Alice Cohen – Backwards Music Video (w/ Musician & Director Micki Pellerano Interview)

“[Director] Micki [Pellerano] focused on the lyric: “The planets open wide”, and we had the elevator going to different planets, rather than floors — each planet representing a different element of my psyche. It feels like this inner journey, activated by exploring and “trying on” these different aspects of Self, the way you would “try on” different clothing and identities in the mirror of a department store.” – Alice Cohen

“Each of the Spheres is associated with a certain astrological planet: Venus, Mars, The Sun etc. So the Kabbalistic system of psychic exploration was a suitable allegory for the concepts of self-exploration that Alice was referencing in her lyrics.” – Micki Pellerano, Director

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Autre Ne Veut – World War Pt. 2 Music Video (w/ Arthur Ashin & Director Allie Avital Interview)

“I suppose with the video for ‘World War Pt. 2′, we were going for cheap thrills on one level, but maintaining cognizance of what a funny looking little dude could communicate under these conditions in a human and emotionally salient way. Maybe I’m trying to be honest about what I represent to myself. Maybe it was a way to use explicit sexuality to expose the abject nature of bodies in relationship to one another. Regardless, the song is basically about the many burdens which we carry around with us.” – Arthur Ashin, Autre Ne Veut

“What’s cool about this concept is that everyone can relate to the image of an inescapable burden. I think Arthur thinks of it more as a self-imposed burden, whereas I’m more interested in illustrating a metaphor for dependent, blood-sucking intimate relationships, but it doesn’t really matter… it’s all the same, in a way. We only allow others to be a burden if we’re a burden on ourselves, and vice versa.” – Allie Avital, Director

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Petite Noir – “Best” Music Video (w/ Director Travys Owen & Rochelle Nembhard Interviews)

“The most important victory was getting everyone on the same wavelengths as well as in the same head space to be able to achieve this video. Everyone understood that this was a higher calling that would impact the world in a big way… It was definitely divine-given.” – Rochelle Nembhard, Art Director

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DOOMSQUAD Band Interview: More Than A Family Band, A Total Time, Total Way of Life

You hear it constantly these days: “The rock band is dying; the rock band is dead.” Whether this outlook is simply a jaded gripe, a universal truth, or some combination of both, it behooves a band in the modern age to seek ways to define themselves as more than “just a band”. Spinning a mythology is one way — whether that mythology be underpinned by some sort of philosophy, an outlandish tale, or simply an ability to spread artistic wings wide. Such mythologies are sometimes wholly manufactured — but for Montreal and Toronto-based three-piece, DOOMSQUAD, the mythology came naturally, through spontaneous growth followed by deliberate action. You see, DOOMSQUAD have an interesting tale from the outset, for they are a

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Flatsitter Artist-Musician Interview: On Interactive Albums, Surround-Sound Installations, Visual Poetry & More

Jax Deluca and Kyle Marler of Flatsitter discovered one another years ago on an Amtrak train, in what one might call an act of divine timing, or a perfect illustration of the “right place, right time” adage. What emerged from this meeting is a male-female powerhouse duo, who use an array of interdisciplinary techniques to “craft strange and surreal experiences”, both digital and fully tangible. These custom-crafted worlds are full spectrums, extending as far in scope and technique as the rainbow color palettes they choose to swathe their works in. In the following Q&A interview, Flatsitter offer an overview on the many projects they’re undertaking with full force, which range from performances and interactive albums to site-specific installations and live

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Ariel Kalma Musician Interview: We Know Each Other Somehow (RVNG INTL Collaboration w/ Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe)

“For me, my individual works are those emotions via the music. The exploring, the playing, and the transmission… I transmit what I perceive, and then somebody, the listener, receives that transmission. It feels a bit preposterous to say that, but still, it is. I capture. I’m an antenna. I’m an area. I receive, I capture, I translate, I play, I record — then it’s the listener.” – Ariel Kalma

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Lulacruza Band Interview: Esperando el Tsunami Visual Album & Documentary (Bilingual English-Spanish Feature)

“I think what ended up happening with the film is not so much about us as it is about listening through us. Seeing the landscape through our ears… Our goal was to keep a ‘deep listening’ attitude, so that included anything we met and anyone we collaborated with. It was always kind of a state of improvisation — the entire trip.” – Luis Maurette, Lulacruza

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Vinyl Williams Band/Artist Interview: Hypercolored Crossovers

“Language is the quintessential blueprint that can bridge between the senses. The more I attempt to describe music in visual terms, and the visual in musical terms, the more I’m training toward synesthesia. It’s not an ability that I naturally have, but I’ve developed it through language. It constantly informs the relationships between the senses, slowly unveiling the world of noumena; things outside of the cognitive mechanism.” – Vinyl Williams

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BRAIDS – Miniskirt Music Video (w/ Raphaelle Standell-Preston Interview)

“Culturally, there is the expectation that when a woman wears certain items of clothing, she is expected to act a certain way. I wanted to wear clothing that made me feel sexy, without the demands of needing to act that way. I could scream and shout in a miniskirt, or in a beautiful flower dress, challenging the roles that those items often instill in women to play out.” – Raphaelle Standell-Preston, BRAIDS

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Sóley – Icelandic Musician Interview: Ask The Deep

Adorning the cover of Sóley’s new record, Ask The Deep, is a portrait painted by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, with Sóley’s face smeared about like the things of nightmares, like a horror film incarnate. Upon first glance, this visual seems inconsistent with one’s first impressions of Icelandic musician Sóley Stefánsdóttir — but the truth is that Sóley has always been rather drawn to the depths and horrors of emotion. Her first record, 2011’s visually-evocative We Sink, is — in title, mood, and narrative structure — quite similar to 2015’s Ask The Deep, even if musically less refined. But in the many years between Sóley’s debut and sophomore records, she experienced significant events that transformed her experience of being a musician, allowing her

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felte Records Label Feature: A Balance of Give & Take

“There’s a lot of noise out there — more bands than ever, newer forms of ‘entertainment’ or distractions for our time. This will be the first decade where history will talk more about the technology surrounding music than the artists. While it’s a challenge, I feel like the past few years have been the best time to start a label if you gravitate more towards DIY creativity, patience, perseverance and appreciate the small victories.” – Jeff Owens, Founder of felte

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Global K-Pop Domination Mixtape (#40) Download & Stream

K-Pop pundits love to predict who’s going to be the one star to stick in America, and with the impending debut of 2NE1’s CL, these predictions have reached a fever pitch. These lists never seem to change much: Girls Generation, 2NE1, G-Dragon, CL, BIGBANG, and so forth. Problem is, half those acts have already exhausted large amounts of capital in their American expedition, to limited success. But if we take time to really examine what ephemeral success K-Pop has already had in America, it’s easy to see qualities that separate the Wonder Girls from the PSY’s. A few theories: A) He/She will (most likely) be a solo artist. Easier to digest. Even domestically, groups are harder to sell than individual

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