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Hi-Fi Earplugs
Whether you're attending the inaugural Panorama music festival in NYC or dancing your socks off at the local bar, earplugs are the easiest thing to tuck into your front pocket and spare you from annoying next-day tinnitus. Etymotic Research, respected...
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Finding Respite at FORM Arcosanti 2016
"Has everybody been having an insanely relaxing time?" electronic musician and hypeman-for-Saturday-night Dan Deacon asks the crowd, adding how almost "creepily" relaxing it's been here at Arcosanti, Arizona before immediately shifting the mood into...
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Obonjan Opens with Music, Wellness, Art and More This July
Fun fact: if you're based in London, Croatia is only two and half hours away by plane (same amount of time as London to Paris by Eurostar). Now, creating even more reason to visit the Eastern European country is Obonjan: a private island experience...
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Interview: Zach Tetreault of FORM Arcosanti
These days, dusty dirt roads lead you to plenty of music festivals but there's something about FORM Arcosanti that strikes you dumb with wonder. First, it's the bewitching architecture of the desert town where it takes place. An hour north of Phoneix...
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Saint Martin's First-Ever SXMusic Festival
As the music festival scene continues to grow and grow, a new entrant—dedicated to electronic acts—will debut in March 2016 on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Equal parts celebration of music, festival culture and the nearing-end of northern...
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GastroMagic at Outside Lands, SF
In its eighth year, SF's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park has grown to be a weekend that celebrates music, comedy, art, design and conservation—along with food and drink. This year Django Django, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and...
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On Site at NYC's Full Moon Fest
Festival season is in full bloom and while it often calls to mind massive fields full of frolicking party people, sometimes smaller festivals deliver a more powerful, potent experience. This certainly holds true for Brooklyn's Full Moon Fest—which...
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Word of Mouth: Québec City
A visit to Québec City means stepping outside of the ordinary. While most on the North American continent are used to Spanish or English as the native languages, this Francophone region offers more than their distinct tongue. Only a few years back...
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Interview: The Black Lips on Stage Presence
It's difficult to affix a genre to the type of music made by the Black Lips. There are elements of punk and garage rock; there's potency and power—and an immediacy. But at the core, a lot of their tracks are just plain fun. While it may be tricky...
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Todd Terje: Inspector Norse
Glastonbury 2015 came and went this past weekend, with performances from Jamie xx, Hot Chip, Mark Ronson, Caribou, Jessie Ware, Mary J. Blige to Kanye West—and even a cameo from the Dalai Lama—to save in the archives for a long time. One of the more...
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Jessy Lanza feat. DJ Spinn, Taso: You Never Show Your Love We can already feel summer start to pick up its pace, but before it's over in the blink of an eye, slow things down with Canadian producer and singer Jessy Lanza's collaboration with...
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The Black Madonna: Stay
Despite it raining the entire weekend, Sustain-Release had an incredible debut last September as it hosted underground techno and house sets at a summer camp in upstate New York. Releasing Year Two's full line-up today, festival founders Aurora Halal...
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Tinashe (feat. SchoolBoy Q): 2 On
After listening to LA-based singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe's recently released EP Encino, which features two original tracks and two covers (Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson), you might be surprised to hear his current guilty pleasure song is the club...
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The Three Degrees: 天使の囁き (When Will I See You Again)
This week Japanese hip-hop scholar Dexter Thomas penned a second installment of his look into Japan's connection to Soul Train, highlighting the band Yellow Magic Orchestra—the only Japanese band to ever perform on the show, and an Afrika Bambaataa...
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Son Lux: Tundra Visitation Rentals
A music festival with a dedicated couch-surfing program may seemingly be pointed at young indie hipsters, but the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht—a quaint town about an hour south of Amsterdam—is a serious music fan's affair. Founded in 2007, the...
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Pusha T: Lunch Money
This week Funk Master Flex premiered a new original track from Virginia's Pusha T, his first solo drop since 2013's My Name is My Name. "Lunch Money" sees King Push spitting as aggressively as ever—albeit over a more abstract than usual beat from none...
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Music from "Transparent"
November 20th marked Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which honors those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender prejudice. (Reportedly, a person is killed somewhere in the world every two days for expressing gender nonconformity...
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Son Lux: Tundra Visitation Rentals A music festival with a dedicated couch-surfing program may seemingly be pointed at young indie hipsters, but the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht—a quaint town about an hour south of Amsterdam—is a serious music...
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Icelandic Acts at Iceland Airwaves
While only a handful of bands from Iceland have reached global acclaim, that doesn't mean the magnificent island isn't erupting with talent. During the most recent Iceland Airwaves music festival—our first time returning to the multi-venue international...
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Hamburg's Reeperbahn Music Festival
The northern European port city of Hamburg, Germany has long been a hub for musicians. While it played host to The Beatles for two important developmental years in the early '60s, that was neither the beginning nor the end of the city's musical impact...
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Interview: Video Artists Undervolt & Co
Now in its fifth year, new media festival VIA in Pittsburgh (where both video artists and musicians are the headliners) has grown to be a platform that showcases boundary-pushing art, technology and creative exploration, in an approachable setting...
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Four Standout Makers at 2014 AfroPunk Festival
by Laura Feinstein Since its humble beginnings in 2004 as a small, free concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcafé in Fort Greene, Brooklyn the AfroPunk Festival has blossomed into a full, two-day cultural juggernaut with thousands of attendees...
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Music and More at Faroe Island's G! Festival
The clouds sit very low atop rugged mountains, each rising in a dramatic curve directly from the sea. Birds circle overhead while music seems to infuse with the mysticism of the landscape and oscillates over the sea. From 17 to 19 July 2014, this...
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Sustain-Release Music Festival
With festival lineups looking more and more identical, and the overall experience becoming synonymous with struggle and exhaustion, two underground music veterans are offering a new kind of escape that ensures an intimate experience for their familial...
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