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Jeremy Jay: Resculpting Pop's Landscape

Los Angeles may quickly be becoming the post-post-punk capital of the States, with bands like No Age, Ariel Pink, and Health claiming its turf. But amidst Angel Town’s noisy clatter, …

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South By Southwest: Southern Comforts

As Creative Director for South by Southwest, Brent Grulke has seen a lot of change come to the Austin, Texas music festival since it started in 1987. He’s been there …

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Lyrics Born: Kicking Game

On Lyrics Born’s new album, Everywhere At Once, the East Bay-based rapper makes a pretty bold claim: “My name is Lyrics Born, and I’m a shoe ho,” he announces on …

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Kelpe: To Downtempo's Deepest End

For years, beat heads have waited for an answer to DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing, the downtempo masterpiece that helped change the world’s view of sample-based music. Shadow’s script has been flipped …

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Rhythm Nation Part 5: Cluekid and Cotti

Deep, dubby, cheeky, metallic. For the next several weeks, XLR8R will profile eight young DJ/producers exploring different facets of dubstep, the low-end sound of the London underground. For our final …

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Bun B: Still Trill

The past 12 months have brought a full range of emotions for Bun B. After laying the foundation for Southern rap for the past 15 years, Bun and his longtime …

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Kutiman Channels the Funk Spirit

Listening to Kutiman’s self-titled debut, you’d think that funk has been an underlying theme throughout his entire life. Yet the producer discovered the sound just six years ago, when he …

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Nightbirds

From 1976 through the present, British photographer Paul Hartnett has been consumed with documenting the moths and butterflies of London’s underground clubs. What began as a way of developing a …

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Elements: Spring Forward

Crazy tees, USBs, and all the things you need to thaw out your style. Hot Air Acceleration Zero t-shirt $54, krudmart.com Homeroom Kaboom ring $290, homeroomclothing.com Kid Robot Big Checkers …

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Paul Hartnett's Creatures of the Night

Paul Hartnett’s first photographs depict starfish, donkeys on the beach and other scenes from the British seaside resort at Clacton. Subsequent flicks were a sight more tawdry. As a teen, …

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License to Thrill

Activision’s Tim Riley pulls off some of the music industry’s biggest coups. Tim Riley has a sweet job. His title, “Worldwide Executive of Music,” sounds serious and, to some extent, …

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Q & A: Robert Hood

Carleton S. Gholz recently spoke with Robert Hood, the longtime techno DJ and producer who is also known as the founding member of legendary Detroit collective Underground Resistance. Hood currently …

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Q & A: Kelpe

Excepts from our interview with aquatic-obsessed British producer Kel McKeown, a.k.a. Kelpe. Click here to read the full Kelpe feature, or download a pdf of XLR8R 116. XLR8R: What is …

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What Is It? Powerviolence

By the late ’80s, hardcore punk’s “loud, hard, fast” rigidity had alienated many of the scene’s originals. Bands like Black Flag and D.R.I. went metal-sludge; Ian MacKaye shifted to a …

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Dennis Ferrer: Soul Tech

Ask two people in the club who Dennis Ferrer is and you may get two completely different answers. To an older house head, Ferrer might forever be associated with names …

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Bun B: Underground King

Excerpts from Jesse Serwer’s interview with Bun B, the rap stalwart of the Dirty South. To read the Bun B feature from Issue 116 of XLR8R, visit our magazine section …

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Rhythm Nation Part 4: Pinch & Distance

Deep, dubby, cheeky, metallic. For the next several weeks, XLR8R will profile eight young DJ/producers exploring different facets of dubstep, the low-end sound of the London underground. Up this week, …

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Q&A: Miss Kittin

A special interview with electro doyenne Miss Kittin. XLR8R: What’s one record that changed your life or changed the way you thought about music? Miss Kittin: Probably Chill Out from …

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