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The Flavorpill Mixtape XXVIII: Kid Cudi, Francis and the Lights, Morning Benders

Of course, your weekly mixtape consists of June’s obligatory summer jams. But this time, we’re also including some low-key tracks you can listen to inside and enjoy the underappreciated wonders of air conditioning. These ten tracks, featuring the latest from the Morning Benders, Francis and the Lights, Tanlines, and more, will help get your mind off that shirt sticking to your back. After the jump, Right Click + Save As to download the songs individually or scroll to the bottom for the entire mixtape. … Read More

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5 Epic Indie Concerts We’d Love To See

The announcement made on Monday that Vampire Weekend, Beach House, and Dum Dum Girls would all be performing together this summer at Merriweather Post Pavilion may have gotten us a little bit too… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Deitch Projects-commissioned mural by Shepard Fairey has been up less than a week and it’s already been vandalized with tags, holes, and a Target logo. Ruh-roh, Shep, losing the favor of the proletariat? [via ArtsBeat]
2. Lo-fi indie rockers Grizzly Bear licensed one minute of an as-yet-unreleased song to Washington State for a lottery commercial. The clip also features choreography by the guy behind the dance sequences in (500) Days of Summer. [via Entertainment Weekly]
3. An old friend of Lady Gaga named Brendan Sullivan wrote a really detailed piece about their mutual past for the Esquire “Women We Love” issue. Naturally, there’s a photo gallery. [via Esquire]
4. Continuing that jail theme, T.I. throws (down) some Molotov cocktails in his new video for “I’m Back.” [via Vulture]
5. Teen fashion blogging robot sensation Tavi “Style Rookie” Gevinson had her website blocked last night by the evil honchos at Blogger, all because she posted a fashion editorial with a model barely wearing Yohji Yamamoto. From 1998. [via WSJ Digits]

Bonus link: Think Black Flag and Justin Bieber have nothing in common? Think again. Both cause riots, and both make an appearance on this t-shirt from DIY mecca… Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XX: Stars, Grizzly Bear, Noah and the Whale

This, the 20th(!) mixtape in the Flavorpill series, is an homage to bands nicely pulling off the art of the Revival. Embrace the familiarity, and right click + Save As the 10 tracks after the jump — or cut a corner and download the mix in its entirety. And as always, let us know what you think. … Read More

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Flying the Coop: An Indie Solo Projects Mix

Musicians are by no means monogamous. Often their loyalty is not to the single entity of a band, but rather to the grander scheme of the things, the music itself. Take Gorillaz (by way of Blur) frontman Damon Albarn, who just announced that he’s going solo again on the side under the guise of Prince Barry. Or Thom Yorke branching out from Radiohead with his once anonymous band who we now know as Atoms for Peace. After the jump, we’ve compiled a playlist of our favorite tracks from some recent indie side projects. As always, leave a comment and let us know who we left out. … Read More

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Unexpected Covers: Head Scratchers and Head Nodders

Indie rock is having a covers moment. First was Beck’s decision to cover full albums and release them one track at a time. The Flaming Lips covered Dark Side of the Moon. Then, streaming material from Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back, featuring covers of artists like Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and Elbow. Flavorwire even got in on the act, giving you a mixtape featuring indie rock covers of indie rock songs. With Vampire Weekend’s cover of Rancid’s “Ruby Soho,” it seems that we have reached a WTF cover saturation… Read More

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Mutual Appreciation: 10 Indie Rock Covers of Indie Rock Songs

The concept behind Peter Gabriel’s forthcoming album Scratch My Back is simple: The artist records his favorite tracks by everyone from David Bowie to Radiohead to The Magnetic Fields, and the musicians he has selected complete the song swap by covering a selection from Gabriel’s extensive songbook.

The list we’ve assembled here was inspired by a different kind of reciprocity — that is, of indie rockers showing appreciation for their own kind. So far, only one of these tributes has been mutual but that isn’t to say that we shouldn’t keep our fingers crossed for more. After the jump, check out ten indie acts covering 10 other indie acts’ singles. We think you’ll agree that imitation is the highest form of flattery. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Allison Schulnik

Allison Schulnik’s gravity-defying oil paintings and mesmerizing claymation video for Grizzly Bear’s “Ready, Able” show she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty in the name of art.

Impressively, the LA-based painter had to switch to metal-reinforced linen when the sheer weight of her works’ mounds of oil pigment proved too hefty for traditional canvas. Favoring storylines about noble-hearted wanderers and adopted strays, she fleshes out her subjects’ inner lives with paint, putty, tenderness, and divine excess. … Read More

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Tired of Sex: Has Indie Rock Gone Flaccid?

Katie Roiphe caused a stir with her recent New York Times essay “The Naked and the Conflicted,” which argues that a large chunk of today’s heterosexual male authors tend to not only shy away from sex, but also express disgust and even boredom with it. But we’re not here to rehash the ample controversy she incited. Instead, we’ve decided to see whether her thesis applies to young, male artists in another arena: indie rock. We examined some of last year’s buzziest hits to determine whether their creators find sex as passé as their literary counterparts. Will hipster rockers prove the exception by summoning the libido of Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes? Also: Where the ladies at, and are their sexual antics stealing the striptease? … Read More

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2009 Listening Trends: New York vs. The World

Because nothing dulls your sense of indie cool quite like spending a few days in your childhood bedroom staring at some old ‘N Sync posters, we’ve got’s handy month-by-month chart of listening trends in New York City vs. the world. It explains why you might want to leave NYC the next time you’re looking to score tickets to see Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, or Phoenix. It also reveals that New Yorkers discovered Lady Gaga first, which is either amazing or horrible, depending on who you are. After the jump, have your hipster superiority… Read More

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