Week In Review (3/13/15)

Album Of The Week: Will Butler – Policy

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All throughout Will Butler’s solo debut is that sense of looseness and fun that reminds me of Funeral, but take away any association with Arcade Fire and Policy still stands strong as an engaging and lean listening experience that combines Chuck Berry, gospel, and Talking Heads in all the right ways. My favorite song might be “Son Of God”.

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Leapling – “Crooked”

Don’t mind the creepy puppets.

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Shura – “2Shy”

Someone has been listening to No Jacket Required.

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Tom Misch – “Oh Baby”

Oh yeah

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Downtown Boys – “Monstro”

Why aren’t there more saxophones in punk songs? Why don’t more political punk songs sound this good? These are the important questions.

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I’m kinda late to the Tobias Jesso Jr. party, but I’m glad I’m here now.

Reminds me of John Lennon with his direct writing and simple arrangements. Well done.

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Christine and the Queens – “Tilted”

Tilted as in the new social app? Probably not, but I still dig the song.

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The Amazing – “Circles”

Dreamy guitars make me happy.

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Wait, I thought it was Snoop Lion now? Meh who cares, this song is groovy

And that’s Charlie Wilson on the track aka the guy from “Bound 2”. Pharrell is also the producer here, so that explains why it sounds like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”.

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Madeon – “Home”

Is that you Sigur Rós? Actually no, but it’s a worthy comparison.

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Well I never thought I’d ever say this, but I really like the new Wiz Khalifa song off the Furious 7 soundtrack.

Probably has more to do with Charlie Puth’s great vocal accompaniment. Song starts at 16 second mark.

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New Sufjan Stevens song yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Though I prefer the more ambitious Illinois, Stevens’s return to his purist folk roots sounds fantastic.

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A Grave With No Name – “I Will Ride A Horse”

https://soundcloud.com/lefse-records/i-will-ride-a-horse/s-2cwMB

The perfect name for someone who writes beautiful and sad country rock songs via Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams.

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Bakermat – “Another Man”

These are the kind of remixes that I can dig.

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G.L.O.S.S. – “G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From The Future)”

For fans of Pussy Riot (which honestly should be everyone, since no one is making this good of political punk on this side of the world). This album is so good, and you can download it for whatever price you want via bandcamp!

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Ellie Goulding’s cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” is surprisingly understated, but still good

When are we going to hear any new original music from her? Hopefully soon.

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Kisses to the Sky, the new album by Raleigh, NC band Oulipo, is worth your time

If you’re patient with the album, it grows on you in unexpected ways.

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It’s nice to see a metal band with a sense of humor

Bad Guys’ new album Bad Guynaecology (yep, seriously) is a fun metal album that doesn’t take itself seriously while also sounding good. Make sure to check it out.

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Young Fathers – “Shame”

https://soundcloud.com/youngfathers/shame-yf

Uh, what genre is this? Whatever it is, I need more of it in my life.

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HONNE – “Coastal Love”

Spring Break here I come. I’ll be away for my break, so no posting all next week. See y’all later!

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Week In Review (3/6/15)

Action Bronson – “Baby Blue (ft. Chance the Rapper)

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Toro Y Moi – “Buffalo”

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Best Coast continues being Best Coast and wrote another song about California (but it’s still good)

I dig the Nightcrawler feel (in style and not in Jake Gyllenhaal’s creepy eyes).

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NEW MY MORNING JACKET YA 2015 YOU GO!

The Waterfall comes out May 4th.

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The “Blister in the Sun” guys are back with a new song called “Love Love Love Love Love”

You know, that one song.

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Brent Faiyaz – “Be”

https://soundcloud.com/brentfaiyaz/brent-faiyaz-be/s-Oe4RU

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For Esmé reminds me of CHVRCHES and it makes me so happy

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Got 12 minutes to spare? For Föllakzoid’s new music video for “Electric”, you should make time

This is what Chilean psych rock sounds like.

