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These guys have a cool back story. Check it out below and get ready for their debut EP.

Founded and fronted by singer-songwriters and Broadway actors, Eryn Murman and Jason Hite, 5j Barrow have built a loyal following on the streets of New York City. With performances everywhere from the open air of Washington Square Park to Rockwood Music Hall and the historic Apollo Theatre, they “draw sonic inspiration from acts ranging from Avett Brothers and The Civil Wars.” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine) In 2014, the band was named “Best Band in NY” after winning The Greene Space WNYC / WQXR’s Battle of the Boroughs 2014. That year also saw the release of the “rollicking, energetic [record]” (Indie-Minded), From the Dim, Sweet Light.

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Matador found some tremendous success with a young East Coast female artist last year in Lucy Dacus. And as the excellent NY Times piece pointed out, there is no shortage of young talented female artists out there to enjoy. So Matador has added the 18 y/o Lindsey Jordan, aka Snail Mail, to the roster. And based on her 2016 EP and this Tiny Desk concert here, it will be another fine addition to the roster. Here’s a little more info on Lindsey.

Snail Mail’s Habit EP was quickly noticed by both national press outlets and touring bands alike, landing Jordan the kind of attention that most of Mary Timony’s guitar students (yes, for real, she’s been classically trained for over thirteen years AND studied under fellow Matador guitar wiz Timony, while also juggling hockey practice) can only dream of — a New York Times Sunday Arts cover, a Pitchfork Rising feature, a FADER Gen F feature, a spotlight in V Magazine, and tours with Girlpool, Priests, and Waxahatchee.

Check out her Tiny Desk concert here

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Snail Mail is here

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Elliott BROOD – Ghost Gardens (album review)

by Woody on September 19, 2017

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Photo: Trevor Weeks

I was trading texts with Oz (remember him) about this album. In response to his query to whether Ghost Gardens was any good, I answered with, “Really good. What you’ve come to expect from them.” And that is some great alt-country.

Ghost Gardens, the sixth LP by the Canadian trio has an interesting back story. The songs of Ghost Gardens were all born some 15 years ago. The demos and outlines of the tracks were recently found in an old suitcase in a garage. Soon enough Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin were breathing life into them to create another gem of an album.

The album is 11 tracks long and the boys do a nice of mixing things up throughout. The album opens with four upbeat BROOD tracks culminating in 2 4 6 8, a track that opens with a dark, foreboding banjo riff before exploding with punk energy. The track about a traumatic event that Sasso witnessed on TV as a kid is all over the place, constantly changing tempos with crunching guitars and Pitkin pounding away. It is as brilliant as anything they’ve done.

The albums slows a bit after that but the quality never does. Adeline is a wonderful and sparse track, almost lullaby-like. The Widower is a great track with some wonderful harmonies, Sasso sounds like he’s in the next room as his voice joins in with Laforet; making it even more poignant. For The Girl gently closes the proceedings with some tasty mando.

The boys have been a HearYa staple since we started this thing 10 years ago. Ghost Gardens is a great addition to their excellent catalog.

Our 2009 live session w/ Elliott BROOD is here

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Elliott BROOD is here

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It has been over three years since Roadkill Ghost Choir released the excellent In Tongues, an album that made our way into 50 favorites of 2014. That album was built more around Americana, with liberal use of steel guitar and banjo. A fact that was reinforced in our live session. For this new album, they’ve changed in style. They’re working in more synths and trying to take on more of a War On Drugs feeling, something they address below. Honestly, I like the new tune below but I really don’t know fully how I feel about the transition. But I am looking forward to hearing the full LP.

Shepard is pointed in the departure from their familiar Americana sound, confirming “there is no banjo” on False Youth Etcetera. This desire to explore new musical terrain was only bolstered by Shepard’s adoration for similar sonic explorations and artists transcending their genre to create a unique sound – rooted in influences such as The War On Drugs, Neu! and Bruce Springsteen. The result is an album that clearly and beautifully delivers the group to a whole new infectious, cosmic terrain.

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Deer Tick – Vol 1 & Vol. 2 (album review)

September 15, 2017

Photo credit – Laura Partain I’m happy to say I was there when the boys found renewed vigor for recording new music. After scrapping some stuff they did in 2015, the boys met for their traditional run during the Newport Folk Festival in 2016 and creative juices began to flow. Easy to see how; as [...]

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Julia Jacklin releases Eastwick / Cold Caller 7″ tomorrow

September 14, 2017

photo credit: Nick McKinlay I became positively infatuated with Julia Jacklin last year when she released Don’t Let The Kids Win. It was one of my favorites of 2016. Now she’s release a 7″ tomorrow. Here’s some more info on Cold Caller. “I started writing this song when my older sister told me she was [...]

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Cut Worms signs to Jagjaguwar – Alien Sunset EP out on 10/20

September 14, 2017

Cut Worms, aka Max Clarke, has just signed to Jagjaguwar. To celebrate they are releasing an EP of some demos before his full-length LP in 2018. The music comes off something from yesteryear. It is folk in nature but has some hints of glam to it. I’m digging the EP something fierce. Get excited for [...]

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Blitzen Trapper announce Wild & Reckless – 11/3/17

September 13, 2017

Earlier this year, Portland’s Blitzen Trapper had a 28 show run of a stage production titled Wild & Reckless. From that this new LP was born, one that they are describing as a dark dystopian vision. And interestingly enough, they are billing it as the true follow-up to 2008′s Furr, an album that we here [...]

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Kyle Craft announces Girl Crazy series

September 12, 2017

Kyle Craft had just finished recording his follow up to the xxxx Dolls Of Highland when he and his band recorded a Jenny Lewis tune for the heck of that. That turned out to be good clean fun so they kept on recording tracks by some of their favorite female artists. Now they’re going to [...]

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Langhorne Slim announces Lost At Last Vol. 1 – 11/10/17

September 12, 2017

Photo Credit: Harvey Robinson I had a re-awakening of sorts with Langhorne Slim last year. I was walking down the street on my first night at Newport Folk Festival and came upon a live show by Slim. My friend Nick and I ducked in to catch the set. We had a grand ol’ time remembering [...]

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