Golden Retriever, Litanic Mask, Valet, Pinhead in Fantasia Live Show Review

There has always been a divide between the daytime and the night — a war between Saturday night and the Sunday morning penitents. Since the beginning of time, people have gathered in caves and juke joints and space stations to dance and dream and make believe in dim light. It makes it hard to wake up in the morning, and do what we’re told, but it’s important. We can’t ALL fall in line — what a boring, beige reality! On this Sunday night, near the bowels of industrial SE Portland, four very different and special noisemakers gathered to lead a black-clad audience into four very different worlds. From tropical fantasy, to a tent in Marco Polo’s desert, to a freeway

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Golden Retriever – Seer Album Review (Thrill Jockey Records)

Seer could be seen as a New World Symphony of a vast, prehistoric continent that exists only in your mind. Or in a galaxy far, far away. Music has been attempting to describe nature for as long as there’s been music — attempting to evoke a babbling brook or the spring rain, through a keyboard or the beating of stones. The story of music could be seen as man’s attempt to get closer to nature, to describe what it is to be human and what it will be, in ever-increasing detail and complexity. It could be because of this drive that many would-be world-builders took to the emerging field of electronic music, where it became possible to work with the

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Top Pops! La Femme, Glass Animals ft. Tei Shi, Craft Spells, Hiatus ft. Shura

La Femme bring their sexy Frenchness, Tei Shi pimps out her vocal skills to UK musicians Glass Animals, Craft Spells return with Nausea, and Hiatus and Shura get lost in an afterlife dust cloud.

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Julio Bashmore ft. Jessie Ware – “Peppermint” Music Video (Interview w/ Director Noah Harris)

For “Peppermint”, Julio Bashmore’s collaboration with Jessie Ware, director Noah Harris offers viewers an abstract glimpse into his rave experiences and headspaces from the ’90s. Using found and 3-D printed objects, Harris brings to life a maddening, undulating collage of female forms, gods, creepy babies, and old-school toys, closely synced and timed to Bashmore’s erratic rhythms and Ware’s delightfully repetitive vocals. Read on for an interview about the music video’s chaos came to be.

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Liars Band Interview (2014) Brooding in Ecstasy With Mess’s Playful Catharsis

Liars’ 2012 full-length, WIXIW, dwelled in doubt and anxiety, pressed against a curtain of murky fragility. Even if one only looks at the cover art for the band’s latest follow-up, Mess — a robust mass of multihued string that looks like the Love Forever Changes hydra head grew dreadlocks — it’s evident that in 2014, the band is in a more positive, confident, and even silly headspace. Mess‘s stock in trade is industrial dance music — and although Liars’ beats are as primal as they’ve always been, their music is now a little too emotionally in-check to properly identify as synth-punk.

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Pure Potentiality – SXSW 2014 Unofficial House Party – Photo & Video Recap

Year four of REDEFINE’s Unofficial SXSW 2014 parties finds us in Austin with some changes: one stage was whittled down to two, with unbelievably excellent results, and we brought in a new collaborator at XRAY.FM! The things that remained constant were the ~1,500 free beers from Dos Equis, good vibes, and tons of bands and friends hanging around all day at the 21-person University of Texas co-op, House of Commons! Here are some clips and photos of our favorite bands of the day, and massive thanks to all of the bands and attendees.

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