Music Awards Show is at the Uptown Theater this Sunday, August 3, and hosted by World Air Guitar Champion Eric "Mean" Melin and Mills Record Co.'s Judy Mills (tickets here). To count down to the awards ceremony - and help introduce you to this year's picks - we're debuting a "song of the day" each weekday until the show from one of this year's batch of nominees.
Three months ago, Cowboy Indian Bear released its Vandeventer
EP, a gem of a record that was born of some rather unfortunate circumstances: a mid-tour van breakdown, which left Cowboy's five members stranded in St. Louis. The group made the most of its spare time, though, and the Vandeventer
EP features quite a varied collection of songs: in addition to the usual electro-pop sugar highs that Cowboy favors, guitarist Marty Hillard showcases his rap skills (listen to "Jacob"). But "Push" is the sleeping star on the EP, as keyboardist Katlyn Conroy's voice bounces buoyantly around lush synths (sounding eerily like Tennis' Alaina Moore on this song
). Listen to "Push" below, or stream the whole album here.
#24: Katy Guillen and the Girls' "Don't Get Bitter"
#23: My Oh My's "Your Heart Not Mine"
#22: Schwervon's "Land Locked"
#21: Your Friend's "Bangs"
#20: Radkey's "Romance Dawn"
#19: Maramus' "Syphilitic"
#18: Various Blonde's "Downtown Frown"
#17: Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7's "The Chartreuse Woman"
#16: Megan Birdsall's "Night and Day"
#15: Kansas City Bear Fighters' "They Won't Stay Dead"
#14: Kasey Rausch's "Heavy Fog"
#13: Gee Watts' "Church"
#12: The Bad Ideas' "I'm Stuck"
#11: Me Like Bees' "Comet and the Snail"
#10: Outsides' "Seesaw"
#9: Shy Boys' "And I Am Nervous"
#8: Making Movies' "Aguanile"
#7: John Velghe's "On the Interstate"
Cowboy Indian Bear's latest release wouldn't have happened without a mishap