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Everybody Loves the Sunshine: A Critical Analysis of Covers

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

At this point in the year, winter seems like it's at an end, but whenever spring seems to be really coming in full force, there's some sleet right around the corner. Seems like a good time for a song about sunshine.

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The Line-Up for 7 March 2014

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

No real theme this week other than enthusiastic praise for Kris Bowers' Heroes + Misfits. Also, one more gentle reminder that our SXSW day party is on Wednesday. It's free, all ages, and much more low key than getting into a lot of everything else at SouthBy. Nevertheless, here's another show of newness.

The Line-Up for 7 March 2014

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Gizmo - "White Walls" (Stream)

Alexander Brown
Staff Writer
alexanderparisbrown@gmail.com / @relaxandaspire

Kenneth “Gizmo” Rodgers is streaming his latest single “White Walls” from his ep “The Middle”. The album was released this past November, but it’s fine to take a late pass, especially given how cool this track sounds.

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BADBADNOTGOOD - "Can't Leave the Night" (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Our Canadian friends BADBADNOTGOOD just dropped a new single on us, "Can't Leave the Night", soon to appear on their upcoming album, III. The guys (Matt Tavares, keys; Chester Hansen, bass; Alex Sowinski, drums) have been working on this one for a good little minute now-- it definitely showed up in their set at our SXSW unofficial day party last year (and might show up again at our party next Wednesday) and Gilles Peterson was the first to give it some airplay on his show on BBC 6 Music a couple weeks ago. Now the song has reached a more final form. Give it some love after the jump and stay on your already well worn pins and needles for III to drop on the Innovative Leisure label soon.

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The Stepkids - "Insecure Troubadour" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

The spectacle of The Stepkids just keeps getting (for lack of a better word) more and more spectacular. Their new video for the spirited "Insecure Troubadour", off their latest album Troubadour is full of sandy beaches, contemplative walks, and unabashed shouts. Soak it all in after the jump.