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PHOX – “Noble Heart”

written by: Tom Crawford on March 12, 2013

Noble Heart Be prepared to quickly fall in love with Monica Martin and the breathtaking sounds of PHOX, a seven-piece group based out of a small town called Baraboo. Reminiscent of Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, Martin absolutely captivates with her thick, sultry vocals, as complex as the love she sings about. Backed by piano, clarinet, banjo, guitar, trumpet […]

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Zen Mantra – “La La La La La”

written by: Tom Crawford on February 7, 2013

La La La La La It’s really hard to believe the massive wall of psychedelic distortion in the track “La La La La La” could be created in the bedroom of 17-year-old New Zealand indie artist Sam Smith (a.k.a. Zen Mantra). You can pick up his debut album How Many Padmes Hum? sometime late March or early April. You can stream […]

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Wildcat! Wildcat! – “Please and Thank You”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 30, 2013

Please and Thank You On “Please and Thank You,” California-based trio Wildcat! Wildcat! combines the emotional indie charm of Rogue Wave with synth-driven, MGMT-like psychedelic pop. It’s the first track released since the group’s 2012 debut EP. After recently finishing its tour with Alt-J, lets hope for an exciting 2013 for these guys and maybe an album […]

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Typesetter – “Hell is Cold”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 28, 2013

Hell is Cold The 4-piece band Typesetter describes its music as “Chicago punk from the dudes that bag your groceries, brew your coffee and mix your shitty band.” The cleverly titled track “Hell is Cold” is the 4th and final song off the group’s debut EP, Typesetter #1. It kind of growls at you with low, scratchy vocals and […]

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Milk Music – “I’ve Got a Wild Feeling”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 24, 2013

I’ve Got a Wild Feeling Olympia, Washington underground rock group Milk Music will release its debut LP, Cruise Your Illusion, April 2nd. These dudes sure know how to rock, playing a style comparable to Dinosaur Jr. and Japandroids. Most notably, singer Alex Coxen sings in the same laid-back manner as J Mascis. Keep your eyes and ears out for […]

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Junip – “Line Of Fire”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 22, 2013

Line Of Fire Swedish folk rock trio Junip, lead by José González, will release its self-titled sophomore LP on April 23rd. The song “Line Of Fire” is our first taste of what’s in store. Systematically, it’s volume and intensity grow as González’s vocals add layers of beauty and reassurance. 2013 is going to be a great year.

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Youth Lagoon – “Dropla”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 18, 2013

Dropla Trevor Powers, a.k.a. Youth Lagoon, is finally back with some new music! “Dropla” is the first track shared from his sophomore LP Wondrous Bughouse, releasing March 5th. Picking up right where he left off with his debut album The Year of Hibernation, Powers hits us with an emotion-driven, 6-minute epic, completed with a wall of wobbly, sometimes toy-like […]

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Eagulls – “Moulting”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 15, 2013

Moulting Leeds punk rock group Eagulls tightened up its production on its re-released self-titled EP and new track “Moulting,” which release today, via Deranged Records. Singing about shedding its skin and change, the group mixes a shoegazey wall of distorted guitars with punk vocals and thunderous drums.

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Apparat – “A Violent Sky”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 11, 2013

A Violent Sky On February 19th, German electronic artist Apparat will release his new album Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) — an album based on Sebastian Hartmann’s theater production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and a follow up to the 2011 album The Devils Walk. The song “A Violent Sky” is incredibly beautiful, featuring airy and droning synths, a magical […]

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George Ezra – “It’s Just My Skin”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 9, 2013

It’s Just My Skin Bristol, England singer-songwriter George Ezra performs his distinctly raw, grungy style of folk with a maturity far beyond his years. Ezra and his powerful voice will quickly pull you into the slow building “It’s Just My Skin.” The minimal instrumentation makes it all the more striking.

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Deptford Goth – “Union”

written by: Tom Crawford on January 3, 2013

Union The beautifully melancholic track “Union” is from South London artist Daniel Woolhouse, aka Deptford Goth. Woolhouse’s fragile voice floats among a mixture of hazy synths, a few bleeps and bloops, and a drum machine. The subtle influence of R&B brings warmth to a song that might otherwise be very chilling. Deptford Goth’s debut album will release in early 2013 (release […]

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Suns – “Strangeland”

written by: Tom Crawford on December 27, 2012

Strangeland “Strangeland” is a driving and percussive indie rock jam from Chicago-based band Suns, which will be celebrating the release of its new album When We Were Us with a show at Subterranean December 28th. Stream two more tracks from the album at the group’s Bandcamp page.

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