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These days Alec Ounsworth is the only original remaining member of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It’s an odd thing to see, as the debut album that they original lineup release was for sure one of the reasons I’m doing what I do now on this blog. Either way, I’m just happy that Ounsworth has kept the band going, releasing a new album called Only Run earlier this year.

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You may know Will Butler best as a member of Arcade Fire, brother of frontman, Win Butler. Make way guys, Will is stepping out on his own, grabbing some spotlight as a solo act. He’ll release his debut album Policy on March 10 via Merge Records

Last month (before the album was announced) Butler stopped by Baby’s All Right for a first look at the album, playing 10 tracks, which we can only assume are all off the record (though no official tracklist has been shared). Will rocked the stage along with two female singers, one of which was his wife Jenny Shore. His son Alvin was also watching within the crowd (with a cute set of ear-protecting earphones – photo below).

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Back in the early days of November (Nov 10 to be exact) Tame Impala returned for the 2nd night in a row for a sold out show at the historic Beacon Theatre. It was a rare concert for me at the venue (I hadn’t been there since The National played there in 2011), but if there’s anything that will bring me up there, it’s the live show from Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala.

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Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire

On March 3, Modest Mouse will release their new album Strangers To Ourselves (via Epic Records), their first album since 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. It’s been a long time coming.

Today they premiered “Lampshades On Fire” on Minnesota radio station 89.3 The Current. It’s the first single from the album. Test pressings of the 7″ of the single were sent to fans over the weekend, in a smart piece of buzz-building by the band and their management. People were talking about the single ahead of it’s official release, which comes tomorrow.

After spending much of today getting familiar with “Lampshades On Fire,” I gotta say, I’m digging it. It pretty much picks up right where the band left off, hitting that signature Modest Mouse vibe. It’s a good one folks.

Stream it below.

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Last month Jenny Lewis played to a sold out crowd at Terminal 5, on tour for her new album The Voyager. This was her first show in New York since playing Governors Ball this June.

Support came from L.A. duo Girlpool, consisting of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. They made a name for themselves in October with some highly buzzed about CMJ performances, clearly catching the attention of Lewis. They performed tracks off their debut (self-titled) EP in sweet charming fashion. They were a fitting match to open for Lewis, and handled themselves great on the large Terminal 5 stage. They’re surely ones to watch.

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Artists To Watch In 2015

By Will Oliver, December 11th 2014 2015 Artist To Watch Band To Watch

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With the new year right around the corner, everyone’s posting lists. While most of the lists are a look back at the best of this year (our lists are coming in early January…be patient), some lists are looking ahead. There’s always the BBC Sound Of 2015 who released their longlist as well as lists from publications such as The Guardian.

This got me thinking of some artists who I think you will be hearing a lot more about in the next 12 months. Here’s a quick run down of some artists to watch in 2015 (in no particular order):

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Wooderson Slater – The Day

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2014 — with 1 comment Alternative Indie Listen Stream

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I shamefully admit that I originally meant to post the newest Wooderson Slater track “The Day” way back in October. But I was suffocating under the weight of life covering both the New York Film Festival during the day, and then my usual set of shows at night.

“The Day” was kept close to me, almost like a secret I was holding on to for myself, ready to share when the time was right. Well now that I’m finally getting my act together again, that day has come…

You may remember Wooderson Slater for the triumphant beauty of a song that was his debut offering, “The Lake.” That came during the summer, and he’s returned with the equally impressive follow-up with “The Day.” The Youth Lagoon comparisons will come, but Wooderson Slater is doing something very much his own, something that instantly connects and hits all the emotional strings leaving you a reflective mess soaked in the warm baths of melancholy.

Let him work his magic on you. Stream “The Day” below.
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Goste – Loaded Like A Pistol

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2014 Alternative Indie Listen Stream

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Brooklyn-based experimental electronic artist Goste is the project of producer, instrumentalist, and composer, Owen Ross. He’s recently returned with a new EP by the name of Eugene.

Lead single “Loaded Like A Pistol” is an airy track that uses space to its fully advantage, taking time to spread its wings and bring you along for an atmospheric ride that will hit all the emotions. It’s a riveting track that gets better with each and every listen.

Find it posted below.

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