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Revolution from Below: Tim Mohr's 'Burning Down the Haus'

There's almost a nostalgia in Mohr's book for simpler times, when tyranny was orderly and bureaucratic and when antagonists and their tools of oppression were clearly defined.

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Exploded View: Exploded View

Exploded View's debut contains a ghostly sound that manages to whisk listeners into an illusion.

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The City as Autobiography in Darryl Pinckney’s Black Deutschland

Leaping from one fragmented city to the next, Pinckney’s narrator uses history to simultaneously define and obscure himself.

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London's Denovali Festival Kicks Off April 15th

The fourth edition of the experimental music festival will take place in London in mid-April.

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Kadavar: Berlin

Blistering with raw energy and rejuvenating power, Kadavar's newest release stands as one of the best rock releases of 2015, as well as a spark of life for the genre.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 1: 100 - 81

The best punk, post-punk, new wave, college rock, underground, modern rock, goth, industrial, new romantic, ska, power pop, hardcore, and indie rock of the '80s.

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David Bowie's Affective Relationship With the Remarkable, Schizophrenic City of Berlin

Tobias Rüther’s exploration of Bowie’s artistic and personal development in mid-'70s Berlin offers few cogent insights and a confusing timeline of an artist in a city.

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Kangding Ray: Solens Arc

More human than human.

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Modernity, Rising: 'Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator'

Lifted is an absorbing exploration into how the introduction of elevators into buildings transformed cities and the experience of living and working in them.

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Current Value: Stay on This Planet

Berlin based drum and bass artist Tim Eliot (aka Current Value) returns with his seventh solo studio album Stay on This Planet for home city label “Subsistenz” – his second album for the label that is owned and ran by his ‘Machine Code’ production partner Dean Rodell.

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House of Black Lanterns: You, Me, Metropolis

House of Black Lanterns' latest release, You, Me, Metropolis, his third for the nascent Houndstooth Label, sees the Berlin-based producer/sound designer bringing together his twisted re-interpretations of Chicago juke and footwork with stellar remix work from UK legends _Unsubscribe_ and Breakage.

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'Mudhoney: Live in Berlin 1988' Is a Powerful, Snotty Show

Here was a sound that was far removed from anything remotely popular. Yet the still new Mudhoney got an all-expenses-paid trip to Berlin, to represent Sub Pop records at the Independence Days '88 showcase. And someone thought to film it.

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Coming Home: An Interview with 'My Berlin Kitchen's Luisa Weiss

Blogger and author Luisa Weiss reassure us that "Most of the time, you can sort of salvage a screwy meal and make it taste good nevertheless."

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A Slice of Berlin in Los Angeles

Time takes away the meaning of an object. But then again, it also imbues an object, such as fragments of the Berlin Wall, with another.

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Various Artists: City Sounds Step 1 - Berlin

With 71 tracks across six discs, this compilation seeks to summarize Berlin's diverse post-70s music scene -- but its priorities are perhaps misplaced.

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Christian Marclay: Graffiti Composition

Guitar/electronic expressions from many Berlin walls by a radical pioneer.

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Utopie in Berlin: An Interview with Ellen Allien

Ellen Allien, the longtime German electronica producer who has spent much of her career DJing to packed clubs in Berlin and around the world, talks to PopMatters about her latest album, crazy politicians and the status quo of dance music today.

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Ellen Allien: Dust

The techno-queen of Berlin returns with a record that showcases her penchant for pop.

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Passing Strange

A melding of serious drama, sarcastic humor, and brash power pop attitude, this marks a watershed moment in the life of a musical adventurer who has yet to bask in the spotlight.

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Berlin gets a second chance to impress

“I never met a hero I didn’t like. But then, I never met a hero. But then, maybe I wasn’t looking for one.” -- Lester Bands on Lou Reed.

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Chica and the Folder: Under the Balcony

Chica and the Folder is a kind of new wave electronic boniness warmed over and fleshed out with the kidneys and blood of South America.

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Berlin: Live: Sacred and Profane

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