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Jam of the Day | Beach House – The Hours

This one’s for the several gals to my right last night at The Pageant who danced as if they were holding giant teddy bears. If you do not know what this looks like (and I sure didn’t before last night), then you need to get out to a Beach House show. Preferably one where smoke … Read more

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Contest | Win Tickets to Beach House at The Pageant

Photo by Katie Guymon This coming Wednesday, July 11th, Baltimore’s vanguard dream-pop duo, Beach House, will grace The Pageant’s stage in Saint Louis, with openers Wild Nothing. We’re psyched to be giving away TWO pairs of tickets to the show. Here’s how you enter: 1. Tell us where you’d build a beach house, if you … Read more

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Halfway There | The Best Songs of 2012

Today, we offer you a selection of fifty of our favorite songs from the front half of 2012. Pump up the jam in your cubicle today, and get ready to blare this one from your America party tomorrow. That is, if you live in America. If not, have a great Wednesday! What did we miss? … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Beach House – Myth

Last week, Baltimore’s Beach House (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand) casually released their new single “Myth” and label Sub Pop confirmed that Bloom, the duo’s fourth LP, would be released on May 15th. Bloom will arrive amidst a swell of anticipation building from Beach House’s utterly amazing 2010 LP, Teen Dream, and some interesting statements … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Three

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Want more? Check out the entire list of albums here. (And don’t forget about best songs here). Delorean | Subiza (True Panther Sounds) [buy] The Spanish electro-synth quartet Delorean has come a long way from its early punk rock roots. 2009 brought about this punk-to-dance transformation with the Aryton Senna EP. … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 25 – 1

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Click here to see the entire list, from 100 – 1. 25 Sufjan Stevens – From the Mouth of Gabriel The most classic Sufjan song of the 2010 onslaught of Sufjan songs, “From the Mouth of Gabriel” is haunting and just plain beautiful. Flutes and clarinets, plucking guitars and lyrics that … Read more

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10 to Spin | Hayley Taylor

In August, I wrote about Hayley Taylor’s “No More Wishing,” and how I admired her for defining her idea of a true love. I’m also quite fond of her latest release, One Foot in Front of the Other; Taylor’s given us an album full of honest tunes that play well to her strengths: thoughtful songwriting, … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Warpaint – Undertow

L.A.’s Warpaint is just about the buzziest buzz band out at the moment.  And “Undertow,” the first single from the band’s ridiculously anticipated debut album, The Fool, calls to mind pretty much every great alt-rock female group known to man. Its all-lady harmonies twirl between kick-ass guitar breakdowns to make a JOTD that is both down AND … Read more

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10 to Spin | Harper Blynn

The boys who make up the New York City band, Harper Blynn, truly represent the melting pot that is the greatest city on earth. For our second installment of 10 to Spin, the band’s summer playlist does the same, melding genres, jumping decades, and crossing borders. From quirky Mexican lounge music to of-the-moment indie rock, Harper … Read more

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Full Report: Pitchfork Music Fest (Day Three)

Photo credit: Katie Guymon I trekked to Chicago last weekend to attend the Pitchfork Music Fest for the first time ever. Knowing that I’m simply not as quick and nimble as I once was, coupled with the fact that my “bounce back capabilities” aren’t completely intact, I only bought tickets for Sunday’s line-up (what I … Read more