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Ten Top Do/See’s at SXSW 2010

Any of the bands from various cities/countries (Liverpool, Wales, Scotland) at the British Embassy at Latitude 30, along with the comp’d margaritas, courtesy of that esteemed British empire. The Crookes of Yorkshire sound promising… Melissa Auf der Maur, hosting a pre-release, absinthe-laden party for her latest multimedia-project, Out of Our Minds, on Thursday, March 18th at Péché (above Cedar Street Courtyard).

17 Mar 2010 | More

SXSW 2010 Photo Slideshow

SXSW 2010 slideshow: “always updated, not always sensible.”

17 Mar 2010 | More

A Bookish, Arty Spring Week Starts Today

Most young people will follow their ears to find the indie acts at SXSW and later Monterrey, Mexico and then later Florida and then later somewhere else, but lo and behold, even with all of the musicians gone, New York still has just as many acts in the upcoming week. It’s like this: infinity – infinity = infinity.

You and your friends should ride the bike in the photo to all of these events. Take many photos, send us some. Onto the events then…

17 Mar 2010 | 2 comments | More

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Better the Devil You Know

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On the day in late winter that I catch up with Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club there are connection problems. He’s in a place, likely somewhere in California near the band’s home base, with bad reception. Somehow this seems like the perfect backdrop…

17 Mar 2010 | 3 comments | More

Anton Newcombe on the Latest Brian Jonestown Massacre: When Everybody’s an Artist, Nobody is

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The newest Brian Jonestown Massacre album, the band’s twelfth studio release, helmed, as usual, by Anton Newcombe, is a multi-cultural, unexpected exploration of beats, genres and tempos, far from any BJM psych-folk you’ve heard before. But don’t call Who Killed Sgt Pepper? a world album, per se.

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Liars: Unravelling the Fringe of a Sisterworld

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Liars have come a long way since the release of their debut full-length, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top. That 2001 album, rife with sublime, herky jerky dance beats, was recorded in a mere two days. Critics were quick to peg Liars as one among the pack of revivalists of the NYC post-punk, art/dance rock scene.

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These New Puritans: Breaking Their Own Sound Barriers

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These New Puritans’ latest art rock opus, Hidden, grabs you like an angular installation of Banks Violette proportions (both minimal and epic at once), yet built with orchestra and electronics rather than meager fiberglass and fluorescent tubes.

17 Mar 2010 | 1 comment | More

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend: Fashion Comes Out

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“I’m trying to decide if I should be analytical about this or just experience it with my senses?” asked David. We were standing amid many half-naked bodies going through a fitting. You could see many eyes running around the room in circles like Apolo Ohno, Olympic worthy.

17 Mar 2010 | 3 comments | More

The Sweet Plush Pop of Rinat Shingareev

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Some of these figures inspire fear and bemusement, they also instill calm with their presence and amuse us with their behavior. Through the eyes of Rinat they are friends to celebrate, understand and use for pop-iconographic work.

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