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The Story of Majical Cloudz: A Playlist and the Debut of A Documentary

Still from "A Lot of Humans", by Neil Corcoran A trust fall naturally requires audacity, a degree of courage. At a point in our interviews for "Fall Down Laughing: The Story of Majical Cloudz", vocalist Devon Welsh compared the project's...Show More Summary

The Crisis of Gentrification Hits the Austin Music Scene

The state of live music in the city of Austin, Texas is currently at a tipping point. Austin, the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capitol of the World", is known not only for its large-scale annual festivals like South By Southwest or Austin City Limits, but for its status as a robust hub of live music for touring and local bands alike. Show More Summary

I Went to a Beach Rave in the Hamptons

Photo by Sara WassGuy Gerber is trying to enjoy his first helicopter ride, but there’s too much going on right now that’s not exactly right. After two flights en route from Ibiza, where he lives and works most of the year, he’s scheduled to arrive at Gurney’s, a sprawling high-end resort in Montauk, about 20 minutes late for his set on its beach. Show More Summary

A Review of the Jamie xx-Scored Ballet, Tree of Codes

The lights in the house don’t go down; instead a gradual yellow glow saturates the audience. Stark, rhythmic clapping herald pinpricks of light inside the pitch black stage, which cluster and refract like a constellation in time-lapse. Show More Summary

Helado Negro Is Young, Latin and Proud

Photo by Ben SellonGrowing up in Lauderhill, Fla., in the '80s, Roberto Carlos Lange was just a kid when B-boying became ubiquitous in his largely Caribbean neighborhood. He played the eager audience for his older brother and his cousin popped and locked, busting out backspins and headspins and doing the worm to the booming sound of syncopated 808s. Show More Summary

Five Essential Pieces of Music Writing by Authors and Others

Photo by Julian WasserIt is easy to see why some of our finest writing on music and musicians comes from writers who could not fairly be considered music writers; they are lay worshippers, or hobbyists, possessing fresh passion and distance. Show More Summary

The Obama Presidency Playlist

President Barack Obama is the only American president you could reliably trust to DJ a party. (Bill Clinton’s sax swag is hardly a marvel.) Politics aside, it might be a while before the United States elects another president whose cultural compass is as fresh and youthful as Obama’s. Show More Summary

To Art Laboe, With Love

Photo via Art LaboeArt Laboe is one of the very few figures in pop culture who actually merit the distinction of "living legend". Though, unfortunately, the "he needs no introduction" preamble doesn’t apply here. He does need an introduction—especially for younger generations and those outside Southern California’s broadcast radius. Show More Summary

Decades of the Dead: A Long, Strange Twilight of the '80s and 90's

With hundreds of hours of live Grateful Dead recordings available from their peak periods, you may ask yourself why you’d want to listen to the Dead in the ‘80s and ‘90s? It's a reasonable question for even a dedicated Deadhead. Tapes...Show More Summary

A Rihanna "Bitch Better Have My Money" Video Roundtable

Molly Beauchemin: I'm guilty of this, and maybe you are, too: When I first heard the lyric "your wife in the backseat of my brand new foreign car", I thought it was a boast of Rihanna's fly-ness, not a literal statement. I was in the...Show More Summary

Pussy Riot's Political Message Has Turned Into Pure Media Spectacle

With sporadic downpours scheduled throughout the weekend, it almost made sense when Pussy Riot pulled up to Glastonbury’s Park Stage in a tank last Friday, unlike much else about their appearance at the British festival. Later that day, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina joined The Guardian for an fairly inane on-stage conversation. Show More Summary

The Underground is Massive: A Look At the Birth of EDM

Michaelangelo Matos is remembering a particularly farcical moment from his days raving in the midwest: "This woman was just making an ass of herself on the microphone. She was clearly fucked up on something. I remember being in the crowd watching her, standing next to these two girls. Show More Summary

Pansy Division and the Evolution of Openly Queer Bands

Before Pansy Division took the stage last Friday night for their first headlining East Coast show in six years, a potent buzz of energy had already filled Bowery Electric’s downstairs performance space. It was a cocktail of bona fide...Show More Summary

Inside the Recording Sessions for Sufjan Stevens' Illinois

Earlier this year, Sufjan Stevens released Carrie & Lowell, his seventh studio album which was roundly lauded as his best work. But the definitive Sufjan album—the one that best exemplifies his ambition, his cinematic scope, even his silliness—is 2005's Illinois, which came out 10 years ago this week. Show More Summary

I Went to James Murphy’s New Wine Bar and All I Got Was More Confused About the State of the Music Industry

James Murphy knows where to see all of his friends tonight. When the former LCD Soundsystem bandleader announced he was opening The Four Horsemen, a Williamsburg wine bar, it seemed like an IRL manifestation of self-parody that Gentrified Brooklyn™ has used to skewer itself fictionally for years; the jokes to make here are just too easy. Show More Summary

Take Down Your Flag: Americana’s Viral Response to Charleston

The last two weeks have been tumultuous, traumatic, and defining for the American south. The murder of nine black people by a white supremicist at the Emanuel Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., reopened age-old wounds, with...Show More Summary

Op-Ed: Why There Are So Few Women on Festival Bills and Why That Needs to Change--Now.

Photo via Crack in the RoadEarlier this week, the Guardian put hard data to the lingering issue surrounding the gender disparity of UK festival bills. Analyzing the country’s 12 biggest festivals, they found that 86% of performers booked were male. Show More Summary

Op-Ed: Why There So Few Women on Festival Bills and Why That Needs to Change--Now.

Photo via Crack in the RoadEarlier this week, the Guardian put hard data to the lingering issue surrounding the gender disparity of UK festival bills. Analyzing the country’s 12 biggest festivals, they found that 86% of performers booked were male. Show More Summary

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