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Arts Roundup: Tribalism Edition

Look Back and Laugh: Two worthwhile interviews with  people named MacKaye. Ian has a long conversation with Tablet (!) about the devotional side of punk rock. Key quote: "Straight up, I think music is sacred. I think music is a form of communication that predates language. Music predates religion, it predates business, it predates all of that stuff. It’s serious. It’s not a fucking joke. I’m not a Christian, I’m not a Jew, I’m not a damn anything. I’m not a team member. I understand why people are drawn to that, I respect it, even. But for me there’s something that’s even deeper, more sacred than all that, which is human beings figuring out how to gather. Music can set us free in that moment. And if we’re in a room with other people who are all being affected this way, then you get into that mass energy, this thing that can be really cathartic. And I think it is a really deeply important thing to have happen, catharsis. To go off." Also, his brother Alec—musician, artist, and art preparator—is interviewed on the Phillips Collection's blog about what he's into.

Sands of Time: The deserved retroactive deification of Baltimore art-punk weirdos Lungfish continues! On Pitchfork, Aaron Leitko reviews Dischord's reissue of the band's 1999 album The Unanimous Hour. If any Lungfish record is a good one to start with, it's this one: "It's a pivot point between the band's early years and the laser-guided minimalist riffage that would predominate its final three records," Leitko writes.

Today on Arts Desk: Vince Gray goes to the movies; the worst Washington films; weekend plans.

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