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Music, Swedish Indiepop Crooner Jens Lekman's World of Sound

Swedish Indiepop Crooner Jens Lekman's World of Sound

Remember how everyone went crazy in 2001 for that Avalanches record Since I Left You? Critics, listeners, and Madonna loved the lush strings, whimsical samples, and good-time vibes of that band's debut. Well, Jens Lekman's new LP, Night Falls Over…
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The T-shirt, once a lowly undergarment worn by the armed forces, has come a long way, baby. Alternately a vehicle for personal politics, a billboard, or an art canvas, the T-shirt may, indeed, be the most prominant and controversial piece…
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Music, Pop Philosophy There's a Riot Goin' On

There's a Riot Goin' On

Putting the "Grr!" in grrl power At the Ladyfest Bay Area press conference several weeks back Loolwa Khazzoom explained the driving force behind her new book, Consequence: Beyond Resisting Rape, this way: "I go up to men who harass me…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Originally spawned in the fecund fields of Bloomington, Ind., Japonize Elephants From Zorlock Land of the Lost recently found its second home in the swamps of the East Bay freak scene, cozying up with fellow postmodern genre-busters such as Sleepytime…
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Music, Reviewed Nikki Sudden

Nikki Sudden

Who the fuck is Nikki Sudden? And why would a small indie label in Bloomington, Ind., nearly go bankrupt reissuing 10 of his albums from the '80s that never sold well in the first place? Unless you're eternally tuned to…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

With a sprawling body of weirdness tracing back to mid-'70s Bloomington, Ind., and the groundbreaking avant-rock ruckus of MX-80 Sound, the East Bay collective known as O-Type has no shortage of pedigree. While playing in a host of configurations such…
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Music, Second Childhood

Second Childhood

Freda Love Smith has what she calls a scheming mind, and moneymaking ideas come easily to her. "I've got a million of 'em," she laughs, referring to the plots she hatches while walking around her hometown of Bloomington, Ind. Smith's…
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