15 Feb
Producer, DJ & live MPC prodigy's 20-track sampler

New England producer and “DJ” — the man who invented manipulating an MPC live like a turntablist — AraabMUZIK drops his free mixtape For Professional Use Only today. As can be expected from the Rhode Island prodigy, expect plenty of skull shattering dubstep laced with highly volatile rhythms, all live programmed of course. Also dig […]


15 Feb
Performing live at Ripley’s Music Hall, Philadelphia in 1983

When I was in high school my friend’s dad worked for a record company and we saw some great concerts, all while I imagine he was smoking joints backstage with the bands and perhaps fondling some groupies. While I’m jealous of that, it did enable me to get great seats and a ride to some […]


27 Dec
The Sunset Strip's Roxy Theater kicks off the 20th Anniversary of hip-hop's most beloved party album

In our humble opinion, there is no better hip-hop party album ever recorded than the Pharcyde’s stellacular Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. It is pure celebration in sonic form (oh how many brain cells we’ve happily surrendered to “Oh Shit”). In honor of The Pharcyde’s groundbreaking 1992 debut, (which, by the way, was quoted as Kanye […]


18 Dec
“Friction,” “Angels” & “Tides" live, + a secret holiday cheer

Shot and directed by photographer and film-maker Jamie-James Medina (who also happens to be the founder of XL’s sub-label Hot Charity), this 3-part documentary follows The xx on the three major cycles of their creative process. Time in the recording studio, in rehearsals and then finally performing live is documented, ending in the last episode […]


7 Dec
55 minutes of aural goodness from the man behind The xx

Jamie xx joins the league of superlative DJs who’ve graced the decks of one of the underground scene’s most exclusive parties. The Boiler Room are quickstrick events thrown across the world (Los Angeles, Berlin, London and New York) growing in reputation rather quickly for their well curated throwdowns broadcast live to the entire interwebs. Naturally, […]


12 Sep
Trap Champion/Mad Decent producer does what he does best

Wow, a pretty hard fucking mix from Trap Music champion Baauer to promote the upcoming HARD Day of the Dead music festival/rave on Nov. 3rd in Downtown Los Angeles. No tracklisting offered, but the quick-burst 17-minute mixtape is loaded with plenty of original tracks and remixes from the Jeffree’s/Mad Decent producer. A word of advice: […]


12 Jul
Disco 101 via club replications, photographs & live performances

Los Angeles MOCA has scheduled a quite intriguing exhibit, Fire on the Disco, which will take a discriminating look at disco and its profound impact on music, art, and fashion. The exhibit is being co-curated by LCD Soundsystem ex-front man, DFA Records co-founder and disco/punk music enthusiast James Murphy and MOCA director Jeffery Deitch. Fire on […]


18 May
Adulation, shimmying, loving forever & the importance of surfing

This week The Drums wrapped up their North American tour on the stage of El Rey Theatre in the Miracle Mile of Los Angeles, and there was no doubt the night held special meaning — for both the audience and the band itself. Photos by Damon Cirulli After a great warmup set by Stockton-via-Seattle’s Craft Spells, […]