Of Montreal, Madeline, Menomena

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A new recording from Arcade Fire; The atmospheric Apostle of Hustle; Athens, Georgia rockers Of Montreal; Delicate new-folk from Madeline; A preview of new music by The Shins; Portland's experimental rockers Menomena.

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Of Montreal, Madeline, Menomena.

Neon Bible

Intervention

  • Artist: Arcade Fire
  • Song: Intervention
  • From: Neon Bible

The Arcade Fire stunned listeners with its 2003 release Funeral, a critical favorite for that year's best album. The band has been mostly silent since, but is about to release a much anticipated follow-up. This track was released early to raise money for the charity, Partners in Health.

Partners in Health

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Neon Bible
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The Arcade Fire
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Merge

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National Anthem of Nowhere

My Sword Hands Anger

  • Artist: Apostle of Hustle
  • Song: My Sword Hands Anger
  • From: National Anthem of Nowhere

Apostle of Hustle is an experimental rock group from Canada featuring Broken Social Scene guitarist Andrew Whiteman. They describe their sound as Ry Cooder meets Yo La Tengo meets Roy Orbison.

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National Anthem of Nowhere
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Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

We Were Born the Mutants Again with Leafling

  • Artist: Of Montreal
  • Song: We Were Born the Mutants Again with Leafling
  • From: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Of Montreal is one of the innumerable talented bands to come from Athens, Georgia. It features musicians from the Elephant Six collective -- a group of artists who worked in some of the most memorable acts of the '90s, like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples in Stereo. Of Montreal makes bold, lush and multi-layered music largley under the direction of frontman Kevin Barnes.

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The Slow Bang

Good Houses

  • Artist: Madeline
  • Song: Good Houses
  • From: The Slow Bang

Madeline is a young singer-songwriter also from Athens, GA. Her latest CD is a collection of gentle acoustic songs in the spirit of '60s and '70s British folk. But her earlier work was in the psychedelic pop band The Sugar Shakers.

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Wincing the Night Away

Phantom Limb

  • Artist: The Shins
  • Song: "Phantom Limb"
  • From: Wincing the Night Away

Fans of The Shins' first two albums -- 2001's Oh, Inverted World and 2003's Chutes Too Narrow have been anxiously awaiting new material from the band. Listeners should be pleased with The Shins' latest release, due out in late January. Wincing the Night Away picks up where the last album left off, with inspired, guitar-driven pop.

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Wincing the Night Away
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Sub Pop

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Friend and Foe

Evil Bee

  • Artist: Menomena
  • Song: Evil Bee
  • From: Friend and Foe

Menomena (pronounced muh-NAH-muh-NUH, like the Muppets song), is a trio from Portland, Oregon that fills its songs with wonderfully quirky instrumentation built on the glockenspiel, baritone sax, drums and guitar. They say their name has no meaning but was chosen for "the way it rolls off the tongue, sexually, or something."

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