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Audiofile: Bot'Ox—Cosmo Vitelli Returns With Sinister, Synthed-Out ?Sounds Inspired by Car Culture.

Neither Benjamin Boguet nor Julien Briffaz owns a car. But it hasn’t stopped them—the duo herein known as Bot’Ox—from creating moody electronic soundscapes perfect for moonlit drives down dark stretches …

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Bubblin': Shlohmo

Who: Shlohmo Where: San Francisco, CA Born and raised in Los Angeles, 20-year-old upstart producer Shlohmo (a.k.a. Henry Laufer) now resides in San Francisco, where he pulls double duty as …

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Vis-Ed: Siggi Eggertsson—A Basketball-Loving Icelandic Designer Humbly Rewrites the Rule Book. 

A review of rising design star Siggi Eggertsson’s work reveals a creeping interest in sports—portraits of athletes, a mosaic of basketball cards, a quilt bearing the likeness of Michael Jordan. …

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Reflections on the Wall: Twenty Years After the Berlin Wall, AGF's New Project Straddles the Line Between East and West

Antye Greie has spent the past 20 years trying to make sense of the world she literally woke up to on November 9, 1989. Communist East German society raised her …

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Turning the Tables in the Digital Age

A quick Q+A with Pete Hahn, the creative director of one of our favorite retailers, Turntable Lab, on the site’s recent foray into selling digital music. XLR8R: How important for …

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Seaside Getaway: With a New Home on Sub Pop, Baltimore's Beach House Scales Up Their Trademark Sound

Things that immediately establish a certain mood: dead body, Labrador puppy, thunder, Inland Empire, the band Beach House. Even among three divergent albums, Baltimore’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally remain …

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Bubblin': Blondes

Who: Blondes Where: Brooklyn, NY Sam Haar and Zach Steinman have been playing together in various bands since their time together at Oberlin College in Ohio, but Blondes first took …

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Swinging Addis: A Polaroid Pictorial from Ethiopia

Late last year, New York photographer and filmmaker Olivia Wyatt traveled to Ethiopia to document the music of 13 different tribes for an upcoming film planned for distribution by Sublime …

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Swinging Addis: Video from Photographer Olivia Wyatt's Ethiopian Music Explorations

Here’s a quick trailer for Olivia Wyatt’s upcoming film for Sublime Frequencies on tribal music from Ethiopia. Check out Swinging Addis, Wyatt’s Polaroid feature in XLR8R 132, right here.

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New York State of Mind: Seven Gotham City visual artists on the rise for 2010.

Stylist: Kristin Vincent Assistant Stylist: Nadia Koch Hair & Makeup: Sarah Appleby Matteo Callegari Shot in his studio at Hunter College, NYC Matteo was born in Northeastern Italy, in the …

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Bubblin': Deadboy

Who: Deadboy Where: London, UK A few years back it seemed like 2-step was basically dead and buried, another casualty of the UK dance music’s relentless hype machine. But then …

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Brothers From Another Planet: Neon Indian, Washed Out, Pictureplane, and Memory Tapes

I’m talking inspiration with Alan Palomo, the 21-year-old Brooklyn-/Austin-based artist behind the psychedelic synth-pop outfit Neon Indian, when he offers up his earliest musical obsession. “It all started when I …

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Hot Dog Logic: Breaking down the visual language of Swedish designer PMKFA.

“The way I work and try to use different styles and mediums is based on a solid restlessness,” says Michael Thorsby, best known as graphic-design force PMKFA, from his parents’ …

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Inbox: Souls of Mischief

In this round of Inbox, XLR8R is straight chillin’ with legendary Oakland hip-hop foursome Souls of Mischief. Members A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai take turns charming us with their choice …

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Floating Points: A young UK composer connects the dots between dub and science.

Twenty-three-year-old Londoner Sam Shepherd is all over the map. Literally. When I contacted the busy producer, DJ, and bandleader who records as Floating Points, he was gigging in Greece and …

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Revolutions Per Minute: Matías Aguayo Takes House Music to Paris, Buenos Aires, and All Points In Between

That voice, mellifluous from the start, confident and full of grace to the end, is the perfect introduction to Matías Aguayo. He’s in London; I’m in Detroit. Over the small …

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Inbox: Daniel Wang

This week, Inbox gets chummy with Germany-based nu-disco DJ and producer Daniel Wang. The right-handed East Berliner, who has also lived in places such as Taiwan and New York, designs …

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