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Music, Hear This Painted Palms: Show Preview

Painted Palms: Show Preview

Anyone who remembers beloved local synth-pop outfit Butterfly Bones better get hip to Painted Palms, and fast. Reese Donohue's new duo — a collaboration with far-flung cousin Christopher Prudhomme — takes the humid, hypnotic textures of Balearic dance and mixes…
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Music, The nimble funkistry of Janelle Monáe

The nimble funkistry of Janelle Monáe

The way Afrofuturist singer Janelle Monáe talks about balance, you'd think she was an acrobat. For example, when discussing the meaning behind her current single, "Tightrope" (featuring Big Boi), she touts the importance of avoiding emotionally detrimental extremes. Monáe says the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Acrobatic Funk

Acrobatic Funk

The way Afrofuturist singer Janelle Monáe talks about balance, you’d think she was an acrobat. For example, when discussing the meaning behind her current single, "Tightrope" (featuring Big Boi), she touts the importance of avoiding emotionally detrimental extremes. Monáe says…
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Music, Of Montreal’s tantric shape-shifting

Of Montreal’s tantric shape-shifting

Kevin Barnes is a centaur. Or, at least, he plays one for a few minutes onstage each night with his polymorphic pop sextet Of Montreal. Dressing as a partly nude stallion is just one way Barnes and his hallucinatory Athens,…
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Music, Breaking the Seal

Breaking the Seal

The most enduring albums and films allow you to identify with strong central characters. In both mediums, the narrators can gain public empathy by showing they're fallible in ways that are defiant without being standoffishly defensive. The recent releases by…
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Music, Barnes Storming

Barnes Storming

The Canadian native with the medical condition was angry, and Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes had no one to blame but himself. The girl had come out to see Barnes' band in New York, thinking she was supporting musicians from…
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