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Listen to Coast Modern’s Newest Track “Pockets Full of No”

credit: Maeghan Donohue

Sometimes the only way to get ahead is to stop following the leader and start running your own race. Coast Modern flies out of the pack with a refreshingly uninhibited sound for disenchanted dreamers everywhere. Building on an admiration for the spirit of misfit alternative bands and the fearless ethos of modern hip hop, the duo creates alternative pop with a wink that aims to push the genre into the future.

The LA duo – comprised of Coleman Trapp and Luke Atlas – today release their new song, “Pockets Full of No” – a kicked back and mellowed out track that seeks to have you looking on the lighter side of life.  Speaking of the track, the duo noted; ‘Pockets’ is a song about having fun with no money. When you got pockets full of no u can still have a life full of YESSSS. 

The song comes from the band’s debut record, which is set for release later this year via 300 Entertainment / +1 Records.  Like a trip to Disneyland with each song like a stop in another world, Coast Modern’s debut album is a rollercoaster ride through a musical spectrum that spans from introspective acoustic streams of consciousness to psychedelic jams to relaxed dancehall vibes.  Coast Modern are capable of covering a large swath of musical territory, yet a strong, self-aware voice and a sense of groove tie them all together.

After releasing their debut single, “Hollow Life” in late 2015, the band has had a whirlwind of a year. Releasing a handful of tracks over the next twelve months – the anthemic “Animals,”  summer-tinged “Guru” and jungle cruise jam, “The Way It Was” (all four of which sat at the top of the HypeMachine charts), the band would later receive praise from across the blogosphere and fashion press. Their tracks would creep their way to the airwaves, garnering heavy rotation from the likes of SiriusXM Alt Nation and KCRW. The band made their live debut at SXSW, playing their first shows together as a band, and were subsequently scooped up to tour with BØRNS, The Wombats and The Temper Trap respectively.

The band will be playing the Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour this Spring with Missio, 888 and Sundara Karma, which kicks off next week in New Orleans.

Sirius XM Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour:

4/4 New Orleans LA – Parish Room @ House of Blues *
4/5 Atlanta GA – Masquerade *
4/6 Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge *
4/8 Charlotte NC – Underground *
4/10 New York NY – Gramercy *
4/12 Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall *
4/13 Philadelphia PA – Foundry @ The Fillmore **
4/14 Washington DC @ Songbyrd **
4/15 Cleveland OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues **
4/17 Detroit MI – The Shelter *
4/18 Chicago IL – SubT **
4/19 Milwaukee WI – The Rave Bar *
4/21 Denver CO – Marquis Theatre ***
4/22 Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge *
4/24 San Francisco CA – Slim’s **
4/25 Sacramento CA – Goldfield Trading Post *
4/27 Los Angeles CA – Troubador **
4/29 San Diego CA – Voodoo Room @ House of Blues *
4/30 Phoenix AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
5/3 Austin TX – The Parish *
5/4 Dallas TX – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues *
5/5 Houston TX – Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues *
* with Missio and 888
** with 888 and Sundara Karma
*** with Missio and Sundara Karma

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Album Stream: High Waisted – On Ludlow

High Waisted

“Each of these 12 tracks is a party unto itself, complete with scuzzy bass, bright vocal harmonies, and enough reverb to fill a decently sized punch bowl.” Consequence of Sound

“The band’s mastery of 50s era vocals and classic surf guitar will have you dancing in your chair while considering buying tickets to Hawaii.”Noisey

[Lead singer Jessica Louise] Dye sings with an easiness that disguises how technically demanding the parts are. Translation: girl can sing, and she does.”Brooklyn Vegan

“Somehow, they’ve managed to balance organic, unfiltered energy with the finesse necessary to craft lush and dreamy soundscapes that make you want to both chill and get up to dance and freak out – which is quite a feat.”Alt Citizen

In advance of the March 4 release of their debut LP, NYC’s High Waisted is now streaming On Ludlow in full on Consequence of Sound. After paying their dues and building up a bad-ass reputation in the Lower East Side, the band is ready to release their sunny surf-pop to the rest of the world. In the midst of a dreary winter, Jessica Louise Dye and her band of long-haired hunks bring back the feel-good, warm summer vibes the city so desperately needs.