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Watch Ryan Adams play Patrick Swayze and Natalie Prass play Wendy Fraser on this live Dirty Dancing cover

I would buy an Adams/Prass cover album of Dirty Dancing songs in a heartbeat. Here’s the original.

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Another week, another great track off the upcoming Chromatics album

The fact that this album still doesn’t have a set release date is breaking my heart while I groove on the dance floor in my scorpion jacket.

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This Carmen Rizzo remix of Low Roar’s “Breathe In” is so good

Think if Thom Yorke wrote songs for Sigur Rós.

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Braids – “Taste”

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Week In Review (2/27/15)

Paying bills have never sounded more fun

Actually no, paying bills sucks.

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Laura Welsh – “Breathe Me In”

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Why We Run – “Comfortable Lie”

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Pr0files – “Get It Up”

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I’m a little late to hearing Raury, but “Superfly” is still worth sharing

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – “Shine (Kygo Remix)”

https://soundcloud.com/kygo/shineremix

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Circa Waves – “Young Chasers”

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Simon Joyner, a huge influence on Conor Oberst, has a new album coming out

Grass, Branch & Bone out March 17th via Woodsist.

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Week In Review (2/13/15)

A non-sarcastic congratulations to Beck, St. Vincent, and everyone else on their Grammy wins!

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It’s easy to get cynical about the Grammys (I know I usually am), but it’s still an achievement to be proud of. See all the winners here.

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Speaking of Grammys…

Bekyoncé everyone.

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If you like the video below, make sure to check out the new Father John Misty album that came out this week.

If you don’t like the video below, you should still check out the new Father John Misty album that came out this week.

But if you want my opinion, you should check out the new Father John Misty album.

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The new Kendrick Lamar song is really really really good.

It’s powerful and very different from “i”. Hopefully “The Blacker The Berry” will actually be on the new album.

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Stonefox – “This City”

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Passion Pit is (kind of) back!

This is actually a Madeon song, but it’s great hearing Michael Angelakos’s voice. This sounds more Daft Punk than Passion Pit now that you think of it…

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The Tallest Man on Earth is back!

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Kristian Matsson, who made one my favorite albums of this decade so far, will return in 2015 with Dark Bird Is Home. The new album comes out May 12th via Dead Oceans.

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Gaston Light – “Wake Up And Fight”

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Susanne Sundfør – “Fade Away”

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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – “No Action”

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Dead Sara – “Mona Lisa”

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Lucie Silvas – “How To Loose It All”

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It’s good to have you back Hot Chip!

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Bruce Springsteen is on the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack???

Just kidding, it’s AWOLNATION covering “I’m On Fire”

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All We Are – “Feel Safe”

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Remember that one fake song from Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer? LVL UP turned it into an actual song (and it’s great)

For reference, check out the original movie version here.

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 Bobby Nourmand – “The Sound”

A brilliant remix of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence”

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No Vacation – “Beach Bummer”

Is Beach-Emo-Pop now a thing???

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Week In Review (2/6/15)

My Midnight Heart – “Drown”

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This should hold you over while you wait for the next Disclosure album

Cheers to 19-year-old Zak Abel, who is already making a splash in the UK.

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Bouquet – “Stacks On Stacks”

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Jeff Tweedy continues finishing songs for awesome deceased musicians

Actually this time it’s Mavis Staples’s project finishing the many demos of her late father, the great Pops Staples. Tweedy is just helping out on this track. That’s also his son Spencer Tweedy on drums!

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I know you’ve already seen the Super Bowl halftime show, but I also know that you want to see those dancing sharks again!

Oh yeah, Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, and Katy Perry were there too.

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Matthew E. White wrote a song for Philip Seymour Hoffman

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In honor of the one year anniversary of the late actor’s death. Listen here via Stereogum.

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The new Jay Z movie got lots of accolades at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

Some are calling it the next Boyhood.

