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PHOTOS: Tennis Shoes Live at Empty Bottle 12.10.14

The Empty Bottle this past Wednesday opened house to a vibrant community of local hip hop enthusiasts. J.A. Grimms & Blacknight, Solarfive, and David Ashley (of Chi collective Jody) brought their energy to the small, cool-lit stage of Western Avenue’s coziest dive venue. Fans caught and drove the night, jumping in squads of ecstasy and supporting their … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 12.11: Hero Hop

There’s a grey mist in the air that tends to clear up if you raise your arms and dance on through it. Give us something to vibe to and we’ll give you someone to believe in. These beats are on a mission to bridge the space between anger and retaliation, fortuitously compiling anthems of underground power for … Continue reading

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Selerac- Automated Weather Information

Selerac creates a gorgeous blend of serenity on Automated Weather Information, its second release on UK electronic label City by Night Records. Reminding us of the wild beauty brought forth 14 years ago by furiously sleeping green duo The Books, Selerac also feels the weight of expression hard, picking up sky trails left by post-rock heros Sigur Ros and … Continue reading

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thestand4rd feat. Psymun, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, Allan Kingdom

“I got some simple needs/Floatin’ through these symphonies/Flirtin’ through these symphonies/Broken by these symphonies/Broken by these simple needs” thestand4ard is a remarkable example of scattered talents finding and embracing each other, audible proof that we can design the stars to align when connections are noticed and committedly pursued. The four players- all from St. Paul, MN … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 10.31: Nosferatu

Like nightmares on vinyl or spinning screams on cassette, sinister circles on backs or a foggy full moon hanging above, something murky finds a place to hide just out of reach from our minuscule sensory scan. From tones that rattle the bones to scars that escape our memory, life is scary and life is elusive, … Continue reading

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Persian Empire- Mongo Maracuja

Persian Empire is Sam Khatam, a young German producer who builds harmonic compositions with home recordings, edited samples, synths, deep bass beats and manipulated vocals. His sounds lend familiarity to the elegant electronic complexion of producers like N’to, Son Lux and Jai Paul, but his rhythms and cuts paint a unique tint for that fresh audio … Continue reading

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للشعب – For The People (Music For Syrian and Iraqi Refugees)

The music industry, much like a boy lost in a new neighborhood or a band of laid off, vacationing businessmen, is evolving in real time- reaching with keener senses in the dark for any and all opportunities to find a positive way, reiterate relevance, and generate income in new and unknown territories. Free digital file … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 10.3: Lacy Haze

Crooked, cracked out charm, whiny creaks in doors and those gaseous melodies festering through — this is how we feel when we wake with smokey mouths and silently revel in the fragrant and peculiar pleasures of last night.  How many crashing thunders of bass and tips of tempo defiance can a woman take before her … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 9.16: Burning Time

You saturate my mind you divine thrust you blue-eyed guide to my level up you place to step in and stay for a while. Timelessly, effortlessly walking through spaces that only ever exist right now with knots grown from sleepy, bent up nerves. Vow for immediacy, forever and never again, for sucking the colors and mood … Continue reading

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DJ Shadow- Liquid Amber

Liquid Amber, DJ Shadow’s gluminous new EP, is the first public introduction to his new record label of the same name, and his first musical delivery since 2011’s The Less You Know, The Better. Conquering the industrial slant of future bass with chemical soundplay and a reputable minor melody- designed to keep feelings real and hook chins … Continue reading

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