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    “Air Supply” || ahem

    Photo: Taylor Donskey   After a two year hiatus, Minneapolis trio ahem is back with an upcoming EP, Chutes and Ladders, due June 22nd on Forged Artifacts. An energetic five track record just in time to pair with the optimism of the coming summer, ahem draws forth an underground punk spirit with infectious power pop roots to make you reminisce back on the simplicity of your carefree teenage days.  Their single for “Air Supply” packs a punch with its instrumentation and seamlessly intertwining shared vocals between drummer Alyse Emanuel, guitarist Erik Anderson and bassist Courtney Berndt, embracing stepping out of your comfort zone and defining your own path against the…

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    Release Day: Routine Death’s Parallel Universes

      Based out of Gothenburg, Sweden and Austin, Texas, married couple Dustin (of psych-pop outfit Holy Wave) and Lisa Zozaya’s newly crafted project Routine Death feels anything but conventional. Their debut album Parallel Universes is out today and features a distinct soundscape of both the gritty and the ethereal, an array of glitching pulses intertwined with expansive and invigorating vocals. Separated by 7,000 miles, Lisa and Dustin constructed each track by constantly sending pieces back and forth online, adding on textural elements and allowing each song to mature and thrive. However within this process came self-prescribed constraints, infusing lo-fi programs and inexpensive equipment to develop their sound down to their…

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    Somniloquy

    Photographer / Art Director / Stylist: Daria Amaranth Models: Anna Kharkovaia / Julia Medvedeva / Xeniya Medvedeva                           If We Would Talk: A Short Film by Daria Amaranth   If we would talk (a film by Daria Amaranth) from Daria Amaranth on Vimeo.  

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    Mixtape Monday: ~*~ wAtEr Bbz ~*~ by Cat Tassini

      Ace of Base – All That She Wants Niki & the Dove – Coconut Kiss OutKast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious Katy Perry – Tsunami Kero Kero Bonito – Picture This Blondie – Sunday Girl The Aquadolls – Our Love Will Always Remain The Specials – A Message to You Rudy The Kinks – Holiday in Waikiki Stereo Total – L’Amour À Trois Tomorrows Tulips – Flowers on the Wall Singapore Sling – Summer Garden King Paris, Martini Kings – Surfin’ Sitar King Tuff – Birds of Paradise Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy Coast to Coast – Twerps Lilys – Will My Lord Be Gardening Jennifer Lara – Mr DJ Toots &…

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    Suuns’ “Look No Further” Music Video

    Photo by Joe Yarmush Website || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram   Montreal quartet Suuns‘ latest music video release for “Look No Further” is based on director Lorraine Price’s (“Last Woman Standing”, “Inside These Walls”) footage from Werner Herzog’s workshop in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba, 2017. Using non-professional actors, the children in the video were prompted to speak about their thoughts on magic, resulting in sparse dialogue but deep rooted reflections on youth, disappointment and mystery.     Suuns will kick off their first U.S. headline tour followed by a run of Southeast Asian, European and Canadian tour dates in support of Felt (out now via Secretly Canadian).…

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    Thrive: 10 Things About Creativity I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago

      Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Hi Thrivers! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a list and with all this great weather in New York this week I’ve been feeling motivated to be ~*creative*~. Only, I didn’t know where to put my energy and I am feeling a little like I did when I was 20. And then it hit me… I’ve got 10 years of experience on my hands with moments just like this, and then I put them to use. Now I’m here to share my “old lady” wisdom with you, too.   10 Things About Creativity I Wish I…

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    Mixtape Monday: Miraculous & Overwhelming

      Neutral Milk Hotel – Everything Is Beulah – Emma Blowgun’s Last Stand Elf Power – Needles in the Camels Eyes The Apples in Stereo – Tidal Wave The Apples in Stereo – Pine Away The Gerbils – Lucky Girl Beirut – Elephant Gun The Decemberists – On the Bus Mall of Montreal – Everything Disappears When You Come Around DeVotchKa – How It Ends The Ladybug Transistor – Oceans in the Hall The Music Tapes – S’Alive to Be Known (May We Starve)   “Miraculous & Overwhelming” pays homage to Elephant 6 Records who brought us now-iconic indie bands like Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power and Of Montreal, as…

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    Mixtape Monday: Accident-Prone

      The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl Sonic Youth – Dirty Boots Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up Joy Division – Disorder The Church – Reptile X – True Love Part 2 Gang of Four – Damaged Goods The Clash – The Guns of Brixton Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)? Madness – One Step Beyond Supergrass – Alright The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner The Jam – Town Called Malice The Specials – A Message to You Rudy The The – This is the Day   Teleporting in time to a scene out of a John Waters’ film, “Accident-Prone” is the perfect punk rock playlist…

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    Protomartyr’s “Wheel of Fortune” Music Video Featuring Kelley Deal

    Facebook || Bandcamp   Good news for us Protomartyr fans this week — the band announced the release of their Consolation E.P., out on June 15th via Domino Recording Co. Joining vocals with Joe Casey on two of the four tracks is Kelley Deal of The Breeders, a creative and collaborative spark they wanted to keep bright after meeting in Texas for the first time several years ago. Says Deal of the EP, “[t]here’s a lot of trust involved when an artist places their songs in your hands, and we were very mindful of that while intentionally trying to take the songs in new directions.” A blistering track, their music…

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    Go Bright

      Photographer: Tyrion Zhao Art Director & Stylist: Anastasia Skutar ( Website ) MUaH: Lena Bondina Model: Irina via Tann MM   Based out of China and Russia, the team for GO BRIGHT has a multitude of different visions on aesthetics and beauty but all were inspired by Sofi Tukker’s album “Treehouse”. In GO BRIGHT, they wanted to bring joy and playfulness with a tropical setting into their photoshoot.                

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    The Lost Garden

    Photography & Styling: Ottavia De Lambrinie Makeup: Angelo Dominelli Assistant: Cristina La Spada Model: Leanne De Haan at The Fabbrica   Ottavia De Lambrinie is an italian photographer based in Milan.  Through the use of photography she creates her own world to escape from reality.  It’s a place of colours, fanciful and weird atmospheres, dolls and magic spells.                              

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    Dear Thrive: How to Stay Motivated After a Success

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Dear Thrive: I recently had some work published in a lit mag and I was so excited! But ever since then I’m having trouble creating anything new. Was that my one great success? Am I all dried up now? -Overwhelmed   Dear Overwhelmed, I am so sorry you’re feeling dried up, but I am really happy you’ve asked this question. There are so many pieces out there about finding motivation after a failure that I think we all forget that success can be crippling too. Because after success there is the great unknown, a white canvas,…