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On the cover of the latest Liars record, TFCF, Angus Andrew sits alone in a wedding dress, looking like he left himself at the altar, and just in the nick of time. The sort of silly, semi-sinister image makes fine thematic sense. It fronts the first record in the band’s 17-year art-pop career made without the help of founding member Aaron Hemphill, or anyone other than Angus. Wanderlust—sonic, geographic, personal—has come to define Andrew’s...
Tredici Bacci band-leader Simon Hanes doesn’t make things easy for himself. His earliest musical effort, a fourth-grade cello class, ended in pain and sadness. “One time a kid stuck his bow up my nose, and it bled profusely,” he says. “Fun fact.”  He grew up aspiring to be “a composer with a Capital C writing obtuse, difficult music for musicians to play,” but aimed to get there via teenage garage bands that didn’t much...
We learned this afternoon that beloved, classy-ass Greenpoint piano bar The Manhattan Inn would soon close, and sighed another in the series of long sighs reserved for press releases about our favorite things abruptly dying.
Today, we were treated to the long-awaited return of a beloved cult figure in modern pop. Finally, with her new band Exploded View, Anika has risen! (Wait, did something else happen too?) To date, Berlin via Britain singer Annika Henderson has been a fringe figure, with a small output and a mysterious air. Portishead’s Geoff Barrow produced her 2011 debut Anika with his sideband BEAK> providing instrumental backing. The record, a set of downcast...

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