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The Concretes

The Stockholm-based pop collective the Concretes were formed in 1995 by vocalist Victoria Bergsman, guitarist Maria Eriksson, and drummer Lisa Milberg; over the course of three years, they added guitarist Markus, bassist Martin Hansson, organist Per Nystrom, trumpeter Ulrik Karlsson, and vocalist/harmonica player Malte. Malte and Nystrom were playing in other bands in the Stockholm scene; Eriksson and Bergsman were art school students; and Milberg worked at one of the city's graphic design firms. The Concretes released their first EP (helpfully named EP #1) in 1998 and followed it, logically, with EP #2 (aka The Lipstick Edition) the following year. In 2000, the Concretes combined these EPs into their full-length debut, Boy, You Better Run Now, in mid-2000 on Up Records. However, shortly after the album's release, Up founder Chris Takino died of leukemia, and the Concretes found themselves without a label. The Nationalgeographic EP arrived in 2001, but due to difficulties with the Above Ground label, it was nearly impossible to find. Along the way, the Concretes also added guitarist Daniel Varjo and horn player Ludvig Rylander to their fold. They formed their own Licking Fingers imprint, on which they released the Forces single in 2002. Two more singles, You Can't Hurry Love and Warm Night, arrived in 2003 and heralded the release of the band's proper debut, The Concretes. Astralwerks released The Concretes in the U.S. in 2004. A year later, the B-sides and rarities comp Layourbattleaxedown -- which gathered most of the band's output between Boy, You Better Run Now and The Concretes -- arrived. The band delivered more low-key, sparkling indie pop with 2006's In Colour. The following year, Bergsman left the group to focus on her folky solo project Taken by Trees, but the rest of the band regrouped quickly, with Millberg taking over vocal duties on 2007's Hey Trouble. However, 2010's dance-influenced WYWH was the first Concretes album featuring Millberg on vocals released in the United States. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   You Can't Hurry Love
  3.   Foreign Country
  4.   All Day
  5.   Hey Trouble
  6.   Lovin' Kind
  7.   Good Evening
  8.   Simple Song
  9.   Seems Fine Shuffle
  10.   I Wish We'd Never Met
  11.   New Friend
  12.   Sing for Me
  13.   Ed's Kids by Ed Harcourt
  14.   Fire Watch
  15.   Are You Prepared
  16.   My Ways
  17.   Tomorrow
  18.   This One's For You
  19.   The First Time
  20.   Keep Yours
  21.   Save Button
  22.   Warm Night
  23.   On the Radio
  24.   Crack in the Paint
  25.   Kids
  26.   Your Call
  27.   Lonely As Can Be
  28.   Miss You
  29.   Knck Knck
  30.   If We're Lucky We Don't Get There On Time
  31.   Ooh La La
  32.   As Four
  33.   Chosen One
  34.   Branches
  35.   Sand
  36.   Oh Baby
  37.   My Surprise
  38.   Hammerhead
  39.   The Warrior
  40.   Oh Boy
  41.   Under Your Leaves
  42.   What We've Become
  43.   A Whale's Heart
  44.   Oh No
  45.   Seems Fine
  46.   Free Ride
  47.   Lady December
  48.   The Sentence
  49.   Come Over
  50.   Military Madness
  51.   Souvenirs
  52.   Reasons
  53.   Forces
  54.   Didion
  55.   Oh My Love
  56.   Fiction
  57.   Postpone It
  58.   A Way of Life
  59.   Justin's Kids
  60.   Change in the Weather
  61.   Song for the Songs
  62.   Say Something New
  63.   Diana Ross
  64.   Sugar
  65.   Another Day to Waste
  66.   WYWH
  67.   Come Here
  68.   End of Mandolins
  69.   Grey Days
  70.   Just Locals
  71.   Chico
  72.   Sunbeams

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