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Foster the People – Helena Beat

Helena Beat Over the summer LA band, Foster the People, had released a track entitled ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ one of the more catchy songs of the beach season.  You were sure to be humming the chorus, singing along and just generally grooving to that track. The band entered the studio to record, and fell off the grid. Six months later they released a second track. They come back with Helena Beat a synthy, groove based track thats very similar to a Passion Pit kind of song.  Gang chorus’ and synth beats.  Its a fun track and looks to show off…

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The Head and the Heart – No One to Let You Down

No One to Let You Down To catch you up to speed, the Head and the Heart have recently signed to Sub Pop records, and upon signing they have released a new track entitled No One to Let You Down.  It’s a folky ballad, which is entirely acoustic that is as beautifully written as it sounds.  What I love about this song are the vocals and the harmonies.  The lead vocal is so perfect for this song, its remorseful reflection on the story being told captures your attention to every word it feels so intimate, as if they are only…

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – Our Hearts Are Wrong

Our Hearts Are Wrong The Dan Auerbach produced Jessica Lea Mayfield track ‘Our Hearts Are Wrong’ the first single from her upcoming album ‘Tell Me’ which is due out February 8th.  I finally got a chance to listen to this single, and I love it.  Her voice is so soft and lovely, and its nice to hear some other layers other than her guitar and her voice incorporated in the music.  Her music seems to be maturing, and this is a wonderful example of it. Look for Tell Me next month.

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Miniature Tigers – Mansion of Misery (BTR Live Session)

Miniature Tigers recently recorded a live session with BreakThru Radio at Serious Business Studios in New York City. If your not acquainted with Miniature Tigers, I wrote a small review of their most recent release Fortress here.  Their music is sort of a experimental indie rock similar to 2010 buzz band Suckers. The above live session track is Mansion of Misery and is good example of what these guys do, the experimental music uses lots of different instruments to create wild and crazy sounds; Mansion of Misery has this in spades.  The video here really captures what these guys do…

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AB & the Sea – Run Run Run EP

In & Out AB & the Sea will be releasing a new EP come January 25th.  They’ve been offering up a first taste entitled In & Out (above) and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to listen to the EP in full.  I totally ate up their first EP, Boys & Girls, so I was a little more than ecstatic to hear what else they’ve been up to for these few months. The EP a quick 20 minute affair has shows the fun summery flavor these guys infuse into their music.  They’ve got this clean, 50’s early 60’s pop rock…

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Raphael Saadiq – Radio

I couldn’t have been more excited to hear a follow up to Saadiq’s The Way I See It.  Enter, Radio, off his upcoming album, Stone Rollin’.  The album will release March 22nd. What’s so fantastic, is the nostalgic, R&B Rock & Roll Sound to this track.  I wasn’t sure Saadiq could reach the heights he got to on The Way I See It, hearing this gets me awfully excited to hear more, its fun and has a classic vibe with a little bit of a modern twist.

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Ben & Vesper – Knee-Hi Wall

Knee-Hi Wall The married musical couple Ben + Vesper offer up their  newest track Knee-Hi Wall, a delightful duet pop adventure that will be on their January 25th release, Honors.  Honors was produced by Daniel Smith and Brian McTear and includes contributions from Sufjan Stevens which could make this album quite amazing.  What’s fantastic about their sound is how personal it sounds.  It’s got a fun quirky vibe and it’s lovely to hear these two sing together, they harmonize remarkably well and their voices complement each other nicely.  The golden oldies 70’s vibe, with the keyboard flourishes complete the sound and…

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Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore Preview

Vultures Check out the teaser video short made by filmmakers Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm, who created three cryptic and dreamy video shorts that capture the mood and tenor of Mondo Amore. Check out the first short above, “You Were The Devil.” I’ve posted about Nicole Atkins before, when she released the first single (Vultures see above) from this upcoming album, Mondo Amore.  The album, which I’ve been given the privilege of previewing is very good and definitely shows off Nicoles fantastic voice.  Her new album will drop February 8th, and she’ll be starting her new tour the following day…

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Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever

Jesus Fever Check out, Jesus Fever, a light and shimmery pop track from Philly lofi musician Kurt Vile.  It sounds like one of those travel songs that drags you along for the journey, slowly and steady, and all of a sudden 5 minutes has passed, the perfect way to spend a quiet sunday.  Look for Kurt Vile’s upcoming  Smoke Ring For My Halo, the highly anticipated follow up from his 2009 album Childish Prodigy, out 3/8 on Matador.

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