Exclusive video: The Barr Brothers perform at the Pickathon Music Festival

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Click here to view the embedded video. Somewhere between a dusty Americana and West African groove lies the soulful grit and instrumentally diverse folk-rock sound evoked from The Barr Brothers. The Montreal-based quartet features mesmerizing slide guitar, evocative vocals, and intense drumming, interwoven with soft, subtle harp drifts. Their rich, avant-garde sound is at its finest amongst the trees or atop a mountain — they’ve been known to play upon the rim of the Grand Canyon, welcoming tourists to film them. This year, they are sharing their unique sound at the 2015 Pickathon Music Festival , happening this weekend in Happy Valley, Oregon. Pickathon is the world’s most sustainable large-scale outdoor concert , and we can’t get enough of the sound. We’ll be releasing a series of exclusive live music videos with Pickathon throughout the fall, so be sure to stay tuned for more new tracks coming from the wilderness of Happy Valley. + Pickathon Music Festival

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Patrick Nadeau’s Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

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Get a sneak peek of Pickathon, the world’s most sustainable music festival, opening this weekend!

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Click here to view the embedded video. The Barr Brothers perform from the Pickathon Mountain Stage Outdoor concerts and music festivals are notorious for producing insane amounts of waste. From single use cups and beer cans, to the stages themselves, the egregious amounts of litter that is left behind at the end of a show is appalling. Luckily, there’s one indie music festival that is taking great strides to change the concert landscape, and they have great bands too! As the only environmentally-friendly large-scale outdoor music concert, Portland’s Pickathon Music Festival combines great indie bands with eco-designs in Happy Valley, Oregon, including a reusable stage made from 520 upcycled shipping pallets , solar powered lighting, recycling and composting. But if you can’t make it up to Oregon this weekend when it kicks off, don’t fret — starting today Inhabitat will be introducing you to a whole lineup of emerging musicians at Pickathon with an exclusive live broadcast right here. Check out the video above for a sneak peek! Read the rest of Get a sneak peek of Pickathon, the world’s most sustainable music festival, opening this weekend!

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Baines&Fricker reveal a stylish portable research lab for Fieldwork

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Baines&Fricker were commissioned by consultancy firm Fieldwork to design and make a portable research lab. The lab comes in a custom built flightcase with rollers on one side. The flightcase doubles as a base when stood on one end and the lab’s front panel pulls forward to create a desk. According to Fieldwork founder Curtis James, “Fieldwork do ethnographic research into working life, which entails making visible the ordinary and extraordinary things that might go unnoticed in day to day office life.” This new portable research lab allows them to advance their work in a stylish, convenient way. + Baines&Fricker + Fieldwork The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Zap Home Electric Waste With This ‘Next Gen’ Power Strip

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Invented in 1972 by Australian electrical engineer Peter Talbot, power strips help better manage our electric devices and guard against power surges.  By design they guard against energy waste (think phantom power) and in the event of…

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This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

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Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

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California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in California. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that outlines a host of anti-drought efforts to be paid for with federal funds. The California Emergency Drought Relief Act  calls for desalination research, grants for new water-metering and stormwater capture, as well as $200 million for new water recycling projects. All of these measures are a last-ditch attempt to make the most of what water remains in the state before it dries up. Read the rest of California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

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Removable 3D-printed casts you can wear in the shower speed up the healing process

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If you’ve ever broken a limb, you know how awful it is to live in a clunky old cast for weeks on end. Well, that’s about to end. Bespoke has started using 3d printing to make custom cast prototypes that would stabilize broken body parts just like conventional casts. Unlike the traditional casts which get dirty and suffocate your skin, these 3d-printed casts use a smaller amount of materials, can be worn in the shower and can even make the healing process more efficient. Read the rest of Removable 3D-printed casts you can wear in the shower speed up the healing process

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Beijing Olympics déjà vu as city is chosen to host 2022 Winter Games

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It was a close vote, but Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Chinese capital beat out Almaty, Kazakhstan 44 to 40 in an International Olympic Committee ballot today in Kuala Lumpur. The decision puts Beijing in the unique position of being the first city ever chosen to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Some of the factors that helped push the city over the top include its plan to reuse some of its existing infrastructure from the 2008 Summer Olympics like Herzog and de Meuron’s famous Bird’s Nest stadium and the award-winning Watercube , as well as talk of a new high-speed rail system that would benefit the area well after the games are over. Read the rest of Beijing Olympics déjà vu as city is chosen to host 2022 Winter Games

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