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New album from tune-yards: a flea in the ear

Somewhere between social commentary and nursery rhyme, the U.S. indie band releases the album "I can feel you creep into my private life."

Tune-Yards 2014 at Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas Photo: dpa

What a nasty evil earworm! You catch yourself humming this attention-grabbing musical routine to yourself, "I am exceptional/I am an exception/I am the exception/That’s for me, that’s also for me/I am a contradiction/I’m fascinating/Not enough, too much/Tell me I’m special." That ironic U.S. exceptionalism song is not something you really want on your tongue. They haunt your head, though, these lines from "Now as Then," a song from the new Tune Yards album. It’s the fourth work overall since "Bird-Brains," the idea-laden, eclectic world music 2.0-meets-indie pop debut from U.S. artist Merrill Garbus.

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Art and history in dresden: debate about commemoration underway

Dresden commemorates the destruction of the city 72 years ago. On Monday, 10,000 people are expected to take part in a human chain for peace and tolerance.

The art installation "Lampedusa 361" in Dresden shows graves of drowned boat refugees Photo: dpa

The citizens of Dresden are intensively debating the commemoration of World War II, according to Mayor Dirk Hilbert (FDP). "I see a very strong discussion going on in the meantime," Hilbert said Monday on ZDF’s "Morgenmagazin."