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Touch and Go Ends Distribution Arm

Though it's not completely shutting down shop, influential Chicago label Touch and Go has confirmed it will shut down its distribution arm.

Started in 1980 by Corey Rusk, the label has been home to countless acts, from Jesus Lizard and Slint to Blonde Redhead, !!!, and TV on the Radio. It has also become a known distributor of other independent labels like Drag City, Merge, Suicide Squeeze, and Jade Tree.

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  • 02/18/2009

Omar-S Makes West Coast Debut

Omar-S has been on the radar of many lately, what with his new Fabric mix about to drop, but fans in California won't have to twiddle their thumbs until the compilation's March 16 release date to get a taste of the Detroit producer.

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  • 02/18/2009

The Week in Tours: Nite Jewel, Italoboyz

South By Southwest, WMC, and other festivals are upon us, as evidenced by this week’s roundup of artist tours. When not in Austin or Miami, the likes of YACHT, Italoboyz, Nite Jewel, and others will be performing in Europe, North America, Australia, and El Paso.

Without further ado, this week’s dates:

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  • 02/18/2009

Robot High School

If robots attended high school and were taught how to make foreboding electro music with synthesizers and bells, it would probably sound just like this song, from New York-based group My Robot Friend. Michael McClendon directed the video. Read more » 

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  • 02/17/2009

New Releases: Konrad Black, Josh Wink

Whether you’re chained to a desk all day and have to rely on digital retailers or you remain one of the rare and commendable types who visits physical record stores, XLR8R has the scoop on some noteworthy new releases about to come your way.

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  • 02/17/2009

Fire Destroys Gang Gang Dance Gear

Art-rock trio Gang Gang Dance kicked off its European tour this past Friday night in Amsterdam, but unfortunately, for both fans and the band, the handful of scheduled dates were abruptly cancelled when an electrical fire destroyed the majority of GGD's musical gear.

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  • 02/16/2009

Baggy Bottom Boys

XLR8R proclaimed Jokers of the Scene's track "Baggy Bottom Boys," when it was first released last year, to be "a strobe-and-lasers rave up whose summer-of-'92 breakdown is full of Ecstasy pianos and crowds cheering."

The track's video, however, contains not rave footage, but clips from a certain well-known film from the '80s, in which a certain someone visits a fortune-telling machine and consequently grows up a little too quickly. Read more » 

  • Filed under: video
  • 02/16/2009

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