Album Review: Thundercat, Apocalypse


Sometimes great music comes from obscure places. Other times it’s so obvious that the music is overwhelmingly amazing that impossible to put your finger on the pulse of why that’s the case. After a few years of working behind the scenes with L.A.-based producer/maestro Flying Lotus, bassist extraordinaire Thundercat (not to be confused with the

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Album Review: Ultraísta–Ultraísta


Ultraísta may be a brand new band, but its members are far from amateurs. The London-based trio comprises Grammy-winning producer Nigel Godrich (better known as Radiohead’s fifth member), journeyman drummer Joey Waronker and Goldsmiths College alum, vocalist Laura Bettinson. The three-piece admits that it came together through a mutual love for Afrobeat, electronic and dance

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Album Review: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange


To build the great Giza Pyramid it took the Egyptians 20 years. 20 years of intensive, backbreaking labor. There were obstacles that stood in the way such as: sand storms, architectural limitations, warfare and a basic misunderstanding of what the pharaohs were trying to accomplish. Despite those obstacles the pyramid was finished and has stood

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Interview: Penguin Prison


Chris Glover, better known as Penguin Prison, is a New York-based indie artist/dance producer.  His music lies steeped in the four-to-the-floor beat that pulses throughout the NYC underground by night, and his lyrical dark humor shot with the side-stepping grin of fellow NYC dance luminaries Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem. Penguin Prison was kind enough

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Coachella Lineup Announced


The lineup for this years Coachella Festival is out and, as you would expect, it’s a great one. Headlined by The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog. The lineup includes also includes a lot of our favorites here at including: M83, Florence + the Machine, Neon Indian, Dawes, WU LYF, tUnE yArDs,

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Album Review: Low Roar


Since I don’t like making erroneous statements when I write reviews, this is what I found on the Tonequake Records website describing Low Roar: “Low Roar is Ryan Karazija.  Ryan Karazija is Low Roar.  Ryan moved to Iceland, the winter was dark, and this is what happened!” Before I looked at this, I thought of

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Q&A: Ximena Sarinana


With one of the best new indie-pop albums of the year on her first English speaking record, Ximena Sariñana has a lot going for her. After a dazzling performance at Outside Lands where she won many new fans, she unfortunately started to lose her voice. But that didn’t stop the singer from powering through her

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