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It’s nearly impossible to find a Scott Devendorf interview where his glasses aren’t mentioned. The National’s bassist—also a member of LNZNDRF and collaborator on Grateful Dead charity tribute album Day of the Dead—always wears orange aviators. But why? He laughs when asked. “I’ve been wearing them for years,” Devendorf says. “They’re sunglasses that faded.” Though the glasses aren’t “a good way to judge color of anything,” they’re nearly inextricable from his look—try to find...
Most people are probably not aware of the record labels behind their favorite albums. That’s as it should be, according to 4AD label head, Simon Halliday. “I think of us as being an invisible partner. That’s where we should be, you know, behind the scenes and just helping artists along,” he says. Whether you’ve heard of 4AD or not, you likely listened to an album released by the UK-based label. The 80s were 4AD’s heyday,...
On YouTube, there’s a fake tourism video for Cleveland that boasts, “Our main export is crippling depression!” While that might feel less true in light of the recent NBA Championship victory for the Cavs, there’s a certain defeatist stench that’s hard to wash off when you’re from Ohio. I know, because I’m from there. I grew up in a suburb about thirty miles east of the “Mistake by the Lake,” as it was lovingly...
Okay so, while day one of Panorama had a rocky start, it eventually transitioned into something magical and moving by the end of the day. Day two, conversely, was great right from the beginning. Sometimes it just takes a day or so for a new event to get its bearings, and that seemed to be the case for this festival. Though Saturday was also much better attendance-wise, it's still pretty clear that Panorama was...

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