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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
The free, traveling 'Evolution Tour' put together by Mercedes-Benz launched in New York with a performance from Alabama Shakes and some interactive art from Mr. Brainwash.

New York has been host to countless corporate-sponsored shows in just the past few months which in turn means there is an air of exclusivity to the event with the possibility of celebrity-spotting and obtaining giveaways (knowledge of the band isn’t the primary draw). Mercedes-Benz’s ‘Evolution Tour’ was one of the most recent but instead of a one-off, this invite-only series is touring and will head to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Washington D.C. following the NYC show. Although the specific acts for each date have not been announced what is known is the headliners would be either Alabama Shakes, Mayer Hawthorne or Young the Giant. Other DJ’s and acts may be involved, with Questlove of the Roots gracing the decks in New York.


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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
by Leo Warner
Lobel could have done his little gay readers an immeasurable and un-parallelled service. Instead, he set us up for perpetual disappointment.

Everyone applauds Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad books for covertly introducing children to the idea of long-term gay love. (Well, almost everyone.) And yes, on one level, the bond between Frog and Toad is touching and inspiring.


These creatures cook for each other, make special gifts, tell each other stories, act as bedside nurses, write kind letters to each other, and do a million other small, nice, thoughtful things. Just like we’re taught to do. And then we grow up.


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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
Arriving right at the peak of summer is "Silver Lining", a tune just perfect for the beach by the San Francisco indie outfit City Tribe.

The most popular indie rock of recent years, from the psychedelic washes of Tame Impala to the sunny vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes, has always found the most comfort in the warm rays of summer heat. Joining groups such as these is the San Francisco-based City Tribe, who with its latest tune, “Silver Lining”, balances melancholy subject matter with music that would find a fitting home at the sands of a beach.


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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
The newest tune by the Atlanta folk/pop outfit Seven Handle Circus, "And We Danced", perfectly balances pop harmony with bluegrass melancholy.

The Atlanta folk-poppers that call themselves Seven Handle Circus are yet another piece of evidence that reveals just how versatile the bluegrass instrumental lineup can be. With a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and drums, the group creates harmony-centric pop that grabs the ear right upon first listen, all the while maintaining a rustic quality inherent to the instruments being played.


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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
Why is it that broader culture doesn't give victims of disaster and trauma the choice to say "No?"

In 1994, not long after Susan Smith was arrested and convicted of drowning her two children in John Long Lake in South Carolina, her estranged husband, David Smith, sat down for an exclusive, one-on-one television interview. The interview was emotional and traumatizing. 


And completely unnecessary. 


Still, I’m not at all surprised that it happened.


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