Leon Fleisher and the ASO

. It's Saturday evening and I'm seated in the 2400-seat Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin's treasured high-profile concert hall on Lady Bird Lake. Behind the stage, the rear barrier looks like the reference section at a library for giants. I note the new hall smell, but there is still

MXDWN Madness #5

. Krist Novoselic, Colin Greenwood, Savages, Oneohtrix Point Never, Charli XCX Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic talks Modest Mouse, Colin Greenwood jams at a fashion show, and variously unsettling music videos from the Savages, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Charli XCX. Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Says He’s Played on Modest Mouse’s

Jon Hopkins - Breathe This Air (feat. Purity Ring)

. Purity Ring's Megan James lends her glossy voice to Jon Hopkins' "Breathe This Air" rehash, swooping nimbly through the layers of mechanized feedback and the constant angular motion of industrial undertoe. I always go hunting for lyrics when I hear a song this good. It's a testament to the power

MXDWN Madness #4

. Metallica and Atoms for Peace on Comedy Central, Moby livestreaming, Purity Ring beats Daft Punk at covers, and an pretty awful Mazzy Star video. Comedy Central Announces Performances by Metallica on The Colbert Report (9/24) and Atoms for Peace on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (9/25) This

Remembering Cleveland: Thomas Tallis - Spem In Alium

. Janet Cardiff's Forty Part Motet exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, reviewed entirely in blank verse, because why not? A memory from Cleveland's old museum: Two seats surrounded on all sides by voices, A forty-speaker space to replicate Their ghostly coughs and whispers vectored in. Then silence. From one

MXDWN Madness #3

. New music videos from The Internet and iwrestledabearonce, stream of Russian Circles single "Memorial," Paul McCartney's New, and Anamanaguchi on tour with Dillon Francis. WATCH: The Internet Release New Video for Single “Dontcha” These days it appears that Odd Future and the Neptunes just can’t get enough of each