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Three Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Beach Baby, XO, Hippo Campus

Posted May 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 3,054 views]
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Beach Baby – “No Mind No Money”
There’s something seductive about this song that just draws me in. Since I consider myself a beach baby at heart, I immediately liked their name and the music suits it.
Fans of Mac Demarco should really dig this one.
The band is based in London and have plans to play on our shores this Fall.

XO – “Flames of a Phoenix”
DJ …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Meg Mac, Seoul, Yukon Blonde, Mac Demarco

Posted May 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,827 views]
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Meg Mac – “Roll Up Your Sleeve”
Jason Bentley has been spinning this track for a few weeks and I absolutely love it.
We were talking about it in the studio and, as he says, “it has an Adele soulfulness, but she totally owns it.”
This Melbourne-based singer is definitely one to watch and this track appears on her self-titled debut EP, out last month.

Seoul – “The …

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Five Songs You Should Hear Right Now Bombadil, Pins, Spoon remixed, Sweet Spirit, Kieran Leonard

Posted April 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,480 views]
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Bombadil – “Framboise”
KCRW DJ Chris Douridas recently touted the new single from this Durham, NC trio, delighting in its “sweetness”. He says the writing really stands out and there is an element of surprise in the way they build the track.
Enjoy this quirky French pop ditty from their recently released album “Hold On”.

Britt Daniel double take!
Spoon – “Inside Out (Fabrizio Moretti Remix)
Spoon’s recent effort …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Kygo, Lianne La Havas, Aquilo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,721 views]
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”
This Portland-based band keeps getting better and better with each release. On their newest single, they really bring the FUNK!
They go all in on “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” from the album “Multi-Love” out later next month on Jagjaguwar.
The album is an upbeat catharsis reflecting on the difficulties of being in a relationship. On this song, …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Samaris, Madeon, Low Roar, St Paul and the Broken Bones

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,560 views]
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Samaris – “Tibra”
My discovery of this band has a very cool story.
Sigtryggur Baldursson from the Icelandic Music Export office dropped by the basement last week with new music in tow.
He just so happens to be one of the founding members of the Sugarcubes, so his musical pedigree is well established. He handed me a CD from a band called Samaris and I was pretty …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Avers, Sufjan Stevens, Annabel (Lee), Pops Staples

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,492 views]
Pops Staples at the Petrillo Band Shell for the Chicago Blues Festival on June 8, 1986 in Chicago, Illinois.

Avers – “Vampire”
I have the great honor of getting to geek out on music directly with KCRW DJs.
In this case, Anne Litt sent this track my way.
She was hooked when she noticed they are from her hometown (Richmond,VA) and it was the Dandy Warhols-like psychedelic pop that grabbed me (though the nonchalant vocal delivery reminds me of Courtney Barnett).
The sextet – which features Tyler …

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Five Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Hinds, Holly Miranda, Ivan & Alyosha, Boxed In, Matthew E White

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 5,398 views]
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Hinds – “Between Cans”
Last summer, I wrote about a couple ladies from Spain with a catchy lo-fi pop sound.
They’ve since changed their name from Deers to Hinds and expanded to a quartet.
I heard great things about their SXSW appearances and recently saw a quote from Primal Scream’s Bobby Gilespie about their live show, saying “it’s like The Pastels meets Mink De Ville and has …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Helio Sequence, Vetiver, Alice Boman, Villagers

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 4,674 views]
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Helio Sequence – “Stoice Resemblance”
There’s something to be said for the 3-minute pop song. As a longtime fan of Portland-duo Helio Sequence, I’m proud to announce that their new single on Sub Pop is just that.
It’s a hit of catchy goodness with a funky bassline with a chorus of “oh na na nas.” It’s a bonafide jam.

Alice Boman – “ Be Mine” (Jaakko Eino …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Bop English, Seagulls, Jessie Ware, Classixx remix

Posted February 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,339 views]
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Jessie Ware – “Meet Me in the Middle”
For a second weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey took the top spot at the box office.
While I have no plans to see the movie, I’m pleased it birthed a surprisingly good soundtrack, particularly this sexy song from Jessie Ware.

If by any chance you missed her last full length, this is the track you need to hear.

Seagulls – …

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Song You Need to Hear Right Now: Miami Horror – “Love Like Mine”

Posted February 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,641 views]
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I’ve been a fan of Miami Horror since their 2010 debut “Illuminations”.
As a Miami native, I was immediately intrigued and the album became my exercise soundtrack for over a year (that’s a compliment, it keeps me going!).
Now, they’re back with the first single from their forthcoming full length “All Possible Futures”.
The song came seemingly out of nowhere when it popped in my inbox this …

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