Posted on the May 22nd, 2012 under ,, by

Each week we find a track from an artist or band we’ve been enjoying and bring it to you, for free, as our Single of the Week. Chris Price is a tech-savvy L.A. singer/songwriter who records clever songs with an iPhone, a four-track app, and the phone mic. “That’s Your Boyfriend” shows that his ingenuity extends to clever song construction and cutting lyricism. Price packs everything you ever wanted to ask an ex after meeting his or her new love into sparkling, humorous pop that recalls Matthew Sweet or Nick Lowe. "That’s Your Boyfriend" appears on his upcoming album, Homesick.

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Posted on the May 22nd, 2012 under , by

As the featured vocalist on Gotye’s crossover smash “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Kimbra Johnson is familiar to countless listeners. The Hamilton, New Zealand, native is a chameleonic singer/songwriter whose remarkable debut album, Vows, is a one-woman variety show. The opening track, “Settle Down,” is a delightful slice of 21st-century doo-wop, while “Something in the Way You Are” is an assertive alternative slow jam. There’s a modern torch-song feel to “Old Flame,” and the idiosyncratic instrumentation of “Good Intent” recalls that of “Somebody That I Used to Know.” The freestyle-like bonus track “Warriors” brings out her inner dance diva. Vows was produced by the artistically empathetic Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Regina Spektor), but the vocal magic is 100 percent Kimbra.

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Posted on the May 15th, 2012 under , by

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Each week we find a track from an artist or band we’ve been enjoying and bring it to you, for free, as our Single of the Week. As spring approaches summer, many students will explore the world beyond the halls of education. Walk the Moon has created the ideal anthem for the occasion. “Anna Sun” starts with a motormouth delivery similar to that on Underworld’s “Born Slippy” before careening into dance rock with a think-for-yourself ethos fueled by the optimism of youth. Listen to "Anna Sun" and get inspired to do something great. "Anna Sun" is the title track from Walk the Moon’s three-track EP.

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Posted on the May 8th, 2012 under , by

Each week we select music from an independent artist we’re excited about and bring it to you, for free, as our Indie Free Download. After starring alongside Norah Jones in the Jamaica-based indie flick Wah Do Dem, Sean Bones is back with his second solo album, Buzzards Boy. The Brooklyn-based talent keeps channeling island rhythms on the standout track “Hit Me Up.” With its lackadaisical vibe, it reminds us of Floating Action’s folk-inflected early tracks. Plus, it carries Bones’ trademark reggae-style nuances, including steel drum.

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Posted on the May 8th, 2012 under ,, by

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Each week we find a track from an artist or band we’ve been enjoying and bring it to you, for free, as our Single of the Week. An alluring warmth resonates from “Strange Attractor.” The English quartet draws us in with a shimmering opening that finds vocalist Richard Sauberlich repeating the song’s title before segueing into an effervescent, melodic rock tune about being magnetized by the light in someone’s eyes. Swirling choruses crash in like waves, mimicking the poetic musings before dissipating amid Sauberlich’s cooing vocals.

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Posted on the May 1st, 2012 under ,, by

Each week we find a track from an artist or band we’ve been enjoying and bring it to you, for free, as our Single of the Week. Winner the BBC Sound of 2012 poll, Michael Kiwanuka shows what critics and industry insiders love about him on “Home Again”. The British musician is a lightly weathered soul who immediately puts listeners at ease with his storytelling and acoustic guitar licks. “Home Again” tips towards the wayward traveler style; it’s barefoot casual, with some orchestral swells added for ambiance. “Home Again” is the title track of his debut album.

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Posted on the May 1st, 2012 under , by

Each week we select music from an independent artist we’re excited about and bring it to you, for free, as our Indie Free Download. These pop-rockers emanate a sunny, playful vibe befitting their namesake: Reptar, a T. rex from the children’s show Rugrats. Although Reptar the band hails from Georgia’s storied musical city of Athens, on “Sebastian” it reminds us of NYC’s Vampire Weekend, thanks to a rocking island vibe bolstered by polyrhythmic drumming and Graham Ulicny’s quirky vocal delivery, which is punctuated by warm guitar stabs.

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