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Bird Peterson Unveils Drankenstein, Confuses XLR8R Staff

Earlier today, Austin-based DJ/producer Bird Peterson posted a new mixtape, Drankenstein, on the Mad Decent blog. Purportedly inspired by his love of "the Dirty South and the use of trance synths in current rap," Drankenstein features 15 tracks layering crunk acapellas over "classic" trance melodies. No, we're not joking. Read more » 

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  • 04/22/2010

Cold Cave, Wavves, DD/MM/YYYY, Glass Candy, Teengirl Fantasy, and More Join Iggy & The Stooges at NXNE

Though not quite a counterpart to the massive SXSW extravaganza, Canada's NXNE festival does offer its own special attractions. In addition to massive headliners the likes of Iggy & The Stooges and X's first performance on Canadian soil in 20 years, XLR8R faves Cold Cave, Glass Candy, Gold Panda, Indian Jewelry, Teengirl Fantasy, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, and more will be helping fill out the list of 650 bands playing over the course of seven days. Read more » 

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  • 04/22/2010

New Imprint Glass Table's First Release

New London-based imprint Glass Table is whipping out its first release in June, and it is a slice of pure, deep Detroit-style house from Motor City resident Jimmy Edgar. "Hush" is a ponderous, lush track that shows its debt to Theo Parrish and Moodymann in a most reverent way. With a more frenetic remix courtesy of fellow Detroit wunderkind Kyle Hall also included on the single, the new label is off to a magnificent start. As an audiovisual teaser, check out the VERY, VERY NSFW video of Edgar's original track, available after the jump—just be forewarned that the video includes many close-ups of vaginas, so if that makes you squeamish, then you might want to pass. Read more » 

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  • 04/22/2010

Video Premiere: Take "Incredibright"



The sonic contrasts of Take's "Incredibright" are numerous—subsonic bass warblings rub against piano tinklings and lovely, melancholic synth melodies ride above dusty, crunchy beats. It makes sense, then, that the video for the first single from Take's Only Mountain debut album features the artist walking in bucolic woods while being hounded by snake-like audio cables. Read more » 

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  • 04/22/2010

Video: DaVinci "Ben"



Given that San Francisco-based MC DaVinci is giving away The Day the Turf Stood Still for free download, it makes perfect sense that "Ben," the second video from the album, addresses the cult of money and "how far one goes to have material things for both right and wrong reasons." One of the realest rising stars in the hip-hop game, check out our recent interview with him, and then watch the superb video for "Ben." Read more » 

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  • 04/21/2010

Coachella 2010 Gnarly Vibes Wrap-Up

There are plenty of pictures of Danny DeVito and Jay Z watching Beach House at Coachella, but what about the real kids? Considering the festival drew something like 80,000 people, logic would dictate that for every beautiful person there were three body builders with cat-eye lenses and a few tweens drinking Draino in the Porta-Johns. As such, we investigated Coachella's ravey underbelly and came up with the following list of important things you may have missed. Read more » 

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  • 04/21/2010

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti to Tour North America

Reclusive pop genius Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti band will tour North America this summer in support of the June release of Before Today, the group's 4AD debut. Before Today is said to be the most accessible record ever from Pink, and the group will unleash those new sounds upon a capacity audience at New York's Mercury Lounge on May 4, then continue touring the rest of the country starting in July. And with the first single "Round and Round" floating all over the internet, fans can easily whet their appetites for Pink's record and live show. Check out tour dates after the jump! Read more » 

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  • 04/21/2010

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