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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Let Me Get There (Feat. Kurt Vile)

If only everyday could sound like Hope Sandoval.

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09-28-16

King Deco – Read My Lips

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“Read My Lips”, new from NY-based King Deco, is 3 minutes 46 seconds of all accelerator, pedal to the floor perfect pop. Sat in a frame of hook after hook after hook after hook (etc), “Read My Lips” is a big track and a big step forward for King Deco.

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09-28-16

Red Rosamond – Damn

Propelled by a potent megaton alto vocal and 90’s British pop production nods, “Damn” the latest from L.A.’s Red Rosamond is a sleek and cool sounding ton of visceral bricks. We like it. Listen to “Damn” from Red Rosamond below.

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09-28-16

Moses Sumney – Lonely World

Like something cast forward from a different, much more advanced, dimension, “Lonely World”, the new track from Moses Sumney sounds nothing like most and run circles around just about everything else out. Look for “Lonely World” appearing on Sumney’s “Lamentations” EP, out Friday.

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09-28-16

Bishop Briggs – Be Your Love

From the gut-puncher, supremely potent vocal to the cool bits of cleverly plotted countermelody/harmony in the track’s production “Be Your Love”, the latest track from Bishop Briggs is how this forward-thinking pop music thing is done. Another A+.

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09-26-16

Bad Sea – Solid Air

“Solid Air” is the debut track online for Dublin IE duo Bad Sea aka the pair of Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell. Initially connected through Tinder the Irish twosome’s musical partnership is based on a mutual adoration of a disparate span of artists that includes Angel Olsen and Carly Rae Jepsen. “Solid Air” is a leisurely-paced bit of warm seaside pop subtly fashioned around some impressive turns of hook writing. Sample “Solid Air” below and get into Bad Sea.

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09-26-16

Michigan Rattlers – Sweet Diane

More than just an awesome band name, the Michigan Rattlers hale from (you guessed it) Michigan with a fresh breath of Americana. The duo have a distinct delivery with their harmonized vocals and guitar with upright bass in tow. Like all great songs of the genre, “Sweet Diane” tells us a story with the right balance of musical and lyrical simplicity and complexity. A rebirth of roots friendly Americana seems on the horizon, and alongside the paths of artists like Sturgil Simpson and Kacey Musgraves, the Michigan Rattlers hint towards a career of relatable integrity, so long their music stays as on point as it is with “Sweet Diane”.

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09-22-16

Gosh Pith – True Blue

Team Gosh will be touring the Midwest in October (see dates below) and in sync with those upcoming dates are streaming a fly new track in the form of “True Blue”. About the track Josh S. had to say, “The idea for ‘True Blue’ came to us while we were in the car late one night driving home from a show at a college town in the Midwest – we got pulled over and had a real trippy hour or so with a state trooper. Like most of our music, sex, love, and drugs are the forefront of the story but at its essence of the song is really just about staying true to yourself and everything you stand for.” Get cool with “True Blue” below.

10/1: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater (w/ GRiZ)
10/3: Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
10/4: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
10/5: Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
10/6: Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling Music Festival
10/7: Milwaukee, WI @ Back Room at Colectivo
10/8: Chicago, IL @ Township (w/ Rich Jones)
10/9: Bloomington, IN @ Bishop
10/11: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
10/12: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
10/14: Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
10/15: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

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09-22-16

Black Honey – Hello Today

Black Honey fire forward following “Headspin” EP from earlier in the year on big new track “Hello Today”. Heavy but melodic as hell, “Hello Today” strikes the 90’s trend touchstone while harnessing enough punch to stand on its merits. It’s a great new song from a great rising band. Listen to “Hello Today” below.

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09-22-16

Sir the Baptist – What We Got (Feat. Donald Lawrence)

Multi-talented Chicago emcee Sir the Baptist scores a feature from gospel hitmaker Donald Lawrence on uplifting new jawn “What We Got”. Way into it.

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09-21-16

Swimming Tapes – Tides

Out now on Hand in Hive is “Tides” the reverb-spun new stream from Swimming Tapes. Following on from June’s “Set the Fire” , “Tides” sounds an oceanside backdrop of warm guitar leads and breezy falsetto-enhanced vocals. “Tides” is another strong track from the London UK quintet.

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09-21-16