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Issue 173

Kiss This!

Dazed & Confused’s Mavericks Issue heralds the return of The Gossip, with exclusive shoot and interview, plus Werner Herzog, Peaches and many more.

Stand & Deliver 
We soak up the vibes in Rick Rubin's Malibu mansion with Beth Ditto and her pop punk clan, The Gossip as they record their new album.

Voodoo People
Sexually explicit electro-rap start Peaches gets in the ring with the skull-masked rave shaman Drums Of Death, for a no-holds-barred 80's power ballad throwdown. 

World's End
Fifty films in, the iconoclastic German Werner Herzog is finally in danger of becoming a household name. Just before his first ever Oscar nomination, Dazed was granted a rare audience with cinema's greatest dreamer. 

The Spartans
Last year a real life "fight club" in the streets of New York briefly became the talk of the town, with one of their leaders in jail and their dreams on hold, photographer, James Mooney reflects on the rise and fall of the spartans of Union Square. 

Insider: DOOM
The iconic masked rapper invites Dazed into hid dark lair and waxes lyrical about beer, beats and Bukowski. 

The man who killed Batman, inspired The Matrix and created The Invisibles recalls a life of alternate realities, chatting to his creations and life imitating art.

Adam Bartos shoots America’s backyard; David Ratcliff turns stencil masks into masterpieces; Scott Campbell tells us his tattoo parlour tales; all this month’s art news; plus previews of this month’s best exhibitions.

Literature: BOUND & FLOGGED
Brian Chikwava hides fivers from hungry rodents; TBW bring the DIY ethic to publishing; Reif Larsen draws maps in the margins in The Selected Works of TS Spivet plus reviews of four of this month’s unmissable reads. 

The United Nations comes under satirical fire in In The Loop Transylvanian revenge drama from Peter Strickland; art house hits Texas with the Marfa Film Festival; one lost soul chases another in sibling incest is explored in Charlie Kaufman gets neurotic in Synedoche, New York plus reviews of this month’s best films. 

Rainbow Arabia bring Cairo-fornia sounds to life; My Tiger My Timing leave their south London local to champion pop; My Toys Like Me bring the bi-polar mash-up; Hozac fuse porn and garage rock records; Blank Dogs comes out into the open; Bottle Up And Go get primitive; The Coathangers steal drumkits; Fryars creates a car crash mixtape; Jeremy Jay brings the slow dance grooves; Little Girls get into internet trouble; plus reviews of this months’ best and worst releases.