Wax Poetics: Expanding the Empire

Since its inception in 2001, the bi-monthly Wax Poetics magazine has become a bible for seekers of rarefied grooves, message-laden hip-hop, and ephemera from bygone soul and funk eras. It is to publis…

Q&A: Boogie

When Boogie’s It’s All Good monograph was released in 2006, all eyes were suddenly on the Serbian-born, Brooklyn-based photographer’s images, which were unflinching, no-nonsense depictions of gangs, d…

What Is It? Jumpstyle

Dutch gabber’s nosebleed drum blur was never supposed to be subtle, but the genre’s latest offshoot, jumpstyle, sure makes it seem that way. Taking cues from the cheesiest moments of rave’s 15-plus ye…

Boy 8-Bit on Commodore 64 Bangers

Though his alias suggests otherwise, David Morris, who goes by the name Boy 8-Bit, didn’t grow up with a videogame console in his home. “My parents wouldn’t let me [have one],” he says. “They wanted m…

Bitter Bastard on 2008 Albums

British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade) I do like rock music, but I don’t like smug, half-heartedly disaffected British nerds that think that wearing wool sweaters and scarves on stage…

Jay Haze in the Studio

In the world of digitally distributed singles being created, emailed to DJs, and ready for dancefloors before dinner time, Jay Haze’s Love and Beyond album is an anomaly. Twenty-eight tracks spread ov…

The Pack: Urban Punk Rock Mentality

At last, a hip-hop group that’s unashamed to say they still live at home with their parents. Three-quarters of Bay Area rap sensations The Pack are still in their teens, but they’ve already been enshr…

Kon and Amir's Artist Tips

It’s fitting that BBE/Rapster tapped DJs Kon & Amir for their Kings of series, as these two beat-diggers (a.k.a. Christian “Kon” Taylor and Amir Abdullah) have been sifting through crates for mor…

Inside Out with Atlas Sound

When Deerhunter emerged early in 2007 with Cryptograms–their second album but first real statement as a band–they immediately distanced themselves from a pack of increasingly similar-sounding indie ro…

Yeasayer: Apocalyptic Dance Party

The world is about to end. But at the moment the apocalypse hardly ranks on Anand Wilder’s list of concerns. The Yeasayer guitarist has been touring Europe for two weeks now, which means 14 days of dr…

Mass Effect: A Space Odyssey

BioWare’s Mass Effect was not just one of the most (deservedly) hyped games of 2007, but perhaps the biggest sci-fi epic to ever grace the medium, with an equally impressive soundtrack comparable to t…

Xiu Xiu: Truth or Dare

In the film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, a smart, innocent 15-year-old is sent away from her home in the Chinese city of Chengdu to apprentice as a horse herder during Mao Tse-Tung’s Cultural Revoluti…

Times to Get Ill

In the late ’70s and early ’80s, the nascent punk and hip-hop scenes–arguably contemporary pop culture’s most creative and influential youth-oriented movements–frequently converged, before eventually …

Interview Extras: Fighting

Lukas Geronimas and Niall McClelland, who collectively make up the visual art team Fighting, recently sat down to talk concepts, obsessions, and dream projects with XLR8R. Below are extras from that i…

School of Language: Pop Parameters

A mere three years ago, the Sunderland, England-based trio known as Field Music surfaced with some of the most multi-dimensional indie-pop tracks this side of the Arcade Fire. Led by brothers David an…

Bunji Garlin: Soca Warrior

With all the sounds reverberating through Germany at any given time, soca might be the last musical form you’d expect to encounter in Deutschland. After all, the tropical genre has almost exclusively …

Mika Miko: Stupid-Simple Noise Punks

Known for rowdy live shows and a sloppy approach to punk rock that owes as much to Reagan Youth as X-Ray Spex, L.A.’s Mika Miko is having a blast. In 2007 alone, the all-girl combo released the 666 EP…

White Williams: Computer Trickery

The myth of the introspective, tortured solo artist is archetypal. Reclusive, drug-addled, and depressed–it’s the stuff of Eric Clapton biographies and countless episodes of Behind the Music. But it’s…

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