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Mistaken for Strangers

Mistaken for Strangers

David Harris April 2, 2014 0

Tom Berninger is an aspiring filmmaker who isn’t a very good filmmaker. He is also the younger brother of Matt Berninger, the very talented lead singer of the band the National. In his film

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Top 20 Albums of 2013

Top 20 Albums of 2013

Spectrum Culture Staff December 19, 2013 0

20. Julianna Barwick Nepenthe [Dead Oceans] Julianna Barwick’s Nepenthe leaves me feeling like I’ve opened a secret door, the light behind it thick and golden and twining around me. With ethereal loops and choir-strong

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Top 25 Songs of 2013

Top 25 Songs of 2013

Spectrum Culture Staff December 17, 2013 0

25. Janelle Monáe – “Dance Apocalyptic” [Bad Boy/Wondaland] On her stellar sophomore album, The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe calls in the musical royalty. The likes of Prince, Miguel, Solange, Esperanza Spalding and Erykah Badu

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Kronos Quartet/Bryce Dessner: Aheym

Kronos Quartet/Bryce Dessner: Aheym

Jacob Adams December 8, 2013 0

It’s tempting to search for connections between Bryce Dessner, guitarist and songwriter for indie-rock megastars the National, and Bryce Dessner, Yale-trained contemporary classical composer who has been influenced by the likes of Steve Reich

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Concert Review: The National

Concert Review: The National

David Harris September 29, 2013 0

(Photo: Samantha Whitehorne) It took them many years, but the National has climbed to the top of the heap of indie bands. The band has rubbed shoulders with President Obama and R.E.M. took them

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Monthly Mixtape: June 2013

Monthly Mixtape: June 2013

Spectrum Culture Staff June 27, 2013 0

Disclosure – “When a Fire Starts to Burn” (PMR) Okay, so it may just be the same hook repeated over a dozen times, but “When a Fire Starts to Burn” has spread faster globally

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The National: Trouble Will Find Me

The National: Trouble Will Find Me

Cole Waterman May 20, 2013 0

On a superficial level, the National should be relegated to cult status, critically-lauded and beloved by a core audience. Their unflinchingly honest portrayal of 21st Century malaise and despondence, social anxiety and regret should

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Five Years Later: The Best Albums of 2007!!

Five Years Later: The Best Albums of 2007!!

Spectrum Culture Staff January 2, 2013 0

Five years is an eternity in the life of a record. When coming up with this feature, the question the Spectrum Culture staff pondered was this: “How well do these albums play NOW!” Not

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List Inconsequential: Beautiful Songs About Cities

List Inconsequential: Beautiful Songs About Cities

Spectrum Culture Staff January 12, 2012 0

“New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” by LCD Soundsystem (2007) James Murphy, the brilliant sweatpants-clad schlub behind LCD Soundsystem, seemed an improbable frontman. But for 10 years, this producer and

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Five Years Later: The Best Albums of 2005!!

Five Years Later: The Best Albums of 2005!!

Spectrum Culture Staff January 5, 2011 0

Five years allows albums to mature like fine wine or be forgotten like a tasty Happy Meal. We learned this lesson last year with our Best of 2004 feature. When coming up with this

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