Spectral Hypnosis August 2013: Dustin Wong, Forest Swords, Camp Counselors, Helm, Hands In The Dark Records

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This post blurs through the ins-and-outs of electronic psych, with and without vocals, courtesy of Dustin Wong, Camp Counselors, Forest Swords, and Helm. Also featured are another track by Redder and a compilation by Hands In The Dark Records.

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Aural Devastation August 2013: Russian Circles, Touché Amoré, Modern Life Is War, Dead in the Dirt, Weekend Nachos

AURAL DEVASTATION is a regular column about heavy rock music. This month, Russian Circles teases with a new song from a new album, Dead In the Dirt introduces themselves to the world with a fury, plus new songs from Weekend Nachos, Touché Amoré and Modern Life Is War.

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Top Pops! August 2013: Julia Holter, BRAIDS, Jessy Lanza, Tirzah, Dream Koala, Diane Coffee, The Darcys

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you on your dancing toes. This month, we rope in a lot of notable artists with new songs on the horizon… be it the Micachu-produced Tirzah, R&B vocalist Jessy Lanza, 18-year-old Brazilian-French producer Dream Koala, or the tried-and-true sounds of BRAIDS and Julia Holter. Also included are tracks by Foxygen member Diane Coffee and Arts & Crafts artists The Darcys.

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Top Pops! July 2013: Gauntlet Hair, Pure Bathing Culture, Grumbling Fur, Redder, Dubais

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you on your dancing toes. This month, Gauntlet Hair pay homage to noise pop vibes and Pure Bathing Culture get adorable, while Grumbling Fur and Dubais present a psyched-out jam and lo-fi offering, respectively.

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Aural Devastation July 2013: Pelican, Dog Shredder, Harm’s Way, Revocation, ALL PIGS MUST DIE

Aural Devastation is a regular column about heavy rock music. This month, Pelican is back with a new album, Revocation introduces a banjo to their metal jams, plus songs from Harm’s Way, Dog Shredder and ALL PIGS MUST DIE.

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Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics: Don Byas, Rex Griffin, Furry Lewis, Memphis Minnie, Lonnie Johnson

Amassing rare and forgotten music is a peculiar sort of hobby — one that slowly transforms into an addiction. It’s not that I don’t love mainstream music. It’s just that the thrill of listening to some forgotten gem that everybody else has overlooked is powerful. It also feeds into the collector’s impulse I have to overturn every stone to find that song, and my love of complete collections. Not surprisingly, I also like to collect comic books. I guess I’m the type. In any event, here are five lesser-known musicians that I believe everybody should give a listen to, dating as far back as the 1910s and focusing on jazz, folk, and blues. Don Byas (1912 – 1972) I discovered

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