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Latest Additions:

South Rail - Stars EP (5/6)
PHOX - S/T (6/24)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Johnossi - Transitions (4/29)
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean (5/20)
Birdy - Fire Within (6/3 U.S.)
The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD (4/29)
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Challenger - Back to Bellevue (5/27)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
The Shilohs - S/T (5/13)
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/19)
Amber States - Saratoga EP (4/28)
Mimicking Birds - Eons (5/13)
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment (6/16)
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love (6/10)
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (5/6 UK)
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (5/26)
Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (6/17 UK)
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War (6/3)
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff (5/12)
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (6/9 UK)
George Ezra - TBA (6/23 UK)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie (6/10)
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me (6/3)
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics (6/3)
Daughter - Live @ Air (4/15)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (5/19)
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (5/19)
Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP (6/3)
Ed Sheeran - x (multiply) (6/23)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)

April 15

Afghan Whigs - Do To the Beast
Amatorski - From Clay Figures
Amaya Laucirica - Sway (4/18 AUS)
Bobby Bare Jr. - Undefeated
Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty EP (4/19)
Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear
 Daughter - Live @ Air
Dinah Thorpe - Lullabies & Wake Up Calls
Elizaveta - Hero EP
Emerson Hart (Tonic) - Beauty In Disrepair
Horse Thief - Fear In Bliss
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) - Homo Erraticus
Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing...
Jim Kroft - Lunatic Lullabies (UK)
Justin Currie - Lower Reaches
Justin Nozuka - Ulysees
Marika Hackman - Deaf Heat EP
Matthew & The Atlas - Other Rivers (UK)
Needtobreathe - Rivers In the Wasteland
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (UK)
Ramona Lisa (Chairlift's Caroline Polachek) - Arcadia
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky
The Bee Gees - The WB Years 1987-1991 Box
The Both (Aimee Mann, Ted Leo) - S/T
The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down
Thee Oh Sees - Drop
Vaudeville Etiquette - Debutantes and Dealers
Wallis Bird - Architecture (UK)
Woods - With Light & With Love

April 22

Black Prairie (Decemberists) - Fortune
Dwight & Nicole - Shine On
EELS - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Fear Of Men - Loom
 G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
Hedley - Wild Life
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil (Tragically Hip Songs)
Keb' Mo' - BLUESAmericana
Little Daylight - TBA
Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976
Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Sling Shot to Heaven
Sharon Corr - The Same Sun
The Madden Brothers (Good Charlotte) - TBA
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Days of Abandon
To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery (U.S.)
Tom and Hebron - Zoyugo

April 29

Amber States - Saratoga EP
Archie Powell & The Exports - Back In Black
Ben Watt - Hendra
Brigitte DeMeyer - Savannah Road (4/29)
Broken Twin - May
Caitlin Park - The Sleeper (5/2 AUS)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Phosphorescent Harvest
Curtis Stigers - Hooray For Lovers
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) - Everyday Robots
Dave Keller - Soul Changes
Edward David Anderson - Lies & Wishes
Fiona Bevan - Talk To Strangers
Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon) - Midnight Sun
Hafdis Huld - Home
Johnossi - Transitions
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red (U.S.)
Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
Sam Morrow - Ephemeral
The Currys - Follow
The Howlin' Brothers - Trouble
 The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD
The Old 97's - Most Messed Up
Tommy Malone (Subdudes) - Poor Boy
Wye Oak - Shriek 

April TBA

Imogen Heap - Sparks
Neil Young - A Letter Home

May 6

Ben Harper/Ellen Chase-Verdries - Childhood Home
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde - Someday World
Current Swell - Ulysses
Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain EP (U.S.) 
  Gregg Allman & Various Artists - All My Friends (CD/DVD)
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Jenny Scheinman - The Littlest Prisoner
Kina Grannis - Elements
Leisure Cruise (Dave Hodge, Leah Segal) - S/T
Liam Finn - The Nihilist
Lily Allen - Sheezus
Luke Elliot - Provisions
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Natalie Merchant - S/T
Nikki Lane - All or Nothin'
Pacifika - Amor Planeta
Papercuts - Life Among the Savages
Rachel Taylor Brown - Falimy
Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? EP (UK)
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) - Seven Dials (UK)
Sarah McLachlan - Shine On
South Rail - Stars EP
The Horrors - Luminous
Thomas Dybdahl - What's Left Is Forever (US)
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Willie Watson - Folk Singer, Vol. 1
Wooden Wand - Farmers Corner
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (UK)

