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Favorite Fashions

XLR8R asks: What is your favorite fashion look of the last five years?

Joshy D
"Tattoo imagery. Although I don't consider my company a disposable trend, the acceptance of tattoos on skin and in fashion has given Rebel 8 more exposure, popularity, and legitimacy. And I love the resurgence of glam and punk fashion. There is nothing wrong with having a 1980s time capsule as your wardrobe."

San Francisco's Joshy D runs t-shirt company Rebel 8.

Bob Kronbauer
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Melted Mailbox: Singles Club

Twenty-four-year-old Matt Kimmel gets a rush from discovering obscure bands. But he's noticed that even in a hyperlinked world, deserving artists go unappreciated–hence the inspiration to start Melted Mailbox, a new psychedelic singles club. "It's a low-tech solution to the modern problem of finding out about new bands," says Kimmel. "If you like experimental music, and you like your mailbox, there's no reason not to sign up."

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New Music Books

Think you know everything about music? Three new book series prove you've still got a lot to learn...

1. 33 1/3 Series
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Ian Wright: Addressing the Message

London-based artist Ian Wright may be a man of few words, but with over two decades of work under his belt, he can afford to let his imagery do the talking. While still unknown to many, Wright has carved a careful niche for himself over the years, using a variety of media and techniques to translate sound into images for countless commissions. From his work for Pete Townshend, Black Uhuru, and On-U Sound to his album sleeves for Factory Records and Cabaret Voltaire, Wright has made his mark on music culture.

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Synch Festival: Greece Hits

Raving in Greece isn't quite like raving anywhere else. You're less likely to end up at an afterparty than to find yourself at an all-night diner on the outskirts of the city, where vintage jazz and recent R&B take turns on the stereo while you crouch on Turkish cushions, eating salty crepes. The crowds are different, too, there's no jaded "been there, done that" feeling, because many partygoers are doing it all for the first time.

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