known for uplifting sets that balance established anthems with idiosyncratic selections. She's an accomplished producer, too, with a string of irresistible tracks—‘Exodus’ and ‘A Jealous Heart Never Rests’ among them—that still get plenty of airtime two years later. Then there was her position as the talent buyer at Chicago's Smart Bar, one of the best clubs in North America, which has arguably become even more noteworthy under her direction.
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Deerhunter, from Atlanta, Georgia, make music which, although electro to the core, is a darker, sleazier version of the genre, borrowing influences from rock, industrial, psyche and punk, for a live act that is truly mesmerising.
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Dead Cross emerged out of a series of impractical schemes, fallen-through plans, and last-minute musical experimentation. Shows were scheduled before a single song was written, fans were formed before even one show was played. The chaos of its creation seems apt; after all, the band is comprised entirely of artists who have thrived playing tightly-coiled turmoil—intelligent dissonance disguised as disorder. Consisting of Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson, Michael Crain, and Mike Patton, the impressive, expansive, and eclectic list of prior bands collectively played in would be enough to ensure the unyielding ferocity of the music... but a resume isn’t necessary, here. Dead Cross stands on its own, speaks volumes with its multilayered evil-genius vocals, manic guitar riffs, and brutal rhythms.
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When John Maus wasn't playing keyboard for Animal Collective, Panda Bear, and Haunted Graffiti, he was writing and recording his own hermetic, experimental and often times misunderstood compositions. Maus has proved himself to be an extraordinary musician with a distinctive sound in his own right.
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International Indie/Electro-Pop 8-piece featuring members from Lancashire, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand and led by Japanese vocalist Orono. The Superorganism collective of musicians and pop culture junkies all met online but who now live together in East London. Their sound combines choppy up guitars, nature sounds, samples, wobbly synths and deadpan vocals. The world was first introduced to them with the idiosyncratic, technicolour pop of ’Something For Your M.I.N.D’ before signing to the prestigious Domino label and making a memorable appearance on Jools Holland's Later.... programme.
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An indie folk singer / songwriter from Washington DC.
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Peter Perrett is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the frontman of the 70's rock band The Only Ones who split up in 1982 and reformed in 2007.
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"A young man in a dress and vigorously applied make-up, singing about his Jewish faith, his depression, his anger and his joy, to a backing of 50s rock’n’roll, interspersed with bits of garage rock and Velvet Undergroundish R&B. Imagine Jonathan Richman’s even nerdier younger brother, from Chicago rather than Boston, and you’re partway there" - The Guardian From Chicago, Illinois, Ezra Furman showcases his Springsteen/Young/Dylan-esque sounds with a wry sense of humour and wild story telling. Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, Ezra has soundtracked the current fear and loathing across America like no other, while pushing ahead with his own agenda.
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Flat Worms is a three piece punk band from Los Angeles featuring Will Ivy, Tim Hellman (Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps) and Justin Sullivan (Kevin Morby, The Babies). Together they create ramshackle, noisy, distorted pure 'n' simple rock 'n' roll. The Line Of Best Fit describe them as a 'primetime lesson in post-punk intensity: fuzz bass, the sound of a thousand vomitting guitars, an earworm riff thrown in which could've existed on 'Is This It' by The Strokes and cool as anything'.
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Sparks, Black Bones, Wardmuscher, Moaning, Prettiest Eyes