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Oh happy days: 5 albums we can't wait for in 2013

Oh happy days: 5 albums we can’t wait for in 2013

Have you read your fair share of Top-Whatever lists this December? Now that we’ve all established Japandroids’ Celebration Rock was awesome, let’s shut the door on 2012 and take a look at five albums we’re hotly anticipating in 2013: 1. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, We The Common...
Fort Lean: A place of thoughtful, sound construction

Fort Lean: A place of thoughtful, sound construction

Brooklyn musicians Keenan Mitchell (Vocals, Guitar), Zach Fried (Guitar), Will Runge (Keyboard, Guitar), Jake Aron (Bass), and Sam Ubl (Drums) are the architects of Fort Lean — a band officially established in 2011. On a foundation of equanimity, they have worked slowly but steadily, building Fort Lean with blueprints outlining...
Stars (pt 2): In the right time — and in their right space

Stars (pt 2): In the right time — and in their right space

Having always envisioned big — nay, huge — things for themselves, Stars went from being a breezy Belle & Sebastian-inspired quartet to a full-fledged five-piece colorfully playing outside the lines of formulaic indie rock. From their first serendipitous meeting and early recording sessions, through their short-lived rock star period and the...
Cold Pumas: A portrait of persistent change

Cold Pumas: A portrait of persistent change

Though Brighton’s Cold Pumas will catch your ear with familiar, broad strokes of Joy Division atop a pronounced landscape of kraut rock-y repetition, their recently-released debut LP Persistent Malaise is — according to the band’s own songwriter/guitarist Patrick Fisher — a portrait of a band giving way to the new....
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Hear Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's 'We The Common'

Hear Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s ‘We The Common’

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’sWe The Common (For Valerie Bolden), the first single from the forthcoming album of the same name, features warm, laid-bare vocals over a rolicking backdrop that makes us want to happily kick our heels up and sing along even though we don’t quite yet know all the words.  Also...
While you were sleeping: Morrissey played Letterman

While you were sleeping: Morrissey played Letterman

While you might have already been dozing on your favorite spot on the couch after a long day at the office and an even longer evening wrangling a toddler into her bed, Morrissey performed his not-technically-new but not officially-released single Action Is My Middle Name on David Letterman’s late show stage last night (January 9th)....
Because GALPALS make us want to act silly and giggle our heads off

Because GALPALS make us want to act silly and giggle our heads off

Taking a just slightly softer and cuter cue from We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Going To Use It, Austin duo GALPALS serve up the sassiest little slice of fuzzed-out garage pop we’ve heard in recent memory with For Our Sake (video below). The forthcoming For Our Sake 7-inch marks Howling Owl Records‘ first international release...
Bowie releases first new song in a decade: 'Where Are We Now?'

Bowie releases first new song in a decade: ‘Where Are We Now?’

To mark his 66th birthday, rock legend David Bowie has released his first new song in nearly a full decade, entitled, Where Are We Now? Taken from his forthcoming LP, The Next Day, the reflective, narrative-based track is beautifully reminiscent of late 70s Bowie without a hint of parody — and what a very wonderful...
Blood Red Shoes debut 'Red River'

Blood Red Shoes debut ‘Red River’

From the soon-to-be released Water EP comes Blood Red Shoes newest video for the brief but insistent Red River Water can be pre-ordered in advance of its January 21st release date over at iTunes. The clip below is filmed and directed by Mark Wyss, following up last August’s darkly delicious In Time To Voices video...
Watch Jack White's 'Austin City Limits' session in full

Watch Jack White’s ‘Austin City Limits’ session in full

Original air date: January 5, 2013 | See more from Austin City Limits.  
Hear Rachel Zeffira's orchestral-pop piece, 'Here on In'

Hear Rachel Zeffira’s orchestral-pop piece, ‘Here on In’

Opera singer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist turned indie crooner, Rachel Zeffira (a cohort in Cat’s Eyes with Horrors frontman Faris Badwan)  debuts her first North American single, Here on In, via Paper Bag Records tomorrow, January 8th — but you can hear it now by pressing play below. Her LP, The Deserters — already released...
Youth Lagoon announces sophomore LP, 'Wondrous Bughouse'

Youth Lagoon announces sophomore LP, ‘Wondrous Bughouse’

“I’m not a gifted speaker, so explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense.” Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, has described his writing process as “my mind communicating with me, not the other way around…it can take me to scary places but I’ve realized those bizarre thoughts I have don’t define me.”...
Because we're suckers for choirs and covers

Because we’re suckers for choirs and covers

(…And we’re totally in denial that the holidays are over, so even though it’s a touch tardy, allow us to throw out just one last holiday-inspired goodie before we delve headlong into the new year, k?) All-female Belgian rock choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers present December, an LP that explores a selection of non-traditional holiday...
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