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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: When Privates Go Public

The Sweet Spot: When Privates Go Public

In 2003, Mattel, the maker of Barbie, sued Utah artist Thomas Forsythe for using Barbie dolls in photographs that depicted the toy naked and being assaulted by kitchen appliances. Time and time again, Mattel has engaged in litigation…
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News, The Snitch SoundCloud Expands to San Francisco, Music Junkies Psyched

SoundCloud Expands to San Francisco, Music Junkies Psyched

SoundCloud, the audio platform that allows users to upload, record, and share music they make on the web, is expanding into San Francisco, the company announced today.The fast-growing company first started in Berlin in 2008, after founders Alexander Ljung and…
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Music, BeatBox Apparat

Apparat

Berlin-based producer Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, composes electrocoustic tracks that bridge the arterial with the ethereal. Whether solo or collaborating with fellow Germans Ellen Allien or Modeselektor, Ring uses granular synthesis and a penchant for strings to texturize arrhythmic beats…
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Music, BeatBox Argy

Argy

As the genre cryptically referred to as "minimal" has evolved, it has reconciled its tech-house foundations with some deep house and trance roots. Greece-born, Berlin-based Argyris "Argy" Theofilis plays the style between those dubby chords, melodic vocal spurs, vamping tribal…
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Culture, Summer Guide Cheap Musical Thrills

Cheap Musical Thrills

Summer offers no shortage of ways to drop mad cash on musical diversions, from multiday festivals to hoary reunion tours. Consider the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park August 28-30 (www.sfoutsidelands.com), where $225.50 will buy you a three-day pass…
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Music, Germany’s Moderat busts the ghosts in its hard drive

Germany’s Moderat busts the ghosts in its hard drive

Sascha Ring was haunted by ghosts. In 2007, and Ring, a Berlin-based producer known for electrocoustic compositions under the name Apparat, found his hard drive littered with unused melodies he describes as Songleiche, which translates as "song corpses." Elsewhere in…
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Music, Reviewed BLK JKS

BLK JKS

When BLK JKS formed almost a decade ago, the band took a lot of flak in its native Johannesburg. Rock 'n' roll was viewed as the music of the antagonistic West, and BLK JKS was unabashedly rock. The band has…
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Film, FilmCap

Otto; Or, Up with Dead People

Headier in synopsis than in its vain execution, the latest transgressive art-porno from Canadian queercore auteur Bruce LaBruce (The Raspberry Reich) is a gay zombie movie, an explicit blend of blood and blowjobs that might've seemed more acidic two decades…
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Music, Reviewed Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton

Saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton's reputation as one of jazz's most intellectually rigorous avant-gardists was well established by 1974, but Arista signed him anyway. He recorded nine albums for the label; two more titles, licensed from the Freedom imprint at the time,…
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Music, BeatBox Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved

From the microtonal bleeding edge of cyberspace to Berlin's cavernous post-industrial clubs, the corkscrew productions of Matthew Dear (aka False, Jabberjaw, and Audion) have been in the headlights for years. Dear's digitally modulated singles explore microhouse and minimal's hypnotic resonance.…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Cabaret. Based on John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera (which in turn was adapted from novelist Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories) Joe Masteroff, Fred Ebb, and John Kander's 1966 musical tells the story of a couple of young expats…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Cabaret. Based on John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera (which in turn was adapted from novelist Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories) Joe Masteroff, Fred Ebb, and John Kander's 1966 musical tells the story of a couple of young expats…
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Culture, Stage Larceny Makes the World Go 'Round

Larceny Makes the World Go 'Round

Sometimes a particular production of a play or musical casts such a spell over the theater community that it practically comes to define the work. For example, the British director Peter Brook's 1970 Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer…
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Music, BeatBox Allien Invasion

Allien Invasion

The concept-driven queen of mnml — the bastard genre of Detroit techno, European microhouse, New York's avant-garde, and oven-baked tranquilizers — Berlin's Ellen Allien came up in the warehouse party scene. Now with 15 years as a DJ and latest…
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Music, BeatBox Catch the Bug

Catch the Bug

Steve Bug is a DJ, producer, and head of Poker Flat, the Berlin-based label that's a world leader in capturing that blurry edge between deep house and techno. Poker Flat boasts an international roster of artists, including John Tejada in…
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Music, BeatBox Getting Physical with the Electro Olympics

Getting Physical with the Electro Olympics

Get Physical DJ Heidi inspires her fair share of dancefloor trills and thrills. The London-based Canadian came up through the click, acid, and dub house scenes in Frankfurt and Ibiza. Now she's prone to drop seasick electro house, funky minimal…
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Music, Let's Get Killed King Khan and the Shrines gorge on psychedelic soul

King Khan and the Shrines gorge on psychedelic soul

San Francisco has a mighty sweet tooth for vintage soul and R&B. The July calendar alone for the SF Soul Scene blog lists DJs serving up crate-scavenged classics on a weekly basis. To wit: Mondays, there's Black Gold at KoKo…
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Music, Germany’s Cluster still makes heads spin three decades on

Germany’s Cluster still makes heads spin three decades on

Very few bands can be considered the grandfathers of New Age, ambient techno, electro-pop, and underground noise. But Germany's Cluster, a duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, spawned not only those variegated genres, but also a slew of others…
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Film, Film Feature

Summer Grows Up

Explosions, pratfalls, and robots; heroes, aliens, and blondes — it must be summertime at the movies. Beyond the flash, though, it's striking to note just how many movies will require us to actually think this summer— aren't we supposed to…
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Music, Berlin techno producer Ellen Allien steers to innerspace

Berlin techno producer Ellen Allien steers to innerspace

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 abruptly offered sizable options for euphoric electronic music fans. Formerly grayed-out factories-turned-clubs played host to a flush of activity. Warehouse spaces — cheap, plentiful, and relatively unpoliced — bulged with the exaggerated…
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