Caribou In the Studio

Despite having produced some of indie electronic-rock’s grandest opuses, Dan “Caribou” Snaith has never worked in a professional studio. He makes all of his music alone in his tiny, apartment bedroom …

Modeselektor: To The Max(imal)

Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary of Modeselektor are wearing their hearts on their sleeves–but not in the tender, emo sense. Instead, they’re rocking oversized cotton tees emblazoned with a huge sl…

What Is It? Nerdcore

Not so long ago, hackers listened to Skinny Puppy and could barely get a date through the S&M BBS. But these days, a dude like YT Cracker is just as likely to be famous for his lyrical prowess as…

XLR8R Does Oslo

Besides being an incredibly well organized festival (only Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse cancelled) with a sweet, eclectic lineup, Norway’s Oyafestivalen also happens to be ideally situated in the middl…

MP3 Blogs: Musical Democratization

The term “post-rock” initially referred to the way non-traditional use of guitars and drums revitalized indie rock. Nowadays, “post” could just as likely mean an MP3 blog entry, and the “rock”… well, …

Oslo’s Oya Festival

Held annually in August on the ruins of a medieval castle, Oslo’s Oya Festival is probably one of the most manageable, relaxing, and organized major music fests anywhere. While Nine Inch Nails, Tool, …

Ricardo Villalobos: Sacred Art

London’s world-renowned Fabric nightclub is a juicy peach, a crisp apple… No, an onion: it has many layers, and a soundsystem of such clarity that it’s been known to bring people to tears. Renovated c…

Para One In the Studio

Producers like Para One are one-of-a-kind. Schooled in the ways of hip-hop and techno from a young age (the former through the crew he joined at age 14; the latter through his cousin Saint Remy’s mixt…

Buck 65 On Leaving Paris

Rap troubadour Buck 65 recounts his years spent in Paris–and why he had to leave: Paris. She didn’t want my money. She didn’t want my accent. She didn’t want my tears. She only wanted my songs. Paris …

Saian Supa Crew: Hip-Hop Royalty

The Parisian six-man Saian Supa Crew is bouncing around the stage like an amphetamine-charged boy band. As they stomp through perfectly synchronized b-boy routines–tent-sized t-shirts flapping behind …

Wax Tailor: Hip-Hop Nostalgia

A native son of the City of Lights, Wax Tailor (otherwise known as JC Le Saout) walks a tightrope between geographies and genres. Parisians forget he’s actually a local, while Americans consider his e…

Geneviève Gauckler's Evolution

“I believe a character is an extension, an image of its creator,” Geneviève Gauckler writes from her studio in Paris. “There’s something magic about it. By creating a character or an atmosphere, I try…

Labels We Love

In addition to our Top 25 Labels We Love feature, XLR8R ventures into the world of MP3 labels, oddball dance imprints, France’s Kitsuné, and 10 young labels to watch in the coming year. Mute’s Daniel …

Notes From the Paris Catacombs

One hundred feet beneath Paris lies over 300 kilometers of tunnels, secret passageways, and special rooms fashioned in the ruins of Roman-era limestone quarries. The catacombs are a burial site, illeg…

Nôze: Jazz-Lovin' Technoids

Nôze plays the hottest and hippest of styles: pure fun. At a performance at 2005’s Wilsonic Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia, they drank vodka straight from the bottle on stage and banged out frenetic…

Turzi: Beyond Psychedelia

Rather than relying on endless guitar squeals and 15-minute feedback treks, the newest brand of French psych producers, including 26-year-old Romain Turzi, tend to employ rock’s subtler elements for t…

Hugabass Cruises Drum and Bass

Everything 33-year-old Lionel Cardoso does reflects his role as a champion of good vibes. Since 2004, he and partner Kolsik (née Sylvain Breton) have breathed new life and warmth into the Parisian dru…

Kitsuné Tailors Hits and Clothes

The man who has quietly assembled one of indie dance’s most exclusive cool kids’ clubs is nothing like what you’d expect. You’d never think this quiet stranger with the heavy brow, tasteful button-up,…

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