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Afterhours Wins CMJ Sonicbids Spotlight

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Afterhours are the winners of this week’s CMJ Sonicbids spotlight competition. The Italian band, which has been making music since 1989, is set to release their eighth album, I Milanesi Ammazzano Il Sabato, today on Universal.

Over the course of their nineteen-year career, the band has shared the stage with R.E.M., played as the backing band for the Gutter Twins’ (Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan) first live show, and founded the Tora! Tora! festival, a traveling alternative music festival in Italy.

The group gained attention almost immediately after the release of their first album, All The Good Children Go To Hell, when Italy’s leading alternative music magazine, Mucchio Selvaggio, named it one of the best albums of the eighties. The Italian six-piece went on to record variously in Italian and English, and to tour extensively, continuously selling out shows in Italy.

Their latest effort, which is preceded by two DVD anthologies released by Virgin, sees them collaborating with Greg Dulli, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes), and John Parish, who also co-produced the album.

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