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  • January 17, 2013
    By Liz Pelly


    Out via Berlin label Adagio 830, “Scam” is the latest pop oddity produced by the prolific future-thinking minds of Brattleboro’s Sarah Smith and Zach Phillips a/k/a/ Blanche Blanche Blanche. With Chris Weisman on bass and Graham Brooks on guitar, it’s all stripped-down space pop captured by a four-track cassette, and sounds like it could have been channeled from conspirators of the distant past fearing the imminent destruction of the future: “You want that scam / you need that scam / how good does it feel? / how good does it feel?” Whether from the past, present, future, or a different dimension of time and space altogether, that sort of minimalist verse probes our brains to remember that no matter how reclusive we feel in our creative caves pining toward for impossible utopic otherworld devoid of bullshit and noise, we’re all getting scammed by someone or something.

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  • October 20, 2012
    By Liz Pelly



    Tomorrow, the Phoenix and WFNX are presenting a free, unofficial, daytime CMJ showcase at Brooklyn's 285 Kent. No badges are necessary and all ages are welcome. The line-up is stacked with some of our favorite bands from New York, Massachusetts, and beyond. Read on for a guide to the line-up, and if you're in New York, come by and say hey.

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