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We’re big Robert Glasper fans here at Nordstrom, Glasper being the Grammy-winning musician doing the most–the most, we tell you–to keep the sound of jazz piano fresh, relevant and connected to the youth.

He’s all over the rap album of the year, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. And further indicating his breadth, Glasper’s upcoming album on Blue Note Records, Covered, includes live versions of songs by Miles Davis, Jhené Aiko and Radiohead.

Glasper is not Kanye-famous, though Yeezy has joined Glasper on stage to kick some freestyle raps. Nor is he trying to be. We caught up with him while the 37-year-old artist was taking the biggest year in his career in stride, touring, being excellent.

Keep scrolling to read Glasper’s thoughts on where an uninitiated person should start with Miles’ albums, the courageousness of Kendrick Lamar, his top five emcees–and listen to him extemporaneously rap Tupac’s verse from Digital Underground’s “All Around the World.”

Shop: leather jackets

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‘Tis the season when we begin to spend multiple hours outside in the sun, sometimes forgetting to take care of our fragile human shells. You know, music festival season.

And not to be a huge bummer, but we should talk about sunstroke and sunburning.

These things happen. They are serious. And like dehydration, they are dangerously easy to allow. Please be careful out there, OK? Don’t wriggity wreck yourself.

Check yourself: Drink water. Wear sunscreen. And bring a hat.

If we may guide you, our whole collection of Brixton hats is worth your perusal. That’s the Tiller, above.

Shop: Brixton

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Music festival season is upon us and to stand out in the crowd of normies, we recommend hitting the Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom–it’s full of slightly bugged-out festi-gear curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim.

But we’re also wondering: Who’s likely to look freshest on stage?

We’ve got seven ideas, including country star Nikki Lane at Stagecoach, April 24-26, in Indio, CA–where Nordstrom will be on the grounds, representing on our How We Roll tour.

Lane’s known to rock sheer, ruffly dresses and can stand on two bulls at the same dang time. Her 1970s cowgirl punk style gets a thumbs up over here.

Six more picks, in chronological order:

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Here we have a little behind-the-scenes action from the photo shoot for Magic Hour, our new Pop-In@Nordstrom. For the uninitiated, Pop-Ins are recurring boutiques curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim, which exist in selected physical Nordstrom locations and of course online.

Magic Hour refers to the time at a music festival when the sun sets and tame gives way to turnt. Snapshots and a detailed statement from Olivia are below.

Shop: Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

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Images by Elizabeth Rudge

Bay Area native Hanni El Khatib is an all-around aesthetician, full-time rock bandleader, rap fan, record label owner (Innovative Leisure), streetwear design legend for the brand HUF–speaking of which, have you seen Nordstrom’s new streetwear collection?–and a real pleasure to speak with over a glass of ice water and a Murder magazine.

Right now it’s rock time for El Khatib. He’s playing shows almost every night.

He talked to us about touring, being back in the saddle as a skate/street designer and why most rap-rock songs are atrocious.

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Thumpers L-R: Marcus Pepperell, John Hamson, Jr.; image courtesy Sub Pop

We’ve had “Galore” by London-based duo Thumpers on repeat during this seasonal shift from frost to flowers, an album so energetic and full of life it can make spring cleaning fly by. Peep a snippet of the track “Roller” in our garden-kaleidoscope Spring Field Guide video, and listen to the full song below.

John Hamson, Jr. (drummer, multi-instrumentalist) talked to us from a coffee shop in the English countryside about growing up on Missy Elliott and feeling like most indie rock music is hecka boring.

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L-R: DJ Mursi Layne, Catherine Harris-White, Stasia Irons

Image by Elizabeth Rudge

The ever-stylish neo-soul/hip-hop group THEESastisfaction is back and baring it all on second album EarthEE (Sub Pop), a great spring record that principal members Stas and Cat (Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, based in Brooklyn and Seattle) are calling their breakup album. It’s not a depressing listen, though. Instead it carries hopeful messages of renewal and lyrics about finding new ways to continue on.

Stas and Cat may have broken up as real-life romantic partners, but they are recommitted to their THEESatisfaction project together–now including the smooth DJ Mursi Layne and a community-building series of Black Weirdo dance parties–and the overarching goals of honoring blackness and a queer-positive viewpoint through free-form art. 

We think THEESat is rad, and luminaries agree: Grammy winners/nominees Ishmael Butler and Meshell Ndegeocello guest on EarthEE; feminist indie rock icons Sleater-Kinney are taking THEESatisfaction on their spring reunion tour; and Martin Scorsese said Cat was dope as hell. Basically. 

Here are Stas and Cat on music, Macklemore, Black History Month and working with Scorsese.

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Britpop lives forever! Or at least it lives again, as the inspiration for our current Pop-In@Nordstrom, the recurring shop curated by Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Topshop and Topman are the focus. Britpop is the official soundtrack.

While there’s a fine line between classic and played-out, some Britpop gems from the ’90s hold up exceptionally well, and even massively overplayed hits can be made new again if you switch up your context. To that end, we spoke with Topman Design Director Gordon Richardson while simultaneously watching the two most crucial music videos of Britpop: Pulp’s “Common People” and Blur’s “Parklife”–that’s Blur, the band currently reuniting after a 12-year hiatus.

This is the “Parklife” blog post.

Here is the “Common People” blog post.

Click play on the video and then follow along below. It’s like directors’ commentary.

Sort of. 

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converse andy warhol

Britpop lives forever! Or at least it lives again, as the inspiration for our current Pop-In@Nordstrom, the recurring shop curated by Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Topshop and Topman are the focus. Britpop is the official soundtrack.

While there’s a fine line between classic and played-out, some Britpop gems from the ’90s hold up exceptionally well, and even massively overplayed hits can be made new again if you switch up your context. To that end, we spoke with Topman Design Director Gordon Richardson while simultaneously watching the two most crucial music videos of Britpop: Pulp’s “Common People” and Blur’s “Parklife.”

This is the “Common People” blog post.

Click play on the video and then follow along below. It’s like directors’ commentary.

Sort of. 

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If you haven’t swooned today but are open to the possibility, try listening to “Windows” by Shortcircles X Parks Burton. These West Coast knob-twisters are kicked back, laid back and strummin’ on heartstrings. File next to How to Dress Well and the “Portlandia” theme.

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Shortcircles–also a professional video game scorer and recording engineer–spoke to us about how he teamed up with singer Parks Burton by accident in Los Angeles and where to chill on a Sunday in Oakland.

Images are courtesy of Shortcircles and Kristina Kassem.

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