After the nonstop Winter Whatever tour (shot by the band for Impose), a trip to the Daytrotter studios, summertime shows on boats, and fundraiser “baked” sales, High Waisted is definitely due for a full album. On Ludlow will be self-released on March 4 with a hometown Lower East Side release show on March 3 at Mercury Lounge. The band will also be playing multiple showcases at this year’s SXSW.

High Waisted thrives on letting the city that never sleeps join in as another member of the band, holding just as much influence as any of the members and serving as the perfect backdrop to the endless summer nights spent on rooftops, the crushes gone wrong, and the friendships and memories that make it all right again. On Ludlow is Jessica Louise Dye’s narrative of love and life in the Lower East Side filtered through a lens of reverb and sunshine.

Album Stream: High Waisted – On Ludlow

Catch High Waisted Live:
March 3 – New York City – Mercury Lounge
March 14-20 – Austin, TX – SXSW

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Video: Telegram – “Taffy Come Home”


Recorded on a red lighthouse boat, moored at Trinity Bouy Wharf in East India Quays, the eagerly awaited debut from London four-piece Telegram is set for release March 18 via Red Eye. Operator is a series of frenzied meditations on Time and Speed, steeped in the sensitivity and strangeness of Kurt Vonnegut and approached through the erstwhile themes of love and intoxication. Melding post industrialist kraut rock with garage rock and the best bits of Eno and Bolan, the album offers twelve luminescent tracks, rooted in solid grooves but anti-gravitational in your mind’s eye.

Lead single “Taffy Come Home” is the album’s totemic standout. The video accompaniment for the track, which premiered on BrooklynVegan, was produced by Douglas Hart (an original member of The Jesus & Mary Chain) and is featured on Q Magazine. The track is the biggest pop song on the record, it is also – quixotically – the most personal, and the best demonstration of lead singer Matt Saunders’ supremely lyrical style. His lyrics share their despair, as well as their radical optimism and their pugnacious approach to the world’s harshness. For ears that have come across Telegram and stayed attuned, singles “Follow” and “Aeons” astound a second time, licked in a fresh coat of blinding enamel, alongside live favorites “Folly” and “Regatta”. Rerecorded, they’ve been elevated through work on the minute details.

Formed almost spontaneously in 2013, Matt Saunders (vocals, guitar), Oli Paget-Moon (bass) and Matt Wood (lead guitar) were repeatedly drifting together in kitchens, living rooms and makeshift studios. With whichever party it was reaching a certain depth and pressure, they decided to cut against the drift and commit their shared time to history in musical form. Wunderkind drummer Jordan Cook was recruited and, with a blistering run of shows, the band became extraordinarily tight. Moreover, they were made sensitive to the subtleties and extravagances of good performance. Once the album was recorded, Pip Stakem took over lead guitar and the band is now set to embark on a string of UK dates. Telegram will then be bringing their dynamic live show to Austin for SXSW 2016 as well as New York City on March 24 at Pianos to celebrate the release of the album.

1. Rule Number One
2. Follow
3. Inside/Outside
4. Godiva’s Here
5. Aeons
6. Under The Night Time
7. Taffy Come Home
8. Telegramme
9. Regatta
10. We’ve Got A Friend (Who Knows)
11. Have It Your Way
12. Folly

Tour Dates:
3/16 – Austin, TX at Javalina (SXSW)
3/24 – New York, NY at Pianos

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News on Smallpools

Photo Credit: Anna Lee

Photo Credit: Anna Lee

Los Angeles’ quartet Smallpools will release their debut album LOVETAP! March 23rd through RCA Records. Lyric video for “Karaoke” premieres today on NYLON HERE. I’ve been in love with the song since I first posted it back in December here. Spotify will be streaming the album beginning March 17th as part of The Drop Program. Catch Smallpools on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers March 16th before they swing through SXSW in Austin, Texas before their 32-date USA tour (see below for dates).

After bursting onto the scene with their 4 song self-titled EP, Smallpools has toured to all corners of North America opening for WALK THE MOON, Neon Trees, Grouplove, MS MR, Twenty One Pilots, and Two Door Cinema Club, played Lollapalooza and Firefly Festivals, and closed the year with a sold out Live Nation “Ones To Watch ’14” headline tour. The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim and brought them their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing their debut single “Dreaming” which was produced by Captain Cuts. You can see the video HERE, which has 4.8 million views.

