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Maps Tour America

James “Maps” Chapman has made quite a name for himself in the UK. The pop-gaze protégé has already headlined a sold-out show at London’s ICA Theater, performed at the acclaimed Leeds and Reading Festivals, and enlisted Sweden-based artist The Field to remix the second single, “You Don't Know Her Name,” from Maps' debut album We Can Create. Now, Mute’s new one-man army is heading out West.

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  • 07/17/2007

Daily Download: DatA "Morphosis"

DatA is a 21-year old Frenchman caught in the electro-house paradigm, but that doesn't mean that his production skills aren't on point. With tracks in playlists from Justice to Guns 'N' Bombs, this whiz-kid is causing a serious stir. "Morphosis" is the synth-solo answer to your banger prayers.

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  • 07/17/2007

Our Velocity

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  • 07/16/2007

Matthew Dear Announces Fall Tour Dates

Sure, it's a little early to get all excited about yet–another show by techno producer and Ghostly star Matthew Dear–but with homeboy dropping albums left and right under his many monikers and promoting his latest album, Asa Breed, via strange ad campaigns, there's a good chance these full-band shows will sell out real quick. Get in line (or online) for tickets, and make sure your dancing shoes are nice and dirty the night of the show.

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  • 07/16/2007

The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, July 16

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Shocking Pinks Preps DFA Debut

When any new album falls off of the DFA tree, you can expect some serious buzz to surround it. And though Nick “Shocking Pinks” Harte might not be a household name in the US, his self-titled album on the aforementioned label may get him close to that status. An ex-member of pop duo The Brunettes (who recently signed to Sub Pop), Harte has been cranking out lo-fi rock tracks for several years via New Zealand’s Flying Nun imprint, gaining an intense following in his home country.

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  • 07/16/2007

Daily Download: Christopher Willits "Colors Shifting (Dead Texan Color Shifter)"

Dream-pop experimentalist Christopher Willits has commissioned a series of track and video remixes from his 2006 album Surf Boundaries (Ghostly), and here, Belgium-based duo The Dead Texan adds soft, ethereal layers to Willits' textured guitar scapes. The ambient and the poppy never huddled so closely. 

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  • 07/16/2007

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