Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Our Favorites Music Videos from July 2013

Somewhere down the line nearly everybody finds Yo La Tengo. Here's just an example why. The "Ohm" music video was written and directed by Donick Cary. Animation by Sugarshack Animation. "Ohm" appears on the album, Fade.

Titus Andronicus have made a real solid effort to give back to fans in a number of ways. Their Local Business record is dedicated to small town America and the music video "Still Life With Hot Deuce And Silver Platter," from XL Recordings, appears bound and determined to prove to fans that the band may be successful but they still have their fiery live stage presence.


Filmmaker Harvey Robinson shot this entire live music video of Langhorne Slim at the Fillmore in Charlotte on his Canon 5d Mark III. It's pretty sensational, just like Langhorne - who we just saw perform for thousands off the main stage at Newport Folk over the weekend. Good stuff!

It's hard not to love "George Clooney" the new one from This Frontier Needs Heroes. Directed by Shane McCauley, this one plays out a little like Ferris Bueller's Day off with the protagonist (actor Grant Rosen) running into Angelina Jolie (potrayed Chanel Urban) in a mini mall. It's a sublime statement on meeting up and getting together. The music is melancholy and perfect!

Sticking with the beautiful and the sublime, we turn to Julian Lynch's instrumental "North Line" which demonstrates his affection for animals. Watch as Lynch provides the musical backdrop for many doggie rides into town.

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound are a gift. Perhaps one of the best live acts in America today - fusing soul, rock, motown, and punk inspirations into something completely new. It's hard not to appreciate their songs about love, heartache and about not fitting in since they're really writing about all of us. The new album, Howl, is in stores now. This is a band you might just come to love from one listen but one show will seal the deal forever. Rouse Yourself was directed by Billy Bungeroth.

Editor's frontman Tom Smith has an iconic voice - something which we already knew from their last three albums. Nothing has changed. Editors have a brand new album in stores now. This song is "Honesty."

Throwback goodness. Jay Arner debuted "Surf Don't Sink" on My Old Kentucky Blog recently and on just one vieweing I knew we needed to share this one. Director Jessica Delisle and cinematographers Alli MacKay and Duncan McHugh created a lush backdrop of 80s-ness here. It's been done - but Arner's hypnotic musical backdrop is what makes this one especially winning. Chicken Dinner!

One of my favorite music videos of the month isn't a music video at all.. Meet Dan Deacon. Many of you know him, but not many know him like this. If this piece is serving as a primer, that's even better. Thanks Noisey.

That bring us to Outlaw Roadshow standout Tyler Stenson - one of the performers who joined us on stage in Austin, TX this year for our big grand finale. Stenson's  gifted - something you are about to find out.. The music video, which is self-shot and edited, features real fans holding up something they've left behind. "Ramblin' Kind" is the first track on his newest record "Lovely Little Victory" EP (2013). Download the full EP for free at:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Photos from Sunday at Newport Folk

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Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt







Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday at Newport Folk 2013

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and Ian Perz


Following a Friday marked by rain, Saturday’s sunshine was welcomed in Newport. One of the greatest days of music in the Folk Festival’s rich history would ensue. Bands played with intensity and passion. None more than folk rock duo Shovels & Rope who took the Quad Stage by storm and had thousands clapping in percussive time! There was boundless energy pouring off the stage – and it was contagious! We heard it again later from Trombone Shorty on the main stage, the brass provided a lift to the folk dancing in front of the main stage. (The opening up of this space for fans to dance and stand –versus– camping out all day in lawn chairs has been a huge improvement. The area immediately in front of the stage was choked off on previous years.)




I was completely bowled over by Nashville’s Rayland Baxter who opened the Harbor Stage. His passion and gentle spirit were a perfect way to start the day. I ended up speaking with him later – he’s a sweet guy. There were a lot of great feelings on this day. Another particularly strong set (one of my top five of the day) came from Houndmouth. Their set is a perfect example of the “new” Folk – a mix of old and new together. They turned up the volume and put on one hell of a show. One of the best moments of 2013 will be seeing Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes join Houndmouth on stage for a cover of The Band’s “I Shall Be Released.” Really wonderful. This was a time for reunions. Colin Meloy played inspired and surprised fans by calling out his Decemeberists bandmates who cranked out some of their best songs. Huge smiles!




The Lone Bellow could be the best all around band at the Festival this year. They drew a massive crowd and proved the buzz was well earned. One of my favorite bands now. Amazing. Langhorne Slim returned to Fort Adams and played her largest stage – proving that his charisma could carry out across the bay. He too was smiling! Jason Isbell is the most underrated musician in America. I’m convinced of it. His set was amazing. This guy can play guitar like nobody’s business.. And that bring me to the set of the day. The one that nearly everyone was talking about. Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) put on one of the most wild and uniquely inspired sets Newport has seen - in years.

