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Notch Up Another Hit

Silky reggae vocalist Notch, from ‘90s dancehall duo Born Jamericans, has been making the rounds on his own for the past several years, and going solo hasn’t hurt him one …

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Tusia Beridze: The Next Bjork?

Natalie Beridze, also known as Tusia Beridze, or TBA, doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about her many aliases. Instead, she’s been literally holed up in a bunker-based studio …

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Singles Update: Matthew Dear, Still Going, Loco Dice

Still Going “Still Going Theme” DFA Rub-N-Tug’s Eric Duncan and Manthraxx’s Oliver Spencer churn out a minimal, space-charged disco theme for the new millennium. Utilizing organic piano leads, clean acoustic …

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Tours: El-P, MVEE with the Golden Road, Múm

 El-PDef Jux’s most popular MC takes angst and unrest to Europe. 09/27 Antwerp, BE: Trix09/29 Dublin, UK: Temple Music Bar10/01 Leeds, UK: Faversham10/02 Manchester, UK: Roadhouse10/03 Brighton, UK: Digital10/04 London, …

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Asthmatic Kitty Presents Unusual Animal Parties, Signs Deerhoof Side Project

After touring relentlessly with Bay Area noise-rockers Deerhoof and releasing Calamity (Asthmatic Kitty) with his new full-time band, The Curtains, Oakland, CA-based Chris Cohen is ready to give his side …

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Pon Di Wire: Computer Paul Henton, Macka Diamond, Junior Kelly

Producer and musician “Computer Paul” Henton–who has worked with everyone from Sizzla and Mr. Vegas to Jimmy Cliff and Eek-A-Mouse–has been honored with a double-platinum record for his work on …

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Waxploitation Turns Ten

Waxploitation is notoriously remembered for releasing and breaking L.A.-based hip-hop supergroup The Alkaholiks to the masses with the seminal Firewater album. Now 10 years into its existence, the label, publishing …

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Tour: Magik Markers

It’s not everyday a band can switch from lo-fi noise to melancholic blues, but Hartford, Connecticut-based duo Magik Markers pulls it off without slipping into White Stripes territory or art-rock …

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XLR8R TV Episode 27: Eats Tapes Return

Join electro duo Eats Tapes as they take you on a bike tour of all the San Francisco places they miss terribly when they’re off touring Europe for months at …

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Loading: Halo 3 Out Today, Nintendo Blogger Gets Fired

  Halo 3: A RetrospectiveSo Halo 3 arrived at my house on Saturday. It was the Limited Edition and I was stoked…until I heard something rattling about within the tin. …

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XLR8R's Paris Issue On Sale Now

This month we shine a little, um, light on the City of Lights, with special features on all our favorite Parisian musicians, labels, clubs, fashion mavens, and haunts. Chloé, Chateau …

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Tour: Busdriver, Daedelus, Antimc

After a gang of dates with Deerhoof and Caural, plus a performance at Coachella, Regan Farquhar (a.k.a. Busdriver is setting out on a headlining tour of massive proportions. Supporting his …

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XLR8R Weekly Top Ten: Midnight Juggernauts, Still Going, Morgan Geist

Xasthur Defective Epitaph Hydra Head We’ll wax poetic all day about how great Pelican and Jesu are, but this week it’s time to praise the grimmest, Hydra-heathen to date–Xasthur. Following …

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Aphex Twin Returns to the Stage

While Richard D. James’ Rephlex label remains at the top of its game, dropping reissues from 808 State and Black Devil Disco Club, it’s been a while since we’ve heard …

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Salsa Con Spam: Latin-Electro Comes Full-Circle

DJ Le Spam and his Miami-based Spam Allstars band have updated vintage Latin sounds for electronic music fans since 1993. Over the years, Spam Allstars have independently released five albums, …

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Gear Alert: Propellerhead Reason 4.0

Reason 3.0 is pretty bad-ass. Any production software that comes in the form of an emulated rackmount paradise (just consult the virtual cables, synths, drum machine, mixing board, sequencer, and …

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XLR8R Podcast Live Mix Series: Magnum 38

Oliver “Magnum 38” Greschke is punk. The Berlin-based web programmer by day, gnarly producer by night, is so punk that he went from Germany’s drum and bass hotbed into the …

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Shaggy's Reggae Intoxication

He had the biggest summer single by taking on a sacrilegious topic, he’s been a recent guest on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show, and his label has racked up an …

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