Ladytron confirm new album, share new material

After sharing a brief tease earlier this week, Ladytron have now announced their return and confirmed that a new album is on the way.
The new full-length is being produced through a PledgeMusic campaign, stating, "The group have chosen PledgeMusic as a way to record a new album with the direct participation of their audience," making it their first studio album since 2011's 'Gravity The Seducer'.
You can find out more about their campaign by clicking here and check out a brief snippet of new material in the player below.

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Desert Daze Caravan #DesertDazeCaravan2018 is back!

#DesertDazeCaravan2018 is back! 

Ariel Pink • DIIV • Nick Hakim • SUUNS • JJUUJJUU
+ projections TBA

Tickets on Sale Friday

4/27/18 - Austin, TX @ LEVITATION (Empire Control Room & Garage)^
5/1/18 - Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
5/3/18 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5/4/18 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
5/5/18 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
5/6/18 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues San Diego
5/8/18 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
5/10/18 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
5/11/18 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
5/12/18 - Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
5/15/18 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Restaurant and Music Venue
5/16/18 - Tijuana, MX @ Black Box Tijuana
5/17/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
5/18/18 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater SLO*
5/19/18 - Santa Cruz CA @ The Catalyst Club*

^with L.A. WITCH
*without SUUNS 

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Geographer 'Alone Time' EP Out 4/13 + Tour

Available On 4/13

In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with a synthesizer he found on the street, turning that tragedy into the songs that would become the foundation for Geographer. Deni played his first shows by lying to promoters about how many people he could bring, handing out fliers by hand, and doing anything he could to get on stage.  Cut to 6 years later, and he had sold out the legendary Filmore in San Francisco, headlined the 2300 seat Fox Theater in Oakland, and sold out shows all across the country on tour. 
Deni's life in music began as a child, where he sang in a church choir.  He wrote his first song when he was 4 years old, and began writing and recording his own music in earnest at age 12, when his father gave him a 4-track cassette tape recorder, with which Deni spent hours in his basement layering track upon track of guitar, saxophone, vocals, and a homemade ceramic drum his sister made him as a birthday present.  Geographer's music is characterized by the use of vintage analog and FM synthesizers coupled with modern software synthesizers, as well as an electric cello often featured on songs in place of a lead guitar.  Live on stage Deni performs with a band of revolving musicians, almost always with an electric cellist, drummer, and multi-instrumentalist to aid him in filling out his lush arrangements, and the band has become famous for its energetic and emotional live performances.  
Geographer's new EP, 'Alone Time,' is the result of 2 years of that same kind of recording he used to do as a teenager.  Days at a time spent alone, so that he could capture the music always coursing through his head, knowing that one day this hermetic existence would bring him in front of crowds of people.  The songs explore, as do the rest of his catalog, the nature of existence, the self, an uncertain but optimistic curiosity about why we are here, and what it means to love and lose each other, but most of all, 'Alone Time' is a meditation on loneliness.  While he needs solitude to make his songs, the place Geographer has said he truly feels alive is not alone with his thoughts, but together with strangers, on stage at his concerts.
1. So Low
2. Read My Mind
3. Foolish
4. Alone Together
5. Lonely
6. Something's Missing
7. Is It Ever Enough

April Tour

4/7 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
4/8 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
4/11 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
4/14 Chicago, IL @ Evanston Space
4/15 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
4/16 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/17 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
4/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall

May Tour
5/8  Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
5/9 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/10 Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
5/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
5/12 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
5/13 Atlanta, GA, @ Aisle 5
5/15 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
5/16 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Upstairs
5/17 Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art. Co
5/18 Austin, TX @ The Parish
5/19 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
5/21 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
5/22 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
5/24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Moroccan

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King Tuff shares "Raindrop Blue" video, from new album, 'The Other', out 4/13 on Sub Pop




North American Tour On Sale Now
Today, King Tuff has shared another new song off his forthcoming album, The Other, out April 13th via Sub Pop Records. "Raindrop Blue," oozing with soulful bass lines and pulsating saxophone melodies, continues Kyle Thomas's new artistic vision as King Tuff. Listen to the song HERE via the Emmanuelle Pickett-directed video below. Pre-order for the album is available now.