May 13

Amen Dunes - Love
Braid - No Coast
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt - For Keeps
Collin Herring - Some Knives
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff
Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids EP (UK)
Jeremy Fisher - The Lemon Squeeze
Jesse Denaro - Dear, Love
Joseph Arthur - Lou (Lou Reed Tribute)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test
La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
Little Dragon - Nabuma Underground
Megson - In A Box 
Mimicking Birds - Eons
Mirah - Changing Light
Molly Beanland - Night Dreams
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Rhodes - The Morning EP (5/11 UK)
Swans - To Be Kind 
Sylvan Esso - S/T
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
The Shilohs - S/T
The Trouble With Templeton - Rookie
Tom The Lion - Sleep
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Walter Martin (The Walkmen) - We're All Young Together

May 20

Bry Webb - Free Will
Cara Dillon - A Thousand Hearts (UK)
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) - Upside Down Mountain
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean
Haley Bonar - Last War
Hundreds - Aftermath
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Going Home
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye: Live @ Madison Sq. Garden
Malka Spigel - Gliding EP
Nightmare & The Cat - Simple
Oasis - Definitely Maybe 20th Anniv. Ed.
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light
Smoke Fairies - S/T
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/18)
Yann Tiersen - Infinity

May 27

Amy LaVere - Runaway's Diary
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks
Challenger - Back to Bellevue
John Fullbright - Songs
John Illsley (Dire Straits) - Testing the Waters
Little Barrie - Shadow
Madison - The Bright Light EP
Matthew Barber - Big Romance
Miniature Tigers - Cruel Runnings
moe. - No Guts, No Glory
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Teleman - Breakfast
The Ghost Wolves - Man, Woman, Beast
Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - World of Strangers

May TBA

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - New Skin
Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience) - Legao
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 3

Alice Boman - EP II
BANKS - Goddess (Full Length Debut) 
Birdy - Fire Within (U.S.)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites (4/28 UK)
Ethan Johns - The Reckoning (Prod: Ryan Adams)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) - Black Hours
Howling Bells - Heartstrings
James - La Petite Mort
JD McPherson - TBA
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
Josh Record - Pillars (UK)
Kan Wakan - Moving On
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War
Matisyahu - Akeda
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics
Peter Murphy - Lion
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Sleep Party People - Floating
The Donkeys - TBA 
   The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP
The Pierces - Creation
The Shoe (w/ Jena Malone) - I'm OK

June 10

Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
Cowboy Mouth - Go
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Glass Aniimals - Zaba
Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (UK)
Jose James - While You Were Sleeping
Jack White - Lazaretto
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love
O.A.R. - The Rockville LP
Passenger - Whispers
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
The Who - Quadrophenia Live In London
Tomas Barfod - Love Me

June 17

Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (UK)
Glass Towers - Halcyon Days
Lewis Watson - The Morning
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment
The Antlers - Familiars
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress      

