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This band has been slowly building their fanbase since releasing their album in August of last year. They’ll bring their momentum to Salt Lake (specifically Murray) on February 21st when they play a small room in the Murray Theater. You can get tickets to that show at smithstix.com.

The song “Sometime Around A Midnight” was performed by the band on the Late Show with David Letterman. You definitely should check this performance out.

If you want to hear the song, they have it on their MySpace page. You can also catch the band on Facebook and their official website.

What did you think of the song?

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The lineup for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was announced this morning. And I am happy to say it’s a pretty amazing lineup. The main headliners alone are a power trio: The Killers, Sir Paul McCartney, and the Cure. Formidable by any measure. There are a TON of other bands playing that I’m really stoked to see, too. See the whole lineup and bands I’m stoked about after the jump.

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Green River Ordinance, or GRO as they like to call themselves, are a very young band from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The original lineup came together 2003 when brothers Jamey and Geoff Ice put together a band. Several lineup changes later and GRO are poised for a break through year.

They already have a lot of accolades from the Fort Worth Weekly and the Fort Worth Music Awards. They’ve been called Artist Of The Year twice, and have trophies for Best New Band, Rock Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Pretty hefty resume they have going!

They recently signed to Capitol/EMI and are one of their “project” bands for 2009. Judging solely by their song “Come On” it’s going to be a good year for GRO.

If you missed the NMS, you can hear the song on their MySpace page. You can also find them on Facebook and their official website.

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Andrew Bird is an artist that, while he flies under the radar, is getting a lot of attention. Locally, he has the number 12 album in Salt Lake City (and nationally). That’s nothing to sneeze at. He was in town last summer as part of the Twilight Concert Series at the Gallivan Center, and it was a heck of a show with a huge crowd. He’ll return in February to the Murray Theater on the 25th. Tickets are $20 ($25 day of) and available through Smiths Tix.

His song “Fitz and the Dizzyspells” is grooving and infectious, while keeping the deep meaning to his lyrics that has endeared him so well to his ever-growing fan-base. If you missed the New Music Spotlight today, you can hear the song on his MySpace page.

You can also find Andrew on Facebook or his official website.

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These Glaswegians first formed their band in 2003 and were quickly the center of a bidding war between several record labels. In the US, Columbia won and released their self-titled debut album earlier this year.

This band has garnered a lot of blog attention and seem to be what all the cool kids are into right now. Which can both be good and bad. Some times the hype will kill a band, but these guys (and girl) seem to be legit.

You can find out for yourself when the come to Salt Lake City for a show at the Avalon on April 10th. Tickets are available now through smithstix.com.

If you missed the NMS you can hear their song on their MySpace page. You can also find the band on Facebook and their official website.

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Looking For A Great Burger?

If you are one of those people, not unlike myself, that is on the eternal quest for a great hamburger, I have a place you need to check out: Chubby Toad Grill.

I’ve been in to this little cafe style restaurant on a couple of occasions, always walking out trying something new and amazing. My taste buds LOVE this place. I haven’t reviewed it over at Yelp.com yet, but I will very soon. I just wanted to drop a quick blog about what I ate for lunch today.

It was so delicious that after taking just one bite I was thinking, “Wow.”

And it only got better from there.

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Fiction Family is a collaboration between Switchfoot leader Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins. Listeners compared them to XTC and the Beatles, not bad bands to be compared to. They’ve been working together for a few years during breaks on the road with their other bands. Finally, they were able to get a full album’s worth of material and it is out now for you aural enjoyment.

You can find the song “When She’s Near” and a couple of others on their MySpace page. You can also find Fiction Family on Facebook and their official website.

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*Updated 7:31pm MST: Picture of the damaged dish after the jump.*

Saturday night, while watching a show on my DVR, sitting on my couch, a vandal (or vandals) destroyed my satellite dish. Once I finished watching the show I went back to live TV and there was no signal. This happens on a rare occasion when there is an accumulation of snow or ice on the dish itself. Usually it’s just a matter of wiping off the obstruction and badaboom! TV back on.

So I go out onto my porch and discover that my satellite dish is no more. Someone decided that it didn’t need to be in operation any longer. They wrenched it down from it’s mount and bent the dish itself in half like a taco. In doing so they also loosed the railing from its mooring. I called the cops to report the incident, knowing that there was nothing they could do about it as I didn’t have any information on the perpetrator of the damage.

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A year ago when we first start playing “Chasing Pavements” on 101.9 The End, we never expected Adele to get four Grammy Nominations out of the song. That’s just what she did, though. And it really shouldn’t surprise anyone. Adele has worked tirelessly over the last year to get her name alongside the likes of Coldplay, Pink, Robert Plant and others.

When she stopped by the station to perform live in the End Zone, one of the songs she played was her new single “Right As Rain”. If you missed the NMS today, you can hear the song on imeem.

You can also find Adele on MySpace, Facebook or her official website.

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The other day I posted the video for the new Colplay single, “Life In Technicolor ii,” and today I want to play it for the masses. It’s a song that comes from the band’s Prospekt’s March EP. This EP is the companion to their smash album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. Together, the two were my album of the year for 2008. The original “Life In Technicolor” is the intro track for Viva, this is a re-imagining of the song, with lyrics, etc. It’s a great track that will surely be a smash.

As a funny aside, if you want to see Chris Martin in his underpants in a hilarious skit with Borat, find it here.

If you haven’t heard “Live In Technicolor ii,” head over to their MySpace page and check it out! You can also find the band on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.

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