Pretty Lights — aka Derek Vincent Smith — has been one of the most consistent instrumental producers of the last half decade. With a complex layered approach that’s more DJ Shadow than cornball EDM mainstage, the Denver producer is one of the few talents that has flavorfully blended the world of hip-hop beats with electronic textures. [...]


1 May
Fred Armisen as the frontman of the only pro-Thatcher punk band

In one of the funnier Saturday Night Live skits of late, longtime SNL staple Fred Armisen plays Ian Rubbish — fictional frontman of the punk band Ian Rubbish & the Bizzarros. It’s pretty clear from the History Of Punk skit that Armisen is a huge fan of the music, as his portrayal of a late [...]


Mad Decent is training, fighting, and winning… well maybe not in that order, but Derek DJ Allen and Dirty South Joe have rained down into the ignorant public’s rivers of Styx and Cocytus some 80s synth masterpieces mixed with some 80s synth masterpieces, all from classic 80s movies about bad guys and good guys. See below [...]


2 Nov
Timeless cover art by Derek Riggs gets the sneaker treatment

Arguably the best Iron Maiden album ever (and they’ve made a lot), and their first with Bruce Dickinson, The Number of the Beast celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. To mark the occasion the British heavy metal band is collaborating with Vans on their fifth set of sneakers together, and their first since 2008. As [...]


Omaha, Nebraska’s trio Icky Blossoms won’t be escaping your memory anytime soon, from their brain-sticking moniker to the 90′s electronic fetish synth-pop they craft with gorgeous ease. Think of girls wearing your favorite leather jacket from back in the day, studded out, patched up, with red lipstick on (and probably smeared), stomping around to heavy [...]


7 Dec
The latest vid from Colorado's Derek Vincent Smith

Colorado’s Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, releases his new “Future Blind” video from Making Up a Changing Mind. One of the 3 EPs he released in 2010 for free, Making Up a Changing Mind is actually not his latest release — that would be Glowing in the Darkest Night. Regardless, it’s clear Pretty Lights [...]


Yesterday internet goliath Google unveiled its Boutiques website – a new portal dedicated specifically for shopping fashion items. As the second largest sector of online shopping (after consumer electronics), it really was only a matter of time till our Internet Overlords dipped their toes into the market of soft goods. As the LA Times reports: [...]


4 Nov
The best of indie cinema hits Hollywood November 4th - 11th

It’s that time again. AFI Fest brings a well curated selection of films from all over the world to the film capitol of the universe: Los Angeles. Instead of the usual glut of exploding superheroes and Katherine Heigl meet-cutes, AFI Fest gives Los Angeles the chance to see films that maybe have some, um, intelligence [...]

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