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10 Acts to Watch at Sziget Festival

With another grandiose edition of the legendary Sziget festival about to begin, we draw your attention to the acts you shouldn't miss this year, here or anywhere else globally.

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Making a Sene: The Rise of Brian Marc

Brian Marc, AKA Sene, manages a minimal but heavy discipline of turntablist groove; his dream-washed music appropriates the rhythms of a casual stroll through city streets.

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Yeasayer: Amen & Goodbye

Yeasayer throw everything into the mix, resulting in a beautiful, trippy, mind-blowing album with smart, catchy songwriting.

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Parquet Courts: Human Performance

The Brooklyn quartet's latest album is incredibly broad in its sonic palette and focused in its approach.

Film

'Brooklyn' Is a Story of Cultural Purgatory

Rarely do immigration dramas deal with the trouble of re-assimilating back to one's homeland.

Music

B Boys: No Worry No Mind

B Boys draw from the patron saints of punk and come up with a raucous debut EP.

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Protomartyr + Priests + Beach Creeps: Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Agent Intellect has elevated Protomartyr from great band from Detroit to a national treasure from Detroit. Go see them live. Go pick up a record, so you can tell your friends you knew them when.

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Hailey Wojcik - "Dog V. Man" (video) (premiere)

Hailey Wojcik has a knack for zeroing in on moments in a relationship, reducing them to their cores, then brutally analyzing their flaws.

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Roman à Clef: Abandonware

Roman à Clef quietly charms and shatters with this evocative debut album.

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Ratatat: Magnifique

Five years after Ratatat's bloated experimental effort LP4, the Brooklyn duo have are back with the more focused and accessible Magnifique, which finds them returning to a guitar-centric approach.

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Matt Pond PA: The State of Gold

The State of Gold fulfills the dark mandate of the adult alternative genre, encouraging listeners to consider the virtue of all things beige.

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Rubblebucket: Survival Sounds

The Brooklyn-based indie pop band manages to make a spirited fourth album without straying too far from formula, even when they should be busting out of it.

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Hunters: Hunters

Hunters' paradigm of noise-punk layered with melodic hooks is a common enough model, but Hunters pursue some sideways diversions on the grime-ridden path.

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Pearl Jam: 18 October 2013 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (Photos)

Twenty-three years in, Pearl Jam may no longer be grunge. They may no longer be young. But the band took the Barclays Center by storm and sold out two nights.

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Phoenix: 2 October 2013 - New York (Photos)

Phoenix's performance at the Barclays Center can best be described as an epic event for fans, with the lead singer visiting the floor and inviting the crowd onto the stage.

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It's David vs Goliath in 'Battle for Brooklyn'

The ghost of "master builder" Robert Moses looms over this film.

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Spike Lee Continues His Chronicles of Brooklyn in 'Red Hook Summer'

This is the magnificent Clarke Peters' first go-round with Spike Lee, and fans of The Wire or Treme shouldn't miss it.

Music

Sharon Van Etten: Demos

In Tramp Van Etten found the sort of catharsis that only rock music can afford. These early recordings show her thoughts not yet turned to scorn, and with their own fascinting privacy.

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On the Road, with Child: 'Nine Months'

Paula Bomer takes Brooklyn's sanctimonious Scared Mommy Culture head-on with bluntly brave, often hilarious writing.

Music

The Antlers: Undersea

The Antlers dive into new, but not unfamiliar, waters on this worthy concept EP.

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Maya Solovey: Forte

The Brooklyn-based songwriter pulls back from the international scope of her previous work to make an "American"-sounding EP, with the big sound, melodrama and lack of subtlety that might imply.

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Elika: Always the Light

Glitchy loops and droning organs make for a surprisingly moving electronic elegy on Brooklyn duo's latest

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Kid Savant: Drop It on the Stereo

Promising EP from a band that's at its best when it doesn't try too hard.

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The Bandana Splits: Mr. Sam Presents the Bandana Splits

In many ways, the last few years have been defined by pop-culture throwbacks. Now Brooklyn’s Bandana Splits arrive to provide their spin on 50s and 60s bubblegum pop and doo-wop. The result is a respectable diversion, reviving, but not innovating, the genre.

Jonathan Sanders
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The Sweetheart Sisters: Looking for a Fight

Those songs are meant to have an edge. Do Brooklynites really not understand the meaning of "snarky"?

Music

Brooklyn Singer-Songwriter Argyle Johansen Showcases Psychedelic Folk

Like a cross between Vandaveer, the Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens, Brooklyn songwriter Argyle Johansen [a.k.a. John F. Wentz] hammers his way into your ears with the multi-layered textures from Inner Demo(n)s, his latest album.

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Hysterical

The folkloric Brooklyn band of indie rock fame return almost five years later with their third and most cohesive LP.

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Gabriel Miller Phillips: One for the Crow

Lackluster compared to other indie releases coming straight out of Brooklyn.

Philip Majorins
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Oneida: Absolute II

Those curious about mood music that upends one's emotions rather than calming them down may welcome this shambling trip into interstellar breakdown, rather than overdrive.

Events

Syl Johnson: 24 June 2011 - Brooklyn

Seventy-four years young, Syl Johnson is as dynamic a performer as ever.

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Talib Kweli: 21 June 2011 - Brooklyn

A chilled out, inaugural summer evening in the park was led by Talib Kweli.

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Gentrification and Its Discontents in 'The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn'

As opposed to many studies of postmodern urban redevelopment, Suleiman Osman finds that gentrification in postwar Brooklyn wasn't the work of a cabal of bankers, real estate speculators, and government bureaucrats after all.

Music

The So So Glos: Low Back Chain Shift EP

Brooklyn's DIY/indie/punk kingpins aim for both sides of the Atlantic on this scrappy EP.

Film

Que Pasa, New York?

How do artists get their work done in other cities of the world? Where is it viable to live? It's probably silly to begin our investigation in New York. Just 30 years ago, New York was still opening its arms to the tired, poor, huddled masses of creatives. But now?

Music

Rubblebucket: Triangular Daisies EP

The diversity of material here offers a widescreen view of what Rubblebucket is capable of.

Music

Woodsy Pride: Woodsy Pride

On this strong EP Brooklyn's Woodsy Pride delivers a haunting and deeply American music.

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'Carmelo's Way': All Spark and No Substance

This is a very brief look at a conflicted, but ultimately successful persona; one that fails to find any negatives in its subject, unless by accident.


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