Pure Potentiality (#31) Austin 2014 Unofficial House Party Announcement & Mixtape

Mixtape download of our favorites in pop, psych & soul, for REDEFINE magazine’s Austin 2014 Unofficial House Party, featuring Gardens & Villa, Supreme Cuts, Slow Magic, Diane Coffee, Psychic Twin, Tops, Tei Shi, Midday Veil, and more.

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Top Pops! February 2014 – Phantogram, Glass Animals, Jeremih + Shlohmo

TOP INDIE POPS! New tracks from Phantogram’s sophomore album, Visions, plus Glass Animals and a collaboration between Jeremih and Shlohmo.

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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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