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This past Sunday, Benjamin Curtis, the guitarist for School of Seven Bells and onetime member of Secret Machines, died at the age of 35 after a year-long battle with cancer. Curtis was an inventive, original musician who not only helped form the core of Secret Machines' dynamic sound, but he was able to stylistically switch gears when he left the band he founded with his brother Brandon to form the ethereal School of Seven Bells with Alejandra and Claudia Deheza.
This past February, Curtis announced that he had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a somber revelation which caused musicians from all over the country to pledge their support during numerous fund-raising events over the past year. Sadly, Curtis lost his courageous battle against cancer on Sunday night, leaving behind a stellar musical legacy that regularly touched us in the Twin Cities, as well as a community of musicians and fans who will miss him dearly.More »