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MUTEK Unveils Initial Lineup

After unveiling the dates for its 2009 festival, MUTEK has announced the initial lineup for the tenth anniversary its annual multi-day event, taking place once again in Montreal (this year from May 27 – 31).

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  • 03/17/2009

Busdriver Readies New Album

Regan Farquhar (a.k.a. Busdriver) wasn't alone in making Jhelli Beam, his latest full-length and the follow-up to 2007's RoadKillOvercoat. The L.A.-based rapper invited a handful of friends to guest on the album, including Islands' Nick Thorburn, underground battle rapper Nocando, Mikah-9, and Deerhoof's John Dietrich.

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  • 03/17/2009

XLR8R's 2009 SXSW Guide

Another year of SXSW is upon us, and it seems as though the Austin, TX multi-day festival mushrooms more and more every year. Thus, rather than assault readers with a novel-length list of every party happening next week, the XLR8R crew has hand-picked a few favorites, which are listed below. Check back each morning for updates, and we'll see you in Austin.

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  • 03/16/2009

Scott Herren Readies Trilogy of Releases

If you've listened to anything by Diamond Watch Wrists, Savath Y Savalas, Piano Overlord, Delarosa and Asora, or Prefuse 73, then you have drunk from the deep musical well of Guillermo Scott Herren. Read more » 

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  • 03/12/2009

Reebok Teams Up with Kidz in the Hall

To celebrate the release of its new Classic Remix collection of updated classic footwear styles—a combination of “then and now” items from Reebok’s history—the famous shoe company is teaming up with a number of well-known and emerging hip-hop acts.

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  • 03/10/2009

Caspa Readies Debut Album

Noted U.K. dubstep producer Caspa recently left fans a little surprise on his MySpace page, namely in the form of a concise message that reads “new tunes up.” The reason for the note (other than its obvious implications), is that the man born Gary McCann is ready to unleash his long-awaited debut solo album, Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening, next month.

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  • 03/10/2009

Maureen Yancey Produces Dilla Album

When it comes to compiling music from artists who have passed on, none, it would seem, has a deeper vault of unreleased material to cull from than the late J Dilla. That he was ridiculously prolific we know (see his work with Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, and his own solo albums), but the sheer amount of projects that have sprung from Dilla beats since his death just over three years ago—the Ruff Draft re-issue and little brother Illa J’s debut solo album among them—never fails to surprise.

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  • 03/09/2009

MUTEK Plots North American Mini-Tour

MUTEK already announced the dates for its annual multi-day event in Montreal, but given that 2009 marks the festival 10th anniversary, a little extra hoopla is entirely called for.

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  • 03/09/2009

Au Revoir Simone Preps Third Full-Length

Au Revoir Simone's three lovely ladies—Heather D'Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart—haven't seen five spare minutes of R&R put together, it seems, since their sophomore album, Bird of Music, dropped in 2007. The album's critical success sent the girls through a flurry of tours, festivals, interviews, and the like, but despite a hectic schedule, they've managed to compile a third full-length, which will be released in just a couple of months.

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  • 03/09/2009

Rewrite Deerhoof’s Music

Never a band to market itself traditionally (see last year's sheet music for the single "Fresh Born"), Deerhoof has yet another out-of-the-ordinary project for its fans, and it involves sheet music again.

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  • 03/05/2009

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