Speaking about "Raindrop Blue," Thomas lays out its relevance to the greater story of the album and its relationship to the previously-released song "The Other":

"...I took the hand of the Other...you fell onto my fingers like velvet to the touch...
Is Raindrop Blue the lost forgotten lover? Is she the Other? Is she the Blue Subaru?
Funny story about that Blue Subaru...

I wrote "The Other" in October 2016. At the time it was a fictional story about losing myself and the quest to find the creative spirit again. I imagined myself driving around in a 1982 blue Subaru Brat, which has been my dream car ever since I was a little kid. I would see them driving around my hometown, Brattleboro, Vermont, and I thought the name Brat had something to do with the town itself. It always seemed like the unicorn of cars; you'd only catch a glimpse of one when you weren't looking. So I was driving this car around in my song cuz you can do whatever you want inside a song.

A year and a half later and the album was done. I sent it to my good friend Em so she could take a listen. She's been in school studying dreams and alchemy, and we talked about the dark side of the moon, the flip side of the mirror, the unknowable Other and things in the lyrics which were oddly in line with her studies. She's always had the most poetically surreal dreams as long as I've known her, full of symbols and strange beauty, like she's tapped into some kinda psychic conduit. She was in Vermont but her dreams had been telling her to go to New Mexico. She needed transportation for when she got there, so she was hunting around on Craigslist to find some dusty old high-desert gem she could zoom around in. The first car that popped up: "1982 Blue Subaru Brat in Albuquerque." The exact car from my song. She sent me the ad. I immediately booked a flight out there, bought the car, and drove her back to LA in a blaze of romantic glory.
The lyrics in the song had somehow come true.

It felt like whatever this mysterious "Other" was, it seemed like maybe it was on my side. Helping me along. As long as I had faith in it.

So..is Raindrop Blue the Other? or the Subaru? Probably both and probably neither. But one thing is for certain: I love to dance."

Thomas self-produced the record and brought in Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) to assist with the mixing process.No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock-and-roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier records in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and reconnecting with that part of yourself that feels childlike and creative and not corroded by cynicism. The record features contributions from Ty Segall (drums), Jenny Lewis (vocals), Greta Morgan (vocals), and Mikal Cronin (saxophone).

Thomas views the entire experience of the record as a kind of psychic reset. "I let the songs lead me where they wanted to go, instead of trying to push them into a certain zone. King Tuff was always just supposed to be me. When I started doing this as a teenager, it was whatever I wanted it to be. King Tuff was never supposed to be just one thing. It was supposed to be everything."

On top of all this good news, King Tuff has also announced a North American tour beginning May 3rd in San Diego. Cut Worms will open the shows, and all tickets go on sale this Friday, February 9th. Visit www.kingtuff.life for more updates.

King Tuff on tour:
May 3 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
May 4 - Phoenix, AZ -  Valley Bar *
May 5 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf *
May 7 - Houston, TX - Rockefeller Hall *
May 8 - Austin, TX - Barracuda (outside) *
May 9 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
May 11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
May 12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
May 13 - Nashville TN - The Basement East *
May 14 - Lexington, KY - The Burl *
May 16 - Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
May 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
May 20 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
May 22 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
May 23 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *
May 24 - Detroit, MI -  El Club *
May 25 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
May 26 - Minneapolis, MN  - Turf Club *
May 29 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall *
May 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
June 2 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Star Theater *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

* w/ Cut Worms

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felte & Part Time Punks Announce 2018 SXSW Offical Showcase

felte & Part Time Punks Announce 2018 SXSW Offical Showcase 
Tuesday, March 13 at Barracuda
felte Part Time Punks continue their collaboration at SXSW for the third consecutive year. Part Time Punks is the name of both the award-winning radio show on KXLU 88.9FM (every Thursday afternoon for 12 years) and the seminal club nite at The Echo in Los Angeles (every Sunday nite for 13 years). felte is a Los Angeles based independent record label whose aesthetic gravitates towards moody, atmospheric, and texturally dynamic sounds and imagery.  
Tuesday, March 13
felte (inside) / Part TIme Punks (outside)
@ Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St, Austin, TX
8pm - 2am, All Ages
1 am Omni
12 pm Greys
11 pm Corridor
10 pm Numb.er
9 pm RVG
8 pm Death Bells 
12:45 am Automelodi
11:45 pm Hundredth
10:45 pm Tennis System
9:45 pm The Wedding Present
8:45 pm The Tissues
7:45 pm French Vanilla 

