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Broker/Dealer Preps New Single

Hard to believe, but Broker/Dealer hasn't unveiled a release on Spectral Sound in a good four years. Ryan and Ryan finally put a stop to this silence earlier this week, with the announcement of "Soft Sell." The new single finds the duo returning to the label and still pushing the same quality dance tracks everyone was loving so much in 2004. The release features two brand-new cuts, as well as a couple remixes of the title track courtesy of Kompakt stalwart Thomas Fehlmann. Read more » 

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  • 09/23/2008

CYNE Readies Third Album

The members of CYNE don't just remix indie rock. The hip-hop collective comprised of MCs Akin and Cise and producers Spech and Enoch have their own collection of politically charged hip-hop cuts, which they've packaged up and will release as a full album on Hometapes come October 7.

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  • 09/23/2008

Beach House Preps Single, Tour

Used-to-bes are usually something of the past no one pays much attention to anymore, often time becoming the punch line to a cheap joke. The A-side off of Beach House's limited-edition, vinyl-only single, "Used To Be," squashes the notion that the Baltimore-duo is anything of the sort. Recorded over the summer of 2008, after months of touring, the release deliberates on the spiritual and physical effects of life on the ever-evolving road, love, and growing older.

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  • 09/23/2008

Growing, Hot Chip Play Pop Montreal

Pop Montreal unveiled its final lineup today, and it’s a compelling collection of artists that's set to descend upon the Quebec capital October 1 - 5. The seven-year-old festival will see Beach House, Hot Chip, Vivian Girls, Megasoid, AIDS Wolf, Growing, and numerous others, from all types of musical genres, performing throughout the festival.

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  • 09/22/2008

Mogwai Drummer Hospitalized

Mogwai drummer Martin Bulloch was hospitalized last night after the band's set at ATP New York, due to complications with his heart condition (for which he has a pacemaker). Though he's since been discharged, doctors reportedly urged him to return home to Scotland for additional medical attention.

Unfortunately, that means the band has had to cancel the remainder of its U.S. tour dates. They'll resume playing at the end of October, in Scotland, before heading out to other parts of Europe.

Dates
09/22 Boston, MA: Wilbur Theatre
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  • 09/22/2008

Yelle Readies Tour Dates, Likes Masks

Halloween's the time of year to don intriguing disguises, and sunny pop singer Yelle is taking the idea to heart when she embarks on a U.S. tour with her boys, Tepr and Grand Marnier. Show attendees in each city are encouraged to use the template on the band's MySpace page to create their own mask, which they should then wear to the performance. Those who partake will be placed in the running to get a kiss from Yelle herself after the show.

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  • 09/22/2008

Puremagnetik Release Atari Sounds

Sound library company Puremagnetik has announced a new free download that will, like, totally stoke '80s videogame enthusiasts. Available for Ableton Live, NI Kontakt, and Apple Logic digital audio workstation (DAW) users, Puremagnetik’s Blip collection contains instruments, kits, and looped beats sourced from the original Atari 2600 sound chip, which generated class notes for Space Invaders and Pong. According to the company’s site, the collection is “lo-fi, gritty, and nostalgically charming, [and] will instantly teleport you back to 1982.

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  • 09/22/2008

Lucky 13: Opio, Treasure Fingers, PPP

In honor of my Mom’s big **th birthday (a true lady never divulges her age), this month I’ll review these releases with a bit of Carol Kerpan Evans’ unique Croatian-Catholic-Democrat flair. Not that she can be found listening to much of this stuff outside of when she’s entertaining her many surrogate sons and daughters at the RedWine Social. But I owe all my weirdness and lust for life, as well as a sizable and eclectic musical collection, to this Chicago-area expat, and I thank her daily for every moment of my upbringing. Read more » 

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  • 09/22/2008

Sonar 2009 Dates Announced

Yes, it feels as though we've just seen the wrap of Sonar 2008, which featured performances from the likes of Boys Noize, The Field, Flying Lotus, Neon Neon, Ricardo Villalobos... you get the idea. The annual music and multimedia festival, held in Barcelona, is a mecca for top-shelf electronic music artists and labels, so it's worth saving up the pennies and booking an early flight for the 2009 edition. And without further ado, the dates are:

June 18, 19, and 20, 2009.

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  • 09/19/2008

Subtle Readies Tour, Remix Album

Doseone and his band, Subtle, will head out on the road soon, supporting the release of this year's ExitingARM, which XLR8R scribe Chris Martins described recently as "music like you’ve never heard: a cold/hot combination of prog, rap, pop, rock, and electronic sound that swirls together as shapely solid and many-layered as a tornado."

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  • Filed under: news
  • 09/19/2008

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