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SXSW 2014: Blah Blah Science Featuring Tove Lo, Wolf Alice, Arthur Beatrice and Tokyo Police Club

March 13th, 2014
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From outside, you might think that nothing special was going on at the Red Eyed Fly. With no lines at the door and just a small gathering of people inside, the event felt like SXSW’s best kept secret. Walking in the door, you were immediately greeted by the sounds of Avid Dancer as he entertained a small and relatively calm Red Eyed Fly audience. But the venue boasts two stages and outside, the atmosphere was quite different. Wolf Alice were hyping up a slightly larger and more energetic crowd. With plenty of hair flips from lead singer Ellie Roswell, Wolf Alice left the everyone wanting for more by the time they closed their too short set. Read more…

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SXSW 2014: Palladia Epic Awesome Showcase Featuring Sam Smith, Phantogram, Aloe Blacc and Bleachers

March 13th, 2014
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With a name like Epic Awesome, Palladia really had some high expectations to meet. But with a lineup consisting of Sam Smith, Phantogram, Aloe Blacc and Bleachers, it was almost guaranteed to be an “epic awesome” time. And the event definitely lived up to the hype. Read more…

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SXSW 2014: Banks Official Showcase

March 12th, 2014
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Haven is the right place for a credentialed person to catch some of SXSW’s best up and coming showcasing artists like Banks. The crowd is friendly, the drinks are fairly priced and the long lines outside are telltale signs that what awaits inside must be worthwhile.

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By Tori Kerr Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

mxdwn’s Top 40 Albums of 2013

December 23rd, 2013
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In 2013, the internet was riddled with lists. Hate them or love them, vertically organizing our ideas is currently humanity’s pastime. The end-of-the-year album roundup, however, is the original “listicle”– and the most challenging form. From atmospheric metal masterpieces to haunting folk lyrics and sickeningly catchy dance anthems, there was never a dull moment in music this year. 2013 also saw the loss of Jackie Lomax, Ray Manzarek, JJ Cale and Lou Reed, among so many others; Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! brought transgender issues to the mainstream; politics and music crashed in The Yellow Dogs’ East Williamsburg studio and also in Pussy Riot’s Moscow prison. There for it all, mxdwn picked our favorite albums of the year. Read more…

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mxdwn’s Top 40 Songs of 2013

December 23rd, 2013
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2013 saw music shared like never before. Whether through advances in music streaming or the nostalgia of vinyl collecting, we fell in love with a new song every day. Each year carries its own one-hit-wonders. And each year has its own irresistible heart-wrenchers, epic anthems and guilty pleasures. But which tunes rose above the din to earn a place in our hearts and on our annual compilation?
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Nedelle Torrisi – Nedelle Torrisi

September 11th, 2013
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’80s Melancholy Pop Princess

Nedelle Torrisi is like one of those sea cucumber-esque squishy toys that are impossible to keep your hands on. She’s been an active musician since the mid-2000s, performing and recording with everyone from Xiu Xiu to The Curtains to Sufjan Stevens and Ariel Pink — not to mention she’s one-half of Cryptacize, her project with Chris Cohen. Until recently, she also recorded under the name Paradise (although you’re more likely to find that name attached to her blog/love advice column) but after years as a contributor and partner, she’s made her official debut as a solo recording artist with a self-titled album.
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Laura Jane Grace, Live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, DC

August 15th, 2013
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As soon as Laura Jane Grace, formerly Tom Gabel of pop punk outfit Against Me!, announced that she would be touring solo, fans new and old perked up. Against Me! hasn’t toured as a band in several years, and their last album was released over two years ago. Not to mention, many long-time fans stepped away from the group after they joined a major label and, consequently, altered their sound. But after Grace’s public announcement that she would be living (and performing) as a woman, new songs and a new image emerged. No longer just a frontman for a punk band, she’s now an icon for transgender individuals around the world. And her new songs kick ass, to boot. Their long-promised new album is called Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and several singles have already been released. She played a sold-out acoustic show at Washington, D.C.’s Rock and Roll Hotel this week to a loving crowd who was ecstatic to have her back onstage.
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Joseph Arthur – The Ballad of Boogie Christ

June 14th, 2013

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The Christ You Want To Boogie With

Joseph Arthur is a Grammy nominated, critically-acclaimed performer. After releasing nine LPs on an array of different labels from the late ’90s to the present (including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records and Arthur’s own Lonely Astronaut Records), he’s taken a different route with The Ballad of Boogie Christ. This time around, the Akron, Ohio native launched a PledgeMusic campaign, using rare vinyls, guitars and even artwork as incentives to fund production and touring costs. Clearly, his fanbase responded with nothing but love—because The Ballad of Boogie Christ is a full-scale production of storytelling and exciting instrumentation that old fans will love and newcomers should enjoy just as much.
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By Tori Kerr Posted in Reviews

Junip – Junip

April 24th, 2013

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The Spring Album You Need

When solo artists create a band, it would be only natural for their new projects tend to center around their presence. With Junip, luckily, that’s not the case. José González, a successful artist in his own right, fronts this group alongside drummer Elias Araya and keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn. González says on the band’s website that Junip is “truly a band album”—this is apparent not only by nature but also by name. By releasing a self-titled album, Junip declare their unity and security as a group, not just musicians who back up that guy that sang “In Our Nature.” And the result is a sweet one.
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Deadstring Brothers- Cannery Row

April 14th, 2013

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Fat-Bottomed Albums

When Daft Punk’s Discovery was released in 2001, dancers from all genres leapt at the hits-heavy record. “One More Time,” “Digital Love” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”—all immediately satisfying singles that grab listeners and refuse to let go. However, the producers pushed all of these tracks towards the front of the album, causing the second half to not match up to the first. While Deadstring Brothers come from the Rock Planet, rather than from Planet Dance, the country/bluegrass band suffers from the complementary disease. Cannery Row is bottom-heavy, the first half being decent but boring alt-country rock until they rev it up for the second portion.
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By Tori Kerr Posted in Reviews