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PHOTOGRAPHY: Zach Gross  It was 2009 when Kurt Vile played Northside Festival in not one, but two shows—marking the end of his tenure in The War on Drugs and the start of his solo career. Several years later, in 2014, Courtney Barnett played Northside, too. Now, in 2017, the two have joined forces and left Brooklyn. I followed suit.   On October 13, Vile and Barnett released the album Lotta Sea Lice, a generally lauded collection...
“A dud article from Breitbart reaches more people than all the books we've talked about combined,” lamented LA Kauffman, gesturing to the dozens of pulp-and-spine texts recommended to the audience at the morning panel of Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival. Kauffman unearthed the slinking undercurrent of the day: What do books matter in the age of fake news and impending fascism? It was hardly an auspicious opening to the festival's eleventh annual celebration of the vital...
The History of a Boroughscape — Brooklyn’s architecture has been reactive to the seismic cultural and political shifts of the changing times, from the rapidly modernizing post-industrial landscape of the early-to-mid 20th century all the way to present day issues with gentrification affecting cultural visibility in an increasing number of neighborhoods. This history is profoundly expressed in the photography on display in BRIC’s new “Brooklyn Photographs” exhibition, a collection of works from eleven photographers...
Summertearz — Swedish electronic-pop band Little Dragon have been active since 1996, performing while its three founding members were still in high school no less. They eventually took their bouncy, modal beats in a darker direction, constructing cavernous, driving tracks that carry the soft, idiosyncratic lilt of lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano’s yearning lyrics away into the lightly distorted digital ether that awaits the end of most songs. While they’ve gradually rose in popularity since...

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