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Booka Shade to Release Digital Album

While German duo Booka Shade is known for its danceable tech-house, this holiday season finds cohorts Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger laying low to a mellower kind of groove. On December 12, the boys are releasing a special digital album on their Get Physical Music label. Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs) is a collection of emotional and melancholy ambient songs to chill out to while you recover from all the eggnog and New Year’s Eve debauchery. Read more » 

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  • 12/02/2008

XLR8R Hits M For Montreal

At the end of November we hit the third installment of M For Montreal, a music festival that’s part industry showcase and part Montreal-celebrating fan-fest (with a handful of Toronto bands thrown into the mix). We checked out more than 20 artists over the course of four nights, and did our best to interview the locals without losing any digits to the cold. (What can we say? We’re from S.F.) Here’s a sampling of our festival favorites:

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  • 12/02/2008

Dan Deacon Readies 15-Piece Band

Dan Deacon has a new live set up his sleeve, which he'll unveil on December 11 at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. So far, we know that his new show includes a 15-piece band made up of eight percussionists, two guitarists, and four individuals besides himself manning various keyboards, synthesizers, and electronics. Deacon will take the full set-up on the road in 2009.

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  • 12/01/2008

Beach House, Yeasayer on AIDS Comp

This being World AIDS Day, 4AD has appropriately chosen today to announce the release of a forthcoming compilation, produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National and aimed at raising awareness and support for the HIV/AIDS cause.

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  • 12/01/2008

The Knife is Writing a Darwin Opera

What better way to usher in the new year than by writing an opera that commemorates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species? Well, according to recent news, Swedish brother/sister duo The Knife is doing just that. An announcement made last week states that Danish theatre group Hotel Pro Forma invited the pair to "write music and libretto for Tomorrow, In a Year, a Darwin Opera."

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  • 12/01/2008

Beirut Announces Double EP

Not all artists can extensively tour the world and simultaneously write massive amounts of new material. Beirut's man-in-chief, Zach Condon, just happens to be one of the lucky few. 2007 saw the release of the band's The Flying Club Cup, a boat load of tour dates in support of the album, and enough new material written on the road for yet another release, due out February 16 of next year.

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  • 12/01/2008

Adidas Originals Turns 60

Besides a new president and a better economy (fingers crossed), 2009 also has something to look forward to where footwear is concerned, as Adidas Originals is celebrating its 60th birthday.

Founded by Adolf "Adi" Dassler (who apparently used to make his own sports shoes in his mother's wash kitchen), the companyhas become synonymous with all things cool over the years, rolling out jackets, trainers, in-store events, and campaigns with the likes of Missy Elliot and graf artist Fafi.

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  • 11/26/2008

M83 to Tour with the Killers

When your album debuts at number one on the charts, it no longer suffices to play mid-sized venues with your fellow indie artists. Therefore, M83, after a very successful year that saw Saturdays = Youth win the hearts of every critic and fan between S.F. and Sheffield, will hit the arenas of the world for his latest batch of tour dates. December sees him traveling through the U.K. Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2008

Lemonade Readies a Few More Tour Dates

Last chance to catch the Lemonade boys on the road. The hedonistic trio of psychedelic noisemakers had a busy year, what with relocating to New York and releasing their self-titlted debut album. They'll finish up 2008 with a few dates in some major U.S. and Canadian cities.

11/25 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11/27 Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
11/28 Montreal, QC - Les Saint
11/30 Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary
12/02 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

MP3: "Sunchips" Read more » 

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  • 11/25/2008

Restiform Bodies Hold Remix Contest

On September 30 of this year, freak-hop super-group Restiform Bodies released its album, TV Loves You Back. Read more » 

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  • 11/24/2008

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