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The Reappearance of Mark Renner and the Music That Gets Lost to Time

Mark Renner's records of homespun ambience and dewy post-punk were consigned to dollar bins and flea markets for decades. With the help of the Brooklyn label RVNG, he's finally reaching a new audience.
Lewis Gordon
2.16.18
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Here Lies Lawrence, The Best Pop Star the World Never Really Knew

The frontman of Felt, Denim, and Go-Kart Mozart has said he's always been obsessed with being famous. Despite making some of indie rock's most influential records, he might never be, but that's ok too.
Josh Baines
2.12.18
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Higher Brothers Are Chinese Hip-Hop's Greatest Hope

Between Chengdu and Shenzhen last year, the relentless trap four-piece told us—as they tell everyone—that they wanted to "bring their Worldwide Shit to the entire world." This year, they'll get their chance.
Lauren Teixeira
1.28.18
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Inside the Label Bringing Rare 70s and 80s Arabic Funk to the World

Habibi Funk's new compilation pulls together soulful, jazzy music from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, and more. It's even more vibrant than you might expect.
Phillip Mlynar
12.23.17
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I was the beatmaker of Saddam Hussein

In 2003, Nasrat Al-Bader was forcibly enlisted by the Iraqi dictator to compose war hymns. At the end of delirious episodes, he will survive and become the most influential rapper and producer in the country.
Quentin Müller
12.12.17
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Meeting Lana Del Rey's Psychic Medium, Translator for the Dead

Fleur has been talking to spirit people since she was a child, so of course I went to see her for a reading.
Ryan Bassil
12.4.17
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Charlotte Gainsbourg Searches for Answers in Death

The French actress overcame her fear of writing in her native language on her new album ‘Rest,’ on which she reckons with the passing of her sister.
Colin Joyce
12.4.17
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Makonnen Still Loves You

Following the chaos that overnight success brings, iLoveMakonnen opens up about the next chapter in his life, finally able to become the artist he always was—and wanted to be.
Paul Thompson
11.21.17
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Ian Svenonius, Rock N' Roll Insurrectionist

After decades in incendiary bands like Nation of Ulysses and the Make-Up, the DC lifer released his first solo album. He thinks it could really shake things up.
Zachary Lipez
11.20.17
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blackbear Is Extremely Famous, Even If You Don't Know Who He Is

The prolific songwriter—who co-wrote Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend"—looks to turn his internet fame into a reality. With his upcoming album 'Cybersex' and singles featuring Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz, can he do it?
Rebecca Haithcoat
11.14.17
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Shamir Has Always Been a Grungy Little Punk Kid

We spoke to the Las Vegas singer about how he ripped everything up to start again on his latest, lo-fi album 'Revelations'.
Daisy Jones
11.12.17
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But Seriously, Who Is Rita Ora?

TV host; tabloid fodder; singer once trapped in a Roc Nation contract – she talks about it all.
Nick Levine
11.9.17