They hate showing their faces to the public (as just about every photo of them will attest) and rarely give interviews, but Toronto duo Crystal Castles just can't stop gaining popularity with the masses. At least, that's the only plausible explanation as to why, on their forthcoming tour, Alice Glass and Ethan Fawn have scheduled stops that include everywhere from Brooklyn to DeKalb (a northern Illinois town known as the birthplace of barbed wire).
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Ubiquity, Six Degrees, Environ, and others plan top flight first quarter.
Nu-jazz, nu-soul, broken-beat, leftfield jazz, and downtempo music galore will fill your record racks, hard drives, and music players this spring. New release announcements have begun, with a variety of labels and genres gearing up for a musically resplendent first quarter (in music biz slang, that’s January through May).
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If you've yet to visit Low End Theory, the L.A.-based weekly soundclash that mashes psychedelic, glitch, avant-rap, and IDM artists together, Daedelus' forthcoming album will serve as a good indicator of what you're missing. Live at Low End Theory was recorded in July of 2007, with the whimsical producer and his trusty monome MIDI device dropping a carefully picked selection of glitch-happy, dancefloor-friendly tracks from his many albums. Read more »
The past week was all about the drama and rae-rae at Guinness Sting ’07, and live Christmas concerts in general in Jamaica. Thankfully, OutARoad kept things in perspective with their humorous best dressed artists at the Sting round-up. Who was top-a-top in the dancehall threads category? Read more »
In November of 2007, The Mars Volta released The Mars Volta's Descent into Bedlam: A Rhapsody in Three Parts, which documented the band's history and the creation process behind its fourth album, The Bedlam in Goliath (due out January 29 on Universal). Said to be inspired by a ouija board picked up in Jerusalem, bad luck, and neo-spiritual forces, the album is as conceptual as any of the Mars Volta's previous works, which should bode well for the lengthy tour about to commence. Read more »
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