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Smith Westerns
"Soft Will"
Mom+Pop Music

Chicago's Smith Westerns were formed in 2007 by high school students Max Kakacek and brothers Cullen and Cameron Omori, who between them shared an interest in playing music but nearly zero experience in actually doing it.

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:05

Song of the Day: 'Atlantic" by Fishdoctor

Fishdoctor may not be the most felicitous of band names, but for fans of catchy, new-wavey indie pop the New York band's sound is pretty irresistible. Case in point: the new oh-so-summery song "Atlantic."

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The Southwestern Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka returns with the new song "Colorful Kids," a fetching and catching tune that builds upon all of their strengths, and sneaks in a Huck Finn reference for very good and meaningful measure.

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A song of youthful fears and longing, with echoes of noise pop and Liz Phair, "No Below" by North Hampton, Mass. band Speedy Ortiz slowly unwinds a story in sound and words -- until it explodes through the morbid angst.

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Smith Westerns trade in their garage-rock roots for a more mature and atmospheric indie-rock sound on their latest release, "Soft Will."

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One of the most critically-acclaimed releases of the past few years, Animal Collective's "Merriweather Post Pavilion" sounds incredible no matter where you are. It's brilliantly crafted and doesn't have a stale track; no matter what the season it's worth a listen.

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We all like to think of summer as a mystical gap between spring and fall when time stands still, but the truth is that for most of us, summer is just like the other three seasons except with a lot more sweat.

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The title of the Missing Season's latest single, "Partied Out," suggests a band that's weary of its own shoegazing hymns to rock 'n' roll life. Not so. The French band has made melancholia melodic and exciting again.

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Camera Obscura
"Desire Lines"
4AD

Produced by Tucker Martine in Portland, Ore. last winter, "Desire Lines" is Camera Obscura's fifth full-length album, stamped with a signature sound that's both moody and glowing, gloomy and sweet.

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The DJs of 88.1 KDHX are a diverse group, but the one thing that binds them together is their love of music -- and new music is a big part of that love. At the midyear mark of 2013 30 of those DJs have selected their favorite releases so far.

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