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From the first second, The Stevens sets us up for a letdown. In "Chancer," the Melbourne band assures us it's going to be a joyous and heartbreaking ride, a haze of indie-pop bliss defined by its sloping guitars. The song flirts with optimism as it moves upward without ever reaching a landing, creating a tension that power-pop has always known to be true: Darkness is best served deceptively, through happy sounds and complicated sentiment.

Ruby Amanfu is a treasured member of Nashville's creative community and a star on the rise. Born in Ghana, she moved with her family to Nashville when she was 3; her musical gifts emerged soon after.

Here at the World Cafe studios, we have a bunch of different microphones for artists to use when they come in to perform. The other day, our senior producer, Kimberly Junod, pulled out one that had been used a couple weeks ago — and it was covered in face paint, lipstick and glitter. She showed it to the rest of us and said, "Give you one guess who used this last."

When the reunited LCD Soundsystem played five nights at Brooklyn Steel in early April, the band brought along two new songs, delighting a legion of dedicated followers who have been clamoring for new material. Well, now James Murphy and company will release those songs at midnight — "and I mean, literally, midnight," he writes in a lengthy post on Facebook (embedded below). "Wherever you are.

We project ourselves into space, even if most of us will never rocket out of orbit in our lifetime.

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  Navajo/Apache country artist Rudy Parris hails from California’s San Joaquin Valley. Growing up, he was a big KISS fan while also feeling deeply rooted in country music. He is passionate about carrying on the tradition of the Bakersfield sound, Merle Haggard being his biggest influence. Rudy had the honor of spending time in Bakersfield, doing a residency with country legend Buck Owens at his Crystal Palace. He appeared on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice as part of team Blake (Shelton), exposing him to millions of viewers.

What did we do to deserve new songs from both Paramore and HAIM? We are truly blessed this day.

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