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10 to Spin | Will Dailey

Photo by Paul Janovitz “There is no DIY, there is only Do It Together.” Will Dailey believes that, and why shouldn’t he? His upcoming album, due on 8/26, is titled National Throat, and it’s being released independently, despite interest  from the “largest record label in the world.” Doing it together means doing it with you, … Read more

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10 to Spin | The Blind Eyes (Christmas Edition)

Happy Monday to all our music friends from across the land! Today, we have a special 10 to Spin feature straight from Seth Porter of St. Louis’ The Blind Eyes, who will be performing at the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at Off Broadway with Middle Class Fashion. The show also features a wonderful “supergroup” … Read more

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10 to Spin | Ra Ra Riot (LouFest 2013 Edition)

Our LouFest 2013 preview coverage continues with a spotlight on Ra Ra Riot, a band who will playing the Forest Park Stage from 3:30 to 4:30 on Saturday (purchase tickets to the festival here). It’s true: folks (and freaks) wanna dance at outdoor music festivals, so a Ra Ra Riot set makes sense in the afternoon. … Read more

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10 to Spin | Crash Kings

Boston-born, LA-based trio the Crash Kings rock hard without guitars, basing their keyed up sound on the clavinet. Brothers Mike and Tony Beliveau craft crushers like “Mountain Man,” a #1 hit on alternative radio, as well as beautiful ballads like “My Love” that should appeal to listeners across the wide musical spectrum. It wasn’t until I … Read more

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10 to Spin | Song Preservation Society

Song Preservation Society is comprised of three friends: Trevor Bahnson, Ethan Glazer, and Daniel Wright. Their brand of folk is streaked with Golden State sunlight and has been compared to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty. Together with just acoustic guitars and a charming stage presence, the … Read more

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10 to Spin | Jack Skuller

For our first 10 to Spin playlist of 2013, we turn to 17-year-old guitarist Jack Skuller, who, judging from the songs he selected, has fine taste indeed.  America’s youth, baby! Represented right here on SiC. Find Jack Skuller on Facebook here.  Chuck Berry – Maybelline With his guitar, Chuck took the attitude of the blues … Read more

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10 to Spin | Cory Chisel

On Friday, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons will be at Off Broadway in Saint Louis, along with Derek Hoke and local songwriter Tim Gebauer (purchase tickets here).  Chisel’s latest album, Old Believers, is one of our favorites of 2012, and we interviewed the songwriter from Wisconsin earlier this year — you can read that … Read more

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10 to Spin | Haroula Rose

Well, we’re nearing the Apocalypse, and Haroula Rose is here to remind us with her 10 to Spin playlist below. Thanks, Haroula. But, before we begin waiting for the end of the world (and listening to songs about its end), let’s remain positive for a short minute, because things continue to look up for Ms. … Read more

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10 to Spin | The Spring Standards

Photo by Shervin Lainez Tonight, The Spring Standards roll into town with Tim Easton for a nice double-bill at Off Broadway (7:30, $12-15). The Spring Standards are James Cleare, Heather Robb, and James Smith are based out of Brooklyn, although they grew up in Delaware, perfecting their musical trade in high school. They released a … Read more

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10 to Spin | Anaïs Mitchell

I never laughed so loud I never laughed so loud I never laughed so loud Think I’m coming down Anaïs Mitchell’s “Coming Down” got us pretty good a couple months ago (like, flood of tears good). Such a simple song, but does it get more emotional? You tell us. You can find “Coming Down” on … Read more

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10 to Spin | Animal Parts – 10 Best Animal Songs

[Editor’s Note – The below text is written by Joshua Cockerill, a.k.a Animal Parts, who will be playing a show for SIC on October 20th at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC. Now shhhh…read cautiously…I hear footsteps…] Be quiet and listen. There is a gorilla in the mangroves. I’ve laid out a trail of pogo … Read more

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10 to Spin | Fallulah

Photo by Simon Birk Of course, it’s a familiar formula for a song: summer comes, and a relationship ends. And Fallulah’s latest, “He’ll Break Up With You When Summer Comes,” is just that on the surface — an old routine. But there is something about her voice when she sings, “You motherfucking asshole, you make … Read more

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10 to Spin | Bhi Bhiman

St. Louis native Bhi Bhiman has a big voice, and it’s best experienced on “Guttersnipe” from his 2011 album, Bhiman. You’ll have a chance to see him tomorrow evening at Plush in Saint Louis, where Bhiman will be opening for Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, a show that will almost surely sell out, … Read more

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10 to Spin | Gross Ghost

As a music blogger, it’s a bit tough to admit this – the reason I picked up Gross Ghost’s new LP, Brer Rabbit, is it has a really pretty cover. There. My soul is now free. Luckily, my post-purchase experience with it was even more pleasurable, even beyond the clear vinyl that the awesomely-designed sleeve … Read more

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10 to Spin | Jenny Owen Youngs

