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I love me some Meiko. She’s a great lyricist, and she’s very easy on the eyes, too. “Under My Bed” is the second single from her self-titled debut album, and I like it just as much as I did “Boys With Girlfriends” when I first heard it. I had the pleasure to meet Meiko last fall when she stopped by the studio to play, and she’s a great girl, which always makes me like an artist that much more.

If you missed today’s NMS, you can hear the song and watch a live performance video after the jump.

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We played this song on the NMS when it first came out (NMS #49), and the reaction was so positive that we couldn’t help but play it for you again. She’ll be coming to town this summer (details to be announced Monday afternoon!) and she’ll surely play this song for those of you in attendance. Her album Abnormally Attracted to Sin was released last week and debuted at no. 9 nationally and no. 10 here in Salt Lake. Not too shabby.

Check out the video and check out some of the reactions after the jump.

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Modest Mouse is a band I’ve been a fan of since right after I graduated high school in ’96. Since then, the band has grown from a (crappy) bar band to a multi-platinum arena smash. They do have a full-length album in the works, No One’s First And You’re Next (a b-sides and rarities compilation), but the single for “Satellite Skin” will have to whet your appetite until its release in August. You can get this song and the b-side, “Guilty Cocker Spaniels,” on iTunes now.

The band recently (in March) performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman. And more recently (last week) released an official video for the song. See both of them after the jump.

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The Killers third album is perhaps their most ambitious, and today’s NMS is an illustration that it is working for them. “A Dustland Fairytale,” reportedly about lead singer Brandon Flowers’ mother and father and tells the story of how they met, is perhaps the song on this album that is most like anything on Sam’s Town, still it fits nicely with the rest of the collection.

The band recently performed this song on the Late Show with David Letterman, see the video after the jump.

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Jack White is a busy guy. He has the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, records with old bluegrass legends and now has yet another band for us to drool over. The Dead Weather first came into the public conscious back in March of this year when their single “Hang You From the Heavens” appeared on iTunes. They played their first public show about a month later at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, and there has been a love affair with the band ever since.

Featuring Jack White, Alisson Mosshart (The Kills), Jack Lawrence (the Raconteurs) and Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, the Raconteurs) the band is a psuedo-supergroup of sorts. They’ll be playing at the Depot, a private club for members, on August 18th.

If you missed today’s NMS, you can hear the song on the band’s MySpace page or their official website. You can also find the Dead Weather on Facebook.

What do you think of the song?

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Everytime I revisit this album I am amazed. A then 19-year-old Adele wrote some truly amazing songs for her debut album. Not the least of which would be her new single “Hometown Glory.” The Grammy winning artist was in the End Zone earlier this year, and it was such a pleasure to host her for the day. We just can’t help but love Adele.

You can see the video for the song after the jump.

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I first discovered K’Naan when SPIN magazine did a feature on his last album, The Dusty Foot Philosopher. His story alone made me want to hear his music. A former child-soldier that caught the last commercial flight out of Mogadishu, K’Naan has taken what anyone would view as a tragic childhood and parlayed it into a career in hip-hop. This man has seen things that I can’t even imagine, and he is fairly agile with his lyrics to paint a vibrant picture of his trials and tribulations. Today’s NMS, “Wavin’ Flag,” comes from his new album, Troubador, and is the song he often uses to close out his live show.

If you missed the NMS today, you can hear the song on K’Naan’s MySpace page. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and his official website.

What do you think of the song?

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Some time ago I set up a Google Alert for my name: Grant Ruby. I get a few emails each week from Google that typically alert me to things like Twitter, or my profile on 1019theend.com. Really informative stuff that I would never have known about otherwise. </sarcasm>

But occasionally the folks at Google actually find something of real interest. Such was the case this morning when I received an email on my BlackBerry. Apparently my name appeared in an article on Spinner.com!

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White Rabbits were behind my #2 album of 2007, their debut album Fort Nightly, and I’ve been a vocal fan of theirs ever since. Now, with their sophomore release (out today!) they are coming to Salt Lake (they had to cancel their last trip to Utah) to play a show on June 25th at Urban Lounge. Today’s NMS is the lead single from their new album, It’s Frightening. They performed “Percussion Gun” on the Late Show with David Letterman yesterday; you can see that performance and the official video after the jump.

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New Divide Linkin ParkThere’s a new Transformers movie coming, if you didn’t know, and Linkin Park’s song “New Divide” is the main theme for the movie. I know the band has been working on a new album to be released late in 2009 or early 2010. Today’s NMS, which has a video in the works, is just a taste of what is to come.

If you missed “New Divide” you can give it a listen on their official website. You can also find LP on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think of the song?

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