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MGMT – Your Life Is A Lie

We’re all aware of the disappointment machine that is MGMT at this point. Be it new music or their live show, it seems like people are constantly upset with MGMT. If you’re one of these people, you’re not going to be happy. The Brooklyn, NY indie rock/pop duo released the second song from their upcoming self-titled album, and it seems to be quite lacking. This along with the other previously released track “Alien Days” might be a bit of a shock to those who are still obsessed with Oracular Spectacular and may even take some Congratulations fans by surprise. Check out the song “Your Life Is a Life” off the album MGMT out September 17th below. Read More…

Flashback 8/23/13

Celebrating Detroit music with a Motown theme on tonights Flashback! Thanks to everyone who tuned in!

1. Heat Wave – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

2. Down To Love Town – The Originals

3. Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder

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The Basement – 8/22/13

Thank everyone for tuning in and thanks to Lights and Caves for coming in and hanging out with us tonight!

Be sure to check out the posting for The Basement Host here on the website.

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Alaska – Where the Wild Things Are

Great Lakes Myth Society – Nightfall at Electric Park

The Dead Bodies – The Orphan Song Read More…

Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones

You don’t normally hear of a lot of original-sounding bands coming out of Austin, in fact Texas as a whole tends to follow the same twangy style of country lines. That was, until Shakey Graves. Instead of going the whole looping route that you see a lot of one-man bands doing, Shakey Graves decides to play everything at once. Using his guitar as both a bass and a main guitar line and each foot working a different percussive element, he’s able to establish a sound by himself many bands take at least three to achieve. Take a look at a live video for his song “Roll the Bones” courtesy of the Good Music Club. Read More…

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Call Me

Not many big band/soul acts get to see the mainstream light of day anymore, so when one breaks out you know they have to be pretty darn good. As is the story of St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Bringing their southern blues-infused soul-soaked music around the country on their first country-wide tour, they’ve been setting the precedent for emotion-based performances. Check out the song “Call Me” off a currently untitled upcoming album below. Read More…

Dead Girlfriends – On Fraternity

If you’re a huge fan of squealy, noisy, and dark electronic pop, then Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Dead Girlfriends is perfect for you. Formerly known as Elite Gymnastics, James Brooks makes the kind of ambient, melancholy pop that is perfect for any indie dramedy that’s ever even thought about being in Sundance. With a strong, decidedly feminist and political message, the lyrics are often just as interesting as the music. Be sure to check out the brand new track “On Fraternity” off the 2013 Stop Pretending EP below. Read More…

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…

Flashback 8/16/13

To honor the King of Rock and Roll, tonight’s Flashback was all about Elvis Presley, who passed away on this day in 1977.

1. Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley

2. 96 Tears – ? & The Mysterians

3. A Big Hunk O’Love – Elvis Presley

4. Splish Splash – Bobby Darin 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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