There's something oddly mesmerizing about this track -- Aaron Bruno's scratchy voice lamenting his ability to focus amid hazy backing music; it's hard to listen to just once.
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Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"
Luring us in with a gentle banjo, the London quartet build this song slowly, gradually getting worked up to a fast but beautifully melodious pace.
Mumford And Sons - The Cave by IndieRock Universe
Bright Eyes - "Haile Selassie"
Before the Bright Eyes album The People's Key drops on Feb. 15, the band's been releasing (and now streaming) tracks online. (Listen and get this track here.)
And finally -- during the last NPR pledge drive, KQED played some selections from "Good Radiation," and inevitably parts of the song became lodged in my brain. There aren't a lot of songs that give multiple shout-outs to Terry Gross (though there should be), and props to Austin, so it's worth a listen just for that. (Or because you're really into amateur rap, whatever.) And, while you're at it, you know, it would be a good time to donate to Public Radio.