Tour Diary: The Grouch

Living Legends crew member The Grouch raps and eats his way through the Southwest. Sunday, April 6: Reno, NV I flew into Reno from Burbank with a short layover in Oakland and saw my old-school homey D…

In the Studio: Booka Shade

When artists rail on about subtlety and stepping away from the almighty riff, a red flag tends to go up. In the case of Berlin’s Booka Shade, though, careful refinement has always been part of their 2…

Subtle: Hour Zero Hero

Doseone gives me a hug, asks about my drive, and, satisfied, returns to his makeshift studio. I’m pulled into the room by his wake. The computer is buzzing and around it are tiers of keyboards, a turn…

Juakali: Trinidadian Toaster

“I’ve never thought of myself as an MC,” reveals John Lashley reluctantly over the phone from his home in New York. Lashley, who performs as Juakali, wasn’t billed as “MC” until 2006, after his reside…

Immortal Technique: Dead Serious

“Lots of people in America know that the system is fucked up. All of them know it. I think everybody in this country knows the government’s corrupt. They’re conscious of it, but they’re not gonna do a…

Damien Correll: Hand-Drawn Haiku

“I am not ashamed to reuse a good idea if I don’t think I gave it justice the first time around,” says Brooklyn-based designer/illustrator/self-described “maker” Damien Correll. His organic, playful s…

A Few Things About Osborne

A few things you always wanted to know about Michigan’s favorite acid-ragga enthusiast, Osbourne. Osborne is a licensed pilot and airline mechanic. “I think I must have first tried flying in ’92 in Ja…

The Six Best Games of the Summer

OMG! Summer Blockbuster Season ‘08 is totes here! American Idol may be over, but fear not! All the hottest Hollywood hunks are here to not only melt your heart at the box office but also your eyeballs…

MC Zulu: Rebel with a Reason

Chicago’s Dominique Rowland, known as MC Zulu, has a booming baritone voice that almost knocks you over. Whether he’s spitting his signature line “Spread the word!” or chatting political lyrics, Zulu’…

The Italians are Coming

France has distorted house, Brazil has baile funk, England has dubstep, and Baltimore has club. Italy has all of these things smashed together, chopped, rewound, sped up, and run through a washing mac…

C.R.A.C.: Lo-Fi Pop Rock

Rappers Blu and Ta’Raach are the type of guys who make random demands–like asking me to put the names of actresses Monica Belucci and Kerry Washington somewhere in this article. In all caps. Without a…

Pieces of Me: The Secret Life of Graffiti

As bombers already know, graffiti isn’t all adrenaline-fueled, freestyle madness. Before the art makes its way to be wall, it’s frequently sketched out in something referred to as a black book or a “p…

What Not to Pitch XLR8R

Toiling away in the editorial assistant’s chair for far too many years than most would consider healthy, our resident crab, BJ “Bitter” Bastard, has seen his fair share of lame PR spam come through th…

The Notwist: Let's Twist Again

Starting as a punk/metal act in the late ’80s, Munich-based The Notwist has shapeshifted their way to this summer’s The Devil, You + Me. A blissfully heady extension of 2002’s Neon Golden, Devil again…

Yelle: Life is Sweet

Yelle’s Pop-Up (Astralwerks) is the perfect album for teenage girls. It makes one think of pink bedrooms, princess phones, and neon-painted nails; sugary-sweet candy and sun-dappled afternoons spent c…

Hercules and Love Affair: Hit or Myth

Four years ago, New York DJ Andy Butler began writing songs that harkened back to the sweat, carnal bliss, and escapism of the 1970s dance underground, then humbly “dragging” his friends into the stud…

Live with Lexie Mountain Boys

Attending a Lexie Mountain Boys live show is the only real way to get a feel for all that this acappella/performance-art quintet has to offer. Here’s a few of our favorite recent shows of theirs. To r…

Damien Correll: Getting Rad

Below are outtakes from Josiah Hughes’ interview with graphic designer Damien Correll. To read the full feature, download a pdf of XLR8R’s June/July issue, out now. XLR8R: What is your favorite …

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