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Is it weird to think that a song about a girl can also be a song about the band singing the song about the girl? Don’t think too hard on that one, it was just my very real experience watching AVAN LAVA tear the roof off our showcase at SXSW. OOO EEE is about all I could think as they rocked matching white outfits, confetti cannons, and a room full of dancing fans. And then the horns!!

During the weeklong music conference marathon, the lyric “Don’t stop it baby, work that body, keep it goin!” became an anthem of sorts. Now that I’m back home, it can take on other meanings… Happy Friday ;)



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Total Giovanni – “Paradise”

I have yet to visit, but when I make it to Australia I imagine my trip will involve attending a Total Giovanni show on a beach, my face looking just like that piece above, and totally blissing out to their tropical disco vibes while I bury my toes in the sand over and over.


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The Teen Age – “Low Cunning”

Go, man, go!  You thought you were so smart ordering pizzas before we got home and now the pizza guy is gonna get home before we do and I’m hungry as shit and my teen angst is flaring up and I need sustenance, man!

The Teen Age hold a special spot in The Burning Ear history: They formed when members of their previous bands (TBE faves The Denzels and Fast Years) read about each other right here on the site, realized they were both in Brooklyn, and got in touch. The rest is raw guitar rock history. 

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[#20-1] The 60 Best Underrated Songs of the Past 6 Years (3000 Posts)

Well folks, this is it. The moment you have all been waiting for since I foolishly started this multipart post during SXSW. Make sure you have read Part 1 (60-41) and Part 2 (40-21) before diving into these jams. But without further ado, I present the top 20 Best Underrated Songs of the past 6 years. Listen to them closely and frequently. They deserve the love.  Read more

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With all the love an respect for Genesis and Phil Collins, their jams haven’t always been bedroom music for our generation (especially if you grew up listening to them with your parents). So cheers to TBE faves Basecamp for crafting this sexed up cover that puts a super smokey spin on the original. Phil and I just may be dimming the lights together sometime soon…



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Boh Doran – “Rainbow” + BØRNS “Electric Love” cover

“Please explain what angels mean to you?” is a great question to ask anyone you meet when you wake up from a post-swim nap in an alternate textile based reality that is both exciting and a little itchy. Speaking of alternate realities, dive deeper in Boh Doran’s with her stripped back cover of Børns “Electric Love”. These two songs are all we have so far but I’m liking where they are headed.

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OMN – “In Quiet Rooms”

Adventures are great. Leaving home and exploring new sights and sounds are things that build our character. But returning home and sitting in your favorite chair with the familiar sun winking through the window, that is the most beautiful thing. The friendly quiet of your own space and your own things is a wonderful comfort. Pardon me while I enjoy it immensely.

OMN - In Quiet Rooms

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Flyte – “Light Me Up”

Sure, Monday’s are great time to try and be snarky about the workweek ahead and re-post something Garfield-esque on Instagram, or you can look at the week ahead like scavenger hunt waiting to be explored and the starting gun just went off. Choosing the latter surely increases your chances of hanging out with London’s Flyte and getting them to sing you this song over some sno-cones during a lunch break.  Read more