Supporters like VogueInterview MagazineIdolatorBuzzFeed etc all praised the band’s catchy songs and invigoration live shows. Neon Gold called “Mason Jar” “a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools’ youthful, Two Door-esque ebullience.” In addition, NYLON Magazine premiered the Charli XCX vs Twin Idol Remix of “Dreaming”


Smallpools – LOVETAP! track list (out 3/23 on RCA Records):
01. American Love
02. Killer Whales
03. Dreaming
04. Karaoke
05. Street Fight
06. Mason Jar
07. Over & Over
08. Lovetap!
09. What’s A Picture Of?
10. Dyin’ to Live
11. Admission To Your Party
12. 9 to 5
13. No Story Time
14. (Submarine)

Smallpools tour flyer


3/18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Bar 96 @ BMI Showcase (11:00pm)
3/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Palm Park @ IFC Party (9:10pm)
3/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Empire Control and Garage @ Baeblemusic Day Party (2:00pm)
3/21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Little Woodrow’s @ Party in My Pants (2:00pm)
3/28 – Austin, TX @ University of Texas
4/11 – Tuscon, AZ @ University of Arizona
4/14 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
4/15 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
4/17 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
4/18 – Kirksville, MO @ Truman State University
4/19 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird
4/21 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
4/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
4/24 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
4/25 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
4/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
4/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/30 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Xavier University
5/03 – Princeton, NJ @ Princeton University
5/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
5/06 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
5/08 – Las Vegas, NV @ Rock In Rio Festival
5/09 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
5/10 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
5/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
5/15 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
5/16 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
5/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
5/20 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
5/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
5/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
5/28 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
5/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

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Check ‘Em Out: Shura


Check out Shura, she’s brand new — but she’s got a lot going on this year and will soon be on your radar anyways. She’ll be at SXSW, and she’ll be touring — all while getting her debut album out this fall. She’s also a BBC Sound of 2015 nominee in the UK. Check out “Touch” and “Indecision” below.


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New Episodes of Guitar Center Sessions


New episodes of the award-winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL began airing yesterday. Now in its landmark 8thseason, Guitar Center Sessions has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to an exciting new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience (channel 239). Season 8 will feature Warner Bros. Records recording artists Damon AlbarnThe Wild Feathers, and LP.  Damon Albarn’s debut solo album, Everyday Robots, is out now on Parlophone / Warner Bros. Records. The Wild Feathers are on tour now in support of their self-titled Warner Bros. Records album debut. LP’s long-awaited debut album will be released on June 3rd, on Warner Bros. Records.


Guitar Center Sessions Season 8 Episode Schedule featuring Warner Bros. Records Artists:

May 11, 2014               Damon Albarn

May 25, 2014               The Wild Feathers

July 20, 2014                LP

For the complete session’s line up, go to: Guitar Center Sessions

“We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions,” says Dustin Hinz, Vice President / Brand Experience + Entertainment Marketing GuitarCenter. “Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable line-up of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world’s biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 60 episodes.”

“DIRECTV’s Audience Network is honored to host another season of Guitar Center Sessions,” said Chris Long, SVP Original Content and Production, DIRECTV. “We’re excited to air an amazing showcase from this year’s SXSW and to bring our customers another incredible line-up of talent in Season 8.”

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Newest Love: Cheerleader


Listen: Cheerleader – “Perfect Vision”

MTV described the band’s sound as ““A charming mix of lo-fi guitar grunge, The Beach Boys’ good vibes, and Wavves-inspired nonchalance.”

Following their acclaimed demo EP and performances at South By Southwest, Cheerleader is proud to announce the release of “Perfect Vision.”

The first official single from the Philadelphia-based quintet represents a bold step forward for the band in more ways than one. “’Perfect Vision’” is a song we actually started working on two years ago,” explains singer/songwriter Joe Haller. “But we sort of gave up on it at the time because we didn’t think we were going to be able to get it to sound right.”

Fortunately, the song received a new lease on life when Cheerleader got the opportunity to record at the renowned East/West studios in Los Angeles this past February.  Haller and the rest of the band finally had their chance to give “Perfect Vision” the treatment they always felt it deserved.  “This song was written during a period when we were listening to a lot of Robyn and Icona Pop.  Obviously, it doesn’t sound like them, but, in our own way, we were trying to capture a similar feeling, when the night is young and you can’t wait to see where it takes you.”  For Cheerleader, the release “Perfect Vision” is both the culmination of a two-year journey and the start of an exciting new chapter for the band: one full of possibilities, finally within reach.

