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Sharon Van Etten: The End of the World As part of the soundtrack for "The Man In The High Castle," comes Sharon Van Etten's gorgeous cover version of one of the most beloved songs ever: "The End of The World." Originally recorded in 1962 by Skeeter...
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Holly Miranda + The New Asylum Choir: Midnight Oil For her beautiful new track "Midnight Oil," singer/songwriter Holly Miranda has been joined by 28 other voices who unite under the moniker New Asylum Choir—including icon Ani DiFranco and Kyp Malone...
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Laura Marling: Wild Fire
With an inherent grace to her storytelling, Laura Marling delivers another soulful folk wonder with "Wild Fire." The second single off the singer/songwriter's forthcoming album Semper Femina, out 10 March, the track rises with gentle power, driven...
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Leonard Cohen: Sisters of Mercy
For almost 50 years, the multi-talented songwriter, musician, poet and artist Leonard Cohen regaled the world with a sensitive, impactful artistry. Beyond touching his listeners, he would also influence generations of singers to come—many of whom took...
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Conor Oberst: You All Loved Him Once
Today, Conor Oberst unveiled his seventh EP Ruminations—an intimate 10-track reflection comprised of the singer's signature vocals, and not much else beyond piano, guitar and harmonica. From the uncommonly bleak but beautiful album, the stand-out track...
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David Bowie: Starman While the world mourned the passing of David Bowie earlier this week, it's difficult to comprehend that he was—in fact—mortal. With a career that crossed six decades and a mesmerizing ever-evolving sound and aesthetic, Bowie...
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Odessa: Hummed Low
A few deep breaths are recommended before sinking into Odessa's quiet song "Hummed Low." Through a bare yet polished arrangement, LA-based classical violinist-turned-singer-songwriter (who toured as a back-up violinist for bands like Edward Sharpe...
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Common feat. Mary J Blige: Come Close Our #TBT this week, taking us back to 2002, is "Come Close," Common's gentle serenade for true love featuring R&B queen Mary J. Blige. Both artists—along with No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, and even a couple...
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Lilith Ai: Hang Tough
The lo-fi soul of Lilith Ai's latest track "Hang Tough" is more than a sum of its parts. A resonating power in her voice carries lyrics of warped depth, all nestled atop the strumming of her guitar. And yet, from the nuances of an electronic-influenced...
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Henry Wolfe: Encino
Three years have brought out a weathered yet spirited side of Henry Wolfe. While the musician's debut LP Linda Vista (2011) was straightforward, almost too gentle even, with its conventional instrumentation and approach, the two original songs on...
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Elliott Smith: Waltz #2 (XO) 10 years ago this past week, the world lost Elliott Smith: Songwriter, musician and vocalist whose masterful catalogue of brooding alternative folk inspired legions of fans and acts that followed. A centerpiece to his...
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John Talabot: Without You (reduced mix version)
After the success of 2012's critically acclaimed ƒIN, Spanish electronic musician John Talabot is beginning to release material from his upcoming 11 November release DJ Kicks. His first single from the anticipated record, "Without You" (reduced mix...
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Elliott Smith: Waltz #2 (XO)
10 years ago this past week, the world lost Elliott Smith: Songwriter, musician and vocalist whose masterful catalogue of brooding alternative folk inspired legions of fans and acts that followed. A centerpiece to his emotional potency, "Waltz #2...
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Cut Copy: Free Your Mind
The Australian masterminds of indietronica Cut Copy are following up their 2011 hit Zonoscope with Free Your Mind, out 5 November—and they were kind enough to make the entire album streamable a week before its release. The 14-track effort was recorded...
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Beach Fossils: Generational Synthetic
Brooklyn's own Beach Fossils are keeping the lo-fi spirit alive with their latest release: A video for their February hit "Generational Synthetic." The final product is downright reminiscent of a Beach Fossils concert experience. The classic atmospheric...
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Ace of Base: Living in Danger
Sweden's musical output to the world is a colored one, from the bleak and dark to the boisterously Eurovision-victorious and cheesy. This week's #PrivateJam comes from Selectism and HighSnobiety's Jeff Carvalho, who looks to the land of the midnight...
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Deedee Cheriel: Episodes in the Abundant Oasis
by Mya Stark Gods, monsters or something more enigmatically human, the animal-headed figures of artist Deedee Cheriel are set to grace LA’s Merry Karnowsky Gallery this weekend. In the new show, called "Episodes in the Abundant Oasis," Cheriel’s...
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The Builder and New Jerusalem
An emerging filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia, Rick Alverson's slowburning film style feeds off lingering frames, pregnant pauses and subtle interactions between its characters. His debut feature "The Builder" (due for release by indie label Jagjaguwar...
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And All the Tigers
Consisting of Harris Shper (on vox and guitar), Christine Hale (vox and keys), Al Mal (bass) and Farid Rener (drums), The Hoof & the Heel make unforgettably beautiful music that fits easily on dreamy summer playlists. Based out of Montreal, the quartet...
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Polite Sleeper: Lake Effect
The first proper full-length from Brooklyn's Polite Sleeper, Lake Effect serves up nine songs straddling the hazy line between folk and indie rock. At turns somber and frenetic, singer/guitarist Jason Orlovich's earnest vocal timber and everyday...
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Cool Hunting's Fall 2009 Playlist
As summer hanging makes way for classes and meetings, the changing season calls for a soundtrack of syncopated digital beats and rock 'n' roll jams for setting a productive mood. Of course, fall wouldn't be fall without shedding a small...
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Timber Timbre
Toronto-based Timber Timbre's third self-titled studio release keeps a soft and moody vibe with eight simply structured songs that seem meant for listening to in the dark. Taylor Kirk, the man behind the project, has a singing voice thatâ...
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All My Pretty Ones: Tone Poems
Two years since releasing the Handsbreath EP, the Bay Area folk group All My Pretty Ones return with their debut full-length, Tone Poems. A mix of brand new and previously recorded tracks, the record transcends the somewhat limiting "folk"...
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Brett Dennen
We asked Oakdale, California singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, who has one of the finest voices in contemporary pop-folk, about the humor which swirls amidst the brutal honesty of his lyrics, and whether he was generally a positive person by nature...
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All My Pretty Ones
All My Pretty Ones are a six-member group from the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by songwriter Derek Schmidt, the band plays richly-orchestrated, folk-influenced music. Songs rely heavily on acoustic guitar and piano, with occasional flourishes from...
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