'My Inner White Girl Really Likes This One': Taste-Testing Fall Beers With the Doppelgangaz

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Matter Ov Fact and EP at Pop Bar.

Fall is upon us! For hop heads, this means an abundance of pumpkin and Oktoberfest-styled beers popping up on draft and in bottles across the land. But how do you navigate through this tricksy autumnal beer market? Enter EP and Matter Ov Fact, who perform as the discerning upstate rap duo the Doppelgangaz and who have graciously agreed to act as your official fall beer taste-testers. (Gratuitous product plug: You can cop the Dopp Gang's Ghastly Duo EP on tape or vinyl now.)

Holed up at the graffiti-splattered Pop Bar in Astoria, EP and Matter Ov Fact sampled a selection of seasonal brews (including a can of slopwater PBR, in the interests of balance) and then anointed an approved beer for fall. Read on for the Dopp Gang's ruling. (Beer snob disclaimer: Key descriptions include the terms "grandma's attic" and "my inner white girl," and also involve a discussion on breast milk.)

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Introducing Retch, the Polo-Obsessed Rapper Co-Signed By Action Bronson

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Earlier this week, the rapper Retch dropped a fresh flick to accompany his new "Ademei Porcelana" track. With production handled by FLEXXX GOD, the song resonates with an eerie charm as Retch drops taut street-wrought rhymes that nod to the zone that Roc Marciano and KA represent so evocatively. With "Ademei Porcelana" acting as a strong statement of intent for his upcoming Finesse The World album, here's your primer on Retch.

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Where EDM Is ... and Where It's Going

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Pete Tong

Over the past five or so years EDM has hit the US harder than anyone could have anticipated. Pete Tong -- "The Pied-Piper to dance," who performs tonight, Oct. 9, at Output -- knew it was coming. He could feel it.

"Two things had started to happen," Tong recalls. "One was the fact that there had been successive growth on the kind of festival and one-off events thing... and they provided access to this music for people who were under 21."

As the music made its way over to the US, it came through a more grandiose and spectacular medium than it ever had, he says, and attracted the youth more than most other demographics.

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Anna Lunoe Promises 'Good, Sweaty, Fun' at Brooklyn Bowl Tonight

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Tonight, September 29, Anna Lunoe is headed to the Brooklyn Bowl alongside Kygo as one of the many stops in her All Out Fall Out Tour. Lunoe first discovered her passion for music when she began hosting a radio show in her home country of Australia in 2005. Since then, she has mastered both DJing and producing, as well as singing, which she does on both her own tracks and those of her fellow DJs. Lunoe's musicality stems from many different influences across so many genres -- she's named Beck, Outkast, and Diplo as some of her inspirations -- inspiring what has become her very personal and unique musical sound. We talked to Lunoe about what people can expect from All Out Fall Out.

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Eric Prydz Is Bringing the World's Largest Hologram to MSG Tonight

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Eric Prydz EPIC 3.0 show is going to be, well, Epic!
Considered by many a dance music legend, Eric Prydz has produced hits that have satisfied the mainstream and underground in equal measure. We met up with the DJ and his manager Michael Sershall at the Refinery Hotel to talk to them both about the EPIC 3.0 show that makes its way tonight, Sept. 27, to Madison Square Garden, a blow out the two say will feature elements heretofore unseen in any other EPIC production (or any other show in general, for that matter).

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Get Lost in the "Unusual, Handmade, Live Ambiance" of DJ Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap

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Saturday, DJ Jonathan Toubin's famous 'Soul Clap Dance-Off' returns to the Brooklyn Bowl after a summer off. Toubin, known for his spinning of old and obscure soul 45's, hosts the monthly BK Bowl party where a special guest comes 'round to facilitate a middle of the night dance off. For the return of the Soul Clap, Buster Poindexter, a.k.a. David Johansen of the New York Dolls, will be teaming up with one of the best DJ's in the city for the Saturday evening party.

To complement the amazing and classic music, Toubin has a number of exciting visuals and aesthetic elements in store for the show. Aiding the old school vibe will be shadow dancers -- dancers who will move behind a screen allowing the audience to view their gyrating silhouettes. "I'm trying to create all these visual things where people don't stare, and they get lost in this unusual, handmade, live ambiance," says the DJ. "It should hopefully look different and feel different and organic and express what all these people do, but hopefully it won't also detract from the main thing which is just the music and this dance contest we have."

In advance of his return, Toubin spoke with us about his summer, festival experiences, and style versus fashion.

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Meet Daye Jack, the NYU Student Whose Experimental Hip-Hop Will Make You Swoon

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Lately, it seems like Atlanta's got a whole new bag of tricks; the latest to emerge from the musically prolific city is 18-year-old rapping-singer Daye Jack. The Nigerian-born and Atlanta-bred musician is incredibly fresh to the scene, with only eight months under his belt. This past January, Daye took to SoundCloud to premiere his debut mixtape Hello World, which he recorded last Fall, during his first semester at New York University. What's even better is the kid doesn't study music at NYU -- he studies programming, which he views as akin to his musical pursuits.

Less than a year out of the gate and Daye already has his second project Soul Glitch slated to drop in the coming months. Now, he's preparing to play the first show of his career this Thursday, Sept. 25, at Baby's All Right. We spoke with Daye about finding his sound, his emotional connection to his music, and his cross-country and cross-continent upbringing.

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My Brightest Diamond: "New York Will Always Be My Artistic Home"

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Shara Worden's symphonic outfit My Brightest Diamond continues to craft lyrically lush and prolific soundscapes on her latest LP This Is My Hand. The visceral backbeats and percussive pulse of tracks like "Pressure" and "Lover Killer" befittingly compliment Worden's pristine vocals. In no doubt a result of her operatic training and emotive intuition, This is My Hand leaves listeners captivated from beginning to end.

In advance of My Brightest Diamond's show at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 25, we spoke with Shara Worden about rhythm, the body, feminism, and why she calls NYC home.

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'Loving Yourself': The Philosophy of Junglepussy

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Junglepussy has but a freshman record and a few singles under her belt, but the fierce-as-fuck personality with a message about taking no shit and focusing on your health has already earned her a dedicated army of followers online. The Brooklyn-born West Indian rapper is a fashion student-turned-retail employee, -turned-YouTube comedian, -turned-MC, -turned-lifestyle guru, -turned-DKNY model. And she's only just beginning.

Earlier this month, Junglepussy (real name Shayna McHayle) put out a video for "Nah," a chilled-out track from her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, on which she spits about staying hydrated, shopping at Trader Joe's, getting head, and Kevin Costner. We just had to talk to her.

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Loudon Wainwright III: 'I Figured I'd Be Dead Before I Was 30'

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With the exception of his satirical West Coast soulmate Randy Newman, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the only singer-songwriters from the '70s still turning out tunes that are consistently well-crafted, profound, and funny. We recently spoke to Wainwright about his newest album, Haven't Got The Blues (Yet), which mordantly tackles such touchy subjects as clinical depression, old age, and (on the shit-stirring "I'll Be Killing You at Christmas") the country's demented love affair with guns. Hilarious onstage, Wainwright is actually sort of serious in conversation, though also quite forthcoming (and, OK, funny), as when he decided to discuss the superb songs on his 26th (!) album.

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