The Week In Downloads

It seems we couldn’t get enough of the remixes when the week began. Cassettes Wont Listen gave the Brooklyn-based indie band Dirty on Purpose a facelift. Christian Martin of dirtybird turned Wor…

Dubstep Allstars US Tour

N-Type is dubstep’s demon dervish–a whirlwind of energy, enthusiasm, and destructive dubplates. Born Mark Newton, the DJ, producer, and globetrotting music ambassador connects with crowds …

Gear Alert: Torq Xponent

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/softwa…

A.R.E. Weapons Return

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, conjure…

Podcast: King Street Sounds

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 fro…

Don’t Look Back Premieres Stateside

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&rsqu…

The Week In Tours, June 28

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 XX…

Daily Download: Justice "D.A.N.C.E."

There’s no disputing that "D.A.N.C.E." is 2007’s most essential club banger. Taken from the Parisian duo’s highly-anticipated debut full-length, †, this track is pro…

Modeselektor Readies Happy Birthday!

It’s been two years since Modeselektor unleashed Hello Mom! to the masses, and one wonders how an electronic outfit that brought together all things crunk follows up on such a strong debut. The …

Pon Di Wire: Mavado, Big Belly, Baby Cham

Looking, looking…but can’t find the reggae website you need? Consider bookmarking Ernie B’s Reggae links list–a smorgasbord of connections to labels, artists, and general regg…

Wiley Prepares Final Solo Record

Grime blew up a few years back, and credit for its popularity must be given to London-based MC/producer Wiley. Hailed as the godfather of the genre, the man born Richard Kylea Cowie made history in Ea…

Thurston Moore Returns to the Solo Academy

Imagine hanging out on the top floor of Dinosaur Jr. guitar virtuoso J. Mascis’ house (a.k.a. Bisquiteen Studio) and recording a solo record at your own pace.  It’s about noon, and yo…

Diplo Launches Non-Profit

Diplo loves the kids. When the DJ and Mad Decent label founder isn’t flying from gig to gig, or signing acts like Bonde Do Role to his roster, he’s doing things like starting Heaps Decent,…

The Return of Alan Vega

After a series of energetic live performances this spring (All Tomorrows Parties, Donau Festival), the legendary post-punk howler is back with his first solo endeavor since 1999’s 2007 (you got …

XLR8R TV Episode 14: Black Milk

Brianna Pope invades the studio of Detroit’s go-to hip-hop producer, Black Milk, as he takes the helm on the upcoming Sean Price and Guilty Simpson collaboration. Black talks technique, inspirat…

Weekly Chart: Angel

Every once and a while, unlikely supergroups emerge, and Angel is one such collective. Featuring members of Pan Sonic, Schneider TM, and Múm, Angel is an analog-monster of beastly proportions t…

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