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Boots and Braces: Punk and Hardcore Books

If you like looking at skinheads–and really, who doesn’t?–then you will get a thrill from Skins & Punks: Lost Archives 1978-1985 (Vice Books; hardcover, $40), a compendium of personal photographs …

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Martyn: Beyond London Dubstep

Martijn Deykers has a hit in a genre that, up until this year, he knew little about. “Broken” melded a hammered dub rhythm–a sound like railroad tracks crackling beneath passing …

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Totally Faded: John Vanderslice

For the next four weeks, XLR8R will chat with four indie engineers who invite us into their studios to discuss production philosophies, gear, and how to set your music free. …

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The Bug: Bass-Heavy Animal Instincts

In early February of this year, Kevin Martin opened the door of his London studio to find a 60-year-old woman standing outside, pants dropped. Kneeling beside her, a younger man …

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Bitter Bastard: Dumb iPhone Apps

When the iPhone came out, you couldn’t go to a party, a dinner, work–okay, basically anywhere–without being accosted by someone wanting to show you all the features of their cool …

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Inbox: Eliot Lipp

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, …

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Doomunity: Beneath Portland's Music Scene

The bucolic environs of the Pacific Northwest often inspire serene music, but they can just as easily lead folks like Daryl Groetsch (a.k.a. Pulse Emitter) to make music that sounds …

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Michna's Top Gear

The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Miami prankster (sometimes known as DJ Egg Foo Young) reveals the secrets of his favorite machines. Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-660 drum machine I think there is a picture of …

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Brewtopia:Portland's Brewing Scene

Dylan Goldsmith, who single-handedly runs Portland’s Captured by Porches brewing operation, takes a very DIY approach by default. Every pint of the company’s beer is made in a makeshift, one-room …

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Portland DJs on Deck

Your guide to the DJs throwin’ down in this rock-heavy town. E3 Style: Everything I play tends to be rooted in reggae, dub, African, or Middle Eastern music. How that …

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Band Fam: Hush Records

From Americana to indie punk, a pioneering label’s umbrella of producers, friends, and players stretches far and wide. Hush Records, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, was founded by …

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Pierced Arrows: Reviving a Dead Moon

Four months: That’s how long Fred and Toody Cole needed to realize that vacationing from rock ’n’ roll just wasn’t for them. After kicking out 20 years’ worth of jams, …

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Inbox: Sebastien Grainger

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, …

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LoDubs: Dubstep, Drone, and Beyond

The American West Coast seems to have really taken to U.K. dubstep–Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have developed devoted audiences for the stripped-down low-end sound that some initially surmised …

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God: The Game

Ever wanted to play the role of the Almighty Himself, shaping a world and its inhabitants, watching up on high as your creations thrive? Or, in many cases, destroy themselves? …

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Reverend Shines: A Day in the Life

Ryan “Rev Shines” Shortell is best known as one-third of Quannum hip-hop act Lifesavas, but he’s also one of this country’s legendary crate-diggers. A beat fanatic who can name the …

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Grouper: Hymns from a Nor-Cal Loner

When Liz Harris, the lone lady behind Grouper, was a kid, she spent most of her days running through the forests of her Northern California home. One afternoon, she and …

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APAK: Pastel Playlands

Working under the name APAK, husband-and-wife team Aaron and Ayumi Piland’s super-adorable art pieces reflect their youthful outlook, love of nature, and all-encompassing affection for one another. They met back …

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