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Electronic Queer: Broken Silences

In 1994, LA-based artists Dont Rhine and Marco Larsen formed Ultra-red, a collective of musicians and activists that defined the culture-jamming ideals that made mags like Adbusters and artist Shepard …

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Dabrye: Cold Front

“Ann Arbor is like a soundclash,” says Michigan native Dabrye, while chiseling away at his veggie enchilada from inside San Loco, a Mexican joint on New York’s Lower East Side. …

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Hugh Masekela: Heating Up

In 1968, Hugh Masekela experienced what some would consider a career apex. The South African trumpet and flugelhorn player came to the US in 1961 to study at the Manhattan …

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Vitalic: Vital Signs

It is Wednesday, December 21, 2005. Down in Ghetto–a grimy, scarlet-walled sweatbox tucked along a narrow, piss-stained alley in London’s Soho–Christmas has come early for the 300 or so revellers …

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Gerardo Frisina Launches Latin Jazz

“Saying that I’m a living music encyclopedia is an exaggeration,” stresses Gerardo Frisina when asked about his wealth of music knowledge. I was not in a position to argue–Frisina does …

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Nightmares on Wax: Head Trip

“I don’t need to attach to any scene, trend or place–I’m about making 100% what is true to me,” says 34-year-old George Evelyn, better known as Nightmares on Wax. One …

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Shadowhuntaz: Deadly Effects

The Parabuthus transvaalicus, responsible for five percent of all deaths in North Africa, is considered the deadliest of the entire scorpion species. Their tactic: to move in stealth and attack …

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Wolf Bands: An XLR8R Guide

It has come to XLR8R’s attention that packs of roving synth- and guitar-armed wolves are attacking every facet of modern music–and they must be stopped. Sure you’re familiar with Guitar …

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J*Davey: A Space-Funk Odyssey

At an undisclosed location on the left coast, a makeshift craft fashioned with MicroKorgs, MPCs, and an endless cavalcade of blinking LED outboard gear has impacted Earth with the force …

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New Music Videogames: Virtual DJ?

So your dreams of being a music-video choreographer or hot DJ/producer have been crushed by the reality of pushing papers around inside a tiny cubicle. Well, weekend warrior, that’s what …

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Freegums: South Florida's Freshest

Freegums. The name brings to mind the gummy smile of a senior citizen with his dentures out, or a dish of brightly colored Chiclets. It’s actually the alias of 25-year-old …

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Celluloid Records: Change The Beat

If you were to travel back in time to the early ’80s, you’d find a vastly different musical landscape. Though the disco era was in full swing and funk’s motherlode …

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Jel In The Studio

When you take a peek into Jel’s Oakland, CA studio, you come to realize that it really doesn’t take that much space to create some of the most textured, spatial, …

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Belong: New Orleans Mirrored

Though Michael Jones and Jason Mark (the duo known as Belong) finished their debut album, October Language (Car Park), a year before Hurricane Katrina hit, they can still hear parallels …

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8-Bit: Eight is Enough

8-bit music is something of a moving target, more of a movement than a genre. Even a name can’t be agreed upon–the closest to universally accepted terms are “chiptune,” “micromusic,” …

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Clubland's Big Brother

Anybody with a healthy nightlife has endured serious (and unnecessary) scrutiny while entering a club, whether it’s undergoing a popularity contest to pass through the velvet ropes or the rough …

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Liars: The Sound & The Fury

Two states of creative consciousness exist: one is a land free from the anxious oppression of doubt and fear; the other is a realm plagued by the cloudy, lingering ghosts …

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