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May 1, 2010 by Josh W

Besides having a rad hair do and hipster sensibility, Darwin Deez also makes some of the catchiest songs I heard in some time. His MO is three minute poppy songs about heartache and everyday life. Oh ya throw in some hand claps for good measure. What can I say I'm a sucker for hand claps.

His self titled debut album clocks in a 31 minutes and is jammed packed with enough sing along chorus' that you will have a scratchy throat by spin number two. His popularity has sky rocketed in the UK and its only a matter of time before the indie crowd here in the US catch Darwin fever. Have a looksee at his hilarious and oddball video for his single "Radar Detector".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pbdLqTh_x4

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April 30, 2010 by Josh W

Dan Snaith a.k.a Caribou has been creating psychadelic electronica for quite sometime now. He was originally called Manitoba but was forced to change his moniker to Caribou because of a trademark dispute. His music has progressed from ambient, trance like electronic to progressively more multi-layered and poppy.

He just released his new tripped out album entitled Swim along with a video for his new single "Odessa". In the dreamlike clip a woman stumbles around with a head injury while images presumably tell the story of how it happened. Although your guess is as good as mine. I think the video doesn't exactly match the vibe of the song, but hey its not my song.

The one thing I will say is that this song is quite interesting with all its sound effects and underwater sounding beat. It's a booty shaker that has been on repeat for me for going on a couple weeks. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiSa7THgxrI

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April 29, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org

On Thursday April 15, 2010, City Dwelling Nature Seekers blew the roof off The WYEP Community Broadcast Center for Third Thursday. They played stuff from their self-titled EP (including "Will and A Way" which was featured on The Local News) and also an upcoming release. Check out the recording from that night on the recently posted Third Thursday podcast. It's on your Mp3 player or listen below. More photos here.

MP3: Third Thursday with City Dwelling Nature Seekers

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April 28, 2010 by Josh W

If you haven't had a chance to hear Seabear, drop everything and go purchase their new LP. Aptly titled We Built A Fire, it's the perfect album to keep you warm on a chilly night. With its lush arrangements and soothing vocals, you can't help but be whisked away to "Seabearia" on a wave of trumpets, strings, and pianos.

Sindri Már Sigfússon is the creative force behind the Icelandic band's beautiful melodies and heartfelt lyrics. He took some time out from mixing the new album for his solo project, Sin Fang Bous, to answer some questions for us. Continue Reading...

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April 26, 2010 by Josh W

Everyone's favorite Indie super-group is back with thier new album Together and our friends over at NPR Music have it streaming it in its entirety for your listening pleasure.

Together picks up right where all thier previous albums left off, with joyous harmonies and toe tapping goodness just in time for summer. So click the link already, you know you want to. Listen Here.

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April 23, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org

Official music video for Jack Johnson's single "You And Your Heart" off his new album To The Sea (2010).

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April 23, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org


You Gotta Hear This features a monthly inside look into a new release you may have missed, hosted by Cindy Howes. Teen Dream is the new LP from Beach House. The Baltimore duo's highly anticipated third release does not disappoint! You can hear a review and clips from the album on the latest YGHT.



Check your podcasts for an update or listen right here:
YGHT :: Beach House

YGHT is also heard on The Music Lab.

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April 23, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org

New local music featured on WYEP’s The Local News during the month of May. Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM). These tracks begin airing on Monday April 26th and will posted to the 'cast very soon :D
--- Cindy

Scott Weitzenfeld - "Helps Ease My Pain" (Born An Outsider)
SW grew up outside Washington, D.C. and played in bands that covered acts like The Stones and Van Morrison. All the while, he had to keep his haircut short in order to participate in his other life passions, baseball and football. His guitar playing is a skilled soulful blues while his voice is reminiscent of Steve Forbert. From the looks of the video for "Helps Ease My Pain", he's adjusting quite well to his new hometown.

Justin Andrew - "Fuses" (Transplant EP)
This little gem of an EP will appeal to fans of modern indie Americana (The Watson Twins, Deertick, The Low Anthem). It comes from Massachusetts-transplant, Justin Andrew, who's been making a name for himself in the local scene since this CD was released last year. You may have seen Justin working the soundboard at your favorite local rock club or your favorite local children's radio show or walking his cute little dog, Parker.

Caleb Murphy - "Oil Lamp Life" ([digital single])
Not quite sure how old this Indiana, PA resident is, but he's definitely got talent that's beyond his years. He's a fan of The Beatles, Switchfoot and Iron & Wine- 3 acts that have very different sounds. "Oil Lamp Life" has cutesy indie instrumentation and a bountiful amount of hand claps (!). It's available as a free download at CalebMurphy.com

Horse Or Cycle - "Oh Captain My Captain" (Flood Season)
Not a supergroup, HoC is made up of former and current members of Lohio, Boca Chica and Mariage Blanc. It first served as a solo project for Liam Cooney, but has now transformed into one of the most exciting slowgrass bands to rise out of the East End music scene. If you like My Morning Jacket, Nickle Creek or Band Of Horses, chances are Horse or Cycle are right up your alley. Produced by Jake Hanner (of Donora).

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April 22, 2010 by Josh W

In 2009, The Love Language released their brilliant self-titled debut. It went largely overlooked.

I take some pleasure in loving an under-appreciated band -- a secret treasure that you don't want to share, for fear that its meaning might be taken away from you. They're bands that teeter on the edge of obscurity, armed with great songs that beg to be heard, and for at least a little while, they're yours alone. But you know that the day will come when everyone gets wise and flocks to them too.

