Indian Wells – Pause Album Review (Bad Panda Records)

Not only did Italian producer Pietro Iannuzzi name Indian Wells after the Californian city that hosts the BNP Paribas Open (formerly known as the Indian Wells Masters), but the release date of his new album, Pause, was timed to match up with the first day of this year’s tournament. This isn’t the first time Iannuzzi has made such overt thematic connections with this project; tennis references were equally clear on Indian Wells’ 2012 debut, Night Drops. For one, a picture of a tennis court at night was used as that album’s cover image. For another, the first track on Night Drops was called “Wimbledon 1980″, and is built on samples of the sound of tennis balls being whacked back and

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TOP POPS! Tei Shi, Shy Girls, Oko Tygra, Force Publique (Track Premiere)

Top indie pop tracks and tour dates from Tei Shi, Shy Girls, Oko Tygra, a Force Publique track premiere, and some SXSW shout-outs.

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Jose Gonzalez – Vestiges & Claws Album Review (Mute Records)

José González’s music has always maintained a timeless quality. In the realm of contemporary folk, there is no competition for his soothing yet soulful tones and melodic, plucking guitar. On Vestiges & Claws, the first solo album he’s released in 7 years, a new kind of electrifying energy is at play. Melding the intimately personal with the overwhelming impersonal, González takes us on a journey with him, creating the kind of depth that elevates a folk album from pleasant background music to a collection that will stay and grow with you — as it has evidently stayed and grown with him — for a long time.

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Lilacs & Champagne Band Interview: Midnight Features w/ Emil Amos & Alex Hall

“It’s kind of fun to have this open-ended series… It’s really just the psychological triggers that you do with yourself. No one is actually imposing restrictions or boundaries on you, but at times, you feel like you have a place, a repository to fit these other ideas, that doesn’t lose your format.” - Alex Hall, on Lilacs & Champagne’s Midnight Features series

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Metavari Band Interview: Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night

Oftentimes, a complete change in sound and a long delay between full-length albums marks the death knell of a band, or at least a rebirth. After a long brainstorming session — during which the band lost a guitarist, put out an EP without that guitarist, and gained another in time for the latest record — Metavari has returned, and the Metavari you hear on Moonless is not the Metavari you heard six years ago, during the release of Be One of Us and Hear No Noise. This time around, the quartet from Fort Wayne, Indiana, seems to have found its niche in the instrumental world, eschewing the grand sonic explosions commonly associated with post-rock in favor of analog and electronic sounds and samples.

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DREAMFORCE (#37) Austin SXSW 2015 Unofficial House Party Announcement & Mixtape

REDEFINE magazine and Holocene present their fifth annual SXSW 2015 Unofficial House Party at House of Commons, on Friday, March 20th, 2015, featuring Rome Fortune, Beacon, Yumi Zouma, Ellie Herring, Young Ejecta, J Fernandez, Doomsquad, Phedre, Grandparents, and Golden Spun. Audio-visual delights from Vision System and vVv Stardust.

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