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Porridge Radio hail from Brighton. Today Brighton play Arsenal, the team I support in English Football. I like this song. Maybe by posting a Brighton band with a favorable mention, the Gods will spare me from another miserable Arsenal performance later. What does this have to do with Porridge Radio? Nothing. Here’s some info on the video.

The “Lilac” video was directed by El Hardwick and features Margolin. “I don’t want to get bitter, I want us to get better, I want us to be kinder to ourselves and to each other” she sings to a crescendo – the pinnacle of the angst-driven therapy she has spent expertly carving out since the formation of the band.

“I wanted to find some power in powerlessness,” says Margolin. “I was thinking about love and control and the things out of my control, and how fragile and incapable depression can make you feel. I was thinking about the way you can feel so close to someone that it’s like their body is your body, like there’s no separation between you, but you can’t stop things disintegrating. It’s a song about finding some hope and some future within that.”

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Texas heavyweights, Khruangbin and Leon Bridges have teamed up for an EP next year. This is a nice blend of two artists that are putting their stamp on the music of today. Here’s how the EP came about.

Texas Sun started on the road and wrapped up in the studio. Both Bridges and Khruangbin had been touring nonstop behind their acclaimed sophomore LPs when their paths converged for a joint North American tour in 2018, a run of shows stretching from Los Angeles to New York. Although both of their musical lanes were slightly different, they shared a dusty, laid back vibe. When a Khruangbin session yielded a song that seemed like it might pair well with Bridges’ voice, the band sent it over. Bridges returned the track with his vocals the very next day. They all soon decamped to the studio with engineer Steve Christensen, hoping to make it into a B-side. But everything flowed so naturally, it was obvious this would be something bigger, leading to Texas Sun.

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Hinds – Riding Solo (music video)

by Woody on December 3, 2019

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Me: I wonder if Hinds can get any better after 2018’s I Don’t Run.

Hinds: Hold my beer

Seriously, if you don’t enjoy the music of Hinds, you should have a long look in the mirror.

“Riding Solo” finds Hinds at their absolute best yet. A band that has grown as musicians before our eyes, Hinds take a massive leap in songwriting and production to craft one of their catchiest songs ever that still remains quintessentially Hinds. “feeling lonely is one of the most common human feelings, right?” Hinds ask. “well, being a musician doesn’t really help. your whole life is constantly moving and the only thing that remains is yourself. and dealing with yourself, oh gosh, we all know how boring and angering that can be. ‘riding solo’ is about this. about us. perpetually on the move, being everywhere and nowhere at the same time. surrounded by strangers most time of the day, being 9 hours time difference from our people and what we call home, living and dying por y para la música.”

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Atlanta’s Arbor Labor Union are back with the follow up to 2016’s I Hear You. New Petal Instants will be out on 2/7 via Arrowhawk Records. They seemed to lean a little bit more into some Americana vibes on this first track. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

While the members of Atlanta’s Arbor Labor Union are involved in and influenced by the scene and ideology of DIY punk and hardcore, they are indebted to Cosmic Americana Music, Whitman-esque optimism and appreciation toward nature, and the working-class sympathies of Woody Guthrie. In their words, “CCR meets The Minute Men.”

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Sadler Vaden announces Anybody Out There? for 3/6/20

November 21, 2019

Photo credit: Bridgette Aikens Sadler Vaden is set to release his follow up to his 2016 debut LP. He’ll be taking some time off from his “day-job” of playing guitar in Jason Isbell’s band to release Anybody Out There via the fine folks at Dirty Mag Records / Thirty Tigers. Here’s some info via the […]

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Loose Buttons announce debut LP, Something Better for 2/7 release

November 20, 2019

NY four-piece, Loose Buttons are set to release their debut LP next Feb. IF you consider yourself a fan of White Reaper, I’d certainly check out the video below. Here is some info from the PR team. Something Better follows Loose Buttons’ 2017 EP Sundays, which helped the band earn their first critical praise and […]

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Dogleg – Fox (music video)

November 19, 2019

CREDIT: Kris Herrmann Dogleg is a four-piece punk outfit out of Michigan and I am a fan. C’mon, a long-haired shirtless drummer hearkens back to a simpler time. Dogleg will have an album coming out next on Triple Crown. Time to get excited. Here’s a little blurb from their PR team. “Play fast.” It’s a […]

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The Secret Sisters announce Saturn Return for 2/28/20 release

November 18, 2019

The Secret Sisters, Laura and Lydia Rogers, are back with their follow-up to 2017’s excellent You Don’t Own Me Anymore. Saturn Return is the second record with New West and produced by Brandi Carlile and Phil and Tim Hanseroth. Here’s some info from the PR squad. The album is named after an astrological occurrence in […]

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Futurebirds announce Teamwork for 1/15/20

November 13, 2019

Athens’ finest road warriors are back with their first LP since 2015’s Hotel Parties. And based on the first couple of tracks, we are due for a ripping good batch of Southern rock reverb soaked psychedelia. The boys will be releasing the album on their own label, VL4L Records. Here’s a link to when the […]

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Ratboys announce Printer’s Devil for 2/28/20 release

November 13, 2019

Ratboys, the Chicago based band, that is built on the duo of Julia Steiner and Dave Fagan have become one of my favorites over the last couple of years. Their unique tales sung to their own brand of indie make them an easy band to reach for. Printer’s Devil is out on 2/28/20 via the […]

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