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Goldfrapp Plans Tour

With their Caravan Girl digital EP out today on Mute, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory (a.k.a. Goldfrapp) look to the road for a few North American show dates beginning with a performance at Radio City Music Hall on September 12.

Caravan Girl, named for the track off the group's Seventh Tree release from earlier this year, features the original cut of the song, as well as a live choral version, an acoustic rendition of "Monster Live," and a remix of "Little Bird" by Animal Collective.

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  • 07/22/2008

Music Legends Collaborate For Strut Series

The U.K.’s Strut Records has launched a startling new collaborative artist series titled Inspiration Information, which brings together eclectic underground reggae, funk, dance, and African superstars.

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  • 07/22/2008

Roots Manuva Preps New Album

Rodney Smith will return this fall with his fourth studio full-length under the Roots Manuva moniker.

Slime and Reason finds the Stockwell, London-based rapper drawing inspiration from the music of his past, namely with old Channel One and Studio One cuts. "Lord knows what they were drinking, smoking, or eating, or what they were doing or what was on their mind, but to me, that was a special period in music," Smith remarks.

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  • 07/22/2008

Again & Again

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  • 07/22/2008

Train on the Brain

In Issue 119 of XLR8R, we looked at America's hidden train-hopping subculture through the eyes of two new DVDs, Sarah George's Catching Out and British director Alison Murray's Train on the Brain. The latter focuses on the physical experience of train-hopping, as well as the highs and frequent hells that go along with a two-month, cross-continental ride. Here, we bring you a clip from Murray's film.

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  • 07/21/2008

Dungen, Valet on New Vinyl/Digital Label

Ever notice how more and more artists are making their releases available in two formats, digital and vinyl, leaving out the CD package entirely? Anthology Recordings' Keith Abrahamsson has turned this trend into a business enterprise with the inception of Mexican Summer, a new label set to kick off in September that will feature releases in strictly vinyl and digital formats.

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  • 07/21/2008

Cut Copy and The Presets Announce Tour

After a tsunami of hype and press releases this year, Modular Records is set to unleash two of its biggest acts onto U.S. soil this fall.

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  • 07/21/2008

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