June 24

Ed Sheeran - x (multiply)
George Ezra - TBA (UK)
PHOX - S/T

Beyond

Allen Stone - TBA (Summer)
As Animals - S/T
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) - Rattlebag (TBA)
Charlene Soraia - Love Is The Law (TBA)
Dear Plastic - The Thieves Are Babes (TBA)
Deluka - BONDS EP (Spring TBA)
Don Henley - Cass County (TBA)
Ellis Paul - Chasing Beauty (TBA)
Empires - Orphans (TBA)
Haroula Rose - Here The Blue River (TBA)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
Jonah Tolchin - Clover Road (Summer TBA)
Kite Club - Fresh Air for Humans (TBA)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test (Spring TBA)
Little Daylight - TBD (7/15)
Miranda Lee Richards - Echoes of the Dreamtime (TBA)
Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business (Summer)
  Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
Peter Himmelman - The Boat That Carries Us (TBA)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)
Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) - The Ceaseless Sight (TBA)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Sasha Siem - Most of the Boys (TBA)
Scott Matthews - Home Pt. 1 (TBA)
Slow Club - Complete Surrender (7/14)
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress
The Good Natured - Prism (Summer TBA)
The Vespers - Sisters and Brothers (TBA
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One (TBA)
Toby Lightman - Every Kind of People (TBA)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (Summer TBA)
Wakey! Wakey! - All It Takes Is A Little Love (TBA)
Winterpills - Echolalia (Covers) (TBA) 
Woman's Hour - Conversations (7/15)

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Thursday
Feb272014

Listen: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Simple and Sure"

No one will accuse New York's The Pains of Being Pure at Heart of deceptive labeling on their spangly new single "Simple and Sure," the lead track from their forthcoming April 22 album Days of Abandon. Says singer/frontman Kip Berman: "This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark." Click through to watch the album's teaser trailer.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Simple and Sure" (from Days of Abandon)

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Thursday
Feb272014

Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Londoner Nick Mulvey found his first taste of success as a founding member of Portico Quartet, the Mercury Prize-nominated band known for their adventurous electro-acoustic sonic explorations. In 2009, Mulvey opted to head off on a solo trek to write and perform his own songs, tapping into his affinity for neo-folk songwriting, the rhythmic tunes of Paul Simon and a playing style that draws heavily on his guitar studies during an extended stay in Havana, Cuba. Succeeding two fine EP's, debut album First Mind (May 12, Fiction UK) was produced by Dan Carey (Lianne La Havas, Steve Mason) and features Mulvey's intricate and exotic finger-picking and taste for ethereal melodies, the kind of songs that won him critical praise along with tour opening invitations from Laura Marling and Ben Howard. Click through to stream (and watch) new tropical-tinged single "Cucurucu."

Nick Mulvey - "Freedom to the Form" (from First Mind)

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Thursday
Feb272014

Listen: Megson - "Everynight When The Sun Goes In" (Live)

Fine Brit/folkers Megson -- aka husband and wife duo Debbie and Stu Hanna -- have just announced the May release of their new studio album In A Box so we're marking the occasion by revisiting the sublime "Everynight When The Sun Goes In." Originally appearing on the couple's 2007 full-length debut Smoke of Home, the song was also included on last year's Live album from which this version is taken. Better yet, it's also a free download. As we noted in our take on their last major studio work The Longshot from 2010, Megson offers "a respectful nod to the past aligned with a modern feel that often puts their sound just to the right of Damien Rice's acoustic work with Lisa Hannigan." The haunting "Sun" is a concert favorite for good reason.

Megson - "Everynight When The Sun Goes In" (Live) Free Download

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Wednesday
Feb262014

RADAR: The Sea & I

The Sea & I pretty much don't do the small. And they don't do the predictable. Founded by Irwin Sparkes and Paul Frith, the London-based band like to rework their intricate and artful songs in the context of whatever venue their playing and with whoever they find to augment their sound, whether its a 50-voice choir or a brass band. And let's not forget lighting designer Josh Carr who accompanies the band to set up some rather creative and eye-popping visual displays (click through to watch a live version of "Mutineer" to get a taste). Elegant new EP The Great I Am (March 10, UK), produced by Sparkes and Frith, promises more wide-screen sonic spectacle as the majestic title track (free download below) delivers art/pop on a glorious scale. Great indeed. Or as Ted Dwayne of Mumford and Sons puts it,  “a masterful display of musical musicness with a creamy musical filling. Music.” Stream the slow-building studio version of "Mutineer" from The Sea & I's eponymous debut EP after the jump...

