Antibalas, The Besnard Lakes, Let's Go Sailing

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The African beats of Brooklyn's Antibalas; The Sahara's rebel group Tinariwen; Dark harmonies from The Besnard Lakes; The controlled chaos of Frog Eyes; The whimsical pop of Let's Go Sailing; A day at the river with Leah Siegel; Spare, melancholy melodies from Low.

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Antibalas, The Besnard Lakes, Let's Go Sailing

Security

Beaten Metal

  • Artist: Antibalas
  • Album: Security
  • Song: Beaten Metal

Nigerian musician Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat sound in the 1960s. Today it's kept alive with the Brooklyn-based, multiethnic band Antibalas.

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Security
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Aman Iman: Water Is Life

Matadjem Yinkmixan

  • Artist: Tinariwen
  • Album: Aman Iman: Water Is Life
  • Song: Matadjem Yinkmixan

The members of Tinariwen met in a rebel training camp in Libya. Some decided to trade their weapons for instruments and perform songs of political protest.

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The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse

Disaster

  • Artist: The Besnard Lakes
  • Album: The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
  • Song: Disaster

Formed by the husband wife duo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas in Canada, The Besnard Lakes is a six-piece band making stylish songs that start small and end big, with Beach Boys harmonies.

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Tears of the Valedictorian

Idle Songs

  • Artist: Frog Eyes
  • Album: Tears of the Valedictorian
  • Song: Idle Songs

Frog Eyes is an indie rock quartet from Canada mixing urgent rhythms and melodies with more experimental, post-punk jams.

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The Chaos is in Order

Sideways

  • Artist: Let's Go Sailing
  • Album: The Chaos is in Order
  • Song: Sideways

Let's Go Sailing formed in Los Angeles in 2002 and just released their debut, The Chaos is in Order. Their music is whimsical with a bittersweet innocence and charm.

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Little Mule

A Day at the River (With You and Your Lover)

  • Artist: Leah Siegel
  • Album: Little Mule
  • Song: A Day at the River (With You and Your Lover)

Leah Siegel is a gifted singer with a voice that can morph from a sweet warble to a harder edged growl. Little Mule is a collection of intimate and elegantly crafted songs that play like an artfully imagined diary.

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Drums and Guns

Breaker

  • Artist: Low
  • Album: Drums and Guns
  • Song: Breaker

The music of Low is dark and mysteriously haunting with a sonic depth that radiates well beyond its brooding, spare arrangements. On their latest CD, Drums and Guns, the trio offers a stark examination of war, grief and regret with songs like "Murderer," "Your Poison," and "Violent Past."

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