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A Hologram of Lou.

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French duo Hologram recently paid homage to the late, great Lou Reed with a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes”. The two a splendid job on the tune while still managing to add their own ethereal touch. Be sure to listen to their latest EP, Absolute Zero. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote …

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Art In Flux Harlem |x| Scratch DJ Academy | Soul & Vibe.

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We headed over to Scratch DJ Academy to witness the opening reception of Art In FLUX Harlem‘s newest exhibition, Soul & Vibe. Featuring a roster of talented artists that includes Anthony J. Thomas, Daren Chambers, Lance Johnson, Linus Coraggio, Margaret Rose Vendryes, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, and Walter Lobyn Hamilton, Soul & Vibe is a musically inspired show that certainly has …

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Album Review | Native Bells’ Four-Sided Masterpiece.

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Sean Smither, using the moniker Native Bells, extends multiple arms with each hand scooping sounds from a different instrument. His newest self-titled release is a block of musical mass spanning across thirty-nine songs and four sides: Side A, Side B, Side C and Side D. Smither, a percussionist at heart, studied jazz at the New School in New York City, …

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A Noise in the Clouds.

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Caged Animals recently released some visuals for their single, “The Sound of Thunder”. Directed by Mike McLean and frontman Vincent Cacchione, the video highlights the pseudo-surreal journey of a young misfit whose dream getaway suddenly turns into a frightful daymare. “The Sound of Thunder” can be found on the band’s latest album, In the Land of Giants. Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is our …

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The First Act: Anjimile.

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I have been most eager to share this particular installment of The First Act with you, dearest Quiet Lunch readers. I am distinctly enthusiastic about the music being made by the young, talented, and driven new artist, Anjimile. A Northeastern University student and Texas-native, Anjimile came into my world abruptly and unexpectedly on a cool September evening at the Middle …

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MeLo-X |x| GOD: Piéce de Résistance |x| A Short Film.

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MeLo-X gives us a window into his upcoming album GOD: Pièce de Résistance. The project drops November 5th, but you can pre-order it → HERE. ← Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is our founder. A writer, poet, curator and profuse sweater, he is responsible for the curatorial direction and overall voice of Quiet Lunch. The Bronx native has read at venues such as the …

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To The Beets. (VIDEO)

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Overdoz. is back with new visuals for their single, “Killer Tofu”. An apparent ode to Nicktoon, Doug Funny, and the fictional single by The Beets, the cartoonish video showcases Overdoz.’s signature outlandishness and also sees a guest spot by Childish Gambino. There’s something infectious about Overdoz.’s fun approach to rap and is garishly featured in this playful vid. It’s a …

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Always Socializing.

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Chromeo unleashed some new music on the masses today. Described by Chromeo as “6 minutes of funk,” “Sexy Socialite” is just that–6 minutes of hip bumping, butt grabbing, toe tapping funk. An synthy homage to the party girl, “Sexy Socialite” sounds like our generation “Maneater”. The song comes off of their forthcoming LP, White Women. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot …

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Yogurt Smoothness | Live Show Review.

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I hopped off the T in Cleveland Circle last Friday night and headed to Roggie’s Bar to see a band I had only heard of the day before: Yogurt Smoothness. The experimental rock duo came to my attention via Twitter when they contacted me about their Boston show and sent me some music. Now, there is simply too much music …

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The Impossible Project x Gorilla vs. Bear | Fresh Music on Instant Film. @gorillavsbear @ImpossibleUSA‎

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If you find yourself in the downtown Manhattan area, stop by Impossible’s NYC Project Space to check Fresh Music on Instant Film, a photo exhibition by The Impossible Project and Gorilla vs. Bear. Gorilla vs. Bear is no stranger to instant film and have been capturing various behind the scenes moments with polaroid cameras since 2006. Fresh Music on Instant Film is a grand showing of …

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#BEEN #TRILL x #Black #Dave.

