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For today’s Spotlight I snagged a song that last week was featured on iTunes as the Free Single of the Week: Owl City’s “Fireflies.” I first downloaded the song from iTunes last week and have since been getting calls from their label and management about playing it. All this week I’ve been listening to this song incesantly, and finally decided that I would play it for you.

Wow, am I glad I did!

The response to this song was possibly the best of any song featured on the Spotlight to date. Scott said, “Fireflies rocks,” adding, “I love the song!” Denise said the song was “different and refreshing.” While Kelly said, “it was kinda nerdy, but I liked it.” The text response was out of the park, too. Many of the texts agreed with me that there is a similarity to Death Cab For Cutie and many of them said things like, “Love it!” or “Very cool!” So I think it’s safe to say you liked this one.

If you missed the Spotlight, you can hear “Fireflies” on the Owl City MySpace page. You can also find Owl City on Facebook, Twitter and their official website. And because Universal Republic doesn’t understand the value of embedded video, you’ll have to head to YouTube to watch it.

What do you think of the song?

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Sonic Youth have been making noise for almost 30 years now. They’ve only really had one hit in “The Diamond Sea” from their 1995 album Washing Machine. And they’re probably more than okay with that. Their latest foray, The Eternal, was their highest chart debut of their illustrious career hitting number 18 the week of its release. Today’s Spotlight, “Antenna,” is the latest single from that album.

Feedback was very middle of the road for this song. Callers didn’t much care for it at all, and texters had the general consensus of “meh.” Though Pauly did text in saying, “Like it. Not a toe tapper but pleasant. 3 of 5 stars.”

The band will be playing the Twilight Concert Series at the Gallivan Center tonight. Get there early, though, as the city is expecting their biggest crowd of the season, which is saying quite a bit, actually.

Check out the video for “Antenna” after the jump.

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The brothers that brought you Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski; Oh Brother, Where Are Thou?; No Country For Old Men and so many other fantastic movies, have a trailer for their latest.

The movie is due out October 2nd.

Watch the trailer after the jump.

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K’Naan, a former Somali child soldier and current resident of Canada, was on the final commercial jet to leave Somalia as the war-torn nation imploded in civil war. Now he makes poignant music that tells the tale of struggle and loss in a voice that is pure and heartfelt. His song “Wavin’ Flag” from his latest album Troubadour was today’s Spotlight.

Reaction to the song was mixed, as it was the last time we featured this song. Catherine said she liked it, didn’t love it, but liked it enough that she would check out some of his other songs. Justin said it was “kinda lame” while Todd said it was the back story of the artist that made him connect with the song. One texter said simply, “Stupid.” While Russ said, “Wow super inspiring! How can you not like that?”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear the song on K’Naan’s Myspace page. You can also catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter and his official website.

What do you think of the song?

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One of the sales reps in my office shared this with me. It’s pretty funny, but not in a good way. You have to watch this, if for no other reason than to make yourself feel like Einstein.

How did the the Council Members not openly laugh in this woman’s face? I give them all big kudos for managing to contain themselves.

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Here’s another clip directed by Linkin Park’s DJ Joseph Hahn, who has been directing the band’s videos (and producing their albums) from the beginning. The artwork in this video is pretty killer, and the seemless integration of the movie footage is pretty killer.

Check it out for yourself after the jump.

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NeedToBreathe (they like it as one word) is a band hailing from South Carolina. They have their third album coming out August 25th, and we have them coming to Salt Lake for a free show at the State Room on Tuesday, August 4th. It’s a 21+ show, and did I mention it’s FREE?!

So, response to the song was really positive. Cody was one of the callers and he said “I want to hear more of their songs,” adding “They were pretty good, I liked ‘em.” Responses on the text front were similar, with several feeling they would “definitely listen to them again!”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear the song on the band’s MySpace page. You can also catch up with them on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.

What do you think of the song?

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