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With ‘Round-Up,’ Sufjan Stevens Goes to the Rodeo — But Not the Country

In 2007, when people were expecting Sufjan Stevens to make another modest ode to Midwestern depression, he offered up a film project inspired by one of New York City’s greatest eyesores: the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The BQEhis first work commissioned by local arts institution Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), paired footage of the outer boroughs and its raised highway with an orchestral score as dramatic as it gets, seemingly in an attempt to extract beauty from an urban monstrosity. This week, Stevens premiered a counterpoint of sorts to The BQE via his second BAM-commissioned soundtrack, Round-Up. (If The BQE is any indication, the score will be released later on down the line, too.) … Read More

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Belle and Sebastian Do ‘Conan’

Belle and Sebastian released their new album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, this week, which means they’re making the promo… Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Tarot Cards Inspired by Decemberists Lyrics

This week, The Decemberists release their seventh album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. The album, like 2011’s The King Is Dead, finds Colin Meloy toning down what came to be known as the band’s signature lyrical style throughout the ’00s: tragedies in bygone eras, from murders and drownings to rapes and blood feuds, illustrated by a ten-dollar vocabulary. Instead, Meloy focuses more on simplified folk tales, though there’s no doubt he remains a narrative songwriter whose work is deeply influenced by strife and sorrow. … Read More

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The Best (and Most Suspect) Advice From Belle and Sebastian Lyrics

Two decades into their career, Belle and Sebastian have become the closest thing indie-pop has to superstars. And it’s Stuart Murdoch’s lyrics, more than anything else, that have drawn fans to the band since the mid-’90s. Alternately humorous and darkly romantic, full of distinctive characters, and fond of such subjects as school, sex, and literature, Belle and Sebastian songs are short stories you can sing along to. They’re also frequently packed with bits of advice. Sometimes it’s sage, sometimes it’s disastrously unwise (remember, Murdoch is often writing in a voice that isn’t his own), but either way, it’s never boring. In honor of Belle and Sebastian’s new album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, here’s Flavorwire’s own commonplace book, collecting nine albums’ and countless non-album tracks’ worth of wisdom. … Read More

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Blur Frontman & Gorillaz Co-Founder Damon Albarn Is Penning an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Musical

We’ve seen our fair share of Alice in Wonderland adaptations and rode a fair share of Spinning Teacups; Lewis Carroll’s… Read More

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David Byrne to Curate a Color Guard Soundtracked by St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Kelis, and More

David Byrne’s disco musical with Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love, closed earlier this month, but unsurprisingly, he has another… Read More

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Charli XCX and Rita Ora Channel ‘Thelma and Louise’ for their ‘Doing It’ Video

Charli XCX has crashed prom, hijacked a school bus, and went full Clueless on film, but her latest video goes beyond… Read More

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25 Songs That Perfectly Capture the Female Experience

A few months back, with what we intended to be a wink, Flavorwire brought you a playlist of misandry anthems that explored some of the stronger reactions to the patriarchy through song. Of course, not every song written from the female perspective qualifies as such, or, indeed, factors in men at all. Some aim to explore what it means to be a woman in a relation to other women, be it our friends or mothers or children. Many take society’s expectations, beauty standards, and double standards to task. Through these 25 songs, we explore just a few facets of what it means to be a woman navigating the… Read More

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