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Juggaknots: Schooling the Masses

Before sitting down to record their new album Use Your Confusion (Amalgam Digital), Bronx hip-hop trio Juggaknots hadn't recorded a sizeable amount of material together in five or six years. For a group of siblings all living in the same area, this lengthy absence doesn't initially add up–that is, until you find out what they've been doing with their time. While on hiatus from hip-hop, brothers Breeze Brewin and Buddy Slim and sister Queen Herawin were busy dropping science, almost literally, in the classroom.


Brian McCarty Gets His Hands Dirty

Brian McCarty spends a lot of time on his knees. Get your mind out of the gutter, perv–he's just taking photos. Then again, these aren't just any portraits; they're painstaking, crisp, beautifully colored fairytales featuring very small, very still protagonists.


Make the Most of Your Audio

Ever wanted to mod your iPod, set up your stereo properly, or organize your record shelves? Six experts explain how.

How to Digitally Process Your Guitar
Christopher Willits


Tim Hecker: Static and Hum

Give Tim Hecker 50 minutes.


Geared Up: Independent Gear Shops

XLR8R's Brandon Ivers gets wired at teh country's best independent gear shops.

Nova Musik
608 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 270-1948

Tony 'Tone' Gral has operated downtown Milwaukee's Nova Musik since 1999. Boasting a staff knowledgeable in fine beer and synthesizer customization, you can find everything from Nova's modded Moog and Studio Electronic synths to all the usual suspects from Nord, Roland, and Yamaha.

What are people getting most excited about in the store?

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