Earbits is all about discovery. There are lots of ways for you to find your next favorite artist, that next club banger, or the perfect playlist to suit your mood. Each week our music team works to expand these horizons even more, and we wanted to with you some of our faves with you every week. Take a listen, as our editors bring you yet another way to discover great music.


Carry Me Back – Old Crow Medicine Show

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Fierce plucks, wailing harmonies and fiery fiddles come at you like a runaway train. That’s what we’ve come to expect from Americana dynamos Old Crow Medicine Show. Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame in 2013, these guys have cemented themselves in Nashville lore. 2012’s Carry Me Back is the perfect remedy for a lazy afternoon.

-Duncan Woodbury, Editor


October Language – Belong

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A lot of my favorite moments on Shoegaze records happen between proper songs, when bands just let go and dive into the pure sound of their instruments (or, their effects pedals), and what results is a hulking wall of overdriven guitars, breathy vocals, and warbly, super compressed analog tape. Belong does this in a way that operates somewhere between this sort of My Bloody Valentine-y guitar wash and more delicate, flittering melancholic tape loops à la William Basinski. In other words: sign me up.

Aaron Stein-Chester, Editor


Madeaux EP – Madeaux

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Released in 2013, Madaeux’s self-titled EP is a warm and emotional combination of chill-out and future beat vibes.

-Robb Nastal, Editor


Rage! – Lettuce

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Made up of an impressive core of funk and jazz veterans, Lettuce’s second LP Rage! also features and impressive cast of guest vocalists. Neo-Soul legend Dwele appears, as well as Earbits Artist Nigel Hall. The group also pays tribute to two late greats- Curtis Mayfield and J-Dilla. Dig this.

-Duncan Woodbury, Editor


RETROgrade – The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio

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Balancing the impulse to make challenging, original music without sounding self-indulgent or rote is especially hard in the modern Jazz scene, where really, anything is possible (and, so much has already been done). Restraint is the art to master, a sign of true maturity, and Matt Smith’s Neu Jazz Trio has that in spades. Just the right balance of dynamic rhythm and headiness with classic hard bop groove and tonality. A really fresh-sounding modern jazz record, beautifully recorded.

-Aaron Stein-Chester, Editor


Into the Great White Yonder -Trentemøller

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A collaborative collection of cold, kaleidoscopic and textural sound and arrangements. Perfect for winter.

-Robb Nastal, Editor


Stay tuned every Thursday for new album picks.

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