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How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world.
Every March, Ultra Music Festival turns downtown Miami into a monolithic nightclub, complete with mind-blowing light displays and a never-ending supply of booze.
There are live acts, old-school acts, emerging acts and top-tier ones. It’s a raver’s paradise. Still, there’s something missing: women. Of the 250 electronic dance music artists descending on the three-day fest (Friday through Sunday), “five percent are female,” says Adam Russakoff, Ultra’s executive producer. “I wish there were more choices, but I wouldn’t book a woman simply because she’s a woman. I wouldn’t insult a woman by doing that. We book based only on music, not gender.”
The dearth of female acts isn’t unique to Ultra. It’s a puzzling problem throughout the genre. Glance at any EDM festival lineup, from Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas to Electric Forest in Rothbury, Mich., and you’ll see very few women, with Krewella, Nervo and Rebecca & Fiona appearing on nearly every bill.
"Once, I was going through security at an airport with my laptop, which has the Krewella sticker on it, and one of the TSA guys said, ‘That guy’s dope, I listen to him, too,’ " says Yasmine Yousaf, one-third of Krewella, a band of two sisters and a guy.
Banksy + Adam Townsend => video memorial of the Syria conflict, on its third anniversary.
Since the video for the horn-skronking, space-rap anthem “Wut” broke through in 2012, the quick-rhyming New York rapper has enjoyed the fawning attention of fans, who splice his booty-popping music videos into suitably alluring GIFs, and Internet haters, who narrow in on his status as an openly queer rapper in a world where that’s still a notable enough designation to attract attention.
With a brand new EP and recently inked deal with Brooklyn-based Terrible Records, best known for indie bands like Grizzly Bear, as part of its joint deal with XL Recordings (Adele, Jack White, Radiohead et al), the rapper finally seems poised on the brink of mainstream stardom — but hasn’t sacrificed the aesthetic that’s taken him this far. He chatted with Newsweek about facing homophobia, working on his first commercially available LP, and coming up with one-word text-speak song titles.
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"Punk is musically boring and philosophically dumb…. British culture needed an enema, and punk was there with the nozzle." - Bob Casale, 1978
We remember Devo guitarist Bob Casale, who passed away yesterday at age 61, with our profile from 1978: "Devo’s Primal Pop" by Barbara Graustark.