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If “gay rapper” is an oxymoron where you come from, how to get your head around the notion of a gay rapper performing in a sports bar? What in most cities might seem plausible only as some sort of Sacha Baron Cohen-style provocation is just another weeknight in the cultural Galapagos that is New Orleans. Sometime after midnight on the sweltering Thursday before Memorial Day, the giant plasma-screen TVs at the Sports Vue bar (which “proudly airs all major Pay Per View events from the world of Boxing and Ultimate Fighting”) were all switched off...

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Violence

Originating from Newcastle in 2008 Violence has been working hard to make a name for themselves in the Newcastle hardcore scene and has just recently been featured in Reverb Street Press. They deliver a full and heavy traditional style of hardcore while maintaining a distinct originality particularly through front man Glen Mountford’s vocal style. As well as an incredible talent this band offers a passion and conviction to their music that has secured them an ever increasing local fan base.

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Ciecmate & Newsense

In Melbourne sat a King with a large jaw at the helm of independent record label. In Canberra, a whimsical jester oversaw a paint emporium. It was the year two thousand and nine, and these two disparate souls saw fit to unleash a recorded missive that would not be thwarted by the tyranny of distance. Forging Broken Tooth Entertainment’s strengths in Melbourne, Ciecmate is the beat-breaking crate digger out to make figures.

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Tha Alkaholiks

Tha Alkaholiks, also known as Tha Liks, are an American hip-hop group from Los Angeles, California. Since the early 1990s they have produced funky, upbeat, hedonism-themed party music with a hardcore hip hop edge, powered by the beats of DJ and producer <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/E-Swift" class="bbcode_artist">E-Swift</a> (born Eric Brooks in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) and the lively, comedic rhymes of <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/J-Ro" class="bbcode_artist">J-Ro</a> (born James Robinson in Los Angeles) and <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Tash" class="bbcode_artist">Tash</a> (born Rico Smith in Cincinnati). Though commercial crossover success largely eluded the group, they maintained a dedicated following on their native West Coast, throughout the United States and worldwide.

Villa

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With almost ten years of DJ experience behind them, Fredo & Thang step up their game. First there was the Gameplay edit of Beirut’s indie gem Nantes – cooked up as a secret weapon but soon receiving kudos from major players such as Laurent Garnier, Dixon and Tim Sweeney. Soon after, a hook up with vintage synth collector Seba, resulted in the birth of Villa. The well seasoned composer/producer resides in his cosy farmhouse, surrounded by a collection of rare musical toys – a perfect setting for this new musical venture.

Gully Platoon

Returning from a self-imposed recording hiatus, Obese Records captain Pegz rises from the silence with the formation of Gully Platoon, the three-pronged attack from three of Australian hip hop’s most formidable talents. Forging a brand new path and sound, Gully Platoon features the heralded voice of Pegz alongside new breed MCs Dialectrix and former Down Under Beats co-member Joe New. The group set forth to release Australian hip hop’s most challenging record, one that is boundless, bold, and unafraid to venture into different musical realms.

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Loren

LOREN is the name for more than an artists. 1. LOREN is the performer of some songs from the Neon Genesis Evangelion movies as well as the opening and ending theme songs of SEGA's Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II games. 2. LOREN -: AUSTRALIAN based singer/songwriter. Down to earth and humble, Loren is a hard-working troubadour revealing a musical ambition that dazzles. Courtesy of five releases and a huge live presence, he is a testament to what one can create within an independent music scene.

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Xzibit

Alvin Nathaniel Joiner (born September 18, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan), better known by his stage name Xzibit, is an American rapper, actor, and host of MTV's Pimp My Ride. He began his music career as a member of the Likwit Crew, a loose collective of West Coast rappers including King Tee, Defari, and Tha Alkaholiks. He released his solo debut album 'At The Speed Of Life' in 1996 and has since released 5 more albums, his latest being Full Circle, released in 2006. His new album MMX is expected to be released sometime in 2011.

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Lucy Love

Not to be confused with the Czech porn star, Lucy Love is a rave MC turned electro star in the making from Copenhagen. An apparent lyrical genius, Lucy Love crosses many boundaries with her debut album, Superbillion which dropped February 23, 2009. Found here is a good mesh of grime, electro, reggae, dub and rap. She is also best known for the music video to 'No V.I.P.' which gave her a decent priming to the scene. Recent accomplishments include winning a P3 Gold Award. Her fresh new website can be found at http://www.

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Gym Class Heroes

The original Gym Class Heroes formed in 1997 when Travis "Schleprok" McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends during physical education class while at high school in Geneva, New York, US and joined forces with guitarist Milo Bonacci and bassist Ryan Geise. The original GCH began playing birthday parties, clubs, and festivals which eventually led to numerous larger venues throughout the northeast, including four years on Warped Tour (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008).

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