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Monday, Oct 6, 2014
Those who know Mike Doughty as an acoustic singer/songwriter will no doubt do a double take when they hear his take on hip-hop with his tune "Oh My God Yeah Fuck It".

For his latest album, the pledge-funded Stellar Motel, singer/songwriter Mike Doughty decided to go in a direction far different than he’s ever done before. Though he’s cut his teeth on a brand of “acousticky singer/songwriter” material, Doughty has now taken to hip-hop, with the assistance of Stellar Motel producer Good Goose. To say the least, the collaboration resulted in some colorful tunes.


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Monday, Oct 6, 2014
The Saharan band Tinariwen have been going strong since coming to international acclaim in the late ‘90s, playing the largest music festivals in the world and receiving a Grammy in 2012 for the album Tassili.

The critically lauded Emmaar was released this year, its song “Arhegh Danagh” being an excellent showcase for Tinariwen’s ability to create hypnotic song structures which still retain traces of founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib’s pop influences.


This month sees Tinariwen embarking on a US tour beginning in Pomona, California for the Moon Block Party Festival and culminating in November with an appearance at the Daniel Lanois-curated event “Anti-thesis” at Brooklyn, New York’s Masonic Temple, a bill that features such quality acts as Lonnie Holley, the Antlers, and Lanois himself. The video for “Arhegh Danagh”, premiering below, should give ticket holders a keen idea of what to expect from Tinariwen’s North American jaunt.


Additionally, an EP entitled Inside / Outside: Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions, is out today and features five acoustic songs recorded in tandem with Emmaar.



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Friday, Oct 3, 2014
The latest tune from Bergen, Norway rockers the Well, the xx-esque "Separate Ways", gets a video treatment reminiscent of the famous Apple silhouette ads.

The Well is a six-piece group of brothers and cousins that hails from Bergen, Norway. The band’s latest tune, “Separate Ways”, begins in a style reminiscent of a band whose music would fit quite well in Bergen’s chilly environs: the xx. But rather than go for the minimalist ethereal route of that UK duo, The Well takes the clean guitar lines in the opening and blows them up in an anthemic, endearing chorus. The song is equal parts triumphant and melancholy in its descriptions of two people going their “separate ways”.


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Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
The retro rock sensibility of "The Sneak Tip", the latest by the Dallas band Oil Boom, is met perfectly by its VHS-quality video.

Anyone nostalgic for the days when watching a movie or old home footage consisted of putting a VHS tape into a player and hoping the thing still worked ought to check out the latest video by the Dallas rock group Oil Boom, “The Sneak Tip”. The song’s rockabilly-esque guitar pairs perfectly with the vintage flair to the visuals, which anyone from the ‘80s or ‘90s will no doubt remember (somewhat) fondly.


“The Sneak Tip” is a track off of Oil Boom’s forthcoming studio LP, Red Metal, which was produced by Jordan Richardson.


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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
"Love Song" is a tender, open-hearted duet that's just perfect for those who like their music lovelorn.

The Toronto trio Ménage’s name suggests a certain sensuality about its music. But as attested by the band’s latest tune, “Love Song”, there’s also a tenderness and sadness to the music as well. “Love Song”, which is structured as a duet around a love that has since been lost, is an emotionally resonant number for anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak before.


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