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Belong Announces Tour

Since 2006's October Language, New Orleans-based duo Belong has been on a roll. Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones (not to be confused with Mike Jones), have announced a predominantly East Coast tour with Sub Pop production-monolith The Album Leaf, plus the release of a mysterious, untitled 12” on Secretly Canadian sub-label St. Ives, which will include vocals (a step away from the duo’s swollen soundscapes), and some '60s covers (groovy).

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  • 04/27/2007

Sonar Day-By-Day Program Announced

With groups like Black Devil Disco Club, Justice, Sunn 0))), and Matthew Dear scheduled, the 2007 edition of Barcelona’s Sonar Festival, to be held June 14 – 16, looks to be the most diverse in years. Festival organizers have even brought a few mainstream acts into the mix, throwing The Beastie Boys and Devo on the bill alongside Richie Hawtin and Miss Kitten.

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  • 04/27/2007

The New Singles Slate

In recent years the landscape for “singles” has changed dramatically–frequently, listeners are forced to scour a half-dozen niche online- or brick-and-mortar shops to find that one hot beat. But the amount of choice and variety in contemporary electronic club tracks is unparalleled. As such, XLR8R is proud to present occasional round-ups of what we think will be bangin’ the box in the coming months. Here are just a few picks.

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  • 04/27/2007

Daily Download: Brother Ali "Uncle Sam Goddamn"

As one of the most honest rappers in the indie-rap game, Minnesota-based Islamic MC Brother Ali revels in introspective verses that range in topic from political outrage to parental strife. Rarely can MCs make boom-bap this compelling or energetic as Ali, but just listen to the fist verse of "Uncle Sam Goddamn" for further proof of his genius.

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  • 04/27/2007

ArtDon’tSleep Preps From LA With Love

Los Angeles has always been a den of musical artistry, though the city isn’t all Whiskey a Go Go and The Echo. Promoters like Andrew Lojero have been throwing parties of grandiose magnitudes in warehouses, beneath bridges, and atop rooftops for many years now–helping contribute to the diverse indie-community that peeks from the underground on From L.A. With Love.

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  • 04/26/2007

Tenth Annual Expo Festival Announces Line-Up

It takes a pretty extreme dude to truly appreciate the sound of a manipulated trombone or recordings of a butterfly’s wings fluttering, but said extreme dude should be thrilled to hear the Expo Festival is ready for another round, this year’s edition to be held in Plymouth, England, on June 22-24, 2007.

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  • 04/26/2007

Video: Box Codax "I Swam With the Otter"

Many know German imprint Gomma for its humanized disco, but the label’s über-experimental Box Codax is on an entirely different plane. Ariel Pink and John Maus had better watch out, because Codax’s estranged-pop is as outlandish as it gets–though it somehow maintains the signature Gomma sound that’s got clubs and parties pledging allegiance to the label. “I Swam With an Otter” is an audiovisual experience that’ll have the ladies impressed that artists can actually reach this level of strangeness.

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  • 04/26/2007

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