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Nov 09, 2011 Live Slow Club

Let’s get one thing straight—Slow Club is not twee.

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Nov 07, 2011 Live Still Corners

It was nearly midnight when Still Corners took the stage at The Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. While perhaps cliché to note, it was a fitting hour for the bewitching quartet to perform.

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Nov 02, 2011 Live Lydia Loveless

While 21-year-old Lydia Loveless introduces the last song of her set, the title track of her 2010 debut album, The Only Man, she says matter-of-factly, “It’s about shooting your dad in the face.” She’s not kidding; that’s indeed what the song is about.

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Nov 01, 2011 Live CMJ 2011

CMJ 2011 took over various New York City venues in mid-October. Most New Yorkers probably didn’t notice, but it was a big deal to those in the indie music industry. Over the five days we witnessed a mixed bag of sets, with one of the clear standouts being Canadian duo Purity Ring. Other highlights included Zambri, Inc., EMA, and all the bands that played Under the Radar‘s CMJ party (including The Stepkids, Chad Valley, Still Corners, and others).

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Oct 30, 2011 Live Trentemøller

The action at Thursday night’s show at The Henry Fonda in Los Angeles all led up to one single, near-indisputable truth: Anders Trentemøller is a badass.

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Oct 25, 2011 Live Purity Ring CMJ - Day Four - October 21, 2011 - Part One CMJ - Day Five - October 22, 2011 CMJ CMJ 2011 Kid Savant Radiation City

While I was only able to attend the last two days of this year’s CMJ Marathon in New York City, it’s fair to say that the east coast event is a very different kind of beast in comparison to the whirlwind of its much bigger brother in Austin’s South by Southwest.

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Oct 17, 2011 Live Fleet Foxes

The Louisville Palace is covered with ornate sculpture, and when you look up at the ceiling, you are immersed in a replica of the night sky, glowing stars shining down on the crowd. Yet when Fleet Foxes took the stage, their three- and four-part harmonies danced through their performance like rays of sunshine.

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Oct 06, 2011 Live Peter Hook and the Light

It’s pretty obvious that Peter Hook of Joy Division (and New Order) is cashing in on the immortality of his former group by performing songs from their only two albums, Closer and Unknown Pleasures. In witnessing the emotional multi-aged crowds at either of the nights he performed in Los Angeles—a select number of which are following him on tour—it’s clear that few of the fans there cared if avarice was part of the motivation.

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Oct 02, 2011 Live Elbow

I’d like to nominate Elbow’s Guy Garvey as the most charming man in rock. Really. How many artists do you honestly believe when they thank you for coming? When they ask an audience how they’re doing? Or call a stadium full of people “friends?” Chalk it up to waiting ten years to release their first record. Chalk it up to his being the kind of personality that thrives in the spotlight. Or…chalk it up to the fact that Elbow happens to be a band of gentlemen in the truest sense of the word. Your choice.

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