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MIA “BRING THE NOIZE”

June 28 |

The world renowned British/Sri Lankan artist, M.I.A., has returned with the video for “Bring the Noize”, the lead single off of her upcoming album Matangi. The video premiered on VICE’s music channel Noisey and the it features M.I.A. rapping over an instrumental from the Marble Players “Marble Anthem”, whose member, Surkin, helped produce the track. It’s more of the trippy and hardhitting music that fans have come to expect from M.I.A. who’ll be on the road touring for a few dates this summer including an appearance at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival.

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6TH GRADE METAL HEADS

June 23 |

Meet Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins, two of the most gnarly sixth graders this side of the universe. Why such an extreme support for them you ask? Well because these two pintsized AfricanAmerican Brooklynites are metal heads that play in their own bandUnlocking The Truth. Check out The Avant Garde Diaries’ profile of the rock prodigies and get into what shapes and inspires them.

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KEVIN POPTART – WHAT IT IS

June 18 |

Following the recent debut of his This Is My Planet mixtape, New Jersey MC Kevin Poptart blesses his fans with new visuals. “What It Is” showcases the introspective artist in his own world, both figuratively and literally, as he ponders the meaning of 17yearold subject matter. Check out Poptart’s album stream and project here.

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JAY-Z X SAMSUNG “MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL”

June 18 |

Music mogul and entrepreneur extraordinaire JayZ gets to add another corporate notch to his belt with his latest Samsung deal. The multimillion dollar MC just revealed to the world that his forthcoming album Magna Carta The Holy Grail will be made available exclusively early to Samsung Galaxy device users thanks to a 5 million dollar purchase that the company made. Apparently, Mr. Carter wasn’t too shy about the deal since his official Twitter account went on to jokingly proclaim the deal’s “philosophical” nature. Humble brag of the year if you ask us.

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ODD FUTURE X VANS SYNDICATE “GOLF WANG” OLD SKOOL

June 12 |

California’s Odd Future group teamed up with legendary skateboard shoe brand Vans (Vans Syndicate) for a special “Wolf Gang” edition of the Old Skool shoe. The collaboration was a nobrainier for the brand considering how loyal the popular group has been to their core skateboarding footwear. The series includes 4 color ways (black, royal, tan, red) of the shoe with Odd Future embroidery featured on the tongue and rear of the shoes and gum soles.

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“FINDING JOSEPH I” BAD BRAINS DOCUMENTARY

June 8 |

The Bad Brains were handsdown one of the most influential Hardcore/Punk groups of all time. Equally, It’s frontman, Paul “HR” Hudson, was one of the most spontaneous and electric band leaders of all time. But something happened to the fierce musician along the way. In between the fame, the music and his livelihood, the man known as Human Rights became “lost” to his audience. The following is a trailer to an upcoming documentary about that story. Fans can help kickstart it by donating to its page.

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MIC CHECK 1234: PUNK X HIP-HOP MASH-UPS

June 2 |

It’s been a long time since any mashups have really caught the attention of our office let alone the music scene general. But scratch that and feast your ears on one of the most original remix concepts we’ve peeped in a minute. Presenting Mic Check 1234producer and mashup maven Max Tannone’s avante body of Punk meets Hip Hop. What really pulls us in for the kill on this one is the complete thoughtfulness of the packageauthentic (mainstream by this point in history) Punk anthems mixed with equally as renowned Hip Hop anthems. The result is the following:

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KEVIN POPTART “THIS IS MY PLANET” MIXTAPE

May 24 |

This may be Earth but according to 17yearold MC/production whiz (and República homie) Kevin Poptart this is his globe. The young New Jersey, USA visionary just finished putting his latest mixtape together for our listening pleasure. It’s called This Is My Planet and it features 16 tracks of oneofkind tunes highlighting his outerplanetary experience here with us. We like it and if it means that we have to get “abducted” for listening, we’re down!

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LASER-CUT WOODEN RECORDS

May 20 |

Designer Amanda Ghassaei has discovered a way to create wooden audio records. utilizing a 1200dpi laser she has been able to successfully replicate the grooves of vinyl records onto wooden pieces and actually play them back. Check out the following video to see how she does it.

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HELLO BANK SYMPHONY

May 18 |

The following is a European ad for fullservice mobile bank Hello Bank. It features a full symphony orchestra playing with some rather nontraditional instruments. Without giving it away we’d just like to note that it’s probably one of the more technologically advanced symphonies we’ve ever come across. The new mobile bank will be made available in Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. Genius way to brand!

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