DVD Review: Colorfield Variations

The Color Field movement, defined by abstract canvases featuring broad fields of solid color, flourished in the post-war era of the 1940s and ’50s. Inspired by European modernism and closely mirroring…

Cooking Vegan with Liquid Liquid

Cooking vegan delights at the New York home of Liquid Liquid’s Sal Principato. New York has no shortage of concept restaurants, culinary experts, and celebrity chefs. But how many of those Michelin-st…

Inbox: Au Revoir Simone

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…

The Prodigy: Fire Starters

Excerpts from our interview with Liam, Keith, and Maxim of The Prodigy. XLR8R: Liam, when you first started The Prodigy, did you not want to be the one in the front of the stage?  Liam: When we starte…

David Horvitz: Giving it All Away

From endless photography projects to social experiments, detailed zines to mail-order mischief, New York-based photographer and conceptual artist David Horvitz is a poster-boy for DIY prolificacy. “Wh…

Inbox: Nite Jewel

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…

Artist to Watch: Little Boots

Who: Little Boots Location: London, U.K. When Victoria Hesketh (a.k.a. Little Boots) began posting videos of herself performing tossed-off covers on You Tube, she wasn’t planning to be tabbed as…

K'NAAN: Lost in Translation

Like his good friend Emmanuel Jal, Somalia-born rapper/poet K’naan was exposed to civil war in his native land before coming to the West as a refugee and becoming an internationally respected artist. …

The Strange Lives of Pan/Tone

Sheldon “Pan/Tone” Thompson is a man on the run. In the past five years, he’s moved from Toronto to Cologne to Berlin with numerous waypoints in between; he’s fresh off a season of festivals and an Am…

Phone Feature: Pop Levi vs. Sparks

It’s safe to say that in today’s major-label climate, a band like Sparks just wouldn’t exist. Brothers Russell and Ron Mael (a.k.a. Sparks) were glam before glam was even thought of (nearly 40 years a…

Artist to Watch: L-Wiz

Who: L-Wiz Location: Stockholm, Sweden Swedish duo Claes Rosén and Ola Näslund (a.k.a. L-Wiz) has been making dubstep since 2000, but they really started turning heads once Caspa released their “Girlf…

Videogames Seeing Red

The Wii has certainly left its cuddly white mark on the videogame industry by outselling both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by a healthy margin, making the two more powerful systems look anemic in co…

Mi Ami: Wet and Wild

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and Daniel Martin-McCormick is using breakfast to describe his band, Mi Ami. “I love when you go out to breakfast and get eggs, toast, hashbrowns, and coffee. All those thin…

North by Northwest: By:Larm Festival

On a cold weekend in February (19-21, to be exact), I hopped a plane to Oslo, Norway to check out their By:Larm festival, which surveys the current landscape of Scandinavian bands, from Danish electro…

Dan Deacon: Ring Leader

Maybe you’ve been a part of this before: You can’t see Dan Deacon, but you can hear him. He’s set up on the floor in front of the stage (if there is one) surrounded by 180 degrees of obedient fans—lik…

Artist to Watch: Jahdan Blakkamoore

Who: Jahdan Blakkamoore Location: Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn may be littered with aspiring reggae and dancehall MCs, but few of them have collaborated with Modeselektor. Originally coming up in the Boot Ca…

Butch: Simple and Sassy

Tech-house producer Butch is into simple pleasures: South Park, nice cars, eating sweets, and taking a good shit before a gig. “It’s horrible to DJ with a full stomach,” the producer, born Bülent Gürl…

In The Studio: Black Milk

With his breakthrough 2007 sophomore album, Popular Demand, rapper/producer Black Milk proudly repped the Detroit hip-hop tradition with his dirty drums and soulful samples. But his latest LP, Tronic,…

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