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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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The Synth Sircus Experimenting at Lickety Split April 6

The Synth Sircus Experimenting at Lickety Split April 6

The keyboard experiment that is The Synth Sircus will be finding out if they can make the folks dance (or at least nod their head in approval) in the second floor South Street bar Lickety Split. Originally started by Agent Moosehead’s John Briley and Andy “of the Future” Schwartz as a call for other keyboardists and musicians to join them on stage and jam, the project has taken on a life of its own with rotating members from the local music community, and they even have been laying down some mind-fucking dance tracks of down-tempo futuristic soundscapes. Joining them on the bill will be Synth Sircus contributor and dark, sludgy garage rock songstress Avataria. The show is free so you’ll have more cash for social lubrication. Lickety Split, 401 South St., 8pm, Free, 21+ - Alexis V.



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