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Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014
Members of Dark Dark Dark, Marijuana Deathsquads, and Joint Custody have teamed up to form the indie synth pop progject RONiiA. Here you can stream the band's debut, RONiiA, in full.

RONiiA (pronounced Row-nee-a) is an eclectic conglomeration of artists. Comprised of Nona Marie Invie (Dark Dark Dark, FUGITIVE), Mark McGee (Father You See Queen, Marijuana Deathsquads) and Fletcher Barnhill (Joint Custody, FUGITIVE), RONiiA brings together the group’s wide span of influences, spanning dark folk to subtly catchy synth pop. The trio’s self-titled debut is out today; you can stream the entire LP below.


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Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014
Get in the yuletide spirit with the Brooklyn-based singer Natalia Clavier's take on "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music.

Amazon recently put together a playlist of Christmas-themed tunes just in time for the holidays, featuring contributions from Amanda Palmer, Beth Orton, and Lucinda Williams. Joining this fine cast of women is the Brooklyn-based singer Natalia Clavier, who lends her golden pipes to the Sound of Music standard “My Favorite Things”.


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Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014
"The Last Song I'll Ever Write About You" finds songwriter Geoff Ong discovering the most danceable, catchy way of moving on from a dissolved relationship.

New Zealand native Geoff Ong recently took to studying music at the prestigious Berkelee College of Music in Boston, where he recently held a pre-release party for his newest EP, The Boston. Below, you can stream a track off of the EP, the neo-soul inflected “The Last Song I’ll Ever Write About You”. While a big breakup may be hard to get over, Ong sounds like he truly is writing the last song he’ll write about a past love of his, as evidenced by the buoyant mood of the songwriting.


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Friday, Dec 5, 2014
Camper Van Beethoven co-founder Victor Krummenacher is readying his next solo album for release, a collection of "dark cosmic country". His latest offering from the album is "If I Could Only Close My Eyes".

On his forthcoming ninth studio LP, Hard to See Trouble Coming, Camper Van Beethoven co-founder Victor Krummenacher explores “such heady subjects as love gone wrong, burnt out friends, enduring love, drunkenness, paranoia, dogs, spaceships, Jacqui McShee, Tennessee Williams and the genius of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.” That description more than hints that the album has a lot of things to get a listener thinking. For now, however, Krummenacher has made available the LP cut “If I Could Only Close My Eyes”, a relaxed country number with tasteful accents of mandolin and steel guitar.


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Thursday, Dec 4, 2014
Should you need a warm, Coldplay-esque anthem to thaw the growing cold of winter, the latest track by the New Jersey band Wyland, "Shine", ought to do just the trick.

The New Jersey band Wyland has had a fine 2014 so far. In May, the group won the Break Contest in its home state. CMJ also spoke highly of the band in its premiere of the track “Wait”: “Wyland have an instantly digestible sound that will only alienate people who dislike the simplicity of a good ol’ pop-rock bender.” Now you can stream the band’s newest tune, “Shine”, a song that brings to mind the anthemic stylings and pop affability of Coldplay.


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