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SONG of the DAY: Goldspot - "Friday"

SONG of the DAY: "Friday" by Goldspot. Charming indie pop inspired by the sounds of '60s-era India. Origin:Los Angeles, California. Genre: Indie Pop.

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Coldplay joined by Rihanna, Jay-Z at Paralympic closing ceremony

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Coldplay were joined by Rihanna and Jay-Z as they played the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic games.

Rihanna collaborated with the band on 'Princess Of China', the track they recorded together for Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto', and Jay-Z joined the band for a version of his 'Run This Town' and a re-worked 'Paradise'.

The three-hour ceremony at the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium in East London honoured the 4,200 Paralympians from 164 nations, who sat around the a huge stage situated in the centre of the stadium.

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Bruce Springsteen (w/ Eddie Vedder) - Darkness on the Edge of Town Wrigley Field 9/8/12

Wrigley Field Chicago, IL 9/8/12

Bruce and Eddie and the great "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

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Album Stream: Grizzly Bear – Shields

Album Stream: Grizzly Bear – Shields | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it

On September 18, Grizzly Bear will officially release Shields, the follow-up to 2009′s zeitgeist consuming Veckatimest. Naturally you can stream it in full more than a week ahead of release. Stream it below, via NPR.

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NO – What’s Your Name

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NO began as a home recording project in Echo Park last year. Fast forward to this year, NO released a 7″ through White Iris Records, and they’ve also been preparing to tour with Best Coast. So obviously this band is onto something, right?

“What’s Your Name” is the the A-side from their 7″, and it’s quite a nice genre-bending track. The song starts with a low mum, heavy bass beat, and a nonchalant vocal style. All at once, the song explodes into an anthematic ballad that exudes slick energy and gorgeous post-rock compositions. By the middle of the song, you’ll probably be humming the melody.

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California Wives recently teamed up with Sharpie to create a video for their track "Purple"

Sharpie is showcasing the work of some of its most passionate fans in the brand's first music video! The video, which premiered as a TV spot during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, features hundreds of images of fan creations set to the music of indie-rock band California Wives.

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Indians: 4AD Session (Video)

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Venerable indie label 4AD recently signed Copenhagen's Indians to its imprint. The outfit is the moniker for Søren Løkke Juul, and as with a lot of bands these days, Juul is moving at warp speed on the back of word-of-mouth. Juul recruited two more musicians to flesh out Indians, and the group only played its first show back in February. But since then, Indians have opened for Beirut, Bear In Heaven, and Lower Dens and self-released their first single.

Indians are something of an amalgamation of the bands they tend to play with. The group recently filmed a 4AD Session on Osea Island, a small spit of land located on the River Blackwater in England. The moody, mysterious surroundings fit perfectly with Indians' sound, which marries the organic with the electronic. Songs like "I Am Haunted" are folk-inspired, whereas "Magic Kids" and "New" feel more post-punk. The outfit is as comfortable with acoustic guitars and harmonies as it is with synthesizers and drum machines, making for a unique dynamic. Watch the three-song set.

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[watch]: Atoms For Peace Play New Songs

[watch]: Atoms For Peace Play New Songs | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it

Atoms For Peace surprised us last week when they released a new song titled “Default”. Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich did a special DJ set at MoMA PS1′s Warm Up a few days ago doing a few more songs. There are a whole bunch of clips of the duo performing

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Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

Mumford & Sons unveil their spectacular new video for 'I Will Wait'.

The promo was filmed in the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on August 28 and sees the band performing their new single in front of a rabid, packed crowd on their current 'Gentlemen Of The Road' US tour.

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The Luyas - "Fifty Fifty" (Official Video)

The Luyas - "Fifty Fifty" (Official Video) off their album 'Animator'. Out October 16 on Dead Oceans. 

The Luyas are Jessie Stein, Mathieu Charbonneau, Pietro Amatro and Stefan Schneider from Montreal.

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Hundred Waters - Thistle (Official Music Video)

The elemental life cycle of a stop motion horse.

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SONGS TO REMEMBER: Prefab Sprout - We Let The Stars Go

Music video by Prefab Sprout performing We Let The Stars Go.
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Charli XCX - You're The One [Live in London]

Filmed at the Sebright Arms, London. 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll [Official Video]

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: (Sept. 10, 1977) Ian Dury, the former Kilburn and the High Roads singer, makes his Stiff Records debut today. It's the oft-quoted, indisputable theme song for the rock and roll lifestyle, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll". The 45 is flipped with "Razzle In My Pocket". Those looking for secret messages scratched in the inner groove will read "Watch For Hand Signals" and "Crime Does Pay".

