This week from XLR8R

When asked to fashion a podcast for XLR8R, four-man hip-hop collective CYNE compiled 18 tracks to create a virtual timeline of hip-hop and rap music, from old favorites like N.W.A. and Camden Crew to up-and-comers like eLZhi and the legendary J Dilla.

In the second of our three-part series focusing on visual artists featured in XLR8R's Vis-Ed special edition, we talk to Joseph Ari Aloi, better known as JK5. A tattoo artist and obsessive illustrator, Aloi spins everyday iconography—logos, characters, political figures, etc.—into something much less mundane and much more psychedelic.

Artists to Watch: Crystal Antlers
The past year has seen an onslaught of “Crystal” bands, but it’s easy to remember that Crystal Antlers are the one band in the bunch that rocks.

Inbox: Her Space Holiday
Sure, we're always curious to know about an artist's upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R's also got a curiosity for quirk. This week, we caught up with Marc Bianchi, the man behind San Francisco-based project Her Space Holiday, who discussed snakes and spiders, the quieting of the planet, and projectile purple vomit, among other things.

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