Julia Holter - "Maxim's I" (stream) + Tour Dates

The blossoming, dramatic third single from Julia Holter's Loud City Song expands her former largely synthetic style in an organic, classic-sounding direction.

What Julia Holter calls the "heart" of her third record (and Domino debut) Loud City Song, third single "Maxim's I," starts in a mass of cymbals and blossoms into a fecund, organic piece of slow-moving, ever-ascending classic pop. The dramatic, six-minute song (compulsively repeatable, due in part to its Ouroboros-like structure, with those same cymbals closing the track) gives Holter space to showcase her already strong vocals in a less claustrophobic environment. The track's live instrumentation lends lines like "What of hearts, and diamonds?" a vocal pop bigness unusual to much of her older material, and the strength of her unlayered, all-but-effects-free voice shows a growing sense of artistic confidence. Here's hoping that Holter took as much care with Loud City Song's other organs as she did with its heart.


08-08 Haldern-Rees, Germany - Haldern Pop

08-09 Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel Summerfest

08-10 Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West

08-11 Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival

08-13 Ghent, Belgium - DOK

08-14 Saint Malo, France - La Route Du Rock Festival

08-16 Brecon Beacons, Wales - Green Man Festival

08-17 Skipton, England - Beacons Festival

08-20 London, England - Cecil Sharp House

09-11 Los Angeles, CA - First Unitarian Church *

09-12 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *

09-14 Portland, OR - Holocene *

09-15 Seattle, WA - Barboza *

09-16 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *

09-20 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *

09-21 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern *

09-24 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *

09-26 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *

11-12 Brighton, England - Komedia

11-13 Manchester, England - Deaf Institute

11-14 Leeds, England - Howard Assembly Hall

11-15 Liverpool, England - Leaf

11-16 Bristol, England - The Cube

11-17 Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Unitarian Church

11-19 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans

11-20 Glasgow, Scotland - CCA

* with Nedelle Torrisi

The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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