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Paul Krugman, indefatigable voice of liberal dissent, is on to Arcade Fire and put forth the following request:


Meanwhile, my very belated discovery of Arcade Fire punctured my dour baby-boomer belief that nothing good has come out of music since I turned 30 or so. So I'm now on the lookout for post-1990 music I like (hey, I'm serious about that baby-boomer stuff), often finding it by following recommendations from videos of other music I like. As you may have noticed, my tastes run very strongly to indie bands -- I don't think I'm going to fall in love with any of the mega-commercial artists, although you never know. Also, I like live performances a lot better than highly produced videos.

OK, so that isn't a request. But it's the internet so let's make it one. All I have to recommend are the usual suspects--TV On The Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric and Broken Bells. I'm not even sure why those bands are related. It's not like they're all rapping.

Anyway. Where should a fan of Arcade Fire look next?
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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