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Mayer Hawthorne – A Long Time

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“A Long Time” is fresh from Mayer Hawthorne. The new single comes in anticipation of his sophomore full length How Do You Do, to be released on Universal Republic later this year. The track stays true and it will be interesting to hear how it plays on the LP, and preludes what’s still to come.

Mayer Hawthorne – A Long Time

Mayer Hawthorne: (Facebook) (iTunes)

Rating: 8
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05-31-11

Sonny Moore – Turmoil (Skrillex Remix)

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Sonny Moore goes in… on himself, and gives “Turmoil” the Skrillex touch. It’s filthy and we love it!

Sonny Moore – Turmoil (Skrillex Remix)

Skrillex: (Official) (Free EP)

Rating: 8.5
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05-31-11

Raphael Saadiq – “Go To Hell” and “Get Involved (Feat. Q-Tip)”

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We won’t front, Stone Rollin’ is in some heavy rotation at b3sci headquarters. The production, the melodies, THE SOUND, it’s right. “Go To Hell” is the type of track that aims big, epic big. And from the archives, with throwback love comes “Get Involved” featuring Q-Tip off The PJ’s: Original Soundtrack release.

Raphael Saadiq – Go To Hell

Raphael Saadiq – Get Involved (Feat. Q-Tip)

Raphael Saadiq: (Official) (Purchase)

Rating: 8.2
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05-30-11

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Architecture In Helsinki @ The Music Box, LA this Wednesday!

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Architecture In Helsinki are at the The Music Box in LA this Wednesday, June 1st, and we’ve got a pair of tickets with your name on them! Yes… that’s right, B3sci has got you again! Email us HERE and we’ll enter you in our drawing for tomorrow. That’s right: you and the eclectic Australian indie pop group of a generation; same time, same party. Their latest LP Moment Bends is out now, and “City Calm Down” is a favorite from Fingers Crossed. Get into it.

Architecture In Helsinki- City Calm Down

Architecture In Helsinki: (Official) (Twitter) (Tix @ The Music Box)

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05-30-11

TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Wombats @ Troubadour – Los Angeles, Wednesday June 1

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Do you live in Los Angeles? If so, then we’ve got some good news for you! The Wombats will be in town for a show at the Troubadour this Wednesday, June 1st, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets! Get your dance-on to witty alt-pop from Wombats’ latest This Modern Glitch LP as well their UK platinum-selling debut The Wombats Proudly Present: Guide to Love, Loss And Desperation. Just email us HERE and we’ll enter you to be our lucky winner for a drawing this Tuesday. Get into it!

The Wombats: (Official) (Twitter) (Tix @ Troubadour)

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05-29-11

Bon Iver – Towers

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“Towers” is a favorite off of Bon Iver’s forthcoming self-titled release. The band explore more instrumentation on the album but have not forgotten who they are. In fact, Bon Iver might even make great prospects for some people like this… who are known to be a little like this. It’s a compliment. It takes a lot to make a great sophomore album after a glowing debut. Bon Iver’s new album will hit stores June 21.

Bon Iver – Towers

Bon Iver: (Official) (Twitter)

Rating: 8.2
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05-28-11

Vetiver – Worse for Wear

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Andy Cabic has a delivery that commands your attention. “Worse for Wear” is no exception. Previewed from Vetiver‘s fifth album, The Errant Charm, due June 13 via Bella Union/Sub Pop.

Vetiver – Worse for Wear

Vetiver: (Official)

Rating: 8
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05-27-11

Freddie Joachim – L & H (Al Green’s Love & Happiness Remix)

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Freddie Joachim pays tribute to The Reverend and more on his new EP Dusted. Freddie does justice. Grab the EP for free at his Bandcamp.

Freddie Joachim – L & H (Al Green’s Love & Happiness Remix) via bklyn.

Freddie Joachim: (Official)

Rating: 8.4
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05-27-11

Various Cruelties – She Is The One

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Various Cruelties keep it timeless with “She Is The One”. Sparse technically and rich in structure, their songwriting continues to speak volumes. More to come from this London group.

Various Cruelties – She Is The One

Various Cruelties: (Facebook) (Bandcamp)

rating: 8.1
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05-26-11

The Weeknd – Do It

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The Weeknd continues his streak of non-stop jams. Previously unreleased and off the new The Noise EP, “Do It” gets down. Press play.

The Weeknd – Do It

The Weeknd: (Official) (Twitter)

Rating: 8.2
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05-26-11

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – An Ugly Person On A Movie Screen

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“An Ugly Person On A Movie Screen” is a pretty complex pop song. The track clocks in at 3:12 but not before it takes you on a journey. Some tracks, much like their cover of The Beach Boys, “God Only Knows”, foreshadow Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s respect for an art of melody. It’s not an easy craft, and one rarely successful, but occasionally a band comes along that actually gets it. It’s a Corporate World hits stores June 7th.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – An Ugly Person On A Movie Screen

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: (Official)

Rating: 8.4
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05-26-11

RAVES FAVE’S: My Morning Jacket – Outta My System

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My Morning Jacket are one of the few bands who truly master any style they wish to pursue. While I don’t think of them as a pop band, they deliver several melodic entries on their new “Circuital” album, which drops next Tuesday May 31. Similar to the title track which deals with life’s journeys, “Outta My System” address’ crossroad questions such as whether to smoke drugs and whether to remain single. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this track getting a fair amount of radio play. Contributed by Bruce Rave

My Morning Jacket – Outta My System

My Morning Jacket: (Official)

Catch Bruce on Moheak Radio Fridays 1-3pm PST

Rating: 8.5
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05-26-11

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