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Nick Jaina previews sixth LP with 'Don't Come to Me' mp3

When Nick Jaina isn’t busy composing ballets — three of them so far — or writing music for film and the dramatic stage, he’s making deft albums full of smart, catchy chamber-pop songs like “Don’t Come to Me.” It’s from Jaina’s forthcoming sixth album, “Primary Perception,” which is due April 16 on the evocatively named Fluff and Gravy records. “Don’t…

Your Youth updates grunge song template on 'Thick Gold (Bodied)'

Nobody’s saying Brooklyn’s Your Youth has listened to a lot of Nirvana, but c’mon: they probably did. It’s all right there on “Thick Gold (Bodied),” the free song from the band’s new EP “Battery.” There’s the quiet-loud-quiet dynamic Nirvana got from the Pixies, vocals at once tuneful and abrasive and chainsaw guitar that rips right through you when it kicks…

Lonely Drifter Karen gives away 'Comet' from new LP, 'Poles'

There’s a good chance if you’re an American that Lonely Drifter Karen has escaped your notice so far, but not to worry: the pan-European band’s new album seems like an excellent introduction. “Poles” is the third album from the band, which calls Brussels home and consists of Austrian singer /guitarist Tanja Frinta, Spanish keyboardist/arranger Marc Melià Sobrevias and French guitarist &…

Lavender Diamond streams wrenching new song 'Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now'

And we thought “Oh My Beautiful World” was good. Actually, it is good. Really good. But Lavender Diamond’s new song, “Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now,” is, well, heartbreaking, in a way that makes your breath catch in your throat. Becky Stark sings in a hushed, airy voice, surrounded by dark piano, strings and drums that hit like crashing waves (courtesy, one…

Chicago trio California Wives gives away 'Purple' from forthcoming debut LP

There’s always room for jangling, wistful indie-pop, and California Wives does a fine job of it on the band’s forthcoming full-length debut, “Art History.” The Chicago trio self-released an EP last year, before reconvening to record tunes like “Purple” — a song that builds to epic proportions thanks to a jittery, propulsive beat, cranked-up guitars and singer Jayson Kramer’s yearning vocals.…

Portland's Gaytheist gives away riotous free song from debut LP

A gay, atheist punk-metal band sounds like the kind of thing that features in Rick Santorum’s nightmares, and you get the sense that Gaytheist would be happy to star in them. The Portland, Ore., trio plays terse, churning songs (“while hugging,” according to their Facebook page) that have drawn comparisons to the Jesus Lizard, Torche and Scratch Acid. Singer/guitarist Jason…