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Hozier Tour Dates


“Irish singer Hozier is poised for a big year.” –KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

“[Hozier’s] stirring, choral-meets-gospel-folk sound has been steadily converting more and more listeners.” –MTV Buzzworthy

Fresh off a series of incredible SXSW performances and sold out shows in NYC and LA on his first US trip, Irish musician Hozier will return to the US in May for a series of festival and headlining tour dates.  Hozier will start off at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland on May 10 before embarking on a headlining run starting at Bowery Ballroom in NYC before hitting Boston, Toronto, LA, and San Francisco and finally wrapping up at the Sasquatch! Festival.  A full list of confirmed dates is below.


After releasing an introductory Take Me To Church EP late last year, Hozier has released another 4-song EP to tide fans over as he completes work on his forthcoming full length, due later this year.  His latest From Eden EP is available to stream now exclusively on Spotify and features songs already part of Hozier’s live set, including the title track, which was selected for the coveted Hottest Record spotlight by UK tastemaker Zane Lowe on his Radio 1 program, as well as “Work Song,” “Arsonist’s Lullaby,” and “To Be Alone.”  Recording for both EPs began in what Hozier calls “the grey, pretty boring attic” at the top of the house where he lives, before overdubs and mixing in Dublin, with producer Rob Kirwan (U2, Depeche Mode, Glasvegas, Ray Lamontagne) at the controls.


Born in County Wicklow on St Patrick’s Day, 24-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne gained worldwide attention nearly overnight when he posted the video for his song “Take Me To Church” under the moniker Hozier in late September.  The gripping black and white video, directed by Brendan Canty, highlights the turbulent plight of the LGBT community in Russia via the story of two gay men targeted by a homophobic gang.  The powerful video brings life to the emotional song, which touches on the influence of religion on humanity.  While in the US this month Hozier spoke with New York Magazine and Mother Jones about the moving video and the song’s message.


The “Take Me To Church” video has quickly racked up millions of views on YouTube, and the track has been a fixture on Spotify’s Most Viral charts, regularly appearing in the Top 10 in the US and the UK, and Spotify also selected Hozier as one of their Spotlight Artists to Watch 2014.  “Take Me To Church” also hit #1 on Hype Machine’s Most Popular chart, and has also been hovering on the top of Ireland’s singles chart.  The song is currently in the Top 20 on Mediabase’s Triple A radio chart, with early support from Philadelphia’s WXPN, who selected “Take Me To Church” as their Gotta Hear Song of the Week and My Morning Download, Sirius XM, and Los Angeles’ KCRW, who called him one of their Bands to Bank On for 2014 and also had him record a session on their Morning Becomes Eclectic program.

Hozier has been playing to packed rooms in Ireland, and his first London show sold out in minutes, underscoring the phenomenon that has emerged in such a short time.  In the UK he’s gotten great radio support on tastemaker shows on Radio 1, 6 Music, and XFM, and he was featured in the Sunday Times Culture’s “Breaking Artist” section.  In addition to the upcoming US tour dates, Hozier will also be performing at Dublin’s Longitude festival in July and Reading & Leeds in August.

Hozier US Tourdates

  • May 10                 Columbia, MD                   Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • May 13                 New York, NY                    Bowery Ballroom
  • May 14                 Boston, MA                        Cafe 939 Red Room
  • May 17                 Toronto, ON                       Rivoli
  • May 20                 Los Angeles, CA                Troubadour
  • May 21                 San Francisco, CA             The Chapel
  • May 23-25           Quincy, WA                        Sasquatch! Festival @ The Gorge






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Album Stream: The Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow


Listen: Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow


Tuesday – 3/11

6:30 PM  @ TOMs (DJ Set)

Wednesday – 3/12

2PM @ Mellow Johnny’s | KEXP

5PM @ Scoot Inn | Converse/Thrasher Death Match

Thursday – 3/13

6:30PM @ Hotel Vegas | ATX Psych Fest

1AM  @ The Main | VICE Records Showcase

Friday – 3/14

3PM @ Lustre Pearl | Guitar Center/ Filter

8PM  @ Hotel San Jose | SxSan Jose

10PM @ Paramount Theatre | Lou Reed Tribute

Saturday – 3/15

2:40PM @ The Palm Door | Do512

5PM @ The Gatsby | Pandora

1AM @ Textile | Agency Group Showcase

BLACK LIPS 2014 Tour Dates:

