Light at the End of the Tunnel

The wait is almost over. After coming out of complete obscurity to turn the world upside down in early 2004, Franz Ferdinand has spent the better part of the last six months writing and recording. And they’re just now teasing us with the first single from its forthcoming new album. Well, sort of. In connection with URB magazine’s exclusive interview and cover story with the …

Glorious Graphics

We've all long been warned not to judge a book by its cover, but seeing this delectable jacket by designers recent autobiography on spec. The team's online portfolio is a tour of handsomely au courant graphic design. Their works are both modern and organic, featuring a complementary mix of bold typefaces and flowing, organic embellishments with rich textures and odd humor. An affinity for monochromatic …

The Cloud Room

With a breakout summer single – Hey Now Now – The Cloud Room is the latest indie band from the Brooklyn art rock scene to capture my attention. With a sound that nods toward Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie and Joy Division, the Cloud Room may get lumped into the new wave of new wave bands but their music has more edge, more heart and possibly more …