Rod Modell: 4 A.M. Techno

Rod Modell’s intoxicating fusion of natural and electronic sounds can be traced back to one moment at a coffeehouse in Detroit more than a decade ago. “I don’t really know what the hell happened that …

Dusk+Blackdown: Deep Thinkers

With Margins Music, Dan “Dusk” Frampton and Martin “Blackdown” Clark join a long lineage of artists who’ve let the world know how London gets down. From London Posse’s “London Posse” to Tek 9’s “A Lon…

Labels We Love 2008: Runners Up

If you’re reading XLR8R you probably already own ’nuff albums on XL or Domino, Def Jux and Lex artists have repeatedly rocked your headphones, and you know what’s coming out on Minus or Stones Throw b…

The Handmade's Tale

The scene at the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco belies its confrontational name: Combing through the isles at the Fort Mason pavilion, you see mostly females in their 20s and 30s hocking knitted…

Daedelus: Fine and Dandy

As a child, Alfred Weisberg-Roberts was a loner. Young Alfred was not tromping about shirtless on a skateboard with the Z-Boys in his hometown of Santa Monica, California; he was inside reading, learn…

Athens, GA: Freak Beat

No strangers to 8mm film cams, the Athens scene of the ’70s and ’80s was a well-documented one. Check out clips from the scene-defining documentary Athens, GA-Inside/Out and some rare live performance…

An Interview with Aaron Rose

XLR8R chats with Beautiful Losers curator Aaron Rose. What’s your other big project right now besides just getting Beautiful Losers the movie out? Aaron Rose: Well I co-edit a magazine with Ed T…

Inbox: Steve Bug

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we em…

Boulder Goes Techno

Buddhist universities, clean tap water from nearby glaciers, people riding their bikes to work, smiling folks walking the streets, happy dogs flanked by their proud owners, fresh air filling your lung…

Peggy Noland: Fashion Fabulousness

Sour candy, cotton balls, and Castlebajac inspire Kansas City’s Peggy Noland. To read about a day in the life of this fashion doyenne, download a PDF of XLR8R 120. XLR8R: Were you born and raised in K…

Kid Static: Easing Into Adulthood

Of the many ways Moses “Kid Static” Harris Jr. has been described, “energetic” is arguably the most fitting. The 25-year-old Chicago MC/producer isn’t exactly bouncing off the walls, but he can’t hide…

J*Davey Talks L.A. Style

Some fashion faves from R&B futurists Jack Davey and Brooke D’Leau of J*Davey. To read more on this future soul duo’s style sense, head to our magazine section and download a PDF of XLR8R 1…

Labels We Love 2008: Part 5

If you’re reading XLR8R you probably already own ’nuff albums on XL or Domino, Def Jux and Lex artists have repeatedly rocked your headphones, and you know what’s coming out on Minus or Stones Throw b…

Brian Roettinger: Hand Held Heart

Though it sounds sweet and innocent, the name Hand Held Heart is a literal interpretation of a gruesome H.R. Giger painting used as brutal album art by grindcore legends Carcass. It’s an apt name choi…

Inbox: Tobacco

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we si…

Tetine: Tropical Punk Funk

About 25 years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger told Playboy Channel viewers that the “ass” is the best thing about Brazilian women and their nation’s culture. Such stereotypes of Brazil are exactly what Sã…

Videogames: No Consoles for Old Men

A one-console solution? A no-console solution? The future of game delivery remains untold. When you were younger, did you have an Atari or a ColecoVision? A Nintendo Entertainment or a Sega Master Sys…

Labels We Love 2008: Part 4

If you’re reading XLR8R you probably already own ’nuff albums on XL or Domino, Def Jux and Lex artists have repeatedly rocked your headphones, and you know what’s coming out on Minus or Stones Throw b…

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