MUSIC | ‘Strawberry Smoothie’ – Twin Peaks

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims

Fresh off their tour with The Orwells, Twin Peaks return with new song, Strawberry Smoothie off their forthcoming LP Wild Onion. The track is a dizzy mix of oozing guitars and yearning vocals all wrapped up in a two minute and twenty four second package. Stream “Strawberry Smoothie” below, and look out for Wild Onion when it arrives on August 5 via Grand Jury Music.

FASHION | Six Lee SS15

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims
Six Lee thrives on the beautifully imperfect and this season we get a deeper look into the brand’s romantic side. This collection varies in prints, lengths and cut but I think the leaning towards the eclectic mix of lengths, materials and scarf placement showcases this season’s beauty. The colour palette being mainly black and white allows for the subtle hints of pink in the model’s hair or the faint delicateness of the plaid and sheer stripes print to really make a impact. It’s a beautifully disheveled collection indeed and we can’t get enough.

MUSIC | #Freedownload Killer Whales – Smallpools

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims

Have you been going to Smallpools withdrawal this summer? Well fear not! They’ve just dropped a new song ‘Killer Whales’ and better yet not only do we get a new song, its also a free download! Stream/download the pop gem below! And if you are still wanting more, peep their upcoming tour dates and check them out in your city!

TOUR DATES:
^ w/ Magic Man and Panama Wedding

08/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
10/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/16 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/12 – Houston, TX @ HOB ^
11/13 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s ^
11/14 – Dallas, TX @ HOB Dallas ^
11/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^
11/17 – Anaheim, CA @ HOB Anaheim ^
11/18 – San Diego, CA @ HOB San Diego ^
11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre ^
11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent ^
11/23 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom ^
11/24 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ^
11/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue ^

MUSIC | #Musicmonday featuring Lorde & Diplo, Robyn and Jack White

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Words | Le’Keisha Sims

There is a new video for Robyn and  Röyksopp’s new video for “Do It Again” – featuring  an insurrection ( with cameos from the Norwegian producers), hospital beds, some lover action, and Robyn proving that nothing will stop her from being queen b high priestess of Scandinavian dance pop – not even ropes.

Check out Jack White’s Mashup of 99 problems and Icky Thump – courtesy of Jack White, who played a bit of the hit song by Jay Z during his set at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival set to the back ground music of the White Stripes’ Icky Thump.

Lastly, Diplo remixed Lorde’s Tennis Court and it sounds absolutely brilliant.

 

 

MUSIC | Hercules & Love Affair Are Heading Out On Tour!

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Hot off the release of their new album! Hercules & Love Affair are heading on the road! The North American tour will go from Dallas through Vancouver and end in Miami. Special guests include Tensnake, Black Madonna and Lykke Li! Check out the dates below!

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September 24th - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

September 25th - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

September 26th - San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine (w/Tensnake)

September 27th - Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 613

September 28th - San Diego, CA @ U31

September 29th - Seattle, WA @ Neumos

September 30th - Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub

October 2nd - Brooklyn, NY @ Verboten

October 3rd - Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/ Black Madonna)

October 4th - Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar

October 5th - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

October 7th - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

October 10th - Miami, FL @ Mana Wynwood Soundstage (w/Lykke Li)


 The Feast of the Broken Heart was released May 26th 2014 via Big Beat/ Atlantic Records

MUSIC | Baby Love – Jesse Jo Stark

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Jesse Jo Stark gives the world a sneak peak at her debut EP, with her new song Baby Love. Her EP which is out September 3 and is being produced by The Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, if Baby Love is any indicator of the EP’s direction (a mix of bluesy rock with a pop groove) we can’t wait to hear more! Stream the track below and keep up with Jesse’s antics on Instagram and Twitter.

 

ISSUES | XO Edit #4 Featuring….How To Dress Well

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It’s finally here! We told you we weren’t dead! Check out  XO Edit #4  featuring How To Dress Well, Clean Bandit, Howling Bells and More!

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INTRODUCING… | The Belligerents

Words and Interview | Lola Odetola

 

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Meet The Belligerents, an Australian indie pop rock band based in Brisbane, Australia are a group of lively lads whose music is beautifully composed with thought provoking lyrics to match. They first snatched my attention in 2012 with their debut EP, Less Arty More Party and have remained an extremely important part of my iTunes library ever since. We at XO wanted to explore what makes them tick, who produces their work, where they’d love to perform next, and the wonders of kangaroo jerky! Bass player Konstantin Kersting was kind enough to answer all of our questions and more, take a look.

 

Lola:  What is your creative process like? What comes first? Music or lyrics?

Konstantin: Music generally, then lyrics. Sometimes the lyrics happen at the same time though.

L: Before a show do you have any strange rituals or anything you do for good luck?

K: We sacrifice a goat generally, it’s for good luck. (editor’s note: everyone’s a comedian, eh?)

L: What cities do you plan on visiting? Any chance of a US tour in the near future?

K: Hopefully, but probably not anytime soon. We’d love to come over and play there but we don’t really have a big enough fan base in the States to be talking about doing a tour unfortunately.

L: This one is for each member: If you weren’t currently in this band, what would you be doing right now?

