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  • SXSW Postscript: Soul Survives

    March 28, 2014
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    SXSW Postscript: Soul Survives

    In the wake of the Dap-Tones’ triumphs with both Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, not to mention the related success by Adele, Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc and Joss Stone, the retro-soul movement has gathered considerable momentum. So it was no surprise to encounter plenty of old-school R&B artists—both young and old—at this year’s South...
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  • “Pumpkin Dance” + Future Islands = Best new version of The Herring

    March 28, 2014
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    “Pumpkin Dance” + Future Islands = Best new version of The Herring

    As you’ve probably read here and elsewhere, Future Islands’ performance on Letterman became something of an internet sensation, spawning .gifs of frontman Samuel T. Herring’s hip-swiveling dance moves, which came to be known as “The Herring” on Pitchfork and other places, and gaining the Baltimore synth-pop band a legion of new fans. Below, we...
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  • Walter Murch on Malaparte and the Multiverse

    March 24, 2014
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    Walter Murch on Malaparte and the Multiverse

    Walter Murch is a living legend. Lawrence Weschler (who speaks at UMBC tomorrow) calls him “the smartest man in America.” Murch is responsible for the sound design or film editing on iconic films ranging from this year’s Particle Fever back to The English Patient, Star Wars, The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now, where he discovered...
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  • Interview with Ariel Gore

    March 20, 2014
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    Interview with Ariel Gore

    Ariel Gore, unconventional matriarch, Gen-X trailblazer, and the author of eight books (including Hip Mama’s Guide to Raising a Teenager, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, and Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City, winner of the 2010 LAMBDA Literary Award), returns to Atomic Books with The End of Eve, a memoir...
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  • CP at SXSW: San Fermin blend contemporary art music and Brooklyn indie-rock

    March 17, 2014
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    CP at SXSW: San Fermin blend contemporary art music and Brooklyn indie-rock

    The South by Southwest Music Conference does a pretty good job of incorporating other genres into its rockcentric extravaganza; in recent years hip-hop and worldbeat especially have become major presences. But the conference has never quite known what to do with jazz. They always showcase a few jazz shows at the Elephant Room, but...
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  • Video Americain sale extended to March 21, possibly later

    March 17, 2014
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    Video Americain sale extended to March 21, possibly later

    The Roland Park location of Video Americain, the beloved video store with a deep collection that inspired both customers and clerks to learn more about film (read our oral history from this week’s paper), has extended the sale of its remaining stock until March 21. Initially, owners Barry and Annie Solan were going to...
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  • CP at SXSW: Tinariwen brings west African campfire to Austin

    March 17, 2014
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    CP at SXSW: Tinariwen brings west African campfire to Austin

    A lot of bands at South by Southwest go to great lengths to appear strange and exotic. The great Malian band Tinariwen outdid them all without even trying. Tinariwen launched the desert-rock movement by electrifying the Tuareg tribe’s traditional folk music in the 1980s and by reaching out to European audiences with recordings and...
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  • That time the liquor board chairman quoted the Smiths

    March 14, 2014
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    That time the liquor board chairman quoted the Smiths

    Politicians and public officials often try to co-opt songs and pop culture references when they’re on the campaign trail. It makes them “relatable” or something. It’s rarer to see a public official cite lyrics when referencing a matter of the law; rarer still is a public official using the lyrics of a band as...
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  • What does it mean to be American? One photographer, in town this weekend, aims to find out

    March 14, 2014
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    What does it mean to be American? One photographer, in town this weekend, aims to find out

    Before I had the chance to ask Shelia Pree Bright a question, she had one for me: “What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century?” That’s what the Atlanta-based photographer is asking people interested in being photographed with the flag of the United States of America for her current project...
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  • SXSW: The Case Against 8

    March 12, 2014
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    SXSW: The Case Against 8

    One of the best films at last year’s South by Southwest Conference was Good Ol’ Freda, the story of the Beatles’ secretary Freda Kelly. Ryan White directed that film, at the behest of his aunt, the movie’s Catonsville producer Kathy McCabe, during a lull in the making of another picture. That film, The Case...
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