I knew very little about Jenny Owen Youngs until I heard this song a few weeks ago. And that was when I woke up. Let’s have a listen. (And yes, the ending is brilliant.) That piece of goodness is off Youngs’ latest album, An Unwavering Band of Light, which is a must-listen for those of … Read more

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10 to Spin | The Lumineers

Every year it happens. And every year, I’m still surprised when it happens. Music is a lot like love — the best songs come into your life when you’re not looking or seemingly don’t care. Or, they arrive at exactly the moment when you think you’ve heard it all. The Lumineers is a trio from … Read more

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10 to Spin | Grace Weber

Tonight, singer-songwriter Grace Weber will be performing at Off Broadway in Saint Louis (8 PM), singing songs off her latest release, Hope & Heart. The 23-year-old has already appeared on the likes of Oprah and The Today Show, and Billboard called her an “artist to watch.” Let’s take a few minutes to watch the video … Read more

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10 to Spin | Ha Ha Tonka

Photo by Todd Roeth No, we’re never gonna have much Myself I’d take such  as a compliment We can blame it on the circumstances Oh, at least we took the chances we had to Why we’re attracted to a certain song, a certain album, or a certain band is a mystery. I really do believe … Read more

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10 to Spin | Alyssa Graham

Last August, we interviewed singer-songwriter Alyssa Graham, where she talked about her newly-released EP and her love for Neil Young (who, of course, is a favorite here at SIC). Well, today is a big day for Graham, as the full-length album of that aforementioned EP, Lock, Stock & Soul, has been released to the world … Read more

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10 to Spin | Elizabeth & the Catapult

When Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult responded back with her 10 to Spin playlist, our first one of 2012, her theme of “Awesome Broken Voices” intrigued me. I started listening to Ziman’s voice back in 2010 when we featured “Go Away My Lover,” taken from her 2010 album, The Other Side of Zero, … Read more

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10 to Spin | Donora

Pittsburgh trio Donora knows how to have a good time. How do I know? Well, for starters, their 10 to Spin below has a roller skating theme. And the video they released for their sophomore album, Boyfriends, Girlfriends, features hot tubs, pinatas, balloons, barbeques, karaoke, making out after fighting, and lotsa confetti. Have a look/listen. … Read more

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10 to Spin | Dreamers of the Ghetto

A few months back, we gave Dreamers of the Ghetto’s, “Tether,” Jam of the Day honors for a simple reason: the song freaking kills. Then, we stood front row at the Hopscotch Music Festival as they did the impossible by more-than-holding their own as one of the opening slots for the mind-fuck that is a … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The War On Drugs – Baby Missiles

Photo by Graham Tolbert “Baby Missiles” perfectly illustrates everything I adore about musical juxtaposition. ’80s synth pop mixed with country-rock? Yes, please. I’ll have that. The War On Drugs frontman, Adam Granduciel, has a purposefully wobbly delivery on “Baby Missiles” that reminds me a little bit of Mark Knopfler on Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life.” … Read more

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10 to Spin | Oh Land

Nanna Øland Fabricius. That’s her real name, but she goes by Oh Land, and I’ll be honest: I’m a little smitten. Have been for months now, I just haven’t written about her. I love pop music when it’s done right, and Oh Land does just about everything right in my book. She even kicks major … Read more

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10 to Spin | Amy LaVere

Who doesn’t love a good breakup album? Amy LaVere’s new offering, Stranger Me, is one of 2011’s best of that kind, and she’ll be performing these “see ya later” songs at Off Broadway Friday night (listen to the album at NPR here). The singer, songwriter, upright bass player, and actress (whew!) is quite the performer, … Read more

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10 to Spin | The Postelles

It took a while for New York rockers The Postelles to release their self-titled debut album, but they’ve found ways to keep busy over the last few years. The quartet–Daniel Balk (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), David Dargahi (vocals/lead guitar), John Speyer (bass), and Billy Cadden (percussion)–has toured with Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, and Interpol, and … Read more

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10 to Spin | Abigail Washburn

Earlier this year, Abigail Washburn hit us hard with her second solo album called City of Refuge; it’s been called a “a sublime marriage of old-time and indie-pop,” and rightfully so – it was recorded with a new cast of characters, including My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel  and The Decemberists’ Chris Funk. It certainly takes … Read more

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10 to Spin | Act As If

As a passionate fan of music, I was delighted to find Act As If’s “There’s a Light” earlier this year — so much, that we at Speakers in Code made it a Pajammy Jam of the Day back in April. It’s a feel-good tune, with the road ahead of us viewed as a positive one … Read more

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10 to Spin | Dots Not Feathers

Photo by Jarred Gastreich It didn’t take us long to fall in love with Dots Not Feathers. In fact, it didn’t take the city of Saint Louis long to fall in love with the indie-folksters, either. Since DNF first made waves on the local scene with the release of its first album, A Thousand Novels, … Read more