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Snow covered a parking lot occupied by a dozen vehicles. The wintry mix came late but was welcomed by the bands and patrons leaning against the Firebird's brick walls.

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Growing up in central Illinois, Ryan Heinz relied on magazine subscriptions, MTV and an occasional road trip to a concert for exposure to music. He still learns from those things, but now also takes tips from blogs and his fellow KDHX DJs when crafting the playlists for his show, "Coin-Operated Radio," which can be heard on Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. Central.

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Okkervil River started late and stayed late, taking the Off Broadway stage about 45 minutes after opener Will Johnson sang his final notes. But the band managed to pack in 20 songs into its nearly two-hour set.

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When I think of my favorite Arcade Fire songs, with "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" and "Rebellion (Lies)" sitting at the top of the list, I find a common thread links them: compared to other Arcade Fire songs, they're the more danceable, more full cuts. I'm a sucker for synths, and Arcade Fire knows how to use them.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 07:54

Song of the Day: 'Hurricane' by Snowflake

The line "Just like a candle in the eye of a hurricane" may have echoes of a certain song about Marilyn Monroe, but "Hurricane" by producer D. James Goodwin's current project Snowflake isn't an elegy: it's a churning, tempestuous vision of art rock.

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Recorded for the "You Be My Heart" benefit album for 826 Valencia, a non-profit for under-resourced students in San Francisco, "Mrs. Marquis de Sade" by the Cloud Room channels Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground at their most darkly playful and heartfelt.

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Slumberland

In Season 9 of "The Simpsons," Lisa is convinced that she possesses a gene that will render her as stupid as Homer and Bart someday, and in an effort to feed her brain with as much culture as possible before its inevitable decline, she goes to a jazz club and is dismayed when another patron compares the performance to someone "hitting a baby with a cat."

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Hopping club to club mainly throughout Lower Manhattan, N.Y., save for a handful of shows in Brooklyn, is the only way to absorb the CMJ Music Marathon's seemingly endless array of music. And if not taken in stride, one might easily fade before the finish line.

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Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire compared his band's upcoming album release show to a wedding. "This is the one I want people to come to," he said. "If you haven't seen us before or for a while, this is definitely the show to see."

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Seattle's Slow Bird opened to a Plush house still laying down the foundation of first beers and conversation.

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