The Features

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 from Israel via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.

In case you missed it, here is what he played with commentary by Justin:

The Features, "This Disorder" - These dudes have been around forever, but they've never quite had that breakthrough. Signed to Kings of Leon's label, this cut is off their latest, self-titled album. It's the catchiest slice of indie pop I've heard all day, and just may give The Features a well-deserved stab at the big leagues.

Portugal. The Man, "Evil Friends" - The first single off of Portugal. The Man's latest album is a trip, and a great indicator of the record: it's both the poppiest and most sinister thing they've done yet. This band was on an album-a-year streak, but this record took them two. The time off shows, and it's a creative, wonderfully weird album — and their first with producer Danger Mouse.

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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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:

Tristen, "No One's Gonna Know" - This is the single that you got if you helped back this Nashville singer/songwriter's recent Kickstarter project. I've been a Tristen believer since her last one, Charlatans at the Garden Gate, came out and I saw her at Stage AE two years ago. Her new stuff is less country, more synth-y, but has the same core pop songwriting featured.

The Features,"This Disorder" - Another Nashville act, because I'm a theme-oriented guy. This band has been starting to get some Buzz; thanks to the drunk Vanderbilt grad student I met at Gooski's a couple years ago who mentioned them as a Nashville band I should know. He was right!

Two bonuses: In this week's paper, I write about the new split LP from The Red Western and Grand Piano, two quality locals. Worth a try:

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