Sleaford Mods

Sleaford Mods is an English duo out of Nottingham.

Their minimalist punk sounds are prominent on their latest single “TCR”.

TCR stands for Total Control Racing, a 1980’s racing kit. Here it is a metaphor for a life going round and round with no purpose.

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“TCR”

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler is folk/goth artist out of Boston with an angelic voice.

Strangers is her most recent album.

Her voice is dreamily transcendent as heard here on “Janie in Love”.

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July Talk

July Talk is a Canadian quintet based in Toronto.

Their sophomore album Touch is new and “Push + Pull” the first single.

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“Push + Pull”

K. Flay

Kristine Flaherty operates under the name K. Flay.

Alternative hip-hop at its most intriguing.

“Blood in the Cut” is from her new EP Crush Me.

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Local Natives

Local Natives return with their 3rd album Sunlit Youth.

Their harmonies continue to shine as we share two from the recording:

“Past Lives” and “Coins”

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“Past Lives”

“Coins”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

The darkly intense Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released their 16th album Skeleton Tree.

Toward the end of recording process Cave lost his teenage son in a tragic accident which affected the final mixes and overdubs.

The making of the album is documented in the new film One More Time with Feeling.

“Jesus Alone” is the lead track.

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“Jesus Alone”

Lydia Loveless

I like to think of Lydia Loveless as punk country.

“Longer” is from here 4th album Real.

And I’ve included one of her classics, “Steve Earle”, about a stalker, not the real Steve Earle.

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“Longer”

“Steve Earle”

Drive-By Truckers

There was a time when musicians were the voice of protest, speaking out against war, racism and inequality.

So rare these days.

Yet here is a southern alternative country band, Drive-By Truckers, that I would never have thought would be on this website with one of the most profound songs of the year.

Perhaps they can inspire other artists to speak up.

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“What It Means”

Morgan Delt

Morgan Delt hails from California. His debut album, Phase Zero, hints at 60s psychedelia.

Listen to the dreamy “Some Sunsick Day”.

Morgan Delt

Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens is Héloïse Letissier.

A star in France, she is not yet well-known in the U.S.

It is only a matter of time with the irresistible song “Christine” sung in French and translated to “Tilted” sung in English.

Which version do you prefer?

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“Christine”

“Tilted”

Bon Iver

Bon Iver, the man with the searing falsetto, offers his 3rd album, 22, A Million, at the end of September.

Our first hearing is a remix of one of the first song on the record “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”.

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“22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]”

Tall Heights

Tall Heights is a folk duo out of Boston featuring gorgeous harmonies.

Their album Neptune comes out in a week.

Listen to the beauty of “Spirit Cold”.

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Deap Vally

Deap Vally is the L.A. rock duo Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards.

We will soon have their 2nd album Femejism.

“Smile More” has attitude to spare.

Deap Vally

Margaret Glaspy

Singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy, a California transplant, spent a few years in Boston before moving off to New York.

Emotions and Math is her Indie folk debut.

“You and I” showcases her voice and songwriting.

Margaret Glaspy

Regina Spektor

The wonderfully eccentric artist Regina Spektor will give us her 7th album, Remember Us to Life, in September.

Her songs are rich and varied, each unique unto itself.

Regina Spektor

“Bleeding Heart” is from her forthcoming album.

“Oedipus” from her 2nd album Songs.

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