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Pon Di Wire: A Reggae News Flash!

U.S.-based reggae labels are once again heating up. In the 1980s, labels like Nighthawk–home to The Itals, The Gladiators, etc.–and Shanachie–with artists like Augustus Pablo and Culture–were among a healthy crop of American imprints offering consistently excellent releases by Jamaica’s best.

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  • 03/28/2007

Motor Preps New Album

The word “dark” gets thrown around as loosely as “deep,” and “lush,” and we’re sick of it. When a truly dark act like Motor comes around, what term do you affix to their name? Super-dark? Spooky? Hell, no.

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  • 03/28/2007

Sage Francis Announces Summer Tour

Since the boom of philosophic, politically conscious rap in the late ‘90s, many members of the hip-hop intelligetsia have gone in different directions. With Anticon. MC Sole moving on to production under the Mansbestfriend moniker, Atmosphere’s Slug pushing a more cynical approach to his relationship neuroses, and Mos Def acting alongside Bruce Willis, it seems as though the wave of intimate-rap has taken a new course–or lack thereof.

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  • 03/28/2007

Stephan Bodzin Releases Album

German producer Stephan Bodzin is ready to destroy every single club in the world with his first full-length Liebe Ist, out this spring on his own Herzblut label. Bodzin spent years composing pieces for several respected European theaters, but now he generally spends time crushing techno-dork skulls with sludgy bass, Moog textures, and ear-piercing melodies. His tracks have been released on labels such as Get Physical, and he regularly collaborates as part of Elektrochemie with Oliver Huntemann.

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  • 03/28/2007

Video: Adult. "I Feel Worse When I'm with You"

For more than seven years, the couple Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller has created electro-punk that’s fueled a generation of disorderly clubgoers from coast to coast. On it’s fourth full-length, Adult. pushes its agro-anxious sound to groundbreaking levels with the thought provoking, paradoxical Why Bother?. Directed by and starring Adult., “I Feel Worse When I’m With You,” speaks volumes for the neuro-demons in us all.

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  • 03/27/2007

I Feel Worse When I'm with You

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  • 03/27/2007

Rock The Bells Announces Line-Up, Preliminary Dates

When it comes to the concept of unifying hip-hop diehards, one need not look further than the Rock the Bells Festival. Set to hit cities coast-to-coast on July 28, this mammoth tour is designed to “Represent, respect, and recognize” hip-hop on a world-class platform.

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  • 03/27/2007

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