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The Knife's Radical 'Shaking The Habitual' Is Now A Concert Film

There is no The Knife. One of the most confounding and liberating performances of 2014 included 25 dancers, musicians and crew — and no one in the audience knew who was playing what role. When The Knife took its album Shaking The Habitual on tour, the Swedish electronic duo extended that record's themes, of power dynamics and queer politics, in part by outfitting the performers in gender-neutral jumpsuits. It was like an aerobics tape from space; everyone sang, everyone danced, everyone banged on outlandishly decorated instruments (built especially for the tour). From way up on the third balco
The Atlantic
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Grizzly Bear Capture the Beauty of Connection

The inspiration for “Four Cypresses,” off Grizzly Bear’s spindly and hypnotic new album Painted Ruins, came one night when the singer Daniel Rossen returned to a Los Angeles apartment he’d been renting to find a man sleeping in his driveway. The next morning, he looked out the window and considered the thought of the man looking at the same thing as him: four cypresses in the neighbor’s yard. “The basis of the lyric, that’s where it came from—the idea of displacement, and homelessness, really,” Rossen told the podcast Song Exploder. “Trying to connect with someone else’s experience, trying to
New York Magazine
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String Theory

STAR PERFORMERS USUALLY soak up more attention than the creators of the works they play, but Nadia Sirota is an exception. For starters, she plays the viola, and famous violists are only slightly less rare than celebrity bassoonists. Second, she is genuinely invested in the success of her composer friends—and as the host and curator of Q2 Music’s Meet the Composer podcast, she deploys fresh music to lure new listeners into the wilds of classical music. At 34, Sirota is part of the new Establishment, a tight-knit generation of composers and performers who were largely educated at Princeton, Ya
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The Boss is back…

Bruce Springsteen’s much-anticipated memoir is especially intimate in his self-narrated audiobook. Written with his characteristic lyricism and honesty, it’s a memoir as much about an American rock star as about America itself.