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For this week's bout of exciting new music we turned to the team behind MTV Iggy, who used their distinct global focus to highlight five international acts making noise around the world. See their picks below, and follow Iggy on Twitter for even more...
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Marques Toliver: Land of CanAan
A debut album set in motion by busking from New York to Belgium, many factors play into the soulful joy of Marques Toliver's Land of CanAan. Chance, talent, a voice and a violin have mingled, coalescing into a new sub-genre of rhythm and blues and...
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Interview: Hanni El Khatib
San Francisco-born, LA-based Hanni El Khatib's new album Head in the Dirt—produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys—is perfect summertime listening. It contains more of that blues and garage-influenced rock that the singer-songwriter is best known...
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CH Summer 2012 Playlist
Whether sultry August means partying to the beat of your AC or—better yet—escaping to the beach, the sun is still in full effect and there's no reason not to celebrate the dog days of summer. Sweat out the remainder of this balmy season...
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Cool Hunting's Harvest Playlist
Fall is all about motivation, preparing for the season ahead by taking stock of summer's bounty. While melancholy at times—Bon Iver's childhood memory "Michicant," "Harvest Breed by Nick Drake—there's plenty here to get you going too...
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Hedgehog
A standout in Beijing's underground rock scene (learn more about it from our story on five other bands) returns to the U.S. this month for a few shows in NYC before swinging through the South. Hedgehog, formed in 2005, is one of the most notorious...
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Nightmare and the Cat
"Drink your shots, pick up your beer and come watch us perform," Django Stewart commanded the crowd at Mercury Lounge last week. "We're Nightmare and the Cat," punctuated his brother and fellow frontman Sam Stewart, kicking off the show to launch...
DESIGN
11/100 (Patent Pending Industries 1999 - 2010)
by Noah Armstrong Eleven years ago Jeff Kleinsmith and Jesse LeDoux left Sub Pop Records' art department and formed Patent Pending Industries, designing posters that channel the analog days of graphic design, a time when hand-drawn illustrations...
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Cool Hunting's Summer Warm-Up Mix
While the season's transitional weather lends plenty of opportunities for staring-out-the-window-at-the-rain songs, spring's soft sunshine also inspires a feel-good faster pace—so that we can get it all done in time for dreamy do-nothing summer...
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Five Portland Venues
Portland's influx of musicians is an adored attribute about the city. From the iconic house party to more traditional venues, Portland remains to keep their music scene fresh with an unconventional take on industry standards. Highlighted below are...
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Don't Move Here
by Adrienne So Wieden+Kennedy's latest venture, an online video and radio portal dubbed WK+Entertainment, puts the advertising giant into the content production game. Among the offerings, the web series "Don't Move Here" documents Portland's ever...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Micachu and the Shapes
by Gregory Mitnick Following British musician Micachu through the aisles of a hardware store and along the streets of NYC, our video on the 23-year-old documents how she builds her experimental instruments. We also learn how her classical training...
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Sound Kapital: Beijing's Music Underground
by Ashley Eldridge To the casual concert-goer, China's capital city may seem uncharted musical territory, but photographer Matthew Niederhauser's new book "Sound Kapital: Beijing's Music Underground" places it as a powerful...
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Content 09
by Adrienne So Installed in the rooms of Portland, OR's Ace Hotel, the first Content brought the brightest talent in the city's fashion, music and art scene together into a multi-media exhibition last weekend. Eschewing traditional runways...
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Holiday Shores: Columbus'd The Whim
Likely due to their home state, name and penchant for upbeat chord progressions, Florida's Holiday Shores draw comparisons to a slew of feel-good bands like Wavves, Beach Fossils and the Beach Boys, to name a few. But writing them off as surfer...
FOOD-DRINK
Bruar Falls CMJ BBQ Spectacular
Kids sporting laminates on NYC subways signals CMJ's descent on the city once again. Friends of CH, The Roulettes—a band accepted into the music showcase on their first try—put together an awesome lineup that we're sponsoring this...
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Glass Ghost: Like A Diamond Video
The first video from Brooklyn's piano-drum duo Glass Ghost looks like it could have a copyright two decades old. Produced by Peking (the outfit behind numerous CH videos), the "Like a Diamond" video cobbles together a seemingly random...
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Polite Sleeper: Lake Effect
The first proper full-length from Brooklyn's Polite Sleeper, Lake Effect serves up nine songs straddling the hazy line between folk and indie rock. At turns somber and frenetic, singer/guitarist Jason Orlovich's earnest vocal timber and everyday...
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The Bethlehem Beard Corporation
Signed to Swedish label Flora and Fauna, The Bethlehem Beard Corporation consists of a 15-year-old melancholic Swede. Here at CH we’ve been listening to his latest disc When the Beards Met in Bethlehem on a regular basis, enough...
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Cool Hunting's Fall 2009 Playlist
As summer hanging makes way for classes and meetings, the changing season calls for a soundtrack of syncopated digital beats and rock 'n' roll jams for setting a productive mood. Of course, fall wouldn't be fall without shedding a small...
STYLE
Academy of Art Collection Fashion Week Spring 2010
by Ariston Anderson Standing out among the current New York Fashion Week insanity, seven talented young designers from the Academy of Art San Francisco took to the catwalk a collection of 1960s inspired womenswear, making for a Mad Men ambiance for...
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Nate Duval Rock Posters
by Julie Wolfson While artist Nate Duval's online bio lists trip planning and de-fingerprinting his iPhone screen among his favorite activities, the bulk oh his interests relate to music. So it's no wonder that the fan of Neon India, The...
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The Indie Rock Coloring Book
by Julie Wolfson Already on a roll with their t-shirts that raise money for good causes, Yellow Bird Project's recently-launched whimsical Indie Rock Coloring Book offers kids, and the music fans that care for them, many pages of fun and games...
DESIGN
Mike Perry: Insound 10 Classic
After the success of last year's Insound 20, the indie music retailer hits us again with another run of exclusive band designs. While the former collection envisioned new designs for contemporary groups, Insound 10 Classic features 10 seminal...
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