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The Broadcast Witch Project

While keeping their forthcoming new album in pocket, Birmingham-based duo Broadcast have let their love for library music and psychedelic cinema flourish with old friend and new musical collaborator The Focus Group on their new mini-LP Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age. Read more » 

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  • 09/22/2009

Exclusive: Mary Anne Hobbs Blog #2

While touring the U.S. this month, BBC Radio One's Mary Anne Hobbs will be supplying us with a fully detailed rundown of her trip. Check back every few days for more updates and videocasts, and see her in action in your town soon (if you haven't already). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/22/2009

Download: Salem "Frost"

Label: Audraglint

Mysterious trio Salem unveiled a new 7-inch today on Portland's Audraglint imprint, and while we're still a bit unsure about the group's self-proclaimed "goth juke" tag, "Frost" contains all the spooky synths and fuzzy pop undertones that made us fall in love with the band in the first place. A few months back we took a deeper look into the minds of these witchcraft-loving Midwesterners, and we're delighted to say that perhaps no other group is capable of scaring the bejeezus out of us in such a dreamily melodic fashion. 

Average: 6.8 (37 votes)

Download: Boys Noize "Starter"

Label: Last Gang

Boys Noize, a.k.a. Alex Ridha, is coming out with his second album, Power, on October 6. "Starter" continues to follow the sonic path that Ridha has paved for himself, uniting fans of electro-sledgehammer music all over the world. 

Average: 7.6 (64 votes)

Download: David Daniell & Douglas McCombs "F# Song (Edit)"

A lovely piece of guitar-based experimentation here from two veterans of the scene. Sometimes evoking a more organic, raw version of Polwechsel & Fennesz's collaborations, "F# Song" is a meandering piece taken from their recent Sycamore album that comes to its apex with some melancholy Spanish-style licks that recall early evenings on cobblestone streets in foreign lands. With a drone emerging just at the track's end, David Daniell and Douglas McCombs have crafted a mysterious and pleasing piece of processed improvisational music. 

Average: 6 (8 votes)

Plateaux Festival Turns Two

As anyone up on their European knowledge can attest to, Poland is quickly becoming a hotbed of digital culture, not only because it is a cheap and beautiful country, but also because of arts organizations like the Plateaux Foundation. For the second year, the group is putting on a festival curated to present the world's leading multimedia artists, audiovisual and VJ art, and experimental films, as well as live electronic and electro-acoustic music. Read more » 

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  • 09/22/2009

Review: WHY? Eskimo Snow

Label: Anticon

Recorded at the same time as their last album, the boys of WHY? aren't exactly reinventing the wheel here. Luckily for the band (and its fans), Alopecia was a fine record and the WHY? formula doesn't really require a whole lot of tinkering. Yoni Wolf's distinctive speak-singing and penchant for introspective lyrics remains intact, as does the band's talent for ramshackle pop melodies. Read more » 

Shure's SRH840 Headphones Reviewed

The Shure brand is not alien to the studio, stage, or even subway platform; the company's microphones, wireless systems, and in-ear monitoring devices are legendary recording and performance workhorses, as well as popular in personal audio thanks to the SE530 earphones. Now, Shure is positioned to invade the mixing console; and with the closed-back, circumaural SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones, the company has an immediate critical listening contender offering platinum engineer performance at a project-studio-friendly $199 price point. Read more » 

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  • 09/21/2009

Decibel Fest's Music Conference

While Seattle's fast-approaching Decibel festival is mostly about amazing performances from many XLR8R favorites, the event also features an educational aspect, with workshops, round-table discussions, and panel talks. Read more » 

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  • 09/21/2009

Inbox: Blue Scholars

XLR8R’s Inbox checks in with Saba Mohajerjasbi, the DJ half of Seattle-based hip-hop duo Blue Scholars. The snarky Moharjerjasbi talks to us about frat boys, high school Nintendo-core bands that wouldn't let him join, and his all-time favorite band, Next. Blue Scholars’ latest offering, the Oof! EP, is out now on Massline. Read more » 

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