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Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:54

Song of the Day: 'Lullaby' by Luha

Swedish (at least that's our presumption) artist Luha has decided to keep her identity something of a mystery. It's a fitting strategy for the ambient, dream-pop sound of the single "Lullaby," which seems to come from everywhere and nowhere at once.

The ninth annual Midwest Mayhem -- KDHX's thank-you party for donors that contribute during its spring drive -- washed over the City Museum on Thursday night.

Whether or not "My Daddy Rocks Me" is the first popular song to mention both "rock" and "roll" in a non-religious context, the tune remains a pre-War jazz and blues classic. Tom Hall and Alice Spencer, veterans of the Geyer Street Sheiks, and now regularly performing together as T&A, capture both the rock and the roll and a whole lot more in this swinging version.

With echoes of the Smiths and a perspective that's as dark as it is personal, "Shallow Breath" finds songwriter Nathan Blumenfeld-James and his band Early Morning Rebel letting just voice and guitar set the scene before rising into full, eerie lushness.

Two Aussie brothers Anthony and David Gill make up the core of City Walls Autumn Falls, a band now based in Brooklyn, New York. For their new album "Factory," they went to the same Woodstock, New York hills that inspired some of Bob Dylan and the Band's greatest work. The track "Sheltered Me" proves the trip wasn't just a random errand into the folk wilderness.

Over years on the singer-songwriter circuit, Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have built a musical friendship that they fulfill on their first duo record, "For Keeps," which leads off with the graceful, carefree "Two White Clouds." If this song wasn't made to welcome in the summer, no song could be.

"Waste Them All," the latest from Charlotte, North Carolina-based band Flagship, holds very little back: over a synthesized bed, the group unfurls charging rhythms and orchestral guitars that should appeal to fans of both Sigur Rós and Cold Play.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:00

Song of the Day: 'Rexy' by the Feed

The veteran musicians of the Feed fully embrace their collective, inner glam-rocker on the new cut "Rexy." In a career of making smart, catchy rock music, this might be the St. Louis band's catchiest and smartest.

"Wonder Lensed" by the Wonder Revolution, a collaboration between guitarist David Lord and Les Easterby, drifts through a lush, impressionistic landscape of stringed instruments and cascading voices to create something like a soundtrack to a dream you're sure you've had before but still can't really place.

There's nothing quite like fuzzy, sexy, catchy rock 'n' roll -- and that's just what Austin, Texas band Megafauna specializes in. The new track "Time to Go" is 3:37 of pure seduction.

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