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Primavera 2012 is perhaps the most rewarding, when it comes to festivals

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Barcelona is one of those places that you never want to leave. The weather is perfect, the food incomparable, the atmosphere and attitude so genuine it will turn one chartreuse with envy. I have traveled abroad on many occasions—with friends and family—but never have I felt such a sense of welcome as I did during the elder days of May and the infant days of [...]

Unofficial Best of London’s LoveBox 2012 Festival – Sunday Set

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Historically, music festivals like Woodstock and Glastonbury were created to celebrate idealism (one ‘ism that we agree is worth buying into). Lovebox is no different. Add to this idealism the inclusiveness that you find on the best dancefloors and the diversity you find on our capital’s streets and you have the beginnings of a manifesto for a world-class fe[...]

Unofficial Best of London’s LoveBox Festival 2012 – Saturday Set

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Historically, music festivals like Woodstock and Glastonbury were created to celebrate idealism (one ‘ism that we agree is worth buying into). Lovebox is no different. Add to this idealism the inclusiveness that you find on the best dancefloors and the diversity you find on our capital’s streets and you have the beginnings of a manifesto for a world-class fe[...]

...That need for speed, just won't take heed

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...That need for speed, just won't take heed   WunderTwinz's music is an amalgamation of many styles and color palettes. All at once it's dark moody-fueled indie-pop wrapped right with infectious, almost hip-hop, beats and bass drops. This concrete backdrop is knee deep in heavy themes of unrequited love, power trips and redemption. As visceral as i[...]

Talk about inside wanting out...

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 We called it then... We'll call it now... Everything is cyclical. Take my journey in the arts. What started as an indoor activity, has now taken to the streets and right back indoors for the recent ART BOX pARTY at dooGallery in Atlanta, GA. Curated by Han Vance, the show gathered several Atlanta INtown newspaper boxes and asked some of  the hottest yo[...]

Life After Death: From Pushers to Papas, How Nas and Jay-Z Have Withstood the Fallen Genre

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Welcome to Hip Hop in the year 2012 - a solemn vapor placed atop a slew of emerging artists. Deriving from context, Hip Hop is dead and has been for some time. It was conceived as an audacious gesture built off the blood of a cultural yearning. The people sought a voice. Given so, the culture moved, the people spoke, and the audible came to be the all-en[...]

This is the Story... of a Girl Named Sally TNGR

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Alright, alright, alright - we've done this before... Well, not we, but me. So, don't be scared - I've done this before. Gotta love album art, right? When it's done right at least, which is the least you could ask from a generation of kids who make gifs and Photoshop tricks all day. Alas, today's album art is... quite atrocious by-and-large. Anyhaps, when gi[...]

SnappScenes: The Throne - "No Church in the Wild"

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The Throne… Black Jesus walks in the wild… Where there is no church, just a primal society of spectacular sinners in the magnificent monde a la mode… Amen fashion… London is looting, Paris is burning, New York is occupied, victors are vilified, and the beasts are the beautiful beacons of a new world… Postcolonial cultural institutions, Neo-capitalism b[...]

New Standards: The Thin Line Between Those Who Appreciate Sounds And Those Who Understand Music

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It’s often difficult to extrapolate on why we like certain kinds of music more than others. There seems to be an almost inexplicable link between ears, mind, and heart, in which we feel kinship with one artist or style and are totally turned off by others. Because a lot of us don’t know how the brain really works when it comes to music, and who really kn[...]

Because We've All Got Scars: Popskarr On Cape Town Sounds, Misty Pop And Questionable Craig David Comparisons

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Because music is the best medicine, and we've all got scars, we chat with Cape Town based duo Popskarr.   Popskarr is an Electronic/Nu-Disco/Chill Wave/ Misty pop, call it what you want band from Cape town South Africa. Formed in early 2009 and consisting of Yannick Ilunga (the vocals and guitar) and Terrence Pearce (the beats), the duo recalls th[...]

Erasure Art: Who Will Remember Rihanna?

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When painting a perfect picture, a painter must first have a blank canvas to illustrate their imagination on. A blank canvas has no meaning until the painter decides to add a bit of color to it and to make it into something people would delight about. This is what I think about Rihanna. Last week, I went with one of my good friends to visit her co[...]

For UNDA, Tomorrow Never Comes ...Or Does It?

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Atlanta producer and lyricist UNDA presents the aqueous album that is Tomorrow Never Comes. From the get-go, the six-track compilation plays proof of its condemned title. As the sole character, UNDA narrates the candid desires of his liquidated mind; under an intoxicated trance in his intro track “Dear Aquarius,” he spills out not-so-sweet nothings to an[...]

In A Square World, BOSCO Is Decidedly ▲

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It was the brooding energy of a sweaty dark night in East Atlanta nightclub, The Basement. That particular night was like most other nights, in Atlanta, surely around the globe, in which local people with the spattering out-of-towners gather for one ever connecting force: live music. Of course live music does not guarantee good music or even a good time bu[...]

If Happy Colors Likes It, He Makes It

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Dominican DJ/Producer Hector Mendoza a.k.a. Happy Colors invites you to a world devoid of genre and filled with drowned out vocals, dark synths and bassy 808s. From the cool swelter of Miami, the 18-year-old DJ/Producer spends his time cutting, copying, pasting, sampling and recording wear sounds and rhythms solely to please his own taste and unique styl[...]

A Delightful Reintroduction To Those Who Missed Santigold First Time Out

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Musical chameleon Santigold (formerly Santogold) returns with a sophomore album Master Of My Make-Believe almost as eclectic as her eponymous debut was. Opening is the glitchy "GO!" with shades of M.I.A alternating between cheerleader-style chants and martial beats. "Disparate Youth" is Dubby with keys, strings and bursts of guitar. Continuing in the Dub[...]

With Achingly Slow Riffs That Ooze Forward Like An Oil Leak in Winter, Yogurt Smoothness Make Noises That Are Hard To Ignore

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Orlando two man band, Yogurt Smoothness, are the sort of artists who are willing to take chances. Post-rock, noisy shoe-gaze funneled through sweat and life’s frustrations, and it comes out like this. With grinding, achingly slow riffs that ooze forward like an oil leak in winter, this is doom filled rock in the unhurried vain of Sleep and Flipper. [...]

Milo Takes Baths...Really Lonely Ones

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Meet Milo. He’s a rapper. Yet despite the title, I must warn you: Instead of thinking street, start thinking Star Wars. Immerse yourself in his interactive geek realm; slip deeper & slide further into the lonely bathtub that is Milo’s. Once you’ve entered, Hip Hop and its accompanying craft are perceived from the other side. Swimming into the deep end,[...]

The School for Kids That Make Beats Good: Album Roundup

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In a crowded electronic music scene it is easy to find different strokes for different folks. However, such an oversaturation of music can be a little daunting and hence a little exhausting to navigate. Sometimes all you need is an "in" into the sound and feel of an album before you invest your energy and time. Here at Art Nouveau, we have done that for [...]

You're Never More Alive Than In Battle--So Of Monsters and Men March On

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In 2010, Of Monsters and Men won Músiktilraunir, Iceland's nationwide battle-of-the-bands competition. For those that may not think of this as an impressive feat, keep in mind Iceland is the country that has given us the likes of Sigur Rós and Björk. Drawing early comparisons to Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Of [...]