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MP3 At 3PM: Shannen Nicole

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Shannen Nicole is promoting her debut record, Captive, with new song “Lonely Heart.” A high school senior, Nicole is an incredibly young talent from Oregon. “Lonely Heart” is a soulful, stripped down track that shows off some of her best vocal and songwriting tactics. Download“Lonely Heart” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Ancient Warfare

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Lexington-based Ancient Warfare has released a new song called “Gunsmoke” from its Alias Records debut The Pale Horse. A steady rocker with a unique vocal and lyrical approach, “Gunsmoke” builds into a burst of atmosphere and textured “ahhs.” The Pale Horse is out August 11, and “Gunsmoke” can be downloaded below.

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MP3 At 3PM: C. Gibbs

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NYC songwriter C. Gibbs has no problem keeping your attention. New track “Murmer And Belt” feels like two vastly different songwriters spliced their work together—one minute repetitive and peaceful, the next caustic and fiery. “Murmer And Belt” is all about dynamics, and if it’s any indication of forthcoming LP C. Gibbs Sings Motherwell Johnston, we might have something shocking coming soon. Download “Murmer And Belt” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room

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Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, a side project from, well, Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano, has issued the track “Enemies” leading up to the release of Party Adjacent. This easy-to-enjoy rock tune displays Adriano’s Costello-reminiscent vocals along with a less propulsive side to his songwriting—making for a more relaxed experience than any Alkaline Trio song. Party Adjacent, produced by Jeff Rosenstock, will be released July 17 via Asian Man. Download “Enemies” below.

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Normal History Vol. 327: 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.

[continued from last week]

An excerpt from Holding Up the Falling Snake Sky, a novel (literary fiction) by Jean Smith

In what she told Griffin was “a stroke of unmedicated genius that Einstein himself would be proud of,” Odele had stretched garden netting wall-to-wall across the ceiling and cleverly slid all her mother’s snake paintings under it, facing down. Griffin wasn’t sure that having paintings on the ceiling was such great an idea until Odele admonished him for never having heard of the Sisdean Chapel.

“It’s dead classy, Griffin. Which is maybe why you don’t know about it!” she’d said caustically, hands on hips. Griffin had shrugged and wandered off recalling the only piece of advice his father had given him on marriage. Pick your battles, son. Pick your friggin’ battles.

His vision nearly always blurry with tears, Martin’s brain created a watery writhing as his eyes darted fearfully from snake-to-snake. Crying on his back with his arms flailing, he exhausted himself holding up the falling snake sky with his pudgy splayed fingers.

Fearful in his baby-mind that they’d close his drawer to stop his crying, he was terrified that there would be snakes there too. The idea of being inside the dresser, knowing the snakes were above him and not being able to see them, left him in a frantic state, a muddy-purple conundrum of needing to see the snakes he never wanted to see.

“Narrow” from Jarred Up (K, 1993) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Lazy Salon

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Lazy Salon’s music is low-key and steady, but also otherworldly. “Rai” comes from the act’s third EP, LZY_SLN-003, and succeeds in creating an extensive atmosphere removed from real life. At six minutes, this track is long enough and subdued enough to get lost in—not as abrupt or glitchy as Aphex Twin’s music but equally concerned with constructing a certain kind of texture. All of Lazy Salon’s music can be streamed on its website, and “Rai” can be downloaded for free below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Diego Davidenko

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Diego Davidenko is getting ready to release Kickstarter-funded record It Isn’t Home on August 28. His brand of airy, wistful folk is exhibited on his track “Where The Sky Is Infinite.” As a precursor to the album, the Where The Sky Is Infinite EP is out now. Download the track below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Razorhouse

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Razorhouse plays an orchestral, open form of rock music anchored down to earth by a central acoustic guitar. “Distance Wheel” comes from the band’s 2015 release Codex Du, and swells with grandiosity through Mark Panick’s narrow-throated croons. Download the song below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Bert Sperling

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Bert Sperling is a singer/songwriter who hails from Los Angeles. His latest record, Renaissance, won’t be released until tomorrow, but MAGNET has a free download of “Every Morning,” a simple, isolated, and sad tune held down by intimate lyrical regret (“Every morning I wake up thinking/God damn, I gotta quit drinking”). Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Wonderbitch

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Texas band Wonderbitch combines a core rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic with cheesy-yet-enjoyable ‘80s synthesizers for a wonderfully compelling hybrid. “Josanna” comes from the band’s self-titled EP, out July 21. Download the track below below.

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