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Playlist of the Week: April 17, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2015

“Blitz”—Ava Luna As brazenly strange as they are brilliant, Brooklyn’s Ava Luna deliver high-volume R&B with a twist on the aptly titled “Blitz.” Alternating between giant distorted guitar riffs and a mellow, Prince-influenced slow jam, this tune’s ebb and flow makes an engaging listen ...

Playlist of the Week: April 10, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2015

“Spit You Out”—Metz Scuzz-rock masters Metz are back with “Spit You Out,” a single that takes no prisoners as it rips through almost five minutes of distorted riffs, rapid-fire drums and screeching guitar solos. When asked to comment on the song’s title, frontman Alex Edkins recently told Th...

Playlist of the Week: April 3, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2015

“Dream Lover”—The Vaccines The biggest British band you have probably never heard of, The Vaccines, are four platinum-selling blokes from West London that mix the fuzz of The Black Keys with the swagger of the Arctic Monkeys and the cool of The Strokes. “Dream Lover” is the newest dark and ...

Playlist of the Week: March 27, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2015

“Light Years Beyond”—Electric Citizen Hailing from Cincinnati, Electric Citizen pumps out the kind of galloping, riff-heavy rock that will send you back to the 70s in a leather-clad time machine. With an accompanying music video on the psychedelic side of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” “Light Years B...

Playlist of the Week: March 20, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2015

“Baby Britain”—Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Approaching indie rock martyr Elliott Smith’s catalog with equal parts taste and respect, Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers and Kent native Jessica Lea Mayfield have produced something truly stunning on “Baby Britain.” The darker character...

Playlist of the Week: Feb. 27, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2015

“Helm & Anchor”—Seafair Fusing the beauty of chamber strings with the grit of garage rock, Seafair are one of Cleveland’s best and brightest talents. “Helm & Anchor” is a musical rollercoaster that capitalizes on every ounce of the group’s diverse musical talent. Spinning the gorgeous voc...

Playlist of the Week: Feb. 20, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2015

“Where The Sky Hangs”—Passion Pit Hot off the heels of a collaboration with French producer Madeon, Passion Pit offers the familiar sounding “Where The Sky Hangs” as one of two new singles from its forthcoming third album, “Kindred.” Channeling the influences of disco, electronica and ...

Playlist of the Week: Feb. 6, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2015

“Coming Home”—Leon Bridges In describing “Coming Home,” it is helpful to borrow a line from NPR Music’s recent piece on Leon Bridges: “The song sounds so much like Sam Cooke, a cardigan sweater may materialize on your back while you’re listening to it.” Nimble and fresh, Bridges...

Playlist of the Week: Jan. 30, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015

“Then Came the Morning”—The Lone Bellow The clouds open in the first few seconds of “Then Came the Morning,” revealing the sunny, blue-eyed soul vocals of Brian Elmquist and Kanene Doheney Pipkin that immediately lift this track off the ground. After the excitement that The Lone Below’s s...

Playlist of the Week: Jan. 23

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2015

“Allie”—Belle & Sebastian “Allie” is perhaps the most quintessentially Belle & Sebastian-sounding song on the Scottish group’s latest release, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance,” melding twee harmonies with the upbeat rhythm of an acoustic guitar and breezy flute solos. On an album mark...

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