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MP3 At 3PM: Tommy Keene

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For a small subset of listeners inclined toward powerful guitar pop, Tommy’s Keene 2000 effort, Showtunes, is a strong contender for second on the list of great live records. (The Who’s Live At Leeds being first, of course.) Self-released and sold on his recent tour, and now on his website, Showtunes II—as the name implies—is a sequel. Largely comprising a 2014 solo show opening for Matthew Sweet, Showtunes II also includes two tracks from a 1996 concert featuring the late Jay Bennett in the lineup. A scorching version of “Call On Me” from the latter gig showcases Keene’s underrated guitar prowess.

“Call On Me” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The Moog

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Hungarian indie-rock band the Moog recently released a self-titled EP, and we want to make sure you’re in the know. So, we’re bringing you “Hey Girl,” a head-bobbing rock tune that stays close to earth, a steady song with a wonderful hook. Check it out below.

“Hey Girl” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Matthew Squires

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Matthew Squires will release Tambaleo on January 20, and today we’re very excited to share his new track “Shape Of Your Heart.” The song takes on many different styles and moods throughout its three-minute run, mapping a terrain that will be sure to please fans of ’90s Modest Mouse. Squires switches from comedic self-evaluation (“I am the antichrist”) to earnest lovelorn profession at the drop of a hat. Check it out below.

“Shape Of Your Heart” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: JD Werner

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JD Werner is getting ready for a big start to 2017, which will see the release of new record Station Of Lost. To help the rest of us get through the end of this year, the artist has been gracious enough to share “Pressure Your Way,” a groovy, relaxed tune he says is “written from the perspective of a New Yorker lost in a new, foreign California landscape. It’s about feeling the pressure of a failed bi-coastal existence and questioning the heart and path of a expiring relationship.” Check it out below.

“Pressure Your Way” (download):

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R.I.P. Circus Devils (2001-2017)

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OK, so these real demons aren’t officially dead yet, but Robert Pollard‘s Circus Devils (psychic pilots to say the least) are clocking out February 24 after an always-entertaining 16-year run. (They apologize in advance, of course.) The 17-track Laughs Last is the 14th LP by Circus Devils, and it finds Uncle Bob and the Tobias brothers in their all-over-the-place greatness. Also out the same day is Laughs Best (The Kids Eat It Up), a 30-track best-of comp spanning the band’s entire career that includes a 32-track DVD. Listen to the stellar “Do The Nixon” (which appears on both records) below, and buy them here. Circus Devils, to quote the man himself, “We’ll miss you so much.”

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MP3 At 3PM: The Cover Letter

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Austin’s the Cover Letter has something bright and rocking to share with you. “Somethings” comes from the group’s February-slated sophomore release Cities Made Of Sand and features an outstanding use of call-and-return vocals, coming together for a brilliant harmony for some of the most memorable moments (“Sometimes I’m a little too lazy for love!”) Check it out below.

“Somethings” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Year Of Suns

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Year Of Suns will release debut EP Songs Of Silence in the waning weeks of 2016. The songwriting project of L.A. musician Chris Matthews, Year Of Suns shows off a quiet beauty on “Plain Sight,” a coolness that comes easy and isn’t overdone—like a breezier, less in-your-face Oasis. Check it out below.

“Plain Sight” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Son Of The Velvet Rat

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Son Of The Velvet Rat will release Dorado in February, and the dusty “Blood Red Shoes” follows through on its concept of a desert-themed record. The song withers eerily and dryly along in a mesmerizing manner. Check it out below and warm up.

“Blood Red Shoes” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 401: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

In the name of the history of large gatherings with feminist orators, I’m boldly pairing David’s incredible drawing for his graphic novel about Emma Goldman with a message we got on the Mecca Normal Facebook page after we opened for the Julie Ruin in Portland on October 9

“Saw you all perform in Portland last night and I cried. I’ve never heard a band sing about anguish // misogyny, and right after watching the presidential debate, I was feeling it really hard. Us younger folks need this music! Feminism hasn’t infiltrated everywhere yet, but us young people (of all genders) need to hear your perspective. It gives historical context and gives me strength for the future. So happy I came to the show, so happy you two are still fucking rocking it. Thank you thank you.” –Kale

“Maisy’s Death” from the album Empathy For The Evil (M’Lady’s, 2014) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Corner Suns

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We’d like to introduce you to Corner Suns, a Dallas musical partnership that plans to release its debut record on January 13. Get acquainted with “Borrowed Time,” a dark, meandering track with a glistening psychedelic influence that goes down smooth and leaves plenty of time to get lost in. Check it out below.

“Borrowed Time” (download):

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