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Louie XIV is a DJ, producer and writer who was born and raised in New York City. He spins regularly at many of New York City’s premiere venues and clubs including Boom Boom Room, Gold Bar, Le Baron, The DL and Hotel Chantelle. He has also provided the soundtrack for many high profile events, collaborating with brands like Vanity Fair magazine, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Zac Posen, Martin Margiela, H&M, Details Magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Hyundai, Blackbook magazine, Tommy Hilfiger, Grey Goose Vodka, Top Shop and Top Man among many others. He has been profiled in the New York Times, Time Out New York and other major publications.

Louie prides himself on being on able to spin a extraordinarily wide variety of music, seamlessly incorporating a myriad of genres and periods in musical history into his sets.

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The Nightclub Peacemaker: A How-To Guide for the Request Line, Pt 2

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:44 PM

A couple of years ago, I did the Lord's work by penning this little gem, a basic "how-to" guide for requesting music from your local nightclub DJ. Here, I provided a few simple tips to help you convince your favorite self-important knob turner to spin your favorite Internet...

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On 'Homoignorance' and the Disturbing Novelty of Looking

(9) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:46 AM

Embarrassing story: After watching the first three episodes of Girls in succession, I stood and applauded the TV. Yes. Alone in my bedroom I rose from my desk chair and gave my 2002 Toshiba television a rousing standing ovation. That's how impressed I was initially with the accuracy of Lena...

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The 14 Best Songs of 2013: BEYONCE-Only Edition

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 2:29 PM

As hardly bears repeating, in the wee hours last Friday morning Beyonce cracked the Internet, the music industry and indeed our very skulls wide open when she dropped her self-titled fifth album completely unannounced. This savvy, rogue approach has paid off in spades, with Beyonce moving 617k copies...

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My Ex-Girlfriend Will Probably Never Accept My Facebook Friend Request

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:51 PM

Once upon a time I had a girlfriend. I was 16 and confused about my sexuality; she was 17 and clearly also confused about my sexuality. We met one summer on a European teen-tour that masqueraded as an amateur tennis team and lost our virginity to one another in a...

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ArtSlop: Why Pop Music Sucked In 2013 and How to Fix It for the New Year

(54) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 12:05 PM

While with certain debates, common ground is seemingly unattainable (abortion, Obamacare, the redemptive qualities of mayonnaise), there's still an issue on which I feel we can all unite in 2013: This has been one disturbingly horrific year for mainstream pop music.

Sure, there were glimmers of promise back in...

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When Did Justin Timberlake Become Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream?

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:12 PM

In the The New York Times a couple weeks ago, critic Jon Caramanica addressed a summer of popular music that was defined by an "elegance problem," a 3-month period where a cute-if-unremarkable, almost hook-less Marvin Gaye revamp called "Blurred Lines" could dominate Top 40 radio for a whopping...

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On Skipping Fashion Week

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Fashion Week. A week for fashions! Well, that's how it started anyway. I consulted with a leading academic on the subject (wikipedia), and discovered that New York Fashion Week began during WWII as a way for NYC-based fashion honchos to see new collections when they were unable to travel to...

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Pop Music Combat Zone: Kendrick, GaGa, Perry and the Spirit of Competition in Popular Music

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:08 AM

"Competition breeds excellence." This quote is commonly used as motivation during back-breaking Marine training programs (I know this because I just googled it, obviously), but it could just as easily be applied to hip-hop. Since its inception, the genre has seen many of its keystone moments ignite from the sparks...

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Escaping the BeyHive: Some Thoughts on Beyonce, Celebrity and Celebrity Cults

(55) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Monday night, I ventured out to Prospect Heights to see Beyonce perform at the Barclays Center. No big news there -- with three sold-out shows at the Brooklyn arena partially owned by her family and a quick glance at social media, it was clear that a good percentage of my...

