War On Drugs - Slave Ambient album cover

The War On Drugs – “Come To The City”

written by: Tom Crawford on July 14, 2011

Come To The City In “Come To The City” ambience surrounds the east-coast-born heartland rock of The War On Drugs. You’ll hear some Springsteen and Neil Young influence on their new record, Slave Ambient, which is out 8/16.

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Armand Margjeka – “Alive”

written by: Tom Crawford on July 13, 2011

Alive Originally from Albania, Armand Margjeka seems to have embraced the down-home culture of his new home Birmingham, Alabama. The appeal of his country-folk sound stems from the sincerity in his voice and lyrics.

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I Break Horses – “Winter Beats”

written by: Tom Crawford on July 12, 2011

Winter Beats “Winter Beats,” a song off the group’s debut album Hearts, is like Christmas in July — wintery synths combined with the danceability of a summer pop song.

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The Envy Corps – “Make It Stop”

written by: Tom Crawford on July 6, 2011

Make It Stop During a performance this past weekend at 80/35 (a music festival in Des Moines), The Envy Corps announced a 9/9 release date for their new album, It Culls You, and offered up a free download of their new single “Make It Stop.” For those unfamiliar with the group, their style has been compared […]

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R E A L M A G I C – “No Things Left”

written by: Tom Crawford on July 1, 2011

No Things Left R E A L M A G I C, aka Drew Englander, is inspired by epic film scores, Shoegaze, R&B, and Grime. “No Things Left” definitely has a lot going on. Try to pick out his influences while you listen.

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Gem Club – “Breakers”

written by: Tom Crawford on June 30, 2011

Breakers “Breakers” is the title track off Gem Club’s debut album, out 9/27. Their label, Hardly Art, says of the album, “Breakers is like a story that finds myth in the mundane.”   Listen/download Gem Club’s “Twins”

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Tayyib Ali – “Do It (High School Dropout)”

written by: Tom Crawford on June 29, 2011

Do It (High School Dropout) This kid is going somewhere. Can you believe he’s only 18? “Do It (High School Dropout)” is off his release, Keystone State of Mind. He’s got a new school flow and loads of old school samples. Enjoy.

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Surfer Blood – “Hey Sandy” (Polaris Cover)

written by: Tom Crawford on June 28, 2011

Hey Sandy (Polaris cover) Surfer Blood dropped this awesome cover of Polaris’s song “Hey Sandy.” Their sound on it differs a little from their album Astro Coast. It’s quite nice.

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Motorboater – “Lessons”

written by: Tom Crawford on June 27, 2011

Lessons Motorboater’s “Lessons” starts with a conga-like dance beat and quickly transforms into a full synth lo-fi jam. His new album, Sport, just released June 21st.

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WATERS – “For The One”

written by: Tom Crawford on June 24, 2011

For The One Van Pierszalowski, former lead singer of Port O’Brien, spent some time after their break and formed a new band, WATERS. “For The One” is their first single. The group’s debut album, Out In The Light, drops 9/20.

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Priory – “Lady of Late”

written by: Tom Crawford on June 23, 2011

Lady of Late This is how you perfect electronic-folk music. With a hip-hop beat, smooth synth throughout and vocals I can only describe as a more confident Bright Eyes, Priory’s “Lady of Late” has great musical diversity.

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Snakes Say Hisss – “Comes and Goes”

written by: Tom Crawford on June 22, 2011

Comes and Goes “Comes and Goes” shows off Snakes Say Hisss’s infectious synth-dance-pop style. The best part of this tune is probably Jamie Ayers’s awesome vocal delivery.

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