And there's nothing you can do about it.

On the other hand, how can these bands get their deserved adoration if I keep them to myself? Continue Reading..

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April 22, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org


May 25th Bettye Lavette releases Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, featuring interpretations of 13 classic British rock songs.

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook tracklist:
1. The Word (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
2. No Time To Live (James Capaldi/Stephen Winwood)
3. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Bennie Benjamin/Gloria Caldwell/Sol Marcus)
4. All My Love (John Baldwin/Robert Plant)
5. Isn't It A Pity (George Harrison)
6. Wish You Were Here (David Gilmour/Roger Waters)
7. It Don't Come Easy (Richard Starkey)
8. Maybe I'm Amazed (Paul McCartney)
9. Salt Of The Earth (Michael Jagger/Keith Richards)
10. Nights In White Satin (David Hayward)
11. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock)
12. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Elton John/Bernard Taupin)
13. Love Reign O'er Me (Peter Townshend) [BONUS TRACK]

FIRST LISTEN: Cover of The Rolling Stones "Salt Of The Earth"

April 21, 2010 by barbmstein@aol.com

The opening act is the entertainer who performs at a show before the featured entertainer. The opening act's performance serves to "warm up" the audience. The opening act will usually be an up-and-coming performer with a much smaller following than the featured artist.

I attended two shows recently, based upon the opening act.

Sunday night, Luke Brindley was the opening act for Willy Porter. Brindley is a Washington, DC based singer-songwriter, who was making his 3rd visit to Pittsburgh in a span of about 7 months.  He immediately grabbed our attention by playing an instrumental.  During his set he tried out some new material (for a yet un-named "fan funded" CD) along with older material like "Wrecking Ball" and another instrumental "Dervish"; as he alternated playing  his two guitars.

The Willy Porter show was re-scheduled from November (Porter cancelled then due to illness).  I was mesmerized the entire evening by Porter's finger-style guitar playing.   He told stories in a humorous style, took requests, and got us to sing-along.  Brindley did join Porter on a song.

Tuesday night 21-year-old Seth Glier was the opening act for Maia Sharp.  He plays the keyboards and guitar.  He writes his own songs. In this reality TV make a star overnight world, it's refreshing to see a young singer-songwriter doing it the old fashioned way with mature lyrics and a stage presence way beyond his years.  Glier began his short set singing a cappella, showcasing his amazing voice.  Glier also told stories about living with his parents and 99-year-old grandmother in a small town in MA and how it has influenced his writing. Ryan Hommel joined Glier on stage playing guitar and backing vocals.

Maia Sharp immediately caught my attention by doing a new song ("Sorry") that I had just heard her frequent co-writing partner Edwin McCain sing at his recent show in Cleveland.  Sharp also thanked WYEP for their support (applause applause).  She sang quite a few songs from her most recent CD "Echo" with Linda Taylor on electric guitar and backing vocals.  Sharp not only played the guitar, but keyboards and saxophone as well.  She shared songs and stories that she wrote that were sung by Bonnie Raitt and The Dixie Chicks.  Sharp also brought up on stage local singer-songwriter Bill Deasy to sing "Say Anything".  Deasy was aided by a lyric sheet to sing with his long-time friend. Sharp expressed her gratitude for all the fan support over the years and truly seemed to enjoy playing in Pittsburgh.

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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April 20, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org

Infinite Arms

Infinite Arms from Band of Horses is out on May 18th. You can now stream two new tracks, "Laredo" and "Factory", at BandOfHorses.com
Have you heard "Laredo" on WYEP? Listen for it and let us know what you think: newmusic@wyep.org or leave a comment!

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April 19, 2010 by Josh W

Photo credit: Josh W.

Roots rock, alternative country, folk, and indie are all terms to which Wilco's sound has been likened. Most bands loathe being pigeonholed into a particular sound, and if you ask them what genre they fall into, you can actually see them cringe. Yet we all feel the need to relegate bands to made up genre names, and in recent years defining a band by a specific sub-genre (chillwave, anyone?) has become the norm. But, for me, Wilco are an American rock and roll band: plain and simple. Continue reading... -->

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April 17, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org

Something you gotta hear --->

Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown

Anaïs is truly a genius. She conceived and wrote Hadestown (in collaboration with Ben Matchstick and Michael Chorney), a folk opera based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. She recorded and released a star studded version of the opera- including Ani Difranco and Greg Brown.

Do yourself the pleasure of listening to a song from the recorded version. This features Ben Knox Miller from The Low Anthem and Justin Vernon from Bon Iver - "Wait For Me"

Anaïs Mitchell all alone was already at genius status in my book. Her CD The Brightness was one of my favorites in 2007. This is the lead track "Fonder Heart":

Both Hadestown and The Brightness are available online from Righteous Babe & your favorite local record store

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April 17, 2010 by Josh W

Once in a great while you hear music that just makes you feel cool.

Every time it comes on, you feel like you should be walking in slow motion, dark shades on, gliding into a room as all eyes fix on you. Maybe you're wearing an old, black, leather jacket and flicking a cigarette as smoke billows from your mouth.

There are only a handful of groups in recent memory that have given me that feeling: Autolux, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Leonard Cohen, to name a few. And now, thanks to their new album, Eyelid Movies, Phantogram have joined those hallowed ranks. Read More.

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