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The folks over at #BEEN #TRILL recently released a brief but dope video for their newest Been Trill in the Field compilation. The third volume of In The Field features a slew of popular names handpicked from the hiphop and electronic genres. Contributors include Black Dave, Kanye West, A$AP Ferg, Disclosure, Travi$ Scott, James Blake, and a whole lot more. The In the Field project contains 88 tracks altogether, including …

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Chance of Clouds…

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Perhaps the most intriguing lamp we have featured, the Cloud Lamp by Richard Clarkson isn’t exactly all lamp. The Cloud Lamp is also a reactive speaker, simulating thunder and lighting according to the music it is playing. Just connect the Cloud Lamp to a stereo or any other audio device and watch the magic happen. Can you imagine listening to Sade …

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Drop Down and Get Your Color On.

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Okay, exactly what rock were we under when this happened? Bun B teamed up with illustrator and music critic Shea Serrano to create Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book, a traditional coloring and activity book with a pop culture twist. Featuring rap artists such as Tupac, Drake, Nelly, Riff Raff, Childish Gambino, Queen Latifah, and even Bun B himself, the …

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TOMORROW | The Gowanus 13.

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Tomorrow Quiet Lunch and OXHEART invades Littlefield! The Gowanus 13, an ode to the number thirteen, will feature artwork from thirteen talented artists including Harry Folsom, Glenford Nunez, Niky Roehreke, Gregory Siff, Hayley McCulloch, Al Benkin, KEEBS, Joe Murtagh, Derek Weisberg, Krys Fox, Eric Rose, Olivia Larrain, and Kelly Forsyth! Hosted by Brooklyn’s own Afroista, festivities will also include a …

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Opening Reception: Katherine Mann x Trellises.

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Join Quiet Lunch and gallery nine5 for the opening reception of Katherine Mann‘s new solo exhibit, Trellises. Mann, a painter whose process involves the artistic use of evaporation, is known for creating pieces that feed off of abstract complexity and organic chaos. Opening night festivities will include a live music mix by DJ Jamieson Hill, a special performance by 80s …

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Time to Modernize.

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With the resurgence of vinyl, the all-in-one record console (a technologic fossil from the 1950s) has once again become a viable option in the music listening experience. A dinosaur no more, the all-in-one studio console has received a makeover via Symbol Audio. The Modern Record Console is the same all-in-one record console that your parents made love on top of, …

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The Dexter Series Finale was JUST Right. *Spoiler Alert*

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Like millions of other fans, I watched the series finale of Dexter on Sunday evening. However, unlike the vast majority of those fans and nearly every media outlet, I thought it was an excellent finish. In the following paragraphs I will put forth what will likely be a socially suicidal defense of what I felt was a well-written, well-executed final …

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The First Act: Little War Twins.

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When I first met Gaetana and Trick of the Little War Twins outside the Middle East in Cambridge for our interview, I was immediately struck by their visible passion and enthusiasm for making music. Throughout our very delightful and informative conversation, it became clear that their passion for music is not only rooted in their own desire to do what …

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A Family Affair.

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Thanksgiving will be here in no time, so what better way to get into the family spirit than to sing along with the Manson Family? Taken from original recordings made in or around 1970 at the Spahn Ranch Saloon, the album features the Manson Family paying musical homage to its most illustrious member, Charles Manson. If you’re having trouble grasping the …

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Junip x Walk Lightly.

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Swedish trio Junip recently released a new video for their single “Walking Lightly”. Directed by Fredrik Egerstrand, the hazy visuals go perfectly with the song, creating an enrapturing experience that puts its audience in a ritualistic trance. “Walking Lightly” can be found on the Walking Lightly EP which was released today. JUNIP on tour: Europe: 06.09 San Sebastian ES — Kutxa Kultur …

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Quiet Lunch on the ROX: THREE THE HARD WAY | Be There!

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For those of you who have yet to catch wind, Quiet Lunch on the ROX is returning with a brilliant trifecta of Pop, Jazz and Rap. On Wednesday September 11th, music lovers will unite under one roof for live performances by King Deco, Avidya and the Kleshas, and Cakes Da Killa. JOIN US!  ↓Get ADVANCE TICKETS! ↓ Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a …

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The First Act: We Avalanche.

