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Astronauts, etc. – “Mystery Colors”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 22, 2012

Mystery Colors Astronauts, etc. debut song “Mystery Colors” will probably remind you a lot of bands like The Antlers, Bon Iver and The xx. “Crooning male vocals over a simple, yet compelling, organ and drum machine backing,” says Anthony Ferraro, the man behind the project. The song is about love and heartbreak. On September 8th, Astronauts, etc. will release its debut EP, Supermelodic Pulp.

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The Sheepdogs – “Feeling Good”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 20, 2012

Feeling Good The Sheepdogs, a band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has found a musical sweet spot between 70’s rock, southern rock, and modern blues rock. The group’s forthcoming self-titled album was produced by Patrick Carney, of The Black Keys, and you’ll definitely hear a lot of his influence. It’s new track “Feeling Good” revs up with a fuzzed-out guitar […]

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Turtle Giant – “We Were Kids”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 17, 2012

We Were Kids “We Were Kids” by Turtle Giant, an indie-rock trio formed in São Paulo and currently residing in Macau, is a powerful surf rock stunner. After hearing its sugary guitars and energetic drums, movement becomes inescapable. Office cubicle to beach party, you could be anywhere, and it’s not going to matter at all. The rhythm is gonna get […]

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Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – “Killing Type”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 15, 2012

Killing Type Amanda Palmer raised 1.1 million dollars on to fund the release of her new album Theatre Is Evil, the largest music-related Kickstarter to date. She and her new band The Grand Theft Orchestra are now giving away an MP3 of “Killing Type,” the album’s first single. Although Palmer worked out most of this song on her […]

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Matthew Dear – “Earthforms”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 14, 2012

Earthforms With its driving post-punk bass line and dramatic high-low harmonies, Matthew Dear’s new track “Earthforms” sounds like it could be a TV on the Radio B-side. It’s certainly not the minimal techno music Dear once used to make, but definitely an expansion of the sound on his 2010 release, Black City. If you’re into it, Dear’s fifth album, Beams, […]

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Wild Nothing – “Paradise”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 13, 2012

Paradise On August 28th, Wild Nothing will release its sophomore album, Nocturne. Jack Tatum says of the album, “the songs seemed to stem from a sleepless state of mind.” Because of this, the moon cycle has become an overarching symbol for the album — slow changing patterns of the night. Wild Nothing just released it’s second cut […]

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Cat Power – “Cherokee”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 10, 2012

Cherokee As mentioned previously, Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) will release Sun, her first album full of original songs in six years and ninth overall, on September 4th. The recently released single, “Cherokee,” is a thumping wave of emotion. In it, Marshall repeatedly sings, “never knew love like this,” and, “never knew pain like this.” On the […]

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Paul Banks – “The Base”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 7, 2012

The Base Following the release of his Julian Plenti Lives… EP, Interpol frontman Paul Banks announced a new solo LP, simply titled Banks. Unlike his last solo LP, Julian Plenti Is…Skyscraper, Banks isn’t using his alter-ego Julian Plenti on this release. The album’s first single, “The Base,” is available as a free download. Banks will release October 23rd via Matador.

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Pebaluna – “No, I Can’t”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 6, 2012

No, I Can’t Pebaluna is a soulful new band out of Long Beach, California, and influenced by folk, R&B, country, Motown and funk. On the group’s new single “No, I Can’t” you’ll hear the loud-as-they-need-to-be vocals of Lauren Coleman glide atop the backing band’s minimalist folk shuffle. You will hear the artist’s strength as a lead singer in her tone and confidence, […]

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Trails and Ways – “Mtn Tune”

written by: Tom Crawford on August 1, 2012

Mtn Tune Trails and Ways are a four-piece group from Oakland, inspired by Brazilian music, indie-folk and California-pop. The group’s new song “Mtn Tune” is a total summer jam — made complete by its intertwining male/female vocals, bouncy synths and rumba clave-like drum beat. Lead singer KBB wrote this song after taking a rock climbing trip last […]

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Glow Marrow – “Julian”

written by: Tom Crawford on July 31, 2012

Julian The song “Julian” by Glow Marrow, an L.A. indie-pop duo, was clearly inspired by Animal Collective and its last album, Merriweather Post Pavilion. It’s not a bad thing, but there really is no getting around it. The track is comprised of layers upon layers of lush synths — ranging in sound from steel drum to dance-ready bass. It’s dense, […]

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Black Marble – “A Great Design”

written by: Tom Crawford on July 27, 2012

A Great Design On Black Marble‘s new single “A Great Design,” the group shakes off some of its cold, machine-like exterior, finding a surprisingly comforting and calm middle ground between man and bot. Coldwave has never been so warm. If 80’s vibes and catchy simple arrangements are your thing, this should easily fit into your rotation. On October 9th, the group will […]

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