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If Broken Bells’s self-titled debut album — which earned a Grammy nod back in 2011 — is any indication of what’s coming at us with their February 4th release of After the Disco, then we are all in for a treat.

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When it comes to covers, Twin Shadow can be it all. Emotionally tormented mezzo-soprano? Eeeeeasy. Recently deceased legend? No sweat. Internationally successful Irish rock band? Right, like that’s hard. The Boss? You’re fired. With song choices as multivalent as his talents, George Lewis Jr. has once again burrowed UNDER THE CVRS to give us his […]

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Up until today, we might not have thought “howling” — a term defined as loud, mournful crying or hearty laughing — aligned all that well with our musical taste.

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Since its August inception, Twin Shadow’s UNDER THE CVRS video series has become a tour de force of pre-2000s tributes, including homages to hard-hitters like 10cc, Bruce Springsteen, Tori Amos and Lou Reed. For the fifth installment of the series, George Lewis Jr. has upped the ante by choosing to tackle U2’s legendary 1987 power ballad “With Or Without […]

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Brooklyn’s own Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez, aka my #1 girl crush of the century) just unexpectedly dropped “Realize You,” a plea for amorous introspection that is stocked with Aristotlesque truisms (“freedom ain’t free if I can’t get free with you, just like me ain’t me if I can’t be me with you”) and a mesmerizing electro-pop […]

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Even before indie-pop vocalist/producer PJ Wolf officially released any songs under the moniker Thief Urban, his eclectic-sounding side project was off on its own highly buzzed-about venture. In July of 2012, the Australian polymath first channeled Discovery’s seminal LP in “Closer,” a percolating pop number, the tone of which he would later drop in order […]

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Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear recently announced that they will be expanding on the success of their adventurous, melancholic and highly lauded fourth studio album, Shields, with the aptly titled Shields: Expanded and Shields: B-Sides. The consortium will contain the original LP plus eight B-sides, a handful of demos recorded in Marfa, Texas, and remixes from Liars, Lindstrom and […]

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While Jim James has never openly affiliated himself with a particular religious ideology, the My Morning Jacket frontman’s burgeoning solo career has a markedly otherworldly POV. His debut LP, Regions of Light and Sound of God, is a record composed of mesmerizing, enigmatic warbling, and when asked about his future plan, James replied that “If the […]

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Last week Brooklyn indie-dance gems Rubblebucket rocked the crowd at our Communion DC show, churning out a polished set of songs from their just-released Save Charlie EP. This week they’re back and brighter than ever with an all-new Andrew William Ralph and TJ Andrade-directed video for the album’s namesake. Complementing the track’s updated, indie-fied Mighty Mighty […]

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Three paths converge in a deciduous forest: that of a plaid-clad truck driver, the doe (a deer) he recently recently hit with his truck, and a skinny-dipping doe he’d really like to slay. At first glance unrelated, these three story lines that make up the video for Jon Hopkins & Purity Ring collab “Breathe This […]

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