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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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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 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 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 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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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...

 
 
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Mother of dragons! Well, “Khaleesi” has nothing to do with Game of Thrones, but I suppose it packs the sort of female-fronted ferociousness that could aptly serve as a marching song for a dragon-wielding army fronte...

 
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Miracle Fever incorporate suave rock verses with excitable hooks, reminiscent of artists like Timber Timbre, The Men, and Mac DeMarco. Their track “Light of the Moon” excels in this, with more than a touch of loose ...