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Genoa, ItalyItalian Rappers Zero Plastica Still Rise
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Italian Rappers Zero Plastica Still Rise

December 2, 2011
It's been a bad year for the world economy, but a good one for Italy's socially-conscious rappers Zero Plastica. The political shakeups caused by the deteriorating Euro are finally bringing to light some of the things that these Genoans, who have been...
L’Arc~en~Ciel 20th L’Anniversary Live
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L'Arc~en~Ciel 20th L'Anniversary Live

The movie theater at Union Square was a quarter full with a mix of Japanese young people and other New Yorkers.  What drew this group together -- one of many around the world who turned out for the...
Moscow, RussiaKeramika by Pixelord
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Keramika by Pixelord

Moscow beatmaker Pixelord channeled his inner child on Keramika ("ceramics"), his new chiptune-centric EP on Hit and Hope. Compared to his January EP Fish Touch, the new one is less dubby, more twisted...
Philadelphia, United StatesZakee — “Push The Power”
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Zakee — “Push The Power”

We've already mentioned that we'd like to step into the shoes of the world-traveling Zakee, who glides from Rio to Philly and back again like it's no thing at all. That's how his album Assimilations goes...
Sydney, AustraliaCameras Doesn’t Mind The Term “Doom Pop”
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Cameras Doesn’t Mind The Term “Doom Pop”

The dark power pop trio Cameras snagged MTV Iggy's Artist of the Week crown, so naturally we were curious about this moody, peculiarly likable trio out of Sydney. We chatted with pianist/vocalist Eleanor Dunlop and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Fraser...
Mtwara, TanzaniaExquisite Hooks From Tanzania’s AY
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Exquisite Hooks From Tanzania’s AY

Hearing AY's acoustic "I Don't Want To Be Alone" reminded me of the first time I heard "Dead and Gone" a million years ago, when the hook took a surprising key change dip that nestled into my stomach, prompting me to say, "Wow, I am feeling...
Helsinki, FinlandIce-Cold Pop from Finland’s Rubik
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Ice-Cold Pop from Finland’s Rubik

Rubik has been heinously underserved throughout the electropop-philic 2000s -- most likely because they're from Finland. But with three seasoned albums, an EP, and live shows throughout the US under their belts (including a KEXP stamp of approval), the...