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MP3 At 3PM: Frog

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There is something about short, concise band names that’s becoming very appealing both aesthetically and mentally. Frog, from Queens, N.Y., falls into that category, and it will release new album Kind Of Blah on May 25. Frog shares frantic first single “King Kong” for free download. The song is a frenzy of fast guitar licks and off-kilter vocals, but it all comes together to form an impressive force. Download “King Kong” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Marshmallow Coast

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Athens, Ga.’s Marshmallow Coast will release new album Vangelis Rides Again on May 5, and now shares first single “Hash Out Cash Out” for free download. The track exemplifies the hooks that frontman Andy Gonzales makes great use of. While it’s a fairly straightforward track, there is more going than you might think. Download it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Whitewash

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New York soft-rock group Whitewash issued its stellar Fraud In Lisbon EP last year and now readies for the release of its first full-length, Shibboleth, out May 19. The band has offered first single “Tentacle” for free download. The track exemplifies the evolution of Whitewash, as the music is noticeably more composed and diverse. Download “Tentacle” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Nightmare Fortress

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Seattle darkwave outfit Nightmare Fortress readies for the release of new album The Wanting, due out May 12. Now the band offers eerie single “No Exit” for free download, which exemplifies its unique sound. Using heavy synths, the track is an explosion of energy that is not to be missed. Download “No Exit” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Dinner

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Dinner is the moniker of singer/producer Anders Rhedin. The complex musician divides his time between L.A., Berlin and Copenhagen and put out three EPs and a guided meditation tape in the last two years. Captured Tracks will release a collection of Rhedin’s first EPs on vinyl and now shares “Going Out” for free download. “Going Out” is a smooth electronic track with spacey synths and angelic vocals. Download it below.

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Normal History Vol. 317: 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 31-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

I recently photographed the 21 pages of Hot Pink — the history of a situation (chapbook, fiction, Smarten UP!, 1987) and posted them on the Smarten UP & Get To The Point Editions Facebook page. It’s legible on my monitor if I crank it up to 250 or 300 percent.

Hot Pink was an extension of song lyrics I wrote for the Mecca Normal album Calico Kills The Cat (K, 1989). The story is (in part) about Joelle, whose boyfriend is around two corners watching TV while Joelle is in the kitchen washing dishes. The frying pan comes out of the water and hits the wall with all the energy and the history of the situation.

Nearly 30 years later, I’m still writing fiction that finds its way into and out of Mecca Normal songs.

“Engine Rain” from Dovetail (K, 1992) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Fred Abbott

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Singer/songwriter Fred Abbott, known for his time as guitarist and keyboard player in Noah And The Whale, readies for the release of new solo album Serious Poke, due out July 20. Now he shares smooth new single “Funny How Good It Feels” for free download. The track hearkens back to ’70s rock in a sincere way and shows the creativity Abbott possesses. Download the track below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Birds Of Night

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Denton, Texas, rock quartet Birds Of Night will release its self-titled debut on April 21 and now offers first single “Asleep In The Pine” for free download. The intro of the track seethes with darkness, and the song evolves into a bluesy tune with great vocal harmonies. Birds Of Night brings a new edge to standard rock ‘n’ roll. Download “Asleep In The Pine” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Diamondwolf

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Seattle musicians Alicia Dara and Glen Cooper formed Diamondwolf after parting ways for 10 years. Now they’ve released their debut album, Your Time Has Come, and offer folky track “When I Rise” for free download. The duo sings wonderfully in harmony, and the music is intense on the surface with an inner calm. Download “When I Rise” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Heaters

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Grand Rapids, Mich., psych-rock trio Heaters will issue the Mean Green seven-inch, their first release for the Brooklyn-based Beyond Beyond Is Beyond label, on April 28. Until then, they offer the trippy title track for free download. Taking noticeable influence from Ty Segall and related acts, “Mean Green” is a fuzzy wall of sound. Download it below.

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