Zizek, Switch, The Bug Play Coachella

Load up the camper and don’t forget to pack the earplugs. The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival–whose dates were announced just last October—has unleashed its initial artist lineup to …

Musicians Make Art for Noise Pop

San Francisco is again ready for that one week of the year in which the Deerhunters and No Ages of the world descend on the city for Noise Pop. And while we’re now getting scores of updates on the pre…

The Week in Tours: Dan Deacon, Efterklang

Never mind waiting for an artist’s gratuitously decked-out MySpace page to load so you can peep their upcoming show dates. XLR8R already did the legwork on that, and below are six upcoming tours…

Quasimoto Becomes a Toy

Stones Throw and Kid Robot generally wind up in XLR8R’s annual Christmas gift guide, but both parties were surprisingly absent in the 2008 roundup. The reason: they were apparently holding out o…

RIP Telefon Tel Aviv's Charlie Cooper

Charlie Cooper, one-half of Telefon Tel Aviv, has passed away at the age 31, it’s been reported. The cause of his death is still unknown, but bandmate and friend Joshua Eustis left the following…

Cadence Weapon Drops New Album

Canadian alt-rapper Cadence Weapon (born Rollie Pemberton) has made his new album Separation Anxiety available digitally at his…

Buraka Som Sistema to Release Debut LP

Come April 7, the boys of Buraka Som Sistema (Lil’ John, Riot and Conductor, and MC Kalaf) will release their kuduro manifesto, Black Diamond. The album’s title references corruption in the oil …

M83 to Play Solo Performance

Didn’t manage to score a ticket to see M83 on his current tour opening for The Killers? Fans, specifically those in New York, have another chance to catch him this month, as the man born Anthony…

Top 10: Circlesquare, Tribe, Mr. Lif

Circlesquare Songs About Dancing and Drugs !K7 Release Date: February 17 Jeremy Shaw released the Fight Sounds EP on Trevor Jackson’s Output Recordings in 2006. Then the label collapsed and othe…

RIP Clone Records

We know Netherlands-based label Clone for releases from the likes of Dexter, Alden Tyrell, and Legowelt. Sadly, future generations of music heads will not be seeing any new material from this label, a…

Crystal Antlers Announce Debut Album

Among the myriad acts whose names bear the word “crystal,” these guys are worth sitting up and taking a listen to. It isn’t everyday, after all, that you hear punk music accompanied by pipe orga…

AGF/Delay Ready Second Album

AGF’s a busy lady. Besides unveiling not one, but two solo full-lengths in 2008, then producing Ellen Allien’s Sool, the woman born Antye Greie-Fuchs has also been occupied with making the…

New Black Dice Album Due in April

Brooklyn-based trio Black Dice is preparing to release its fifth full-length, REPO, on April 7 via Paw Tracks. The aural alchemists have consistently been a go-to band for quirky, blurred, experimenta…

Animal Collective Launches Inevitable Tour

With all the Animal Collective/Merriweather Post Pavilion hoopla that’s held our attention most of the month, we knew that tour dates for the band were a foregone conclusion. Likewise, it seemed…

Twinight Presents Eccentric Soul Revue

The Numero Group’s Twinight label will present its first live performance, dubbed the Eccentric Soul Revue, on April 4 in Chicago’s Park West Theater. The label founders created the event based on a d…

Nightmares on Wax Plans First U.S. Tour

Perplexing as the fact is, Nightmares on Wax has never actually toured the U.S., but George Evelyn is set to change that with a handful of shows that kick off at the end of this month. Dates are in su…

Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle Collaborate

Now that Amp Fiddler and Sly & Robbie have turned their wonderful union into a successful album release, U.K.-based Strut Records looks to the next collaboration in its ongoing Inspiration Inform…

School of Seven Bells Preps Tour, Single

Kraut-rock revivalists Fujiya & Miyagi announced a U.S. tour back in December, and they won’t be going it alone for some of those dates. Benjamin Curtis and the Deheza twins (a.k.a. School …

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