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Video | GIVERS – That Was Your Mother (Paul Simon)

Just a wild prediction here, but Paul Simon’s Graceland will most likely influence bands and artists for many years to come. Personally, I would be hard pressed to name 25 or 30 better albums, and Simon’s not even necessarily one of my favorite musicians. It’s just that Graceland is almost a perfect work of art. … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2011 | 75 – 51

Check out songs 100-76. And keep up with the list on Spotify here. 75 The Kill Van Kulls – Lost and Found [buy the single] [more Kill Van Kulls on Speakers] 74 WILD FLAG – Boom [buy the album] [more WILD FLAG on Speakers] 73 Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. [buy the album] 72 Gauntlet Hair … Read more

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The Perfect Mixtape | Speakers + Summer 2011

Photo by Katie Guymon It’s that special time again: the first day of summer. And, just like last year, we are celebrating the longest day of the year by gifting you with a special mix: Speakers + Summer Volume 2. We’ve handpicked tunes that, to us, scream and holler summer and put them in one … Read more

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Jam of the Day | GIVERS – Saw You First

Seriously, how in the world has it been over a year since I first wrote about the yummy goodness that is GIVERS? “Up Up Up,” from the band’s self-released EP, was my first introduction to Louisiana quintet’s unique blend of funk, afro-pop, and island flavors. And, I loved it instantly. Needless to say, the looooong … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Tahiti 80 – Keys to the City

The boys of Tahiti 80 have been in the music game for a long time, at least compared to so many of the indie upstarts who work diligently to avoid “flash in the pan” status. Spearheading the French Invasion of the late ’90s and early 2000s, along with notable acts like Phoenix and Air, Tahiti … Read more

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Jam of the Day | GIVERS – Up, Up, Up

GIVERS puts ants in my pants and makes me do the boogie dance. This Lafayette, Louisiana five-piece makes music that is pure, unadulterated fun, perfect for fans of Vampire Weekend. It’s clear that GIVERS is heavily influenced by the native music of their hometown and neighboring New Orleans. Add afro-pop, indie, and funk flavors on … Read more