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Bob Dylan continues to be the greatest with his Frank Sinatra covers album

And his voice actually sounds good here!

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Pink Gloves – “80’s Girls”

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Pharrell Williams is still going strong in 2015 with this Major Lazer collaboration

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Girlpool – “Chinatown”

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Watch out Bruno Mars, here comes Taylor Locke

https://soundcloud.com/taylor-locke/running-away-from-love

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Body Language – “Really Love”

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St. Tropez – “Cut Me Loose”

Garage rock never gets old.

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Mesita – “Hostiles”

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My weekly reminder that there’s a lot of great WTF songs out there, like Mochipet’s “Psilocybin Samurai”

The new Pokémon?

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Tica Douglas – “I Didn’t”

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Skizzy Mars – Time (Ft. G-Easy & Olivver)

Reminds me of Chance The Rapper with a different voice. Good stuff.

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Week In Review (1/30/15)

With guitarist and founding member Chris Walla gone, Death Cab For Cutie (almost) sounds like a new band

New album Kintsugi comes out March 31st via Atlantic Records. They’re also going on tour soon.

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Mikal Cronin announced his follow up to MCII with, wait for it, MCIII

God bless consistency, both in album names and great songs. MCIII comes out May 5th via Merge.

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Electronic music doesn’t get more compelling than Novellus’s “Twenty Eight”

Seriously, when was the last time you hear good, honest lyrics in such a moody, cryptic electronic song?

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Nick Leng – “Inside Your Mind (ft. Carmody)”

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The Twilight Sad – “The Airport”

Scottish Indie Rock sounds mighty fine.

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 Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper continues to be awesome with another taste of her upcoming album

After might already be a candidate for one of my favorite albums of 2015 if it just gets released already.

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Make sure to play this Diet Cig song when you eventually breakup with your Ivy League, sweater-wearing partner

Thank you Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman for getting me through this imaginary breakup that I’m going through.

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I will share anything that features BADBADNOTGOOD, but this Marvel Alexander track is especially great

https://soundcloud.com/marvelalexander/untitled

Keep your eyes on this guy, as he’ll probably make some big waves soon.

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The new Natalie Prass album is finally out

Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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Calexico is back with a new single and a new album coming out later this year

Check out their new single from this groovy Latin Americana band.

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Colleen Green – “TV”

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Make sure to check out Coed Pageant’s latest EP Drag

Indie pop goodness that you can buy on bandcamp for whatever price you want!

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Fucked Up’s Ben Cook aka Young Guv released the music video for his tasty lo-fi power pop single “Crushing Sensation”

A little softer than his other band’s music.

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This new Only You song needs to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie ASAP

https://soundcloud.com/hit-city-usa/only-you-let-me-burn

Looks good on ya Rachel Fannan.

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……uh…….

…I like the song…but…uh…

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 Rye Pines – “Pessimist”

https://soundcloud.com/bobrecords-1/pessimist-by-rye-pines

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The best part about this new Open Mike Eagle song is that it samples Broken Social Scene’s “Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl”, even if it does sound like Voldemort.

Listen here via Stereogum.

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Hear Glen Hansard cover the late Jason Molina

From his upcoming tribute EP, which will be released this March.

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Courtney Barnett announced that she’ll release her proper debut album this year, and now 2015 is already better than 2014

She made one of my favorite albums and songs of this decade so far, so there’s high hopes.

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The upcoming Will Butler album sounds better and better with each new song we hear.

First there was the Kinks, and now we hear the Talking Heads influence. I’m excited to hear what’s next.

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Beach Slang’s “Too Late To Die Young” reminds me of a Paul Westerberg/Replacements ballad in the best way possible.

Listen here via Stereogum.

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Week In Review (1/23/15)

Get excited for the new Toro Y Moi album.

What For? comes out April 7th via Carpark Records.

