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Future of The Left haven’t released any music since 2009, but they haven’t been entirely unproductive. The three piece lost a member then added two new ones and have been experimenting with their sound to get everything right. Now we have a new song “Polymers Are Forever” to be released on a new EP. The loud chugging track has the ferocious attitude of earlier tracks like “You Need Satan More Than He Needs You.”

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I live in Chicago which includes Boystown, the main gayborhood within the city, where every Halloween you can be certain to see an endless parade of male and female flesh popping out at all angles. Some people find it obnoxious and annoying. Bumping into an infinite number of 20-something trixies made up as Sexy Little Bo Peep, Sexy Strawberry Shortcake, Sexy Cat, Sexy Angel, Sexy Devil, Sexy Alice in Wonderland, Sexy Dorothy Gale, etc., etc. can be exhausting. Maybe for some people, but not for me. I truly enjoy staring at everyone looking like sluts because it just seems more natural and fun. Plus, I’m a huge pervert so that kind of helps.

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The Postelles have been kicking around the New York scene since 2008. They were signed to Capitol record, but during the time of the economic downfall and all the shit the American record labels were going through an album never surfaced. The band played key sets at CMJ, Bonnaroo, and SXSW while trying to tour as much as possible waiting for their big break. The band had secured an amazing producer in Albert Hammond Jr., of The Stoke,s to work on their tracks, and after waiting for almost a year their debut EP was released. All ready to tour the world with Interpol, the band was told that they were being let go from their major label, and their debut album suffered another blow. Now almost three years since first being scooped up by a major and existing as a band, The Postelles S/T debut album hit stores this past June. While most bands would feel the crushing blow and just discontinue, thank god the Postelles kept on going. Their debut is a throw-back 60′s Rock and Roll record that is fun and playful and sounds very British. It is no wonder that this year the band are touring decent sized venues with two of their British peers The Wombats and The Kooks. Their debut actually sounds like the American Kooks, and though they haven’t been featured in any Bud Lite Lime commercials you’ve probably heard their music featured on The Vampire Diaries, 90210 and most recently in the under-watched but incredibly fun (trust me it is one of my favorite shows on 2011) Revenge. Today we have two of the band’s most loved songs, “White Night” and “123 Stop” both TV staples and hopefully sounds of your fall. “White Night” is an easy rock song with call and response vocals and a danceable groove. “1 2 3 Stop” sound psalmist like a slowed down version of the Kook’s “Eddie’s Gun” but tit packs a catchy chorus all of it’s own. Check out the tracks and catch the band on tour with either The Wombats or the Kooks- you really can’t go wrong (Though most of those Kooks dates are sold-out).

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UK’s Metronomy are a TNG favorite and they are currently on tour supporting their third album The English Riviera. In between their stellar Night Out and thie new album the band lost a member but gained two more adding to their awesome live set up. Not only is their live show going to be amazing but they are also on tour with the amazing Class Actress. If you are in DC this Saturday this is the show to attend. Plus after the show, Mixtape, DC’s best, biggest and hottest gay dance party will be taking over the club. If that didn’t excite you to buy a ticket i don’t know what else I can say. How about listening to some tunes?

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Mika Miko broke up last year and they have been sorely missed. Their intense live shows and telephone mic were amazing, but don’t fear the sister duo Jessica and Jennifer Calvin have a new project Bleached. Bleached isn’t as punk and loud as Mika Miko but a garage girl-group inspired band like the Vivian Girls or Frankie Rose. “Searching Through The Past” is their second single for Suicide Squeeze and it is a bouncy tack that recalls Hunx and his Punx with more pomp. They are playing CMJ this week, so if you are attending the fest check them out.

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Claire Boucher aka Grimes has been riding the hype of her first two LPs and her split LP with D’Eon as well as a national tour supporting Lykkle Li and next year she is sure to be break out star when her highly anticipated LP Visions is released. Grimes created the record on GarageBand, but one listen to debut single “Oblivion” you can’t tell. The darkwave electro track is as great a single as “Vanessa” as Boucher’s vocals are in a constant state of falsetto recalling a child’s voice. Grimes may never become a pop star on the level of Katy Perry, but “Oblivion” deserves a bid for a CW soundtrack (that was not a diss BTW).

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Drake’s Take Care was supposed to be released on his birthday October 24th, but like all good (and bad) rap albums it got delayed. No big deal, as it was only a couple of weeks, November 15, and if we are to believe the Canadian raper, it was because of sample clearance. He didn’t want us to go without hearing everything he;s created- so that’s nice. And Drake has been very forward with reeling music from the album and it’s subsequent deluxe edition all year, so it isn’t like dude has left us hanging. Anyways, Drake premiered a new track from the highly anticipated album on Funkmaster Flex’s radio show just last night. The track, “Make Me Proud” features Nicki Minaj in full hash-tag rap form (“I’m a star/ sheriff badge” “double d up ho/ Dolly Part’”) as well as some sick laid back rhymes from Drake. The murky beat feels like a continuation of the beats from Drake’s debut and it is a good thing. With all the rappers going electro it is nice to see someone with beats practically unheard of on modern rap radio.

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If you see an Occupy camp in your area, take a second to listen and speak up!

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Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are better known as the electro-pop duo Phantogram. The band released their debut LP Eyelid Movies last year and it instantly became the soundtrack of late nights and episodes of Gossip Girl and other trendy CW shows. “Mouth Full Of Diamonds” dark electro captivated the hearts of indie-mindied kids with a love of the dance floor, but one thing you could never call the group is sunny. On 11/1 the group will release a mini-LP Nightlife and today we have the album’s first single. “Don’t’ Move” is unlike the band’s debut as it is a straight-up pop song. The track has a beat that is remittent of UK basked producer Star Slinger with it’s cut up samples blending horns and a vocal bit slashed to hell. Barthel’s vocals have an added echo and reverb making them more dreamy and chill-wave then Eyelid Movie’s darker gritty tone.

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Last week I dropped a tune by Jessie Ware who has had an incredible year after being featured on SBTRKT tracks and her commanding presence on another dustup track “The Vision (Let Me Breathe)” by Joker. Joker whose debut album for 4AD drops November 8th is an amazing twelve track record made up up singles like “My Trance Girl” and “Tron” with new bangers like “Lost” and “On My MInd.” “The Vision” is an immediate standout, and Ware absolutely nails the song. I mean you feel her when se says she can “play big on her own.” Joker has just released an alternative version of the highlight featuring up and coming rapper Freddie Gibbs. This new version gives Gibbs Ware’s second verse but still bangs like the original. Take a listen below and peep The Vision when it drops November 8th.