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One idyllic Saturday afternoon in May, I was wandering around Harvard Square, taking in the Cambridge air and following my ears from one street musician to the next. As I casually ambled along, I came upon a hat shop called Goorin Brothers, where, to my great surprise, there was an acoustic trio in the window display serenading the patrons and …

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ODB Bruh Bruh.

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Rapper Danny Brown recently released visuals for his single “ODB”. Directed, edited, and scrawled by RUFFMERCY, the video is a doodle plagued acid trip–the scribbles dance as the constant screen warps melt Danny Brown’s cold stares. Produced by Paul White, “ODB” will be included on his upcoming album, Old, set to be released on September 30th. Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is …

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For the Price of $FR.EE.

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Virginia duo Sunny & Gabe just dropped their highly anticipated FREE CANDY EP. Containing 10 sweet, tooth rotting tracks, FREE CANDY is an amazing piecing together of the Sunny & Gabe puzzle. With their music containing so many contrasting elements, Sunny & Gabe have officially presented a new sound–a gloriously complex sound that no one can mimic, much less fully comprehend. The band …

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Kendra Morris: To Witness a Mockingbird.

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Quiet Lunch Magazine and The Lodge Gallery is teaming up to bring you, To Witness a Mockingbird, a wonderful evening of live song with Wax Poetics artist Kendra Morris. Performing choice cuts from her latest cover album, Mockingbird, Morris is going to treat the audience to an intimate display of talent guaranteed to warm the soul. Surrounded by Traversing the Vector, Orlando Arocena’s newest …

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God Amongst Gods.

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MeLo-X is one of New York City’s most coveted artists. Sure, MeLo’s name rings bells overseas, but the headquarters of his kingdom lies here in Gotham. He takes the city’s sound, processes them, and then coats them in a rich substance that can only be described as “rhythmic freedom.” He is musical liberation in the flesh. A theoretical martyr giving …

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Unforgettable.

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Sunny & Gabe just dropped another resplendent single titled “Forget Love”. Featuring Odd Future’s Mike G, the song is a jazzy, break heavy serenade that tailspins into a jam session-like frenzy before fading with ghostly allure. Sunny & Gabe’s sound is truly evolving into something wonderful. The Virginia duo is receiving all sorts of approval, including a nod from G.O.O.D. Music …

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Kane Mayfield Shines.

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Kane Mayfield’s “Shining Star (What You Are)” recently made its way onto the Baltimore City Paper‘s Big Baltimore Playlist. We’ve credited Mayfield for honesty before, but he really outdid himself on this one. Touching on everything from his upbringing to soda allergies, the New York native turned Baltimore MC spins a soulful web of biographical honesty and painstaking nostalgia. An obvious …

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The Newport Folk Festival 2013. (RECAP)

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Two weeks ago I attended the Newport Folk Festival for the 12th time in my life. As an editor at the Quiet Lunch Magazine, it was supposed to be my duty to provide excellent journalistic coverage for our dear readers. As a veteran attendee, I really have no excuse for not snapping a few pictures, but I have to be …

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Hip Hop Postmortem.

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It’s only been about since the world laid eyes on the televised version of Jay-z’s performance at Pace Gallery and already the unique feat is getting an artistic response. Picasso Baby has whipped everyone into a frenzy, but a group of emerging artists known as 7:30 Alliance are using their newest show, Hip Hop Postmortem to show Hov up. While the troop won’t …

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Uncaged.

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Caged Animals are the ne plus ultra of artistic vulnerability. The band’s sound is therapeutic but their message comes from a place of pensive angst. Caged Animals channels a unique brand of honesty that makes their music relatable and highly infectious. In fact, the band’s name is more than a name, it is human existence defined in two words. Lead …

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Facing Your Fears (and Loathing.)

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Anthony Cruz has been on a high lately and we’re not talking about “hand-rolled cigarettes.” Cruz is on the cusp of fully unleashing his newest project Fear and Loathing in New York City and the reception so far has been nothing but positive. The buzz is nearing its summit and it seems like Cruz can’t stop smiling–not that he ever …

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Due North.

