English-Spanish Bilingualism in Indie Music: This is El Futuro (Bilingual Feature)

“When I listen to Portuguese hip-hop, or West African music, or even punk in the US, I don’t always know the lyrics, but I feel the life that exists in the music. Most of our music is in Spanish, and we have played for audiences where Spanish is not their first language. Folks will come to us after a show and tell us that they didn’t understand everything, but they felt everything.” - Hector Flores, Las Cafeteras

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Gardens & Villa Band Interview: The Realism Behind Contrasting Experiences

“[Dunes] is a lot more realistic, I guess, and there’s a little bit of melancholy in the record that kind of came out of so much time on the road and missing home. But there’s also some beautiful elements on both the records that also came out of that time. Basically, I’m trying to say that getting older and touring a bunch wasn’t all a bad thing; it was actually a good thing. It’s kind of us discovering how we’re going to do this and survive.” - Chris Lynch, Gardens & Villa

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Esben and the Witch – When That Head Splits Music Video (Interview w/ Band & Director Rafael Bonilla)

Inspired by Salvador Dali’s painting and poem, The Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Matador Records’s Esben and the Witch have teamed up with prolific director Rafael Bonilla to create a colorful claymation world that’s sinister, playful, and chock full of inventive characters. In this comparative interview, both parties speak to the collaborative process.

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Arbutus Records Label Profile: Friends Supporting Friends in the Montreal Music Scene

“We also only work with people that we have a close personal relationship with. This ensures that we understand our artists intimately, allowing a mutual trust and support. Decisions we make are in line with each others’ ideologies, so everyone is comfortable with what’s happening. Moreover, the love we feel for our bands motivates us to work really, really hard.” - Sebastian Cowan, Arbutus Records Label Founder

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Wintry Music Videos: White Hinterland – Ring The Bell & S. Carey – Fire-Scene

This past winter season has been sheer insanity in North America, with overwhelming snowstorms galore, polar bears being taken indoors, and more, more, more. What better time, then, to use music videos to explore the beauty of wintry landscapes? In Dan Huiting‘s work for White Hinterland‘s “Ring The Bell”, Casey Dienel can be seen tunneling through ice caves and fascinating skull-lined passageways; Joe Baughman‘s work for S. Carey‘s “Fire-scene” is a naturalistic treat that shows off the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, as he captures what winter looks like in the desolate spaces where the waters and deserts of Eastern Washington State merge.

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Plastic – I Want U Music Video (MV of the Week)

Focus on Plastic‘s groovy basslines and the squishy sonic silliness underlying this track, as colorful animations weave through neon worlds at hyperspeed. A curious cast of characters emerges to dance and swing around the occasionally displayed lyric, and this playfully psychedelic music video, illustrated by Dawid Krępski, is all too fun a journey. It pays homage to classic animations such as The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, working well with every element of the song’s quirkiness, even when it breaks down into its killer sax solos. Anything goes in this twirling dancey tango.

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