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Eats Tapes: Disco-Punk Vengabus

Wolf Blitzer: CNN anchor, or one who blitzes wolves? For San Francisco duo Eats Tapes, the newsman's name isn't just a pun that lovingly weaves its way onto the tracklist of their second full-length, Dos Mutantes (we'll get to that pun later). "That guy's name is his soul," exclaims member Marijke Jorritsma. "He's a furious techno track!"

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Dust La Rock's Favorite Things

Dust La Rock (also known as "Dusty") is the alias of Brooklyn-based graphic designer Joshua Prince, who is "30 going on 21." When he's not causing drunken havoc with his bike crew Team Awesome, trying to sell us his crappy old neurofunk drum & bass records, or walking Buddylove (his Jack Russell terrier), Prince is designing eye-popping work for the likes of Claw Money, DJ A-Trak, and The Orb. Read more » 

Battles: Sleight of Hand

Okay, so maybe a choir of cheerleaders was a bad idea, although it seemed brilliant at the time. Revolutionary even. "That was one of Ian's stipulations when we started the band; I think the concept had something to do with that movie Bring It On," says multi-instrumentalist Tyondai Braxton, as I sit down for a few frothy rounds of Guinness (creamy hot chocolate, in Braxton's case) with the four very different, yet very similar members of Battles.

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Paths of Rhythm: Battles Brains

In their prime, Bad Brains was transcendent. In 1979, these four African-American punk pioneers from D.C. stormed the music world. They were Rastas capable of rattling your skull with intense rock, then seamlessly shifting gears into loping reggae rhythms and positive vibrations. The recently released concert DVD, Bad Brains: Live at CBGB's 1982 (Music Video Distribution), hints at the band's true power. Read more » 

Tracey Thorn: English Rose

Tracey Thorn released a solo album once before. But while 1982's A Distant Shore has recently been dubbed "the greatest album you have never heard," you're probably more familiar with the singer from her collaboration with Massive Attack and long-running stint in Everything But The Girl, a duo formed with partner Ben Watt.

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