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  • Stream: Will Courtney, ‘Gave Into Temptation’ MP3

    Will Courtney makes time stop. Or, at least, the bear-huggable singer-songwriter slows the world down to a manageable pace. Courtney, known as Brother Will to the many friends he has made in the many places he has lived (he’s received mail in Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles and now Santa Fe, N.M.), crafts folk music that’s salve for the body blows of today’s post-post-modern pandemonium. As a cen...

    05.04.2013

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    05.04.2013

  • Video: Kishi Bashi, ‘I Am the Antichrist To You’ MP3

    The self-directed video for “I Am the Antichrist To You” has become a quick favorite for Kishi Bashi fans. Working in tandem with friend and animator Anthony Scott (former Pixar employee who’s worked on “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Coraline,” ParaNorman” and more), the clip featuring a puppy looking for a world it once knew. Kishi Bashi, whose real name is Ka...

    01.03.2013

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    01.03.2013

  • Ears Wide Open: Trapdoor Social MP3

    After meeting in the Environmental Analysis program at Pomona College, Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk got together to save the world by being involved with Farmscape and Agrisaurus to promote awareness around solar and other renewable energy. However, the sing-along alt-pop songs they write together as Trapdoor Social would never have you thinking about such a serious mission. With Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason...

    21.02.2013

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    21.02.2013

  • Download: Gliss, ‘Hunting’ MP3

    It’s been three years since Gliss released “Devotion Implosion,” so it’s understandable for connoisseurs of local shoegaze to be anxiously awaiting the arrival of the trio’s forthcoming record “Langsom Dans.” Slated for a Jan. 22 release via Modern Outsider, it can already be said the new material is a sophisticated foray into noisy romance. Gliss’ impeccable balan...

    07.12.2012

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    07.12.2012

  • Video: The Reflections, ‘Disconnected’ MP3

    The Ellen Frances-directed video for the Reflections’ second single, “Disconnected,” reminds us all too much of the zoning out many people do while traveling during the holidays. Its kaleidoscopic focus on subway tunnels is like a zany limbo between zombie-like autopilot and alertness upon destination. Like the clip, the song itself is riveting but wonky with Darian Zahedi repeatedly singing the wo...

    07.12.2012

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    07.12.2012

  • Download: The Record Company, ‘So What’cha Want’ MP3

    One of the highlights of the Record Company’s deliriously sweaty, deliciously down-home residency this month at the Satellite was the trio’s cover of Freddy Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie,” which indeed was more suited to F-L-A than L-A. To hear a Silver Lake crowd shout along to that chorus was a little bit special. Well, it turns out Chris Vos, Alex Stiff and Marc Cazorla have more th...

    28.11.2012

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    28.11.2012

  • Download: The Faint, ‘Evil Voices’ MP3

    In a year they are celebrating the past, Omaha dance-rockers the Faint are teasing the future too. Starting Friday in Sacramento, the band is releasing a tour-only, four-song 12-inch anchored by the dirty-synth stomper “Evil Voices.” The music was recorded with longtime collaborator Mike Mogis, and, today’s announcement said, the band “has been writing and recording new music” and look...

    15.11.2012

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    15.11.2012

  • Download: Other Lives, ‘Take Us Alive’ MP3

    Oklahoma orchestral rockers Other Lives revealed an Atoms For Peace remix of 2011’s title track “Tamer Animals” back in July, but we finally get another robust original from their forthcoming EP “Mind the Gap” (out Oct. 23 on TBD Records). And suffice to say “Take Us Alive” is epically ambrosial as expected: Violins loop before they give way to the deep rhythms; keys lay a ...

    02.10.2012

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    02.10.2012

  • Video: Drug Cabin, ‘Whatever Never’ MP3

    Drug Cabin, whom we introduced back in June, gets a visual interpretation from director Kevin Willis for “Whatever Never,” and it’s as playful as the sunny psych-pop song itself. And if the mix of stop motion, clay animation and live acting looks familiar, it’s because Willis also directed Modest Mouse’s “Satellite Skin” and the Grammy-nominated video for Tool’s â...

    25.09.2012

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    25.09.2012

  • Download: The Monolators, ‘Driving in the City’ MP3

    It’s been a while since the Monolators told people, “Don’t Dance.” The husband-and-wife fronted band has taken somewhat of a hiatus during the last few years, but that doesn’t mean Eli and Mary Charkoff have completely cut themselves out of the scene. In fact, Highland Park’s favorite DIY married couple are now offering two brand new songs on a special greatest hits cassette r...

