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The Fog Lights is a side project (of sorts) of Justin Johnson (Pretty Little Empire) and Jim Peters (Upright Animals and Javier Mendoza), a chance to explore the two St. Louis musicians' love of acoustic music and close harmonies. "Lead the Way" beautifully illustrates the fruits of their musical friendship.

Portland, Oregon's Jackson Boone has crafted a psych-folk gem, heavy on the first half of the hyphen, with the new hypnotic track "Moonbeam."

With a lo-fi lushness and whispered vocals, "Write Back" by Scottish songwriter Robbie Flanagan is a folk-pop song for lazy mornings and whistling while you daydream.

With an unassuming, twee opening, Nashville, Tennessee's Merry Ellen Kirk unfolds a tale of deception and betrayal that bursts into full-blown, orchestral rock on the new track "Lovers & Liars."

San Francisco trio Shannon and the Clams, featuring the spooky, sultry vocals of Shannon Shaw, returns with a new album this fall. First single "Corvette" is a long, lingering cruise into the heart of the night.

To complement their lists of top 10 albums, some of our DJs weighed in with their picks for favorite songs and shows of the first half of 2015.

Monday, 13 July 2015 09:50

Midyear 2015: KDHX DJ top 10 albums

It's become an annual ritual at KDHX: Our DJs look back at the best releases of the mid-point of the year and pick their 10 favorites thus far. Given how great 2015 has been for new music, you know there's some essential listening in store.

Veteran Austin-based singer and songwriter Craig Marshall hooked up with psychedelic power-pop maestro Robert Harrison for the new track "Something on Your Mind," a twangy rock single that simply sparkles.

Thursday, 09 July 2015 08:48

Song of the Day: 'Time Back' by Shades

When you think of Boise, Idaho you don't think of state-of-the-art synth-pop. Since 2011 the band Shades has been on a mission to change that, with "Time Back" its latest foray into the dark waves of dream pop.

You know the feeling: You don't really want to be where you are, but you can't really imagine any other place to be. La Luz captures that bit of geographical angst on the dreamy and, of course, surfy new track "Don't Wanna Be Anywhere."

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