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For a couple of years now, and especially since the release of three EPs last year, Portland, Oregon's indie rock folk band Archeology has become one of the city's most popular bands, and that's saying a lot in a city brimming with talented artists and bands. Archeology, which includes two band members that met at an archeological dig, has previously opened for Frightened Rabbit and Ruth. Their debut album, Memorial, was released on March 13 via River Seine Records.

"White Walls" - Archeology from Memorial - March 16th
Archeology on MySpace

Born in Frost, Texas and relocated to the Seattle area as a teen, folk/alt. country rocker Rocky Votolato, and former member of Waxwing (a hard-core band), has become one of Seattle's most well-known and admired singer and songwriters over the past decade. Votolato broke out nationally when his song, "White Daisy Passing" (see above) was featured on the TV series, OC. That song was a single from his fantastic 2006 record, Makers. In February, he released the terrific LP, True Devotion, his second release on Barsuk Records, and his tenth studio album since his 1999 self-titled debut.

"Red River" - Rocky Votolato from True Devotion - February 23rd
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The next song is a kick-back to the B52's in a tumbler with shots of Sonic Youth and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The White White Lights' new single, "Space Invaders," is a rocking and thumbing rip complete with sci-fi guitar licks of Deluxe Peroux and the raw lead vocals of Jenny Gacy. Last month, the band put packed in shows at SXSW and were recently named "Best New Austin Band" by The Austin Chronicle. The band's debut EP, Medium Head Boy, is out now on Indierect Records.

"Space Invaders" - The White White Lights from Medium Head Boy - February 27th

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Another release that came out in February that you might want to check out is North Carolina folk minimalist band Schooner's new EP, Duck Kee Sessions. The song featured here, the EP's opening track, "Feel Better," is like a mix of surfer rock and candy pop with a twist of country stomp, complete with catchy chord progressions, dynamic harmonies and perfect backing vocals. All of the proceeds from the sales of the EP are going to fight cancer, according to the band's MySpace page.

"Feel Better" - Schooner from Duck Kee Sessions EP - February 9th
Schooner on MySpace

The following two songs include the shoegaze rock of the Thrushes and the harmony pop of Ghosty. We really hope you enjoyed this playlist mix and we don't mind if you spread it around for others to enjoy.

"Trees" - Thrushes from Night Falls - March 23nd
Thrushes official website

"Secret Language" - Ghosty from A Mystic's Robe EP - March 3rd
Ghosty official website

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