Mashed Up: Thrash Crew

After three years of dedication from co-directors and videographers Mike Martin and Gabe Morford, San Francisco’s fixed-gear mafia MASH SF will finally release their MASH DVD this month. As Mart…

Oliver Mak's Favorite Things

Steps from Newbury Street and the Christian Science Plaza in downtown Boston is an unassuming bodega, with toilet paper stacked in the windows and coolers full of water and pop. But inside, a metal do…

Alice Russell: Next Generation Soul

The voice is unmistakable as it answers the phone: slightly nasal but with depth to it, a touch raspy, and colored with an ever-so-British accent. It belongs to Brighton-based soul chanteuse Alice Rus…

Kathy Diamond: Diva Stripes

“Diva” is an overused and grotesque word. It conjures images of an incessantly expanding Mariah Carey, and lurid Ibiza enthusiasts ripe with passion for all things “glam.” Quit…

Five Star By Ulrich Schnauss

To make his latest album, Goodbye (Domino), Ulrich Schnauss temporarily departed his home in London for his birthplace: Kiel, Germany. There he came face to face with tranquility and loneliness, plus …

Architecture in Helsinki: Big Noise

“We started out as a super-quiet band playing a lot of theaters, and we’d freak out when everyone was talking over us,” Architecture in Helsinki’s founder Cameron Bird explains…

Samiyam: Nonchalant Days

“I don’t try to let anything go to my head,” says Sam Baker in an unassuming tone. Over the phone at least, the 23-year-old from Ann Arbor, MI sounds like a stoner kid who sits aroun…

What Is It? Yacht Rock

It’s music that’s peaceful enough to make a dental drill feel like a mother’s kiss on a bruise; or, some say, just another smiley face pinned over the dreadful malaise of Carter̵…

Catalina Estrada: Spinfluences

It’s half past midnight and Catalina Estrada has just strolled in the door from a long evening on the Ramblas. Long, sun-drenched days and wine-soaked nights are standard for this Barcelona-base…

François K: Echo Effects

One typically associates François Kevorkian with the soulful deep house of his Wave Music label or the eclectic disco and Afro-Latin sounds commonly heard at his long-running (but now defunct) Body &#…

Aesop Rock: Daydream Nation

If you’re not prepared to pay heed to rapper Aesop Rock’s gravelly baritone, his complex lyrics can easily overwhelm. Reflexively branded one of hip-hop’s most abstract wordsmiths, t…

Pete Leonard's Favorite Things

NYC’s King Stampede brand is such a big name in streetwear, you might think they rock hip-hop all day every day. Wrong! Creative Director Pete Leonard, 32, is a disco DJ fiend and a huge Deadhea…

Simon Reynolds: 20 Years of Noise

Though he’s lived in Manhattan nearly 15 years, British music writer Simon Reynolds has championed UK underground sounds like grime and jungle long before we Yanks caught wind of them. Following…

Icepick: Too Cold

In Icepick (Gingko Press; hardcover, $29.95), Icelandic graphic designer Thordis Claessen surveys her homeland’s vibrant street art and finds it invigorating and inspiring. Covering a wide range…

DJ C: Original Artcore

DJ C is a man on the move. For the past 10 years, Jake Trussell has been a pivotal figure in Boston’s electronic music scene, organizing parties, hosting club nights, and spinning a riotous mix …

It's Miller Time: Adult. Meets Mute

Since the late ’70s, London’s Mute Records has been a bastion of independent music and culture. The label, an early home to industrial/new wave torchbearers like Fad Gadget and Depeche Mod…

Chromeo In the Studio

Chromeo could just as easily be a house party band from 1987 as 2007. The Montreal/New York duo’s concoction of Revolution-era Prince funk, Jam-and-Lewis pop, and Jheri Curl-oiled camp is built …

Bonjay: Rock the Party

Alana Stuart’s parents immigrated to Canada as part of the country’s Caribbean influx of the 1970s. When Stuart was a toddler, her Grenadian mother and Jamaican father threw parties that s…

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