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Editor’s Pick #168: Jay-Z Endorses Indie Rock by Eric Vilas-Boas
Jay-Z is apparently a huge fan

Jay-Z is apparently a huge fan of Grizzly Bear

PREVIEW: Download Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” (Ft. Rihanna and Kanye West) MP3
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: 20 Watts Reviews Jay-Z’s “Run This Town”

With Jay-Z prepping the release of his ridiculously hyped new album, The Blueprint 3, it’s surprising that he would have time to go to any concerts — much less Grizzly Bear’s free appearance on the Williamsburg Waterfront (previously graced by Girl Talk and Dirty Projectors this summer) this past Sunday, Aug. 30. However, the rapper did the 12,000 hipsters at the waterfront one better, by giving the indie rock scene one of the most notable stamps of approval it’s ever received:

“The thing I want to say to everyone — I hope this happens because it will push rap, it will push hip-hop to go even further — what the indie rock movement is doing right now is very inspiring. It felt like us in the beginning. These concerts, they’re not on the radio, no one hears about them, and there’s 12,000 people in attendance. And the music that they’re making and the connection they’re making to people is really inspiring. So, I hope that they have a run where they push hip-hop back a little bit, so it will force hip-hop to fight to make better music, because it can happen, because that’s what rap did to rock.” (MTV) Continue reading

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Editor’s Pick #148: Fiery Furnaces Come Back to Going Away by Eric Vilas-Boas
The Fiery Furnaces want to go solo to ... play the same songs

The Fiery Furnaces decide to go solo to ... play the same songs

PREVIEW: The Fiery Furnaces’ “Keep Me in the Dark” MP3
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: 20 Watts Reviews I’m Going Away

When we reviewed The Fiery Furnaces’ latest album I’m Going Away, we called it “musically solid but conceptually weak.” Well, a week after its official release, this brother-and-sister duo are back with a brand new idea to tickle indie-rock fancies everywhere. They want to cover their own album — twice.

The plan is to have Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger individually cover I’m Going Away as solo artists, with two new releases from the duo. Six songs on each will be performed by one of them, resulting in 24 re-recorded songs. According to the band, apart from the lyrics, no song will sound the same as its I’m Going Away counterpart, but I’m skeptical. Continue reading