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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Rosebuds - Blue Eyes




One of the very first times I fell for a new band while writing for this website (and not just as a indie rock junkie) was The Rosebuds. It was late in 2006 and I remember being excited I had found this "new sound" before the rest of the world. Well, I was right in that they are extraordinary, but by the time they had met my ears, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp had already been playing music together for five years. That was nearly eight years ago.





After spending the better part of two years apart, working on their own projects, Ivan and Kelly have reunited to record a new album. That unison of sound and energy has never been made more clear. Let's stir up some appreciation for this one... "Blue Eyes" is the first single off of Sand + Silence. The video was directed by Tighe Boudreaux Kellner. For those who already appreciate the band, the fresh element in the sound could come from the Justin Vernon-influence. Ivan and Kelly spent a week with Vernon, who the world at large knows as Bon Iver, at his Wisconsin studio April Base. This is your first dip. Catch them at Austin City Limits on October 4 and 11.




THE ROSEBUDS
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Foreign Fields - Little Lover





Making magical, delicate folk and electronic haze - FOREIGN FIELDS hail from the wintry plains of Wisconsin and have since relocated to Tennessee which is where they toil on their music these days. We've actually worked with them closely the last few years: the band were out on the Outlaw Roadshow National tour opening up for Counting Crows - exposing tens of thousands of people in those audiences to the prowess of their vision. We've been treated to private concerts and the band have played our festival showcases each of the last two years. It's been a great run, and things are looking even before moving forward. 

There's new material in the works, a follow-up to their masterful debut full length LP "Anywhere But Where I Am". The strength of this band is how powerfully their music can lift you away. Surrender to the music.



Foreign Fields
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Let's Go To The Vamp by AUDREY RYAN




AUDREY RYAN is every bit what local art is all about. Whether attending the show of a musical friend, sponsoring a night of live entertainment through her Loft Series concerts or by collaborating on a stage, she is a shining example of art surviving, even thriving, in the absence of a corporate-heavy industrial machine. The EP Lets Go to the Vamp is a collection of five songs, most of which are loops she performs live with multiple instruments such as vibraphone, omnichord, banjo, kazoo, and xylophone.



Lets Go to the Vamp - These songs sound so good! Audrey Ryan is at the top of her game and clearly one of the best songwriters in New England music today. Audrey admits “Oh, the Ego" captures the thoughts running through her head as she decided she wanted to give up the musician lifestyle while still needing to make music. And she certainly has.

Engineered and produced by Will Dailey and released on Wheelkick Records, Audrey was able to collaborate with a seasoned pro and friend to create a fresh collection of her music while not loosing sight of what makes this indie darling’s live show dynamic and wild. 

Since releasing her debut record Passing Thru almost ten years ago, Audrey has been performing regionally and on the road touring in the US and Europe. She has released her last four albums Dishes & Pills (2007), I Know, I Know (2009), Thick Skin (2011), and Sirens (2012) on Folkwit Records in the UK. Overall this music blends together early influences of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, John Fahy, and Dylan with contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Feist, and Sharron Van Etten





AUDREY RYAN
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Monday, September 15, 2014

For Those Who Stay - new by PS I LOVE YOU




Hailing from Kingston, Ontario, PS I LOVE YOU have a wild, experimental sound that's all their own. This duo's take on experimental presentation allows them to stand out from both their Canadian peers and on the international stage. Now touring behind their third full-length, For Those Who Stay, this is the music video for the title track. Shot and Edited by Christopher Mills (Number FourFilms Incorporated), the short film is an exhibit of the soaring sound the band have becomes known for. PS I Love You are Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson.




