FriendsWithYou: Plush Playgrounds

With so many brands trying to insinuate themselves into your daily life, it’s easy to be suspicious of an organization that wants to befriend you. But it’s hard to stay cynical about Frien…

Explosions in the Sky: Hazy Shades

Fans–whether of sports or music–say a lot of things, not all of them nice. They say the second title is the toughest, that the hardest thing is a repeat. And they repeat these axioms ’til they h…

Brah! Records: Oneida Flourishes

To most record labels, signing Pittsburgh rock ‘n’ roll iconoclasts The Dirty Faces would seem like a bad bet. Their music is too experimental–feedback-laden and lyrically post-ironic–for …

So Damn Fresh: Indie Rappers

Following in the footsteps of 2 Live Crew and JJ Fad, Gold Chains and Gravy Train!!!, Snap and Lil Jon, a new club rap canon emerges, guided by the same bass-inundated party-and-bullshit ethos, but av…

Yellow Arrow on DC's Punk Monuments

Any visitor to the nation’s capital knows there are plenty of walking tours to be taken, spiraling around monuments, museums, and the eight million buildings that make up just the Department of …

Michoacan: Catch the Fever

From his mile-a-minute chatter, you’d never know Fernando Miranda Rios is fighting a fever. Rios is high on Cubase VST plug-ins, rave memories, and the tracks he makes as Michoacan–and thereR…

Possessed: A Long Gone John Story

Long Gone John collects things: stuffed animals Edward Gorey sewed himself, big-eyed Margaret Keane dolls from the 1950s, prescription pill bottles that once belonged to famous people (he owns Debbie …

Justin Broadrick In The Studio

Since defining grindcore with Napalm Death when he was only 15, Justin Broadrick has made a career out of destroying and rebuilding the rules of heavy music. Best known for his role in the seminal met…

Scene Points: Micro-Music DVDs

Experimental Everything 40 Bands/80 Minutes! (Sounds Are Active, $10.98) documents a Monday night all-ages show at Los Angeles’ ll Corral (a former sweatshop), where 40 bands each played two-min…

Joakim: My Pet Monsters

The last time I spoke to Joakim Bouaziz he was laughing, albeit a bit nervously. On the phone from the Parisian office of Tigersushi, the website and label he helped found, the lanky French producer/D…

Tigrics: Hungarian Heart

Budapest is a proud, rough city. Miles of once stately Hapsburg buildings sit under a century’s film of dust, their tall windows peering down onto broad avenues. The bars, found even in undergro…

Shot Calling: Telemarketing

“I read the phonebook like a novel when I was a kid,” says Alexi Morrissey, a conceptual artist based in Pittsburgh. While Morrissey, a former graffiti artist from Boston, was searching fo…

DJ Mehdi's Artist Tips

Parisian DJ Mehdi’s debut full-length on Ed Banger, Lucky Boy, encompasses so many different styles that a single listen can make your head spin. We were interested to know how he changes gears …

The Evolution of Helvetica

As Plexifilm’s president and head producer, Gary Hustwit’s usual pursuits are music-related–everything from the recent Detroit techno doc High Tech Soul to Wilco’s I Am Trying to Bre…

Dust La Rock's Favorite Things

Dust La Rock (also known as “Dusty”) is the alias of Brooklyn-based graphic designer Joshua Prince, who is “30 going on 21.” When he’s not causing drunken havoc with his …

Battles: Sleight of Hand

Okay, so maybe a choir of cheerleaders was a bad idea, although it seemed brilliant at the time. Revolutionary even. “That was one of Ian’s stipulations when we started the band; I think t…

Paths of Rhythm: Battles Brains

In their prime, Bad Brains was transcendent. In 1979, these four African-American punk pioneers from D.C. stormed the music world. They were Rastas capable of rattling your skull with intense rock, th…

Somewhere: Tecnobrega in Brazil

Brega, in Portuguese, means something of bad taste; it also refers to a genre of Brazilian popular music whose songs are usually about heartache, and include questionable use of synths and strings. De…

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