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Galkin – “Waiting in the Wings”

After moving from Russia to Toronto when he was 12, psych-rocker Galkin began diving headfirst into writing and producing music on his own. “Waiting in the Wings”, from his debut Chagrin Seasons, combines the singer...
 
Folk
 

Lights On Ceres – “Fly”

With “Fly”, Lights On Ceres sound as weightless as the song’s title would suggest. The Mexican duo of Alberto Espinosa and Pablo Zarate strike a balance between electronica and straight-up funk for a spacey ja...

 
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Wild Year – “Setting Yourself On Fire”

The music of Wild Year conjures up imagery of California sunsets and endless summer days. This sonic imagery and the quintet’s synth-rock sound is best captured in “Setting Yourself On Fire”, from their album ...
 
Electronic
 

flowers de moon – “Symbiotic”

flowers de moon is a project that captures the sounds of the past few years in electronica and transforms it into their own mellow vibes. The Pittsburgh duo consists of producer Doug Fraley and vocalist Olivia Price. While the ...

 
Rock
 

Loud Forest – “Drag Me/Don’t Drag”

Los Angeles indie-rock duo Loud Forest play to each other’s strengths, and this should come as no surprise; the band’s members, Rachel and Bernard Chadwick, have been composing music together for a decade. Despite t...
 
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Half/Brother- “Waiting for the Rain”

On first listen, “Waiting for the Rain” from New York-based singer-songwriter Half/Brother (aka Adam Kryzan) has a sense of innocence. But the past five years have been particularly unstable for Kryzan, who has move...

 
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The Verigolds – “Gloom”

Sometimes two voices are better than one, as is the case with San Diego alt-rockers The Verigolds, a quartet that blends elements of several rock genres (psych, pop, folk) on “Gloom”, from their debut album that was...
 
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Modesta – “Magnet”

On “Magnet”, Boston trio Modesta mesh silky R&B with guitar-rock that never gets too loud. This is a good thing, as there’s nothing overpowering the soulful vocals and falsetto that recall Adam Levine from...

 
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Paper Giants – “Mind”

“Mind” from the mysterious act Paper Giants ambles like a surfer fresh off a long, successful day of riding the waves. The hazy lead riff punctuates through the drums and bass bringing light to a song that sounds li...
 
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Castorp – “Fool”

Recently, modern pop has found its way back to an ’80s sound and Castorp’s “Fool” hums along like a time capsule from that neon-tinged decade. The song’s tone is darker than most of its poppy count...