Even the Snow Turns Blue: An Over the Rhine Christmas Compilation

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Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist seem to really like Christmas. They’ve released several Christmas albums over the years as Over the Rhine, with their latest (Blood Oranges in the Snow) hitting shelves last month. That said, it doesn’t mean the husband-and-wife duo whitewash the holiday season like many musicians. Instead, Blood Oranges is what they’ve decided to call “reality Christmas” music.

Even the Snow Turns Blue gives a nice sampling of Over the Rhine’s various Christmas offerings, from the more traditional to the incredibly personal. Consider it an early Christmas present from us to you.

Matthew Ryan – We Lit a Fire

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Matthew Ryan recorded his latest album with a pretty hefty supporting cast, and it shows. Boxers features the work of Kevin Salem, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, Brian Bequette and Joe Magistro of Black Crowes fame. It’s also the tiniest bit of a departure from recent records in that his 13th LP is an all-out rock and roll affair.

We Lit a Fire is a five-song sampler that showcases the range of Boxers and the punch it displays, both musically and lyrically.

Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends

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It’s been eight long years since Sleater-Kinney laid waste to audiences the world over with their late-stage riot grrl bombast.

Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss have finally decided to get back together and sate the indie rock masses with new music. You can download the raucous new single, Bury Our Friends, right here.

The Features – Old Familiar Melodies

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We still don’t have any details for The Features’ upcoming record (other than the first single, Good Old Days, which you’ve no doubt heard on WFPK lately), but the Nashville indie rock stalwarts have thrown us a bone until they’re ready to unleash the new full-length. That bone comes in the form of Old Familiar Melodies: 2008-2013, a free 10-track collection of material from the band’s last three albums (Some Kind of Salvation, The Wilderness, and The Features).

They’re not skimping either, because Old Familiar Melodies includes some of the best songs from that period, like The Temporary Blues, The Drawing Board, and This Disorder.

Deep Sea Diver – One by One

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When Jessica Dobson’s not playing with James Mercer and The Shins, she’s doing her own thing in the form of Deep Sea Diver. Her Pacific Northwest side project just released an EP called Always Waiting, and here’s a track from it. One by One is a bit of a departure from 2012’s History Speaks LP, with more synth and drum machines layered under Dobson’s entrancing vocals. That said, the songwriting chops are still front and center.

Broncho Sampler

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We’ve been spinning Broncho’s new single, What, for the last few weeks on WFPK. Now we have an easy way for you to get another taste of the Oklahoma indie rockers’ upcoming album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, while also investigating the band’s past.

Broncho just released the free sampler which features two other tracks from the new album (one of which appeared on the HBO show Girls) and three from past releases.

And hey, if you like what you hear, they’ll be at Zanzabar Sept. 9.