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by Eric Allen Been

21 Jan 2011

Last weekend, PBS’s live music program Austin City Limits aired an episode of a soaring set by the National from Oct. 11, 2010. In the accompanying clip, the Brooklyn quintet performs our fourth favorite song of 2010, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”. You can check out the entire show, which also includes a performance by Band of Horses, over at PBS website.

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by Jessy Krupa

21 Jan 2011

After his school-talent show performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” becomes a hit on YouTube, 13-year-old Greyson Chance appears on multiple daytime talk shows and receives a record deal.


by Sarah Zupko

21 Jan 2011

Brooklyn’s New Idea Society labor over their indie rock compositions with a strong perfectionist streak and an abiding interest in exploring sonic possibilities and new musical approaches. Chris DeAngelis (piano and synthesizers), Alan Cage (drums), Michael DiBenedetto (bass) and Mike Law (vocals, guitar) spent two years working on their latest album Somehow Disappearing and that’s something of a rarity in these days where the pressing urgency of new media constantly demands new product and “faster and more” seems to be the developing aesthetic. To build out the presentation, the band engaged Andy LeMaster as producer, who has previously twiddled the knobs for the likes of R.E.M. and Bright Eyes. Somehow Disappearing is conceived of as something of a concept album in that it explores through sound the notion of “feeling the last second of a moment”. Ambitious indeed and the effort pays off as on this new video for “Summer Lion”. If you’re in Europe, you can catch the band live on their upcoming tour (dates after the jump).

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jan 2011

Perennial PopMatters fave Talib Kweli has a new album, Gutter Rainbows, dropping next week and he’s streaming the whole LP right now on his MySpace by way of preview. He’s got tons of help on this one, with guest turns from the likes of Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, Sean Price, Marco Polo, and many more. The full tracklist with production credits is after the jump.

by Sarah Zupko

20 Jan 2011

Tel Aviv’s Eatliz play a classic brand of atmospheric indie rock that has fueled great popularity in their Israeli homeland, as their debut LP Violently Delicate was a popular fave in 2008 on radio there. That success translated to an invitation to 2008’s Popkomm in Germany and a release of their album there as well as in Austria and Switzerland. Further exposure through MTV has moved the band up the ladder and, in 2011, they will be making their SXSW debut. Eatliz’s sound encompasses a satifyingly broad range of influences such as Portishead, the Concretes, Mr. Bungle and Björk. The new animated video for “Lose This Child” was created by the team of Yuval & Merav Nathan, who directed the massive viral sensation (more than 16 million YouTube views!) that was Oren Lavie’s “Her Morning Elegance”. The brooding mood and simple imagery of animated turtles crawling across a deserted nighttime beach ideally suits the song’s essential melancholy. Eatliz’s upcoming album, Teasing Nature, will release this summer.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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