Mavado & Aidonia: The Warriors

Seated on a stage at Brooklyn’s BAM Rose Cinemas, Aidonia looks visibly uncomfortable. A cap pulled low over his eyes, the deejay is staring at the floor–hardly a pose befitting an emerging supe…

Au Revoir Simone: Lynch-Pop

Au Revoir Simone’s Annie Hart is on the phone from a tour stop in Munich. She’s just finished sound-check and is stoked on her monitor mix. It’s a simple pleasure–but then again, sim…

Just Do It: Remix Tips

Want to get high-profile rappers to spit on your beats? Need to make an indie rock track into an electro-house anthem? Producers K-Salaam, A Touch of Class, DJ Day, and Pilooski with tips on remixing,…

Qualo: Backpack Gangstas

The annual Chicago Rocks showcase, organized by the respected Molemen crew, has been a highlight of the city’s hip-hop calendar for years and Qualo made sure its appearance during the 2005 editi…

Lifesavas: Alter-Ego Trippin'

For hip-hop trio Lifesavas, the fine line between fact and fiction has temporarily become blurred. With their new album, this Portland, OR-based crew–consisting of Jumbo the Garbageman, Vursatyl, and …

Gui Boratto: Brazilian Architecture

You may be familiar with the saying (often attributed to Elvis Costello) “writing about music is like dancing about architecture”–the idea being that words aren’t able to capture the…

Five Star By Kevin Barnes

On Of Montreal’s “My British Tour Diary,” from the Athens, GA-based psych-pop band’s 2004 album, Satanic Panic in the Attic, frontman Kevin Barnes complains about London cab dr…

Cinematic Orchestra's Artist Tips

Despite the proliferation of bedroom rockers with cracked laptop copies of Logic, there are plenty of producers recording the old-fashioned way–in studios. While there’s nothing particularly old…

Cadence Weapon: Mightier Rhythms

In the rap world, Rollie Pemberton’s days are numbered–at least, that’s what he thinks. “Nas was 18 when Illmatic came out,” says the 21-year-old emphatically on the phone from…

Spray It, Don't Say It: Graff at 40

Until graffiti as we know it turned 30 (around 2000 or so), it seemed to evolve as fast as the kids in the streets would let it. Inner-city 10-year-olds writing their names on abandoned buildings afte…

Santogold: Post-Punk Peacock

Santi White’s been kicking around the realms of middle-stardom for years, working on projects that hinted at–but never realized–her full potential. At least hers has been a fun tale to tell. Int…

Beyond Beats and Rhymes: Taboos

For years, former Northeastern University quarterback Byron Hurt has been speaking to students and athletes about gender violence prevention. But as a filmmaker, this longtime hip-hop head has taken h…

What Is It? Neue Deutsche Welle

Larry Tee and DJ Hell may have modernized the combination of irony, nihilism, and asymmetrical haircuts with synthesizers and drum machines, but they hardly invented it. They–along with artists like T…

Electrelane: Sunny Side Up

It begins with a swell. Twinkling guitars and a hopeful organ progression meet Verity Susman’s yearning, siren-like voice like two fleshy hands interlocking fingers. Almost immediately, “T…

Jahtari: Brand New Dub

At its simplest, Jahtari is a web label dedicated to digital laptop reggae. It’s hyper-modern dub music, an attempt to do something with the genre that hasn’t been done before while still …

Spacing Out with Mars-1

Mario Martinez has been blowing minds as Mars-1 for a long time, from creating painting deep, spacey landscapes to envisioning otherworldly characters that he turns into toys with the help of his frie…

Mama Clothing's Favorite Things

Streetwear is definitely a boy’s game, but there are just as many girls coveting all-over-print hoodies and crazy-colored high-tops. Enter 32-year-old Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, who began fillin…

Alias In the Studio

Ever since crate-digging purists became indie rap’s greatest limitation, artists like Anticon’s Alias have gone far out of their way to shake up expectations. Shying away from both mainstr…

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