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“Fist of a Flower” by Gemma Ray

British singer Gemma Ray (compared to Dusty Springfield by NPR and to Kylie Minogue by BBC) has completed a new album — titled Light Out, Zoltar!. Though she’s recognized in her England home, this is her US debut.

“Fist of a Flower” by Gemma Ray

“Warm Heart of Africa” by Violins feat. Ezra Koenig

Violins has put forth a remix of a retro “Warm Heart of Africa,” in collaboration with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. The Very Best cover was recently featured on Pitchfork.

“Warm Heart of Africa” by Violins feat. Ezra Koenig

“Deadbeat Summer” by Neon Indian

From Austin, TX, Neon Indian delivers an bizarre synthetic dreampop collection of ‘bedroom ballads’ on their debut full-length, Psychic Chasms.

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Chris Walla And J. Robbins Create “Mercury”

Project Song is an NPR development in which artists are invited to the studio to write and record a song in just two days. Chris Walla was invited this month and brought along J. Robbins to create the wonderful song, “Mercury.” Watch the creative process below.

“Mercury” by Chris Walla and J. Robbins

“Earthquake” by Little Boots

Featured on The Culture Bully , “Earthquake” is the third single from the debut album, Hands by electropop artist Victoria Christina Hesketh (a.k.a Little Boots).

“This Is It” by Michael Jackson

On Monday October 12, 2009 a free stream of “This Is It” was made available via its movie website. Did you buy your tickets yet? I have mine for the first not quite midnight showing on October 27th.

“Pure Mountain Angel” by Truth & Salvage Co.

Playing last night in support of Black Crowes at the Houston House of Blues was Truth & Salvage Co. To introduce the songwriters we have Bill Smith on drums and vocals, Joe Edel on bass, Adam Grace on the organ, Walker Young on piano and vocals, Tim Jones on rhythm guitar and vocals, and […]

“Last Dance” by The Raveonettes

In and Out of Control is the fourth album by The Raveonettes, and was released October 6, 2009. Have a listen to the first single, “Last Dance.”

Raveonettes “Last Dance” from Team G on Vimeo.

“When I’m Small” by Phantogram

Filter Magazine has announced the addition of Phantogram to the Barsuk Record label. Their debut LP and first Barsuk release, Eyelid Movies, is set for February 9th, 2010.

Picture courtesy of The Agency Group, Ltd.

“When I’m Small” by Phantogram
mp3 courtesy of MBV- The Best In Indie Music and Culture

Shinedown at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

I saw Shinedown on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. I typically listen to less hard rock acts but Shinedown qualifies as one of my exceptions. They have the majority of their fans tricked into buying their hardcore façade but they can’t fool me. From his platform, lead singer Brent Smith’s […]