    22.09.2012

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    22.09.2012

  • Download: Japanther, ‘Porcupine’ MP3

    Japanther may be the hardest-working punks to come out of Brooklyn. Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek are rowdy, loud and definitely too absurd for your parents. No matter where Japanther goes, mosh pits ensue, but it doesn’t mean that Reilly and Vanek are just messing around. Counting their collection of 7-inches, EPs and albums (and excluding any compilations), the duo’s got 21 releases under their belt, wit...

    17.09.2012

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    17.09.2012

  • Download: The Album Leaf, ‘Descent’ MP3

    Jimmy LaValle has been working hard under the moniker The Album Leaf since 1998, and the years have only made him a stronger songwriter. The San Diego-based musician hits his stride as an exceptional maestro of ambient electronica and post-rock with his follow-up to 2010′s “A Chorus of Storytellers.” Although he’s shed the vocals for an instrumental focus again this time, songs like “D...

    29.08.2012

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    29.08.2012

  • Download: Mad Planet, ‘I Want You’ MP3

    Cooper Gillespie has channeled pedal-to-the-metal rocker grrl (in her old band Bang Sugar Bang) and electronic seductress in the early trip-hop work of Mad Planet. On the Silver Lake quartet’s new album “Ghost Notes” (out today), the singer-bassist is finds a comfy middle ground, her sultry vocals alternately biting on the rockers and sweetly vulnerable on meditations such as album closer “S...

    28.08.2012

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    28.08.2012

  • Ears Wide Open: Cassorla MP3

    Some may recognize Ben Cassorla as the guitarist in Gamble House. Others may have seen him on tour with the Belle Brigade or play in Bryce Dessner’s side project Clogs. His new band Cassorla, also featuring members Ross Garren on keys and harmonica and Brian Carmody on drums, however, has been getting some attention thanks to a specially formatted EP release. “Plastic” can be heard on Bandcamp, bu...

    20.08.2012

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    20.08.2012

  • Download: Sean Rowe, ‘Downwind’ MP3

    There’s something about Sean Rowe‘s baritone that are so charmingly inviting no matter what emotion he conveys. Always paired with conviction, Rowe could be an a cappella artist and tell a story with just his burning tone and peculiar melodies. But the musician, whose journey with music began around the same time with his fascination with nature, is an explorer and has gone on to uncover new sounds on h...

    16.08.2012

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    16.08.2012

  • Mp3-pack, Covers Dept.: Matt Ellis, Nikki Forova, Sara Radle MP3

    Matt Ellis, “Candy” — The Sydney, Australia-born songwriter trotted the globe before sinking his roots in Venice a few years ago, which has turned out to be an excellent station for his finely honed Americana. Ellis’ 2011 album “Births, Deaths and Marriages,” his fourth full-length, came soaked in pedal steel and honesty. And the 38-year-old brings both to his take on Iggy Popâ...

    02.08.2012

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    02.08.2012

  • Download: The Mynabirds, ‘Generals’ (and 12 more songs from the Saddle Creek Summer Sampler) MP3

    Singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn, the straw that stirs the drink that is Omaha’s the Mynabirds, moved quickly from lilting pop  to synth-fueled stomp for her band’s sophomore album “Generals,” which came out in June on Saddle Creek. It’s a political album but not a preachy one — “a protest album and a call to arms,” is how it’s advertised. And it works on t...

    27.07.2012

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    27.07.2012

  • Ears Wide Open: Fort King MP3

    When Ryan Fuller picks a guitar up and starts to sing, what you get is the truth. As Fort King, his no-frills Laurel Canyon country and its touches of psychedelic folk speak to decades of the troubadour tradition, as songs such as the poignant “Woe to the Man” reveal. Since the release of his album “Naked Shadows,” Fuller’s bright passion has been honed into tighter melodies, and it ca...

    26.07.2012

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    26.07.2012

  • Ears Wide Open: Highlands MP3

    Highlands like things big and mysterious, dark like the Black Angels, strange like A Place to Bury Strangers. The Long Beach quartet of Scott Holmes, Chris Figlewicz, Beau Balek and Travis Cheney, bonding over a mutual of love My Bloody Valentine (of course), pile on layers of guitar, distortion and reverb in the best shoegazer tradition on their album “Singularity,” which came out in June. At turns psyc...

    18.07.2012

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    18.07.2012

  • Ears Wide Open: JMSN MP3

    The music of JMSN is pure cinema. It’s the work of 25-year-old songwriter-producer-videographer Christian Berishaj, who has been a proficient user of Pro Tools since the age 12. His debut album “†Priscilla†” is filled with hypnotic vocals, skeletal instrumentals and enough production sheen to fill a movieplex. With the soul of Little Dragon, and Active Child’s stirring theatri...

    11.07.2012

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    11.07.2012

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