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Owen Pallett – In Conflict Album Review (Domino, 2014)

Pallett takes a deft touch with pastiche; he also syncretizes the academy and the new-music frontier, combining traditional classical instrumentation and the ever-expanding field of synthesizer technology. This meeting-of-minds hearkens back to disco without In Conflict being disco. The strings are made disco classy, a way to get suburbanites into their Saturday night finery and...
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Blues Music: Marketing Nostalgia Using “Race Records” in the 1920s & 1930s

Folklorists like to romanticize blues music as being a pure expression of culture, but recorded blues music was carefully marketed to its intended audience from its very beginning. As early as the 1920s, music aimed at African-Americans was labeled as "race music", and the best way to advertise it was in the pages of African-American...
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Intuitive Navigation (May 28th, 2014): An Interdisciplinary Dance Night of Sight & Sound

While 2011's installment was a psychedelic exploration of meditative states, 2014's INTUITIVE NAVIGATION will by more outwards-focused, featuring four sets of performers that share a love for dance and body movement. Three musical acts will be paired intimately with visual artists to create stage sets and video projections, while dance performances will tie the transitions...