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Rye Rye to Tour with A-Trak

No summer breaks for Rye Rye. The Baltimore rapper will see both the release of her debut album (originally slated for March release) and numerous tour dates that kick off in early July.

For the latter she'll share the stage with Fool's Gold boss A-Trak, on the 10,000LB Hamburger Tour. No clues as to how they came up with the name, but according to the Fool's Gold website, "this will not be your average club gig."

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  • 06/01/2009

New Mars Volta Music, Contest

If you've taken one too many Which Movie Star are You? Facebook quizzes and need a new way to pass the time, head over to The Mars Volta's website. Omar Rodriquez-Lopez and Co. are gearing up for the release of their fifth album, Octahedron, and new music, along with pictures and other goodies, are hidden all over the interactive site. Just zoom in on the bright picture and look for the little gold plus signs dotted over the image.

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  • 05/29/2009

New WHY? Album Announced

Bay Area-based art-hop trio WHY? just announced a follow-up to last year's Alopecia. The new album, Eskimo Snow, will drop this fall via the label's longtime home of anticon..

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  • 05/29/2009

Vivian Girls Announce New Album

Everything is Wrong might be the title of the new Vivian Girls' album, but the last year or so leads us to believe that most things, musically, anyway, are moving along swimmingly for this trio of ladies. This is, after all, a band that received its own question on Jeopardy, in addition to playing packed venues and receiving endless amounts of positive press over its self-titled album.

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  • 05/29/2009

Dax Pierson Awarded $18.3 Million

As the story goes, Oakland, CA-based avant-rap outfit Subtle was driving through Iowa in 2005 when its Ford tour van hit a patch of black ice and flipped over. The incident led to the paralysis of band founder and keyboardist Dax Pierson, due to his seat breaking loose and slamming his head into the roof of the van. He suffered multiple fractures of the spine.

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  • 05/28/2009

Desert Storm

Artists share their favorite shots from the Coachella Festival.


“I can't think of any other festival in the world where I'd have been able to take this picture.”
– Jack Brown, White Lies




“This photo taken during our set in the Gobi tent. Kalaf and Conductor look like two very excited five-year-old kids on stage!"
– Lil’ Jon, beatmaker, Buraka Som Sistema



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  • 05/28/2009

XLR8R Does Movement 2009

Detroit being Detroit, where the roar of 4/4 beats has been the city's primary danceable soundtrack since the 1980s, it isn't surprising that what you'd get at Memorial Day weekend's Movement Festival is an overdose of high-voltage, raw techno power. Artists came ready to play in the sun (no rain this year, temperatures remained at a near-perfect 70 degrees all three days), cheating no serious raver an earful of big-system, stage-rattling (literally), and, quite possibly, deafening bliss on four massively rigged stages.

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  • 05/27/2009

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