Announced Upcoming Dates
11-21-14 Birmingham, UK @ The Hare and Hounds*
11-22-14 Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast*
11-24-14 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club*
11-25-14 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen*
11-26-14 London, UK @ Islington Assembly*
11-29-14 Munster, GE @ Gleiss22*
12-1-14 Cologne, GE @ Luxor*
12-2-14 Hamburg, GE @ Knust*
12-3-14 Berlin, GE @ Lido*
12-4-14 Munich, GE @ Atomic Café*
12-5-14 Frankfurt, GE @ Zoom*
12-11-14 Paris, FR @ Flèche d'Or ^
12-12-15 Lyon, FR @ Marché Gare ^
12-13-15 Nîmes, FR @ Paloma ^

* with The Rural Alberta Advantage
^ with The Wytches


PS I LOVE YOU
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Young Wild



ONE TO WATCH - We're following the exploits of many emerging bands. One of those is California's YOUNG WILD who just released a new EP album called "For Now Not Forever." This is the new new video for the catchy lead single "Moment Goes" - you can catch the band on tour right now with Barcelona. Young Wild are Gareth Moore, Jarel Paguio, Calen Lucas, Bryan B. William and Brandon Zedaker.

Live Shows This Week
09/13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
09/15 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
09/16 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
09/17 - Dallas, TX - The Loft





YOUNG WILD
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

This is SOFT PYRAMIDS



NEW MUSIC - AVAILABLE SEPT 30

Probably the best new song in my inbox this week. 

Our Spotlight Artist today is Somerville, MA's SOFT PYRAMIDS - Here's "Waning Moon," the first single from their exciting new record Fossils of the Free World. It's the band's first full-length out Sept 30, 2014 on 12-inch vinyl and for digital download. Soft Pyramids are Dwight Hutchenson, Jon Christensen, Matthew Glover, Shaun Curran and Aaron Spransy. The band want you to have the song, so go ahead and download it! 



SOFT PYRAMIDS
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New FIELD REPORT

This new video for "Home (Leave the Lights On)" stars Field Report's Chris Porterfield, along with his old Ford pickup truck and a gorgeous but bleak landscape. "The body remembers what the mind forgets," Porterfield reminisces.. 



Field Report's sophomore record, Marigolden (Oct 7) looks to contain a number of references to the inevitable tolls taken by the passage of time, and prolonged distance from home and loved ones. If this story is autobiographical it could be talking about Porterfield's time spent on the road since 2012 - when the band's Partisan record debut appeared, a time period that saw them debut at The Outlaw Roadshow Austin. And then taken on the national tour of the same name with Counting Crows. That would be followed by even more dates with Aimee Mann, then solo dates, then more in support..The band has done nothing but play on the road - and clearly, Porterfield has been writing. The new stuff is sounding truly epic though and the band in inevitably all the better for their hard work and dedication.

ABOUT THE VIDEO - Directed by Black Box Visuals, the gorgeous scenes of summer in the Midwest are a character in and of themselves, setting a backdrop for Chris as he wearily drives from place to place, evocative of the song's lyrical themes.


October 7 for Marigolden


Tour Dates:
9/30: Bowery Electric // New York, NY
10/1: Gypsy Sally's // Washington, DC
10/2: Underground Arts // Philadelphia, PA
10/7: The Bishop // Bloomington, IN
10/8: Zanzabar // Louisville, KY
10/9: Mercy Lounge (High Watt) // Nashville, TN
10/11: Hootenanny Harvest Festival // Hannibal, MO
10/12: The Tank Room // Kansas City, MO
10/14: The Varsity Theater // Minneapolis, MN
10/15: The Frequency // Madison, WI
10/16: The Treehouse // Ames, IA
10/17: Daytrotter @ Codfish Hollow // Maquoketa, IA
10/22: The Pabst Theater // Milwaukee, WI
11/6: Meyer Theater // Green Bay, WI
11/7: House of Rock // Eau Claire, WI
11/8: Schubas // Chicago, IL


Field Report
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

This is BUFFALO STACK




At the center of BUFFALO STACK are the husband and wife team of Andy Stack and Tania Elizabeth - a pair of musicians who met in a New York club one night watching a friend play live. Andy had already proven his chops over the years as a working musician in NY and had toured the globe but was on the verge of moving away - until that night when he met Tania - who is the fiddle player for The Avett Brothers. There was instant magic. Within seven months they were married and playing shows together as The Stacks.

