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Ra Ra Riot, Broken West at Noise Pop 2009

S.F.'s Noise Pop Festival continues adding to its previously announced artist lineup. For its 17th year, the indie music festival has already confirmed No Age, the New Pornographers' frontman A.C. Newman, and Antony and the Johnsons, among others. St. Vincent, Josh Ritter, Ra Ra Riot, and The Morning Benders now join the list, which will continue growing until the festival kicks off on February 24.

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  • 12/12/2008

Simian Mobile Disco Plots U.S. Tour

Simian Mobile Disco gets an A+ on planning ahead for 2009. Currently in the middle of a round of European dates, and with a forthcoming full-length rumored to be arriving soon, the duo has already scheduled North American tour dates through the end of April. These live performances will kick off mid-March.

In the meantime, the boys are doing a triple-header for New Year's Eve, with back-to-back shows in Birmingham, Bristol, and London, U.K. Should have them nice and energized for the remaining performances.

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  • 12/12/2008

Tim Hecker, Mint on Pop Ambient 2009

Kompakt's latest installment of sleepytime songs–otherwise known as the label's Pop Ambient series–will see its ninth edition released on February 16 of next year.

Judging by the tracklisting, it's looking to be another low-key, laidback affair, with tracks from regular contributors like Marsen Jules and Klimek, as well as artists like Tim Hecker and The Fun Years, who make their first appearance in the series here. Wolfgang Voigt also makes a rare appearance under his Mint alias for the occasion.

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  • 12/12/2008

Souvenir de Chine

Creaked Records unveiled Larytta's debut album, Difficult Fun, earlier this fall, and with it, the Switzerland-based duo of Guy Meldem and Christian Pahud proved they have no intention of staying in the musical lines of any genre, Difficult Fun being an album that's practically the epitome of eclecticism. They keep us guessing with this quirky video, directed by Körner Union, and if you ever wanted to know what happens when you put a bunch of ducks in front of several mirrors, look no further. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2008

Knitting Factory Plans Grand Finale

By now, most of clubland is aware of the fact that New York institution, the Knitting Factory, is about to close the doors of its current location and reopen in the new year with a brand new venue in Brooklyn.

The club will host a farewell party to commemorate their time spent on 74 Leonard St., with a Akron/Family-curated going-away fiesta on New Year's Eve. All three stages will be put to good use that night, with performances by Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Deer Tick, DJ Thanksgiving, and yet-to-be-announced guests.

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  • 12/11/2008

Heavenly Creatures

Jeremy Jay's sophomore full-length is slated for release sometime next year, but while he puts the finishing touches on that, he's given us this video for the song "Heavenly Creatures," off his debut album, A Place Where We Could Go. Journey with the indie-pop troubadour through wooded pathways and forests that look fit for the set of a lovey-dovey period film–appropriate, since Jay's music is often concerned with romantics. Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2008

RZA Report: Album, Tour, Film

Someone's got a busy year ahead of him. DJ, producer, and de facto Wu-Tang leader RZA will release a new album, tour, and also put his acting skills to good use in 2009.

Afro Samurai: The Resurrection will drop January 27. It's the second soundtrack to Spike TV's animated show of the same name, for which RZA collaborated with the likes of Sly Stone, Rah Digga, Ol' Dirty Bastard's son Boy Jones, and others, which makes the album something of a who's-who in hip-hop.

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  • 12/10/2008

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