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Music-doc Map The Music set to debut

After the death of her father, filmmaker, Second City alumna and self-proclaimed "crazy person"  Samantha Hale filmed Map The Music, a road trip documentary explaining the power music has over people. Through interviews with legions of devoted live music fans and the artists who inspire them, she tries to uncover the mystery behind the music while struggling with her loss. Artists include Imogen Heap, Kate Havnevik, Zoe Keating, Rachael Yamagata, Cary Brothers, Charlotte Martin and Jim Bianco, featuring unreleased live performances and behind-the-scenes footage with some of the most unique musicians in independent music. Check back into the official site for release dates and local screenings.

   

Win 2 tickets to Infected Mushroom's Palladium set

Psychtrance electronic duo Infected Mushroom are playing a milestone set in Tel Aviv this Thursday. Special guest Matisyahu is scheduled to appear at the event, which will be webcast here at 2:30 Pacific time on Thursday, but if you can't make it, then put yourself in the running for two free tickets to their Palladium set on February 20. Tweet us why you think the rain sucks and the tickets are yours.

   

Crash Kings open for Jet, proving the six-string null


Crash Kings | "Evolution of Guitar Rock"

Let's put this lightly: Jet made a huge mistake. Clav-rock trio Crash Kings may lack the overall arena gusto and six-string mayhem associated with revival rock acts, but that doesn't mean they don't belong in the upper echelon of groups who can destroy a room. Their blues-fueled and power pop rock blew us away a few months ago, and if their tale has continued, Crash Kings have likely gotten louder, tighter and stronger. This will either make Jet make a run for their money or simply turn this tour into a competition in which group will leave the biggest and loudest impression. Our bet is on, well, ...yeah. Click here for tour dates.

   

L.A. Record wants your Valentine's Day original song

L.A. Record had such a great turnout for their holiday mixtape last December that they're asking locals to submit an original song once more for their Valentine's Mixtape. Whether it's sweet, sad, depressing and/or in the styles of polka, hip-hop or nu-wave Hawaiian instrumental, L.A. Record wants to hear it and will keep all submissions into consideration for the running. The deadline is February 11 (that's three days from now!) so e-mail fortherecord@larecord.com with your tune. Good luck!

   

AM

CD Name: 
Future Sons & Daughters
Music Link: 
http://www.myspace.com/amsounds
Album Cover URL: 
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<p>Singer/songwriter AM isn't a stranger to having left his musical mark right under your nose; his last LP <em>Troubled Times</em> had every track licensed to all sorts of projects on television and film, an impressive feat not done since Moby's mega-hit <em>Play</em>. With that kind of cred, AM has already proven a strong viability with most any audience, but without the necessary weight that comes in being a well-recognized mainstay. That's about to change with his latest LP <em>Future Sons &amp; Daughters</em>, a fully developed snapshot of AM in the context of, not just the single, but the lost art of the album. Produced by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields), this lush and multi-faceted pop work is a testament to AM's love of retro radio, analog warmth and laser-precise melodies. Nods range from '60s Detroit to '70s Philly, but intends to be current with a modern palette in production.&nbsp; Highlight track &quot;Fortunate Family Tree&quot;&nbsp;revives roots melody awash with steady organs, loose snares and hallucinatingly wavey lead guitar lines, all signs that this is a worthy trip to a past sound, sans the cringing generally associated in homage attempts. This is pop music for the refined ear, or, rather, the ear that remembers what pop music was really always supposed to be. -Hugo Gomez</p>