Maiden Noir Wants to Keep You Warm With Extra Cozy FW16 Collection

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Inspired by the natural Pacific Northwest surroundings, Maiden Noir continues to cement its status as a premium brand with its latest range which focuses on a meticulous attention to detail. In their new Fall/Winter 2016 update, the Seattle-based label is bringing back their trademark premium fabrics for an extra cozy collection.

Featuring neutral colors coupled with fall tones, the collection boasts a palette of classic black, grey and white with splashes of orange-gold, leaf green and denim blue.

Maiden Noir’s new Fall/Winter 2016 collection is now available via the brand’s online store.


Buzzworthy | 5 Emerging Acts From Afropunk

If there’s one thing that gets most of us through the day, it’s music. Whether we’re scrolling through SoundCloud looking for mood tunes to get us through a case of the Mondays or listening to a mixtape someone has sent our way, not a day goes by without some kind of music playing in our office.

Our inboxes tend to get inundated with lots of projects from artists interested in coverage so we decided to spotlight some of the names we’ve been hearing about every month.

Since Highsnobiety was live at the scene at this year’s Afropunk festival we’ve decided to dedicate this installment of Buzzworthy to some of the more under the radar acts who really held their ground against headlining artists. Check them out below.

Take a look at past installments here.

Philly-bred producer LSDXOXO makes the kind of music overly worldly, consummately rebellious teenagers would intentionally blast at top volume to tease equal parts rage and discomfort from their parents. Still, there’s nothing posturing or contrived about the deliciously twisted and darkly foreboding style of production present in mixtapes like 2014’s w h o r e c o r e, or the more recently released, Fuck Marry Kill. The latter was released through underground club collective GHE20GOTH1K’s increasingly visible record label.

As a producer, LSDXOXO’s sound thrives on subversion, strangeness and a brash mixture of erratic drum beats, chopped and screwed vocals and sparse, sterile percussion that delivers a steady hammering of oddity to your temples. It’s a mashup that can easily have you wildly swinging between an irresistable urge to dance and the desire to punch someone in their face for being trifling. At Afropunk, the former took precedence with the talented producer blessing the crowd with vogueing-worthy, movement inducing tracks. Don’t sleep on this guy, he’s ill.

Rafael Reyes (better known by his stage name, Leafar Seyer) and Dave Parley founded Prayers in 2013 after stints working with other bands and on solo projects. At Afropunk the duo hit the stage draped in sheer black lace, leather and fingerless gloves. Coupled with their synth-heavy, ’80s dark wave inflected sound one couldn’t help thinking of two things: An edgier markedly less English Depeche Mode, and oddly enough, Madonna, but that’s purely from a sartorial standpoint.

Reyes and Parley even coined a new genre for their distinctive sound: “Cholo Goth.” It’s a term that is meant to encompass Reyes’ Chicano background and the subject matter of their music which often deals with the repercussions of gang life. Reyes draws on his background as a former member of San Diego’s Sherman 27 gang in many of his lyrics. However, to be clear, there is no romanticizing of street life; the band rather weaves a blessedly un-preachy story of transcendence and learning that still manages to honestly address harmful cultural stereotypes.


If you don’t already know about multidisciplinary artist, poet and DJ, Juliana Huxtable, get to know her ASAP. She’s been an internet fixture and a luminary in New York’s downtown scene for years. In 2015 she presented in the New Museum’s prestigious Triennial show, which focuses on emerging talents. For the exhibition Huxtable presented two poems and two self-portraits that largely focused on her own body, and exploring her experiences as a trans woman. Fellow triennial artist Frank Benson also created a made-to-scale nude 3D sculpture simply titled, Juliana.

For many, the most irresistible part of Huxtable’s work is her tendency to include her own poetry into DJ mixes. Underground fashion darlings Hood By Air even co-opted some of Huxtable’s poetry for their runway soundtrack titled, “10,000 Screaming Faggots.” As a DJ, Huxtable doesn’t skimp on the energy, churning out danceable hip hop beats influenced by Jersey club, and more hardcore sounds that aren’t for the faint of heart.

Sibling trio Radkey prove that homeschooling isn’t quite the horror show many kids imagine. How bad could it be if it gives you the chance to start your own band and play music that really isn’t concerned with genre restrictions?

Hailing from St. Joseph, Missouri, the brothers formed Radkey in 2010 with their dad taking up the mantle of manager shortly afterward. Comprised of Dee Radke on guitar and lead vocals, and Isaiah and Solomon Radke on bass and drums respectively, the punk-leaning trio is as youthful and energetic as they are a refreshing departure from the expected.

Hidden behind a mop of well-manicured dreadlocks Dee’s surprisingly syrupy baritone can come as a bit of a shock from who looks so young. Something about his vocal texture feels like an invitation to sing along, but the raw energy of his brother’s voracious drumming alongside the oft-wailing quality of the guitar and bass simultaneously gives one pause. All of it combines to fall somewhere between overly aggressive and kind of hypnotizing — it’s the same kind of feeling one might get from trying to pet a tiger.


You know those people at festivals who just sit on a picnic blanket all day swaying to some imaginary tune only they can hear? Most of the time you can blame it on drugs, but in the case of Seattle-based Shabazz Palaces, that’s pretty much the standard reaction.

Ishmael Butler, one half of the duo, formerly made up one third of the equally radical hip-hop trio Digable Planet. Tendai “Baba” Maraire, the group’s second member, comes from an equally illustrious musical background. He is the son of the late Abraham Dumisani Maraire, a celebrated master musician who was a pioneer in introducing Zimbabwean music to the States.

Together Butler and Maraire founded Shabazz Palaces in 2009. Even today their wonderfully forward-facing approach to music never quite seems anything but new. Incredibly rich and textured, their sound seems to cull the best of afro-futurist influence, boom bap beats, jazz and world music to create something that feels downright spiritual.


Bill Nye Is Returning to TV With New Talk Show on Netflix

Netflix has just announced that it will be launching a new talk show in Spring 2017, hosted by Bill Nye.

“The Science Guy” is best known for his much-loved PBS series Bill Nye the Science Guy that aired from 1993 to 1998.

Dubbed Bill Nye Saves the World, “Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

The show will in turn center around Nye’s unfiltered style, featuring experiments, demonstrations and special guests.

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Nye in a statement. “Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Bill Nye Saves the World is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in the spring of next year.

In other Netflix-related news, see below for the first teaser for Season 2 of Stranger Things.