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The High Strung Hits the Books

Detroit, Michigan has never been known for arty pop music. Techno, electro-infused hip-hop, and of course, some soul music–yes. But art-pop? Not so much.

The High Strung is out to set the record straight. In support of its latest record Get the Guests (Park the Van), the band is spearheading one very unique tour across America, where rather than taking on packed bars and small clubs, these three well-read gentlemen are venturing on a library tour!

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  • 05/04/2007

Zoo York Teams Up With Mike Giant

Zoo York's latest collaboration should thrill both the skate kids and the socially conscious. The skateboard company has teamed up with artist Mike Giant and New York non-profit youth organization Stoked Mentoring to produce a limited-edition skateboard deck and T-shirt, both adorned with custom artwork from Giant.

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  • 05/04/2007

The DJ Is a Jukebox?

Most club-goers understand (or learn the hard way) that approaching a big-name DJ mid-set with a song request is usually a futile effort. Further, some DJs (including San Francisco’s M3) have gone so far as to print t-shirts bearing the warning “No Fucking Requests Ever!”

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  • 05/04/2007

Daily Download: Matthew Dear “Pom Pom”

Matthew Dear is the champion of potently poppy electro-house. Although Asa Breed is only his sophomore full-length, this Texas-born producer has already released a mountain of singles under several monikers (Audion, False, Jabberjaw). "Pom Pom" finds Ghostly's flagship artist at his most dynamic and accessibly banging.

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  • 05/04/2007

Podcast: Sublight Records

Since 2004, Winnipeg, Canada's Sublight Records has been a crucial force in the breakcore and experimental electronic stratospheres, releasing albums from bedroom maniacs Servants of the Apocalyptic Goat Rave, The Gasman, and Ebola (just listen to the names!).

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  • 05/03/2007

Talib Kweli Preps Album

Now that Mos Def is a Hollywood playboy and indie hip-hoppers embrace the rugged rhymes of Lil Wayne, socially conscious, sensitive rappers have their work cut out for them. But Mos Def’s ex-partner-in-crime Talib Kweli seems up for the challenge on his forthcoming long-player Ear Drum.

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  • 05/03/2007

Pon Di Wire: A Weekly Reggae Roundup

According to this week’s reggae singles charts, Rasta singer Lutan Fyah (pictured below) retains his number one position in Jamaica for a second week, with "Save The Juvinile" (Real Life). Macka Diamond’s dancehall hit "Hula Hoop" swivels in at two, while Vegas climbs to three. Mavado’s "Dying" (Daseca) moves quickly to number four in JA, and tops London's BBC 1Xtra chart.

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