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#albumoftheday NO:CARRIER: WISDOM & FAILURE

The duo known as no:carrier was formed in Germany in 1995 and has been active with its current line-up since 2001. These days, they operate through a great distance with producer/keyboardist/occasional vocalist Chris Wirsig living in San Francisco, California while main vocalist Cynthia Wechselberger continues to reside in her home country of Germany....
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: CHEERLEADER: “PERFECT VISION”


Cheerleader started off as a bedroom exercise, longtime buddies Joe Haller (vocals/guitar) and Chris Duran (guitar) making various demos with Garageband. But in 2013 the Connecticut natives got serious and relocated to Philadelphia where they completed the band's line-up with Joshua Pannepacker (keyboards/guitar), Paul Impellizeri (bass) and Carl...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: CLIENT: AUTHORITY

Is there such a thing as cold war chic? That’s how I keep hearing Client described, though I think it’s more of a reference to their album covers and videos than to their music. After all, Authority is their fifth album and it’s only the first to show the women’s faces on the...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: Jamie xx – “Girl”


The xx are known for some fairly dark music, but Jamie xx's new solo tune, "Girl," is a much brighter affair with its chugging bass and shiny synth. It begins very much in the electro-pop vein and quickly morphs into synth pop before it surrenders to a...
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BAT AND BALL: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS AND ABI SINCLAIR

The UK’s Bat and Ball are an immensely-talented outfit with co-lead vocalists Abi and Chris Sinclair hailing from West Country. While the two began writing and performing with various bands in their early teens, they never actually played in a band together until they both moved to London to study at Goldsmiths College,...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: KATY B: “STILL”


This luscious ballad begins with Katy B singing softly over melancholic piano notes. "I still see your face like it was only yesterday," she sings, her voice full of longing. Once it arrives at the chorus, a sticky electro-beat beat begins throbbing away accompanied rhythmic live...
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#songoftheday STICKMAN CARTEL: “THESE EYES”


We're not sure what we think about the above video -- probably because Mike is having horrible headaches and severe eye pain lately -- but the song is undeniably catchy with its soulful vocals, intriguing guitars and faint but warm synth, along with bass that alternates between funky...
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