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Spreading ROCKthusiasm – Polaris Music Prize

And then there were ten. That’s how many albums will be vying for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which has fast become the brightest symbol of Canadian music excellence. To quote from their mantra, Polaris “awards $30,000 to the artist who creates Canadian Album of the Year. It is judged solely on artistic merit, without […]

Interview: Amber Ojeda

Reviewing Amber Ojeda’s Space.Bar.Love last week, my curiosity piqued about this “Platinum Hit” cyberspace cool chica, crossing romantic galaxies while blending jazz and hip-hop genres. Graciously pressing the “Pause Break” button, taking time from her studio sessions, she answered a few (ok, more than a few) questions about her San Diego beginnings, her future EP […]

Artist Update: Matt & Kim

Matt and Kim announce an October 2nd release date for their new album Lightning on FADER Label. Written and produced by Matt and Kim, Lightning was recorded by the Brooklyn duo in their Grand Street apartment and features ten outstanding tracks written in true Matt and Kim fashion. Drawing from their powerful live shows,

Artist Update: Danny Brown

Yesterday, super-producer The Alchemist dropped Russian Roulette on Decon. The album plays like a beat collage featuring the biggest names in indie rap (Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire, etc). Today a new music video is out from it.  Often gruesome, always NSFW, footage-finder/visual collagist/director Jason Goldwatch did the official clip for “Flight […]

Introducing Sweet Valley

Sweet Valley is Nathan Williams (frontman of critically beloved, fan favorite fuzz punks Wavves) and his brother Kynan. Stay Calm is their debut release, an instrumental beat tape that doubles as an awesomely lysergic postcard from the outer reaches of pop USA. Whether screwing American Bandstand breaks on “Total Carnage” or whipping out g-funk synthesizers on “Dunk […]

Interview: We Are The In Crowd

A couple of weeks ago, we covered the Van’s Warped Tour as it stopped in Dallas in July. I was lucky enough to be able to meet a member of one of  the tour’s most popular acts: We Are The In Crowd. I was able to chat with the very cute lead vocalist Taylor Jardine […]

Artist Update: Odd Future

This fall Odd Future Records is coming with a full slate of new releases and tours. Starting on August 1st, Domo Genesis will kick things off when No Idols, his collaborative mixtape with the legendary Alchemist drops.  Listen to the first taste from the project, “Elimination Chamber feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and Action Bronson” below. Following the […]

Artist Update: Girl Talk

In the midst of a non-stop touring run, Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) linked up with legendary Houston producer and DJ OG Ron C to present a screwed and chopped version of Gillis’ last full length release, All Day. The remixed version of the album is being titled Purple All Day and is available for download here: http://illegal-art.net/girltalk/purple_all_day/. Gillis’ audio collage work has referenced the screwed and chopped sound since […]

Shut Up And Play The Hits

It’s hard to believe that it has only been about a year and a half since indie music darlings LCD Soundsystem announced their disbandment. Quickly growing into one of the most popular bands, they suddenly called it quits, sending shockwaves across the interwebs. For their final show in their hometown of NYC, James Murphy and […]

35 Denton Festival Launches One Day Event: The Hot Wet Mess

Our friends from the 35 Denton Fest are back in the news again. No, it’s not yet time for the 2013 line up!  They are instead throwing North Texas the best end of summer party. Taking place Saturday, September 1st of Labor Day Weekend, the small but impressive line up includes The Black Lips, Reggie […]

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