Dixon: House Cleaning

Steffen Berkhahn, known to the world simply as Dixon, is feeling good. His Innervisions label is only a year old and its second release, Âme’s Rej EP, is already an international hit; after selling th…

Jaybo: Sunny Side Up

The biggest hip-hop brand in Berlin is helmed by an iconoclastic Frenchman named Jaybo, who traveled around the world (Sweden, Senegal, Nigeria) before a lost passport forced him to settle in Berlin&#…

Sleeparchive: Keeping Secrets

“808 and bleeps and noise” is how Berlin’s Roger Semsroth succinctly describes his perfectly formed Sleeparchive project. Combining the asceticism of Mika Vainio’s recordings f…

Bitter Bastard: Ich Hasse Berlin

Berlin’s so great, blah, blah. Techno rave blah. Stay up all weekend, Wall, döner kebab, Ecstasy, yadda yadda. Bunker, beer, underground, artsy, bahn this, tram that. Bitter Bastard thinks the o…

Welcom to Berlin. Let's Get Wasted

On the wall of the Panoramabar office is a quote from German philosopher Goethe that reads “Be hardworking during the day and swine-like at night. This is how the world is best.” It’…

Pfadfinderei: Graphic Troopers

Pfandfinderei means “path finders.” It also means “boy scouts,” and after you meet the Pfadfinderei it’s hard to say which meaning is more appropriate. Pfadfinderei consi…

The Run Up DVD: Krylon Warriors

Don’t think for a second that the artists featured in The Run Up (Upper Playground; $19.99) are just another bunch of spray-can-wielding vandals in paint-splattered hoodies. “I want my pai…

James Spooner's New Documentary

If you haven’t heard of Afro-Punk (Image Entertainment, $19.99), it’s not James Spooner’s fault. He’s worked tirelessly since his documentary’s 2003 completion to persona…

DC Recordings: High Voltage

Two floors above a record shop called Intoxica on West London’s bustling Portobello Road, the two men behind one of the UK’s oldest independent record labels are easing into a day’s …

Pack FM: Punchlines and BK Bounce

“It’s time for Brooklyn to step it up again,” declares outspoken MC PackFM direct from the noisy streets of his BK ‘hood. “The grime that we had has been lost. Everybody&…

Banksy, Barely Legal (Updated)

Born in Bristol, England, Banksy gained notoriety in London and throughout the world with his anti-war, anti-capitalist, anti-establishment, and pro-freedom stencil art. His “guerilla art”…

XLR8R's Top 100 Albums

There seemed no better way to commemorate our 100th issue than with what brought us here in the first place: the music. We combed through all of our back issues, nostrils filled with dust and fingers …

White Rose Movement: Gloom Beats

White Rose Movement frontman Finn Vine bears a close resemblance to both Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and Gabi Delgado-Lopez of German industrial/electronic pioneers DAF. This is no accident. From …

Wooster Collective's Favorite Things

If you want to know what’s going down in street art–from stencils to wheatpastes to billboard liberation–your first stop should be the Wooster Collective website. Since January 2003, husband-and…

ESG vs. Girl Talk

Creative appropriation or flat-out theft? It doesn’t matter to Renee Scroggins, singer-guitarist for proto-punk-funk combo ESG–one of the most widely sampled bands in history–and unintentional a…

Five Star By Andy Smith

He’s best known as tour DJ and resident sample-digger for downtempo hitmakers Portishead, but as his The Document series of mix CDs shows, Andy Smith’s true love runs from the funk and dis…

Casisotone For The Painfully Alone

Ten bucks says Owen Ashworth can make you cry in under two minutes. With a couple of crummy Casios and his trusty 4-track, the 28-year-old film school dropout has built a decade-spanning career out of…

Favorite Fashions

XLR8R asks: What is your favorite fashion look of the last five years? Joshy D “Tattoo imagery. Although I don’t consider my company a disposable trend, the acceptance of tattoos on skin a…

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