Music fans should be constantly thanking their lucky stars that Iceland exists. Between the religious experience of Sigur Ros' made-up language, the timeless vocal workouts of Björk, and the groundbreaking dance sounds of GusGus, the island country has given us plenty to get psyched about—so get ready for more. Read more »
Referring to musicians as "genius" is becoming more and more difficult these days, but if and when they surface, it's nothing short of glorious. So you can imagine the joy rippling through XLR8R when news broke that Tyondai Braxton, frontman for math-rock masterminds Battles, is releasing a new solo album, Central Market, on Warp Records on September 15. Read more »
Founder of London club Trash and producer of Mystery Jets and Late of the Pier Erol Alkan rolled out his Fourth of July mix on BBC Radio 6 on Saturday. Sure, it wasn't exactly a holiday in the U.K., but who cares?—we're spreading freedom worldwide. Oh, and you've only got five days left to check out this indie-dance-house-whathaveyou mix, so stream it now. Read more »
Those of you without a beach to comb or a BBQ to raid this holiday weekend might want to detour over to the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn. That’s because the folks at Woodsist and Captured Tracks have got a special two-day fest coming your way and the line-up is absolutely killer. Noiseniks and all can get their fazers set to stun as hitmakers from the Woodsist/Captured Tracks ilk zap some fuzz and scuzz straight to your skull. Read more »
As if that needed to be said... What we mean to say is that Grandmaster Flash is just one of the turntablist icons to be featured in Activision's new DJ Hero game, and we gotta admit, we're sort of stoked on this one. The hip-hop DJ legend lends his voice and knowledge to the game's tutorials, teaching players how to use the killer control surface while expounding on the game's mechanics. Read more »
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