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Kyle Craft is an artist that has been a staple in my rotation over the last couple of years. He’s now got himself a permanent backing band that he’s calling Showboat Honey and coincidentally, that’s what he’s calling his upcoming release on Sub Pop. Here’s some info from the PR team.

After years of touring, two LPs with Sub Pop Records, and solidifying the band, he’s since grown into a prodigious songwriter, to say the least. The band recorded Showboat Honey—co-produced by Craft, Clark, and Slater—at their own Moonbase Studios in Portland over 2018. “We approached this record differently for sure,” Craft says. “I’d make a demo, and after putting the songs together, shoot it to the band for ideas.” Kyle and the members of Showboat Honey worked at such a feverish wine-fueled pace that they actually ended up with two completely different albums. But at the end of the day, they decided to combine the two into what is now Showboat Honey,a moonstruck rock ’n’ roll record teeming with reckless abandon.

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Necking is a Vancouver punk outfit that, based on this first track, is not afraid to get up in your grill. And I for one, am here for it. Cut Your Teeth is out July 5th via the fine folks at Mint Records

Necking became a band before playing a note of music together. The origin story of the Vancouver-based powerhouse post-punk quartet starts at a party where all four members met for the first time and began boasting untruths about their group’s musical accomplishments. Following a series of fake names including Britney Bitch and Four White Guys, they picked up instruments for real, quickly earning a rep for their live wire performances and no-holds-barred humour. This continues on the band’s debut LP, Cut Your Teeth, a collection of songs about dating woes, cybersex, and self-improvement. Ultimately focused on the friendship shared by the women of Necking, their main motivation is making themselves laugh.

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I’m familiar with Esther Rose’s work from when she sang with her ex, Luke Winslow-King. So I was pretty excited when I saw this release and the first track has me excited to hear more. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

“I’m always changing,” Esther Rose sings at the top of her sophomore album, You Made It This Far. The line is at once a promise and a plea, a concise distillation of her commitment to evolution as well as her dogged determination to meet every challenge in her path with unconditional acceptance. Laid-back yet deliberate, her delivery here marries old-school country and rural folk with a plainspoken philosophy that’s thoroughly modern, and the end result is a record that’s as joyful as it is restless, one that weaves fiddle and lap steel around profound revelations, late night conversations, and all the moments in between.

“There’s this theme of radical acceptance running through the whole album,” Rose explains. “I didn’t realize it until after I’d finished writing the songs, but they all came from this place of trying to understand and truly accept myself and others in our most vulnerable moments of confusion or despair.”

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Mega Bog, the project of Erin Elizabeth Birgy, has signed to Paradise of Bachelors. She’s now set to release her new album on 6/28. Here’s some info on the album from the PR team.

The record is a collection of crystalline songs inspired by sci-fi and mythic imagery-its title refers to a fabled race of humans who, rather than evolve into earth-bound creatures, stayed behind to live in the deeps of the ocean like dolphins. Dolphine was recorded in upstate New York with a cast of collaborators that included Birgy’s frequent collaborator Zach Burba, Meg Duffy of Hand Habits, Nick Hakim, James Krivchenia of Big Thief, who also recorded and mixed the record, and Athens musician Ash Rickli, who passed away unexpectedly after the recording and whose voice is memorialized on the track “Spit in the Eye of the Fire King.”

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Shovels & Rope – By Blood (album review)

April 17, 2019

Photo by Curtis Millard There’s a reason that Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches are still popular. Cause they go great together and they’re dependable. While I can’t discern on whether Carrie Ann or Michael is the PB and who is the J, I do know that they sound phenomenal together and when they release a […]

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Dylan LeBlanc announces Renegade for 6/7 release

April 17, 2019

Dylan LeBlanc is back with his fourth album, Renegade. Behind the knobs and levers for this effort is Dave Cobb, which can only be a good thing. Renegade will see the light of day on June 7th via the fine folks at ATO Records. Renegade will feature ten new songs from LeBlanc and his longtime […]

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Black Pumas announce s/t debut LP on ATO – 6/21/19

April 16, 2019

Photo by Greg Giannukos I saw Black Pumas at Hotel San Jose this past SXSW. The sun was setting, I had a perfect day-buzz going and I was nursing a bruised hip after falling off my Bird Scooter. What happened over that next hour was transcendent. Fronted by Eric Burton on vocals, who had the […]

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Penelope Isles announce Until the Tides Creeps In 7/12/19

April 15, 2019

Penelope Isles, hailing from Brighton in the UK, are set to release their debut LP later this year. The first track, Chlorine, is a fuzzy little earworm that I can’t shake out of my head. Not that I want to. Anyway, Until the Tide Creeps In will see the light of day via the fine […]

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Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel (album review)

April 15, 2019

photo: Richiejp During SXSW, I caught two sets by Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. During the first set, they blew out the backline. For the second, we were crammed in a dark, small room at Hotel Vegas. I walked back into the sunlight shaken. Some of my buddies didn’t like it but I loved it. It was […]

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Thunderpussy release Someone To Love cover; await Supreme Court decision

April 12, 2019

As Thunderpussy awaits an April 15th Supreme Court decision on whether they can trademark their name; they’ve decided to release a ripping cover of Jefferson Airplane’s Someone To Love. With all the other shit going on in the country, four women using a word for empowerment seems to be a real moronic thing for our […]

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