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Ocean Hands
Ocean Hands
Ocean Hands

Ocean Hands deliver a polished mix of anthemic indie-rock and riveting electro-pop, with a sound comparable to The Helio Sequence, Passion Pit, and Local Natives. Formed two years ago, the San Diego-based four-piece released th...

 
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April music
April music
April music

April’s compilation is a tidy one, with thirteen tracks clocking in at an accessible 50 minutes. I was probably a bit more selective than usual this month, but that’s OK — I really like every track on here. We...

 
 
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snowblind traveler
snowblind traveler
snowblind traveler

I featured Matt Dorrien/Snowblind Traveler last year, noting how his rich and soulful intermingling of acoustic-pop and soulful rock reminded me of a twangy Wilco crossed with the solemn folk of Elliott Smith. Such was the case...

 
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Jacob Trombetta
Jacob Trombetta
Jacob Trombetta

Comfort Clouds’ album Three New Sciences was one of my favorite debuts from last year. Described as an album being made “by people who grew up more with Steely Dan and Brazilian music than garage or punk rock,”...

 
 
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The Yetis
The Yetis
The Yetis

The Yetis started out as four friends covering The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys tracks in a garage attic. Increased exposure to acts like Girls, The Beach Boys, and R. Stevie Moore led to plenty of inspiration for original effort...

 
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Cypress Grove
Cypress Grove
Cypress Grove

Cypress Grove is the work of an NYC-based producer, guitarist, and pianist. I wasn’t sure what to expect with his track “Lately”, considering the scarcity of other information, but it’s definitely a show...

 
 
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Hot Flash Heat Wave
Hot Flash Heat Wave
Hot Flash Heat Wave

Hot Flash Heat Wave EP by Hot Flash Heat Wave Hot Flash Heat Wave’s excellent tunes make me want to sit on a beach somewhere in California. These four, San Francisco-based early twenty-somethings craft a laid-back blend o...

 
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AstroMike Gordon
AstroMike Gordon
AstroMike Gordon

A few months back, Swedish rockers AstroMike Gordon wowed me with “Youthful Spite“, a track that – as I wrote – enjoyably collided the jangly guitar-pop of The Housemartins with David Bowie’s spacey ambi...