Those not in close proximity to Berlin must generally satiate their appetites for Ellen Allien’s DJ sets via her sporadic North American appearances (which generally pack venues room-to-room). Fortunately, the BPitch Control label boss is next in line to tackle London’s esteemed Fabric series, in which she’ll deliver a healthy dose of techno and dance music to fans worldwide.Read more »
The urban lifestyle is a hard thing to map, but the people at Scion seem to have a fairly comprehensive understanding of the phrase. The car company and marketing agency has outdone itself once again by organizing Wan2BSquares–an art exhibition featuring seven diverse, internationally renowned artists exemplifying all things urban (and boxy).Read more »
Tastemakers–from Ubiquity Records and So-Cal’s BTS Radio, to Munich’s Matthias Desch, and international radio streams like Beyond Jazz and Straight Up–are all freaking about a new face from Glasgow. Hudson Mohawke is the man of the hour, and dirty beats are his trade. Call him a disciple of Dilla, an avant-hip-hop instrumentalist, a leftfield beatmaker–whatever. He’s new, young, and making waves in the underground.Read more »
Dinosaur Jr. Beyond Fat Possum
It’s been a long wait, but the original Dinosaur Jr. lineup is back in action, and better than ever. Beyond picks up exactly where Mascis, Murph, and Barlow left off–heavy, poppy, and with gnarlier solos than ever before. Whether or not you were part of the whole ’90s indie rock takeover, Beyond will still kick you in the ass.
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It seems Grails have officially bridged the gap between Led Zeppelin and Ravi Shankar with Burning Off Impurities. The experimental quartet’s fourth album is a giant step ahead of its instru-metal (yes, it really is a genre) contemporaries (Explosions in the Sky, Envy), as it relies less on layers of epic, post-rock guitar, and more on whispering ambience, rhythmic guitar riffs, winding feedback, and plenty of textured delay.Read more »
The end of 2006 saw powerHouse Books unveil It’s All Good, a collection of photographs from Brooklyn-based, Serbian-born artist Boogie. Images from that book, which collectively present a gripping exposé of street life’s underworld, now make their way to Tokyo, alongside pieces Boogie did for Japanese publication Commons&Sense.
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