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Digable Planets fracture, cancel tour

Yesterday, Digable Planets announced that they were canceling an upcoming tour scheduled to begin this week. The reason? According to a MySpace bulletin, it’s because Ladybug decided to leave the group. No word yet on how this will affect Common … Continue reading

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Digable Planets, Common Market on tour

Next month, early 90s fave Digable Planets will head on its latest tour since reuniting in 2005. Seattle duo Common Market, who have actually released new music this decade (last year’s Tobacco Road), will open for them.

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Common Market paves “Tobacco Road”

On September 9, Common Market will issue its second album Tobacco Road via a joint venture between Massline Media and Hyena Records. As the latest project from rising Seattle collective Massline, Tobacco Road marks a number of subtle but noticeable … Continue reading

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Massline spreads through the West

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Massline Media may be the most surprising indie label to emerge this year. With little more than persistence and quality music from its founders — Gabriel Teodros, RA Scion, Geologic and Sabzi — the Seattle crew has netted positive reviews in major publications such as Rolling Stone and fomented support from the world’s true school believers. Call it the little label that could.

"MassLine’s philosophy rejects the notion of art for arts sake, acknowledging that cultural arts is a hammer with which communities can reshape society," reads the bio on Massline Media’s MySpace page. "Through the medium of Hiphop music, combined with grassroots community organizing and a DIY ethic, we use music not simply to entertain, but to educate and empower."

Massline currently enjoys a distribution deal with Rawkus. Its next release will be Blue Scholars’ second album, Bayani. Before it drops on June 12, however, the Massline crew will embark on an extensive tour, completing several concerts throughout the western United States. Featured on the bill are Teodros, who released his critically acclaimed Lovework in February; Common Market, which dropped its self-titled debut last year; and Blue Scholars. Tour dates, as well as the track listing for Bayani, are below.

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