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GHASTLY MENACE-Songs of Ghastly Menace

Let’s call Ghastly Menace’s album experimental, but don’t let that make you think it’s inaccessible. A song like “Real Life” is 100% hook. “She Won’t Stay for Long” is a straight up ballad. And yet somewhere about 70% of the way in, each song takes a deep left turn somewhere else—beyond where it started.

This is the kind of album I want to find pretentious. I want to dislike it. But I can’t. It overcomes my prejudice against music that thinks it’s smarter than me, and drags me on my face along for the ride. That sounds bad, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. Really.

Stream it below and pay $10 to support this lo-fi sextet out of Chicago.

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MITTENFIELDS-Optimists

Some good, honest pop music coming out of As Washington, D.C. Indie rockers Mittenfields have been playing together for a while now, and it shows. It’s also remarkably well produced when you factor in that this is a self-release.

DIY–way to go guys!

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SPOTLIGHT ON LAUREN O’CONNELL

I don’t know much about Lauren O’Connell, other than that I heard her cover Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and fell in love with her voice. After more investigation, I found she’s a terrific cover artist. Her originals are pretty neat, too.

But it’s her cover of Paul Simon’s Graceland that got her attention on this site. It’s one of the few covers that’s better than the original. I always liked it as a sweet little pop song, but when O’Connell sings it she breaks my heart wide open. “Losing love is like a window to your heart/Everybody sees your blown apart.” I had never really understood that until I heard her sing it.

Check out some great songs below, and support the artist by buying her albums! Her latest, Quitters, is below, after her “Covers” album. Then, the video of her performing “Graceland.”

Amazing music.



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WEEKENDS ARE FOR SINGLES! Featuring Lila Rose, Joey Bada$$, and a cover of Young Folks!



I never really liked the song “Young Folks,” but I love this. Who knew all it needed was a backbeat?


New Ras Kass!

And even better: New Joey Bada$$!!!!

I’m really not sure what to say about Lila Rose‘s “We Animals.” I like it. That’s for damn sure. I really like it. But classifying it? Stacking in the genre cube? That’s hard. It feels like pop, it feels like mood rock, it feels indie. It sounds like Adele. It sounds like Sinead O’Connor. It sounds like R&B. Great record. Here’s the single:

And last but not least, a pretty funny video from a new indie band. Totally DIY. Check it out!

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