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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Stars, "We Called It Love" - This is one of two new songs released by the Montreal band Stars as a preview of a forthcoming album. It follows 2014's No One Is Lost, which was recorded in a studio above a club with the beats and the neon turned up. On this song, those elements are turned down but the drama remains, and it's a perfect complement to the dark pop duets Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan do so well.

Waxahatchee, "Never Been Wrong" - This taste of guitar driven '90s nostalgia is from Waxahatchee's, Out in the Storm, which is out on July 14. Katie Crutchfield returns in force on her fourth album with this defiant anthem, but it's the moments of pause to let some harmonies kick in that really caught my ear. As the album opener, all signs point to an intriguing, riff-filled journey the rest of the way.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Stars, "From The Night"No One Is Lost is Stars' seventh album, and you can tell that the Montreal studio they recorded in was above a dance club. The beats, energy and imagery are all absorbed into the songs, and although it's a sound Stars started to explore on its last album The North, it's taken even further here. The band clearly has fun on this song (and this album), but as usual, Stars doesn't ignore the dark.

 

Hey Rosetta! "Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering)"This Newfoundland band has just released its fourth album, Second Sight. It's already out in Canada and will be released in the U.S. in January. Hey Rosetta! is songwriter Tim Baker and now six other musicians, so it's rock at the core plus cello, violin, french horn, synthesizers and more. Much of the band's catalog could be film soundtrack material, but as Baker took on the challenge of writing a single for this album, this song is one that manages to feel both focused and expansive.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.

In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott):

Stars, "Hold You When You Get Love, Let Go When You Give It" - Tantalizing electro-pop from a Canadian band whose members are part of the Broken Social Scene music collective. This song has an Erasure-ish appeal. Try saying that fast three times "Erasure-ish ... Erasure-ish..."

Bad Books, "It Never Stops" - Rich harmonies reminiscent of Dawes from the sophomore effort by an act that pairs Brooklyn solo artist Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull of Atlanta.

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