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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
"Keep Me By Your Side" is an archetypal example of a West Coast anthem.

The indie pop outfit Act As If hails from Los Angeles, but you’ll know that within a few seconds of its latest tune, “Keep Me By Your Side”. It’s the kind of carpe diem ballad that sends eyes looking westward, toward the lights of Sunset Boulevard and the sandy beaches of Los Angeles. With its triumphant vocal harmonies and soaring guitars (with just a hint of the Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” in the rhythm guitar), “Keep Me By Your Side” is a tune that’s catchy and earnest, and perfect aural accompaniment for a drive down California’s famed Highway 1.


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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
"The White Man Made Me Do It" finds Swamp Dogg once again marrying humorous social commentary and groovy soul.

“They can’t find a hole for this pigeon,” soul legend Swamp Dogg says of himself. “But I don’t feel rained on. I don’t feel bad. I still consider myself the most successful failure in the United States, and that’s really not bad at all.” As a musician, Swamp Dogg has become “one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music”, according to AllMusic critic Steven Thomas Erlewine, due in large part to his boundary-pushing, edgy, and gut-bustiingly funny social commentary. The White Man Made Me Do It, his latest LP, continues on in this vein, displaying all of the inimitable Swamp Dogg traits. Below you can stream the title track from the album, which finds Swamp Dogg laying out his insightful and snarky commentary on racism atop a groovy musical background.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
The newest set of tunes by Edmonton, Alberta-based synth-pop project Artisan Loyalist is a melange of enticing synth sounds.

Cheekily, on the Facebook page for the Edmonton, Alberta-based synth-pop project Artisan Loyalist (helmed by Rob Batke), the genre designation reads “Post-Yoga”. Given the seemingly endless parade of genre splintering that is happening at the moment, it’s not a stretch to imagine that such a thing exists. However, on The Ace EP, the latest collection of tunes from Artisan Loyalist, the music definitely doesn’t sound like it’s meant to take you to a zen place. From the sitar-esque lead riff to “O, Chamelon” to the propulsive beat of “O, Chamelon (Khotin remix)”, The Ace EP is definitely something to get the feet moving.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Longfellow may or may not be "the next Coldplay", but one thing is for certain, as evidenced by its new video for the song "Polaroid": these guys do Coldplay a lot better than Coldplay.

In a time where Coldplay is putting out the most boring music of its career, a group like Longfellow is a welcome and familiar thing to hear. The group hails from London, and already it has begun picking up accolades from British outlets. On BBC Radio 6 Music, Steve Lamacq hailed Longfellow as “The New Coldplay”. Support has also been given by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. Echoes of the early ‘00s, piano-centric British rock can be heard in Longfellow’s music, but the emotional earnestness and memorable chorus of “Polaroid” are strong enough that both the band and this track stand on their own.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Loose Buttons draw some aesthetic inspiration from the likes of Wes Anderson for their latest video, "Two Wolves".

The NYC-based indie rockers Loose Buttons are already gearing up to have a busy fall. This week alone the group has four dates at the popular CMJ festival, following the release of its most recent EP, Damage Gallery. One of the catchier tunes off of that release, “Two Wolves” (which premiered in June at Paste), now has a video, helmed by Frankie Fortunato & Justin Frabasile. The video’s playful and eccentric nature is not unlike Wes Anderson, whose famed yellow typefont is emulated in the lyric and title cues.


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