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Top 10: The Dead Science, Matthew Dear

The Dead Science
Villainaire
Constellation
Release Date: Out Now

A rich, multi-layered avant-pop affair, Villainaire is both emotionally evocative and technically impressive, with a musical trajectory that one can never quite predict. This is the third full-length from the Seattle-based trio, which dabbles in everything from eerie jazz music to melancholy-drenched ballads here. JM Read more » 

Plants and Animals Plot Tour Dates

If epic post-rock is what you're after to pass the Autumn days away, look no farther than Plants and Animals. The Montreal-based trio will leave their native city this month to embark on a North American tour in support of their March 2008 release, Parc Avenue. Check them at one of these dates:

09/18 Toronto, ON: The Horseshoe
09/20 London, ON: LOLA Fest
09/25 Wakefield, QC: The Black Sheep Inn
09/27 Peterborough, ON: The Montreal House
09/27 Hamilton, ON: The Casbah
09/29 Toronto, ON: Phoenix Concert Theater
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  • 09/11/2008

Pon Di Wire: Leroy Smart, Mr. Vegas

Is Japanese selecta Sami T, from world clash champion sound Mighty Crown, now an artist? Read more » 

Girl Talk CD Release Delayed

You can still download Girl Talk's sample-heavy new album, Feed the Animals, but those who want the physical CD will have to wait a tad longer, as the release date has been pushed back to October 21, due to manufacturing issues. The disc will apparently be worth the wait though. Read more » 

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  • 09/10/2008

Jay Haze Plots First U.S. Tour

Jay Haze might be an expat who prefers Berlin over the U.S., but he'll be heading back Stateside later this month, for his first-ever North American tour. The dates kick off in Philadelphia, where Haze started his TuningSpork label nearly a decade ago. Find him behind the turntables, dropping his favorite house and techno tunes.

Dates
09/25 Philadelphia, PA: Fluid w/ Josh Wink
09/27 New York City, NY: Love (Live PA Set)
09/28 Boston, MA: Phoenix Landing
10/02 San Francisco, CA: Endup
10/03 Vancouver, BC: Royal Unicorn
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  • 09/09/2008

Vote for Deerhoof's Charity

Deerhoof is really pulling out the stops for the release of Offend Maggie, which will drop October 7 via Kill Rock Stars. Besides releasing the first single as sheet music, preparing a world tour, and entertaining XLR8R by appearing in an XLR8R TV episode, the four members of the experimental indie rock outfit are also getting involved with charity.

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  • 09/09/2008

Drop Music Turns 10, Releases Comp

Laurence Rich (one half of Inland Knights) founded Drop Music in 1998, after he and fellow Knight, Andy Riley, decided they wanted to support the "knowing” collective of DJs, producers, and party organizers circulating Northern England’s free party scene in the early ’90s. Since then, Drop Music has kept the underground dance community jackin’ with over 59 releases of DIY-style four-to-the-floor music.

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  • 09/09/2008

Flying Lotus, RZA Play We the People

It's going to be election time before we can blink, so naturally, everyone's getting patriotic this fall in a variety of different ways. For the organizers behind the We the People festival, that means rounding up a slew of artists, guest speakers, b-boys, b-girls, and non-profit organizations for another event, this one to take place September 27 at the Los Angeles Historic State Park.

On the music tip, expect performances from Flying Lotus, RZA, DJ Premiere, EMPD, Z-Trip, Eek-A-Mouse, Barrington Levy, Bassnectar, and others.

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  • 09/08/2008

XLR8R Seeks N.Y. Intern

XLR8R is currently looking for a Marketing and Advertising Intern in our NY office.

We're searching high and low for a passionate individual who wants to translate their love of music, art, style and technology into a rewarding job experience in the media industry. The right candidate reads XLR8R and is well-versed in the fields of coverage the magazine is known for; is already based in the New York metropolitan area; is available at least 2 full days each week; and, most importantly, is excited to be a part of a kick-ass team!

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  • 09/08/2008

A-Trak, Boys Noize, Santogold Tour

Fool's Gold boss A-Trak and fellow party animal Boys Noize continue trekking the globe on their Attack of the Unibros tour, bringing hip-hop, electro, and house to venues in Europe and North America. Said tour doesn't necessarily need more hype, since these guys pretty much rule the party scene at the moment, but they'll receive some extra attention at the end of this month when they play a few U.S. dates with Santogold.

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  • 09/08/2008

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