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My Valentine’s Day With Ms. Wintour

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On the Sunday of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010, I stood in line like Anna Wintour, yet unlike her, I kept standing in line and my line was for the standing room, so I was just standing to stand. I couldn’t stand it anymore.

23 Feb 2010 | More

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot (Chip)

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Sitting down with three-fifths of Hot Chip recently was like having Christmas come early. The electro-pop masterminds have been coming on strong in the U.S. for quite some time now, and with their fourth album just released…

23 Feb 2010 | More

Curling Up: Taking a Snail’s Pace with Sport

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Because most of us “non-olympians” are slow like the sloths and are frightened by the fast monsters on sleds and beasts on super rocket skis, we like curling. The beasts and monsters may be handsome and all, but too toothy, and in this “fight or flight” universe we would rather not…

23 Feb 2010 | 1 comment | More

Nostalgic Spirit in the Moment with You Say Party! We Say Die!

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XXXX, the third album from Canadian quintet You Say Party! We Say Die!, hit U.S. shelves on February 9, and the band is about to kick off a major tour of the US, Europe and Asia, with a few shows at SXSW as well as two in New York.

23 Feb 2010 | 6 comments | More

Bear in Heaven: In Heaven, Everything Is Fine

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My late introduction to Brooklyn-based band Bear in Heaven was just this past December, when they supported Mew at Webster Hall (and I can see why they were handpicked to do so). Not sure how I’d missed them before, but as singer and founding member Jon Philpot said, in this town there is so much happening…

23 Feb 2010 | 3 comments | More

Kap Bambino: The Joy of Being on the Blade

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The magnetic French duo Kap Bambino — Caroline Martial and Orion Bouvier — arrived in New York City on a crazily hectic, rainy Saturday evening for a whirlwind visit to promote their new album, Blacklist. Playing together since 2001, the Bordeaux-based duo has…

23 Feb 2010 | 1 comment | More

Sherlock’s Daughter’s Appeal is No Mystery

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Even before the release of their debut EP in the fall of 2009, Sydney-based Sherlock’s Daughter had toured Australia supporting both School of Seven Bells and the Temper Trap. The eponymous self-released EP (distributed by the Inertia label) is five songs of dreamy indie-pop…

23 Feb 2010 | 4 comments | More

The Light Battle: Olafur Eliasson vs. Banks Violette

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For an artist there’s nothing more important than being chosen by the ruling dynasty of a dominion. The current in …Read the Rest

23 Feb 2010 | 4 comments | More

Now Hear This: Unicycle Loves You

Self-described as “Dark & twisted, light & airy, or raucous & wild,” Chicago quartet Unicycle Loves You formed in 2006 and have since garnered buzz among hometown blogs and national press such as SPIN and Filter thanks to their energetic and impassioned shape-shifting live performances…

23 Feb 2010 | 1 comment | More

Minus the Bear Sign with Dangerbird, New Album in May

Tireless sonic scientists Minus the Bear have just inked a deal with Dangerbird Records to release their upcoming effort, OMNI, on May 4th, 2010.

22 Feb 2010 | More