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MP3: Jessie Baylin – “Hurry Hurry”

MP3: Jessie Baylin – Hurry Hurry Jessie Baylin’s “Hurry Hurry” shows love for both ’60s country and contemporary chamber-pop. Polished, string-aided tracks from Camera Obscura (most of Let’s ...
 
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MP3: Arcade Fire – “Horn of Plenty”

Canadian indie-rock titans Arcade Fire recorded several tracks for The Hunger Games film. "Horn of Plenty" is what they imagine "the national anthem of the fascist Capitol" from the books to sound like.

 
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MP3: Damon Albarn – “The Marvelous Dream”

Damon Albarn, best known for fronting Blur and Gorillaz, unveiled a track from his latest opera, Dr Dee. "The Marvelous Dream" is an eloquent, acoustic-driven track, eventually guided by handclaps and a solemn solo-choir backing.
 
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Stream: Sigur Rós – “Ekki Múkk”

hortly after details broke this morning regarding Sigur Rós' upcoming album Valtari, the band premiered a track off it. "Ekki Múkk" is the second track on the album, and features Jonsi reciting a tribal-like procession over a s...

 
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MP3: James Iha – “Summer Days”

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha is releasing his first album since 1998. "Summer Days" is a breezy pop track from his upcoming Look to the Sky, which features guest appearances from Tom Verlaine, Karen O, and Mike ...
 
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MP3: Moonface – “Headed for the Door”

Spencer Krug released another song from his current project, Moonface. "Headed for the Door" is off Moonface's upcoming album With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery, out April 17th on Jagjaguwar. Download the track inside.

 
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Video: ‘Escape to Total Rewards’ Concerts

To supplement the travel mix, here are several video recaps of the concerts and events presented by Caesars Entertainment’s ‘Escape to Total Rewards’ program. I was able to attend the NYC show, and wrote a rec...
 
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MP3s: Que? Zoo and Dr. Skull

Que? Zoo and Dr. Skull is the alias for Philly-based Brandon Seawell, who recorded the six songs on Days At the Zoo in his bedroom "with two microphones, a mixer from the Back To the Future era, and my laptop." Three songs from...

 
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MP3: Lower Dens – “Propagation”

The spacey "Propagation" provides a preview of Lower Dens' new album Nootropics, out April 30th (May 1st in the U.S.). The five-minute roller is built around creaking guitar developments, which dissipate a minute in to allow Ja...
 
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Stream: Mount Eerie – “House Shape”

As reported in February, Phil Elverum, of Microphones and Mount Eerie, will be releasing two albums this year. The first, Clear Moon, presents songs about “a quiet life in and around a small northwest town, usually buried in fo...