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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Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) Composer Interview: The Sonic Topography of No Man’s Land

“It reminds me a little bit of my inner world when I’m writing music, where I feel… a kind of loneliness, a kind of melancholy, a kind of sadness. At the same time, I feel hope… I felt that this was kind of a very nice metaphor for this kind of dualism between the catastrophe and the beauty in a way.” - Hauschka’s Volker Bertelmann, on abandoned cities

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Doomsquad – Kalaboogie Album Review (Hand Drawn Dracula)

After the decline predicted and lamented by Explosions In The Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor in the 2000s, the Canadian band Doomsquad provide a ritualistic dance party for the new world. Doomsquad provide a new skin for the old ceremony in the form of technological shamanism, where shakers and bone rattles meet Moogs and psych-out guitars in a forest clearing. The main challenge confronting a band that combines multiple genres is that their music inherit the strengths and weaknesses of each, similar to crossbreeding in Nature. Doomsquad’s latest record, Kalaboogie, may be judged by the standards of modern day dance music as well psychedelic and epic indie rock, and they risk losing the listener at every turn. The good

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