Seven of the world's best graffiti artists usher in Adidas' Spring line with the End to End Project, in which these champions of urban street art will work together painting a full-sized replica of a subway car from, uh, end to end. Think of it as a gigantic live painting endeavor, planted for public viewing at a busy New York intersection.Read more »
The guys at Kranky knew what they were doing when they announced Stars of the Lid’s (annoyingly named) Stars of the Lid and Their Refinement of the Decline as the label’s 100th release. The band’s first album in five years is a 2-disc collage of thick layers of pretty drone and cinematic pads that are so lush, most ambient producers will have trouble looking in the mirror. Directed by Luke Savisky, “Apreludes (in C major)” is a trippy, 16mm video, and an incessantly moving portrait of a forest that is as beautiful as it is minimal.Read more »
The early-’80s were an obscure era. New York was getting its first lick of post-punk with now-legendary acts like Suicide, Sonic Youth, PiL, and The Slits, crossbreeding genres from dub to noise. But while the aforementioned acts gave birth to the current wave of that particular genre, legendary producer Adrian Sherwood and The On-U Sound label inspired generation after generation of artistry, from industrial to hip-hop-to electro, and everything in between.Read more »
With the electro scene growing ever more global, Australia’s Architecture in Helsinki gears up to take its indie electro-pop shenanigans around the world–from Moscow to Portland.
The sextet’s newest single, “Heart it” (remixed by dj /rupture and featuring Lee G), is a stomping, dancehall-meets-electro-pop collision. With Lee’s vocal brawn, /rupture’s simple mid-tempo groove, and melodic electronics, it’s hard to imagine a more ambitious live show. Dancehall? Say goodbye to indie-pop live conventions.Read more »
Instrumental leftfield hip-hop is once again exploding, with tons of new players emerging from online labels and MySpace pages. The abstract sound (also referred to as “headz”)–a combo of hip-hop drum programming, funky loops, strange samples, and intricate, choppy production blended into an often meditative brew–originated in the '90s, with Mo Wax and Ninja Tune artists DJ Krush, The Prunes, Funky Porcini, and DJ Food.Read more »
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