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Picasso, Blah, Blah, Etc, Etc: The Rise of Jay-Z, Incorporated

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 6:17 PM

I can vividly remember ripping the packaging off of The Black Album when it dropped nearly a decade ago, months of avid anticipation coming to fruition as I finally dove head first into my favorite artist's new, and possibly final set of original material. In fact, this crescendo had become...

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Praise Yeezus: A Morally-Ambiguous Leader for a Morally-Ambiguous Generation

(26) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 3:19 PM

At some point around midnight last night, I decided to stop fighting with my mom about Yeezus. Since his appearance on "SNL" a month ago, Kanye West and his new material has been somewhat of a lightening rod issue in my family. Voices have been raised, phones have been slammed...

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You Are Hereby Freed From Your 'Guilty' Pleasures

(14) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 12:41 PM

"Guilty Pleasure." According to my cursory Google search, it's a term that refers to "lowbrow" or "otherwise embarrassing tastes," and the irrational fear we feel about being discovered engaging in them and it dates all the way back to 1907 (Sidebar, 1907 guilty pleasures: Ping pong? Scott Joplin? "Anne of...

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The Case of the Missing Beyonce Single

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Mostly, I consider myself a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. The only difference between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's whimsical detective and myself, however, is that the only mystery I'm interested in solving regards the enigmatic phenomena known only as "Beyonce." As I and countless others of Destiny's Children have addressed...

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A 3-Step Plan for Justin Bieber

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 4:07 PM

I need to be honest about something right from the jump: I'm not a fan of Justin Bieber (*braces for the full wrath of the Bieliebers*).

To be clear, my distaste for the Biebs is not the result of any bullshit anti-pop, anti-bubblegum, anti-teenybopper, pretentious asshole-DJ disposition. Quite the...

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On Tyler, the Creator, and His Favorite Word

(90) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:25 PM

On Tuesday, Odd Future mastermind Tyler, The Creator released his latest opus, "Wolf." Of course, as with most of his creative output (as well as his personal antics), the release was met with a highly-polarized response. While most reviewers paid high compliments to the album's production and Tyler's evolution as...

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Who Is Still Buying Adele's 21?

(41) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Life is an ambiguous journey, laden with mysteries. Some of these we can actually answer, like who framed Roger Rabbit and the conundrum of will.i.am's enduring popularity (conclusion: he doesn't make music, he supplies brain crack to fiending drunk people). Others, like just what in the hell we're all doing...

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Brandz a Make Her Dance: Some Observations About SXSW Circa 2013

(14) Comments | Posted March 17, 2013 | 7:02 PM

South By Southwest, the Austin, Texas art festival / showcase / general musical shit-show has gone through quite an evolution over the past decade. Founded in 1987, SXSW, or "South-by" as it often referred to, was initially a music-industry insider's event: a place for label A&Rs, managers, lawyers, and the...

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Everyone Seriously Needs to Shut Up About Taylor Swift (Myself Included)

(113) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:21 PM

This morning, as always, I sat down and opened a very credible newspaper (the internet), and discovered that Chelsea Handler has, to the surprise of approximately 0 people, weighed in on the Taylor Swift-Tina Fey-Amy Pohler "feud" that's been the toast of the blogesphere this week. In the well-researched think-piece...

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Beyoncé's Identity Crisis

(450) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 9:41 PM

On Saturday night, Beyoncé, birth-giver to our future overlord Blue Ivy Carter, capped off what can only be described as a month-long media invasion with the premiere of her self-directed "documentary" on HBO, Life Is But a Dream. I put the word "documentary" in quotation marks because, to the extent...

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10 Things We Didn't Hate About Being Teenagers

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 12:27 PM

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It goes without saying that the years surrounding puberty are a nightmare for most of us: Awkward, ever-changing bodies, cliques, rampant bullying, and overbearing parents make for an incredibly perplexing and sometimes painful period of life. But for us, certain prime pop culture real-estate saved...

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