K: Well, Andy has a local tourism company called Banana Life, Stag is a carpenter who makes really sweet furniture, Lowis plays in three other bands (Orphans Orphans, Morning Harvey, Moses Gunnn Collective), Jimmy plays in two other bands (The Furrs, Morning Harvey) and I myself am a sound engineer/producer here in Brisbane working with a whole bunch of awesome bands all the time. We’re all busy boys.

L: What is the music scene like in Brisbane, Australia? Would you say that your sound is a product of your environment or does it rebel against?

K: The music scene here is awesome at the moment. I think your music is bound to be inspired by your environment but I’m not sure that you can say our music is a direct product of it. There is lots of lo-fi garage pop coming out of Brisbane at the moment, so if anything our sound might be rebelling against it?

L: Do you have any favorite artists that are specifically popular in Australia, but unknown to the rest of the world?

K: Not really, most of the bands that we like and that we’ve liked for a while are doing extremely well in the States and in the rest of the world: Pond, Tame Impala, The Preatures, Worlds End Press. The only band we love that hasn’t toured overseas (although they should have) are Mitzi.

L:  Your first EP Less Arty More Party was a brilliant EP but the growth is undeniably audible in the second EP She Calls the Shots. What would you say was the biggest difference between the creative processes of the two?

K: There wasn’t much thought put into the first EP at all. We just went and did it. With the second EP we went to a nice studio with a great producer and picked apart the songs and the individual parts. It was a more time consuming process but I think you can hear the difference in the recordings.

L:  Ghost VS is such a great record. The Music Video fits it so perfectly as well. Where did the inspiration for the lyrics and sound come from?

K: I wrote the original song a few years ago and we played it in different versions for about a year. We all weren’t 100% happy with it so we decided to change a few chords and add a bridge that Lowis had written ages ago and suddenly the song fell into place. I wrote the lyrics about a break up I went through. It’s about seeing someone you love slowly drift away to a place where you can’t hold onto them anymore. Or something like that, anyway. It’s a bit of a bummer lyrically but hopefully the music masks that a little bit.

L:  This one is for each member: What makes you belligerent and why?

K: Nothing. We are literally the most non-belligerent group of people you’ll ever meet. I really don’t know why we chose that name!

L:  Are there any new projects n the works for us to get excited about?

K: We’ve got six new songs that have already been recorded and mixed. First single and film clip should be dropping soon!

L: What non-music related activity do you guys LOVE to do? Either together or individually? Get as weird as you want. Well…maybe not so weird lol.

K: First of all we love to party. Lowis is a professional equestrian so he spends most of his downtime riding horses. Jimmy runs half marathons regularly and also has a passion for dirtbikes. Stag is really into collecting stamps (weird, I know), Andy is a semi-professional Greco wrestler and I’m just a regular guy, I like to eat ice cream and enjoy a nice pair of slacks.

L:  Food. What fuels you guys best when you’re making music? Any Aussie delicacies or oddities you gorge on regularly?

K: We all love Vegemite and kangaroo jerky. You should give it a try sometime.

 

#ONESTOWATCH | PARIS MEN’S S/S 2015

Words | Lola Odetola

 

When one thinks of Parisian fashion they may think of chic, simplicity, nautically inspired. This fashion week definitely broke all  of those stereotypes. There were many amazing rule-breakers that showed avant-garde looks that excited the whole crowd.

My favorite shows were mainly ones where there was a heavy concentration on structure and texture. The shows that grabbed my attention and kept it all the way through were the ones that truly shocked us as an audience.

 

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Junya Watanabe’s show this season showcased a parade of beautifully patterned denim patchwork designs. The textures really drew me in and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the show. The most interesting pieces for me were the patchwork jackets and the graphic patterned t-shirts.

Though there was a lot going on in each look it wasn’t overwhelming visually. Chief colors were royal blues, navy blues, and greys. Though there were no bright colors in this show but that didn’t mean the show wasn’t exciting. By taking the focus off a loud color palette, the viewer was forced to pay more attention to the shapes and lines being showed. The person who shops the Junya Watanabe collection this season is after a clean cut and classic look with a twist.

 

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Undercover’s collection this S/S is cutting edge. The color blocking and lettering on the garments gave an 80’s retro vibe to this presentation.  Oversized coats with clean lines reigned with a few graphic T-shirts that looked fun and playful to balance out all of the strength of the structured coats.

The color palette was mostly warm. Reds, yellows, browns, greens and grays. The colors seem like they wouldn’t go together but the unpredictable juxtaposition that made it work so seamlessly. The man who wears Undercover this season is youthful and doesn’t take himself too seriously. The pieces all scream and shout “SUMMER!” which was much needed this fashion week.

 

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Yohji Yamamoto’s show was quite dream like. From the set to the models to the lighting to the garments. Everything worked so well together to create this other worldly realm where the textures are blended and the fabrics are luscious. The most important looks from this particular show were the  denim button downs and open coats so detailed and well made.

This was a really interesting touch that I hadn’t seen in any other show. The layers and unorthodox silhouettes were such a highlight. Looks were put together to look disheveled and unkempt giving a rough vibe to the whole show.