Misty sermonized between songs, challenging the audience between performances. His words rang true – that we shouldn’t do what is told of us, that we should strive to be better.. but to do so and be less fake. Dancing and grinding throughout - and drinking moonshine, Tillman challenged the lack of multi-ethnic acts at the Festival and indicated the crowded was perhaps not that diverse. He also refused to ignore the wealth in the hills and the bay outside the fort. And he challenged liberalism and it's social impacts. The poetry was hard to find and yet basically undeniable. And he engaged the audience in a way they were unaccustomed to. And to be honest, it was clearly a cause of discomfort for some. A husband and wife wearing big floppy sun hats decided to leave their seats. A few others followed suit. The lot of them had clearly been camping in the Forts Quad stage chairs all day - and it was only Tillman's content, and his most effective delivery, that could jar them out of their stations.

Tillman's theatrics and the band's sound were outstanding. At the end of Father John Misty's set, Tillman and the band launched into their hit, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings.” As the performance reached a boil, Tillman climbed atop the drum kit and kicked away cymbals and snares before throwing his microphone stands to the ground.. Holding it aloft, he let it drop and walked off stage. It was a potent moment.

The sound of the dropped mic echoed across the Fort Adams quad - and I would sure like to think it fired straight across the Bay and into Newport Folk history.








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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Dispatches from Newport Folk 2013

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NEWPORT FOLK kicked off a new age on Friday, offering audiences a full third day of music for the first time ever. It rained (boy did it ever) but that did nothing to diminish what was happening up on the stages. Keeping with previous years, the Festival has continued to integrate top contemporary acts - regardless of their genre grouping. Everyone had reverence for the experience. Some sets were triumphant while others, like that offered by Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent) were both powerful and spiritual..








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Thursday, July 25, 2013



LOVE is the name of the new video. It's a fan favorite in the live setting, a number that STAR & MICEY generally save until near the end of their set - when they generally have the audience eating out of the palm of their hands. Love is about surrender and wanting to be close - and that's what happens here with two pieces of fruit...

LOVE is a song off from the Memphis band's powerhouse "I Can't Wait" EP (Highly Recommended). That record was produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Wavves, Ben Folds). These songs capture the four-piece's incredible, fan-favorite live performances. (For those who haven't yet seen the band perform live, the stage is really a cross between a raucous live jam and a hand-clapping gospel church!) Featuring a blend of acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, bass, and drums, all four members of Star & Micey sing and contribute layer after layer of harmonies to augment their original blend of songwriting.

DID YOU KNOW? In the video, the words "Get Your Face Slapped by Star & Micey" appears on the the refrigerator. That's a reference to this music video.

This music video is dedicated to those we love.
Find someone to dedicate it to in your life - and do it today!

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Much beloved in Austin: Star & Micey at The Outlaw Roadshow in March

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jason Isbell - Southeastern

On Further Review

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Some 15 months ago, in a live music review that ran here, I reflected that JASON ISBELL had yet to scale the heights of his tour-companion Ryan Adams on record. He made such an impression on me live that I found myself a little disappointed when I listened to him recorded. On Here We Rest, his most recent album with the 400 Unit, he hit those heights intermittently, as if his focus wandered. His days as a Drive-By Trucker brought occasional moments of startling brilliance; the beloved “Outfit”, “Goddamn Lonely Love”.

I dared to hope that one day he might string together enough of those moments to make an album I could love. Southeastern is that record.


Dark, unrelenting, intense, complex and accessible all at once, it’s a finely crafted whole, multifaceted and sparkling. It is by some distance the best album I’ve heard so far this year, and an outstanding candidate for the end-of-year lists. It runs the gamut from gut-wrenching solo ballad to full-on, slide-guitar-laden southern rock. It’s full of the kind of clever lyrical twists that make you smile, then wince slightly.

Even the upbeat ones on this one are shot through with loneliness; “Stockholm is full of snow and longing to be home. Make no mistake, this isn’t an album to pop on for a quiet listen after a dinner party, unless your friends enjoy contemplating alcoholism, murder, terminal illness and amoral drunken regret. “Elephant”, perhaps the best song on the record, is the kind of song that ought to come with a warning not to drive or operate heavy machinery. I’m not saying I ended up sobbing by the side of the road, but consider yourself warned.

Isbell shares with his friend and sometime-tour mate Ryan Adams a sin-and-redemption narrative; dark places, substance abuse and rehabilitation, a new wife singing on a song heavy with symbolism. For Adams’ “Lucky Now”, read Isbell’s Traveling Alone. Its bittersweet lyrics are encapsulated in this line:
I know all the towns worth passing through
But what good does knowing do with no-one to show it to?

Harmonies and fiddle from new wife Amanda Shires are a welcome addition not just for their symbolic value; both voice and fiddle tone are perfectly placed, and we can look forward to her next solo album in August.

Not every story is autobiographical; the protagonist in Elephant goes by the name 'Andy', and “Live Oak” projects Isbell’s regrets and fears onto the template of a historical murder ballad, full of swords, ships and dusty plains.

