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Volcano Choir – Byegone

For a slow start to your Monday, we give you Volcano Choir. With a slow, somewhat long buildup reminiscent of that one famous The Who song, “Byegone” finally clashes into a sea of tumultuous guitars and cymbals as if a thunderstorm had formed secretly overhead. While slow, they can be said to sound like a noisier version of Bon Iver (it is a Justin Vernon project after all) and when fast, you might hear a lot of Arcade Fire in them. Be sure to check out the song “Byegone” off their album Repave out September 3rd below. Read More…

The Basement – 8/15/13

Thanks all for tuning in to the Basement! Don’t forget to email basement@impact89fm.org if you or anyone you know is interested in becoming the next Basement host!

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

The Class Acts – Functions

The Sound Logic – When You’re Gone

The People’s Temple – Sons of Stone Read More…

Fur Trade – Kids These Days

Straight out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Fur Trade make the kind of unexpectedly warm and sensible indie rock that one can never have too much of. Reminiscent of a cross between Kaiser Chiefs, Vampire Weekend, and The Bravery, smooth guitar lines mix with straight-forward drums under the scratchy-yet-comfortable blanket that is the vocals of Hot Hot Heat singer Steve Bays. Check out their track “Kids These Days” off the album Don’t Get Heavy below.

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Grouplove – Ways To Go

Los Angeles’ Grouplove are back with the first single off of their upcoming album Spreading Rumors to be released on September 17th. The dance-y, poppy, upbeat indie juggernauts are back with a decidedly more electronic take on their wild, dual-vocaled romps. Check out the slightly odd music video for the new single “Ways To Go” off the upcoming Spreading Rumors below. Read More…

Hop Along – Tibetan Pop Stars

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hop Along present a refreshingly simple style of music that cuts the frills and gets right to the point. With vocals and lyrics akin to a girl version of The Front Bottoms, the music can sometimes get a little awkward, but the groove of the instrumentation keeps it flowing. These guys are just getting up and out there with their first release, so there are only good things to come. Be sure to check out the track “Tibetan Pop Stars” off their 2012 debut album Get Disowned below. Read More…

Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple

Most of us are aware now of the eccentric stylings of Gogol Bordello. Even though they sound like they’re straight out of eastern Europe, their music is perfectly representative of where they actually come from: New York City. The diversity of the lower east side of Manhattan shines through the music in every crash, clang, twink, and twog of a multitude of instrumentation. “Polka meets ska meets blues meets indie” might sound like a weird statement, but if you know Gogol Bordello, it doesn’t seem as strange. Check out the track “Start Wearing Purple” off their new album Pura Vida Conspiracy below. Read More…

The Postal Service – This Place Is a Prison

In honor of them playing their last live show ever this past weekend, this is The Postal Service at their finest. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie, All-Time Quarterback!, etc.), Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel), and, at times, Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Jenny and Johnny, etc.) spent years and years sending ideas back and forth through the United State Postal Service to finally get a full-length album together in 2003. A decade later, they play their last show at a Lollapalooza after-party to a completely packed and elated crowd. Unfortunately, from now the only Postal Service we get to deal with is the one losing our mail. Check out a track off Give Up called “This Place Is A Prison” below. Read More…

The Basement – 8/8/13

Thanks everyone who tuned in! Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Our Space In Time – Autumn to Spring

The Fencemen – Nation & Ghost

Meridian – Murder In A Small Town

Woodward – Find the Words Read More…

Fun – I Wanna Be the One

In another great example of Fueled By Ramen’s impeccable ability to ruin artists (see Gym Class Heroes, Fall Out Boy, Midtown, etc.), the decline in ambition and creativity Fun faced in between two albums is abundant. Compare the songs “Some Nights” and any song off Aim and Ignite and you’ll see what I mean. All we can do is shake our heads and be glad they had one amazing album before completely checking out and slacking off. Listen to the track “I Wanna Be the One” off their 2009 album Aim and Ignite below. Read More…

The Six Parts Seven – Falling Over Evening

Post-rock legends The Six Parts Seven may be on a hiatus currently, but their music still resonates widely. Easily some of the best music to listen to while studying, relaxing, falling asleep, or waking up, The Six Parts Seven doing a great job of making everything seem alright. From Kent, Ohio, soft guitar lines, waxing and waning horn sections, and a smooth, steady beat flow like a river, in through your ears, through the blood stream, and out with a sigh of relief. Check out the track “Falling Over Evening” off their latest album Casually Smashed to Pieces below. Read More…

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