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Solange, Skrillex, and Utopia in a Futuristic Desert City
At FORM: Arcosanti, a festival held Paolo Soleri's legendary Arizona experiment, Skrillex and Solange shared a bill with underground experimental acts. There were hippies and hope and no bad trips.
This Record Label Releases Albums That Are Almost Impossible to Play
As a commentary on music’s increasing ease of availability, Auris Apothecary has released cassettes that are cut in half, CD-Rs covered in herbs, and more.
Inside Chicago’s Chili-Synthesizer Cook-Off, Music’s Spiciest Night
One night each year, the Windy City's experimental community rallies around hearty stews and modular setups.
The Future of VR at Music Festivals Isn't as Lame as You Think
Music festivals are gearing up for an arms race in VR experiences, and this summer is likely to be an inflection point. But what will that look like?
The Curious Story of Mushroom Jazz, Dance Music's Chillest Genre Ever
The surprising origins of the shroomy, genre-spanning sound, according to the man who invented it.
How Moderat Got Comfortable With Pop on Their Boldest Album Yet
The German trio of Modeselektor and Apparat reflect on their path out of the clubs.
Roland Recreated Three Classic Synths So You Don't Have to Spend Your Life Savings on Them
Studio-quality sounds at hobbyist prices.
Weird Twitter Leaves Irony Behind on Instagram
How an MIT grad student is curing Internet comedy’s irony addiction.
We Dissected Song Exploder, the Podcast Where Musicians Dissect Their Songs, with Its Host
Hrishikesh Hirway has hosted everyone from Ghostface Killah to U2 on his podcast to discuss how they put together and record songs.
We Tried iMaschine 2, the Digital Audio Workstation That Makes Making Music Feel Like a Game
Native Instruments’ new app is all about getting you to make extensive beats in the fewest number of steps.
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The Weeknd Is Playing Arenas Now, but He'll Still Get You to Sing Along to Siouxsie and the Banshees
How did The Weeknd manage to sell out three arena shows in New York City and still maintain his underdog appeal?
How 'Trick 'r Treat' Became an Unlikely Halloween Classic
Director Michael Dougherty talks the joy of discovering a movie for the first time, the appeal of horror-comedy, and why he'd rather see fan tributes than win Oscars.