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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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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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Colonizing The Cosmos are a great new local band with a stellar debut (The First Frontier). The fellas in the band were kind enough to send us this video of "Dear Citizens" from their CD release.

Check 'em out live on the Morning Mix on Wed May 5th at 9am. CTC are also on tap for the May 20th Third Thursday, so you can catch them for free. Details on Colonizing The Cosmos Third Thursday are here

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So.... this is pretty much how I spent my weekend... with Lissie's Lady Gaga cover stuck in my head. I also downloaded Lissie's EP Why You Runnin' and spent a good amount of time trying to figure out when her full length will be out (got nowhere). She's a new favorite, for sure. Hope you like it, too.

More on Lissie is here

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Wilco performed a very intimate and haunting version of "Country Disappeared" for the French-based blog, La Blogotheque. Take a moment to watch this, it's pretty sweet:

Wilco - Country Disappeared - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Visit La Blogotheque for more videos from some of your favorite indie bands and say goodbye to your afternoon

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New local music featured on WYEP's The Local News. Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM).  

Nik & The Central Plains - "You're The Blues" (Nik & The Central Plains)
Nik Westman fronts this twangy/indie band. He's one of the best songwriters in Pittsburgh, noted for his meandering flow of conscious lyrics. You'll like this album if you are a fan of The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley or Pavement. The songs on the record range in dynamics- this one is a fairly breezy back porch folk number.

Larkin Mayberry - "In The Parlour" (IV)
Paul Rouse uses the moniker Larkin Mayberry. The recordings are sparse, but his voice is quite striking. Fans of Devendra Banhart may like this. Seems like he is just getting started on something with great potential.

Mark Rice - "Maybe This Time" (Topography of a Bird)
A native of Weirton, WV and now living in Pittsburgh. Mark has a nice gentle Josh Ritter type of voice with writing skills like Glen Hansard. The CD is very well produced and his band compliments his sounds quite well.

The Sparrows - "Hitchhiker" (Back In The Red)
This is a fun band with a classic Americana/Rock sound. The lyrics are nothing deep, but they are not trying to be. It seems like this band would put on a good live show- their guitar player is killer on the CD. Also features a former member of The Cynics.

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MGMT- "Flash Delerium" from Congratulations out 4/13 via Sony/Columbia

I'd give this video a 6.4 on the gross/creepy scale and a 7.8 on the awesome scale. I like the song more each time I hear it. These guys are onto something. Keep your eye out for the eye patch! Eye patches are the best!

Hear the rest of the new album here

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This is an awesome song! Video is like Toy Story vs Saving Private Ryan.

more on Turin Brakes: Right Here

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New local stuff for March!!! Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM)
Enjoy,
Cindy 

Colonizing The Cosmos- "Dear Citizens" (The First Frontier)
This band has potential to be one of the best local debuts this year. They have a great snappy sound that emulates The Mountain Goats, The Flaming Lips and Sufjan Stevens. It's a little weird, but still very catchy- not one clunker on the disc. The trio is made up of multi-instrumentalists who's day jobs list as an attorney, a filmmaker and a photographer.

summer-winter- "It Makes You Cry" (Alone Is Yes)
This is for fans of the shoegaze genre (Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine). The CD is full of slow, sombre songs with delicate instrumentation. This song might be the most exciting track on the album. It's very pretty, though. Good for crying times.

JD Eicher and The Goodnights- "The Shape of Things" (The Shape Of Things)
Fronted by 20 year old JD Eicher, the band has a Celtic/Indie rock sound in the tradition of The Waterboys and Carbon Leaf. They have been together for 4 years and stretch across Youngstown, OH and Pittsburgh. This is their first album. 

The Wreckids- "Millions In Money" (Singing You To Sleep, But Giving You Nightmares)
Formally know as Scotts Roger, this adorable husband and wife duo have finally released a collaborative EP together as The Wreckids. Scott and Sarah sing sweet funny songs together that will make you wonder if Scott has listened to tons of Loudon Wainwright III (he hasn't by the way- he's more of a Dar Williams Man).

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Okay! I know the month is almost over, but I had to shovel out this blog (#SnOMGPgh!) and it took longer than I anticipated. Soooooo here's the featured local artists of the month airing on The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM or on the podcast) for my birthday month.... xoxo Cindy

Paul Luc- "Aftermath" (A Revival. A Roadsong. A Rearview Mirror.)
This is Paul's second release. He's working with the same band- who make up a large part of The Paul Luc sound. This is not a singer-songwriter-folk album. This is a roots-rock anthem-filled rock-rocky album. This song serves as a great opening to the record.

Bill Toms & Hard Rain- "Sweat Stained Shirts" (Live At Moondog's)

Solid live album from one of Pittburgh's finest Blue-Collared Soul/Blues musicians. This tracks shows Bill's pride in his Pittsburgh roots through the town's steel mill history. Someone get this song to Bruce Springsteen ASAP.

Nicole Reynolds- "Crazy as You" (A Fine Set of Fools)
Nicole's delicate, yet effective, dynamic is ever-present on this sonically diverse album. This song is a fun upbeat sweet indie rock number which features smart witty lyrics. Sounds great!

Beware Fashionable Women- "Rock Bottom" (Beware Fashionable Women)
BFW's sound captures that ironic alt-rock we all love from the 90's. They remind me of bands like Weezer, Blink 182 and They Might Be Giants in certain ways. They also have some sweet Beach Boys-esque harmonies on this song.

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