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Robot High School

If robots attended high school and were taught how to make foreboding electro music with synthesizers and bells, it would probably sound just like this song, from New York-based group My Robot Friend. Michael McClendon directed the video. Read more » 

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  • 02/17/2009

New Releases: Konrad Black, Josh Wink

Whether you’re chained to a desk all day and have to rely on digital retailers or you remain one of the rare and commendable types who visits physical record stores, XLR8R has the scoop on some noteworthy new releases about to come your way.

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  • 02/17/2009

Fire Destroys Gang Gang Dance Gear

Art-rock trio Gang Gang Dance kicked off its European tour this past Friday night in Amsterdam, but unfortunately, for both fans and the band, the handful of scheduled dates were abruptly cancelled when an electrical fire destroyed the majority of GGD's musical gear.

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  • 02/16/2009

Baggy Bottom Boys

XLR8R proclaimed Jokers of the Scene's track "Baggy Bottom Boys," when it was first released last year, to be "a strobe-and-lasers rave up whose summer-of-'92 breakdown is full of Ecstasy pianos and crowds cheering."

The track's video, however, contains not rave footage, but clips from a certain well-known film from the '80s, in which a certain someone visits a fortune-telling machine and consequently grows up a little too quickly. Read more » 

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  • 02/16/2009

SXSW Full Lineup Announced

The reason there isn't a really long list of artists below, detailing just who'll descend on Austin to perform at SXSW 2009, is because this year's lineup—announced in full today—is so extensive it requires an entire lunch break and then some to click through (assuming your lunch breaks are 15 to 20 minutes long).

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  • 02/13/2009

Synthesise

It's easy to guess, given this track's title, which musical instrument is taking front and center on this track from Simian Mobile Disco. More surprising (and slightly seizure-inducing) are the visuals, made by directors Kate Moross and Alex Sushon. Suffice to say, there are lots of dots and flashing lights involved. Read more » 

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  • 02/13/2009

Losing Out Feat. Royce Da 5'9"

Detroit ambassador Black Milk sets us straight on why Motor City hip-hop is still relevant on "Losing Out," off his 2008 full-length Tronic. Royce Da 5' 9" accompanies him as they trade raps against a desolate-but-resilant landscape that undoubtedly reflects their hometown.

Tronic is out now on Fat Beats. Read more » 

  • Filed under: video
  • 02/13/2009

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