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The New Singles Slate

In recent years the landscape for “singles” has changed dramatically–frequently, listeners are forced to scour a half-dozen niche online- or brick-and-mortar shops to find that one hot beat. But the amount of choice and variety in contemporary electronic club tracks is unparalleled. As such, XLR8R is proud to present occasional round-ups of what we think will be bangin’ the box in the coming months. Here are just a few picks.

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  • 04/27/2007

Daily Download: Brother Ali "Uncle Sam Goddamn"

As one of the most honest rappers in the indie-rap game, Minnesota-based Islamic MC Brother Ali revels in introspective verses that range in topic from political outrage to parental strife. Rarely can MCs make boom-bap this compelling or energetic as Ali, but just listen to the fist verse of "Uncle Sam Goddamn" for further proof of his genius.

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  • 04/27/2007

ArtDon’tSleep Preps From LA With Love

Los Angeles has always been a den of musical artistry, though the city isn’t all Whiskey a Go Go and The Echo. Promoters like Andrew Lojero have been throwing parties of grandiose magnitudes in warehouses, beneath bridges, and atop rooftops for many years now–helping contribute to the diverse indie-community that peeks from the underground on From L.A. With Love.

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  • 04/26/2007

Tenth Annual Expo Festival Announces Line-Up

It takes a pretty extreme dude to truly appreciate the sound of a manipulated trombone or recordings of a butterfly’s wings fluttering, but said extreme dude should be thrilled to hear the Expo Festival is ready for another round, this year’s edition to be held in Plymouth, England, on June 22-24, 2007.

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  • 04/26/2007

Video: Box Codax "I Swam With the Otter"

Many know German imprint Gomma for its humanized disco, but the label’s über-experimental Box Codax is on an entirely different plane. Ariel Pink and John Maus had better watch out, because Codax’s estranged-pop is as outlandish as it gets–though it somehow maintains the signature Gomma sound that’s got clubs and parties pledging allegiance to the label. “I Swam With an Otter” is an audiovisual experience that’ll have the ladies impressed that artists can actually reach this level of strangeness.

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  • 04/26/2007

Animal Collective Tours

Some bands never stop moving, and psychtronica foursome Animal Collective–who has already released a four-track EP, "People," and has a full-length slated for September–seems to be one of those in 2007. The boys will perpetuate their status as movers and shakers with a quick tour this May, where they will engage crowds with their live performance that's too freak-folk for pop and too pop for freak-folk.

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  • 04/26/2007

The Week In Tours

Always on the quest for the next great live show, we at XLR8R are prone to exhaustion all too often. But when killer bands are at your doorstep constantly, what else are you going to do? Here’s the next installment of soon-to-be long nights.

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  • 04/26/2007

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