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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
The musicians of the Gloaming are awash with independent projects so a rare performance by this Irish supergroup is a decided must-see. Watch one here.

WNYC’s New Sounds series allowed me to catch the Gloaming for the first time, a band I had been following for the past nine months or so having missed their prior performance in New York with the Kronos Quartet. During that time, their debut self-titled album was released and though it may have only found a small audience so far, it earned massive applause from the primarily European outlets that picked up on it. The Gloaming has its primary roots in Ireland and consists of Iarla Ó Lionaird’s traditional sean-nós vocals and organ, Thomas Bartlett / aka Doveman on piano, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh playing the hardanger fiddle, Martin Hayes on fiddle and Dennis Cahill on guitar.


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Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014
With their new release With Light and With Love out, Woods are hitting the road. Check out some pics from and download the recent New York show.
At the Bowery Ballroom on a Friday in May, Woods had their first show in New York in a year ahead of a long string of dates to promote their new album With Light and With Love. Songs from this new album, "a radical departure for the band -- a more refined and pop-oriented record" (nyctaper), made up the bulk of the show though the set included a cover Pink Floyd too. Woods were joined by openers Quilt, whose free spirited sound flowed tranquilly through the crowd in advance of the psychedelic headliners. When I went up to the balcony, I found out Woods' interesting backdrop wasn't a video projection. Two men were messing around with gel and liquid overlays on top of old school screen projectors. The homemade effects fit excellently into the band's organic set, melding experimental sounds with their melodies. As we described it earlier, their new album is "a complicated, rewarding balance between the grip of the past and the possibility of, if not the future, than at least the now." It is a rewarding listen and their show is exciting to see, so check out their tour dates below.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Swedish post-metallers bid us farewell. Maybe.

Galaxies separate, the universe expands and more and more cosmological redshifts occur. As the wavelength of light broadens, we are left more alone than ever by the growing sidereal distances. What is there beyond the redshift? Swedish post-metallers Cult of Luna have been wondering this very question for months and they have come to the conclusion that the future is, well, uncertain. At least for them. The ensemble behind brilliant albums like “The Beyond” (again!), “Salvation” and “Vertikal” will go on an indefinite hiatus later on this year, but before that happens, they will curate a one-day festival in London on 10th May.


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Monday, Apr 28, 2014
Nocturnal, groove-laden duo Silent Lions release demonic video for "Runnin' Me Down".

Silent Lions know what they’re doing when it comes to establishing mood, their aesthetic being a mash of the foreboding and the seductive. The new video for “Runnin’ Me Down” gives the tune’s looming dread a visual approximation, featuring a sleepwalking woman conjured from bed by the song’s dark power. The Toledo-Detroit heavy soul duo of Dean Tartaglia (lead vocals, bass, all manner of odds and ends) and Matt Klein (drums, backing vocals) don’t appear in the flesh, but their presence is felt as that which drives the possessed woman on, thrash-dancing in syncopated gyrations to the rhythms. Shades of Evil Dead, Paranormal Activity, even some cheesy ‘80s dance films, are alluded to throughout.


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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Watch the award-winning documentary about the famed Burning Man festival right here on PopMatters. Spark: A Burning Man Story is available for streaming and purchase.

Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on a large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. Spark takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the “default world”, we wonder which dreams can survive.


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Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on a large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. Spark takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the “default world”, we wonder which dreams can survive.


 



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