The 9:13 Buzz with Justin Jacobs

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 Justin Jacobs (talking to us via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine. Yukon Blonde, "Fire" - Isn't this song pretty? I think so, too. Sure, these Canadian dudes take more than a few pages from the books of Fleet Foxes and similarly bearded bands, but they pull it off well. This song is off of Yukon Blonde's new EP, "Fire//Water." It's hard to dock points for originality when the harmonies are this tight and the melody this catchy. And it's really pretty, amiright? Big Pink, "Give It Up" - This London duo got all the dark, indie kids dancing (read: coolly swaying) with its shadowy debut album a few years back. "Give It Up" is a great example of their new sound: more polished, bolder, sharper and, thankfully, still dark and catchy. Be wary, some tracks off their new album "Future This" go too far — one sounds like a car chase soundtrack — but most strike a good balance between grimy and glittering. Grouplove, "Colours" - Seems like I'm a little late to the Grouplove party, but I'm glad I finally found this band. Loose, jangling, sing-along-in-the-car anthems about having fun and going to the beach and such; Grouplove's debut album "Never Trust a Happy Song" is sugary fun. "Colours," originally out on an EP, is a perfect sampler.