Health’s Guide to L.A.

So-Cal’s brightly colored synth punks, Health, celebrate the best places to eat, drink, and dook in Los Angeles. Health’s self-titled full-length is out now on Lovepump United. Download “The Pro…

Q&A: Ghislain Poirier

After remixing everyone from British ragamuffin Lady Sovereign to micro-minimalist Pole, Ghislain Poirier has proven that his subsonic riddims offer much more bounce than your everyday bassline blog s…

Pedestrian Dissects N.W.A.

America, your Gs are middle-aged. And they’ve long since followed the vapor trail of white flight far from the block. Strange, isn’t it, that in claiming Compton they were propelled from the flatlands…

Rhythm Nation Part 1: Skream

Deep, dubby, cheeky, metallic. For the next several weeks, XLR8R will profile eight young DJ/producers exploring different facets of dubstep, the low-end sound of the London underground. This week we …

Beach House: Ether and Lace

The name Beach House may conjure up bright visions of white surf and grainy sand, but the origins of the Baltimore duo’s designation are, fittingly, much more vague. “We were describing worlds that we…

Q&A: Caspa & Rusko

Outtakes from our interview with London dubstep dudes Caspa & Rusko. XLR8R: How would you say you guys are different, production-wise? Caspa: Rusko’s really into his drums. He’s big on melodies an…

Some Words from Reason Clothing

Some words from Jon Totaro, co-owner of New York-based Reason Clothing. XLR8R: Who runs Reason and where is it based? Jon Totaro: Reason is run by Philip Bassis (a.k.a. Phil Reason) and myself, Jonath…

Digital Music: Past and Future

Radiohead’s self-issued, internet-first, pay-as-you-wish release of In Rainbows is perhaps the best-selling digital album ever, according to unofficial early sales figures. But the stunt’s revolutiona…

Karizma: A House Iconoclast

Self diagnosed as “a.d.d. with music,” Chris “Karizma” Clayton has always aspired to be a producer who “keeps changing and moving on to different things for the challenge.” This is not always the easi…

Fighting: Inking Through Darkness

In the hands of lesser men, a palette of skulls and evil Vikings, daggers and ’70s-inspired hippie nature themes would come together like some bad t-shirt display at Urban Outfitters. That Fighting wh…

Interview: CoLab Sunglasses

An interview with sunglass mavericks Dave Allison and Peter Smith of Sydney, Australia’s CoLab. XLR8R: Who is involved in CoLab? Dave Allison: The owners are Peter Smith and Ian Hoole, and I am the Cr…

James Pants Goofs Off

Future Shock-era Herbie Hancock, L.A. electro, New Age-y French disco, and Paradise Garage love-funkists Skyy may inform the tracks on Welcome (Stones Throw, the debut LP by James Pants, but while the…

Munga: The New Gun

The midday sun beats down mercilessly on the House of David, a community composed of disciples, workers, and family members of prolific Boboshanti dancehall artist Capleton. Although located in the he…

Q&A: Panther

A lot has changed for Portland’s Panther since the sassy, spastic electro-funk of last year’s Secret Lawns. For one thing, the band has expanded from the alter-ego of performance artist Charlie Salas-…

Heralds of Change: Finding a Place

Mike Slott and Hudson Mohawke of Heralds of Change hail from Dublin, Ireland, and Glasgow, Scotland, respectively, but geography is an irrelevant ingredient in the pair’s surrealist hip-hop stew. Sinc…

Clothes Captioned: Freshjive

Back in the day, you couldn’t set foot in a rave without spying a citrus-colored Freshjive shirt (probably a take-off on the Tide or Fruit of the Loom logos), or a copy thereof. Subterfuge and social …

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