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Guido Baselgia’s desert portraits

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By Ari Stein in New Photography on Thursday 1 May 2008

With his surreal looking desert portraits, Guido Baselgia is really pushing the boundaries. What looks like landscapes and images taken from a Mars Rover are really salt lakes and black and white horizons set somewhere between Bolivia and Chile.

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Gregory Crewdson’s Beneath The Roses

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By Ari Stein in New Photography on Friday 25 April 2008

As a teenager, Gregory Crewdson was part of a punk rock group called The Speedies, Park Slope rockers that hit the New York scene in the early 80s.

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Julian Perretta

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By Ari Stein in Video on Tuesday 1 April 2008

You heard it here first. Singer-songwriter Julian Perretta might just become the most exciting new artist of 2008.

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The brilliance of M83

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Sunday 30 March 2008

Brilliance can be handed down in many ways — through your voice, your hands, your mind. One individual that possesses it in many ways is young French musician, M83.

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Thao with the Get Down Stay Down

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Wednesday 26 March 2008

Like a breath of fresh air, Thao Nguyen is a totally independent voice from San Francisco. With a dash of Modest Mouse, a splash of Feist and an eye for the quirkier side of life.

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SXSW: bands to watch

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Saturday 22 March 2008

So here are my picks of acts to watch in 2008 from this year’s SXSW — Jeremy Jay: New K records signing. Sounds like The Microphones meets Buddy Holly; David Banner: political effusive Hip Hop from the heart; Iglu & Hartley: the next buzz band. Epic new wave pop from Hollywood; The Dodos [above]: the most talked about band at SXSW. Everyone wants a piece of this ethnocentric psych band.

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SXSW: a report from the frontline

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By Ari Stein in New Events, New Music on Saturday 22 March 2008

So I just got back from SXSW, and what a blast! SXSW is one of the most hectic, insane three day parties your kidneys could ever endure. It’s so messed up that even the most messed people up think it’s messed up!

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Lord T and Eloise

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Friday 29 February 2008

It goes without saying that Hip Hop has taken a few very low hits in the past decade. Thanks to the likes of 50 Cent and company, it accounts for around 40% of all music sold in America. It’s a huge industry. So where does that leave Hip Hop artists doing something a bit different? […]

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William Fitzsimmons

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Friday 29 February 2008

His name echoes those of colonels and soldiers who fought in the American civil war. But far from that, William Fitzsimmons is actually an obscure songwriter from Jackson, Illinois.

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The Count and Sinden

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Thursday 28 February 2008

For a garage-tech group to sign to the premier indie label, Domino, something is definitely going on.

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Kitty Daisy and Lewis

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Saturday 16 February 2008

No need for time machines anymore. Just head over to the MySpace page of the hottest band in London right now, Kitty Daisy and Lewis. Like flippin’ burgers or waiting tables at any Southern diner, you’ll find yourself instantly transported across several time zones. This band are rockabilly to the hip and uber cool from […]

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There Will Be Blood

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By Ari Stein in New Film on Friday 15 February 2008

I checked out the prestigious Berlinale the other day, which is the moniker for the Berlin Film Festival. Besides being an awesome festival, filled with A-listers — Madonna and Scarlett Johanson, amongst others — I had the chance to see P.T. Anderson’s new film, There Will Be Blood, starring the genius actor, Daniel Day Lewis. […]

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White Shoes & The Couples Company

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Saturday 9 February 2008

The coolest band in Indonesia? I think so. White Shoes & The Couples Company describe themselves as a small band that is ‘influenced by Indonesian movie soundtracks from the 70s and inspired by the acoustic spirit of 1930′s classic jazz musicians’. But I like to think of them as carrying the torch for artists like […]

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Album review: Black Keys — Attack & Release

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Wednesday 6 February 2008

I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of a copy of the new Black Keys album — Attack & Release — produced by Dangermouse. It’s not a huge step up from their previous work, but it’s certainly got buckets of soulful integrity that you just don’t hear on many records these days. After reading the […]

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Interview with Susanne Sundfør

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Saturday 2 February 2008

We featured singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør on Lost At E Minor last week. We followed up with her to get the secret on her wonderful singing voice: ‘Thank you! I’ve always loved to sing. When I was a little girl I would imitate big divas such as Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. At some point in […]

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