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Sure, frontman Steven Gray’s vocal has been compared to that of Kenny Vasoli from emo darlings The Starting Line, but Gray & Co. go places that TSL never even touched. There's a palpable passion running through the veins of songs like “We Could Become River Rats,” “Librarians Kill For That Kind Of Quiet,” and “Apology Not Fucking Accepted.” It’s a solid LP right from the quiet opener “Nothing. Stuff” all the way to the feedback-laden, half-time outro of album bookend “Sorry I Can’t Stick Around,” and the perfect jumpstart to the workweek.
Deborah - Young Magic, Melt (2012)
I was pretty blown away by Young Magic's opening set for Purity Ring at Orpheum this weekend. I'd never heard them and they instantly grabbed my attention. Tribal percussion, spacey vocals and uniquely global influences crash into each other to make some dizzyingly danceable stuff. I'm loving this synthy, reverby, trip-hoppy goodness. Below, check out "You With Air," the song sampled for Purity Ring's "Grandloves."
Shae - Mayer Hawthorne, How Do You Do (2011)
In my search for more songs similar to John Legend’s “Who Did That to You,” I stumbled across Mayer Hawthorne, whose music sounds nothing like Legend’s, save for a proclivity for smooth beats and hints of yesteryear. Hawthorne, born Andrew Mayer Cohen, started out as a rap artist, so I’m not sure if his current foray into kitschy, falsetto-laced soul pop is an example of an at-first-I-lol’d-but-then-I-serious'ed side project, or if he considered this the real deal from its inception. Whichever, it’s catchy, dorky, and sometimes reminiscent of old Motown records, if those records had been doused in irony and cherry-red paint. If you want to see a nerdy guy with big guns, watch the video “The Walk” below.
Shannon - Dear and the Headlights, Small Steps, Heavy Hooves (2007)
My friend had me listen to this album on repeat last night and it was the first time I heard them. In July 2011, after releasing only two albums, Dear and the Headlights broke up. The guitar riffs throughout the entire album are addictive, some with a folk vibe, others with a '60s surf rock appeal, like “Skinned Knees & Gapped Teeth.” For fans of Manchester Orchestra, Kings of Leon, Kevin Devine, and Colour Revolt. I’ve been obsessing over “Paper Bag,” a sad, self-loathing tune with an awesome melody; listen below.