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Stream Previously Unreleased Track From the Late Great Arthur Russell, “Come to Life,” Recorded in the Late 70s, Which Is Quite Lovely [Gorilla vs. Bear]

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The National | “Runaway”

IN THE TUBE The National are a pretty sneaky band. Their sophomore album Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers is one of the best of its kind: it’s incessantly melodic and engaging and Matt Berninger’s lyrical capacities seemed, even then, to exceed the boundaries of pop music, a more effective survey of an urban and suburban [...]

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Wavves Show Disaster at Primavera Sound Festival [Pitchfork]

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From the Journal of David Byrne

TOP DOG David Byrne appeared at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, May 3 to perform tracks from the charity compilation, Dark Was The Night, a CD and concert put together to benefit AIDS fundraising group Red Hot. Byrne writes in his journal about how impressed he was with the other Dark Was The Night [...]

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Dirty Projectors On Tour – And a Casette Tape! [Stereogum]

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Various Artists | Dark Was the Night

FRESH BAKED Various Artists Dark Was the Night 2009 | 4AD A-

Dark Was the Night doesn’t quite cover all the bases – that is, it might not be the encompassing cross-section of contemporary independent music that it’s been heralded as. The majority of its participants hail from the songwriter corner, and many of the [...]

Various Artists | Dark Was the Night

FRESH BAKED Various Artists Dark Was the Night 2009 | 4AD A-

Dark Was the Night doesn’t quite cover all the bases – that is, it might not be the encompassing cross-section of contemporary independent music that it’s been heralded as. The majority of its participants hail from the songwriter corner, and many of the [...]