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  PostLibyan  
         
 
2PPM:
  I
2PPM stands for “Two People Playing Music” and not “two parts per million”. They are an experimental duo from Asheville who make a vaguely Tortoise-like electro post-rock, that also reminds me slightly of the mellower work of space jazz duo Spaceheads. This song burbles along nicely for about 8 minutes. Fans of jazzy post-rock will want to check this out.
 
 
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Download:
  http://www.bantermm.com/tracks/2PPM-I.mp3  
 
Bandcamp:
 

http://twopeopleplayingmusic.bandcamp.com/

 
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/twopeopleplayingmusic  
         
 
Cayetana:
 

South Philly
Cayetana is a young all girl trio from Philadelphia that make lo-fi pop punk. South Philly, off of their debut EP, reminds me a lot of Creature of Nature by Athens band Witches. It is a kind of jangly, lo-fi pop tune with shouty female vocals and a great groove. But all three of the songs on their demo EP are worthwhile. A band to watch, i think.

 
 
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Listen:
  http://cayetana.bandcamp.com  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/cayetanaphilly  
         
 
Dalton:
 

Breaker
Dalton is the solo project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Nate Harar, and apparently he writes music for commercials, mostly. Breaker is a happy indie pop tune. I like Hararís vaguely scratchy voice buried under layers of chiming guitar and scattered percussion. The song grooves along nicely with a good foot-shufflin' beat.

 
 
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Download:
  http://www.bantermm.com/tracks/Dalton-Breaker.mp3  
 
Bandcamp:
  http://dalton.bandcamp.com/  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/daltonmusic  
         
 
Dream Curtain:
 

Glowing
Dream Curtain is the shoegaze project William Hamparsomian, a Swede who I think I first encountered through the Cocteau Twins fan community. There is no release, as of yet, but Hamparsomian has been posting tracks on SoundCloud for a few years now. Glowing is the tune where it all come together for him. Synths pulse and burble along chunky beats and vocals buried under the haze. This reminds me of what Project Skyward were doing.

 
 
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Listen:
  https://soundcloud.com/dreamcurtain/glowing  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/dreamcurtain  
         
 
Hey Anna:
 

Blackout
This is a fun little pop song, innocent and happy, with hand claps, mellow female harmonies, and some synths. It reminds me a little of Rubblebucket, that sort of happy clean pop. The production is nice here, very crisp, and the songs rocks along nicely. Anna has a good voice.

 
 
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http://heyanna.bandcamp.com/track/blackout

 
 
Site:
  http://heyannamusic.com/  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/heyannamusic  
         
 
KidCity:
 

Call Mom
KidCity is a Toronto duo who make dark synthpop. This song is the midway point between She Wants Revenge and Sister Crayon. The percussion is crunchy, like late era Skinny Puppy, but the synths are deep and intense. Vocalist Kelty Ellis reminds me a little of Andrea Vaughn (or My Favorite), but she sings through some distortion here, echoing her voice and submerging it in the layers of synths. This is really cool stuff, and I want to hear more from this band.

 
 
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Watch:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDVcbMN-O-w  
 
Bandcamp:
  http://kidcity.bandcamp.com/  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/kidcitymusic  
         
 
Line & Circle:
 

Roman Ruins
Line & Circle is the project of two Ohioans living in California. Roman Ruins has a nicely chiming, bright mid-1980s sound to it. In addition, the vocalist has a naturally tremoloed voice, that reminds me a little of Luka Bloom. This is quality pop music.

 
 
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Watch:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZoE1PPQdO4  
 
Social:
 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Line-Circle/49561759728

 
         
 
Mind Spiders:
  They Lie
This is a fast-paced, fuzzed-out rocker. It is a delirious fever dream of a song, grinding and winding its way along. Shades of the punkier moments of early Sonic Youth clang against classic garage rock tropes. Good stuff.
 
 
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Download:
  http://www.adultswim.com/garageswim  
 
Listen:
  http://soundcloud.com/wmstrecs/mind-spiders-they-lie  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mind-Spiders/168482384014  
         
 
Tamarin:
  Seems a Laugh
How confusing is it that this band is one letter off from the band who released my favorite record of 2013? Apparently, this spelling is the name of a type of monkey. Huh. At any rate, Tamarin (with an “I”) make pleasant folkish pop. Layers of picked guitar, shaken percussion, and piano tinkle along as male and female voices harmonize. It’s a nice little tune.
 
 
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Download:
  http://soundcloud.com/goldestegg/tamarin-seems-a-laugh  
 
Bandcamp:
  http://tamarin.bandcamp.com/  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/tamarinmusic  
         
 
Turf War:
  Cheers to the Years
Turf War are a band from Augusta, GA who have apparently recently moved to Atlanta (aka, The Big City) to make music. I have to admit that I have never heard of them before this MP3 was sent to me, but this is a pretty decent tune. It has a wavering rollicking sound, like a good rock party. The beat is steady and stomping, and the guitars are fuzzy, and over that a voice sings with a hint of Southern accent. The overall effect reminds me a little of early Camper Van Beethoven. Not bad. I will need to track down these kids in concert.
 
 
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Download:
  http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/.../turf-war-cheers-to-the-years/  
 
Watch:
  http://vimeo.com/37293074  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/turfwarusa  
 
Band:
  http://turfwar.tumblr.com/  
         
  Walking Astronomer   Stalactite
This is a brand new Atlanta band, and this is their first work, streaming online. It is ... fascinating, really. Percussion tinkles, upright bass thumps, a piano tinkles, and a voice, clear and strong, sings lightly. There are strings layered in later. It is an interesting blend, and although it sounds messy, the band makes this song work. It sounds really fresh and new to me. The beats are made by Deku, who has been reviewed here before, but the other band members are unknown to me. Huh. I need to see this act live.
 
 
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Listen:
  http://www.soundcloud.com/waking-astronomer  
 
Site:
  http://wakingastronomer.com/  
 
Social:
  https://www.facebook.com/WakingAstronomer  
         
         

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