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Michael Gordon's Chaotic, Life-Affirming 'Dystopia'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Despite the title of his latest album, "Dystopia," Michael Gordon delivers some of the most effusive, life-affirming, Arcadia-esque sounds we’ve heard from the Bang on a Can co-founder.
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