After a two-year hiatus and the fatal overdose of guitarist Ryan Noel, New York-based band A.R.E Weapons is back, and more pissed off than ever. Modern Mayhem, the outfit’s latest album, conjures the spirit of the snotty punk rebellion without forcing the four remaining band members to succumb to DIY clichés or a lack of bathing.Read more »
With Torq Xponent, M-Audio decides to give Serato and Traktor the proverbial middle finger. This latest platform in digital DJing isn’t merely a software application, but a hardware/software bundle that eliminates having to touch the computer keyboard at all during a live set. Complete with two CD turntables, a two-channel mixer, and MIDI-Learn capabilities, Torq Exponent is a miniature DJ labyrinth, for a mere $749.99. Serato, it’s your move.
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Rarely are funk outfits as outlandishly eclectic as The Ticklejunk Allstars, but these dudes produce jams that encompass just about every dance genre known to man, including breakbeats, housey grooves, and some lounge-friendly guitar riffs.Read more »
For the latest installment of the XLR8R Podcast DJ Mix Series, soulful house collective King Street Sounds has compiled an arsenal of groove-worthy cuts for dangerous nights. Taking several tracks from its sublabel, Nite Grooves, as well as a slew of other imprints, host Jason Hayer and Tonylee, Joe B, James, Tomo, Alex, and Hoshiko unleash one of the most eclectic 'casts we’ve posted to date.Read more »
Some of the UK’s most diverse and compelling concerts have sprung from All Tomorrow’s Parties, a label and promotion team that’s hosted performances by everyone from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Now, ATP brings its newest live series, Don’t Look Back to the States.Read more »
The state of California is in luck next month, with reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry popping in for a few select live dates. Next, after collaborating with Kanye on Spank Rock’s XXXchange, club rapper Kid Sister rolls through a ton of festivals and other massive events. The dub-punk experimentalists in The Jai Alai-Savant are packing their horns and guitars for a trek through Europe, while ambient shoegazer Ulrich Schnauss rings in autumn with a week in North America.Read more »
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