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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 | 451 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 | 770 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 | 1,640 views]
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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 | 4,666 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

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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 | 1,963 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 | 1,432 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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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Tobias Jesso Jr, Mocky, Alina Baraz, Courtney Barnett, Emile Haynie

Posted February 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,590 views]
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Tobias Jesso Jr. – “How Could You Babe”
I’ve been obsessed with this song since the first time I heard it.
When it first starts out, I always think it’s a song I’ve known since my childhood. Just another nostalgic piano ballad…but WAIT — it may start slowly but that just makes his howling with emotion later in the song all the better.
This song will haunt …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Tropics, Twerps, Guards, Mark Ronson ft. Kevin Parker

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,963 views]
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Tropics – “Rapture”
“Rapture” is a seductive song by producer Chris Ward, aka Tropics.
It’s the title track from his forthcoming album, set for release February 17 on local label Innovative Leisure.
What I really dig about this dreamy song song are it’s many layers. It locks into a steady groove for the first half and then at exactly two minutes, another beat kicks in on top …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Mainland NYC, Alice Smith + Dave Sitek, Teammate, Nicole Willis + Bosq

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Mainland NYC – “Leave the Lights On”
I heard this song thanks to a Twitter exchange between KCRW DJ Jason Kramer and Twitter’s Head of Music Bob Moz.
Two minds I trust, so I had to take a listen and it was love at first note!
A driving pop-rock song that grabs you instantly. I’m willing to bet you find yourself singing “leave the lights on” in …

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