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Austra: Playing on Prefix

Posted May 16, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 3,195 views]
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Playing on Prefix is a feature on KCRW’s Music Blog in which writers from the eclectic music site Prefix hip you to what’s coming out of their computer speakers each week
There’s been no shortage of big-voiced women re-crafting new wave as something new and vital in recent years—Florence & The Machine, Zola Jesus, Fever Ray, et. Al.  Austra, the band led by …

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Craft Spells: Playing on Prefix

Posted May 11, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 3,313 views]
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Playing on Prefix is a feature on KCRW’s Music Blog in which writers from the eclectic music site Prefix hip you to what’s coming out of their computer speakers each week
Wish you had a Wild Nothing-like band you could play at parties, and tired of all your old New Order records?
Craft Spells have got you covered. They play the kind of dance pop …

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Wu Lyf: Playing on Prefix

Posted April 14, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 4,996 views]

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The members of the U.K.’s Wu Lyf leave themselves wide open to the Lady Gaga Criticism: that their music — though great — is nowhere near as radical as the image they’ve …

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Mind Spiders: Playing on Prefix

Posted April 5, 2011 by | 2 Comments | 3,346 views]

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The last band I wrote about for Playing on Prefix was the Parting Gifts and, at the risk of painting myself into a garage-rock corner, this time around I’m waxing (somewhat) poetic about Mind …

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SXSW Preview: James Blake (Playing on Prefix)

Posted March 15, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 2,912 views]

(Our regular blog readers will know that KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez already wrote a post on this artist earlier this year, but it never hurts to have a second perspective. Especially on an artist with so much buzz! )

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Automelodi + Plastic Flowers: Playing on Prefix

Posted February 23, 2011 by | 9 Comments | 5,475 views]

Playing on Prefix is a feature on KCRW’s Music Blog in which writers from the eclectic music site Prefix hip you to what’s coming out of their computer speakers each week.
Much has been made of a late-’00s goth revival, and in their typical cringeworthy fashion, Internet hype artists coined the term “grave wave” to describe the indie world’s recent influx of doom and …

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Young Widows: Playing on Prefix

Posted February 10, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 5,259 views]

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Since signing with Temporary Residence in 2008, Louisville’s Young Widows have been on a creative spree, releasing a full-length album (Old Wounds) and a four-volume split-7-inch series that found them paired with Bonnie “Prince” …

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Braids: Playing on Prefix

Posted January 5, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 5,677 views]

Playing on Prefix is a feature on KCRW’s Music Blog in which writers from the eclectic music site Prefix hip you to what’s coming out of their computer speakers each week.

There’s no shortage of adjectives to describe Braids’ sonic experimentalism. Awe-inspiring. Swirling. Enchanting. Floating. Unique.
Whatever your choice, it’s hard to deny the charms of the band’s debut single, “Lemonade.”

Sprawling, bewitching, endlessly engrossing, …

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Young Man: Playing on Prefix

Posted December 14, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 4,007 views]

Some critics have chided Chicago bedroom-pop musician Colin Caulfield, a.k.a. Young Man for replicating Panda Bear without adding his own aesthetic twist. That opinion seems unmerited, not just because some of his colleagues are doing similar things and receiving substantial plaudits, but also considering his musical output thus far and his capacity for growth. This becomes most apparent when listening to “Strangers,” which Caufield, …

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Yuck: Playing on Prefix

Posted December 1, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 4,223 views]

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A conversation about Yuck can easily devolve into a game of spot-the-’90s-influence. (“Sunday” sounds just like those early Velocity Girl singles! “Georgia” is like My Bloody Valentine minus the artsiness plus Dinosaur Jr. minus …

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