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Quio: Missunderstood

Don't call her "hip-hop." Don't ask her what it's like being a female MC. And search for evidence of her German-ness at your own risk. Ina Rotter (a.k.a. Quio) has little interest in the categories we use to make sense of the world. She prefers to be taken "unseriously." That's just as well, because her sophomore album, Phiu, is profoundly silly. Seriously.

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G&W: The Onement

When Dudley Perkins met Georgia Anne Muldrow at a BBQ in Los Angeles more than two years ago, she was basking in the glow of her recently released 2004 debut, Worthnothings. Entirely self-produced, its dark yet hopeful mix of hip-hop and deep soul captured her as a larva struggling to metamorphose into a butterfly. Read more » 

Les Savy Fav's Serious Style

"Now, this is something I'd actually wear," says Les Savy Fav guitarist Seth Jabber, as he steps out of a Beacon's Closet dressing room in an ultra-soft T-shirt featuring a baby-blue tie-dye background and a tiger with black and white stripes.

"Oh wait, this is one of those companies that makes 'vintage-like shirts,'" he adds, looking at the top's tag. "That kinda takes all the fun out of it, doesn't it?"

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Rita J: Bridging the Gap

Unlike many of her indie hip-hop peers, Rita J isn't a huge fan of nostalgia. And that goes for her music and her life as a whole. "I don't dwell on the past," says this up-and-coming hip-hop MC. "I like the past–I think it gives you perspective for the future–but I just keep it movin', man."

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Feedback Loop: Weirdo Nation

The sparse yet sprawling feedback-damaged pop of No Age's Weirdo Rippers is a surefire sign that Sonic Youth's guitar-rock statement, 1988's Daydream Nation, has stood the test of time, its influence still echoing 20 years later. Upon the release of the Daydream Nation Deluxe Edition double-disc reissue, we asked No Age guitarist Randy Randall to pen a few words on the record's impact.

Randy Randall on Daydream Nation:
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