• Kavinsky Opens Up About His Survivor Tattoo, Skrillex Movie Dates

    Kavinsky is a stylishly haggard-looking Frenchman who makes electronic music that sounds ages, even eons, old. Or maybe just decades — three to be precise, with a booming, melancholy style that glows with the neon tint of the half-remembered 1980s, an era recalled for its gauche delusions of glamour and its emerging relationships with technology. Sipping on a noontime beer at New York's Soho Grand, his logo-soaked denim vest boasts logos from The Goonies and Metallica. He also likes Ferraris and searing guitar solos of a kind that only made sense back then. If they ever did at all.A denizen of Paris, Kavinsky, 37, is part of the general electro scene that came up in the wake of Daft Punk, for whose triumphant last world tour he performed as an opening act.

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    The Rapture's Second Coming

    A decade after launching DFA's debauched dance-punk hit factory -- and three years after imploding in complete turmoil -- postmillenial club icons the Rapture are back, thanks to a little divine intervention. It's a humdrum Monday, middle of the ?afternoon, and the wiry guys in the Rapture are moodily, measuredly, almost meekly attempting to come together to rock. They're at home in New York City, in a basement on the Lower East Side, downtown in every sense of the word. The lot next door is vacant, a jumble of broken bricks and weeds, like the setting for a glitchy newsreel about graffiti in the '70s. Upstairs from the basement they haunt is the disemboweled belly of what used to be backstage for an old theater, an empty expanse of vaulted space transformed from utilitarian showbiz domain to eerie urban ruin.

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    Prince Kicks Off 'Welcome 2 America' Tour

    "We're taking it old school tonight." This is an extremely pleasing sentiment to hear Prince express early in a set, for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that old school Prince songs remain pretty much without peer, when it comes to the loftiest heights achievable by pop music. Another reason is, well, suffice it to say the Purple One's status as untouchable has shown signs of waning over time. Last night at the IZOD Center in New Jersey, Prince kicked off his first tour in four years, titled "Welcome 2 America," a series of five New York-area concerts with a show that tore, stomped, slapped, slashed, sashayed through his catalog. But ultimately Prince's choice of material mattered less than the way it all meshed in the end. It wasn't a sure thing at the start.

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    Animal Collective: The Scientists

    Dave Portner is freaking out. Better known by his cryptic sobriquet Avey Tare, he's lying flat on the floor, eyes open wide, startled by something invisible and evidently very strange in the air above. Bandmate Brian Weitz, or Geologist, is splayed out beside him, swaying his head from side to side extreeeemely sloooowly. Noah Lennox, or Panda Bear, sits like a statue nearby, completely zoned out. We're at Dream House, an instructive place to convene with the phantasmagoric art rock outfit Animal Collective. Hidden in a walk-up loft, Dream House is an escapist refuge in lower Manhattan -- a spacious room empty except for scattered pillows and four huge stacks of speakers. A light installation gives the room an ambient purple glow, but the story is the roaring drone.

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    Of Montreal: Welcome to Normal Town

    For an impish sprite with a wardrobe full of starry aqua ankle boots and fishnet tights, Kevin Barnes is surprisingly intense when it comes to volleyball. It's a numbing summer night in Athens, Georgia, and we're engaged in some serious business in Normaltown, the larky boho haven that Barnes calls home. His backyard is strewn with tangles of Christmas lights, and his friends -- the tight coterie of musicians, painters, and various weirdo visionaries who help make Of Montreal more than just a band -- have split into gamely warring factions. "I've seen him rip off his shirt in anger for losing," says Of Montreal drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jamey Huggins.

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