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Even the coolest kids these days probably have limited exposure to Motown, so here's your chance to take your kids back in time. Today's Cool Kids track is Heat Wave by Martha and the Vandellas! You've probably heard this song before. Its been feature in a few movies from way back including classics like Carrie and American Graffiti, and you can't hear it without feeling like you belong in the 60s.

It even feels like we're going through a heat wave with all these warm temperatures. 60 degrees in December? I'm not really complaining...

Check out Martha and the Vandellas below!

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The last time MGMT performed in Pittsburgh it was 2007 and their debut record, Oracular Spectacular, wasn't even out.  Needless to say Pittsburgh was long over due for a concert.

MGMT is a neo-psychedelic band that formed at Connecticut's Wesleyan University in 2005.  Their debut record sky rocketed them in world wide fame.  However since 2007's Oracular Spectacular, MGMT has somewhat been on the chop block.  Their sophomore release, Congratulations, didn't have the "radio friendly" reception that Oracular Spectacular did (although I love it).  Their latest record, MGMT, has been met with a mixed reaction due to it's musical experimentation.

I myself had not listened to much of MGMT's self titled album.  I told myself before the concert I would be perfectly content with their performance if I heard any combination of "Electric Feel," "Weekend Wars" and "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters."  I was basically hoping to hear as much from MGMT's first two records as possible.

Shortly after taking the stage MGMT opened with "Flash Delirium" and then quickly jumped into one of their "big 3," "Time To Pretend."  Two songs into the set the entire crowd was hooked and along for the ride.  MGMT didn't just play great music, they brought out a visual experience with them as well.  A few songs into their set, frontman and singer/guitarist Andrew VanWyngarden proceeded to film the band and audience on stage on a video camera.  Before I could even determine the purpose of the camera I notice everything being filmed was being projected on screen behind the band.  Everything projected was put through a trippy and psychedelic filter.  It was one of the coolest and most visually stimulating sights I had ever scene.  It looked like something straight out of the '60s.

As I said noted before, I wanted to hear "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters" live.  And by god did MGMT do that. No. They completely blew it out of the water.  An already nearly 5 minute song turned into a 10 minute ambient and psychedelic masterpiece.  I was truly impressed by the musicianship displayed by MGMT through their show.  They didn't just come out and play their music.  They blended their already creative songs with improvisation and experimentation.  One might even say MGMT's live "jamming" reflects the musical style of their most recent album.

MGMT continued to play a Oracular Spectacular heavy set.  After they wrapped up with one of my personal favorites "Weekend Wars," they proceeded to start their 12 minute epic, "Siberian Breaks."  The crowd was in awe.  I'm not going to lie, that may been my favorite part of the night.  MGMT through the crowd a curveball with that one (one that was gladly caught I might add). MGMT then proceeded to play (arguably) their biggest hit "Electric Feel" and a few newer tracks before heading off stage for the first time.

A giant cowbell is pushed on two stage shortly after MGMT leaves the stage.  For those who did not know, MGMT had a photo competition via Instagram.  The winner got to play the cowbell on stage while MGMT performed "Your Life Is a Lie."

The background turns back on to the same visuals from the very beginning of the show.  MGMT emerges on stage with both the concert winner and former touring member Grand Buffet and plays "Your Life Is a Lie."  The two cowbell players were both funny and enthusiastic.  VanWyngarden jokingly exclaimed, "Now that's how you play the cowbell!" after Buffet and the contest winner left the stage.  MGMT then continued to close the show out with, "Congratulations."

It was Hunter S. Thompson that once said, "Buy the ticket, the ride.  And if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well...maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion."  Now I'm pretty sure Mr. Thompson was not talking about an MGMT show.  However,  if I had to some up MGMT's performance in a few words I would refer to the above quote."

I went into MGMT's show expected to hear mainly new material and hopefully a few good older tracks, the traditional "new album tour" setlist.  Their show couldn't have been any more different than what I expected.  I was legitimately impressed and blown away by their performance.  They went the whole nine yards.  If MGMT is coming to a venue near you do yourself a favor and attend!

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The young Michael Jackson was probably one of the Coolest Kids of all time. At 11 years old, Michael took the lead on today's Cool Kids song, "ABC" by the Jackson Five. Every kid can't be as skilled a singer as Michael Jackson, but everyone has their own talent. Maybe your child's talent is reading, writing or arithmetic, but without the roots of love every day their education just ain't complete.

Watch the clip below to see the debut of the song on American Bandstand. Watch 11 year old Michael Jackson dancing with his family, and maybe you can dance along with yours!

