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Sage Francis Fundraiser, Free Track

The enraged and articulate poet/musician/record label owner/political and social activist, Sage Francis, is doing what he's done best throughout his 10 year career–taking his passion and vigor to the mic to raise awareness through music. This time, it’s because of the arrests that took place at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN last month. Read more » 

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  • 10/02/2008

Rainbow Arabia Ready U.S. Tour

Rainbow Arabia formed less than a year ago, but the experimental, Middle Eastern-influenced act is speeding towards 2009, first with the release of The Basta EP and now with a tour that will keep them busy right up to the holiday season. Read more » 

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  • 10/02/2008

Ben Watt Readies New Single

While he's been busy celebrating half a decade of music on his Buzzin' Fly imprint and DJing regularly, Ben Watt hasn't unleashed a new gem of his own in a good three years. Thus, the announcement of his single "Guinea Pig" is cause for more celebration.

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  • 10/02/2008

Pon Di Wire: Vybz Kartel, Mr. Vegas

Looks like successful singjay Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith, currently at the top of international charts with the hit “Mus Come A Road,” will take an extended leave from the music business. Citing disappointment with the entertainment industry and a wish to spend time with his family, Smith told the Star that he plans to retire from music, effective immediately. “It's just nuff thing,” he told the paper, regarding his decision. “You would have to be in my shoes to understand it. Read more » 

No Age Plots Tour Dates

No Age has decided to close out the year with two straight months of live shows. Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt will kick off the round of dates in their hometown of Los Angeles, at the famed Smell club, before heading out to Europe to show off the noise-rock jams on this year's Nouns album (and presumably some other material as well). Maybe Randall will be inspired to make another DVD on this trip. Read more » 

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  • 10/01/2008

Bitter Bastard: Portland's 10 Worst Things

All the things you’ve heard about Crapscadia are true! BJ "Bitter" Bastard gets depressed just thinking about it…

The weather
The “artist types” will tell you it’s good for their creativity, but try waking up for the 100th day in a row to bleak skies and a light, annoying drizzle and see if you don’t get all Elliott Smith up in this biatch.

Depression session
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Deepblak’s Busy Fall Schedule

Oakland, CA-based digital label Deepblak Recordings has a busy fall planned, with new EPs and albums by its growing roster. Since 2001, Deepblak has established itself as a home for broken-beat, future-techno, leftfield hip-hop, house, and other electronic genres by artists like L.A.’s Eric Rico, New York’s Black Jazz Consortium, and Oakland’s own Blaktroniks.

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  • 09/30/2008

Hood Internet Drops Tobacco Mixtape

Feels like we've been waiting years for the Tobacco's debut solo album to drop, the release of which was announced this past July. Read more » 

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  • 09/29/2008

Crucial Afrobeat Albums Reissued

Spanish imprint Vampi Soul has reissued three new Afrobeat and Highlife music collections, available in the U.S. through Light in the Attic distribution. These three releases add to the label’s growing catalog of Latin, African, and South American classic soul, rock, and psychedelic pop titles.

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  • 09/29/2008

AeroCCCP Readies Halloween Comp

Though less common than the ubiquitous Christmas-themed sampler, musical compilations celebrating Halloween are nevertheless circulating out there, one of which is Brooklyn-based AeroCCCP Recordings' forthcoming Halloween of Bloody Nightmares release.

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  • Filed under: news
  • 09/29/2008

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