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Amen Dunes at 285 Kent, Brooklyn, 2.23.12

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Damon McMahon’s current band, Amen Dunes, has a name that perfectly encapsulates the odd, secretive majesty of their music. I must admit, I hadn’t seen Damon perform since before he moved to China three years ago and his latest project, an intense trio, is even more all-encompassing than the last…

24 Feb 2012 | More

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend: the Good, the Anarchic, the Freewheeling Spectacle

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I’ve experienced Williamsburg Fashion Weekend since its inaugural unveiling in the ‘hood in 2006, and with the event now in its tenth season and back at Glasslands Gallery, the shows have become longer and more involved.

24 Feb 2012 | More

Billy Reid Transcends Decades at Eyebeam Studios, Fall/Winter 2012-13, Friday February 10, 2012

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I may have punk roots, but a few of my favorite things have evolved to include other decades mixed with the present: glam, fur accents, worn leather jackets, slim silhouettes and floppy hats.

Southern-born gent Billy Reid had his first, full-on runway for men and women at Chelsea’s Eyebeam Studios tonight, keeping pre-show crowds tame with a scintillating mix of Dogfish ale and sultry blues… until the night began.

11 Feb 2012 | More

Prinzhorn Dance School – ‘Clay Class’

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The cover art of Clay Class is a hint of the rich starkness inside. Cleverly named British duo Prinzhorn Dance School, (made up of Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn), delivers a visceral slice of life with a slick bleakness that hasn’t reared its head this seductively since the first days of post-punk. This isn’t a dig; I’m addicted.

2 Feb 2012 | More

oOoOO’s “NoWayBack” MP3 Single Released from Upcoming EP

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oOoOO, who introduced some elusive new sounds during the midst of a hit-laden set at his recent PopGun/S!CK party appearance at Brooklyn’s Glasslands, continues to expand his intense range on the upcoming 5-track release with the crushingly honest title, Our Loving Is Hurting Us, due April 10th on Tri Angle Records.

1 Feb 2012 | More

Pulp to Return to the US for April Coachella, California and NYC Dates

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I’m not a fan of reunion tours, but since Jarvis Cocker has done quite well on his own and has not lost an ounce of his ascerbic wit and rock charisma, and this reunion will involve all original band members, the return of Pulp will not disappoint.

23 Jan 2012 | More

Howler Blasts Death By Audio to Smithereens, They Wish: 1.19.12

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America Give Up, indeed. Since the Strokes and the long-lost Libertines have lost their relevancy, perhaps we do need a new bunch of 19-year-olds to shake up the basics of rock and roll for the younger set, proving that there’s still plenty to be said for rollicking choruses, simple guitar chords and comedic banter. Howler is clearly cocky frontman Jordan Gatesmith’s project, though his band mates Ian Nygaard (guitar), France Camp (bass), Max Petrek (keyboards) and Brent Mayes (drums) are the perfect backdrop, filling out Howler’s sound and making the set come alive like a boys’ bratty party on stage.

21 Jan 2012 | More

Christine Owman: Now Hear This

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The term “multi-instrumentalist” doesn’t really begin to describe the unconventional, über-talented Swedish singer/songwriter Christine Owman accurately. Owman is a one-woman show-stopper who takes on not merely a few, but almost twelve, instruments on her most recent album, Throwing Knives.

19 Jan 2012 | More

Trust to Release TRST on Arts & Crafts This February; Tour to Follow

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The lusty, chilling pop sounds of Trust are coming our way, including appearances at SXSW this spring. The Toronto-based duo, Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski (of Austra), will be touring in support of their eerily good debut, TRST, being released on February 28, 2012 on Arts & Crafts.

9 Jan 2012 | More

Expensive Looks Premieres ‘Moving Visions’ MP3, with Album Out January 17

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New York’s psych-pop producer Alec Feld, aka Expensive Looks, premiered “Moving Visions”, a moody, nocturnal dance track that instantly pulls you in, from his upcoming album, Dark Matters, out January 17 on Group Tightener.

5 Jan 2012 | More