Hits from the Blog

Six of our favorite web portals pick their best artists of 2008. Cocaine Blunts on Killer Mike “It’s almost cliché to call Mike the new Ice Cube at this point, but their shared penchant for simu…

Buraka Som Sistema: Kuduro Masters

Kuduro is Portuguese slang for “hard ass,” which is what you stand to obtain if you dance long enough to the pumping Angolan house strain of the same name. Judging by the videos on YouTube–including o…

In The Studio: Hot Chip

Since 2000, London electro-pop quintet Hot Chip has taken a push-pull approach to music, deftly switching between their frenzied live attack (with more instruments onstage than you can count) and the …

Drop the Lime: Night Music

It’s 4 a.m. on a cold, deserted North London lane. The streetlight reflects in Luca Venezia’s pointed patent brogues as he dances down the middle of the street, stabbing his gentleman’s umbrella at th…

2008’s Six Craziest Political Moments

Whenever we hit a dry, dull spot here in this magazine game, we point our browsers to Lords of Apathy, a blog run by Burlesque Design members Todd Bratrud, George Thompson, and various other shadowy f…

Inbox: Land of Talk

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…

Best of 2008: Drop the Lime

Best Artist of 2008: MGMT This band brought out a beautifully fresh and nostalgic sound that painted mystery and lust. Best Album of 2008: Metronomy Nights Out Metronomy put together an amazing album …

Hannah Stouffer: Wild Eleglance

Hannah Stouffer takes all the things girls are obsessed with–doodling, animals, flowers, curlicues, cute lettering, pretty colors, fancy pens, and diamonds–and turns them into sensual, elaborate water…

Totally Faded: Brett Allen

For the next four weeks, XLR8R will chat with four indie engineers who invite us into their studios to discuss production philosophies, gear, and how to set your music free. Our last installment featu…

Inbox: Rainbow Arabia

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…

Passions: Dubstep Meets Gothic Dance

In the grand tradition of Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, and Ernest Hemingway, 17-year-old Bronx native Ben Deitz dreamed of becoming a writer. However, he soon realized all those guys had something …

In The Studio: Jake One

Seattle-based beatsmith Jake One defies classification in hip-hop. His discography this decade is as chart-topping as it is depth-plumbing, including work with E-40, MF Doom, and 50 Cent. And his prod…

Totally Faded: Chris Coady

For the next four weeks, XLR8R will chat with four indie engineers who invite us into their studios to discuss production philosophies, gear, and how to set your music free. Next, we chat with produce…

Max Richter Crafts a Cell Phone Symphony

Talking with avant-garde post-classical composer Max Richter about his influences is truly inspiring. In a single breath, he’s able to make connections between Romantic music of the 1800s and the work…

Gang Gang Dance: Feral Art Rockers

Approaching tribalism with a modernist bent, feral art rockers Gang Gang Dance craft a mind-bending masterpiece. Often running on pure spontaneity, the band’s crowd-shaking live shows are nothing shor…

Inbox: UFO!

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…

Chiptunes: Been Caught Stealing

Back in the mid-’80s and early ’90s, DIY programming nerds were a fiercely progressive bunch. Believing that freedom of information is a basic civil right, they hacked everything they could; like graf…

Marnie Stern Shreds Light on Guitars

Fender Telecaster Bruce Springsteen in the house! I can’t afford one of these, but I pick them up at the guitar store all the time and play them. Boy, does it play smooth! The texture is just so sweet…

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