Somewhere: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Until recently, cumbia has been anything but cool in Buenos Aires. For decades Argentinian trendsetters wanted no part of this traditional folk-dance music of Colombian origin. With its repetitive per…

Matt Furie: Fur, Fangs, Fantasy

Matt Furie’s mind must be a crazy place. It’s populated with bats wearing polo shirts and riding BMX bikes, French-kissing birds with boobs, and weeping daisies. Also present are ALF and Falkor (the d…

Boys Noize: Party Thrasher

Like many of us, Berlin’s Boys Noize (a.k.a. Alex Ridha) got a jump-start on music as a youth thanks to an older sibling with good taste. “When I was about six, I heard old-school rap and house coming…

What Is It? Bounce

While it developed concurrently with Miami bass and Memphis buck, no regional sound has influenced the slang and styles of the Dirty South more than New Orleans bounce music. Mardi Gras Indian chants …

Claude VonStroke: Bird is the Word

It was May in San Francisco, and another dirtybird party was underway in the misty sunshine of Golden Gate Park. Then, amidst the hoodies and barbeque grills, the Bird emerged: a dancing, six-foot tal…

Sage Francis' Top 5 Albums of 2007

1. Buck 65 Situation (Strange Famous) This is a return to classic rap form by one of the last great influences on my own music. The album’s content revolves around the events of 1957, which is v…

David Shrigley Gathers Indie's Best

There are few visual artists working today who could bring together nearly 40 of indie rock’s most vibrant figures for anything, never mind a compilation of exclusive tracks crafted from darkly cartoo…

Switch Stance

Switch is not what you think he is. You might even say he’s double-sided. There’s one Switch who never wants the party to end, a prankster who dreads being bored. Then there’s another–Dave Taylor–who …

Mike Giant: Albuquerque's Finest

Mike Giant’s art has been applied worldwide onto walls, trains, skin, skateboards, and sneakers, among other atypical canvases. While his graffiti as “Giant One” and his designs for Think skateboards …

Claude VonStroke's Inspirations

Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke talks about the inspiration behind the track names from his debut full-length, Beware of the Bird. “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?” “There are only about 900,000 peo…

Anton Corbijn Talks Ian Curtis

It’s clear when watching Control, Anton Corbijn’s beautifully shot Ian Curtis biopic, that the film was made by a skilled photographer–each artfully designed grayscale frame is more striking than the …

Takashi Murakami: Pop Life

To coincide with a series of comprehensive Takashi Murakami exhibitions–beginning in Los Angeles last month and traveling through Brooklyn, Frankfurt, and Bilbao–Paul Schimmel, the Chief Curator of th…

Megasoid: Party-In-A-Box

To date, Megasoid is still on the loose. Comprised of Sixtoo’s Rob Squire and Wolf Parade’s Hadji Bakara, Megasoid has been running amok in Montreal with a turbo-crunk collaboration that started off a…

Videogames: Virtual Music Notes

Since Neanderthal man realized that the beat of his club against the skull of his enemies and potential mates not only sounded dope but also got him laid (note: This may still work today but we don’t …

Cobblestone Jazz: The Spaces Between

When Tyger Dhula and Danuel Tate moved to Montreal at the tail end of the ’90s, the pair was practically penniless, with no choice but to live in an old converted factory with other (literally) starvi…

Bjørn Torske: One Man Band

It’s difficult to describe exactly what transpired during Bjørn Torske’s set at Oslo’s Oya Festival this past August but it surely can’t be reduced to “Beardo disco” or any term one might apply to the…

Waajeed Goes Global

Hold on to your custom New Era caps–we’re about to drop a bombshell: “Waajeed likes Queen.” So reported Ubiquity A&R man Andrew Jervis when asked to reveal something exceptional about the PPP fro…

Ethan Rose's Artist Tips

Most of what Portland-based found-sound fanatic Ethan Rose records are things meant to be forgotten: antique player pianos, music boxes, the bells of a carillon, and soon, the wheezing of a dusty pipe…

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