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New Track from YOUNG FATHERS, 'Cocoa Sugar' Out March 9 (Ninja Tune)



photo credit: Julia Noni

Cocoa Sugar Pre-Order: https://youngfathers.lnk.to/cocoasugar

Young Fathers raise anticipation levels with the release of “Toy,” the latest single from their third albumCocoa Sugar, out next Friday, March 9 on Ninja Tune. “Toy” is the third track to be revealed from the album, following lead song “Lord,” which announced the band's return in November, and second single “In My View.” The new track is another enticing glimpse of what to expect from Young Fathers on Cocoa Sugar: something typically unique and exhilarating but leaner, more muscular and self-assured than ever before.


Cocoa Sugar sees Young Fathers—Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham ‘G’ Hastings and Kayus Bankole—operating with a newfound clarity and direction. Written and recorded throughout 2017 in the band’s basement studio and HQ, the album is without doubt their most confident and complete statement to date, and is set to build on the success of the group’s previous two albums: 2014’s Mercury Prize-winning DEAD and 2015’s White Men Are Black Men Too.

The record has already been met with widespread acclaim; described by Mojo as “an avant-pop masterclass” and Uncut as “a heady joy” while Q Magazine stated “Cocoa Sugar finds Young Fathers at a fascinating juncture: opening up, moving forward, but still existing in a sonic hall-of-mirrors all of their own”

Cocoa Sugar will be available on CD, LP, limited LP and via all digital services. It features a striking visual aesthetic, with cover photography from Julia Noni and creative direction from Tom HingstonCocoa Sugar is available to pre-order via https://youngfathers.lnk.to/cocoasugar

"Young Fathers has long sought to challenge and outright defy classification... ‘In My View,’ from the forthcoming album Cocoa Sugar, continues to test perceptions, packed with little provocations” - PITCHFORK

"Young Fathers' hard-line positions on equality and compassion remain uncompromising... They've doubled down on their humanistic messaging... and the music is better than ever." – PIGEONS & PLANES

"If you're looking for something otherworldly, a little mysterious, but absolutely beautiful, you've found it" -THE FADER

"Arguably their most confident, crystal clear and complete statement to date..." - OKAYPLAYER

"They've primed the release of Cocoa Sugar with two incredible singles that merge gospel and buzzing electronics, both accompanied by visually striking music videos." - PAPER MAGAZINE

"...just go to the top of the back, turn it up, ideally in a slightly darkened room, and get as excited for the album as I am." - NOISEY

03/20 Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 2
03/21 London, UK - Roundhouse
03/22 Bristol, UK - Trinity Centre [SOLD OUT]
03/23 Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
03/24 Glasgow, UK - Barrowland Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
03/28 Dublin, Ireland - Academy
04/06 Brussels, Belgium - AB Box
04/07 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Noord
04/09 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theatre
04/10 Prague, Czech Republic - MeetFactory o.p.s [SOLD OUT]
04/11 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
04/12 Paris, France - La Badaboum
05/25 London, UK - All Points East
05/26 Belfast, UK - BBC Biggest Weekend Festival
06/15 Mannheim, Germany - Maikmarkt-Gelande
06/15 St Austell, UK - The Eden Project (with Massive Attack) [SOLD OUT]
06/16 St Austell, UK - The Eden Project (with Massive Attack) [SOLD OUT]
07/12 Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival 2018
07/14 Bilbao, Spain - BBK Live 2018
08/30 Thornhill, Scotland - Electric Fields, Drumlanrig Castle

‘Cocoa Sugar’ cover artwork by Tom Hingston

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Cult Records & Alt Citizen Announce Cult Citizen SXSW Edition (2018 Official Showcase) At Waller Ballroom On 3/16



Cult Records and Alt Citizen announce their official Cult Citizen SXSW Edition at Waller Ballroom on Friday, March 16th. The official showcase features a lineup curated by the label and publication, including, SurfbortPromiselandBoytoyBambaraChillemi and Kyle Avallone

