Mixed Media

Chairlift - "Evident Utensil" (video)

Chairlift had the unfortunate distinction of being a sales pitch for iPod's Nano last year. And although the commercial garnered them much attention it may have also created the impression of a one-hit wonder. The video for "Evident Utensil" tries to dispel these notions with some darker hues and trippy post-production. (via Pitchfork TV)


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Feb 22 2009 La Maroquinerie [w/ Women] Paris

Feb 24 2009 Koko [NME award w/ Metronomy London

Feb 25 2009 Pure Groove In-Store London

Mar 7 2009 Santos Party House New York

Mar 13 2009 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio

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Mar 16 2009 Gargoyle Club St.Louis, Missouri

Mar 17 2009 The Jackpot Saloon Lawrence, Kansas

Mar 18 2009 Opolis Norman, Oklahoma

Mar 19 2009 Red 7 Austin, Texas

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Mar 20 2009 Urban Outfitters Austin, Texas

Mar 22 2009 House Of Blues - Pontiac Garage Dallas, Texas

Mar 23 2009 Warehouse Live Houston, Texas

Mar 23 2009 Club Downunder Tallahassee, Florida

Mar 24 2009 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Mar 25 2009 House of Blues Parish New Orleans, Louisiana

Mar 27 2009 40 Watt Club Athens, Georgia

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Apr 13 2009 Chop Suey [w/ Sebastian Tellier] Seattle, Washington

Apr 15 2009 Doug Fir Lounge [w/ Sebastian Tellier] Portland, Oregon

Apr 17 2009 The Independent [w/ Sebastian Tellier] San Francisco, California

Apr 19 2009 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado

Apr 21 2009 Fine Line Music Cafe [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Minneapolis, Minnesota

Apr 22 2009 Pabst Theatre [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Apr 23 2009 Metro [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Chicago, Illinois

Apr 24 2009 Southgate House [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Newport, Kentucky

Apr 25 2009 Phoenix Theatre [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Toronto, Ontario

Apr 26 2009 Capital Music Hall [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Ottawa, Ontario

Apr 27 2009 Le National [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Montreal, Quebec

Apr 28 2009 Paradise [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Boston, Massachusetts

Apr 29 2009 Webster Hall [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] New York, New York

Apr 30 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Brooklyn, New York

May 1 2009 World Cafe [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 2 2009 9:30 Club [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Washington DC

Jun 11 2009 Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee

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If a single moment best illustrates the current divide between Americana music and mainstream country music, it was Sturgill Simpson busking in the street outside the CMA Awards in Nashville. While Simpson played his guitar and sang in a sort of renegade-outsider protest, Garth Brooks was onstage lip-syncindg his way to Entertainer of the Year. Americana music is, of course, a sprawling range of roots genres that incorporates traditional aspects of country, blues, soul, bluegrass, etc., but often represents an amalgamation or reconstitution of those styles. But one common aspect of the music that Simpson appeared to be championing during his bit of street theater is the independence, artistic purity, and authenticity at the heart of Americana music. Clearly, that spirit is alive and well in the hundreds of releases each year that could be filed under Americana's vast umbrella.

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White Hills epic '80s callback Stop Mute Defeat is a determined march against encroaching imperial darkness; their eyes boring into the shadows for danger but they're aware that blinding lights can kill and distort truth. From "Overlord's" dark stomp casting nets for totalitarian warnings to "Attack Mode", which roars in with the tribal certainty that we can survive the madness if we keep our wits, the record is a true and timely win for Dave W. and Ego Sensation. Martin Bisi and the poster band's mysterious but relevant cool make a great team and deliver one of their least psych yet most mind destroying records to date. Much like the first time you heard Joy Division or early Pigface, for example, you'll experience being startled at first before becoming addicted to the band's unique microcosm of dystopia that is simultaneously corrupting and seducing your ears. - Morgan Y. Evans

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The Best Country Music of 2017

still from Midland "Drinkin' Problem" video

There are many fine country musicians making music that is relevant and affecting in these troubled times. Here are ten of our favorites.

Year to year, country music as a genre sometimes seems to roll on without paying that much attention to what's going on in the world (with the exception of bro-country singers trying to adopt the latest hip-hop slang). That can feel like a problem in a year when 58 people are killed and 546 are injured by gun violence at a country-music concert – a public-relations issue for a genre that sees many of its stars outright celebrating the NRA. Then again, these days mainstream country stars don't seem to do all that well when they try to pivot quickly to comment on current events – take Keith Urban's muddled-at-best 2017 single "Female", as but one easy example.

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It's ironic that by injecting a shot of cynicism into this glorified soap opera, Johnson provides the most satisfying explanation yet for the significance of The Force.

Despite J.J. Abrams successfully resuscitating the Star Wars franchise with 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many fans were still left yearning for something new. It was comforting to see old familiar faces from a galaxy far, far away, but casual fans were unlikely to tolerate another greatest hits collection from a franchise already plagued by compositional overlap (to put it kindly).

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a few US shows to support the expanded reissue of their debut Fever to Tell.

Although they played a gig last year for an after-party for a Mick Rock doc, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs hadn't played a proper NYC show in four years before their Kings Theatre gig on November 7th, 2017. It was the last of only a handful of gigs, and the only one on the East coast.

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