Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Coming Down

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If you thought Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was just an indie rock remnant of the aughts (yeah yeah, blog rock…blah blah blah), you were sorely mistaken. Alec Ounsworth and the gang are as relevant as ever with their new record, Only Run. It does a good job of combining instrumental elements from their 2005 self-titled debut and 2011’s Hysterical, all while illustrating Ounsworth’s crisp songwriting. The lead cut from the record, which you’ve no doubt heard on WFPK the last few weeks, is a dynamic rocker that features The National’s Matt Berninger lending a hand.

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Dualtone Records Summer Sampler

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Nashville’s Dualtone Records has graced us with a free summer sampler. There’s a little bit of old (The Lumineers’ Stubborn Love, Guy Clark’s Diamond Joe), a bit of new (The Felice Brothers’ Cherry Licorice, Simone Felice’s Running Through My Head), and a whole lot in between. One thing is for sure, though – all of these tracks just have to be listened to with the wind blowing through your hair in the car or while grilling out and sipping on a beer. It is a summer sampler, after all.

Kaiser Chiefs – World Cafe EP

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Not long ago, the Kaiser Chiefs stopped by NPR’s World Cafe. They’ve since released the live session that ensued as a free EP. Here it is, in anticipation of their show at the Mercury Ballroom next month.

Leagues – Spotlight

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Nashville’s Leagues has just released a free maxi-single for the track Spotlight (which you might’ve heard on WFPK). The song does a great job of capturing the intense energy of the band’s live performance.

Speaking of which, Leagues is playing at the Fest-a-Ville on April 30 alongside the Same Roberts Band. So you’ll have a chance to find out for yourself just how crazy Thad Cockrell and the gang can be.

My Brightest Diamond – Until Now

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If Shara Worden recorded nothing but her voice, that would be enough. It’s powerful, vulnerable, flexible and downright beautiful. But she’s also blessed the world with three albums, as My Brightest Diamond, that pair her pipes with experimental-pop music that often defies easy categorization.

Worden has just released a six-song compilation, Until Now, that traces her entire career as My Brightest Diamond. It’s currently available for free via NoiseTrade.

Forecastle 2014 Playlist

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With each passing week, Forecastle 2014 inches closer and closer. We’re so excited about this year’s lineup that we went ahead and put together a playlist with most of the artists on the bill. It’s one thing to read all of the names side by side; it’s another thing altogether to hear their songs side by side.