Producer Dave Cobb has wrung heretofore-uncharted notes from Isbell’s voice, hitting the kind of extremes of range and dynamics that first pinned me to my seat with the opening bars of “Goddamn Lonely Love” on a rainy April night in Nottingham last year. At his most raw, he’s channelling Springsteen, at his most delicate, Paul Simon, but throughout he is his own man. Ryan Adams was apparently slated to produce, only to cancel at the last minute. On this evidence, it might not be such a tragedy.

It’s worth noting that Isbell plays every note of guitar on the record, from delicately coaxing fingerpicked figures from his collection of beautiful Martin acoustics to wrenching screaming electric slide solos from a Les Paul, it’s a feat of virtuosity. The high-strung second acoustic on “Elephant” is brilliant, the two intertwined electric parts on Flying Over Water a deal more subtle than they appear; throughout, the sure hand of a man who knows his trade, putting his years of experience to good use.

Speaking of guitars, Super 8 screams out of the silence like a runaway train, laden with distorted riffs and a leading snare hit. Most reminiscent of the Eagles cutting loose on something like “Twenty-One” or “James Dean”, both sonically and in terms of its themes of dangerous drunken debauchery, as you peel back the layers of classic rock references and you find a maelstrom of emotion; one quickly gets the sense that Isbell is very relieved to have escaped his drinking days relatively unscathed, whilst simultaneously desperate to know what he’s lost, what he might not feel again.

Southeastern is a gut-wrenching emotional rollercoaster of an album, as personal, brutal, honest and dignified a piece of storytelling as you’re likely to hear this year, and an instant classic. In short, it’s the album I hoped Isbell could make, and the best thing I can do is simply exhort you to listen to it.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013



DREAM POP - The self-titled, self-produced debut from Australia's GREYJOY drops later today. We have the great pleasure of unleashing the EP today. The duo of Karlin Courtney and Matt Crockett have crafted a synth dream world on this record, it showcases their musical chops and sharp production skills. These songs pluck on the timeline of listener's hearts, placing the audience in the world of early 1980s keyboard-driven yacht rock, all-the-while infusing the freshest energy of today's indie rock. The melodies here are just gorgeous. The first song I heard from the pair; Strangers is modern and scene setting. I can easily see it being used in film or television. Ethereal and dreamlike yet focused in the positive, this one's a winner.

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OLD JACK rocks it with Summertime


BOSTON, MA - One of New England's best live acts is rock 'n soul jammers Old Jack. The band have made a staple of their sound the last few years, riding atop the wave of New England acts to grace music festival stages, appeared on TV and Radio and are responsible for making some of Boston's sweetest sounds. Months ago the band recorded a number of songs for their White Label Series. Self-recorded and released songs intended to be dropped at different points throughout the coming year. Each was remarkable. The songs served as a bridge between what was and what will be. Last night, Boston music lovers got to hear "Summertime" get debuted by Anngelle Wood on the popular Boston Emissions radio program (on WZLX/CBS Radio). Tonight we debut the song worldwide. In the months that follow, Old Jack will be finalizing the track list for their new record - which we understand will tentatively be released during Old Jack's annual holiday party at The Sinclair in Harvard Square. You heard it from us.

THIS WEEKEND - If you're heading to the sold out Newport Folk Festival this weekend, you can catch Old Jack and friends at Old Jack's unofficial after party on Saturday, July 27 at Jimmy's Saloon (37 Memorial Drive, Newport, RI) with an amazing lineup: Kyle Martin, Tigerman WOAH, Nate Leavitt, and Cask Mouse. This is one sweet lineup sponsored by Narragansett Brewing. RSVP now.

 NEW SONG - Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Old Jack...

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tod Doyle and the Troubled

From the Mailbag

So, here's the deal. I can't begin to listen to, digest or publish everything we receive. About once or twice a month in 2013, I'll open new mail - and so long as the stuff is potentially of interest to our music-crazed audiences, we'll publish it. It gives everyone - no matter who you are, what kind of music you make, no matter your budget, a chance to reach our audience.

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This is TOD DOYLE, front-man for folk collective Tod Doyle and the Troubled. He writes songs and tells stories of the absurdities of life. Together with his posse of "the Troubled" he brings a passion for real music to each live performance, drawing the listener into his world, inviting the audience inside his troubled mind.

The band first formed in Budapest in 2012, and in the same year released their debut album "These days". They have since been hard at work touring and promoting the album across the water in Ireland and the UK, and were delighted to be finalists for the 2012 Music Review Unsigned Artist Awards in the category of newcomer of the year. This is new stuff to us, but what I think you'll find (as I have) that this one of the exceptional new sounds to meet my ears in 2013. Pretty sensational stuff!

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At just over $5 US, it would be dumb not to buy this album.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Okay Win

From the RSL Show Files
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May 4, 2013
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Newport Folk 2013 Sunday Schedule




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