Since the late '70s, London's Mute Records has been a bastion of independent music and culture. The label, an early home to industrial/new wave torchbearers like Fad Gadget and Depeche Mode, remains a guiding light, challenging the ethos and aesthetic of the major labels, despite its purchase by EMI. Read more »
DJ C is a man on the move. For the past 10 years, Jake Trussell has been a pivotal figure in Boston's electronic music scene, organizing parties, hosting club nights, and spinning a riotous mix of jungle, ragga, hip-hop, dancehall, dubstep, bhangra, and '80s pop. This June saw the release of DJ C's long-awaited first full-length, the formidably enjoyable Sonic Weapons. This summer also saw the Boston native move to Chicago on a mission to introduce third-coasters to the hyper-hyphenated style he's dubbed "Boston bounce."
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Chromeo could just as easily be a house party band from 1987 as 2007. The Montreal/New York duo's concoction of Revolution-era Prince funk, Jam-and-Lewis pop, and Jheri Curl-oiled camp is built from scratch on a wealth of vintage synthesizers and drum machines. Despite their home arsenal, the band keeps it simple on stage. Frontman Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) wields a mean Gibson Flying V guitar, while his comrade P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) mans the synths and robotically serenades the crowd with a Talk Box tube tucked into one cheek. Read more »
Alana Stuart's parents immigrated to Canada as part of the country's Caribbean influx of the 1970s. When Stuart was a toddler, her Grenadian mother and Jamaican father threw parties that swelled to the early morning with plenty of music, food, liquor, and language from the many isles of the West Indies. "I actually have a picture of me in just a diaper and you can see people's legs hanging off the couch, a bottle of brandy, and my mom serving breakfast," Stuart recalls. "It was a time when all the islands mixed. Read more »
Kill. Or be killed. It's an extreme choice for extreme circumstances. And, at the moment, no videogame is quite as extreme as Rockstar Games' Manhunt 2, recently banned in the U.K. and New Zealand, and assigned the Adults Only rating in the U.S. alongside games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
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