Purity Ring on producing distinctive pop music

To someone who knows nothing about Canadian geography, the fact that Purity Ring began work for the basis of their critically acclaimed debut Shrines while split between Halifax and Montreal might not seem all that striking. But the duo’s partnership was a tale of two cities almost one thousand miles
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Rap City: Rock the Bells 2012

Black Hippy Dickies. Bucket hats. Carson, CA tees. Gold chains and a small flat top. Black Hippy was in the amphitheatre. The group came out one at a time, essentially in the (ascending) order that most would rank each MC. The audience members loved Jay Rock’s homegrown anthems. Ab-Soul was
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Divine Fits: A Thing Called Divine Fits

A Thing Called Divine Fits is no ordinary debut — these guys have been around the block a few times. Divine Fits combines the forces of Spoon mastermind Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs founding member Dan Boeckner, and New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown. The band oozes confidence,
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Swans: The Seer

Describing The Seer is an exquisite challenge. Swans’ follow-up to 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky is primal. It’s as if the entire course of human history was recorded, the epochs at once discordant and harmonious with one another, the sounds of industry crashing
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French film on friends and fibbing disappoints

Many of us are envious of the French habit of taking five week long vacations. Fortunately, Guillaume Canet’s “Little White Lies,” will not only make you grateful of your two-week express holiday, it will give you a new appreciation the American  glut of Chevy Chase inspired vacation-themed movies. It’s no
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Goin’ Off: Brewin’ it right

Three is the magic number. And somewhere in this hip-hop soul community was born three: Serk Spliffton, Ray Wright and Manu Li — Warm Brew. Despite the reference, Warm Brew aren’t exactly part of the De La lineage. They find themselves direct descendants of West Coast icons like Snoop, Quik, $hort
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BAM showcases urban artist Barry McGee

There’s probably no place, besides the city streets, more appropriate for a Barry McGee showcase than the Berkeley Art Museum. With its towering concrete levels and labyrinthine structure, BAM is impressive, flexible and ultimately urban in its aesthetic. Coincidentally, San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee’s work embodies all those characteristics and,
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De Young features early Chuck Close prints

“Keith” is nearly four feet by three feet in dimension, a black and white portrait print. The mouth seems almost faded, a rectangle of blanching discernible amid the gray monochrome of the face. He is unsmiling, and his eyes look at something in the distance, the reflection off the top
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Misako Inaoka show meshes nature and design

Misako Inaoka’s critters have populated the Bay Area art scene for a decade. A native of Japan and a graduate of both the Rhode Island School of Design and Mills College in Oakland, Inaoka has become known as a master of mashups. Using random odds and ends, the artist focuses
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