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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015
With sharp instrumentation that brings to mind the Punch Brothers, the latest video by the Michigan Americana ensemble Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys is a catchy and convivial slice of acoustic music.

Following a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Michigan roots quartet Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys created and recorded their latest outing, Ionia. “Hot Hands”, the first track off of the LP, is a charming number with a particularly cool mandolin riff at its center (check the picked harmonic note). The catchy and clever riffs recall the sharp “popgrass” stylings of groups like the Punch Brothers and Joy Kills Sorrow. Below you can view an intimate session recording of the song, where each musician is given a chance to shine instrumentally.


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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015
Film noir meets jagged electronic beats in the latest music video by the Brooklyn synth-pop duo My Body, "All I Can".

My Body is the name of the duo of Jordan Bagnall and Darren Bridenbeck, a Brooklyn-based songwriting team. The classically-trained Bagnall leads up the project, taking up the lead vocals and primary producing/songwriting duties. The duo recently released its EP 6 Wives, which you can stream courtesy of Earmilk. While the EP’s title suggests a future regrettable reality TV show, the music contained within is entirely of the spirit of the moment both in the band’s native Brooklyn and the trends within indie at the moment, with electronic instrumentation and catchy hooks at the fore.


Below you can view the video for the 6 Wives cut “All I Can”, which is given a noirish, somewhat psychedelic video treatment that’s quite befitting.


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Monday, Feb 23, 2015
The Orange County-based pop group Starling Glow, helmed by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Liz Hill.

Upon teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer/musician Billy Mohler, Starling Glow (Kelly Clarkson, Liz Phair, Awolnation)—a project helmed by Orange County songwriter Liz Hill—took to readying their debut LP. One of the songs cut for the album is “Ignite”, which now has a semi-stripped down acoustic arrangement. Below you can watch Hill and her band take to the studio to record this tune of pop empowerment. This new arrangement of “Ignite” switches up its original, electronic-heavy style for something closer to the indie rock fold.


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Monday, Feb 23, 2015
Nope, there's no "Frozen" cover here, just a jubilant slice of neo-soul/pop by the Albany, New York outfit Mirk.

“Let It Go” marks the second single Mirk has released in anticipation of their third studio record, Run. Now, before you roll your eyes at what is yet another cover of the ubiquitous Frozen track, fear not: Mirk’s “Let It Go” shares only a name with that sing-along standard. Their tune is a prime cut of neo-soul, with a summertime mood and ace backing vocals aplenty.


The group regularly performs 75+ concerts per year, which means that the seemingly unbounded energy exuded by “Let It Go” will be available to be seen, heard, and felt in a live setting—don’t miss out.


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Monday, Feb 23, 2015
“The disclosures that Edward Snowden revealed don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself."

In accepting the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature on Sunday night. Laura Poitras focused, as always, on the significance of transparency and visibility. As the film she made with Glenn Greenwald and Ed Snowden reveals, such democratic ideals remain at risk by the American government’s activities and attitudes. For all the daunting information Citizenfour reveals it asks you not only to see, but also to take responsible for what you see. Sometimes, the film offers long, nearly meditative takes of exteriors, the Hong Kong hotel from afar, implacably shiny, or distant views of dully thunk-thunking machinery at a new NSA data collection facility under construction in Bluffsdale, Utah, and near film’s end, a long shot of a kitchen window, showing Snowden and his partner Lindsay Mills, in their for-now home in Moscow, quiet, ordinary, perfectly framed.


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