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Kero Kero Bonito: Break Light-hearted London-based trio Kero Kero Bonito have composed this summer's go-to lounging anthem. "Break" finds Sarah Midori Perry switching between English and Japanese lyrics at her own whim, at a soothing, lazy tempo...
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1. Impeccable Concept Car Designs that Failed After Production Always the showstopper at auto shows, concept cars allow designers to present the purest form of an upcoming vehicle before rules and regulations water down its design. In the case...
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Beck: Wow
Coming 20 years after his album Odelay, Beck's new song "Wow" takes you by surprise (did anyone else flashback to Leslie Carter's manufactured one hit wonder "Like Wow"). Whether he's writing folk rock or Rick and Morty-influenced dance tunes like...
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The Avalanches: Frankie Sinatra
A casual 16 years since their wondrous debut record Since I Left You, Australian electronic outfit The Avalanches have released their first single from the highly anticipated second album—called Wildflower—which finally has a confirmed release date...
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Braids: Joni Montreal-based three-piece Braids is making some of the most intricate electronic pop we've heard: take "Joni" where Raphaelle Standell-Preston's voice snaps and stretches, yelps and exhales—setting the pace for the ricochets of synth...
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1. The Origins of Monopoly's Iconic Playing Pieces Ever wonder how such random items as a shoe, thimble, wheelbarrow and battleship became the playing pieces of possibly the most iconic board game in history? According to Cool Material, their...
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: First World Problem
After the wild success of their third album Multi-Love, New Zealand/American Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released a new track: "First World Problem." The song (whose cover art is by Henrietta Harris) is everything we've come to expect from UMO—boppy...
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Garbage: Empty
That feeling when a song and its music video is everything you hoped from a band you've long loved. In the new video for their single "Empty," Garbage reunites with Sam Bayer who directed the band's first three videos, including "Only Happy When It...
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Speedy Ortiz: Emma O
Speedy Ortiz's four-track EP Foiled Again—considered a postscript to last year's album Foil Deer—is set for release next Friday (3 June). They released the grainy, anime-referencing "Death Note" earlier this month and now share another, the much more...
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Nura Headphones Adapt to Your Eardrums
Whether or not you think about it with regularity, the fact remains that no two people hear things exactly the same way. From genetics to our unique ear canals and even the way we develop over time, sound hits our eardrums in different ways. And...
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Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne + 2 Chainz: No Problem
Hip-hop darling Chance the Rapper has just premiered his new song "No Problem" (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show and it's everything we were hoping to come of his highly anticipated Coloring Book/em> mixtape. Full...
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ABRA: Come 4 Me
In a video directed by Tyler Mitchell, Atlanta-based ABRA's "Come 4 Me" gets a luminous, colorful, sexy makeover. The track might clock in at just over one minute long, but there's plenty conveyed in that time. The experimental R&B-meets-electronic...
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Premiere: Warhaus' "The Good Lie"
For over 10 years now, Belgium-based indie rock band Balthazar has been peppering the international music scene with clever, cutting and eerily atmospheric tracks. And while they'll continue to do so, founding member and lead singer Maarten Devoldere...
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Flipbin Brings Your Favorite Vinyl Records to the Front
There is a myriad of record storage and organizing designs out there but the recently launched flipbin—currently funding on Kickstarter—grabbed our attention. Manufactured in Chicago, the aluminum storage unit is angled (supported by another...
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Radiohead: Burn the Witch A puppet man tours a picturesque village, full of other seemingly benign puppet people—but something strange is afoot. Soundtracking this miniature movie (an homage to the 1973 cult film "The Wicker Man," except perhaps for...
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Obonjan Opens with Music, Wellness, Art and More This July
Fun fact: if you're based in London, Croatia is only two and half hours away by plane (same amount of time as London to Paris by Eurostar). Now, creating even more reason to visit the Eastern European country is Obonjan: a private island experience...
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Patti Smith Sweater
When concert T-shirts can't fully express just how much you love your rock hero, go for a lambswool sweater made in Scotland. Independent designer Cassie Holland launched Hades to celebrate bands she loves, simply and boldly, with the quality they...
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Premiere: "Santa Muerte" by Brodka
Poland saw Monika Brodka (from the mountain village of Zywiec) rise to fame as the winner of 2004's Polish Pop idol. No longer a teenager, the alt-pop singer-songwriter—under the name Brodka—will release her first English language album Clashes...
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Radiohead: Burn the Witch
A puppet man tours a picturesque village, full of other seemingly benign puppet people—but something strange is afoot. Soundtracking this miniature movie (an homage to the 1973 cult film "The Wicker Man," except perhaps for its ending) is the new Radiohead...
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Nextbit + AIAIAI TMA-2 Headphones
Android smartphone-makers Nextbit have partnered with Copenhagen's AIAIAI for a special edition pair of headphones to befit its exceptional "cloud-first" phone, Robin. The recently released Nextbit + AIAIAI TMA-2 headphones boast a neodymium speaker...
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Weaves: One More
In their newly released video for lead single "One More," Toronto "bent pop" rock four-piece Weaves' frontwoman Jasmyn Burke trounces through a desert landscape in a neon pink robe. There's a sense of organized chaos, bursts of gold (pom-poms) and...
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D'Angelo feat. Princess: Sometimes It Snows in April D'Angelo was joined by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum (aka Princess, a Prince cover band) last night to perform a tremendously moving version of Prince's "Sometimes it Snows in April." The song...
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Laura Groves: Gamma Ray Blue (Cleaners From Venus Cover)
London-based songwriter Laura Groves previously released an album on XL under the moniker Blue Roses. Under her real name, however, Groves transitions from acoustic instruments like piano and guitar to a more electronic set-up, and her voice glows...
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