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Listen to a new remix of a Belle and Sebastian deep cut (playing The Mann on 7/10)

Any news from Belle and Sebastian is a great way to start the day. The Scottish indie-pop septet, which makes its first Philadelphia appearance since 2006 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts next week, just announced the release of a new compilation album to go with the tour. The Third Eye Centre, out August 27th on Matador Records, will gather the band’s b-sides and rarities from the past ten years; think of it as an aughties companion to the great Push Barman to Open Old Wounds comp. This is sweet news, since the band is well known for having deep cuts that are equally good as (and often better than) its featured album tracks. Among the mix is a new remix of “Your Cover’s Blown,” a groovy disco-funk cut from the band’s 2004 Books EP, redone by Glasgow dance-rock dude Miaoux Miaoux. Listen to it below, check out the tracklist after the jump, and get tickets and information on the July 10th show at the Mann Center’s website.

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fun. comes to the Mann Center in July with Tegan & Sara

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We’re excited to announce that fun. will be coming to the Mann Center main stage, toting their Grammy nominated album We Are Young along with openers Tegan & Sara. Fans can also hope for new tracks like “Sight of the Sun,” recently recorded for HBO’s Girls season one soundtrack. Tegan & Sara come bearing new material as well. The duo released an album last week, Heartthrob, which has received attention for its pop sensibility and accessibility. This show promises to bring together two critically-acclaimed artists and their most dance-friendly albums to date. Tickets for the show will be available Saturday, February 16, at noon. Below, listen to fun.’s track “Sight of the Sun.”

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Take a crack at remixing Bon Iver’s latest record (playing The Mann on Sept. 16)

Still riding high on the heels of his critically-lauded, doubly-eponymous album, Bon Iver this week kicked off a new interactive project in conjunction with popular music streaming service Spotify and social-networking site Indaba Music. Yesterday, the stem files to all ten songs on Bon Iver, Bon Iver were released on the site for fans to download and remix.

Now, you might often see the term “stems” thrown around the music blog world with hardly any explanation, so here’s a crash course for those who aren’t studio geeks: when an album is recorded, it’s typically done in pieces at a time – just the guitar, just the drums, just the vocals. Those pieces are then mixed together, and a “stem” is a WAV audio file containing one of those pieces.

So if you’re game to partake in this contest, you create an Indaba membership and download your stems here, and then get cracking on your remix in the audio program of your choice (GarageBand, etc.). It could be something as simple a giving “Perth” less synthesizer and more drums. It could mean making an a capella version of “Holocyne.” Or it could mean taking “Calgary,” cutting it into bits, and rearranging it over some original deep-vibe tracks of your own.

The sky is really the limit, but the deadline for submitting your remix is Aug. 29. Fan voting begins on the 30th, and top ten vote-getters winners recieve cash prizes. Even if you aren’t a finalist, it’s a great opportunity to market your remixing skill just in time for Bon Iver’s show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 16. Good luck!

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Contest: Win an autographed LP and a pair of tickets to Sigur Rós’ sold-out Mann Center show

Ethereal Icelandic group Sigur Rós returned this year with Valtari, their sixth full-length album and first in four years. They’re supporting it with two sold-out shows at the Skyline Stage of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts this weekend, and for today’s contest, we’re not only giving away a pair of tickets to the Sunday night show, but a autographed vinyl LP of Valtari. All we’re asking you to do is weigh in on some (somewhat easy) band trivia: Sigur Rós named itself after singer Jónsi Birgisson’s sister. But what is the literal translation of the band’s name? Leave your answer in the comments, and we’ll choose a winner at random this afternoon!