The Sea & I - "The Great I Am" (from The Great I Am EP) Free Download

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Wednesday
Feb262014

BRIEFS: Cancellieri

With so many glitzy, over-produced tracks fighting for our fleeting attention, it's often the spare and unpretentious music that stands out. Ryan Hutchens, a South Carolina songwriter who goes by the name Cancellieri, has crafted just those kinds of songs over the course of three fine EPs since 2011. New full-length Welcome To Mount Pleasure, arriving this spring via Post-Echo (date TBA), promises more simple pleasures: stripped acoustic songs gently fleshed out with a hint of electronic and string backing. Lead track "Hold On Hurricane" belies its blustery title with just the barest of finger-picked and slide guitar lines behind Hutchens' understated vocals. Click below to stream the gorgeously orchestrated chamber/folk gem "Western States" from last years III EP (live at SXSW video, too).

Cancellieri - "Hold On Hurricane" (from Welcome to Mount Pleasant)

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Wednesday
Feb262014

Listen: Selah Sue - "Direction"

We're marking the third anniversary of Selah Sue's remarkable debut album -- 750,000 sold in Europe alone -- with this 2013 track and news that Belgian singer/songwriter Ms. Sanna Pustsys is wrapping up work on her sophomore full-length in L.A. "Direction," arriving via the soundtrack to Belgian TV series De Ridder, cooks on low heat: Selah Sue's laid-back-but-soulful delivery riding a bed of lush strings and a ticking beat. More DC on the occasion of the 2012 U.S drop of Selah Sue here and the amazing "This World" video here...

Selah Sue - "Direction" (from the De Ridder soundtrack)

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Tuesday
Feb252014

Listen: Ray LaMontagne - "Supernova"

Listening to the upbeat and practically sunny title track to Ray LaMontagne's Supernova (May 6, RCA), its hard to believe that the singer/songwriter was emerging from a intense period of unhappiness, self-doubt and despair. Ray says he finally had that "aha" moment on vacation that got him over the slump. Of course getting the chance to work with The Black Keys Dan Auerbach certainly didn't hurt. Holed up in a Nashville studio last fall, the pair banged out LaMontagne's inspired new songs backed by players hand-picked by Auerbach. "For me, it's hard to beat the kind of urgency that comes from that kind of recording," Auerbach tells Rolling Stone. "Of course, Ray is such a tremendous singer, but he also never sings it the same way twice. Capturing that moment was key."

Ray LaMontagne - "Supernova" (from the album Supernova)

Tuesday
Feb252014

Watch: I Will, I Swear - "Mess"

"Mess" is just the third track we've heard from Jonathan Van Landeghem and Fien Deman, a pair of Belgian musicians and songwriters known as I Will, I Swear. Moody, mesmerizing and melancholic are the holy trinity of the duo's downtempo balladry, songs that sound best echoing quietly through an empty house at three in the morning (we tried it with great success). Deman's voice is both unaffected and unassuming in the incredibly unmessy "Mess" as luxurious piano chords and strings meld into the background of succulent chamber pop. From the label sampler Music For Undays out this week. Look for a debut EP this year. Click through to watch two other videos: "Long Days" and "Sleep."

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Tuesday
Feb252014

Priscilla Ahn - This Is Where We Are

"For me, this album was about finally finding my voice again as a songwriter and a singer," says Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn of her new album. "This Is Where We Are (February 25, SQE) portrays who I am now and another side of myself that I'd never really been able to show in other albums." Six years after the gentle acoustic songs of her debut A Good Day, Ahn partnered with co-producer Keefus Cianda (Kimbra) for a more adventurous sound, drenching her nu-folk elements in a dreamy, electronic haze. There's a spaciousness despite the plugged-in accoutrements, a sound reflective of Ahn's period of songwriting alone in the Palm Springs desert. Click through to for DC fave "In A Closet in the Middle of the Night."

