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Grails Prep New Album

It seems Grails have officially bridged the gap between Led Zeppelin and Ravi Shankar with Burning Off Impurities. The experimental quartet’s fourth album is a giant step ahead of its instru-metal (yes, it really is a genre) contemporaries (Explosions in the Sky, Envy), as it relies less on layers of epic, post-rock guitar, and more on whispering ambience, rhythmic guitar riffs, winding feedback, and plenty of textured delay.

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  • 04/16/2007

Boogie Heads to Tokyo

The end of 2006 saw powerHouse Books unveil It’s All Good, a collection of photographs from Brooklyn-based, Serbian-born artist Boogie. Images from that book, which collectively present a gripping exposé of street life’s underworld, now make their way to Tokyo, alongside pieces Boogie did for Japanese publication Commons&Sense.

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  • 04/16/2007

Don't Let Him Waste Your Time

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  • 04/13/2007

Bicycle Film Festival Cities Announced

No, Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) isn’t an event where a bunch of dudes with Chrome bags and rolled up jeans get wasted and talk about their obscure, $5,000 track bikes. It’s a cultural celebration of the vehicle in all its forms, whether it’s bike jousting, BMX, track, Critical Mass, or bike polo.

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  • 04/13/2007

Broken Bonanza

Is nu-jazz a beached whale? Has the tide of interesting, new, jazzy electronics from West London, Tokyo, and Munich finally been stemmed?

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  • 04/13/2007

Blonde Redhead Releases New Album, Tours

From noisy post-punk to nostalgic balladry, Blonde Redhead has set the tempo for artful indie rock. Since the early ’90s, twins Amedeo and Simone Pace, alongside vocalist Kazu Makino, have crafted introspective jams that, like Sonic Youth records (the band that “discovered” BR), have outlived the years in which they were made. One might surmise the band’s most recent effort, 23, will be no exception.

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  • 04/13/2007

11

For our 11th birthday, we were going to ask our friends for Transformers and the new Slipknot CD. Then we realized that having six artists deliver meditations on the keen symmetry of the number eleven was a much better idea. From old friends to new favorites, this sextet of American visual maestros have delivered us birthday grams that we think are even better than the pink icing on an x-rated booby cake. Look through this special portfolio, then blow out the candles and make us a wish.

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