"Mila Don't Make a Sound," the first single off Eureka Birds' forthcoming album "Strangers," glides and shines with synth and guitar, but the emotional core is in singer Justin Levy's voice and a story of love fading away like the last strains of a good dream-pop song.
After a few years of reading the headlines of Spin and Rolling Stone, a few things have become absolutely clear: Young rappers will never learn how to stay out of trouble, the Rolling Stones will always have another tour and New York City indie bands will always have something to complain about.
The name may be disarmingly coy, but the sound of Leftover Cuties, featuring sultry singer Shirli McAllen, is hopeful, melancholy, graceful. The new track "Clarity" dances along the line between sentimentality and spirit.
With a blue-eyed soul crooner's voice and a polished producer's pop skill, Jay Stolar lays down a groove with feeling and hooks on the new track "Like You Do."
It would take a very broad definition of pop music to take in Leftover Cuties. It would have to include the roots of popular music going back to the 20s, it would have to allow some jazz in the back door and it would need to include a ukulele-playing siren that once was in the Israeli army.
Latin-infused dance music doesn't get much more insanely catchy than "Como Te Vas" by Oakland, Calf. band Trails and Ways. For the bilingual among you, this is an "oreja gusano supremo."
Can you believe we're at the midyear mark of another year? Well, we are, and that means it's time to take stock of the albums and EPs that have received the most spins on KDHX in the first six months of 2013.
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.