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Knitting Factory Plans Grand Finale

By now, most of clubland is aware of the fact that New York institution, the Knitting Factory, is about to close the doors of its current location and reopen in the new year with a brand new venue in Brooklyn.

The club will host a farewell party to commemorate their time spent on 74 Leonard St., with a Akron/Family-curated going-away fiesta on New Year's Eve. All three stages will be put to good use that night, with performances by Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Deer Tick, DJ Thanksgiving, and yet-to-be-announced guests.

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  • 12/11/2008

RZA Report: Album, Tour, Film

Someone's got a busy year ahead of him. DJ, producer, and de facto Wu-Tang leader RZA will release a new album, tour, and also put his acting skills to good use in 2009.

Afro Samurai: The Resurrection will drop January 27. It's the second soundtrack to Spike TV's animated show of the same name, for which RZA collaborated with the likes of Sly Stone, Rah Digga, Ol' Dirty Bastard's son Boy Jones, and others, which makes the album something of a who's-who in hip-hop.

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  • 12/10/2008

Fucked Up Plans 2009 Tour

Toronto's finest hardcore punk outfit, Fucked Up, has just unveiled a long list of tour dates slated to begin January 16 in Ottawa. The band, presumably set to play material from its 2008 album, The Chemistry of Common Life, will be joined at various stops by the Vivian Girls, Pissed Jeans, Mika Miko, and others.

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  • 12/10/2008

Grandmaster Flash Drops Comeback Album

It’s been 20 years since Joseph Saddler, otherwise known as Grandmaster Flash, has released a studio album. Known for developing the “cutting” turntable technique (which eventually lead to “scratching”), Saddler turned heads and ears combining hip-hop and electronic music alongside other old-school institutions, such as rappers Curtis Blow, Lovebug Starski, Melle Mel, and Kid(d) Creole. Read more » 

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  • 12/09/2008

Deerhunter, Stereolab on Free 4AD Comp

In a nod to days gone by, when labels released sampler packages with the intention of encouraging consumers to purchase CDs, the folks at 4AD are giving music fans a little gift for the holidays. The label has gathered 12 tracks from the likes of Atlas Sound, Stereolab, Department of Eagles, and TV on the Radio, and turned them into a digital label sampler that's now up for download. Songs are taken from previously released albums currently available from the label. Read more » 

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  • 12/09/2008

Karin of The Knife Readies Solo Album

While her brother Olof pens an opera in honor of Charles Darwin, The Knife's Karin Dreijer Andersson is keeping herself busy with a solo project under her new name Fever Ray.

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  • 12/09/2008

Jesse Rose Announces Album Details

He's unarguably a master at remixing the work of others (everyone from Underworld to Simian Mobile Disco), but let's not forget Jesse Rose is also something of an ace when it comes to making his own music.

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  • 12/08/2008

Black Lips Plan Big Album, Big Tour

Never a band to do anything half-hearted, Black Lips will rush into 2009 with a brand-new album and a ridiculously large set of tour dates. The new full-length, 200 Million Thousand (even the title is a bit larger-than-life), is said to be 14 more tracks of straightforward garage rock, packed with guitar riffs that lend themselves to the onstage antics these guys are known for the world over.

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  • 12/08/2008

Lady Sovereign Readies New Album, Label

After a couple tumultuous years that included numerous onstage outbursts and canceled shows, Lady Sovereign is back to work, with a new album ready for release in Spring 2009. Jigsaw, the follow-up to her 2006 debut, Public Warning!, will arrive on April 7 in the U.S. and April 6 in the U.K. Sov is said to be putting the finishing touches on the album, which will include collaborations with Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, and Medasyn.

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  • 12/08/2008

Cut Copy, Roni Size Play Ultra Festival

As is usually the case, the Ultra Music crew will be in attendance this year for the 24th annual Winter Music Conference, and they're throwing another bash to celebrate.

The two-day event dubbed Ultra Music Festival 11, will take place over March 27 and 28 in South Beach, Miami's Bicentennial Park. It also seems that Ultra has stepped up the lineup this year, with Cut Copy, Crystal Castles, Roni Size, Busy P, and others slated to perform.

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  • 12/05/2008

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