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Friday, February 15, 2019

Daphne Lee Martin & Kieran Ledwidge

WORLD PREMIERE


Already responsible for releasing one of the most quiet and devastatingly personal albums of 2018, Daphne Lee Martin embarks this month on a Winter Tour of the same name. To celebrate the kick off of the Scared Fearless Tour, the songstress agreed to let us unveil a new video; Sentimental Pessimism - featuring the talented Kieran Ledwidge




Expect amazing things on this short run of dates. Martin is hard at work on her new album, 'The Starter Wife' which will feature the song. You heard it here first!

SCARED FEARLESS 
Winter Tour Dates

FEB 15 FRI
The Chubby Pickle
Highlands, NJ
FEB 16 SAT
Studio Ga Ga
Washington, DC
FEB 19 TUE
Waller's Coffee Shop
Decatur, GA
FEB 20 WED
Fox's Lair
Augusta, GA
FEB 24 SUN
The Neutral Ground
New Orleans, LA
FEB 26 TUE
The Bowery Vault
Nashville, TN
FEB 27 WED
LetterSong Art Studio
Louisville, KY
FEB 28 THU
Lynagh's Irish Pub
Lexington, KY
MAR 1 FRI
Hambone's
Pittsburgh, PA
MAR 2 SAT
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY


Daphne Lee Martin
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"18 Best of 2018"

Kieran Ledwidge
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Something to Love from Idyll Green (Jukebox Gentleman)




When you look up to realize you've found yourself in a world gone mad... love is what you need. The absolute perfect pick-me-up this Valentine's Day is this brand new number from R&B-influenced Idyll Green from San Antonio. The new song is Jukebox Gentleman and it features a beat that cannot (will not) be ignored.




Idyll Green are brothers Rene, Jaime and Abe Villanueva. The trio, previously known as Hacienda, first came to my gaze back in 2009 as the backing band for Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. (It's very likely that the best thing Auerbach will ever do on an album appears on his 2010 solo debut 'Keep It Hid' which featured the fellas from Idyll Green.) Possibly the best live show I ever saw at the Paradise Club in Boston. Super excited about this return!




The new stuff is high energy, laced with R&B and a departure from their rock past. It is a huge return to form for the vital, high energy music from Shakedown. I couldn't be happier to run this on Valentine's Day. And delighted to give you something to love!



IDYLL GREEN
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Saturday, February 09, 2019

New and Amazing: Sharon Van Etten - No One's Easy to Love

One of the more rewarding and reliably great things in music is new Sharon Van Etten. She has such a depth to her voice and her songwriting is so intimate and .... challenging. So now has been looking forward to the new full length, Remind Me Tomorrow, more than me. (Yes, there have been song releases and collaborations but it's been a long wait since 2014's Are We There.) 




Today's spotlight song is a new song from the record. "No One's Easy to Love" is the singer's latest twisted tale of loss. It's morose and beautifully edgy but not angry. This is life after love. The protagonist here clearly still cares but her heart has been condemned. Van Etten's turn of phrase and breathy vocal incantations are pretty brilliant on this recording. Fantastic album. She's at the Beacon in New York City tonight. Happy Valentine's Day Week.



Yes, there were jerks recalling the years of love's past
As you opened the door and told me how you loved me so much
The resistance to feeling something that you put down before
But keep quiet of it as you could not face it anymore

Too much has changed, I can’t let you walk in in the night
I wish away my love, leave with the dawn
Acting as if all the pain in the world was my fault
Leave me here, my love, don't say goodbye

No one's easy to love
Don’t look down, my dear, don't be surprised
No one's easy to love
Don't look back, my dear, just say you tried

There was a question you asked, "Is your father a man?"
No, but I think you should do ask of yourself the same

What is the difference between now and then? I'm not sure
Prove me wrong, my dear, don't say I lied

No one's easy to love
Don’t look down, my dear, don't be surprised
No one's easy to love
Don't look back, my dear, just say you tried




SHARON VAN ETTEN
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