  • 3/7   Atlanta, GA   Variety Playhouse (w/ Deerhunter)
  • 3/20   Pioneertown, CA   Pappy and Harriet’s *
  • 3/21   Los Angeles, CA  El Rey Theatre *
  • 3/22   Santa Ana, CA   Burgerama @ The Observatory
  • 3/23   Felton, CA   Don Quixote’s *
  • 3/24   San Francisco, CA   Great American Music Hall *
  • 3/25   Sacramento, CA   Assembly *
  • 3/27   Vancouver, BC   Rickshaw Theatre *
  • 3/28   Seattle, WA   Neumo’s *
  • 3/29   Portland, OR   Hawthorne Theater *
  • 3/30   Boise, ID   Neurolux *
  • 3/31   Salt Lake City, UT   Urban Lounge *
  • 4/2   Denver, CO   Bluebird Theater *
  • 4/3   Albuquerque, NM   Sister Bar *
  • 4/4   Phoenix, AZ   The Crescent Ballroom *
  • 4/5   Solana Beach, CA   Belly Up Tavern *
  • 4/14   Richmond, VA   The National ^
  • 4/15   Washington, DC   Black Cat ^
  • 4/17   New York, NY   Webster Hall ^
  • 4/18   Philadelphia, PA   Union Transfer ^
  • 4/19   Boston, MA   Paradise Rock Club ^
  • 4/21   Montreal, QC   Corona Theatre ^
  • 4/22   Toronto, ON   Phoenix Concert Theatre ^
  • 4/24   Detroit, MI   Magic Stick ^
  • 4/25   Cleveland, OH   Beachland Ballroom ^
  • 4/26   Chicago, IL   TBA ^
  • 4/27   St, Paul, MN   Turf Club ^
  • 4/28   Omaha, NE   The Waiting Room ^
  • 4/29   St Louis, MO   The Firebird ^
  • 4/30   Kansas City, MO   The Riot Room ^
  • 5/2-5/4   Austin, TX   Austin Psych Fest
  • 5/3   New Orleans, LA   Siberia
  • 5/16-17   Gulf Shores, AL   HangOut Fest

* w/ The Coathangers

^ w/ Natural Child

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The Old Danny Brown Tour

After topping multiple best of 2013 year end lists, Danny Brown will embark on the first official tour in support of his critically acclaimed studio debut, Old.  “The Old Danny Brown Tour” will see the Fool’s Gold MC kick off dates in Europe, stopping over at SXSW and then weaving his way across the United States with a 28 date run.  Recently, Danny has shared the stage with everyone from Sleigh Bells and Baauer to Trash Talk and Action Bronson, along with a special appearance from Megan James of Purity Ring, when he made his late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live.


  • 3/22 – New Orleans, LA    Buku
  • 4/02 – Syracuse, NY    Schine Underground
  • 4/03 – Burlington, VT    Higher Ground
  • 4/04 – Northampton, MA    Pearl Street
  • 4/05 – Providence, RI    The Met
  • 4/06 – NY, NY    Bowery Ballroom
  • 4/08 – Brooklyn, NY    Music Hall Of Williamsburg
  • 4/09 – Boston, MA    Paradise
  • 4/11 – Charlottesville, VA    Jefferson Theater
  • 4/12 – Carrboro, NC    Cat’s Cradle
  • 4/13 – Columbus, OH    A&R Bar
  • 4/15 – Pittsburgh, PA    Altar Bar
  • 4/16 – Buffalo, NY    Waiting Room
  • 4/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY         Vassar College
  • 4/22 – Lansing, MI    The Loft
  • 4/24 – Urbana, IL    Canopy Club
  • 4/25 – Madison, WI    Majestic
  • 4/27 – Columbia, MO    Blue Note
  • 4/29 – Fort Collins, CO    Aggie Theater
  • 4/30 – Albuquerque, NM    Sunshine
  • 5/02 – San Diego, CA    Porter’s
  • 5/03 – Los Angeles, CA    El Rey Theater
  • 5/04 – Santa Ana, CA    Observatory
  • 5/06 – Santa Barbara, CA    Casa De La Raza
  • 5/07 – Santa Cruz, CA    Catalyst
  • 5/09 – Eugene, OR    Wow Hall
  • 5/10 – Seattle, WA    Showbox
  • 5/11 – Portland, OR    Roseland
  • 5/13 – Salt Lake City, UT    Complex
  • 5/15 – Gulf Shores, AL    Hangout  Festival


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