Decibel Festival 2014 Live Show Review: Natasha Kmeto, Rrose, Max Cooper, Richie Hawtin & More

A Decibel Festival 2014 live show review, featuring Natasha Kmeto with Effixx, Max Cooper with dance performances by The Pendleton House Collective, Richie Hawtin, Rrose, Lusine, Soul Clap, Rone, Wolf + Lamb, Steffi, and more from the Pacific Northwest and beyond!

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Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – Slant of Light Album Review (Thrill Jockey Records)

The harp, as an instrument, seems to inherently conjure medieval, Celtic, or angelic imagery. When it is joined by swirling synthesizers and bilious clouds of delayed guitars, the brain is left with all manner of interesting juxtapositions, like a tea room melting into sea foam, or some fictitious movie with moonbeams, meteor showers, and unicorns. The harp, as an instrument, seems to inherently conjure medieval, Celtic, or angelic imagery. When it is joined by swirling synthesizers and bilious clouds of delayed guitars, the brain is left with all manner of interesting juxtapositions, like a tea room melting into sea foam, or some fictitious movie with moonbeams, meteor showers, and unicorns.

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Kiev Band Interview: Iconoclasm & Possibility in a Prescriptive World

“If you’re basing your career on likes and plays and how many hits a particular video has, it’s really impersonal. But when it’s that grassroots thing, you get so much more mileage out of looking someone in the eye and having them tell you, ‘Wow, this song did this for me’, or. ‘This album puts me in this mindset that I can’t get anywhere else.’ That kind of stuff gives us the chills and gives us the juju for the next year.” - Robert Brinkerhoff, Guitarist & Vocalist of Kiev

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Midday Veil – Without And Within Music Video Premiere

Travel with Midday Veil for eight minutes, into the pixelated fractal universes of “Within and Without”, premiering today on REDEFINE in anticipation of the Seattle band’s upcoming west coast tour with Swahili.

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Vessel – Punish, Honey Album Review (Tri Angle Records)

There are hardly any electronic instruments on Punish, Honey. Instead, Vessel’s Sebastian Gainsborough built an arsenal of homemade instruments, including flutes made out of bike frames, sheets of metal, and “harmonic guitars”. Punish, Honey is an industrialized suite: clanking, stomping, sparking, twitching, pounding. But instead of the giving the sensation of a migraine — which is sometimes produced from hyperfrenetic digital constructions, as with some of the recent work from James Ferraro — Punish, Honey is like walking through a factory full of mechanized automata, like a textile mill animated by Jan Svankmajer. Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, if he had brought jackhammers and bellows to life, rather than broomsticks.

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MSHR Art & Music Collective Interview: Pathways In & Up

“Where we’re at right now, it doesn’t make sense for us to join a preexisting community or culture that has a set of rules or traditions. That can’t happen for us, but we want that — everyone wants that — and with this project, we’re creating our own sacred spaces and traditions. Pathways in. And up.” - Brenna Murphy, MSHR

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