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"I've got sunshine on a cloudy day." That may not be true for us in Pittsburgh today, but it was true for the Temptations in their song "My Girl", all the way back in 1964. The Temptations brag in their song that "I don't need no money, fortune or fame. I've got all the riches, baby, one man can claim," and while this is true for a girlfriend or wife, it's also true of the love we feel for our daughters!

"My Girl" was written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White of the Miracles, and has been covered by a ton of artists, including Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and the Rolling Stones.

Check out the video for the song below, and watch the five men of the Temptations dance and convince us of their passion.

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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 Mervis!

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott. Click the title to hear the song!

Kurt Vile, "Wakin' on a Pretty Day": You know the Philly psych-rocker plays by his own rules when he starts his fifth album, "Wakin' on a Pretty Daze," with a 9-minute track. Whether you like Lou Reed or Dylan or Neil Young, this warm, sprawling slacker jam is like putting on a comfortable old shoe.

Mutual Benefit, "Advanced Falconry": Here's something for your chilled-out chamber-pop playlist from a Brooklyn band with a name like an insurance company and melodies to make you feel like you're floating.

Savages, "City's Full": The stand-out debut album of the year came from this all-girl London band that kicks it real hard, in the post-punk tradition of Gang of Four, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, et al. The live set at Mr. Smalls was so electrifying even the hardened old punks were blown away.

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Beck has been busy as of late. He's working on a new album, he recently staged a performance of his Song Reader sheet music album, and he designed a pair of glasses. The concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles was presented by glasses company Warby Parker who recruited Beck to design a pair of custom frames. The spectacles - called The Carmichael - have been described by GQ as such: "The lenses and keyhole bridge on the design toe the line between nerdy and artsy, but ooze with style points for sure." For sure, indeed!

Also in Beck news, at the above-mentioned concert, the singer-songwriter debuted a song that is rumored to be appearing on his upcoming album - Morning Phase. The song "Wave" sounds somber, orchestral, and gorgeous to say the least.

Watch the performance of "Wave" here:

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We've got a classic for this morning's Cool Kids song! The King of Cool, Dean Martin, made this swanky tune way back in the 50s, but it still has the power to make us move even today. Dino was the original crooner, and if any kid is going to learn how to be the coolest kid in their class, they should definitely do their research on this member of the Rat Pack.

Today's song is called "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am", and it can be found below. The song is one of love and heartbreak, as so many of this singer's songs are. Have a listen to the song and let the band carry you away to another time.

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Today, we had a special guest for Cool Kids! Singer-songwriter Grant Lee Phillips told us about what he listens to with his kids, and he named "She Said" by The Cramps. He wanted to introduce her to music, and "first impressions, they count for a lot," according to Phillips. "She would really respond to something primitive, raw."

The song is real primal, having a chorus that goes "ooh, eeh, ah, ah". If your kids like imitating growly chimpanzees, they would probably love The Cramps. "Everybody needs The Cramps," Phillips says, definitively.

Have a listen to the song below and unleash your wild side with The Cramps.

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Today's Cool Kids song is meant to brainwash you and your kids! Just kidding, kind of. "Satellite Radio" is a song by Steve Earle that compels you to listen to radio, specifically of the satellite variety. We at WYEP of course would like you to keep it locked on our frequency of course, 91.3, to enjoy a more traditional approach to broadcasting.

A lyric from the "Satellite Radio" go thusly:
"Is there anybody out there? One-two-three on the satellite radio?
Big daddy on the air, are you listenin' to me? On the satellite radio
At the galaxy's end where the stars burn bright, are you tunin' in and turnin' on?
Is there anybody listenin' to earth tonight on the satellite radio?"

We'd love to ask if anyone is listening like Steve Earle, but shouting "I'm listening!" at your radio probably won't get your message across. Instead, prove to us that you listen by coming to some of our community events, like this month's Third Thursday event featuring the Red Western for example.

In the meantime, check out Steve Earle below!

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It's been rumored for years, but it seems like it has finally arrived! After having not performed together for 7 years, Outkast will be reuniting at Coachella in 2014. The duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi will be another group that has reunited at the scene of Coachella, being added to the growing list of musicians that include the Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, and Pavement.

Although Andre 3000 and Big Boi have been busy doing making solo records and playing Jimi Hendrix in movies, Coachella will be the first opportunity to see them perform hits of theirs like "B.O.B." and "Hey Ya." Idlewild, the last album released by Outkast, came out in 2006, and while there has been no announcement of any new album from the duo, we'd love to see something fresh in the future.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be happening in Indio, California for two weekends in April. If you're going to be on the west coast April 11-13 or 18-20, maybe you should go see this cooler than cool reunion.

Listen to Outkast's "Hey Ya" below, and get ready for what's sure to be an awesome new year of concerts and festivals.

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