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TBA Festival 2013: Body/Head – Kim Gordon & Bill Nace – Live Show Review

Try as I might, it was hard not to see every artistic choice that surrounded the first Portland appearance by Body/Head as a reaction to the divorce of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. There was the steadily unrolling video – directed by longtime Sonic Youth collaborator Richard Kern – that accompanied the hour-long performance. The...Read...
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MGMT – Your Life Is A Lie Music Video + Interview w/ Director Tom Kuntz

In his second music video for MGMT, director Tom Kuntz — one of the geniuses behind the classic “Tokyo Breakfast” sketch — incorporates humor the way he knows best: by using a wide net of characters with endless bite-size appeal. Sun-baked hippies, suited businessmen, three-dimensionally-rendered babies and skeletons… and so randomly on… repetitively hammer home...Read...
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Califone – Stitches Album Review (Dead Oceans)

Califone's honey-baritoned lead singer Tim Ruttili went looking for himself in the endless sands of the American Southwest, and with their latest, Stitches, returns with the band’s most vital and compelling record since 2003's Quicksands/Cradlesnakes. Stitches was recorded at various locations across Arizona, Texas and Southern California, where Rutilli's been living for the past few...
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Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back Album Review

In the future, androids will cruise lounges looking to score with flesh-and-blood humans. When the couples will go back to their climate-and-dust-controlled apartments and begin pairing, the soundtrack that will start auto-playing in the background is Jessy Lanza’s Pull My Hair Back. Like the Barry White of the cyber-generation, Lanza spins out smooth, sultry soul....
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MusicfestNW 2013 Live Show Review: Tobacco, Natasha Kmeto, Royal Canoe (Portland, OR)

MusicfestNW began for me like every other MusicfestNW experience. I consistently respect the festival's curatorial efforts, which always yield at least a handful of acts I am excited about, and an even larger smattering that I don't exactly care for but greatly approve of from an objective standpoint. This year, however, I decided to take...
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Bumbershoot Festival 2013 Live Show Review: Gary Numan, Baroness, Kendrick Lamar, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) & More

Bumbershoot Festival signifies a lot of things for Seattle, but the main mark of Bumbershoot is that fall is upon us. The annual Labor Day arts festival in downtown Seattle traditionally comes with both good weather and the need for umbrellas, aka a bumbershoot. Bumbershoot’s place in music festivals across the nation includes one big...Read...