Stuff by: Ziv Biton

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An Interview with Director F. Gary Gray on his new film Straight Outta Compton, the state of hip hop, the price of honesty.

Biopics aren’t known for their socio-politcal impact. Few of them ever do more than crystallize an accepted artistic narrative into mythos. They aren’t supposed to talk about issues larger then their subject. They may skirt with race relations, but it isn’t the focus. They don’t talk about police brutality, unless the subject is the one brutalized. […]

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FYF is a Better Use of Your Money (And Time) Than Coachella

It’s almost August. Gasp! Have you done enough with your summer? Seen enough shows? Thrown enough pong balls into cups? Taken enough substances ‘to the head’ as it were? Of course you haven’t! But there is still time to redeem yourself. FYF Fest is right around the corner. The capoff to the festival season is […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 2: Vince Staples and Kurt Vile get rained out; Future Islands become fan’s Spirit Animal

Excitement was high for day two at the Pitchfork Music Festival …. and then the rain. It was in the back of everyone’s mind at the start of the day. But, no one thought it would hit with the intensity that it did. I blame Future Brown. Their constant imploring to “TURNUPTURNUPTURNUPTURNUP!” was taken very […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 1: Stand out performances by Wilco, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen & more

Pitchfork (the media company, the brand, the behemoth) reminds me a lot of Coachella. Specifically: Most of the reasons people hate on it are totally valid, but after you accept all that; it’s still the dopest company in their field. Pitchfork Music Festival did not disappoint. The main issue with so many city-based festivals is that […]

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Hot Artist Alert: Watch Amber-Simone’s collagescope video for “I’m Feeling High”

18 year-old British wunderkind Amber-Simone’s voice is a massive force. At times she sounds tinged with a Michael Jackson voraciousness, at others she weaves through the dark corridors of the Weeknd’s most sensual meanderings. But on her breathtaking new single “I’m Feeling High” Simone has become more difficult to compare than ever. It’s telling that […]

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An Interview with Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza: we talk solo work, new Thievery album and technology in music

Since securing posterity in the seminal band Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza has been flitting between worlds. He doesn’t just do music and tour anymore, he owns clubs in Mexico, started a mezcal company (PapaDiablo) and continues his role as one of the coolest dad’s on the planet to his four-year old son. But burgeoning creativity is […]

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Stream Best Coast’s new album California Nights before its release date

Hometown heroes Best Coast are releasing their new album California Nights on Tuesday (via Harvest.) But, you can hear the album a few days early over at their tumblr. Check it out here. The stream comes on the heels of three releases: “Feeling Ok,” “Heaven Sent” and the album’s title track. You can listen to all three songs below. Best […]

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Tame Impala Drop New Single, and 6 Other Tidbits From Kevin Parker’s AMA

Tame Impala are gearing up for a new album, the ludicrously anticipated follow up to 2012’s Lonerism. Currents has not been given any specified release date, but considering that the singles tally hit tres today, and that surprise releases are so en vogue, the damn thing could blow any day now! Earlier today, Tame Impala’s lead […]

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What Makes This Festival Stand Out From the Rest: Desert Hearts

When we first pulled into the forest the conglomeration of camps sprawled under and around trees brought to mind Tohu Wa-bohu.  But, far from being a mess, this primordial condition was one of the most relieving aspects of the weekend. You could camp pretty much wherever you wanted. You could wear anything, you could be […]

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Sufjan Stevens and the Construction of a Personal Narrative.

Sufjan Stevens has always been a conceptual artist. He got his start trying to make one album for every one of the 50 American states. The two records that came out of that ambition (Michigan and Illinois) were heavily researched and painstaking feats of historical fiction put to lush instrumentation. On his new record, Carrie & […]

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