There may be a chill in the air, but summer's not over yet! Two big music festivals remain this year: San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival (this weekend) and Austin City Limits (next weekend). There's an overlap of indie rockers at both events, such as The Raconteurs, CSS, and Jenny Lewis. But with an extra day and more stages to work with, ACL offers a wider array of acts such as Foo Fighters, Beck, Iron and Wine, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
If you can't make the shows--or just want to get pumped for them--cue … Read more
The European Commission has proposed a revision of the Information Technology Agreement, a trade pact that for the past decade has helped keep down prices for IT-related goods across the world.
The ITA came into being in 1996 at a World Trade Organization meeting in Singapore. The pact involved the elimination of international trade tariffs on certain products, ranging from flat-panel displays to inkjet printers. The ITA currently has 43 signatories, representing 70 members and states or customs territories.
In August this year, the United States, Japan, and Taiwan complained to the WTO that Europe was placing tariffs on three … Read more
The cross-continental collaboration between Phonte (Little Brother) and Dutch producer Nicolay results in a beautifully engaging project known as Foreign Exchange. Filtered samples loom large among the electric, soul-powered beats. Simultaneously, Phonte (and others) deliver honest, consciousness-laden lyrics that glide over the infectious production.
Although some of his more pop-centric dance hits were questionable, when you consider compositions like "1.618" here, BT is most definitely a sound innovator. His lofty and cinematic electronica will echo throughout the halls of techno fame decades from now when he's remembered as an artist who beautifully pushed the envelope.
This Malkmusian N.Y. foursome calls itself "the finest band ever named after a local weatherman," and that's certainly true, but they're much more than that. They're torchbearers for a time we now call "the early-'90s," when slackerdom was the thing, Dando was king, and beer was still for breakfast.