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Must Hear: Anika – “In the City”

It’s Tuesday. I wasn’t in New York for last weekend’s blizzard, and the only evidence left of it is pretty sad: filthy piles of snow, pushed against edges, compacted into slippery tight blocks of ice – marbled, spattered and stained with dirt or grime. I mean, it’s fucking Tuesday. That’s why I was so excited to discover Anika’s new [...]

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Kim Gordon & Ikue Mori at Kuudes Aisti Festival

In late July, Muster writer Tuomas Brock attended the first-ever Kuudes Aisti music festival in Helsinki, Finland. The fledgling festival provided an extensive program of  garage rock, punk, indie and lo-fi artists. Follow, post-by-post, as Tuomas details his Kuudes Aisti adventure. I had been released from my afternoon obligations earlier than I expected, so there was still [...]

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Must Hear: The Splits

Finally! It seems that in my tenure of living in Helsinki I was never able to quite grasp why there were certain genre holes in the local up-and-comings. That isn’t to say I haven’t enjoyed Villa Nah’s, French Films’ and Siinai’s ride-up;they all got at me in their own ways. But having my musical interests bloom [...]


Do Not Miss: The Men at 285 Kent

If New York-based band The Men are not on your radar, they should be. The rattle-your-bones rockers are celebrating the release of their third full-length album, Open Your Heart, at 285 Kent tonight … and you should be there. The group is hard to pin down, mostly because they combine a variety of seemingly unrelated [...]

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Must Hear: Berlusconi is a Poet

For those of you who aren’t keeping up with Italian politics, (now ex-) Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned from his position yesterday after losing the majority in a fundamental vote regarding state finances on Tuesday. NPR published a photo of his hands holding a pen over some intriguing notes, which reflect the disappointment. The scribblings [...]

CMJ begins now

Oh shit, it’s CMJ again, isn’t it?

Welp, it’s that time of year again. CMJ Music Marathon and Film whatever. I remember when I was in college and I could actually skip around from event to event, it was fun. (Plus, there were always cute boys in town for CMJ.) But now, with a full-time job and a bunch of other significant [...]


Handsome Furs at Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

Note: Handsome Furs performed at Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland on October 8th, 2011. The first time I had seen the Handsome Furs was at the Echo on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. I had just moved back to LA after having lived in Finland for a year where I had been listening to their debut [...]


Muster Tote Bag Competition: The Yellow Bear

Out of nowhere, I decided to have a competition. Muster’s first competition!!!! I asked the fans and contributors to submit a drawing (or photo) of a yellow bear. And the five best bears get a free Muster tote bag. Why a yellow bear, un ours jaune, if you will? Why the hell not? And here you [...]