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It’s our first mixtape of summer! Accordingly, you should probably just act first and think later and just download it with reckless abandon, as you should do absolutely everything now that it is the season of impulsive behavior. But if you are incapable of such youthful indiscretion without examining the fine print/weighing every possible life… More »

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Micachu & The Shapes – “Sad”

After Mica Levi put together the creepy and compelling score for Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin last year, she’s back with her energetic avant-pop group Michachu & The Shapes and getting ready to release the new album Good Sad Happy Bad. We’ve posted first single “Oh Baby,” and now Levi and co. have shared album… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2015 - 8:59 am

Micachu And The Shapes – “Oh Baby”

Mica Levi accumulated lots of attention and accolades with her score to Jonathan Glazer’s freaky sci-fi film Under The Skin. Now she’s back in Micachu & The Shapes mode, making off-kilter experimental pop that still sounds like nothing else. Micachu’s third album Good Sad Happy Bad spun out from a lengthy jam session recorded i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 7, 2015 - 10:26 am

Stream Micachu & The Shapes Never

UK deconstructionistic pop troupe Micachu & The Shapes are set to release Never, the followup to the excellent Jewellry, next week via Rough Trade. We’ve sampled “OK,” and now the entire set is freely streaming. It’s playfully inventive and whimsically arty! Listen:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 17, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Micachu & The Shapes – “OK”

Pop experimentalists Micachu & The Shapes will put out a new record this summer — their first since 2009’s Jewellery — and today the UK-based group revealed the first single from the forthcoming Never. It’s called “OK,” and it’s a buzzing, hissing exercise in the group’s deconstructive approach. Download below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 31, 2012 - 10:31 am

Download Kwes. & Mica Levi Kwesachu Vol. 2

Back in 2009, the spare electro-pop singer and producer Kwes. and the twitchy postpunk-pop genre-combiner Mica Levi, better known and Micachu, got together to release a mixtape called Kwesachu. Today, they follow it up with a new one called Kwesachu Vol. 2. It’s a 41-minute continuous thing that features appearances from people like Speech Debelle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Micachu & The Shapes – “Everything”

Micachu & The Shapes collaborated with the contemporary orchestra London Sinfonietta for a collection of “classical crunk” called Chopped & Screwed, more an experiment than a proper followup to Jewellery. You’ll find the hushed, ambitiously busy “Everything” on it. Good song. More »

By: brandon / February 2, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Arcade Fire, Micachu & The Shapes @ Senaatintori, Helsinki 6/28/10

One of the first things you’ll noticed from the pics of Arcade Fire’s Helsinki gig is that they played in Helsinki’s historic and gorgeous Senate Square. According to photographer Elena Morelli, the band said they arrived in the city four days earlier, ready to explore and excited to play Helsinki for the first time (or,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 29, 2010 - 6:05 pm

Micachu And The Shapes Melt Down Crayola Crayons

We’re already well aware that Crayola wants your kids to listen to hip music while they do their coloring. So far we’ve seen Animal Collective take us down a sweet road to vibrant color, pre-sciatica Dan Deacon brandish his Glow Station, and Unicorns offering up “I Was Born A Unicorn” for Color Explosion 3-D. Thi… More »

By: brandon / November 19, 2009 - 3:48 pm

New Micachu & The Shapes Video – “Turn Me Well”

Mika Levy and her Shapes released one of the best British albums this year — a debut, no less — although you wouldn’t know that from the Mercury Prize. Or its nominee list. No, for that sort of championing of creative takes on pop music it seems you’re better off listening to other artists capable… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 9, 2009 - 11:35 am

Speech Debelle Wins 2009 Mercury Prize

Just today people were talking about big money bets coming in for Speech Debelle to win the Mercury Prize, and what do you know, the British rapper rode Ladbrokes’ 4/1 odds and the votes of the Mercury High Council Of Accomplished Elders to bag the coveted, Barclays-sponsored music prize. When she won everybody yelled “Speech!”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2009 - 5:37 pm

Micachu Remixes Fool’s Gold (Stereogum Premiere)

Genre-hopping experimental it-kids Micachu & The Shapes offer a slightly different shape to the Los Angeles Afro (and kraut and ’80s dance) rock enthusiasts Fool’s Gold’s Hebrew-intoned, endlessly sunny standout track “… More »

By: brandon / August 3, 2009 - 9:12 am

Capitol Hill Block Party 2009 In Photos

This past weekend, Seattle roped off a couple of blocks on Pike Street to host the Capitol Hill Block Party, inviting everyone from Sonic Youth to Micachu to the Jesus Lizard to help fill out a strong roster of artists. And Speaking of Yow’s iconic band: 13 years ago the Jesus Lizard played the city… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 27, 2009 - 4:23 pm

Micachu & The Shapes/tUnE-yArDs @ The Echo, Los Angeles 7/21/09

A few days after doing Siren (or perhaps better introduced as “the same day she was snubbed for a Mercury Prize nomination“), Mika Levy and her Shapes stopped into the Echo in Los Angeles with a set of the clattering oddball art-pop off her Jewellery LP along with one new tune titled “Long Time.” Opening… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 22, 2009 - 12:37 pm

Siren Festival 2009 In Photos

The Voice’s annual indie rock fest gave audiophiles the second good reason to visit Coney Island last week, bringing out everyone from Spank Rock to Future Of The Left to Built To Spill on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We sent Natasha Ryan to eat all the hot dogs and take all the pictures, sadly missing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 20, 2009 - 10:28 am

New Micachu & The Shapes Video – “Golden Phone”

MIcachu is 21-year-old Mica Levy and her band is the Shapes. So named because they have geometric figures on their shirts maybe, but maybe more for the fractured blocks of pop-tics turned inside out and flush against each other in their music’s skewed minimalism. The British trio turned in our favorite set by a newcomer… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 1, 2009 - 12:27 pm

SXSW 2009: Wednesday In Photos

SXSW 2009 opened with a bit of bad luck turned good: It was too foggy for our flight to land in Houston, so they re-routed us directly to Austin, cutting out the layover, etc. Not all the passengers were happy, but the 50-something of us who listed Austin as final destination arrived in the sunny,… More »

By: brandon / March 19, 2009 - 11:22 am