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Communikey Festival Announces Lineup

Boulder, Colorado, might not be known as a hotbed of electronic music, but the lovely mountain city is hosting what promises to be one of spring's best US festivals in mid-April. With a list of performers—many making their Rocky Mountain State debuts—that includes Akufen, Dave Aju, Lucky Dragons, Luke Hess, and White Rainbow, a host of sounds and scenes will be rubbing elbows at the third edition of this annual festival, which also boasts the usual exhibitions, workshops, and so on. Read more » 

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  • 02/25/2010

Download: Aloe Blacc "I Need a Dollar"

Yes, we know that this is the theme song to that goofy new show on HBO where the most witty and attractive "hipsters" on the planet hustle their way through the "mean streets" and "glamorous nightlife" of a fantasyland version of the Big Apple. Yes, we also know that the average shelf life of TV theme songs is about four days. But damn if this track from LA soul-slinger Aloe Blacc isn't the finest slice of vintage-sounding, piano- and horn-powered funk we've heard in quite some time. We're not usually big on nostalgia parties, but if you can't enjoy a few laps in the "I Need a Dollar" pool, you're officially dead inside. 

Average: 8.1 (1168 votes)

Martin Kemp Comes to the US for Select Shows

The 2-step/funky/garage/bass sound of Martin Kemp is coming to the US for two very special nights. The London-based DJ and producer will be making his American debut at San Francisco's new Icee Hot party on February 27, then hopping across the continent to play Brooklyn's TURRBOTAX® on March 4. Read more » 

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  • 02/25/2010

Podcast 125: Martyn

At this point, an artist like Martyn needs no introduction. Widely hailed as a leader when it comes to pushing sonic boundaries, particularly in the world of dubstep, we here at XLR8R are simply ecstatic that he's put together an exclusive mix for our weekly podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Jose James "Code (Produced by Flying Lotus)"

Label: Brownswood

Nu-jazz crooner Jose James continues to soothe with his smokey intonations on this track from his latest album, Black Magic. There's something of the late Marvin Gaye in James' voice on the piece, whose crackling beats and vintage organ samples could only come from LA's Flying Lotus. In short, "Code" is perfect for some sexual seduction, but if you want a more immediate experience of FlyLo's musical prowess, the producer is also making some limited live appearances in the coming months, which you can check out below. Flying Lotus Tour Dates: 03-17 Austin, TX - The Phoenix [Warp SXSW Showcase] 03-27 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine 03-30 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge 04-01 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick 04-02 Chicago, IL - Double Door 04-03 Minneapolis, MN - BarFly Loft 

Average: 7.7 (30 votes)

Download: Take "Soul Particles"

Label: All City

Taken from the second of All City's set of 10 collaborative 10" releases highlighting acts from LA's burgeoning beat scene, Take's "Soul Particles" begins with a soulful disco sample, then launches into a shuffle that would make Flying Lotus proud. Snippets from the original sample form the regal melodic backdrop for the piece, with echoing female vocals and a nice, lilting synth line doing most of the work in front of secondary blips. With his more sample-heavy, experimental approach to crafting beats, Take is on track to become one of the most unqiue artists to emerge from what is an increasingly crowded genre. 

Average: 7.7 (44 votes)

Review: Lightning Bolt Earthly Delights

Label: Load

Rhode Island duo Lightning Bolt is one of the rare groups you don’t want to change. Their m.o. is so potent, it would be misguided for them to deviate from it. Drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson make hyper-tense, swarming noise rock that moves with exhausting speed and power while avoiding cartoonish macho posturing. Read more » 

London's Plastic People Under Fire

Popular Shoreditch-area club Plastic People has come under fire from the local Hackney town council over concerns about crime prevention and public nuisance claims. Though the council hearing regarding the club's license isn't until March 31, the prospect of losing Plastic People has generated an outpouring of support and appreciation from club-goers all over the world. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2010

Dublab and Stones Throw Dig for Gold with Secondhand Sureshots

So here it is: the guys that run Dublab (Bryan "Morpho" Younce and Mark "frosty" McNeill) gathered up four LA-based beatsmiths (Daedelus, J.Rocc, Ras G, and Nobody), sent them on a journey throughout their hometown's thrift stores to score all the dusty vinyl five dollars could buy, commissioned them to turn their uncovered records into new music, and transformed the whole experience into an album, documentary, and art piece to be distributed by Stones Throw. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2010

Bubblin': Shlohmo

Who: Shlohmo
Where: San Francisco, CA


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