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Five cool fellas from Australia are set to release their sophomore album, Sideways to New Italy on June 5th via the fine folks at Sub Pop. Everything they have released has been awesome. So it should come as no surprise when I tell you that the first single, She’s There, is pretty awesome. Here’s some info from the PR team.

The album is inspired by New Italy – a village near New South Wales’s Northern Rivers – the area Tussie is from. A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pit-stop of a place with fewer than 200 residents, it was founded by Venetian immigrants in the late-1800s and now serves as something of a living monument to Italians’ contribution to Australia, with replica Roman statues dotted like souvenirs on the otherwise rural landscape.

“I wanted to write songs that I could use as some sort of bedrock of hopefulness to stand on, something to be proud of,” says Keaney. “A lot of the songs on the new record are reaching forward and trying to imagine an idyll of home and love.” This is the bulk of Sideways to New Italy, which boasts love songs, and familiar voices and characters, grounding the band’s stories in their personal histories.

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You ever watch Kevin Durant’s pregame routine. He bounds around the court making all sorts of shots; threes from all over, bankshots, free throws, etc. Needless to say, the amount of work that goes into making it look effortless goes beyond anything I can comprehend. But the thing that strikes is the consistency; the way he rises, the arm angle, etc.

What does that have to do with Lilly Hiatt’s excellent new album? Well, she is just so consistent in her approach. While the songs aren’t repetitive by any stretch, they are all built on a tasty guitar lick before Lilly’s voice hooks me like a marlin as she paints these vignettes of good times and bad. Overall, this album is a little less personal than Trinity Lane and has a sound that leans a little more to the rock side than the Americana side.

The album has a few timely tracks for our self-isolation. P-Town tackles a shitty day with humor and exasperation. Candy Lunch wants you to be able to deal with the shit we can’t control; make the best of the situation. Drawl wants us to find the beauty in the simple things; something I have been trying to do these last couple of weeks. Hiatt continues to cement her place at the table of the best songwriters around these days. She is as consistent as they come.

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Deeper – Auto-Pain (album review)

by Woody on March 28, 2020

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About a year or so ago, I took my wife to see Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Deeper at Lincoln Hall. Didn’t know how much she would like Deeper but a few songs in, she leaned over and said they sound like a punk band covering The Cure, or I guess The Cure covering some punk songs.

Following up their 2018 s/t debut, this album feels leaner and more to the point. The jagged guitar licks and Nic Gohl’s vocals cut right to bone and creates a tension that I am unable shake throughout. Bassist Drew McBride, and drummer Shiraz Bhatti are on point throughout. While they don’t sound anything like The National, the rhythm section reminds me of how it takes me couple of listens of their albums to fully digest what they’re doing and really appreciate it.

Inspired by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World, the timing of this album feels like it was preordained for these crazy times with Chicago’s weather particularly gray and dreary. As the listener I am on edge throughout and sucked into their sphere.

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Cable Ties – Far Enough (album review)

by Woody on March 26, 2020

The Melbourne trio’s Merge debut is the jolt you need. If you’re like me and staying the fuck inside your house these last two weeks, this album will be the charge to your nether regions that will shake you out of your doldrums.

The albums opens up with Hope, something that we’re all clinging to these days. The tune sounds like Heartless Bastards cranking a punk tune; something I am here for. While about bigger macro issues than Covid-19, it does ring true during these times. Stop sitting on your ass. Try to make a positive impact. And if you can’t do that, the least you can do is stop being a cunt and think about others during these trying times.

A track I really like is Sandcastles. It’s got a bit of Sleater-Kinney feel to it, with the call and response. Best I can tell is that lead singer has an issue with people just criticizing someone who’s trying to make a difference cause you don’t agree with every single thing.

Merge has done it again. If you like your rocking with some social conscious, run don’t walk to this album.

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Why Bonnie announces Voice Box EP for 4/10 release

March 25, 2020

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana Austin based Why Bonnie is set to release the Voice Box EP via the fine folks at Fat Possum. NPR had this to say and they sort of nailed it – “Blair Howerton writes glossy, synth- and string-inflected guitar-pop songs that fit a mighty, beating heart underneath all the gleaming hooks.” […]

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High Waisted announce Sick of Saying Sorry for 5/22 release

March 25, 2020

Photo Cred: Daniel Topete High Waisted, the NYC duo of Jessica Louise Dye (vox/guitar) and Jono Bernstein (drums) are set to release Sick of Saying Sorry on 5/22. Was hoping to catch them down in Austin as their music has a knack for putting a smile on my face. Here’s some info on the album […]

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Control Top – One Good Day

March 25, 2020

Photo by Kevin Condon Philly’s post-punk trio have followed up their 2019 Covert Contracts with a new track titled One Good Day. I caught them last year at SXSW in a small room and they blew what’s left of my hair back. This track sounds a little like Priests. Here’s vocalist Ali Carter on the […]

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Jamie Wyatt announces Neon Cross for 5/1

March 24, 2020

Photo By Magdalena Wosinska Jamie Wyatt is set to release Neon Cross on 5/1 via the fine folks at New West. Shooter Jennings produced the album and based on the first two tracks; they seem to have stretched the outlaw twang label a bit. Here’s Wyatt on the track below, Just A Woman. Wyatt had […]

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Hala announces Red Herring for 5/1 release

March 24, 2020

Photo by Zach Hagy Hala, the project of Detroit-based musician Ian Ruhala is set to release his new album of power pop on 5/1 via the fine folks at Cinematic Music Group. Check out the new track, Why Do You Want Anything To Do With Me?, below. Here’s some info on the track. “Lyrically I […]

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Mapache – From Liberty Street

March 23, 2020

Photo by Matt Correia God damn. This album came at a perfect time. It is a breezy and sunny 40 minute indulgence in twang-folk that has the perfect amount of spice to make it stand out. The duo of Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch combine wonderful melodies and harmonies throughout. As I described to my […]

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