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Day 1 - Friday, August 3 Atlas Sound Deerhunter lead singer Bradford Cox took the Tree stage Friday afternoon as his folk-tronic alter ego Atlas Sound and announced that his equipment hadn’t made it to the venue. Anyone familiar with Cox’s admittedly “unhinged” stage presence and the recent “Sharona-Gate” episode back in March when Cox donned a ski mask and launched into an hour-long cover of the Knack’s “My Sharona” shuddered at the thought of another meltdown but Cox graciously spared us the... [Read more]
Behind the record industry and the endlessly grinding gears of the hit factory stand an elite group of individuals who are responsible for churning out the latest, greatest pop music the world has ever known. The Darwinian process that sees songs made or broken by a fickle public with millions of dollars at stake ensures the survival of only the fittest, but there are a select few who transcend the zeitgeist and end up defining the sound of a given moment. They aren’t always the biggest seller... [Read more]

SXSW: Live Coverage

March 16, 2012
Initial reports pouring in from South by Southwest (SXSW) suggest that the once exclusive rendezvous of the indie rock glitterati has essentially jumped the shark. The thrill may be gone, but SXSW still sounds like a good party. Performances by Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, Skrillex and an endless scrolling list of bands you’ve never heard of playing in bicycle shops and retail store back lots more than made up for the spilt beer, overcrowded venues, unbridled pretentiousness and homeless people u... [Read more]

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Coachella 2012 Festival Guide

January 10, 2012
Officially known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Coachella is hands-down one of the year’s best festivals in terms of weird names, multiple days of camping in hard to reach locations, and most importantly, killer line-ups. Founded in 1999, Coachella has the benefit of over a decade of debauched chicanery under its belt and clearly understands the needs of the post-hippie, including but not limited to clean, stocked Porta-Potties, gourmet snacks, and of course, the hipster crack... [Read more]
Spike Jonze has been killing it recently with videos about robots, small town America and the military, and drunk Kanye West, but he’ll always hold a special place in our hearts for the Beastie Boys video for Sabotage. Now Jonze and the Beastie Boys have teamed up again on the video for Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win off the Beastie Boys latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. The video has it all, a Beastie Boys concert, a guest appearance by Santigold, assassins, exp... [Read more]

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After the critical acclaim following the release of her debut album Santogold, and the ensuing lawsuit from infomercial-jeweler Santo Gold which forced her to change her name to Santigold, everyone wanted a piece of lead singer Santi White. She has since signed to Roc Nation, guested on the Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and is readying the release of her new album this fall with guest appearances from Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and production by Switch and Q-Tip. Why we care: