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FriendsWithYou: Plush Playgrounds

With so many brands trying to insinuate themselves into your daily life, it’s easy to be suspicious of an organization that wants to befriend you. But it’s hard to stay …

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Explosions in the Sky: Hazy Shades

Fans–whether of sports or music–say a lot of things, not all of them nice. They say the second title is the toughest, that the hardest thing is a repeat. And …

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Brah! Records: Oneida Flourishes

To most record labels, signing Pittsburgh rock ‘n’ roll iconoclasts The Dirty Faces would seem like a bad bet. Their music is too experimental–feedback-laden and lyrically post-ironic–for staunch rock fans, …

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So Damn Fresh: Indie Rappers

Following in the footsteps of 2 Live Crew and JJ Fad, Gold Chains and Gravy Train!!!, Snap and Lil Jon, a new club rap canon emerges, guided by the same …

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Yellow Arrow on DC's Punk Monuments

Any visitor to the nation’s capital knows there are plenty of walking tours to be taken, spiraling around monuments, museums, and the eight million buildings that make up just the …

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Michoacan: Catch the Fever

From his mile-a-minute chatter, you’d never know Fernando Miranda Rios is fighting a fever. Rios is high on Cubase VST plug-ins, rave memories, and the tracks he makes as Michoacan–and …

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Possessed: A Long Gone John Story

Long Gone John collects things: stuffed animals Edward Gorey sewed himself, big-eyed Margaret Keane dolls from the 1950s, prescription pill bottles that once belonged to famous people (he owns Debbie …

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Justin Broadrick In The Studio

Since defining grindcore with Napalm Death when he was only 15, Justin Broadrick has made a career out of destroying and rebuilding the rules of heavy music. Best known for …

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Scene Points: Micro-Music DVDs

Experimental Everything 40 Bands/80 Minutes! (Sounds Are Active, $10.98) documents a Monday night all-ages show at Los Angeles’ ll Corral (a former sweatshop), where 40 bands each played two-minute sets. …

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Joakim: My Pet Monsters

The last time I spoke to Joakim Bouaziz he was laughing, albeit a bit nervously. On the phone from the Parisian office of Tigersushi, the website and label he helped …

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Tigrics: Hungarian Heart

Budapest is a proud, rough city. Miles of once stately Hapsburg buildings sit under a century’s film of dust, their tall windows peering down onto broad avenues. The bars, found …

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Shot Calling: Telemarketing

“I read the phonebook like a novel when I was a kid,” says Alexi Morrissey, a conceptual artist based in Pittsburgh. While Morrissey, a former graffiti artist from Boston, was …

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DJ Mehdi's Artist Tips

Parisian DJ Mehdi’s debut full-length on Ed Banger, Lucky Boy, encompasses so many different styles that a single listen can make your head spin. We were interested to know how …

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The Evolution of Helvetica

As Plexifilm’s president and head producer, Gary Hustwit’s usual pursuits are music-related–everything from the recent Detroit techno doc High Tech Soul to Wilco’s I Am Trying to Break Your Heart …

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Soil & Pimp Sessions

The stage at Camden Jazz Café in London is a riot of Japanese musicians rocking rainbow-colored boutique hip-hop wear, skater steez, and ’70s gangster suits. The saxophonist thrusts his instrument …

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Tracey Thorn: English Rose

Tracey Thorn released a solo album once before. But while 1982’s A Distant Shore has recently been dubbed “the greatest album you have never heard,” you’re probably more familiar with …

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Documenting Urban Decay

Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara has been documenting urban decay in the U.S. since the ’70s. On his website, this Chilean native tells the somewhat Dickensian tale of two troubled cities–Camden, …

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What Is It? Kuduro

Move over, baile funk. The newest word in Portuguese bass music is kuduro, a genre that hails from South Central… South Central Africa, that is. Bubbling up from the ghettos …

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