Photo by Lance Lee

Idle Bloom is a Nashville quartet that we’ve posted about a couple of times in the past. I’ve cited their 90’s indie influence a couple of times, and this track, Seeping In, is no different. But I will say, this is my favorite track they’ve done. The band did a cool breakdown of the track on CoS. Here’s some info on the band.

Idle Bloom are an indie rock four-piece that explores sound texture with cascading guitars, lush harmonies, propelling drums, and a fierce range of emotive sincerity. Founded in 2014, the band consists of guitarist/singer Olivia Scibelli, bassist Katie Banyay, drummer Weston Sparks, and guitarist/singer Gavin Schriver. They were named by Rolling Stone as “an underground Nashville band reclaiming Music City,” and have drawn comparisons to Dinosaur Jr. and Belly.

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Pip Blom announces Paycheck EP for 10/5 release

by Woody on September 20, 2018

Photo credit: Ronald van Mil

A couple of years ago, I posted a track by Dutch artist, Pip Blom. At that point, I said I was anxious where she was headed. Well now, I know a and I’m pretty pleased. Here’s some more info from the PR squad.

Pip Blom is a phenomenal young indie rock band from Amsterdam that’s been making waves in England, a BBC radio darling touring with Franz Ferdinand and The Breeders. Pip Blom is both the name of the band and its leader, a dynamic 22-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist. Paycheck, the group’s new EP, is a roaring, attitude-laden offering that maintains their playfulness and knack for melody that’s earned comparisons to Blur and Courtney Barnett.

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Night Shop – In The Break (album review)

by Woody on September 19, 2018

Photo Credit: Kevin Gossett

After twenty years behind the kit, Justin Sullivan pops up front and delivers one of my favorite debuts of 2018. Most recently Sullivan has been playing with Kevin Morby’s band and like Morby, Night Shop’s music is timeless and effortless. His lyrics come out so natural, almost as if they are a running commentary of what he’s thinking; like he’s talking to a buddy at the end of the bar.

Joined by a whole host of friends including Meg Duffy, Anna St. Louis and Will Ivy; Sullivan’s seasoned vocals work oh so well with a musical style that’s reminiscent of late 50s/early 60s. The second track, the lovely and rueful If You Remember has a melody and tempo that reminded me of Via Chicago. Ship Has Sailed is another lovely track, seeing Sullivan full of regret over a lost relationship. Conversely, Here With Me Now, celebrates enjoying the time spent with a lover. Meg’s backing vocals on that track are simply delightful. Not to be outdone, Anna backs Sullivan up on a couple of tracks; my favorite being the closer Where Does Everyone Go?; really adding a punch to the album’s finish.

In The Break is the type of album that feels like it has been in my collection for years. Granted, I am unabashed fan of all things Morby, but this more than exceeded my expectations.

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Looks Night Shop has a Facebook page

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Photo by Justin Borucki

Bill Schalda raised his sons, WIll (aka Swivs), Paul and Carmine to have a healthy appreciation for group harmonies. A couple of his boys wound up playing with Charles Bradley before his untimely passing. Needless to say, these guys can play. Here’s a little more on the album due out this Friday.

They’ve come together with friends from the Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band and more, to create an album that features harmonic sensibilities rooted in doo wop, blues and soul. Out September 21 via Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records and produced by longtime Charles Bradley collaborator Thomas Brenneck.

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The Sha La Das are on Facebook

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The Dirty Nil – Master Volume (album review)

September 17, 2018

Photo Credit: Vanessa Heins The Dirty Nil are an Ontario trio (Luke Bentham, Ross Miller and Luke Fisher) that falls somewhere on the line between White Reaper and Diarrhea Planet, two bands that have responsible for some of the best sets of music I’ve seen these last few years. The reason that bands like them […]

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Axis: Sova announces Shampoo You for 11/16 release

September 17, 2018

Photo Credit: Grant Engstrom Axis: Sova, the Chicago trio of Brett Sova, Tim Kaiser (guitar) and Jeremy Freeze (bass) are back with their 3rd album, Shampoo You via Drag City imprint, God? Records. This track seems to have a little more direction than their earlier stuff. I’m anxious to hear some more. Here’s some more […]

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Grapetooth announce s/t debut album for 11/9 release

September 14, 2018

Photo by Alex Hupp Grapetooth, the Chicago duo of Chris Bailoni and Clay Franke, have been creating quite the buzz round here. Their live shows are supposed to be absurd in all the right ways. As I told their PR guru, their synth-based music is pretty far removed from my typical wheelhouse; yet I find […]

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Saintseneca – Pillar of Na (album review)

September 13, 2018

Photo Credit: Nick Fancher Pillar of Na sees Zac Little and company expanding on their musical palette without losing touch with that hybrid of punk/Appalachian folk that endeared them to many. Sometimes it is easy to forget that our favorite bands are not machines, yet people that are constantly evolving. But for the listener, or […]

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Gold Star – Uppers & Downers (album review)

September 11, 2018

Credit: Mic Becker Marlon Rabenreither, the man behind Gold Star, has been a steady presence in my musical rotation since I stumbled across a set by him and his band at SXSW ’17. On Big Blue, released later that year, Rabenreither’s portrayed someone who’d been through some shit. On every track, the protagonist portrayed someone […]

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Charles Bradley announces posthumous album, Black Velvet for 11/9 release

September 6, 2018

photo: Isaac Sterling The world seems to be beating me down day by day, but every once in a while you get a bit of news that shines through the clouds. A posthumous album by Charles Bradley was today’s ray of sunshine. The track below is everything you want and the video makes me miss […]

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