Detroit is one amazing city when it comes to hip-hop, and Phat Kat–real name Ronnie Watts–is living proof. This Motor City veteran hit the scene early, collaborating with the late J Dilla on the First Down project. Since then, Watts has blown up the hip-hop underground, working with the likes of Black Milk and Elzhi. "Cold Steel" is more gritty street music that's got the D and everyone else psyched.Read more »
XLR8R's May issue (#107) features Ghostly flagship artist and minimal techno master Matthew Dear as he gets up-close and personal about his ascent to indie fame. We also catch up with the four-woman rock powerhouse Electrelane, get the lowdown on the beef between dancehall gangstas Mavado and Aidonia, quiz Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes on his electronic music heroes, and chat with Lifesavas about their new album.Read more »
The hows and whys of the situation have yet to be released, but it appears official–MySpace bulletins are about as official as it gets these days–that Paris-based sister duo CocoRosie has been arrested and forced to cancel the remaining dates of its North American tour. Said bulletin was pretty straight to the point:
we are so sorry to announce that we cannot play the rest of the us tour dates
the band got arrested, thats all i can say
we love you all
we are playing a free show in New York on may 19th
Roots singer Daweh Congo has an excellent new download-only single available, titled "Joy Brings Pain". This earthy reggae song features Congo’s wailing-style voice, a unique timbre (which sounds a bit like early Burning Spear) that has set him apart from the crowded Rasta vocal market. “Joy…” also features an electric slide guitar by Swedish blues musician Tender G, and fans can access a free dub version of the track on Congo’s website.Read more »
Von Spar S/T Tomlab
Kraut-rock is by nature weird as all hell. But when a band like Von Spar enters your eardrums, things go from weird to primitively shocking. The band’s heavy, repetitive tribal drumming, demonic howling, and melodic noise-collisions will make you remember why those little brats in Lord of the Flies went apeshit. This is the best release from Tomlab yet.
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Few XLR8R fashion shoots match the one in Issue 75 (March 2004), which features not only some good-looking models and tasty fashions, but also a dude in some sharp Adidas kicks and a hotdog suit gallivanting around San Francisco. We've unearthed these photos from the archives of XLR8R, now available for viewing at Peepshow.
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