For years, we’ve had our eye on performer Ludwig Persik. We’ve seen his shows around NYC and loved his “collage of new wave psychedelia and folk,” but now, the USSR-born / LES-raised multi-instrumentalist has really hit his stride. His debut LP No / Go Storm was released earlier this year, alongside a tour with Jamie Lidell. And after hearing the kaleidoscopic track “Better Is Right,... Read More >

This past weekend, festival enthusiasts and folk lovers gathered by the thousands next to the waterfront in Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center for the XPoNential Festival. The annual event comprised of talented yet obscure acts as well as some of the past decade’s most notable. Here is a roundup of the four best performances, as well as what the artists are currently up to. BECK. The album Son... Read More >

Azealia Banks, opening show of Life Ball 2013 at the city hall of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. Photo by Manfred Werner.  It looks like rapper Azealia Banks is wasting no time in sharing new music since parting ways with her label. Released yesterday, “Heavy Metal and Reflective” is in the same style as her previous single “Yung Rapunxel” with a unique beat and a hypnotic, almost mo... Read More >

Kimbra Talks Grammy, Greek Mythology, and the ’90s

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | July 28, 2014

Photo by Thom Kerr If the name Kimbra rings a bell, it probably has little do with her debut album Vows, even after it reached #14 on Billboard charts with its North American release and the massive success it garnered abroad. More likely, you’ve only heard her on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” a sleeper hit that won the pair multiple Grammys in 2013 for Record of the Year an... Read More >

A picturesque English village is not the sort of place you’d expect to come across a pair of grunge savants with a band name that recalls The Toxic Avenger. While gritty cities may have been the locus of agressive rock sounds in decades past, that’s no longer the case and brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless of the band Drenge prove why. In the absence of a local music scene, or a bevy of rock enth... Read More >

BlackBook Exclusive: Lia Mice’s “Memory Maps”

Music | By. Abbey Bender | July 24, 2014

Photo by Levi Mandel Blending a dash of sweet 1960s pop flare to a helping of modern technology, experimental pop artist Lia Mice’s new song “Memory Maps” is a perfect new summer track for shoulder-shaking your troubles away. Recorded in France, the influence of yé-yé pop and classic music from French films can be heard, as she created the song by using a number of 60s techniques (no loo... Read More >

Captain Capa – Arsenic German electronic group Captain Capa use heavy emo influences from bands like Jimmy Eat World to add some teenage angst to standard synths. If you’re lucky enough to attend the Warped Tour, you can catch them rocking out on the EDM stage. Flume Ft. Kanye West – Insane (White Panda) Flume’s recent collaborations with the industry’s hottest acts (fir... Read More >

THURSDAY, JULY 24. If you've been looking for summer romance but found yourself wildly disappointed by the quality of your prospects, then the Scottish indie rock duo Honeyblood has just the song for you in "Super Rat." The perfect ode to disgusting dudes is a standout track from their self-titled debut album, just released on FatCat Records. They'll be opening for their countrymen Teenage ... Read More >

The Cute Kids of the Pitchfork Festival

Fashion | By. Abbey Bender | July 23, 2014

All Photos by Marcel Pawlas Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival took place this past weekend, with performances from Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder, Kendrick Lamar, and many others. Pitchfork is a huge draw for musicians, and as it turns out, stylish kids, too. There were over 50,000 attendees, and about a million cute outfits. Here's a sampling of the well-dres... Read More >

Jessy Lanza photographed by Timothy Saccenti The groundbreaking London record label Hyperdub is going all out for its anniversary year, releasing a series of five themed compilations of their genre-bending catalog. The first compilation hit stores May 20th and showcased the label’s array of dance floor hits, like “Let It Go” from the late Footwork master DJ Rashad. Hyperdub 10.2 explore... Read More >