Priscilla Ahn - "You and Me" (from This Is Where We Are)

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Tuesday
Feb252014

RADAR: Alex Vargas

The first thing you notice about Copenhagen-born, London-based singer/songwriter Alex Vargas is his voice. Compared to the reedy soulful croon of Steve Winwood and the expressive theatricality of the late Jeff Buckley, Vargas' tenor/falsetto --whether wailing or in a whisper --is an instrument of extraordinary emotional and technical range. With a 2012 mini-LP Howl and Live at Saint Pancras EP under his belt, the 25-year-old Vargas has set his eyes on bigger things for the year including a debut full-length and an appearance at SXSW.  Click through to stream "Oxygen" and watch video covers of "Sweet Nothing" (Calvin Harris/Florence Welch) and "More" (Usher).

Alex Vargas - "Howl" (from the Howl EP)

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Tuesday
Feb252014

Watch: Coldplay - "Midnight"

Just how do you balance the commercial -- worldwide platinum success --with the artful? Coldplay is one band that seems to walk that tightrope with skill and finesse. Brand new and aptly-titled track "Midnight," most likely a contender for their new studio project, finds Chris Martin and band in an ethereal dreamscape, sonically and -- thanks to video director Mary Wigmore -- visually as well.

Monday
Feb242014

BRIEFS: Hozier

Hozier is the abbreviated moniker for Andrew Hozier-Byrne, an Irish singer/songwriter who's been gathering some blog buzz along with some Zane Lowe BBC 1 radio love (new single "From Eden" was named Lowe's "Hottest Record In the World" -- no worry about damning with faint praise there). On the heels of a well-received debut EP featuring title track "Take Me To Church" and arriving just in time for an upcoming Communion-sponsored appearance at SXSW, "Eden" digs deeper into Hozier's affection for American gospel, vintage blues and blue-eyed soul. With it's rolling rhythms and jazzy R+B feel, it certainly wouldn't sound out of place in a Van Morrison segue. “Listen to any song, from any era," says Hozier, "and you're looking through a keyhole into the artist's world as seen through their eyes." Click through to watch "Take Me To Church."

Hozier - "From Eden"

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Monday
Feb242014

Watch: S. Carey - "Fire-scene"

Director Joe Baughmann looked to capture the elements of the Pacific Northwest in the video for "Fire-scene," the lead track from Bon Iver mainstay S. Carey's April 1 album Range of Light (Jagjaguwar). It seems only fitting that Carey would find inspiration for his new work's title from one of his heroes, naturalist John Muir. "The video... has so many natural juxtapositions of tone, color, shape, and space that I was easily able to make it suggest what I wanted it to suggest and more," says Baughmann. "The beauty of a song and video like “Fire-scene” is that the interpretations are endless and heavily reliant upon the viewer’s own thoughts and experience..."

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Monday
Feb242014

Champs - Down Like Gold

"There's nothing scientific about great music," observes David Champion, one half of the Isle of Wight sibling duo Champs, "it's just knowing how chords should move, what note will elevate a melody. It's feeling and passion. Simple really." David and brother Michael pretty much practice what they preach on debut album Down Like Gold (March 3 PIAS U.K.), a collection of songs brimming with both melancholy and melody. Nothing too raggedy, nothing too buttoned up -- just a quaint U.K folk feel and loose indie attitude tucked firmly inside Brit Invasion nostalgia. It is a reflection, perhaps, of the countrified beards-and-flannel hippie atmosphere that's adhered to the area since the island's legendary 1970 music festival. "There’s nothing but an absolute admission to one’s undeniable joy when hearing it’s compound beauty," says The Line of Best Fit while Mojo calls Gold a "dazzling folk/pop crush." Click through below to hear (and watch) "St. Peters" and grab a free download track.

Champs - "My Spirit Is Broken" (from Down Like Gold)

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Sunday
Feb232014

REDUX: Bootstraps - S/T

There are moments on the quite magical self-titled debut album from California alt-pop trio Bootstraps where if you closed your eyes you could imagine Ray LaMontagne fronting an early incarnation of Coldplay. The raspy vocals matched up with the grand atmospheric melodies, the moody melancholy meets the quietly majestic. Or course there are other more downtempo moments that sound nothing like that odd combo. But that's the ethereal mystery of chain-smoking singer/songwriter Jordan Beckett and band, a group of college friends that were originally assembled to create songs for the soundtrack to the 2011 indie film Take Me Home -- and then expanded those tracks to their self-titled indie album of 2012. Bootstraps, now signed to the reactivated and mightily eclectic label Harvest (via Universal), saw their debut rereleased last week: remixed, remastered and resequenced.  Click through for "Haywire."

