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Freebie From Untold

Untold has a new track on his hands, and since, according to the dubstep producer, it won't be seeing a release any time soon, he's decided to give it away via his MySpace blog. Lucky us! Grab the goodness here. Read more » 

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  • 06/23/2009

Etana Takes on North America

Much buzz blew through the reggae world in 2008 when roots songstress Etana announced her debut album, The Strong One, which she released via VP. Now we can look forward to a large handful of shows in support of the album. She'll take her always conscious and sometimes heartbreaking tunes through the left half of the U.S. and Canada this summer at these shows:

06/24 San Diego, CA - The Belly Up
06/25 Venture, CA - The Karma Lounge
06/26 Los Angeles, CA - TBA
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  • 06/23/2009

Jay Haze to Help DR Congo

He might be mixing the latest edition of the esteemed Fabric compilation series, but that's not necessarily what Jay Haze is talking about these days. The house and techno producer is planning a DJ tour around the world, with proceeds going towards relief efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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  • 06/23/2009

Kompakt's Total 10 Announced

Kompakt's 10th annual Total compilation is due this summer, on August 10.

The double-disc will feature a slew of new and exclusive tracks, as well as some of the label's best releases from the last year. As far as the cast of characters goes, the usual suspects all get airtime on the release, from the old guard (Michael Mayer, DJ Koze, Wolfgang Voigt) to the newbies (Gui Boratto, The Field). It's totally techno time, folks.

Total 10:
Disc One
01 DJ Koze - "40 Love"
02 Thomas/Mayer - "Total 9"
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  • 06/23/2009

Madlib Jazzes Up Gilles Peterson Show

Always with his hands in something (seriously, does dude ever sleep?), Madlib recently did a two-part, hour-long, and very jazz-centric mix for Gilles Peterson's Radio 1 show. Stones Throw turned the first part into its weekly podcast this morning. Grab the whole thing here. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2009

L.A.'s Annual HARD is On

The summer edition of the HARD festival will once again take over The Forum in Los Angeles, this time on August 8.

Last year's festivities sold out faster than you can say "electro-house," so fans wanting to catch music's current roster of cool kids in the live setting should hop to it and purchase tickets now. No less than 15,000 are expected to attend this year, so those who crave space on the dancefloor need not apply.

HARD:
Underworld (Live)
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  • 06/22/2009

Força Du Rua Makes Art, Raises Money

On April 29, art and fundraising converged for A Força du Rua, an event that showcased the work of British and Brazilian graffiti stars and also raised £40,000 for the Action for Brazil's Children Trust (ABC Trust). Most of us weren't in London to make the event, but copies of the prints are still showing and selling, with proceeds going towards the ABC Trust.

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  • 06/22/2009

REKIDS Launches REK'D

Techno fans have no doubt heard the buzz on a new tune called "Stranger (To Stability)" by techno producer Dustin Zahan. Said tune, which is also in Beatport's Techno Top 10 chart, is just one of the many we'll hear courtesy of REK'D, a new imprint from the duo behind REKIDS. James Masters and Matt Edwards (a.k.a. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2009

Inbox: Moderat

In this chapter of Inbox, XLR8R talks shop with two-thirds of Berlin-based techno unit, Moderat. Cohorts Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) and Gernot Bronsert (one half of Modeselektor) discuss performing for a Sheikh’s daughter, escaping the city on a motorbike, colorful socks, and Johann Sebastian Bach, among other tidbits. Read more » 

Watch: Kero One's Guide to S.F.

We can't dispute rapper/producer Kero One's picks as he leads us through his favorite San Francisco spots in this video. He covers music, burritos, ice cream, fashion, booze, and picturesque views in under 10 minutes. It's not quite a well-rounded look at the entire city (where's the part about lackluster public transport and temperamental weather?), but if you read XLR8R and are planning a trip to the Bay, this will serve as an excellent guide.

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  • Filed under: news
  • 06/19/2009

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