Peggy Sue – Idle


In anticipation of their third album, Choir of Echoes, moody British rockers Peggy Sue have released a new single. Idle begins inconspicuously enough – with sparse instrumentation and slightly understated vocals – before kicking into gear and allowing the rhythm section to take the lead. Choir of Echoes is out Jan. 29 from Yep Roc.

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They Might Be Giants – The Darlings of Lumberland


The Johns have decided to give us another free track from their latest record, Nanobots. It’s called The Darlings of Lumberland. The title could be a little confusing, considering that the song isn’t about the most charming lumberjacks in the yard. In fact, John Flansburgh made sure to clear up any misconceptions about the song’s meaning:

The song itself is a reference to the Darling Family that were early settlers from around Bethel NY (and whose name comes up in more than one Catskill mountain graveyard). At the turn of the last century the area around Bethel was often generically referred to as Lumberland, as lumber was cut and sent down the Delaware water gap to heat New York City.

Those Darlins – In the Wilderness


Here’s a track from the new Those Darlins record, Blur the Line, which was released just this week. The radio edit of In the Wilderness below was originally posted over at Rolling Stone, but we’ve got the it right here. In the Wilderness is a pretty apt title, too, considering that Nikki and Jessi Darlin wrote the song deep in the woods of Kentucky.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Life Is Hard


While you’re busy downloading the latest single from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Life Is Hard, be sure to check out the live performance of the song recorded at New York’s Box Theater last month.

Volcano Choir – Byegone


Repave – the latest meticulously-crafted, dreamy mess from Justin Vernon’s other band, Volcano Choir – is out this week. Here is the lead single. Byegone.

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Franz Ferdinand – Right Action


Franz Ferdinand is back with a new record. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is the British band’s first album since 2009’s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, and it was worth the wait. It’s out this week, and here is the lead single, the aptly-titled Right Action.

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