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The Go! Team Re-Releases EP for Free

As mentioned in a recent article on XLR8R.com, artists not chained to the helm of the mainstream record label ship are getting creative these days about the ways in which they distribute music, and sometimes that means handing out tracks for free.

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  • 07/30/2008

Pon Di Wire: Reggae Embraces Barack

Despite Jamaica’s bleak crime reports and economic development needs, the news from Yard is not all bad. London’s Guardian newspaper reports this week that 1 million tourists have visited the island in the first seven months of 2008. That’s up 20,000 visitors from last year, which JA tourism minister Ed Bartlett describes as "the best ever" for arrivals and revenue. Tourism is Jamaica's second-highest income source, behind remittances from Jamaicans abroad.

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Z-Trip, Shepard Fairey Team Up for Obama

Can't imagine Nixon ever having a former skateboarder-turned graphic design star take his likeness, but Barack Obama's proven himself a fine subject for such a thing, what with the Shepard Fairey's limited edition Obama prints selling out in mere minutes. Z-Trip thinks so too, it seems, and he's teaming up with Fairey to throw a fundraiser party in support of the hopeful candidate.

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  • 07/30/2008

Jamie Lidell To Tour... Again

It seems like Jamie Lidell just passed through the U.S., but the electronic soul master is rushing back to North America at the beginning of August, where he'll make the rounds yet again before returning to Europe for a set of dates with Elton John. Those wondering how the man can keep such a lengthy tour going without collapsing somewhere in the middle of Portland will find their answer by checking one of these performances:

07/31 Quebec, Quebec: La Grande Scene
08/02 Chicago, IL: Lollapalooza
08/03 New York, NY: Central Park Summerstage
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  • 07/30/2008

Tobacco Readies Sinister Full-Length

Tobacco is well-known as head honcho of Pittsburgh-based neo-psych outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow, but avid his fans know that he doesn't sit at home twiddling his thumbs when the band takes a break. Hence, Fucked Up Friends, his debut full-length under his solo moniker and next up on anticon.'s release schedule.

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  • 07/30/2008

Free YR Radio Dates Announced

Two successful years at SXSW later, the Free YR Radio campaign is ready to hit the road.

Created by Toyota Yaris, and Urban Outfitters, the campaign is intended to raise awareness and support for indie radio, and has seen the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Dizzee Rascal, Klaxons, and Sonic Youth roll through for the parties.

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  • 07/29/2008

Ghosts of Techno

The kind folks at Current TV recently laced us with this documentary that Read more » 

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  • 07/29/2008

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