One night at Levon Helm’s Barn they heard Lee Falco (drums), Brandon Morrison (bass) and Connor Kennedy tearing it up. The 5 became fast friends and Andy invited Lee and Brandon to come record at his house. Their virtuosic playing combined with Andy’s songs, voice and guitar beautifully. Over 6 months they crafted a lush, soulful Roots/Rock album, with his wife Tania adding string sections and vocals, Jeremy Baum on keys, Rich Hinman on Pedal Steel and a horn section by Andy’s former bandmates Fred Reiter and Kevin Batchelor from his days with the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble...Buffalo Stack was born. 

Have a listen to this one from the new album!

Advanced show notice
Atwood's Taven 
Sept 16 - Cambridge, MA


BUFFALO STACK
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Monday, September 08, 2014

This is Jeremy Loops

New Music from Cape Town, South Africa


BIO: Juxtaposing booming city rhythms with lilting folk, Jeremy Loops perfectly captures the duality of his South African life. The extremes aren't new to the singer, who by day travels to the furthest corners of Africa to battle deforestation through his organization, Greenpop, and by night resumes as raconteur for raucous fans around the world.



JEREMY LOOPS
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Friday, September 05, 2014

Dan Blakeslee - Owed To The Tanglin' Wind


NEW AND NOW AVAILABLE

Owed To The Tanglin' Wind is a celebration of blue collar art and life - songs presented through raconteur story-telling and grandiose instrumentation. The record is bolstered through unconventional production values and from the artist's unique vision. Featuring members of The Low Anthem (among others,) it's an unexpected pocket of brilliance. I have long since come to expect quirky beauty from Dan Blakeslee. He's a truly gifted designer and illustrator and those qualities shine through in his songcraft. And as with Blakeslee's line-drawings and illustrations, he uses his hands and will to free-hand, carve, scuff and layer the songs on this record. To even those of us who have known him for years, it's pretty clear Dan has been holding back something great. Here it is.




Please forgive me while I search my memory banks for runs of songs with similar styling. If I go all the way back to 1970, the year which Bob Dylan released two unlikely albums: New Morning and Self Portrait, you can find some rather interesting creative similarities worth considering. Dylan here gleefully escaped the grandiose social commentary cliches and romantic ideals of the Sixties records. And in their place? Triumphant songs of the soul and expressions of the moment. Some focused and precise. Some, decidedly, not so.

New Morning, the second of the two releases, was received more warmly for it's superior songwriting and original ballads of American biography. Self Portrait, meanwhile, was a hugely satisfying foray into the celebration of folk and country's past through jangly imprecise, whiskey-soaked vision. The songs were about gerrymandering and lost love. It was a fitting foil to the more delicate New Morning, which appeased critics but was equally as defiant in its departure from the artist's own celebrated past. (Think of these two records as odd-fellow book ends from the same creator in the same year, the likes of which the world wouldn't see again until Tom Waits released Alice and Blood Money in 2002. Not important for this reference, but I'm a true music geek.) After years of listening, I feel these two albums from Dylan were inspirational for a number of modern performers' focus - probably most notably Tom Petty's resurrection in the Nineties with Wildflowers. Dylan is influential here in style, for Blakeslee as well.  





Do I feel Blakeslee was directly influenced by these two Dylan LPs? Perhaps not (I feel that Petty almost certainly was, though). I do feel that Blakeslee and Dylan likely stopped beneath the same shady tree of creativity at some interval, pausing to dip a hand in the cool waters of the same cosmic oasis for a time. In art and in life, these things happen.

There are so many interesting parallels here that I found it was impossible not to mention. Blakeslee's focus on storytelling and his patented disregard for protocol are one thing he and Dylan have in come. Blakeslee's easy country vibe is also eerily similar to Dylan's - especially on Self Portrait, some 44 years later. So good. And if it sounds like I've spent a lot of time on all of these records, you would be right.

Dan Blakeslee is a singer-songwriter for you to know. Owed To The Tanglin' Wind is added to our Best of 2014 List. You'll need this one. 




DAN BLAKESLEE
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