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The Auris Apothecary Label Has the "Very Real Desire to Destroy Everything"

An island of blue in a swallowing sea of red, Monroe County is one of Indiana’s few liberal outposts, thanks particularly to the control of Bloomington, a laid-back college town of a little more than 80,000. 2,213 more words

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How Far Out Brought Brazilian Sounds to Britain

“I’ll never forget. I know the date: it was December 12, 1993,” recalled Joyce Moreno, in a 2009 interview. The singer-songwriter, a living legend in her native Brazil, was already a musical veteran and a substantial success at home. 1,714 more words

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A Guide to Drag City's Essential Releases

Of the many labels that spurred the indie rock (philosophy, not brand) heyday of the early ‘90s, few have stuck to their guns as thoroughly as… 955 more words

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How the PNKSLM Label is Keeping Sweden Weird

It’s 1am on a hot summer night, and the site of Stockholm, Sweden label PNKSLM’s second birthday party is quickly devolving into chaos. Midway through a set by local psych tearaways… 795 more words

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An ESP-Disk' Primer

There’s a motto on the cover of every ESP-Disk’ album: “The artists alone decide what you will hear on their ESP-Disk’.” Coming from most record companies, that might sound dubious. 1,415 more words

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How Death Records is Helping Preserve the Bay Area Underground

In the late 2000s, a band called Girls went from playing tiny shows at now defunct DIY spaces in San Francisco to headlining festivals in what felt like the blink of an eye, spearheading the meteoric rise of a scene that was home to likeminded artists like… 850 more words

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RPM Records: The Voices of Indigenous Visibility and Resurgence

“It began as a way to celebrate the creativity coming from the community,” says Jarrett Martineau, a Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), Dene Suline artist-scholar, media-maker and storyteller from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta, Canada. 893 more words

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