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DJ Sega: Rollerskatin' and "party" hatin' with the youthful progenitor of the Philly club sound.

Phillin’ It: For years, Philadelphia has been shrugged off as New York’s little brother—a place where displaced Brooklynites went in search of cheaper rents, bigger spaces, and a touch less …

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Five Star: Bodycode — The South African house producer on five books that influenced his latest LP, Immune.

Stephen Baxter? Destiny’s Children Books 1 to 4 (Del Ray) This is a series of books that spans time, from the distant past into the distant future. In medieval times, …

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Space 1026: An artist-run studio/gallery finds a loving home in Chinatown.

At the heart of Philadelphia’s Chinatown lies a semi-secret art gallery and studio known as Space 1026. From organizing events and parties to producing top-notch art from its dozens of …

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Inbox: Zombie Disco Squad

XLR8R’s Inbox takes it to the house with London natives Lucas Hunter and Nat Self of Zombie Disco Squad. The electro duo says “Yay!” to Biggie Smalls, Fabric, Berlin’s Panorama …

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Clothes Captioned: OAK

Somewhere between Grace Jones, vintage Calvin Klein, and backwoods biker bars lies the street-meets-high fashion designs of NYC boutique/clothing line OAK. In their six years as a storefront and in-house …

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Quintron & Miss Pussycat: The pioneers of "swamp tech" show us the magical talismans of their New Orleans hideaway.

The Boat Bar? Miss Pussycat and I have spent many happy hours drinking and thinking alone at this special basement bar. Our dear friend Julien found this abandoned by the …

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Tom Trago: The Amsterdam sound has an open-minded new guide.

Berlin has minimal techno, Oslo trades in space disco, and Paris patented the French Touch house sound. But what can the Dutch lay claim to in electronic music, now that …

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Inbox: Beak>

This week Inbox flies away with Geoff Barrow, the creative glue behind Bristol-based experimental rock trio, Beak> (not to mention the mutli-instrumentalist producer and founding member of Portishead). While he …

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Under the Covers: A new Soul Jazz cover-art retrospective traces the visual roots of '60s free-jazz radicalism.?

Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art 1965-83 (SJR Publishing; hardcover; $39.99), a stunning retrospective of jazz cover art, is about much more than cool-ass graphics, though, that is …

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Traxx: A Chicago house fiend takes a decidedly old-school approach to making jakbeat.

Drawing inspiration from the halcyon days of juice bars, loft parties, and the earliest glimpses of the Chicago rave scene, Melvin Oliphant’s skewed vision of the past is a creative …

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Pop Montreal 2009

Even when the temperature dropped to an unseasonable 8 degrees celsius, Montreal still managed to be a warm, inviting host to XLR8R as we checked out the eighth annual installment …

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High Steaks: Beat king RJD2 goes in search of the perfect Philly cheesesteak.

Phillin’ It: For years, Philadelphia has been shrugged off as New York’s little brother—a place where displaced Brooklynites went in search of cheaper rents, bigger spaces, and a touch less …

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Inbox: DJ Hell

XLR8R’s Inbox cozies up with Helmut Josef Geier (a.k.a. DJ Hell) this week. The German techno don debunks S&M rumors, recovers from an ear infection, loves tailored suits, and loathes …

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Jneiro Jarel: A nomadic hip-hop head keeps it fluid in viberia.

Producer/MC Jneiro Jarel prefers not to call any one city his own. Not wanting to fall into hip-hop’s territorial obsession, Jarel is more concerned with pushing his various leftfield projects …

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Cold Cave: Dark wave and Brian Eno collide for a bedroom dancefloor epiphany.

Phillin’ It: For years, Philadelphia has been shrugged off as New York’s little brother—a place where displaced Brooklynites went in search of cheaper rents, bigger spaces, and a touch less …

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Inbox: Ari Up

British punk legend Ari Up (a.k.a. Arianna Forster) takes her breakfast with XLR8R’s Inbox in this edition. The heavily dreadlocked Slits leading lady recalls one of her band’s rocky early …

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Gutter Twins: Dev79 and Starkey take the sound of the Philly streets worldwide.

The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink aesthetic that DJs/producers Gair “Dev79″ Marking and PJ “Starkey” Geissinger call “street bass” combines touches of Dirty South hip-hop, grime, Miami bass drops, glitched-out sex funk, dubstep, and …

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Audiofile: Brennan Green

Disco-house mutations from a Brooklyn-via-Toronto Arthur Russell obsessive. Brennan Green’s latest single, ?“My First House,” actually sat on his shelf for 12 years before it was released. It was the …

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