Bootstraps - "Oh Ca" (from Bootstraps)

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Friday
Feb212014

Watch: The Head and The Heart - "Another Story"

Taken from the album Let's Be Still, "Another Story" by The Head and The Heart seemed primed for a storytelling video from the get-go. Actress Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars fame tells what prompted her participation in the shoot: "When I first heard ‘Another Story’ I loved the melody, but what truly stuck with me were the simple but haunting lyrics. Without being melodramatic, without sensationalizing, the song mourns those who have lost their way, and the pain they leave in their wake." Andrew Hines directed.

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Friday
Feb212014

Friday Cover: Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - "Get It While You Can"

You may have heard the Jerry Ragavoy/Mort Shuman-penned classic before, most likely via Janis Joplin's hit version and the last track on her final (and posthumously released) studio album Pearl. But we're guessing you may not have heard it quite like this twangy, slow dance version by Seattle alt-country singer and songwriter Zoe Muth and her band The Lost High Rollers. "I love taking lyrics and changing the phrasing and even tweaking the chord progression," says Muth, "so sometimes people have to wait until the chorus to recognize the song." From the 2012 covers EP Old Gold. Stay tuned for Zoe and The Lost High Rollers' new World of Strangers album due April 29 via Signature Sounds. Click through to watch Janis' live version from 1970...

Zoe Muth - "Get It While You Can" (from Old Gold)

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Friday
Feb212014

RADAR: Holy Holy

Singer/songwriter Timothy Carroll and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson make up Holy Holy, an Australian duo who traveled from Stockholm to Berlin in 2011, writing songs, performing and recording demos. The pair then flew back Down Under and fleshed out the songs in the studio with producer and collaborator Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, The Trouble With Templeton) for a debut full-length due later this year. For now, we can look forward to an EP: Pacific, arriving March 28 in Australia. New folk/rockin' single "House of Cards" (nice Netflix timing!) has a jangly guitar strum and nice propulsive kick, enough power to grab your attention without pinning your ears back. Click through to hear their 2013 single "Impossible Like You."

Holy Holy - "House of Cards" (from Pacific)

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Thursday
Feb202014

Listen: Hundreds - "Circus"

Siblings Philipp Milner (Synthesizer, Piano, Beats) and Eva Milner (Lyrics, Voice, Autoharp) add up to Hundreds, a Hamburg, Germany-based duo who will release their second album Aftermath in March for parts of Europe and on May 19 for the rest of the world. Lead track "Circus" sets the mood that's part shadowy cabaret, part über-melodic chamber pop. Eva's singing is a wonder of cool restraint delivery-wise but there's no denying the inherent warmth that courses through her voice. Click through to see the beautiful "Beehive (Prelude)" video that serves as an instrumental teaser for the album (and will be available on the deluxe version's second disc of outtakes and remixes.)

Hundreds - "Circus" (from Aftermath)

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Thursday
Feb202014

Watch: London Grammar - "Hey Now"

Brit trip/pop trio London Grammar have transitioned from blogosphere buzz band of a year ago to major label darlings (Columbia) without missing a lush, synthy beat.  A 2014 Brit nomination for British Breakthrough Act. A coveted performance slot at the first night of the iTunes festival at SXSW in a few weeks (they were the iTunes UK Album of the Year for 2013). The main draw here, as we've noted ad infinitum, is the exceptionally lovely voice of Ms. Hannah Reid, a singer with the sultry pipes that frankly we just can never tire of hearing. To wit: "Hey Now," a track we featured as part of our LG RADAR last April and now the threesome's latest video. Luxuriate.

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