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Sound & Vision #8: David Barnes

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In Sound & Vision #8, multimedia artist and performer David Barnes discusses his work with the band of Montreal, art as a career, and writing a graphic novel about a baby growing inside a pregnant male football player.

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Song of the Day: “Coronus, The Terminator”

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Four years ago, LA Weekly called Steven Ellison’s music “spiritual electronica.” Today, in the wake of his fifth release, Your Dead!, the artist known as Flying Lotus is still just as difficult to categorize. The experimental producer and beat-making virtuoso is known for creating hard-to-describe musical landscapes in the tradition of predecessors J-Dilla and Madlib.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #58: Crowdsourcing

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Music-obsessive activity, in general, appears to be about music. You could, on the surface, mistake it for being about music. But in fact what it is about is memory and love.

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Song of the Day: “Run Like A Girl”

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Lizzie Karr’s influences range from Ani DiFranco to James Brown. The Godfather of Soul’s funkiness is apparent in Karr’s latest single, “Run Like A Girl,” which trades DiFranco-style staccato verses for punchy horn lines. The Bay Area artist recently toured the Pacific Northwest in support of her new record Like It’s Bad.

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Song of the Day: “Passing Afternoon”

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The poetry of Sam Beam, otherwise known as Iron & Wine, can sometimes be lost behind the powerful folky melodies that take the forefront of his music. Iron & Wine has come a long way since its first labor of love, the low-fi album Beam recorded in his home studio in 2002, titled The Creek Drank the Cradle.

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Song of the Day: “I Start To Run”

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The arrival of chillier weather means that the joggers among us may need some encouragement to meet our goals. But even the exercise-averse will appreciate the driving mania of White Denim’s single, “I Start To Run.” The Austin, Texas-based four-piece showcase their impressive rock chops in this energizing track off their 2009 record, Fits.

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The Rumpus Interview with Owen Pallett

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Canadian musician Owen Pallett talks Tori Amos, perfectionism, percussion, and dark head spaces with Erin Lyndal Martin.

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Song of the Day: “Let Her Go”

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Mac Demarco’s voice and “slacker” guitar are the essence of “laid back.” The artist’s distinct sound is a far cry from other Montreal-based contemporaries like Arcade Fire.  His bubbly track “Let Her Go,” from sophomore album Salad Days, makes us picture a lazy summer day on the beach, while the lyrics propose an appropriately laissez faire spirit.

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Song of the Day: “What Light”

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Wilco has seen its fair share of adversity. The group, led by songwriter Jeff Tweedy, has picked up and dropped band members at various times between 1994 and 2004. However, its current iteration feels right. That cohesion is evident in the stirring artistic manifesto, “What Light,” from their Grammy-nominated 2007 album, Sky Blue Sky. Over a perfect harmony, Tweedy sings:

If the whole world’s singing your songs
And all of your paintings have been hung
Just remember what was yours is everyone’s from now on
And that’s not wrong or right
And you can struggle with it all you like
You’ll only get uptight
There’s a light
What light

Inside of you

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An Ode to Maxwell’s

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It’s been a year since Hoboken’s pivotal indie rock club and restaurant Maxwell’s has closed its doors, but it’s going to take much longer than that to wipe away its memory.

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Song of the Day: “Red Eyes”

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The War On Drugs decided to name themselves after a bitter conflict, but their last album, Lost in the Dream, invokes anything but strife. Though the lyrics of “Red Eyes,” the second track off the record, are inscrutable at times—“Come ride away/ It’s easier to stick to the earth / Surrounded by the night / Surrounded by the night”—the jubilant guitar and synth are joined by the driving percussion to create the sensation of a blissful journey.

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