One of the rare few to master elements of both production and MCing at an early age, 21-year-old Rollie Pemberton (a.k.a. Cadence Weapon) has already dabbled in remixes for Lady Sovereign and the late Disco D, as well as made a solid long-player, Breaking Kayfabe. “Sharks” is the kind of playful hip-hop that will make the kids stash their milk money away to save up for the album.Read more »
Tortoise is a fairly recognizable name on the Midwestern indie circuit, and the band’s propensity to experiment with everything from electronics to jazz has marked them as a post-rock miracle. The Chicago-based quintet has been making noise for nearly two decades, producing some of Thrill Jockey’s most esteemed releases, not to mention a series of subsequent side-projects (The Sea and Cake, Brokeback).Read more »
Justice needs no introduction at this point. Known for crunchy distortion, giant light-up crosses at live performances, and remixes of everyone from Soulwax to Franz Ferdinand, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay remain the undisputed leaders of the new wave of French dance music. Here, they take five to share what’s in their record bags as they travel around the world spreading the new gospel of dance.
Digitalism played one of the bangin'-est sets in recent memory at San Francisco's Mezzanine in April. Lucky for you, we filmed it. Jens Moelle and Isi Tuefekci, two young Turks (one of them quite literally) from Hamburg, have been thumping eardrums with knob-twiddling remixes over the past year and are evolving into a dancefloor-friendly indie-rock force to be reckoned with. We caught up with them as they prepared for non-stop touring for the release of their debut album, Idealism.
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Industrial sludge masters Skinny Puppy will tour North America for the first time in three years, beginning May 25. The group–originally from Vancouver but now based in L.A.–has an output that spans two decades, 12 albums, and yet another album on the way. The live show will no doubt feature Puppy staples like Budd Dwyer’s suicide video, mock vivisection, and mutants on stilts.Read more »
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