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Farewell to Keith Flint, a lost track from Röyksopp, a moving song by Amanda Palmer and more music this week

Amanda Palmer: Voicemail For Jill Through her latest track and music video, the unflinching Amanda Palmer directly addresses the fact that abortion is oft-hidden and not easily discussed. She does so with a beautiful piano-driven piece and lyrics that begin with specificity and develop—through impassioned storytelling—into a tale of love and support. “Making a song about abortion is hard, and making a video for that …

Premiere: “After Hour (She)” by Coral Casino

Tyler the Creator / Frank Ocean covered and jazzed up by the mellow new Argentinian duo

The newest artist signed to record label Manimal is the Buenos Aires-based duo Coral Casino, who joins a roster of artists that include Warpaint, Bat for Lashes and Yoko Ono. Nonchalantly describing their music as “witch R&B synth playa pop,” Lara Artesi and Roque Ferrari have been writing a fitting soundtrack for their plugged-in generation, where Tumblr pages and Instagram accounts are requisite extensions of …

Playground Sessions

A new software program trains aspiring pianists through interactive learning

Gaming meets Chopin with Playground Sessions, a downloadable software that teaches piano through its breakthrough “Play to Learn” approach. Riffing on the strumming-to-scoring simulation of Guitar Hero, Playground Sessions enables users to practice “in an interactive environment with real-time feedback,” backed by an interconnected keyboard and hit music library. Created by brand invention firm, ZAG, Playground Sessions is a “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” method of self-driven learning motivated …