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Michael Cina: The Ghostly designer and type wrangler talks about the cosmos, getting loose, and Led Zeppelin.

With clients as seemingly disparate as Hewlett-Packard, Pepsi, and Ghostly International, Minneapolis-based Michael Cina is a workhorse designer whose oeuvre is exemplary of an artist thinking in multiple media without …

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Inbox: Robot Koch

Check in with Inbox as we pick the brain of Berlin-based experimental dubstep maestro Robert Koch (a.k.a. Robot Koch). The talented producer (and founder of Jahcoozi) selects some choice karaoke …

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Artist to Watch: Martin Kemp

Who: Martin Kemp Where: London, UK Although lots of folks might simply know him as Brackles’ little brother, 22-year-old Martin Kemp has done a fine job skating the wobbly line …

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XLR8R Annual Report: Best XLR8R TV Episodes 2K9

Keeping up with every XLR8R TV episode can be almost as exhausting as producing it week after week. So, we’ve made it easy for you—the tired, poor, huddled internet masses …

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XLR8R Annual Report: Best Podcasts 2K9

You like lists and we like self-important navel-gazing, so here it is, another mind-blowing collection of some of XLR8R’s top-notch content from 2009. Over the course of the year, our …

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Inbox: Kap Bambino

This week Inbox enters the realm of wild French electro-grunge duo Kap Bambino. The gypsy that is leading lady Caroline Martial woos us with Guns N’ Roses, eats spiders (supposedly), …

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XLR8R Buyers' Guide to Dreamin' 2K9

If you’re still feeling hopped up after getting jacked, bubbled, bumped, and tripped-out, then let this, the last of XLR8R’s Buyers’ Guides to our favorite music of 2009, usher in …

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XLR8R Buyers' Guide to Trippin' 2K9

It’s an overly caffeinated day at XLR8R HQ today, but vast consumption of coffee isn’t the only thing that’s got us trippin’ ballz. We’re also rollin’ out another fine assortment …

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XLR8R Buyers' Guide to Bumpin' 2K9

Is the multitude of year-end lists breaking your brain yet? If so, let us provide the grey matter a little respite by lacing you with ANOTHER CRAZY AMAZING LIST OF …

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Artist to Watch: Tanlines

Who: Tanlines Where: Brooklyn, NY It is telling that Tanlines can still put on an amazingly fun dance show in the stifling, sticky summer heat of Brooklyn; otherwise, the duo’s …

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XLR8R Buyers' Guide to Bubblin' 2K9

Back for more, are you? Well, pop your bottles to today’s installment of XLR8R’s Official Buyers’ Guide to the most immaculate stacks of wax in the Bubblin’ 2K9 category. Here …

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XLR8R Buyers' Guide to Jackin' 2K9

Internet, you asked for it and we have delivered: Behold, the absolute best, most definitive guide to str8 jackin’ tracks for the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ought Nine. …

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Artist to Watch: Javelin

Who: Javelin Where: Brooklyn, NY Perhaps the fact that Tom van Buskirk and George Langford of Javelin are cousins explains the weirdly organic sounds that they gather from disparate elements, …

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The Field Interview

With its uniquely dreamy-but-propulsive style, Axel Willner’s From Here We Go Sublime was a game-changer when it dropped in 2007. The soft-spoken Swede, who was then working days in a …

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XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: The Field

The Field’s Axel Willner faced the pressures of following up a breakthrough album by making another great one. Axel Willner and I are talking about movies—horror movies, to be exact—over …

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Uproot Andy: From kuduro to cumbia and beyond, Andy Gillis bridges ?the post-geographic musical gap.

When Uproot Andy rolls out the names of rhythms, he savors them deliberately, like a hoodoo priest chews on a root: kuduro, bullerengue, cumbia. And like a root doctor, it’s …

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Inbox: WHY?

Cheeky Bay Area expat Yoni Wolf pays a visit to XLR8R’s Inbox this week. The lead man of indie-rock outfit WHY? touches himself at work, remembers the Olsen twins’ humble …

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Blue States: Indie hip-hop heroes Blue Scholars embrace a new label, sounds, and social concerns.

It took a month for George Quibuyen just to get used to waking up in his own bed and “being a family dude.” After two years on the road with …

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