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Michigan based producer Sango just released his long awaited LP, North. Creating a Frankensteinish brand of music, Sango incorporates elements soul, R&B, future bass, hip hop and broken beat to make one smooth mixture of sound. Available via digital download on Soulection (with vinyl to follow), North combines the best of Sango over the last few years into one seamless …

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Holy, Sunny & Gabe, It’s Sunny & Gabe!

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If Virginia is for lovers, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t love VA duo, Sunny & Gabe. Backed by Karbs, their diligent drummer, Sunny & Gabe’s cinematic sound is a warm, entrancing bath of bliss and rhythm. When we first discovered their music, we didn’t know what to make of it. We gave it a thumbs up, but …

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Travi$ Scott x Mike Dean Live at SOBs.

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Travi$ Scott massacred SOB’s at Hot97’s Who’s Next concert. With the legendary Mike Dean on the boards, Scott proceeded to get trill beyond comparison, and seemed possessed at one point during the performance. His eyes became ghost white just before he surfed the crowd–the energy was incinerating. Download Travi$ Scott’s new mixtape ‘Owl Pharaoh‘ → here. ← Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is our …

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An Open Letter: Caged Animals x Too Much Dark.

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Caged Animals released another single from their upcoming effort, In the Land of Giants. “Too Much Dark” is a plaintive but kind-hearted plea. The song is musical therapy relating to a dark place that has become familiar to all of us at one point in our lives. In a candid open letter, lead vocalist, Vincent Cacchione, explains the meaning behind …

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Introducing Eugene…

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Shwood, an Oregon-based company specializing in handmade eye wear made from sustainable materials, wants to introduce a new friend by the name of Eugene. The Eugene is the latest frame style from Shwood and boasts a sleek silhouette and that classic 1960’s bold look. Each frame is made by hand and is available in both Walnut and Dark Walnut wood. The Eugene is available with either a Grey Carl Zeiss or green G15 polarized lens (which …

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The First Act: Solo Sexx.

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I have never been so happy to sweat so profusely in a smelly basement as I was last weekend when I saw Solo Sexx, a Massachusetts-based female rap duo, perform at the Cantab Lounge in Central Square in Cambridge. I felt so empowered by their spirited performance that by the end of their set, I was ready to tear off …

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Cha$e Gets Influential.

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Luxury Rap King, Vinny Cha$e, recently teamed up with New York based clothing line InfluentialNY. The limited edition classic jersey tees became available at high noon today and can be found on InfluentialNY’s site. Get it → here. ← Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational tinge. …

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Album Premiere: Anthony Cruz x Fear and Loathing in New York City. (Exclusive Streaming)

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Anthony Cruz has officially transcended from b-boy to avant garde colossus. Not that he’s abandoned his roots, boom-bap still courses through his veins, but his newest album Fear and Loathing in New York shows Cruz reaching a new plateau as an artist. When we spoke to Cruz earlier this year, he hinted that the project would be a musical epiphany but …

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Party Like an Amethyst Rockstar.

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Joey Bada$$ gives us yet another window into his highly anticipated debut album, Summer Knights. Young Bada$$ is under a lot of pressure to deliver a stellar follow up to 1999, but seems to be handling it with absolute ease. Featuring fellow Pro, Kirk Knight, “Amethyst Rockstar” is another simmering cauldron of neo boom-bap–no wonder Complex named Summer Knights one of the most …

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Pepperjack Gets An Anthem.

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Kanye West might be making the web cream its pants with Yeezus, but B-More rap bully, Kane Mayfield is tickling our funny bone with his newest rogue single, “One for Pepperjack”. Currently working on two major projects that are set for release later this year, Mayfield took some time out to pay homage to one of his alter egos with a …

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The First Act: Tristan Omand.

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Tristan Omand is not just another guy with a guitar. And he is certainly not just another singer-songwriter. Tristan Omand is a folk singer in the purest sense of the term. Driven by a deep understanding of the history as well as his own personal love of the folk genre, Tristan writes and performs music that combines human experiences with …

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Tall Tall Trees in Central Park.

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When I think of the banjo, I imagine a black and white film of an old man wearing a straw hat, sitting on a porch, chewing on tobacco, strumming a banjo, and singing about how his woman left him, or about heading out west to look for work. The instrument has a rich and lengthy history, but has only been …