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Brooklyn band Widowspeak released its debut, self-titled album today with its label, Captured Tracks.

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Friday is the final day to buy priority seating for the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series. About a week ago, the series’ 17th season events were finalized and among the performers are some big names in jazz.

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HHS requires free birth control

August 2, 2011 10:30 am by

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services announced it will require health insurance companies to cover some women’s preventative drugs and services. This means that insurance plans beginning on or after Aug. 12, 2012, will cover costs for services including FDA-approved birth control, voluntary sterilization, breastfeeding support and HIV counseling.

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The Crusty Old Columbia Punks 2011 reunion has four local events to celebrate their favorite decade. Come out to reconnect with friends or see what the ’80s were all about.

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Vanessa Carlton released her fourth LP, Rabbits on the Run, today after a four-year hiatus.

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Since Amy Winehouse’s untimely death at 27 years old, her albums and singles have shot up the iTunes charts; currently, the Grammy Award-winning Back to Black is the No. 1 album and her first LP, Frank, is No. 3.

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Roots N Blues N BBQ update

July 22, 2011 10:57 am by

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is like an energizer bunny that keeps experiencing growth spurts. Sept. 9-10 will mark the local festival’s fifth year, and it’s become bigger than ever.

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Portugal. The Man’s new album, In the Mountain in the Cloud, dropped today. The Alaskan alt-rock band’s sixth album stays true to its mission to release an album every year, and the band, which will perform at The Blue Note on Oct. 11, has effectively done so since it released its 2006 debut album, Waiter: ‘You Vultures!’ .

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Björk releases new single

July 19, 2011 10:16 pm by

Björk’s newest single, “Cosmogony,” off her forthcoming album, Biophilia, was released today. The Icelandic singer-songwriter isn’t short on creativity, as evidenced by the single’s artwork and the track’s charming melodies.

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The final installment of the Harry Potter film series will grace theaters tomorrow, and it seems it’s all anyone can talk about. Before you see the highly-anticipated film, relive your favorite Harry Potter moments with Vox‘s soundtrack selections.

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Australian experimental alt-pop musician Gotye, pronounced “gore-ti-yeah,” officially released his new single, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” today.

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Tonight, roots and blues listeners can scope out the local talent at the King of the Roots Battle of the Bands, presented by the Mo Lottery. Pre-registered Columbia roots and blues bands will compete for the judges’ affections at The Blue Note starting at 8 p.m.

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Santa Barbara-based Gardens & Villa released its self-titled, debut album with its label, Secretly Canadian, yesterday. The album features energetic, danceable tracks such as “Black Hills” and “Orange Blossom,” but also some obscure, lazier ones such as the five-and-a-half-minute “Chemtrails” and ’60s-influenced “Sunday Morning.”

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A crowd of no more than 30 people filtered in to Mojo’s Saturday night for an indie-rock lineup of strong vocals and feel-good beats, but those who didn’t attend missed an evening of three ultra-strong jam bands.

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Thievery Corporation might seem like just another trip-hop duo, but recently Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have decided to use their notoriety to champion issues like government greed and surveillance.

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Natalie Walker releases Spark

June 21, 2011 12:15 pm by

On Spark, Walker continues to hone her vocal skills, but reaffirms that her songwriting is often lacking.

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The Junior Boys’ It’s All True, which dropped today, is an example of the playful duo at its best. This fifth full-length album starts with “Itchy Fingers,” a synth-heavy, upbeat intro to the nine-track album.

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Although the Arctic Monkeys have had trouble finding their footing, Suck It and See shows that since the teen angst has subsided, these four Brit boys intend to forge a solid career.

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Before 2005’s Plans, Death Cab For Cutie mostly skated under the radar. But the wildly popular, Grammy-nominated Plans elevated the band’s status from indie to semi-mainstream; listeners couldn’t get enough and highly anticipated its next release.

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Gardens and Villa, hailing from Santa Barbara, Calif., is starting its career at the perfect time; the band’s beachy, danceable sound positively exudes summertime.

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