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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, New Jersey and Richmond, California–through time-lapse photographs of specific corners, houses, people, and trees, watching them crumble, disappear and, sometimes, get put back together again. But what's most unique about the site is the arrangement of the images, which form a revolutionary sort of digital map.

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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 of this former Portuguese colony, kuduro (which translates as "hard ass") combines the sounds of European techno and hard house with insistent, often vocoder-filtered Creole vocals and driving rhythms inspired by native dance music genres like kizomba and semba (the predecessor of samba).

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Eats Tapes: Disco-Punk Vengabus

Wolf Blitzer: CNN anchor, or one who blitzes wolves? For San Francisco duo Eats Tapes, the newsman's name isn't just a pun that lovingly weaves its way onto the tracklist of their second full-length, Dos Mutantes (we'll get to that pun later). "That guy's name is his soul," exclaims member Marijke Jorritsma. "He's a furious techno track!"

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Dust La Rock's Favorite Things

Dust La Rock (also known as "Dusty") is the alias of Brooklyn-based graphic designer Joshua Prince, who is "30 going on 21." When he's not causing drunken havoc with his bike crew Team Awesome, trying to sell us his crappy old neurofunk drum & bass records, or walking Buddylove (his Jack Russell terrier), Prince is designing eye-popping work for the likes of Claw Money, DJ A-Trak, and The Orb. Read more » 

Battles: Sleight of Hand

Okay, so maybe a choir of cheerleaders was a bad idea, although it seemed brilliant at the time. Revolutionary even. "That was one of Ian's stipulations when we started the band; I think the concept had something to do with that movie Bring It On," says multi-instrumentalist Tyondai Braxton, as I sit down for a few frothy rounds of Guinness (creamy hot chocolate, in Braxton's case) with the four very different, yet very similar members of Battles.

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