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Take a world tour with multilingual outfit ZAP MAMA and their eclectic ''soul music for the diaspora.'' Their latest, Ancestry in Progress, features guests Erykah Badu and Talib Kweli. ZAPMAMA.COM/CMP/LISTEN.HTML

Having just wrapped the Curiosa Festival with fellow mope-rockers the Cure, New Yorkers INTERPOL preview their sophomore CD, Antics, with the catchy, danceable first single, ''Slow Hands.'' ITUNES.COM

Canada is officially on the hip-hop map, fools. Rapper K-OS represents his homeland with socially conscious feel-good jams like ''The Love Song,'' from the upcoming Joyful Rebellion. REAL.COM/RHAPSODY

Rent is, like, so last century. A new urban musical is coming to Broadway this month: BROOKLYN THE MUSICAL. Memorize ''Once Upon a Time'' and ''Streetsinger'' before opening night. BROOKLYNTHEMUSICAL.COM

Originally posted Sep 10, 2004 Published in issue #782-783 Sep 10, 2004 Order article reprints

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