Tedo Stone is set to release his sophomore effort on September 18th via This Is American Music. The first track, To The Marshes, is a groovy, fuzzed out summer jam. Here’s some of the info from the PR machine.

A lifetime of listening to classic country and soul artists like Patsy Cline and Otis Redding imbued the young songwriter with a retro pop and strong vocal appreciation from a young age, though finding his own voice has been an ongoing process. His 2013 debut album, Good Go Bad, saw Tedo delving into glam jams and alt country rock, though Stone admits he wasn’t fully assured of his sound yet.

While hanging out in Athens, Georgia and playing with the endless array of talented young musicians there, Stone realized his songs were sounding different live, evolving into a mixture of Dinosaur Jr’s wailing guitars and Neil Young’s raw emotion; and he liked it. Taking that new energy into the studio last year, Stone recorded Marshes straight to tape, live in a room with a core group of friends. Under the guidance of producer and engineer Drew Vandenberg (Deerhunter, of Montreal), Stone this time around establishes himself as a pure rock and roll songwriter, with invigorating rhythms, addictive hooks and keenly layered guitars.

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If you enjoy watching some guys beat the shit out of a mid-sized American sedan (circa 1984); you are in luck. White Reaper’s timely new video is exactly that for all of 1:54. The track is a quick blast of punk before you head out for the fireworks.

White Reaper’s Does It Again: a raucous debut full-length from a bunch of barely 20-somethings who have more fun on a Tuesday night than you do on a Saturday. The album will see the light of day on July 17th via the fine folks at Polyvinyl Records.

Recorded in White Reaper’s hometown of Louisville, KY, with engineer Kevin Ratterman (Young Widows, Coliseum), WRDIA is a pure rock ‘n’ roll adrenaline shot: vicious guitar scratches, elastic bass, sugary keyboard leads, and a thudding drums that will inevitably give your heartbeat a new rhythm.

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You have to have balls of steel or gobs of talent if you’re going to come off looking like Bob Dylan on your debut album cover. Fraser A. Gorman is a 24 year-old from Melbourne, Australia and while I can’t speak of his balls; I can most certainly speak to his talent. Like fellow Australian and good friend, Courtney Barnett, Gorman has delivered one of 2015′s outstanding debuts.

Unlike Barnett, who’s album routinely gets tagged with labels of slacker-rock and fuzzed-out, Gorman’s album is rooted in country and folk. The tie that binds these young Aussies together is their ability to craft some pretty stellar lyrics. Both Barnett and Gorman have this knack of paining vivid pictures in one verse, albeit Gorman’s seems to come from a person with an old soul.

On the opening track, Big Old World, Gorman opens the tune by singing over a gently strummed acoustic.

Its a big ol’ world out there this morning / It’s a tiny universe in an afternoon.
It’s a strange ol’ time to be in love with Elvis/ You better drink it up, it ain’t coming back around soon

The excellent lead single, Book of Love, is a very sarcastic play on a love tune which is made even more evident by the video. The closing verse is brilliant on this one.

I see you brought your mother along, oh no / I know she doesn’t like rock n; roll, but let’s go.

The opening verse of Broken Hands is another gem.

I’m a man but lately you don’t seem to wonder who I am / I’m a boy so won’t you let me be your evil toy; voodoo I’m alright
I got no soul cause country music sounds to me like rock n’ roll / turn up ol’ Hank up

Gorman’s debut is brilliant. He is a troubadour in every sense of the world. If you consider yourself a fan of Justin Townes Earle, Luke Winslow-King or Ryan Adams, run don’t walk to pick this one up. Once he makes his way over to the USA, he’s going to blow up.

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I’ve been meaning to post this for a week now. And with today’s monumental news about gay marriage, today seemed like the right time. Last year, the phenomenal label Paradise of Bachelors re-released the first openly themed country music album by Lavender Country to critical acclaim. Lavender Country was the moniker of Patrick Haggerty.

My long-time friend, Dan Taberski is producing a documentary about Patrick and what he’s doing today. To help assist with the costs, Dan has started a Kickstarter campaign. If there was ever a day to support a Kickstarter campaign, today is that day. Here is the link to make a donation. Just think how much this will piss of assclowns like Rick Santorum. Here is some info on the movie.

In 1973, Patrick Haggerty, the son of a dairy farmer in rural Washington State, released the first and only gay-themed country music album. Lavender Country became a lifeline of information to rural gays but with only 1000 copies made, the album soon disappeared and became a gay urban myth.

Forty years later and much to Haggerty’s surprise, Lavender Country was rediscovered, re-released, and is now being lauded by critics as “resonant and wonderful…a rare act of bravery and honesty.”

THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS revisits Haggerty — now in his 70s and singing “old songs to old folks” at senior living facilities — as he deals with the resurgence of a musical dream long since given up for dead. The documentary explores his unlikely personal journey, how he and a group of Seattle radicals co-opted an American artform ready-made for storytelling to tell their own story, and Patrick’s relationship to a music industry where “you can come out as gay but you still can’t get up and sing about it.”

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Widowspeak announce new album, All Yours, to be released on 9/4/15

June 25, 2015

Widowspeak are back with a new album set to be released via the fine folks at Captured Tracks. Combining the dreamy vocals of Molly Hamilton and the splendid playing of guitarist of Robert Earl Thomas, their last album Almanac was a real winner. I’ve seen them a few times and their sets never disappoint. Two [...]

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (album review)

June 24, 2015

Ed Droste recently tweeted that music reviews that mention an artist’s social profile are pointless or something akin to that. Respectfully I disagree with Ed. While I would never jump on board with a band because I liked their tweets, sometimes they provide a different perspective of what you thought they were about. Following UMO’s [...]

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Bully – Feels Like [album review]

June 22, 2015

While I may be a 45 y/o married father of three, sometimes I like to connect with my inner twenty-something feminine side. To be honest, I didn’t know I had one up until a month ago when Bully’s debut LP entered into my world. Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Feels Like travels at warp speed for [...]

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Phil Cook announces solo album Southland Mission – 9/11/15

June 11, 2015

I came to appreciate Phil Cook’s music during his time with Megafaun. HearYa even had the pleasure of doing a session with the guys back in 2010. Lately Cook has been producing albums and playing on other albums. In fact, the last two night I saw him as part of Hiss Golden Messenger’s band at [...]

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The Deslondes – s/t (album review)

June 9, 2015

During this past SXSW, I had the pleasure of standing in the rain and watching Run The Jewels absolutely kill it. Thirty minutes earlier I was standing in the historic Continental Club watching New Orleans act, The Deslondes, finish up an amazing set of Country-Soul Americana. It was like taking a 5 minute cab ride [...]

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RayLand Baxter – Imaginary Man out 8/14/15

June 8, 2015

I first caught wind of Rayland Baxter at SXSW 2013 when I stumbled hungover into his set on South Congress. With a belly full of Tex-Mex and a couple of Salty Dogs, Baxter eased me into another long day of SXSW. Since that day, I have spent considerable time with his 2012 debut feathers & [...]

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