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MP3: TOPS – “Easy Friends”

 
October 4, 2012
 



POPS are a retro-minded pop group from Montreal, one I found courtesy of Hype Machine's nifty CMJ aggregation. They'll charm CMJ audiences with a sound rooted nicely in late '80s new-wave, led by illuminated guitar riffs and wa...

 
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The ridiculously catchy "Something New" is the first single off The Pollies' debut album, Where the Lies Begin. The track is polished and grandiose; clamoring bells and melodic bursts of guitar collide during the bouncy chorus,...

 
 
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swing delux bon accord
swing delux bon accord
swing delux bon accord

triple water ep by swing delux Bon Accord’s Michael Wright takes a big leap forward with Swing Delux, a more atmospheric project than the booming electro-pop of Bon Accord. The London-based Wright has built a following th...

 
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Here are the 45 bands in two weeks that I promised. Variety shouldn’t be an issue. If you haven’t digested the tardy August compilation yet, September’s rendition expands your plate, and palate. This was one o...

 
 
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MP3: Beast Patrol – “Plaster”

 
September 28, 2012
 



"Plaster" begins with a wave of guitar distortion, momentarily transforming into a bouncy synth-tinged pop song before a majestic chorus; the track has several personalities, a good sign for up-and-coming Brooklyn trio Beast Pa...

 
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kuky tala turi tigermilk
kuky tala turi tigermilk
 

MP3: Kuky Tala – “Turi”

 
September 27, 2012
 



"Turi" marks Tala's first release under the new name Kuky Tala, which she changed from Tigermilk. Her ghostly and worldly sound is still intact, and more expansive than ever with "Turi". A pounding drum accompanies the stoicall...

 
 
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vuvuzela - hollow choir
vuvuzela - hollow choir
vuvuzela - hollow choir

For those familiar with New York rockers Kiss Kiss, frontman Josh Benash has his fingerprints all over the work of Vuvuzela. Fans accustomed to Kiss Kiss' high-energy rock ballads, which often interchanged swift metal-inspired ...

 
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MP3: Tape Sounds – “Cosmosis”

 
September 26, 2012
 



The spaced-out work of Tape Sounds, AKA Massachusetts-based Nate Kellogg, presents experimental electro-psychedelia with steady synth-pad backdrops and alternating leads, the latter often projected through fastidious guitars or...