Entertain Us: The State of Electronica

It’s 2008, and Moby’s made up his mind. He’s done with touring. Not DJing or public appearances in general, but performing the kind of Sweating to the Anthems shows he did during his post-…

PLURed Vision: 15 Years of XLR8R

From our early days of printing off of floppy discs at a Seattle Kinko’s to navigating the online-publishing revolution, XLR8R has tried to keep it as real and as DIY as possible. For the occasion of …

Yoni Wolf vs. Bob Mould: Making a Scene

Since his days as the lead singer and guitarist in Hüsker Dü, the Minneapolis, MN-based band that was synonymous with U.S. hardcore punk of the early ’80s, Bob Mould has defined what it means to be “i…

Atmosphere: More than a Feeling

Throughout the late ’90s and into 2000, Sean Daley, the 35-year-old rapper known as Slug, helped define backpack rap as half of the group Atmosphere. His autobiographical, heart-on-sleeve storytelling…

Q & A: The Death Set

Excerpts from Vivian Host’s interview with Johnny Siera of The Death Set. XLR8R: You’re from Australia’s Gold Coast. Why do you say the Gold Coast is gross? Johnny Siera: The Gold Coast is like a tota…

Droid Behavior: High-Tech Trio

When you think about minimal techno some places come to mind: Berlin, Detroit… hell, all of Europe. Los Angeles, not so much. Yes, John Tejada and Cytrax hail from here, but promoting techno in the la…

Five Star by Miss Kittin

Miss Kittin, the queen of moody electro-tech, picks her favorite goth records. 1. Dead Can Dance Into the Labyrinth 4AD Timeless. Lisa Gerrard sings in her own language, from her own deep spiritual di…

Chris Duncan: Punk Rocker to DIY Mystic

“I have fallen into everything I have ever done,” states 34-year-old Chris Duncan, who moved to the West Coast on a whim some years ago from his native New Jersey. Landing in Oakland, via a stint on t…

Ghostland Observatory: Indie-Dance

Despite its reputation as a hotbed of live music, Austin, Texas still loves its daily dose of mid-’90s dance crack–at least according to Ghostland Observatory frontman Aaron Behrens. “Everybody loves …

10 Years of Shitkatapult's Finest Moments

The release of Smashits, an 11-song compilation featuring the likes of Fenin, T. Raumschmiere (a.k.a. Marco Haas), and Deichkind, marks Berlin label Shitkatapult’s 10th anniversary of knocking out abs…

Justus Köhncke: Kompakt's Songbird

Last year, Justus Köhncke, the German minimal techno producer and staple on Kompakt’s roster, burrowed around deep inside his brain and eviscerated a bright pastel-and-glitter-coated cheese-pop sliver…

M83: Teen Dreams

What, exactly, does it mean when you’re 26, it’s 2008, and you still harbor a schoolboy’s crush on Molly Ringwald? If you’re Anthony Gonzalez, the French producer behind M83, it means picking album-co…

Artist Tips: Evol Intent

Sure, everyone’s been wowed by Propellerhead Reason’s rear-view: all simulated dangling patch cords that allow you to mix and match instruments, samplers, and EQs to your heart’s content. But there’s …

Bird Peterson: Bangers and Mash-Ups

Producer Bird Peterson–not a jazzman, but he takes his pseudonym from heroes Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and Oscar Peterson–works a USB MIDI keyboard like his tracks do subwoofers: pushing air like jump…

Q&A: Tittsworth and Dave Nada

Excerpts from Vivian Host’s interview with B-more’s merry pranksters, DJ duo Tittsworth and Dave Nada. XLR8R: How did you guys begin working together? Jesse Tittsworth: I used to throw a party in DC c…

Hood: Brothers Gonna Work it Out

British post-rockers Hood create beautifully evocative music that eschews rock’s usual clichés–lyrically, it’s as likely to advocate waking up early to absorb the beauty of suburban daybreak as it is …

Bogdan Raczynski in the Studio

When an artist compares making rhythms to cooking beef-stock cubes, it’s a surefire sign to not take his music too seriously. And that’s exactly producer Bogdan Raczynski’s charm. On his latest album,…

Jamie Lidell: Cult of Personality

Looking rather fidgety, Jamie Lidell sits in the swank lobby of New York’s Soho Grand Hotel, sipping coffee and furiously emailing on his laptop. He still has a few months before Jim–his third solo al…

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