Deastro: Detroit’s Sparkplug Performer

“I consider any musician a cheerleader for community,” says 23-year-old Randolph Chabot, conducting a phone interview in between bites of a chicken sandwich at a diner in Lansing, Michigan. “Music ins…

DOOM: Comic Book Kryptonite

Atlanta-based underground rap icon DOOM first emerged in 1997 as the mysterious metal-faced super-villain MF DOOM, after the death of his brother forced the dissolution of their hip-hop duo KMD. Takin…

Factozoid!! Chelonis R. Jones!

The Berlin-by-way-of-New York electro-house maven Chelonis R. Jones talks turtles and truths! Chelonis R. Jones writes songs about plane crashes! “‘The cockpit’ [from Chatterton] is about the so…

Clothes Captioned: D-Structure

A San Francisco store and clothing label keeps it all local, all the time. Never mind a child—it takes a village to raise a store. At least, that’s true of San Francisco’s D-Structure. The shop is a t…

Rye Rye: Taking the Club World

The skyrocketing career of the tiny rapper dubbed Rye Rye started with a phone message. It was 2006, and Ryeisha Berrain was 16 years old. Understand, being an urban teenager in Baltimore means going …

Mixtape: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Just Another Day at the Mall Mixtape by Kip, Peggy, and Alex of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. 1. Girls “Lust for Life” It’s a great pop song, every bit its namesake’s equal. At o…

Clare Rojas: Causing an Uproar

Clare Rojas’ paintings are given to subverting the dominant paradigm—portraying women as strong, noble loners, animals as hard-working, and men as… naked. Okay, they’re not always naked, but when they…

Inbox: Black Lips

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…

Tim Exile Goes Electro-Pop

Tim Exile used to be known as a junglist, a crafter of twitchy breakcore that could decorate a dancefloor like splattered paint. His catalog of tracks spans across labels such as Moving Shadow, Evol I…

The Prodigy: Warriors

The Prodigy made their new album, Invaders Must Die, in a tiny studio that looks like a teenager’s bedroom. It’s a dark nook stuffed with a computer, some monitors, and a maroon couch. A horror movie …

Omar S: Up from the Underground

The man known as Omar S, buried so deep in the underground for the past decade that few in the Detroit technopolis have seen him or know how to find him, is inching toward the surface. Suddenly, the c…

Pre-tour Wavve-Jumping

Pre-tour Wavve-Jumping with San Diego Fuzz-Pop Prince Nathan Williams. As Wavves, 22-year-old Nathan Williams has spent the last year recording and releasing some incredibly fuzzy pop music from a poo…

Artist to Watch: Black Cracker

Who: Black Cracker Location: New York, NY With a resume as crazy as her spacey, electro-flavored beats, NYC’s Black Cracker is not your average hip-hop producer. The one-time army brat, art-school dro…

Carsten Nicolai: Gridlocked

Carsten Nicolai is a co-founder of Raster-Noton Archiv Fur Ton und Nichtton (Raster-Noton Archive for Sound and Non-Sound), the imprint behind the Clear and 20’ to 2000 series. The former was an attem…

Mixtape: Lost Soundtracks by Ken Shipley

A lost soundtracks mixtape by reissue label Numero Group’s Ken Shipley . 1. Jon Brion “Theme,” from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind I don’t even own the actual soundtrack, just…

Soul-Junk: Avant-Garde Gospel

Glen Galloway is a man of many hats: jazz enthusiast, commercial-jingle producer, former high-school teacher, father, Christian. On the phone from his San Diego home, he switches with ease between dee…

Inbox: Dntel

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…

Salem: Ghost Town

Freaking out with Salem, the world’s only witchcraft-loving juke shitgaze trio. XLR8R: Where do you guys live? Heather: Jack lives in Chicago full-time. John lives in New York and I just go back and f…

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