Inbox: Cougar

In this week’s edition of Inbox, Milwaukee-raised experimental electronic quintet Cougar steps into our parlor in the midst of preparations for an impending European tour. Members David Henzie-Skogen …

Naeem of Spankrock's Top Five Philly DJs

Could there be a better MC to survey Philly’s DJ scene than Spankrock’s Naeem Juwan? We think not. As part of our Philly City Special, we had Naeem choose his five fave local selectors. Da…

Artist to Watch: Neon Indian

Who: Neon Indian Where: Austin, Texas Strange and interesting things are at work in the mind of young Texan producer Alan Palomo. With his latest musical guise Neon Indian, Palomo has transformed his …

Inbox: Blue Scholars

XLR8R’s Inbox checks in with Saba Mohajerjasbi, the DJ half of Seattle-based hip-hop duo Blue Scholars. The snarky Moharjerjasbi talks to us about frat boys, high school Nintendo-core bands that would…

Style: Obsessed

The passions that drive Belgium’s most stylish musicians. photography, styling, and words by Ulrike Biets The Romantic: Mathias “Kurt” Wille Shirt and amulet of his own design Mathia…

Labels We Love: Slumberland

Weathering the ups and downs of 20 not-so-sleepy years in indie pop. Oakland-by-way-of-Washington, DC indie-pop stable Slumberland is now 20 years into its life as a record label, and yet they remain …

Artist to Watch: The xx

Who: The xx Where: London, U.K. Something like a revamped incarnation of vintage U.K. group Young Marble Giants, The xx applies drum machines and subtle electronic flourishes to their minimal post-pun…

Ear to the Ground: More Labels We Love

This year’s up-and-coming labels to listen for. words Lulu McAllister and Chris Sabbath Apple Pips Run by producer Laurie “Appleblim” Osbourne (of Skull Disco notoriety), this London label has been wa…

Labels We Love: In the Red

Larry Hardy makes a home for several generations of VU-pushing garage punks. In the age of hyper-digital music, L.A. label In the Red is putting out songs that sound like they belong on a cherished mi…

Inbox: Oneida

This week, XLR8R’s Inbox tunes in to Brooklyn-based psychedelic rock outfit Oneida. Frontman Kid Millions takes us on a journey to abandoned nightclubs-cum-flophouses, The Royal Exile’s Cricket Club, …

Labels We Love: True Panther and IAMSOUND

Two young labels vie for the hearts and minds of today’s tastemakers. Everyone knows that if you want to be cool, the last thing you should do is admit it. So it’s really no surprise that …

Artist to Watch: Canyons

Who: Canyons Where: Perth, Australia In the deep Australian outback, deep chasms are being dug out and expertly filled with cosmic synth lines, syncopated bass and percussion work, and disco divas cry…

Labels We Love: Modern Love

Every day this month we’re rolling out a new feature on XLR8R’s Labels We Love of 2009. Whether it’s the eye-catching aesthetics of Type or the model-for-the-future approach of Inter…

Inbox: Tarrus Riley

Contemporary roots reggae singer/songwriter Tarrus Riley snuck away from a rehearsal sesh for his summer tour to get a few words in with XLR8R’s Inbox. The Jamaican son of famous vocalist Jimmy Riley …

Vis-Ed: La Boca

A mouthful from DC Recordings’ ?squirrel-lovin’ space cakes. Scot Bendall of British design outfit La Boca says Oval, on the Northern Line, is his favorite London tube stop. “You can’t go wrong with c…

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