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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débruit – Outside The Line Album Review (ICI)

French producer Xavier Thomas, aka Debruit, returns with Outside The Line, an intersection of coldwave, African rhythms, and early ‘80s electro and hip-hop. A deep breath, and then it begins.

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Summit Block Party 2015 Mixtape (#42) Seattle

The annual Summit Block Party brings Seattle’s artistic community together; showcases local artists, musicians, and craft-makers; and promotes the acceptance of all races, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic classes. Summit Block Party is a free, non-profit, volunteer-run event, and is fueled by community support.

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Dfalt – Self-Titled Album Review (Daylight Curfew)

“Some boys began to drink beer and whiskey, a few began to smoke marijuana” — so says a voice seemingly beamed in from a middle twentieth century nature documentary on the partying habits of young men. It’s an interesting sample, but perhaps a bit misleading. “A Few Began to Smoke”, the first track on Dfalt’s new self-titled album, kicks back but doesn’t get rowdy. An heir to hip-hop’s many inebriation anthems it is not. Producer, multi-instrumentalist, and current Los Angeles resident Jason Drake began to make music under the Dfalt moniker before he had even officially set aside his original project, Cassettes Won’t Listen. Between roughly 2005 and 2012, Cassettes Won’t Listen released three albums, five EPs, a number of

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Swahili Band Interview: Journeys of AMOVREVX

“A lot of [AMOVREVX] is about relationships of all sorts, and playing… on duality, it conclusively could be said that love — amour / amovr is about expecting nothing and giving everything.” – Van Pham, Swahili

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Northside Festival 2015 Recap: Girl Band, Built To Spill, Blanck Mass, PC Worship & More

Northside Festival expanded yet again in this, its seventh year, with a week-long stretch of events that fell into one of the three categories of Innovation, Film, and, of course, Music. Over thirty venues across Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick hosted upwards of 400 bands throughout the festival’s final four days, including big names like Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Against Me! and more. In this recap, we focus on Blanck Mass, Built To Spill, Girl Band, PC Worship, and many more artists from New York and far beyond.

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