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Cult Citizen is a monthly showcase curated by DIY zine and website Alt Citizen alongside Julian Casablancas' record label, Cult Records. This year Cult Citizen will be celebrating its 20th show at SXSW, bringing with it 6 bands integral to New York's underground scene. A combination of recent Cult Records signees, local stalwarts, and unsigned talent—Cult Citizen SXSW edition is the distilled grit, grime and essence of New York's music scene.
Cult Records is an independent record label founded by Julian Casablancas in 2009. Initially used as an imprint for Casablancas' solo releases, Cult later became a standalone label.
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Arizona Indie-rockers LYDIA Touring with UK's Moose Blood This Spring!


Arizona Indie Rockers Touring with 

UK’s Moose Blood -- See Full US Dates Below!

Arizona indie-rock vets Lydia will be joining UK pop-punk faves Moose Blood on the road this spring for an expansive US tour. Coming along with Lydia and Moose Blood will be Cleveland’s McCafferty. With six albums and multiple tours under their belt, the traditionally DIY band have signed with Sony imprintWeekday Records, also home of collaborator Lauren Ruth Ward, bringing their catchy blend of indie, folk, and tinges of emo and punk to a whole new audience. For Lydia, this tour just marks the beginning of 2018 - stay tuned!
3/9 - Hoosier Dome - Indianapolis IN *
]3/10 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus OH *
3/11 - Mr. Smalls - Pittsburgh PA *
3/14 - Royale - Boston MA
3/15 - Irving Plaza - NYC
3/16 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia PA
3/17 - Stone Pony - Asbury Park NJ
3/18 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC
3/20 - Canal Club - Richmond VA
3/21 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro NC
3/23 - Orpheum Theatre - Tampa FL
3/24 - The Masquerade - Atlanta GA
3/25 - The Basement East - Nashville TN
3/27 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston TX
3/28 - Scoot Inn - Austin TX
3/29 - Gas Monkey Bar and Grill - Dallas TX
3/31 - Nile Theatre - Mesa AZ
4/2 - Quartyard - San Diega CA
4/3 - Regent Theater - Los Angeles CA
4/4 - Slim's - San Francisco CA
4/6 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland OR
4/7 - El Corazon - Seattle WA
4/9 - The Complex - Salt Lake City UT
4/10 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver CO
4/12 - The Garage - Burnsville MN
4/13 - House of Blues - Chicago IL
4/14 - Saint Andrews Hall - Detroit MI
4/15 - The Agora Ballroom - Cleveland OH
4/17 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo NY
4/18 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto ON
4/19 - Fairmount Theater - Montreal QC
4/20 - The Hollow - Albany NY *
4/21 - The Ballroom at The Outer Space - Hamden CT *
4/24 - The Outland Ballroom - Springfield MO *
*=w/o Moose Blood and McCafferty

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Manic Street Preachers share lyric video for 'Distant Colours'

Manic Street Preachers Share New Lyric Video For 'Distant Colours' 

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfVD8WPaog

“You don’t have to gaze into a crystal ball when you can read an open book”
Nyron Bevan

Taken from their forthcoming 13th studio album ‘Resistance Is Futile’, ‘DISTANT COLOURS’ is the second single taken from the album, being released on 13th April. Buy the single here

The first track from the new album ‘International Blue’ came out in December and was quickly added to the A-lists at Radio 2, 6 Music, Virgin, Absolute and Radio X.  The band have also been announced on the line up for the BBC Biggest Weekend on 25th May at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as well as slots at several UK festivals.

With lyrics by James Dean Bradfield, Distant Colours is about his disenchantment with the left of his youth; where the classic Labour of Nye Bevan has ended up.  “Musically, the verse is downcast and melancholic and the chorus is an explosion of disillusionment and tears.”

Of their first new album since 2014’s ‘Futurology’, the band said: “The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration.”

