The folks of CMJ better step to the side because it looks like Canada is gearing up for its own fall music festival in '09 and the lineup thus far is sure to amaze. Touching down in the beautiful metropolis of Victoria, British Columbia, during the weekend of September 24-27, the Rifflandia Music Festival will take place at a handful of venues throughout the city and will feature artists such as Buck 65, Holy Fuck, Pink Mountaintops, and Final Fantasy. Read more »
It's just been released this morning that Beastie Boys' latest tour has been canceled as Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA) has just been diagnosed as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. The cancer is considered very treatable, but will require Yauch to undergo surgery and several weeks of treatment.
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Montreal-New York '80s R&B revivalists Chromeo have been chosen as next in line to helm the decks for !K7's first DJ-KiCKS release in two years. Joining such company as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Playgroup, Tiga, Erlend Oye, and Hot Chip, the duo has crafted a set bursting with the robo-funk basslines, plastic handclaps, smooth string sections, and sweet, '80s pop synths. The mix isn't only a trip down memory lane, however. Read more »
In the current climate of today's electronic music scene, the word's "smooth," "chill," or "groovy" don't seem to warrant much attention, but times change and we here at XLR8R couldn't feel more refreshed. Tirk Recordings, the U.K's purveyor of Krautrock, disco re-edits, and other assorted "smooth" musics, announced today that San Francisco's cosmic-disco patron, Sorcerer, is casting a new spell of an album this August, entitled Neon Leon. Read more »
Merge, one of the world's most enduring independent record labels, and which has brought us classic albums from the likes of Superchunk, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Magnetic Fields, has put a book together to tell you all about the journey. Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, which arrives this September, chronicles the many tales of Merge from the label's inception in 1989 throughout their 20 years of releasing stone-cold indie-rock classics. Read more »
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