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The 15 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2018

Hello, Sad Bastards of the world! Speakers in Code is back with its annual Sad Bastard playlist, and 2018 did not let us down. Some dark stuff here, and it’s not all guy/gal with a guitar. These songs dig a little deeper. And if we say they’re Sad Bastard songs, then dammit, they are! Say … Read more

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Forecastle Festival Begins Tomorrow in Louisville

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN It’s time. Time to set sail for another Forecastle Festival. One of our favorite festivals, no doubt about it. If you can’t feel comfortable about being yourself at Forecastle, then … scratch that … you WILL feel comfortable. Here’s a playlist of what is to come over the next three days, … Read more

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The 45 Best Songs of 2016

In some town in Missouri but it could be anywhere it could be right here on Ruth Street, in fact it’s happened here and it happened where you’re sitting, wherever that might be It happened last weekend and it will happen again next week And when they turned him over, they were surprised there was … Read more

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The 13 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2016

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN White noise I don’t know if there’s breathing or not Butterflied arms tell me that this one has flown Blood seems black against the skin of your porcelain back A still life is the last I will see of you A painting of a panic attack He died in his sleep … Read more

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New Music Friday | “For What It’s Worth”

Still forbidden Still outrageous… Well, here we are. The first Friday post-election. Let’s get to work. Let’s try to make each day a little better. Remember these aren’t necessarily “brand new” songs. They are just new to us. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

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[EXCLUSIVE PLAYLIST] Ken Bone – Love in the Time of Election

Photo by Heather Bone Happy Thursday. We reached out to internet sensation and Granite City, Illinois native Ken Bone about creating a playlist for our readers, and he has delivered. We’re excited to share Ken’s playlist, which he has titled “Love in the Time of Election.“ You can listen to each song individually below, or subscribe to the … Read more

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Bonnaroo Preview: 15 Songs For Your Road Trip

Good morning! We’re headed to Bonnaroo via a Ford Fusion. Got the oil changed and everything. Don’t forget to register your wristbands. Don’t forget to map out your schedule. Don’t forget the sunscreen, the Off, the tent. Don’t forget the positive vibes. And don’t forget to blast our official Bonnaroo 2016 playlist below! See you … Read more

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Playlist | Parlour Tricks at The Firebird in St. Louis Tonight

Tonight, Parlour Tricks will perform at The Firebird, opening for Electric Six (Doors 7; Show 8). Their debut, Broken Hearts/Bones, was released last year. We recently asked Parlour Tricks to create a playlist for our readers. Please enjoy their picks below! WINTER “Is This It” – the Strokes. “Just heard it again recently and remembered … Read more

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10 Songs for February

February is almost done, so we decided to make a 10-song playlist for you! It includes our favorite track from Glen Hansard’s new EP, A Season on the Line. Enjoy!

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The Best Parts of Lonely | Autumn Mix

Memory will rust and erode into lists  of all that you gave me: A blanket, some matches, this pain in my chest, the best parts of lonely Happy Autumn everybody! Here are a few songs we’ve been listening to as the leaves start to fall to the ground. Hope you’re having a nice week out … Read more

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The Speakers in Code 2015 LouFest Playlist

Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers, who will headline Day Two of LouFest | Photo by Jason Gonulsen Hello and a reminder: LouFest is one week from tomorrow. Tickets are available here. 2-day and 1-day passes, along with VIP options, are available. And below is our 2015 playlist featuring The Avett Brothers, Billy Idol, Lord … Read more

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20 Songs for Coachella

For those of you heading to the desert for Weekend One of Coachella, which begins this afternoon, we salute you. Stay hydrated, be responsible, and all that good stuff. For those of you at home, stream live performances of Coachella from your couch here. For ALL of you, below is our Coachella playlist for 2015. … Read more

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Valentine’s Day Special | OOO

Written by: Mary Broome I was entertaining myself at home the other night with some funky-soul classics, a little Kentucky bourbon, and my eternal summer memories of LA (We were always dancing to these same tunes in bars and apartments around town). The moment inspired me to craft another sappy love poem… this one would … Read more

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LouFest 2014 | The Speakers in Code Playlist

We’re inching closer to LouFest, which takes places September 6 & 7 at Forest Park in St. Louis. One-day ($60), two-day ($95), and VIP ($350) tickets are available here. Last week, we brought you an interview with LouFest founder Brian Cohen, and today our LouFest coverage continues with our “Speakers in Code: 2014 LouFest Playlist,” … Read more

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Bonnaroo 2014 | The Speakers in Code Playlist

Photo by Jason Gonulsen We haven’t attended Bonnaroo since 2011, and while we wanted to go back to The Farm in 2014, it just wasn’t in the cards. We do miss the immediate smell of sweat and whiskey waking up at 7AM 6AM. And we miss this. OK. Before we get too nostalgic, let’s act like … Read more

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SXSW 2014 | 20 Songs to Hear While in Austin

We’re SO excited to be sponsoring the MANICFEST DESTINY IV SHOWCASE, which is happening Thursday at SXSW in Austin at Rusty’s (405 E. 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701) starting at 1PM with Brooklyn’s Jillette Johnson on our outdoor patio stage. Please RSVP on Facebook here or RSVP on Do512 here. Be sure to follow Speakers in Code on Twitter for special guest tweets on … Read more

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Valentine’s Day Sweet & Sour Mix

All of a sudden now you’re back again I thought you were happy with whoever Or did you dream about me now and then? Did you look up at the stars and feel something for the constellations? Our Valentine’s playlist is a little different. There’s darkness and light, but the bulb flickers often. There’s a … Read more

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LouFest Preview | The 30 Best Wilco Songs

Photo by Jason Gonulsen Short on long term goals There’s a party there that we ought to go to If you still love rock and roll You still love rock and roll? I do believe St. Louis needs a major outdoor music festival. I do believe LouFest is the answer. And I do believe Wilco … Read more

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Halfway There | The Best Songs of 2013

Well, here we are. Next week is July, dudes. With today being the last Tuesday to release an album or single in the first half of 2013, we’d like to present our Top 105 Songs of 2013 (so far). And while these are in no particular order, we’d love to tip our collective hat to … Read more

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The 100 Best Songs of 2012

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Well, here we are again. To say we’ve listened to every release in 2012 would be a lie. We probably haven’t even listened to every genre. But, still, we feel lists are important because of discovery, and not because of what we think is best, or what you think is better. … Read more

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Playlist | Hurricane Sandy

  Strange how hard it rains now Rows and rows of big dark clouds East Coasters, we’re thinking of you here at Speakers in Code. But perhaps if we sing to Sandy, she’ll calm down. Or maybe she’ll just go away. Stay safe!

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The Perfect Mixtape | Speakers + Summer 2012

Photo by Katie Guymon Today, dear friends, marks the first day of summer. And today, of course, we bring you our third annual Speakers + Summer mix, a collection of tracks that remind us of the season, whether we’re mowing the lawn with a frosty one in tow, dipping our feet in the local cement … Read more