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Week in Tours: Atmosphere, Late of the Pier

Whether they're coming out of Italy clad in masks or hopping the pond armed with synthesizers, plenty of artists are headed Stateside this spring. Here are a few noteworthy tours about to kick off.

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  • 02/25/2009

Tigersushi Launches Fashion Line

If you have 70 Euros to spend on clothing (that's $88, according to today's currency converter), the Paris-based mecca of all things cool is a good place to go, particularly since Tigersushi Records recently announced the launch of its own fashion brand and already has a few items on sale.

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  • 02/20/2009

Get Grimy with Zoo York

With skateboarding comes injury, and that's just an inevitable fact, but Zoo York has at least attempted to make blood and black eyes a little more entertaining by launching its Grimy Photo Contest.

The streetwear company requests that fans send "the most grimy photos [they've] ever taken," and while "grime" is loosely defined here, that photo on the Zoo York blog of what appears to be chunks of detached flesh should indicate just what the company is looking for.

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  • 02/19/2009

Megan Whitmarsh Plans Exhibition

"I am a child of the '70s whose sense of furturism is informed by Star Wars... a future with entropy, and drug use, and weeds growing in the cracks between the scratched Plexiglass windows of geodesic domes."

So says Megan Whitmash, and the visual artist will bring her words to life on February 21 when she unveils a new exhibition, The Fucking Crap of Life, at the New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles.

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  • 02/18/2009

Touch and Go Ends Distribution Arm

Though it's not completely shutting down shop, influential Chicago label Touch and Go has confirmed it will shut down its distribution arm.

Started in 1980 by Corey Rusk, the label has been home to countless acts, from Jesus Lizard and Slint to Blonde Redhead, !!!, and TV on the Radio. It has also become a known distributor of other independent labels like Drag City, Merge, Suicide Squeeze, and Jade Tree.

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  • 02/18/2009

Omar-S Makes West Coast Debut

Omar-S has been on the radar of many lately, what with his new Fabric mix about to drop, but fans in California won't have to twiddle their thumbs until the compilation's March 16 release date to get a taste of the Detroit producer.

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  • 02/18/2009

The Week in Tours: Nite Jewel, Italoboyz

South By Southwest, WMC, and other festivals are upon us, as evidenced by this week’s roundup of artist tours. When not in Austin or Miami, the likes of YACHT, Italoboyz, Nite Jewel, and others will be performing in Europe, North America, Australia, and El Paso.

Without further ado, this week’s dates:

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  • 02/18/2009

New Releases: Konrad Black, Josh Wink

Whether you’re chained to a desk all day and have to rely on digital retailers or you remain one of the rare and commendable types who visits physical record stores, XLR8R has the scoop on some noteworthy new releases about to come your way.

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  • 02/17/2009

Fire Destroys Gang Gang Dance Gear

Art-rock trio Gang Gang Dance kicked off its European tour this past Friday night in Amsterdam, but unfortunately, for both fans and the band, the handful of scheduled dates were abruptly cancelled when an electrical fire destroyed the majority of GGD's musical gear.

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  • 02/16/2009

SXSW Full Lineup Announced

The reason there isn't a really long list of artists below, detailing just who'll descend on Austin to perform at SXSW 2009, is because this year's lineup—announced in full today—is so extensive it requires an entire lunch break and then some to click through (assuming your lunch breaks are 15 to 20 minutes long).

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  • 02/13/2009

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