Iceland: Indie & Instrumental Mixtapes (#6B) Stream & Download

This mixtape – the second in a series of three on Icelandic music – focuses on indie and instrumental music.

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No.Fest 2011: Pre-Festival Coverage

Doing pre-festival coverage for InterArts’ annual No.Fest isn’t always the easiest thing. Taking place in Portland’s northmost St. John’s neighborhood, No.Fest is a public event that asks you for a teeny tiny $1 donation for two days of music, art, film, dance, comedy, workshops, and more! No.Fest highlights multi-disciplinary practices and obscure acts to celebrate what it is to truly make art. As a sponsor for this year’s No.Fest, REDEFINE has crafted our quick picks guide to the music and arts-related things we find most fascinating! It is highly recommended, though, that you head over to the No.Fest website or click here to download the program guide and see the full offerings of the festival. CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON

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Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place Album Review

It’s really easy to get lost within The Magic Place, Julianna Barwick’s debut on Asthmatic Kitty. It’s full of cathedral-reverbed voices looped against one another, intertwining into lines that float into space and little else. Minimal, definitely. The vibe of the album is one that comes off partly as cinematic cloud formation and partly as most relaxing massage you’ve ever had. Think Panda Bear’s Young Prayer with more delay and a better voice; if Eno had Music For Airports, then Barwick’s newest is music for skygazing: beautiful, open, and ever expansive. Listen to “The Magic Place” – DOWNLOAD MP3 The album’s main instrument is Barwick’s voice — one which she uses to great effect. Mostly wordless vocals make up the

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Iceland: Electronic & Garage Mixtape (#6A) Stream & Download

This mixtape – the first in a series of three on Icelandic music – focuses on electronic musicians and garage rock bands.

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The Cave Singers Band Interview : Pacific Northwest Simplicity

“… we live in a rainforest; I imagine that the natural environments have somewhat to do with it.”

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Roomful Of Teeth Live Show Review

To use the word “unusual” to describe the performance February 19th, at the Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, is an understatement. As part of the Ecstatic Music Festival taking place from Jan-March 2011 in NYC, Roomful Of Teeth performed songs composed by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YaRdS. To try and explain the experience, one must understand Roomful Of Teeth. The 8-person group (four men, four women) are a vocal ensemble that, according to their website, “studies and incorporates non-classical vocal practices, combines them with western styles, and develops new compositions using the fullest possible range of vocal techniques.” Merkin Concert Hall New York, NY 2011 – 02/19 Featuring William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus Initially, my

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