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MP3 | Youth Lagoon – Dropla

Happy hump-day y’all.  This is our first taste of Wondrous Bughouse, Youth Lagoon’s sophomore album, due March 5 worldwide. Enjoy…sounds like great things are coming!  

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MP3 | Greylag – Black Crow

Today marks the release of The Only Way To Kill You, the debut EP for Greylag, a duo out of Portland. Tonight, they’ll be opening for Augustana at The Blue Note in Columbia, so we thought this would be a great time to A) tell you about that show and B) introduce you to “Black … Read more

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MP3 | Wilco – Spiders (Kidsmoke) (Live, 09/02/02)

Many of us know this song as we hear it on A Ghost is Born and Kicking Television, but “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” started out much simpler from that version. Actually, it was first performed in 2001 at a Jeff Tweedy solo show in Chicago; below, taken from the 2002 Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, it’s with the … Read more

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MP3 | Patrick Watson – Into Giants

In the big mess of schedules that is SXSW, you might want to give Patrick Watson your attention. His song, “Into Giants,” which you can listen to below, really belongs on the Pink Floyd album, Atom Heart Mother. But since we’re clearly not going to get our way, let’s just accept that it probably came … Read more

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MP3 | Cowboy Junkies – Angels in the Wilderness

Will I make you confess it? Or will I leave it alone? And if it consoles you, will I take it away? Toronto’s Cowboy Junkies are finally nearing the end of their Nomad Series, the final offering being the fourth volume, The Wilderness, which drops on March 27. They’ll be performing in Saint Louis at … Read more

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MP3 | Oh Land – Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National)

Back in August, Oh Land took part in our 10 to Spin series and gave us a playlist of her favorite covers. That was great and all, but little did we know that she had a gem of a cover up her sleeve: her take on The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” our favorite tune of 2010. … Read more

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MP3 | Cowboy Junkies – Sing In My Meadow

I’m big on the idea of doubt Yeah, I’m big on the idea of doubt Now this is what I really love from Cowboy Junkies. When they turn it up and give us dirty rock and blues, sort of like a mix between Open and Whites Off Earth Now!!. I like it when Margo Timmins … Read more

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MP3 | Kathleen Edwards – Change the Sheets

Photo by Justin Vernon “Margaritas and sleeping pills.” Holy awesome, is it great to hear Kathleen Edwards’ voice again. I am beyond excited to see her on Sunday at The Pageant, where she’ll be opening for Bon Iver. “Change the Sheets,” which I’m hoping she’ll play this weekend, is taken from her upcoming album, Voyageur, … Read more

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MP3 | Neil Young – Looking Forward (Live)

I’m want to live Like a free-roamin’ soul On the highway of our love Happy Memorial Day, everybody! Sometimes you have to look back to look forward. Here’s a song taken from the best concert I’ve ever been to: “Looking Forward” from Neil Young’s solo acoustic performance at The Fox Theater on April 14, 1999. … Read more

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MP3 | The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness

“Under Cover of Darkness” will be the first single from The Strokes’ new record, Angles, (their first in five years… has it been that long?) which will drop March 22nd on RCA Records. The early word on Angles is that it will be a return to the sonic buzz and the angular, riffy, garage sensibilities … Read more

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MP3 | U.S. Royalty – Monte Carlo

Photo credit: Guy Aroch We unofficially named U.S. Royalty one of our Top Bands to Watch in 2011, all the way back in October of 2010 when we first listened to “Equestrian,” the first single off the now-released debut LP, Mirrors. Yes, that long ago. We were so taken with the lead track, we placed it … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Dots Not Feathers – Sylvia

Photo credit: Clint Alwahab Dots Not Feathers, a relatively new act on the local Saint Louis scene, is made up of four incredibly talented, young musicians (from L to R): Stephen Baier, Ryan Myers, Ravi Raghuram, and Katy Durrwachter. The foursome is speedily catching the city’s eye with its brand of indie-folk, inspired by such jaw-dropping … Read more

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MP3 | La Sera – Devils Hearts Grow Gold

We know people everywhere (us included) are flipping their shit for the upcoming TENNIS album, but slow down, folks. Let’s not forget about La Sera, Katy Goodman’s (Vivian Girls) new band. With that same ’50s pop influence couple with ethereal choral vocals and a clear sense of humor (see above picture), La Sera is going … Read more

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MP3 | Birds of Avalon – Invasion

Raleigh NC’s Birds of Avalon have spent the better part of the past three years on the road with the likes of The Racontuers, The Flaming Lips, Black Mountain, The Fucking Champs, Mudhoney,and Ted Leo. And judging from a few first-hand accounts, they have one of the best live rock shows going. The band will … Read more

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The Poison Tree – Come On Come On

The Poison Tree is the new project by The King of France frontman, Steve Salett. According to Salett, the upcoming album has been a long time in the making…since high school, to be exact. Carefully crafted, The Poison Tree’s songs were developed with the help of a rotating cast of collaborators including Dawn Landes and … Read more

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MP3 | Your Youth – Awake

First, let me draw your attention to the above picture. Just what is going on here? Mirrored sunglasses, confetti, oranges, and…Abe Vigoda? I couldn’t help but giggle a little at the utter randomness happening in the shot. Yet, Brooklyn’s Your Youth’s press shot perfectly embodies its music: punky fresh and blatantly brazen. “Awake” takes me … Read more

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MP3 + Video | The So So Glos – Fred Astaire

Well, look at that. We told you about the band a few weeks back, and now The So So Glos are unveiling the MP3 and music video for “Fred Astaire,” the second single from their Low Back Chain Shift EP. The video, directed by Matthew Greeley, sees the band in full suits and ties, with … Read more

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Halloween MP3s | The Soft Moon + Indie Folker + Lucy Schwartz

The Soft Moon The Soft Moon – Tiny Spiders The Soft Moon’s self-titled debut full-length is out on November 16th on Captured Tracks. Indie Folker – Monsters in Rome Indie Folker’s album of the same name, Monsters in Rome, is available now. Lucy Schwartz’s new album, Life in Letters, is out now. Grab the track, … Read more

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MP3 | Franz Nicolay – Have Mercy

Photo credit: Miles Kerr Last January, we reported that Franz Nicolay, one of the founding members of Brooklyn’s The Hold Steady, had left the band. So, perhaps a lyric from the brand new track, “Have Mercy” is very fitting: “It’s who you leave behind, it’s not who you save / That you’ll be judged by.” … Read more

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MP3 | U.S. Royalty – Equestrian

If you are a Local Natives fan, you must give U.S. Royalty a listen. The band combines the same kind of southern, sweet tea harmonies with gobs of beautiful nature imagery a la Fleet Foxes. In fact, the vocals on the intro of “Equestrian” quite remind me of a hooting owl. And that’s a good … Read more