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Daniela Andrade does Childish Gambino right with this acoustic cover of “Telegraph Ave / Sober”

A great acoustic cover of a rap song is a beautiful thing.

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Another great Title Fight song to get you excited for their upcoming new album…

Listen here via Stereogum.

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…And another great Quarterbacks song to get you excited for the American Football-inspired emo revival (which isn’t a bad thing).

Listen here via NPR.

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Gengahr – “She’s A Witch”

How do you pronounce it? Eh who cares, I dig this song.

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Sharon Van Etten already rules 2015

As if 2014 wasn’t a big enough year for her. Hopefully “I Don’t Want to Let You Down” is an indication of a new album in 2015.

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The first album of 2015 that I love is a 4-way-tie between Viet Cong’s debut, Sleater-Kinney’s reunion, Belle & Sebastian’s dance-party, and Cloakroom’s shoegaze

Do yourself a favor and listen to all these albums (they’re all up on Spotify). The Sidekicks also get a shout out for their great new album that you should also check out on Spotify.

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Little Daylight – “Be Long (Twice As Nice Remix)”

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Imagine a less annoying, but still strange, Death Grips song that you really liked and you get Liturgy’s “Quetzalcoatl”

The Ark Work comes out March 24th via Thrill Jockey Records.

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Alex Winston – “We Got Nothing”

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I have no idea how to describe this new Ava Luna song but it’s so great and unique that you should really listen to it like right now

New album coming out this year!

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With a song this catchy, Allie X is allowed to make its music video as trippy as possible

But seriously, where do you get those glasses?

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If this song sounds like 1960’s garage psychedelics, it’s because this band is one of the founders of 1960’s garage psychedelics

The band that brought you “Strychnine” still kicks ass after all these years.

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The Rotaries – “Town Light”

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Roy English – “Julianne”

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Week In Review: (1/16/15)

Natalie Prass – “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”

She paid her dues from playing in Jenny Lewis’s backing band, but this year she’s making a name for herself. It’s folk-pop with a orchestra touch similar to Sufjan Stevens (who happens to have a new album coming out this year). Be on the lookout for her to make some big moves this year.

 Laura Groves Is Actually What You’re Thinking Of When People Compare HAIM to Fleetwood Mac

Or maybe this is just straight up Stevie Nicks. Either way, this song is great.

You Blew It! Had A Great 2014, And 2015 Is Looking Good Too

The band’s new EP Pioneer of Nothing comes out Jan. 27th.

Claremont – “Dindi”

https://soundcloud.com/midnight-side/claremont-dindi

Read more about this up and coming musician via Pigeons & Planes.

Want Your Next Song To Get Lots Of Buzz? Film Your Next Music Video At Target

And pretend to be a Target employee like Nedelle Torrisi did.

Fear Of Men Filmed Themselves On Their Last American Tour And It’s Oddly Beautiful To Watch

Makes you think of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” in a strange way.

Speaking Of Bands Filming Themselves, Thea & The Wild Takes You Behind The Scenes Before, During, And After A Show

This band is already huge in Norway and is just now getting good buzz in the UK, so make sure to keep an eye on these guys when they (hopefully) make it big state-side. This came to me via Cultured Vultures.

If Art-Punk Is Still A Thing, Than Krill Is My Favorite Art-Punk Band Of 2015 So Far

It reminds me of Sonic Youth and Yes, but AT THE SAME TIME YES!

Fort Lean – “I Don’t Mind”

New album Quiet Days comes out this Spring.

Mocky – “Sweet Things”

This producer, who originates from Berlin but now lives in L.A., is able to repeat one line (“Keep giving me sweet things”) over and over but makes it engaging and soulful each time with his nice 70’s throwback touch.

Day Wave Is The Sound Of Mac DeMarco If He Were A Surfer Bro

I mean, this track is so totally laid back, man.

The Juliana Hatfield Three, Your Favorite 90’s Band That You Haven’t Heard Yet, Is Reuniting!

