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Steve Aoki Predicts Cyborg Future, Explains His Many Superstar Collaborations

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Cindy Ord, Getty Images

Steve Aoki didn't quite nail it with the doom-prophesying title of his new EP, 'It’s the End of the World As We Know It' (yes, like the R.E.M. song), but that's OK. The three-song set tells the story of what’s to come, or what might be to come.

The 35-year-old DJ recently took a short retreat to do some serious thinking and writing for his next record, renting a cabin in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Chatting with, he had some interesting things to say about the future -- now that Dec. 21 did not, in fact, bring about the end of the world -- and the slew of artists he's collaborated with.

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Tegan and Sara’s Tegan Quin on Embracing Pop, Battling Parasites and Cleaning Out Closets


Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara sheepishly explains how the highlight of her 2013 so far involves rearranging her walk-in closet. The turn of a new year doesn’t mean much to the 32-year-old Canadian, who has her own way of measuring time.

“Since about 1999, I think of years by what record I put out,” she says from Vancouver following a rare two weeks off before embarking on another extensive tour. “Maybe it’s narcissistic, but that’s how I think of it. So 2013 is the year of 'Heartthrob.'”

'Heartthrob,' the twin sisters’ seventh studio record, hits the streets Jan. 29, and the first single, 'Closer,' has been getting a lot of radio play.

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Ash Reflect on 20th Anniversary – Exclusive Interview

Shanna Fisher
Shanna Fisher

Over the years, Ash have collected an impressive number of high-profile fans and collaborators. The Northern Irish pop-punk trio has performed with U2 for their nation's historic Good Friday Agreement, earned the support and mutual admiration of Jackie Chan and landed Ewan McGregor to narrate ‘Teenage Wildlife,’ a film about their early touring days.

This year, Ash celebrate their 20th anniversary with their first U.S. tour in more than five years. The trek follows a covers EP that arrived over the summer and coincides with the release of a special triple-vinyl edition of the 'A-Z Series,' a collection of singles they recorded -- one every fortnight -- throughout 2010.

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Sonic Youth, ‘Smart Bar – Chicago 1985′ – Album Review

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Karl Walter, Getty Images

Capturing the ambiance of the fresh young noise rockers in their toddler days, this 1985 live set opens with trademark scratchy feedback, before Kim Gordon’s haunting, progressively urgent vocals overpower Steve Shelley's slow thudding drums and the hollow, clean, single-string-plucking progression on ‘Hallowe’en.’

Among the crowd chatter at the intimate venue, you can actually hear someone say, “I don’t know that much about them.”

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Public Image Ltd. Play Brooklyn, Mix Vitriolic Songs Old and New – Live Review

Shauna Farnell

“Lock up your children. The priests are coming,” John Lydon wailed in a theatrically deepened voice as he and Public Image Ltd. launched into an extended version of 1978’s ‘Religion,’ arguably the most intense 12 minutes of the band’s relentlessly pounding two-hour set at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (Oct. 9).

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