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Sebastien Grainger Plots Tour

The poor guy is probably sick of references to his work in the now-defunct dance-punk band Death from Above 1979, but it's hard not to be curious just how much Sebastien Grainger's live sound has changed since the group split and he went solo. If the forthcoming Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains, out October 21, is any indication, the compulsion to shred a soundsystem is still there, just wrapped in a slightly more refined package.

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  • 10/14/2008

Grizzly Bear Goes to the Orchestra

While it's a trend we've seen for years, indie rock bands teaming up with orchestras is nonetheless something that always gets our attention–and apparently Michael Christie's too. The Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director first grabbed the (non-classical) music world’s attention two years ago, when he collaborated with Antony & The Johnsons. Now he turns his attention towards the members of Grizzly Bear and Owen Pallett’s Final Fantasy project.

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  • 10/14/2008

Poketo and 826LA Design Wallet Series

Well known for functional and visually appealing art products, design company Poketo has partnered with Dave Eggers’ non-profit youth writing program, 826LA, to create an exclusive new series of wallets.

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  • 10/14/2008

The Whip Album Gets U.S. Release

The Whip first caught our attention in 2006, when the song "Trash" appeared as one of the standouts on Paris-based label Kitsuné's Maison 3 compilation. The Manchester, U.K.-based four-piece has been carrying the rave/rock torch ever since, most notably in the form of its debut full-length, X Marks Destination.

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  • 10/13/2008

Trash

Nothing says indie music Halloween more than black hair, angry lead singers, and strange neon faces beaming through dark backgrounds. Such are the elements of "Trash," lead single off The Whip's debut album, X Marks Destination (you might also recognize the track from way back in 2006, when it appeared on Kitsuné's Maison 3 compilation). Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2008

Rocksteady Icon Alton Ellis Passes On

The reggae world is currently mourning the loss of one of its greatest singers. Alton Nehemiah Ellis (1939–2008) died Friday at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, 10 months after he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. He was 70 years old. Ellis was prolific in the 1960s and '70s and known as “Mr. Soul of Jamaica” for his pioneering rocksteady hits, “I’m Still In Love” (covered in 2004 by Sasha and Sean Paul), “I’m Just A Guy,” “Dance Crasher,” and others.

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  • 10/13/2008

Free Next Stop Comp From PTR

Toronto, ON-based broken-beat, hip-hop, and nu-jazz label Public Transit Recordings (PTR) is offering an exclusive 15-song compilation at its online store. The comp, titled Next Stop, features a comprehensive look at the label’s diverse roster and includes music by broken-house star Arch_typ, deft MCing from L.A.’s Voice, chunky beats from LAL, and PTR founder Moonstarr’s own leftfield beats.

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  • 10/13/2008

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