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Shannon Shaw is the lead singer of amazing punk-pop-garage group Shannon and the Clams. This band has created a sound so original and I’ve been in love ever since I first laid ears on “Troublemaker.” Shannon’s wailing voice is remniscent of ‘60s girl groups The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes but with her own rougher spin on that sound. Guitarist Cody Blanchard is the other singer/songwriter of The Clams, and together the two produce ... Read More
Indie-folk powerhouse Laura Stevenson may have been taunting you with the promise of upcoming album Wheel, but now she's given a little taste-tester to hold you over. Former Bomb the Music Industry! keyboardist Laura Stevenson has put together Runner, a three-song 7” that gives us the best of both worlds: upbeat, pop jams and quieter, piano-heavy ballads. The first single off Wheel, “Runner,” builds an infectious energy and contains the ... Read More
MS MR have just released their first official music video! The video is for their latest track, “Fantasy”, off their upcoming album Second Hand Rapture, which will be available on May 14th. The video was shot is Jamaica, Queens, and features a slew of fractured fantasies being played out—dismembered hands, cheerleaders puking glitter, drum flash mobs, the works.  The duo behind MS MR is Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow, who played ... Read More
Here’s a pop of psychedelic joy to brighten up your gloomy Tuesday!    Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sami Akbari, who performs as sami.the.great, has just released a video for her throwback single “Hear Me Now”. Sami’s twee-yet-powerful voice and charmingly introspective songwriting usually bring Ingrid Michaelson to mind, but she puts on her Nancy Sinatra hat (or, more appropriately, flip wig) for this upbeat track. The video ... Read More
Having never lived in the suburbs, I view them as extremely foreign yet undeniably romanticized. But unique visions of life in suburbia come alive in Ssion's latest music video, "Earthquake," which was filmed in Kansas City, the hometown of the band's lead singer Cody Critcheloe. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of peeping a Ssion (pronounced shun) video or hearing one of their tunes, the best way I can think to describe them is as something between a ... Read More
Janet Jackson turned 46 on Wednesday, and this mix by DJ Brainchild showcases some of the brightest gems in her catalogue. Highly recommended! It may or may not make you do a weird shoulder-jerking dance while you’re sitting on the train by yourself! Thanks to Gawker for the link. It makes me sad to think that some people’s main association with Janet is the Nipplegate incident at the Super Bowl back in 2004. I can’t think of a stronger ... Read More
 Japan is always releasing cool things, but probably one of the coolest and trippiest is Hatsune Miku--Hatsu (first), Ne (sound), and Miku (future) is a name meaning "the first sound from the future". Miku is a Japanese Pop idol and she isn't even real! But, that doesn't stop her from having sold out concerts in Japan, L.A., and an upcoming concert in Singapore.She sings, she dances, and she does all this with an awesome set of flowing aquamarine pig tails. ... Read More
The summer might be winding down to a close but that doesn't mean that the music that makes you wanna grab your bike or skateboard and cruise down your nearest boardwalk is ceasing to exist. With their dreamy pop tunes the band Veronica Falls can be compared to favorites like Best Coast. Made up of Roxanne Clifford, Patrick Doyle, James Hoare, and Marion Herbain I'm pretty sure you can find a place to put them among the other jams in your "Summer Time" playlist. ... Read More
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