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Brown Wing Overdrive
Last month I saw Brown Wing Overdrive open for Black Pus (the solo project of Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale). The band—which formed in DC and relocated to NYC—uses electronics, found objects, banjos, duck calls, jaw harps and...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Whartscape
Homegrown in Baltimore, Whartscape is a touring music festival featuring nearly one hundred bands, thousands of attendees and a lot of sweat. We were lucky enough to be there for the 3rd annual Whartscape and caught several performances including...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Ponytail
Baltimore artrock heroes Ponytail have been blowing up basements from MICA to Pratt for a while now. We included them on our Memorial Day Muxtape (R.I.P.) back in May, but we wanted more. In this video, we spend a sweaty summer weekend with Ponytail...
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Three Na Massa
Three Na Massa is a Brazilian group heavily steeped in the music of the last four decades. The debut LP borrows from styles as diverse as Bossa Nova to trip-hop. Consisting of São Paulo-residents Rica Amabis, Pupillo and Sucinto Silva, the...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: YACHT
Episode 86 follows grunge-pop superstar YACHT (aka Jona Bechtolt) to a show on an actual yacht, around his Portland, OR apartment and on tour. He shows off his spastic cheerleader-meets-Ian Curtis dance moves, talks tech and introduces his cat and...
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Laurie Anderson x Dan the Automator: From The Air
Remastered for its 25th anniversary, the enhanced edition of Laurie Anderson's Big Science was released earlier this summer. Her music, aural soundscape testaments to the rising tide of insecurities, make a fitting contemporary soundtrack. While...
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The Bird And The Bee
Having won the favor of indie and dance music critics alike, I’m going to have to coin a new genre just for The Bird And The Bee. Ready? Retro-futurama-faux-bubblegum-pop. Like it? I do, like totally. The Bird And The Beeâ...
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Something In Spanish
An acomplished Jazz musician and a master at creating the perfect cinematic atmosphere for recent CH videos, Julio Monterrey's main musical project is Something In Spanish. Along with Michelle Perez, Something In Spanish's avant-pop sound...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Matthew Herbert: Nugroove vol. 6
Scale, a critically-acclaimed album that includes over 700 samples of ambient noises like birds, gas pumps, breakfast cereal, coffins, mobile phones and babies crying, as well as voice mails left on "Herbert's Hotline," a phone he set up for the...
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Project Jenny, Project Jan
Brooklyn-based duo Project Jenny, Project Jan (PJPJ), like many great musical partnerships, is an opposites-attract kind of pairing. Vocalist Jeremy Haines spits lyrics with frenetic energy that fluidly moves from a David Byrne deadpan style to a...
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Various Productions: The World Is Gone
Admittedly this one's been a secret weapon in my DJ bag since I found it in the "Dubstep" bin at London's Rough Trade back in August, but seeing as how it's gotten little press stateside and it's due for a CD release in the...
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Christopher Willits: Surf Boundaries
Christopher Willits may not yet be a household name but with previous releases for experimental labels like 12K, Sub Rosa and Plop and a list of collaborations with the likes of Kid606, Matmos, Taylor Deupree (12K), Latrice Barnett (Handsome Boy Modelling...
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Grizzly Bear
In a time when bands like Animal Collective and Gang Gang Dance are fast becoming household names (at least among the music nerd set), Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear comes at a rare moment when experimental music is getting its due. Their recent two...