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Dan Deacon

Read First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'America'

August 19, 2012 – The new album America is melodic and noisy, minimalist and excessive, harsh and beautiful.

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor.

Watch Hot Chip: An Invitation To Sweat KCMP

August 16, 2012 – Watch Hot Chip perform In Our Head's catchiest single, "Night and Day," in The Current studios. KCMP

The British producer Darren Cunningham, who records electronic music under the name Actress.

Watch An Electronic Composer Reconstructs The Natural World

August 14, 2012 – The British producer known as Actress makes shadowy music that resists easy classification.

Little Dragon live at Celebrate Brooklyn.

Listen Little Dragon In Concert

August 13, 2012 – Hear the Swedish quartet's experimental electro soul turn out the Celebrate Brooklyn stage.


Teengirl Fantasy's new album, Tracer, comes out August 21.

Read First Listen: Teengirl Fantasy, 'Tracer'

August 12, 2012 – Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi make electronic music with the capacity to take chances and surprise.

Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Karlberg perform and record as The Very Best.

Read The Very Best: A Would-Be Lion Chaser's Backup Plan

August 12, 2012 – The duo discusses its new LP and producer Johan Karlberg's shelved dream job: wildlife photographer.


Read The Very Best: A Band's Summer Escape With A Message

August 1, 2012 – The group's new album makes the case that even amid poverty and warfare, happiness is possible.


Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ Rupture.

Watch Translation Software For Music Makers

August 1, 2012 – It's always been a challenge to make eastern music using western composition software. Until now.


Hot Chip: (from left) Alexis Taylor, Al Doyle, Owen Clarke, Joe Goddard and Felix Martin.

Read Four Tet Remixes Hot Chip

August 1, 2012 – The remix of "Look At Where We Are" adds electronic kick without losing the song's human element.

Dan Snaith of Caribou and Daphni.

Watch A Dance Music Alter-Ego For An Electronic Pop Master

July 25, 2012 – Dan Snaith, who has recorded for years as Caribou, introduces Daphni, a dance-focused alter-ego.

Hot Chip performing at Celebrate Brooklyn.

Watch Hot Chip In Concert Soundcheck

July 19, 2012 – This Celebrate Brooklyn show reminded us that bands can still play dance music the old school way. Soundcheck


Gang Gang Dance live from Celebrate Brooklyn

Listen Gang Gang Dance In Concert Soundcheck

July 19, 2012 – The experimental dance group featured keening vocal lines soaring over rhythmic samples and drums. Soundcheck


Blood Orange in studio at KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Blood Orange KCRW

July 18, 2012 – Dev Hynes handles vocals, piano, guitar and laptop to play the enigmatic "Champagne Coast." KCRW

The British musician Merissa Campbell, who records as Cooly G.

Read The Drop: Cooly G's Bittersweet 'Good Times'

July 18, 2012 – The British singer and producer's new album, Playin' Me, traces the pain inherent in love.


James Murphy disbanded LCD Soundsystem after three acclaimed albums. The documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits chronicles the band's final concert at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011.

Watch How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love LCD Soundsystem

July 18, 2012 – What happens when someone you hold responsible for everything wrong with music becomes your hero?

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