Skeletons & Ariel Pink Take Over L.A.

Ghostly’s freak folk-inspired Skeletons & The Kings of All Cities readies for a one-time show with Paw Tracks’ one-man master of all things weird, Ariel Pink (pictured below). Skeleton…

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, April 30

Barbed Double Click Countryside Loaf Unlike labelmates Black Devil Disco Club, Barbed kicks out dark, experimental free jazz. Lush pads melt into skittery drums and horns that make you want to jive an…

Summer Reggae Heat

Jamaica, Queens, New York reggae imprint VP is preparing for one of its most active summer album release schedules in recent years. The label has recently seen success with ’07 recordings from R…

Yacht Extends Tour

Portland-based weird-rocker YACHT takes his art (and name) pretty seriously. Also one-half of K Records’ electro-pop duo The Blow, Jona Bechtolt’s work under his solo moniker is about as p…

Historic Castle Succumbs to Graffiti

Blame it on Brangelina’s presence at Banksy’s Barely Legal exhibition last September, Neck Face’s foray into the gallery scene, or even Claw Money’s overpriced fashion line, bu…

Motown Gets Remixed, Latin-Style

Though Motown has been lauded as defining one of the most innovative and energetic eras in American musical history, there are still people courageous enough to refute such genius and try reinterpreti…

Now Playing At Peepshow: Christopher Glancy

While foraging through the XLR8R archives, we came across this photo shoot from Issue 85 of the magazine. Mort a l’Aube, shot at Freeman’s NYC in October 2004, features photographer Christ…

The Week In Downloads

It’s been an eclectic week at XLR8R’s Downloads Section, to make an understatement. Venezuelan breakcore master Cardopusher kicked things off, Joakim schooled us on monsters and the finer …

Video:Brother Ali “Uncle Sam Goddamn”

Brother Ali is one of the most well-spoken and outspoken MCs in the indie hip-hop scene today. Following up his introspective debut Shadows On the Sun, Ali gets pissed and political on The Undisputed …

The Week In Music, April 27

Sheryl Crow has finally taken a stance against toilet paper. According to the BBC, Ms. Crow is advocating legal action against those who use too many squares in the loo. Haters of the planet, don&rsqu…

Belong Announces Tour

Since 2006’s October Language, New Orleans-based duo Belong has been on a roll. Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones (not to be confused with Mike Jones), have announced a predominantly East Coast to…

Sonar Day-By-Day Program Announced

With groups like Black Devil Disco Club, Justice, Sunn 0))), and Matthew Dear scheduled, the 2007 edition of Barcelona’s Sonar Festival, to be held June 14 – 16, looks to be the most diver…

The New Singles Slate

In recent years the landscape for “singles” has changed dramatically–frequently, listeners are forced to scour a half-dozen niche online- or brick-and-mortar shops to find that one h…

Daily Download: Brother Ali "Uncle Sam Goddamn"

As one of the most honest rappers in the indie-rap game, Minnesota-based Islamic MC Brother Ali revels in introspective verses that range in topic from political outrage to parental strife. Rarely can…

ArtDon’tSleep Preps From LA With Love

Los Angeles has always been a den of musical artistry, though the city isn’t all Whiskey a Go Go and The Echo. Promoters like Andrew Lojero have been throwing parties of grandiose magnitudes in …

Tenth Annual Expo Festival Announces Line-Up

It takes a pretty extreme dude to truly appreciate the sound of a manipulated trombone or recordings of a butterfly’s wings fluttering, but said extreme dude should be thrilled to hear the Expo …

Video: Box Codax "I Swam With the Otter"

Many know German imprint Gomma for its humanized disco, but the label’s über-experimental Box Codax is on an entirely different plane. Ariel Pink and John Maus had better watch out, because…

Animal Collective Tours

Some bands never stop moving, and psychtronica foursome Animal Collective–who has already released a four-track EP, "People," and has a full-length slated for September–seems to …

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