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Frightened Rabbit in Concert at Webster Hall

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This weekend I went to see Frightened Rabbit in concert at Webster Hall. Great live performance for the most part. The lead singer and songwriter, Scott Hutchison, isn’t much of a talker (or maybe he used up his banter in the show the night before), but he really proved his stage presence when he ventured up to the balcony among some of the audience to perform an acoustic song with no mic. The only interruptions were an offered, and taken, shot of patron from a nearby fan and one “WOOOOO” from the crowd as he started his somber song.  He captured the attention of the whole venue, and managed to keep it, for a great moment that really connected with the crowd.

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Bastille – “Of The Night”

Of the Night is a dark, dance-infused loop of heavy beats. A song that fits in a party scene as much as a murder scene: just watch their recently premiered video. I love to see music videos with such well directed concepts: story lines that create a new perspective of the song instead of stealing attention from it. Listen and watch to the haunting pop of Bastille above.

Sarah Jarosz – “Mile on the Moon”

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Spellbinding, mesmerizing: these are the words that come to mind when watching this beautiful performance by Sarah Jarosz recorded by Mason Jar Music. The simple stirring of dust, catching the light that’s cascading through the windows, creates a dreamy suspended atmosphere, pulling the physical performance into the realm of the song.

Simon & Garfunkel – “The Sound Of Silence (The Golden Pony Remix)”

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If someone had told me about this remix before I heard it, I wouldn’t have listened. Remix? A Simon and Garfunkel song? THE SOUND OF SILENCE? No way.  And yet… way. It has a great ebb and flow that doesn’t swallow the original song. Just give it a go:

Panama Wedding – “All of the People”

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It really doesn’t get fresher or better than this: Panama Wedding has come out of the woodwork with a polished, catchy pop tune that could rival the big leaguers. It’s the breakout song that completes the summer playlist you thought you had perfected a month ago. Can’t wait to hear more from these guys.