* Local riff-righteous alt-rock dudes The Kingston Springs are working on an album, and they've put together a teaser. See it above, and enjoy those sinister riffs and slow-mo deck moves. The Springs are also slated to play Lollapalooza this weekend, so if you happen to be in The Windy City on Sunday, support your boys.
* Filmmakers and Vimeo users Zach Robinson and Zachary Dyke made a short film called "Music in Coffee Shops in Nashville," in which he interviews baristas from local java joints including Portland Brew, Dose, Crema, Bongo Java and more. The joe-peddlers discussed the music they play while slingin' mud, as well as what mediums they use for pumping out those jams. Turns out almost everyone uses Pandora (No Spotify?). And also, they mostly have pretty faces. Java jams. Coffee cuts.
* Y'all know local fiddlestress/songstress/multi-instrumentalist Amanda Shires? She sometimes plays with Justin Townes Earle and Jason Isbell, and she was in Country Strong. Well she does her own thing, too, and she was just featured on an installment of NPR's "Tiny Desk Concerts." Pretty, thoughtful stuff. And she's a damn fine whistler, no less.