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Watch: Paul McCartney Plays With John Paul Jones And Damon Albarn On Africa Express

Watch: Paul McCartney Plays With John Paul Jones And Damon Albarn On Africa Express | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it

Damon Albarn's Africa Express tour is a six-date sweep through England with an all-star cast of musicians exploring the intersections between music from Africa and the U.K. Interesting collaborations were a given, and the one that occurred last night at the tour's last stop London was no exception: Paul McCartney joined Albarn, legendary Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and many others for renditions of Wings songs "Coming Up" and "Goodnight Tonight."

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Bruce Springsteen (w/ Eddie Vedder) My Hometown - Wrigley Field 9/8/12

Wrigley Field Chicago, IL 9/8/12

Everyone knows Bruce Springsteen puts on an epic live show that changes from night to night. But the past few nights have gone above and beyond what fans in the Windy City were likely expecting. Friday night’s show at Wrigley Field saw Chicago-natives Eddie Vedder and Tom Morello joined The Boss of E-Street on-stage.

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The Raveonettes - She Owns The Streets

 The Danish duo The Raveonettes (Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo) and the video "She Owns the Streets" which is inspired by a New York performance artist. The song celebrates the notion of following your own path, and defining triumph and success on your own terms. Even more special, the official video feature the subject artist, as well as cameos by Sune and Sharin.

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LISTEN the demo version of "Ghost" by the Philly indie band Dreambook

LISTEN the demo version of "Ghost" by the Philly indie band Dreambook | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it

Relatively new to the Philly indie music scene, Dreambook will be making their first appearance on Johnny Brenda’s stage tonight. The quartet currently only has two demos available online, which you can take a listen to HERE. Their track “Ghost” is driven by fuzzy guitars that provide an ominous undertone, while “Stay Inside” is airier with a lackadaisical daydreaming quality.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars - Hawk Highway

The indie rock New York-based quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars.

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Addict-Cai.ro

If you’re in need of some easy listening, alternative folk band Cai.ro is here for you. “Addict” is the first song off of their debut EP titled Young Love, which was released just over a year ago. I know what you’re thinking. “Meh, out with the old and in with the new” — but I can assure you that these up-and-coming Torontonians deserve a listen. In anticipation for release of more recent material, we all have to be patient. In the meantime, “Addict” has a cinematic quality, tugging on all sorts of emotional strings.

Bandmates Nate Daniels, Matt Sullivan, Caitlin Grieve, Dante Berardi and Wooyoung Kim are behind the fantastically constructed EP, automatically making Toronto proud to call them their own. (Indie Shuffle)

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This week's new music releases: September 10 2012

This week's new music releases: September 10 2012 | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it

The xx release their long-anticipated second album 'Coexist' today (September 10) in a very busy week for new releases.

Bob Dylan also returns with his new album 'Tempest', as do Pet Shop Boys, who release their new album 'Elysium'.

As well as this, The Script release their new album '#3' today as do Gallows, who return with their new self-titled album, which is their first effort without ex-singer Frank Carter.

There are also new albums out from ZZ Top, Billy Talent, NOFX, Amanda Palmer, David Byrne & St Vincent, Melanie C and Hoobastank.

The Killers release their new single 'Runaways' today as they preview their new album 'Battle Born', which is due for release a week today (September 17).

There are also new tracks out from Carly Rae Jepsen/Owl City, AxeWound, Graham Coxon, Hot Chip, Plan B and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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SONG of the DAY: A House For Lions - Come On Let's Go (Acoustic) - Dickies/FILTER Magazine Session

SONG of the DAY: "Come On Let's Go" by A House For Lions. Charming alt-country with splashes of 90s influence. Origin: Los Angeles, California. Genre: Folk-Rock.

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Matt and Kim "Now" Official Lyric Video

Matt and Kim "Now" Official Lyric Video

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Stiff Little Fingers - "Suspect Device"

 THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Stiff Little Fingers have arrived in England for the first time. Coming from Ireland with only pocket change in their trousers. they're headed for London to make their fortunes. Their best selling single "Suspect Device" has brought them to attention of Island Records five months ago, who have arranged demo time in the studio with Hot Rods producer Ed Hollis. They make their London debut tonight at the Electric Ballroom, 184 Camdem High Street (September 9, 1978).

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The xx - Angels - Bestival 2012

Watch The xx perform Angels from the Main Stage live from Bestival 2012 

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