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Premiere: "Turnstile" by Lionlimb
Nashville-based guitarist Stewart Bronaugh put his music project Lionlimb on hold to join Angel Olsen’s backing band for her 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness and on tour. Now, after recruiting fellow tourmate and Brooklyn-based drummer...
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Simple, Advanced Happy Ears Earplugs
Stand at a concert in Sweden and you’ll notice that the vast majority of the crowd will pause moments before the band comes onstage to reach into their pockets and retrieve earplugs. Likewise, on the streets, fingers go in ears the moment an emergency...
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What We're Reading: Music Books
After you've listened to album after album on Spotify, recovered from a weeknight concert, bombasted by music at the local bar, it's sometimes nice to let the ears rest. There's still another way to get your music fix, however—in the form of bound...
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Courtney Barnett: Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party Summing up the weekend vibe (or maybe even adult life) is Courtney Barnett's "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party," and the Melbourne singer-songwriter shared the...
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CH25: Jonathan Sparks
As a drummer in hard, loud rock bands over the past decade, Jonathan Sparks indulged his passion for theatrics: “I love those large, swooping gestures, actions people in the back of the crowd could see too.” When he got more into electronic music...
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CH25: Kathleen Supové
Photos of flaming grand pianos and vintage uprights smashed to smithereens. YouTube clips of Liberace sledgehammering his ivories on “The Monkees” variety hour. Kathleen Supové gets a kick out of all of it, and thanks you very much, friends and...
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Retro Record Washer
Keep your beloved vinyl collection in tip-top condition with this manual washer from Spin-Clean. Offering a compact, made-in-USA unit that's more affordable than its high-tech counterparts, Spin-Clean celebrates 40 years of taking lint, dust and fingerprints...
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New Order: Restless It's safe to say that much of the dance music we listen to today wouldn't exist without the '80s influence of New Order. The group took a genre to soaring heights with bold, charged music. New Order has released a new single...
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Oswalds Mill Audio
A beautifully restored mill house, hidden in the Dutch country of Pennsylvania, sits on a quiet creek. There are no massive stone wheels turning within, only vinyl records being broadcast on some of the highest quality stereo systems available...
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Yours Truly
Lately, music journalism feels like it's been replaced by a cycle of press release paraphrasing, tracklist postings and lifestyle commentary, with the occasional interview peppered in between. The same background information, recycled adjectives and...
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The Sonar System
Free of typical children's books motifs, "The Sonar System" is a new illustrated tome that introduces kids to a not-so-typical subject: sound system culture. Set in a fictitious "sonar system" where planets revolve around a "gigantic, pulsating...
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Fern & Roby's Cast Iron and Bronze Turntable
Fern & Roby, located in Richmond, Virginia, designs not only eye-catching furniture with vintage-inspired bases (made from cast iron, bronze or aluminum) but also stunning audio equipment that could double as sculptural works of art. With a dedication...
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Kathleen Supové
Photos of flaming grand pianos and vintage uprights smashed to smithereens. YouTube clips of Liberace sledgehammering his ivories on “The Monkees” variety hour. Kathleen Supové gets a kick out of all of it, and thanks you very much, friends and...
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Todd Terje: Inspector Norse Glastonbury 2015 came and went, with performances from Jamie xx, Hot Chip, Mark Ronson, Caribou, Jessie Ware, Mary J. Blige to Kanye West—and even a cameo from the Dalai Lama—to save in the archives for a long time...
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Interview: The Black Lips on Stage Presence
It's difficult to affix a genre to the type of music made by the Black Lips. There are elements of punk and garage rock; there's potency and power—and an immediacy. But at the core, a lot of their tracks are just plain fun. While it may be tricky...
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Swaai Boys: REF_HS_001 (I Dream of Ganges) NYC band Swaai Boys may call the concrete jungle home, but their spirits are in dunes far, far away. They've encapsulated this restlessness in their light rock, tropical-tinged song "REF_HS_001 (I Dream...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Important Quotes From the Supreme Court's Decision on Gay Marriage In a narrow five-to-four decision, the US Supreme Court voted to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, marking a momentous decision in American equality. Justice Anthony...
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