Check out the killer “Ordinary Guy” and get excited.

Empty Houses – “Far Away”

Empty Houses is a new jangle-pop-with-a-hint-of-Motown band that includes Fireworks frontman David Mackinder.

Watch All Of Sleater-Kinney’s Famous Friends Sing Along To Their New Song “No Cities To Love”

Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Gerard Way, Connie Britton, Miranda July, Fred Armisen, J Mascis, Vanessa Bayer, Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne, and more audition for Portlandia.

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Week In Review (12/19/14)

So Some Guy Named D’Angelo Released An Album?

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And apparently it’s a big deal.

And The Award For The Most Hyped Producer For 2015 Goes To ZHU

And for good reason.

James Murphy Is Making An Album Made Out Of Tennis Sounds.

No, seriously.

Max Frost – “Let Me Down Easy”

So good.

 Will Nothing But Thieves Be The Next Big London Band That’ll Be Featured On Some NBC Drama Commercial?

https://soundcloud.com/nothingbutthieves/graveyard-whistling-2

It sure sounds like it, and in the best way possible.

This Group Of Recent High School Graduates Makes Me Feel Real Old

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Expect great things from Minneapolis-bred Hippo Campus.

 And Your Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2015 Is…

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Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett, Bill Withers, and some other famous people. But the real story is who didn’t get inducted.

Is This The Sexist Christmas Song You’ll Hear In 2014?

Or at least the one that sounds the most like the Human League?

Watch Bob Long III Play Inside An Indianapolis Brewery

Thank you Sun King, and thank you My Old Kentucky Blog.

Can’t It Just Be Summer Already?

https://soundcloud.com/forgenevieve/genevieve-colors

I guess I’ll stay in and listen to Genevieve to feel like there’s some sun left.

Anytime An Artist Calls Themselves ‘Indiana’ I Have To Talk About Them

It’s a bonus that this artist actually sounds great.

Male Bonding – “Falling”

Be on the lookout for a new album from these guys in 2015.

Kathleen Hanna aka The Punk Singer Is Back!

This is also the same girl who introduced Kurt Cobain to Teen Spirit.

This Will Be The Last ‘Week In Review’ For The Year!

I’ll be on vacation with the family from Christmas till New Years and I will not be near any sort of Internet. See you in 2015!

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Week In Review (12/12/14)

 

You Need To Hear This Cat Singing About Flies

https://soundcloud.com/petercatrecordingco/flies

And by this cat I mean this awesome band from Delhi, India. And by flies I mean flies.

I Have No Idea What’s Going On In This Majid Jordan Video But Hello Sexy Lady Robots Wait Are They Actually Robots What The Hell Is Going On Oh Hey This Song Is Kinda Catchy

But it’s cool, these guys hang out with Drake.

 You Need To Hear This Tycho Remix Of Spoon’s “Inside Out”

So good.

And You Also Need To Hear This N’to Remix Of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Scar Tissue”

Also so good.

Shlohmo – “Emerge From Smoke”

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – “Billions Of Eyes”

She’s doing well considering that she also wrote one of my favorite songs of 2013. Can’t wait for the new album.

Ten Walls – “Walking With Elephants”

I’m all ’bout that brass, ’bout that brass.

Literature Is The Latest Great Indie Pop Band That Sounds Like They’re Not Trying At All

Here’s A Great Grungy Shoegazing Band From My Home State Of Indiana

https://soundcloud.com/vice/cloakroom-starchild-skull

Go Hoosiers!

Wait, Death Grips Are Still Making Music?

Well kinda. This is a new song off their final album that they’ve already made but haven’t released yet. Got it?

Daunt – “This Body Rushes”

A strange song that’s upbeat yet moody at the same time.

Watch Jack Black Fight A Bear

And OFF! might be playing Coachella this year!

And Modest Mouse Is Back!

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2015 just got a lot more exciting.

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