Pickathon Festival 2014 Live Show Review (w/ Mac DeMarco, Diarrhea Planet, Parquet Courts & More)

Although bands like Nickel Creek, The Barr Brothers, Shakey Graves and Della Mae hearkened back to the Pickathon Festival’s old style, a surprisingly rock-heavy lineup was the face of the festival’s 2014 version. Bands like The War on Drugs, Foxygen, Mac DeMarco and Brownout/Brown Sabbath were the big draws — but looking back at it, you couldn’t really tell much of a difference in the end. The 2014 version of Pickathon was still the excellently curated, family-friendly (and even more adult friendly) affair that the 2013 Pickathon, and every year before that, was.

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Craig Leon – Nommos/Visiting Album Review: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music, Vol. 1 (RVNG Intl.)

The origins of Craig Leon’s Nommos/Visiting lie in the ancient art of the Dogon tribe from Mali, who worshipped a race of amphibious extraterrestrials, known as the “Nommos”, who were said to come from the distant star supposedly known as Sirius B. The strange thing about Sirius B is that it is invisible to the naked eye, and science only verified its existence in the 20th century, long after the Dogon tribe had already established a deep mythology around it.

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Brian Reitzell Retrospective Feature: From Film Soundtracks to Auto Music

Kraftwerk’s 1974 album, Autobahn, was inspired by the feeling of traveling freely along the open German motorways it was named after. Forty years later, a different driving journey serves as a guiding force behind Brian Reitzell’s debut album, Auto Music: Reitzell’s commute to and from work in Los Angeles. Its motorik kinship with other Krautrock greats is keenly present on tracks like “Auto Music 1″, echoing as it does Can’s formative free-form instrumentation and the metronomic pulse of Neu!. In that sense, the song and album’s influences feel expertly curated–which isn’t surprising, given that Reitzell is the same man who is responsible for the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey” playing over the closing scene in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation–as well as getting My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields to contribute to that film’s soundtrack after a long spell out of the spotlight.

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Alice Cohen Animator Interview & Music Video Retrospective

“What appeals to me is the potency in the image — the object itself, or the mysterious atmosphere it holds. A truly beautiful image has the power open up this whole inner world; it’s like a visual “key” that unlocks and fires up your imagination.” - Alice Cohen

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Top Pops! Bondax, YAWN, Generationals, Wet, AERS & More

Top indie pop tracks by Bondax, Yawn, Generationals, Wet, AERS, Verite, and Lemonade.

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Northside Festival 2014 Recap: The War On Drugs, Woods, Vulture Shit, Juan Wauters, More!

2014 marks the sixth year of Northside Festival, which is a three-day barrage of shows, both free and pay, across Brooklyn venues. On an annual basis, Northside does a nice job of including a range of up-and-coming bands across all genres in addition to the heavy hitters. Our favorites this year include some bands that are popular names on the indie tip right now, along with some garage rock staples.

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