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If you’ve been in a bar or club over the past few years, there’s a damn good chance you’ve heard at least one song from the NY-based electro-rock-pop label A Touch of Class. For close to ten years, ATOC has been dropping dancefloor bombs from artists like Waldorf, The Ones and Scissor Sisters, and capped off a few years of hit 12-inches with their 2003 release A Touch of Class Sucks! which is a 2×12 vinyl release divided up in...

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CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA TO RELEASE FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS Group heads in new direction with stunning guest vocalists Fontella Bass, Patrick Watson, and Lou Rhodes June 5th sees the release of the first full studio album by Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra since 2002's Everyday. Entitled Ma Fleur, the record was written as the soundtrack to a specially commissioned screenplay for an imagined film (which may or may not yet be made). The album will be released by Domino Recordings...

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CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA TO RELEASE FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS Group heads in new direction with stunning guest vocalists Fontella Bass, Patrick Watson, and Lou Rhodes June 5th sees the release of the first full studio album by Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra since 2002's Everyday. Entitled Ma Fleur, the record was written as the soundtrack to a specially commissioned screenplay for an imagined film (which may or may not yet be made). The album will be released by Domino Recordings...

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Last week, I was invited to a party at the home of someone I didn't know. The party was technically an "after-party" which didn't get going until 2:30 a.m. Most of us had been at a bar earlier, drinking Jack & Cokes and trying not to wither beneath the Friday night San Fernando Valley infiltration of Hollywood. The after-party was hosted by a fellow whose name I never got, but who had a DJ set-up complete with dual turntables plus...

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There’s something to be said for the amount of pull an artist has with their peers. In the instance of Neko Case, there’s a hell of a lot of it. On her recent tour, she played with Eric Bachman of Crooked Fingers and supported Merle Haggard, and will play with Emmylou Harris in March. In rock terms, those last two would compare to artists like Dylan and Joni Mitchell, just to put it in perspective. Case’s special guest for her...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2007
NEKO CASE
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ARTIST: Neko Case VENUE: The Henry Fonda, Los Angeles DATE: 02-27-07 REVIEW BY: Aaron Autrand PHOTO: Timothy Norris There’s something to be said for the amount of pull an artist has with their peers. In the instance of Neko Case, there’s a hell of a lot of it. On her recent tour, she played with Eric Bachman of Crooked Fingers and supported Merle Haggard, and will play with Emmylou Harris in March. In rock terms, those last two would compare...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2007
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If I could remark on only one thing regarding The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr.’s solo performance with his band at the Troubadour on Wednesday night, it would be on the sense of liberation that emanated from the stage at just about any moment during the 40-plus minute set. Perhaps it had something to do with this being the first headlining performance in three nights here in Los Angeles (he and his band opened the two previous nights for Incubus...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2007
THE MARS VOLTA TOUR AUSTRALIA, CALIFORNIA
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ARTIST: The Mars Volta Tour Australia, California DATE: 02-23-07 WRITER: Clara Druzgalski PHOTO: Press McGee The Mars Volta are going on tour soon. Be sure to get tickets early, they will sell out and your only option will to be pay big bucks to the scalpers. 03/12/07 – Auckland, NZ – St. James Theatre 03/14/07 – Brisbane, AUS – Brisbane Convention Centre 03/15/07 – Sydney, AUS – Hordern, Pavilion 03/17/07 – Melbourne, AUS – Festival Hall 03/19/07 – Adelaide, AUS...

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Friday, 23 February 2007
JOSE GONZALEZ ON TOUR
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ARTIST: Jose Gonzalez on Tour DATE: 02-23-07 WRITER: Clara Druzgalski PHOTO: Mattias Olsson Jose Gonzalez took home the Swedish Government’s Music Export Prize at the 2007 Swedish Grammy Awards. Luckily for US fans González will treat us to a glimpse of forthcoming new material during a brief US tour this spring. As part of the tour, he’ll stop off to play at Coachella on the 29th, so if you have tickets don’t forget to check him out. Tour Dates: Thur,...

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LCD SOUNDSYSTEM TOUR DATES
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ARTIST: LCD Soundsystem Tour Dates Whose house will they play this time? DATE: 02-23-07 WRITER: Clara Druzgalski PHOTO: Press McGee LCD Soundsystem’s new album “Sound of Silver” due out March 20th is followed by a 14 date tour. Their digital EP “North American Scum” was also recently released on February 20th. Also, don’t forget to check them out on Letterman April 11th. 3/30 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom 3/31 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom 4/28 Indio, CA Coachella 4/30 San...

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