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REX Cultural Recommendation App
When it comes to figuring out how to spend our time—what to watch, where to eat and more—there's no shortage of recommendation tools powered by algorithms that can do basic pattern-matching, but never really get to know you. The best recommendations...
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Future Punx: How To Dance
Brooklyn-based act Future Punx—one of our faves at CMJ a few years ago—will embark on a two-week American tour later this May. Their debut album This is Post-Wave (released last August and streaming in full on Spotify, Bandcamp and more) is filled...
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Premiere: "Move and Shout" by Boulevards
In a super-funky video that's saturated in retro vibes, Boulevards and director Ramon Zubia create a dance party for the artist's buoyant track "Move and Shout," premiering on Cool Hunting today. Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) tells us, "The idea...
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Prince: Purple Rain (Live) It's tough to lose Prince, who passed away this week at the age of 57. The seemingly invincible artist's personal back catalog is an infinite jukebox of hits and buried treasures—which helped launch others' careers and...
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Interview: Warren G at Coachella
For anyone who has attended, or dreams of attending, Coachella's greatest allure might be the diversity of acts present spanning decades of cultural importance. One such act, hip-hop legend Warren G (who took the world by storm with his iconic...
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Record Store Day 2016: DJ Lloyd's Deep Cuts
In case you've forgotten, Record Store Day is tomorrow. Regardless of whether the hundreds of "exclusive new releases and reissues" were worth pressing to vinyl, the event celebrates the long-loved medium and rekindles the flame with albums old...
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Har Mar Superstar: How Did I Get Through The Day?
You might have spotted Har Mar Superstar in the season three premiere of Broad City as the "Oy Bomb" dude in the art gallery, but he isn't abandoning his career as a chest-baring rockstar just quite yet. His upcoming album Best Summer Ever, out from...
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Premiere: "Shikoku" by Kate Simko + London Electronic Orchestra
Producers love a good, lush swell of strings—but in electronic and even pop music, they're for the most part software simulations. Chicago-raised, now London-based composer Kate Simko has a miniature orchestra available at hand (two violinists...
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Jahkoy: All or Nothing (I Just Wanna...)
Toronto-born, LA-based singer/rapper/producer/songwriter Jahkoy (who originally performed under the name Raheem) consistently releases music via Soundcloud (where he has some 40K followers and calls his genre #bipolarsound) and "All or Nothing (I Just...
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La Roma Records
If you're in the mood for a little crate-digging, La Roma Records—whose storefront window boasts a highly impressive sticker collection—is an excellent place to find albums that are imported from all around the world, along with used vinyl that was...
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Paul Simon: Wristband
In his new song "Wristband," Paul Simon tells the story of a musician who gets locked out of his own show because he doesn't have the necessary entry bracelet, with brisk, nimble flamenco-inspired percussion. It's incredible to realize that Simon is...
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Nosaj Thing: N R 2
The mostly enigmatic LA-based beatmaker Nosaj Thing (aka Jason Chung) has something for the fans. After three intensely personal albums, he's releasing No Reality, an EP that finds the artist pushing himself to overthink less, flow more. "Most of these...
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Charles Bradley: Changes
It’s hard not to shed a tear, listening to Charles Bradley’s music. At the same time, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted too. Such is the anomaly that is the 67-year-old soul singer, whose passion radiates so strongly it feels like he’s right...
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D.R.A.M.: Don't Let D.R.A.M. Be A Hot Boy (Missy Elliott Remix)
Proving once again Missy Elliott's brand of music has literally no sell-by date, Virginia artist D.R.A.M. (aka Shelley Massenburg-Smith) has remixed her sublimely perfect Timbaland-produced "Hot Boyz" (from her 1998 album Da Real World) and taken the...
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Atmo Sfera Platterless Turntable Spins Vinyl in the Air
Chicago's Gramovox already defied gravity with their vertical Floating Record Player, and now Italian start-up Audio Deva offers their own "upside-down" take on a turntable. It eschews the basic design that has "remained the same for about a century...
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AXE Collective at SXSW 2016: Find Your Magic
In an effort to help artists “find their magic,” AXE and John Legend teamed up to give five aspiring artists their big break at this year's SXSW music showcase. Cool Hunting had the pleasure of attending the Austin event, where we witnessed the...
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La Femme: Sphynx
After their debut 2013 album Psycho Tropical Berlin, the trippy beach town rock band La Femme (hailing from Biarritz, France) is back to soundtrack our spring—or at least tonight's post-dusk adventures. "Sphynx" has the distinct pulling, hypnotic tone...
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Cassius feat. Cat Power + Mike D: ACTION
Cassius' 2010 EP The Rawkers was a goldmine: every one of those six tracks—from "I Love U So" to "Arcadine" and "Shark Simple"—showed off a different aspect of Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass' personality and musical style, striking the hearts of dance...
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Premiere: "Time" by EMEFE
NYC afrobeat dance band staple EMEFE, founded by beast of a drummer and vocalist Miles Arntzen (who keeps the beat for Antibalas and Will Butler of Arcade Fire), will have you hooked after one live show. (Start with them funking up a van with their...
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Bibio feat. Gotye: The Way You Talk
Marking Bibio's first collaboration release, "The Way You Talk" is an unusual kind of heart-wrenching pop ballad from the traditionally instrumental-focused electronic music producer. Gotye smoothly sings, "But there's something about the way you talk...
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The Internet: Special Affair/Curse
The Internet (aka Odd Future affiliates Syd the Kyd, Matt Martians and friends) has just released a three-part video for "Special Affair/Curse," from the outfit's third record Ego Death—which was released last year, but has a seemingly never-ending...
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Interview: Cinematic Folk Musician Ben Abraham
The title singer/songwriter can mean a great deal to a world's worth of musical listeners. And while Ben Abraham fits under that catch-all, there's something about his music that places him elsewhere. Abraham has been referred to as a cinematic...
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Premiere: "Stargazer" (Live) by Nap Eyes
Hailing from Halifax, Nap Eyes recorded their debut full-length album Whine Of The Mystic (2014) straight to tape in live takes and no overdubs. Even within the different layers beneath the canopy of alt-rock, the band sets itself apart from the...
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Sufjan Stevens: Chicago (Demo) More than a decade after the release of Illinois, an album that would embed the name Sufjan Stevens into the brains of indie music fans, the multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter has revealed an official demo version...
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