Tour Dates:

23 April     NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena
25 April     GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro Arena
27 April     BIRMINGHAM, Arena
28 April     MANCHESTER, Arena
  1 May      LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru Arena
  2 May      LEEDS, First Direct Arena
  4 May      LONDON, The SSE Arena Wembley
  5 May      CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

With very special guests The Coral


     21 July     PENN FESTIVAL, Buckinghamshire (headline)
     27 July     Y NOT FESTIVAL, Peak District

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CHVRCHES Announce New Album Love Is Dead, Share Track "My Enemy" Feat. Matt Berninger (of The National)


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CHVRCHES today announce their highly-anticipated new album Love Is Dead, due for release on Glassnote Records on May 25th. Pre-order for Love Is Dead is available NOW.

CHVRCHES are Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Love Is Dead is the band’s third album, following their debut The Bones of What You Believe (2013) and its acclaimed follow up Every Open Eye (2015). The soaring success of their first two albums propelled CHVRCHES into new levels of prominence. Love Is Dead is at times euphoric and others bittersweet, it is an album about growing up and “coming to terms with the fact that there are great things in the world and there are awful things in the world and that you can’t get one without the other,” says Mayberry.

Cook adds: “We’re fucked, the world is fucked. But there’s an ellipses at the end. It’s Love Is Dead. Like, how did we get to this point? And how do we move on from this point? It’s Love Is Dead, we’re fucked, what’s next?”

For the first time in their career, Love Is Dead sees CHVRCHES welcome outside influences, with 2017 and 2018 GRAMMY Producer of the Year Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia) co-producing nine of its 13 tracks, and Steve Mac, who produced “Miracle”.
photo credit: Danny Clinch
Today also sees the release of a second song from the album, “My Enemy” featuring The National’s Matt Berninger. "We've all been huge fans of The National for a long time,” says Mayberry. “We had played a few festivals together but really got to know Matt when we were involved in 7 Inches For Planned Parenthood, a fundraising and awareness campaign that he spearheaded. It's really inspiring and reassuring to meet other artists you admire and realise that they are trying to do some good in the world. We kept in touch after that and, when it came time to record My Enemy, Iain and Martin suggested I email Matt to see if he'd like to sing on it. We never realistically thought he'd have time to do it but he replied right away and recorded the track at his house the next day.

“My Enemy” follows first single “Get Out”, which NPR called “the band's most ambitious pop effort to date, all without losing that distinct edge.” The song has been a mainstay of Spotify’s Global Viral chart since release and received a groundswell of critical acclaim.

Love Is Dead tracklisting
Get Out
My Enemy
Never Say Die
God’s Plan
Really Gone

Love is Dead bio LINK

Praise for “Get Out”
Oh thank heavens, CHVRCHES are back!...It’s almost as if Lauren Mayberry’s voice was made to be matched with Kurstin behind the boards” - NY Magazine
“They’ve come back sleeker and shinier than ever” - Stereogum
“Chvrches are so good at making pop songs that you almost take them for granted, but perhaps it was about time they they reminded the world what they can do given a few synths, a drum machine, and a great frontperson.” - Noisey
“‘Get Out’ backs up the band’s pop claims, bolstered by racing synths
and a powerful chorus fit to blast off from big stages.” - Uproxx
“the track comes loaded with the sort of catchy rhythms and sparkling hooks fans have come to appreciate from Lauren Mayberry and the boys” - Consequence of Sound

Over the course of their career, CHVRCHES have played countless shows worldwide, with each tour’s production reaching new heights and leaping towards the top of festival bills. The band have announced their first US show, as the penultimate headliners at this year’s Governors Ball in New York city on June 3rd. They will make also make appearances at a number of other festivals across the world. See www.chvrch.es for tickets.

May 31st - Primavera, Barcelona, Spain
June 3rd - The Governors Ball, New York, NY
June 8th - Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
June 10th - Parklife, Higher Blackley, UK
June 17th - Bb&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
June 22nd - Southside Festival, Nehausen Ob Eck, Germany
June 22nd - Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
June 29th - Aerodrome, Panensky Tynec, Czech Republic
June 30th - Openair St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
July 8th - TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow, UK
July 11th - Ahoi The Full Hit of Summer, Linz, Austria
July 13th - NOS Alive, Alges, Portugal
July 15th - Citadel Festival, London, UK
July 27th - Fuji Rock, Yuzawa, Japan
August 3rd - Hinterland Music Festival, St Charles, IA

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