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Baltimore Hosts Whartscape 2008

The folks over at Wham City have put a lot blood, sweat, and caffeinated soda into making Baltimore a haven for unabashed weirdness and sweaty parties. With a style that seems to both venerate and eviscerate the popular culture icons of the '80s and '90s, the art collective makes and promotes music that usually sounds like an old video game strung out on energy drinks and psychedelics. Read more » 

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  • 07/03/2008

Bass Reaction: Benga, The Bug, Appleblim

Bass Reaction’s theme this month: Enter the Technodrome. Lately, dubstep has been infiltrated by interesting IDM and dub techno elements. For evidence, check out completely superb new recordings by 2562 (Aerial, on Tectonic), Scuba (A Mutual Antipathy, on Hotflush), iTAL tEK (Cyclical, on Planet Mu). and Appleblim’s standout mix compilation for Tempa, Dubstep All-Stars Volume 6. Read more » 

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  • 07/03/2008

Alias Readies New Album

In the five years since we last heard from him, Brendon Whitney has kept busy with a move back to his hometown of Portland, Maine, collaborating with Ehren and Tarsier, and working on Resurgam, his latest release under the Alias guise.

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  • 07/03/2008

Win Your Own Party with Scion Radio

Most folks have, at some point, spent time holed up in their bedrooms crafting meticulous playlists of their favorite tunes, but few have ever won anything for such efforts. Car company and marketing powerhouse Scion is ready to give obscure indie music lovers their due, with the Scion Playlist Contest.

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  • 07/02/2008

Girl Talk is Going on a Gigantic Tour

When it comes to music, Girl Talk will settle for nothing less than spectacular. His recent album, Feed the Animals, used 300 samples in 50 minutes, was released under an extensive pay-what-you-want plan, and now the inimitable man born Greg Gillis is packing his bags for a rather epic tour.

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  • 07/02/2008

Pon Di Wire: Buju Banton, Aba Shati-I

International Reggae Day was Tuesday July 1, but continues online as a “virtual festival.” Visit the site to check out past and present IRD events, pictures, and artist profiles. Hear audio and see video on IRD’s MySpace page. Several veteran reggae artists praised IRD for recognizing the genre's impact and contributions to Jamaican culture.

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edIT Drops New Single

The inconvenience of having his laptop stolen then recovered hasn't appeared to delay edIT's musical output. The L.A.-based producer and Glitch Mobber has just dropped another single, a sequel to Dabrye's "Game Over" track that's simply titled "The Game Is Not Over."

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  • 07/02/2008

Tittsworth Ready For 12 Steps

If you've been on a dance floor in the past year, you've probably heard something from the hands of Baltimore party-rocker Tittsworth. His remixes and edits for the likes of Justice, M.O.P., PM Dawn, and AC/DC have been pumping up the blogs and clubgoers with some serious energy. Not content to play second-fiddle forever, though, the young and talented Jesse Tittsworth (he claims that to be his real name) is getting ready for the spotlight. Read more » 

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  • 07/01/2008

DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist Push Hard Sell

Prior to this golden age of Serato and Ableton-fueled mixes, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist built legendary careers cutting up dusty, towering stacks of vinyl. Rather than jump on the auto-beat-matched bandwagon, though, their latest collaborative project has taken a decidedly anachronistic turn. Using only original 45s, eight turntables, and a couple of guitar pedals, The Hard Sell project mixes music across genres and generations to create the distinct sort of compositions that we expect from these wax gurus. Read more » 

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  • 07/01/2008

Michna Releases Ghostly Debut

Skateboards rolling by and snapping ollies, movie dialog snippets, a subway car entering a station, urban environmental noise–welcome to Michna’s sonic palette. The Brooklyn-based beatmaker will introduce listeners to his wide world of sounds this September, when the former Secret Frequency Crew member releases his debut album, Magic Monday, on Ghostly International. Read more » 

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  • 07/01/2008

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