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80kidz, Japanese DJs who’ve created remixes for acts like Simian Mobile Disco, Phenomenal Handclap Band, and Dan Black, now have bestowed their mash-up genius on Metric’s hit, “Help I’m Alive”, making it a bouncy synth jam. Metric has also released an acoustic EP, entitled Plug In, Plug Out available on Amazon. Take a gander at Plug In, Plug Out‘s tracklist as well as the band’s upcoming North American tour dates after the jump.

Metric
Help I’m Alive (80kidz Remix) [MP3]
     

Hailing from Bordeaux, France, punk rock tandem Caroline Martial and Orion Bouvier make up the tantalizing Kap Bambino. Drawing upon the likes of Suicide and Nirvana, Kap Bambino fleshes out unruly noise rock for the masses. Revel in Kap Bambino’s “Batcaves”, which Martial helpfully describes as “a call to all the bats out there”, as well as a list of their North American tour dates. The band’s new EP, Batcaves, is set for a digital release on November 16th, and their full length album Blacklist is due 2010.

Kap Bambino
Batcaves (Jackson Remix) [MP3]
     

El Perro Del Mar has released a new video for the song “Change of Heart” from their current album, Love is Not Pop. The video features two men in gold paint demonstrating their acrobatic ability in the style of Cirque du Soleil. When you realize that this video was shot in one single take, it is amazing to watch.

 

The xx, from London, England, are amid a worldwide tour to promote their debut album, xx. This video is from their recent show in Brooklyn, playing their single “Basic Space”. If you didn’t get to see this performance live, there are still three more shows in New York City, followed by five more solid months of touring, with stops going from California to Europe and everywhere in between. 

You would be right to expect something a little more than “out there” from Philadelphia’s Annie Sachs, what with a name like Tickley Feather and all. She conjures up strange pop song-spells in step with her Paw Tracks cohorts, Black Dice and Animal Collective. Her upcoming album, Hors D’Ouevres, will be out next Tuesday, October 20th. Listen to “Don’t Call, Marylin”, a lo-fi pastiche of nursery rhyme rhythm, strung out keyboards, and watery-alien vocals, and check out her tour dates while you’re at it.

Tickley Feather
Don’t Call, Marylin [MP3]     

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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