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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin!

Foals, "What Went Down" - This song is going to make you want to drive faster, yell louder and maybe even punch your neighbor. Foals is an English band who started out making jittery indie-pop, and on their fourth album they blast out of the gate with stadium-sized rock'n'roll songs set to burn the world down. This is the first single from their album of the same name.

Lucero, "Went Looking for Warren Zevon's Los Angeles" - I've a soft spot for Lucero, a Memphis band whose been making dusty country-rock that sounds even better with a shot of bourbon. This is the first single from their latest album, "All A Man Should Do." It's mournful and lost, but catchy enough that you'll be bumming around humming it all day.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

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The Staves, Black & White - As The Staves, Jessica, Camilla and Emily Stavely-Taylor released their beautiful, second full-length album, If I Was, earlier this year. It grew from a musical connection made when the UK trio opened for Bon Iver a few years ago, and Justin Vernon invited the band to record at his Eau Claire, Wisconsin studio. You can hear how relaxed the sessions were as the songs unfold, with the three voices and musical personalities weaving around the lyrics.

Lianne La Havas, What You Don't Do - When Lianne La Havas stopped by WFUV in 2012, it was just a vocal and guitar performance, but with that voice and her impressive songwriting and guitar work, the combo was really all she needed. Now set to release her new album, Blood, at the end of July, there are a lot more layers to her sound, and in the case of this song, a "Hot Fun In The Summertime" riff, some doo-wop and some gospel, let her shine even more.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Jess Phaneuf from MVY Radio on Martha's Vineyard!

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The Hunts, "Make This Leap" - The Hunts are SEVEN young siblings from Virginia. Lovely harmonies over stringed instruments with a tambo beat all make this song a delightful tune for the summertime.

My Morning Jacket, "Get The Point" - This song is a little hidden gem on the new My Morning Jacket album, Waterfall. Here Jim James is finger-pickin' and lamenting a relationship gone wrong. I love these relatable lyrics so much. It's a really nice take on the break up song.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

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Desaparecidos, "Slacktivist" - Bright Eyes turns Black Flag on this socially conscious punk album from a fired-up Conor Oberst. This song rails against would-be "activists" who fool themselves into believing they're fighting in the trenches by clicking "like" on Facebook, re-tweeting a trending news item or wearing a colored arm bracelet representing some cause. That's not enough, Conor says.

Pearl Charles, "You Can Change" - Sleek, chic, indie-rock from the 23-year-old L.A. singer's self-titled debut EP arriving July 28. Her first band was Americana's The Driftwood Singers, and she drummed for awhile with garage-pop band The Blank Tapes. She lists Sharon Van Etten and Tame Impala as influences. If the grooves and pretty singing in this song are any indication, Charles is on the right track with a solo career.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Pop City's Patrick Bowman

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Neon Indian, “Annie” - Austin-based Alan Polomo became one of the big names in the microgenre of Chillwave when he released his debut Psychic Chasms in 2009. He’s back a new single “Annie” and the rumor of a third full-length coming in the next year. “Annie” is like an evolved version of what Polomo made his name on: gone are the lo-fi trappings that made his dance music sound like a warped cassette tape stuck in an old Honda Civic, and replaced with pristine production that allows the gorgeously weird, island-inflected beats to pop in high definition.

Gwenno, “Chwyldro” - Welsh singer/songwriter Gwenno was most famously known for her work in the Pipettes, a British-60’s throwback girl group that made a little stir in the early aughts, but her solo work is much, much different. “Chwyldro,” the first track on her her full-length sophomore album Y Dydd Olaf, which is is going to be released in July, has Gwenno working in a ghostly meter and spacey production. The fact that she sings the song in her native Welsh only adds to the otherwordly quality.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Heartless Bastards, Hi-Line - Restless Ones from Heartless Bastards leans a bit more acoustic than the Austin-based band's past four albums, but it's not at all a bad thing, partly because it lets the voice of Erika Wennerstrom stand out even more. She can wail and she can bring a low lonesome sound to her band's songs. In the case of this more uptempo track, there's a bit of both along with a nice shift in the chorus.

Ratatat, Cream on Chrome - Sometimes a good tune doesn't need a voice to make it sing, and this one from the Brooklyn-based Ratatat is a new instrumental classic. The duo is set to release its fifth album, Magnifique, in July, but they've already added a perfect driving song to this summer's soundtrack.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Jess Phaneuf from MVY Radio on Martha's Vineyard!

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Melody Gardot "Preacherman" - As a big fan of Melody Gardot's soft, sweet, jazzy songs, it took me a minute to accept that she has shifted her sound to a more gritty, dark, Americana vibe with this new single. Once I accepted the change, I really grew to love this track!

Will Dailey, "Castle Of Pretending" - This Boston-based musician really nailed his latest album, National Throat, and this is one of my favorite tracks. It starts out slow and dreamy, with a killer guitar solo towards the end and some unexpected trumpet thrown in!

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Richard Thompson, "All Buttoned Up" - More masterful wordplay and savory guitar from
the esteemed rocking folkie who's headlining the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 12. This track, a lighter side of Thompson's new, Jeff Tweedy-produced album, "Still," arriving June 23rd, finds our hero wryly lamenting a pretty girl not paying him attention. Doesn't she know he's Richard Thompson?

Nightjacket, "The Right Way to Fall" - enticing, atmospheric dream pop powered by the lovely, heartfelt vocals of opera-trained Holland Belle. Get hip now to this promising L.A. band whose debut album arrives June 23.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Pop City's Patrick Bowman

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:

Alessia, “Here” - Alessia is 18-year-old Alessia Caracciolo, a preternaturally talented singer and songwriter from Brampton, Ontario who just recently signed to Def Jam and released her first single “Here” a few weeks ago. I would call “Here” an incredibly powerful anthem for introverts, and as a big fan of songs that can really tell a story with literary details and scene setting, Alessia expertly paints a portrait of a party in which she feels utterly alone in the midst of people swirling about having a good time. What makes this song so compelling is that Alessia tells a very personal, intimate story, one that many teenagers the world over surely can identify with, through the prism of a dramatic, determined, forceful R&B track, buoyed by a glorious Isaac Hayes sample, and powered by her maturity and self-awareness. Everyone should be very interested in what she does next.

The Parlor, “Surgeon’s Knife” - The Parlor is a duo from Altamont, NY, and every piece of music they make sounds like it was meant to soundtrack some progressive commune’s dance party in upstate New York. It’s hippie-ish, with some appalachian folk influences, folded into dance music and disco. “Surgeon’s Knife” from their upcoming sophomore album Whazu Whazu (out July 10th) is sort of the best example of this: its spine is folky, with almost jam bandy acoustic strumming, but then it blossoms into this very disco-y star burst of a dance party. A fine summer song to get us going into June.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Jamie xx, "Loud Places" - Producer and DJ Jamie xx (a.k.a. Jamie Smith) doesn't shield his solo work from his band The xx, in name or in his choice of collaborators. In fact, his bandmates Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim both appear on his debut solo album, In Colour, which is due out June 2nd. On this song, Romy's voice adds to the hypnotic and subtly uplifting sound, and brings us this great lyric: "I go to loud places, to search for someone to be quiet with."

Jason Isbell, "24 Frames" - Following up his standout 2013 album Southeastern, songwriter Jason Isbell is set to release Something More Than Free in mid-July. If this song is any indication, his writing has only gotten better, finding that artful (and efficient) balance of simplicity and depth. With hooks that grab your ear and lyrics that reveal new meaning with each listen, this song hit me the same way "16 Days" from Whiskeytown did.

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