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Following up on their excellent 2015 effort, Small Town Heroes, Hurray for the Riff Raff will release The Navigator via the fine folks at ATO Records. Led by Alynda Segarra, HFTRR has never shied away from voicing their opinions. Based on the subject matter, I’m expecting more of the same on their latest effort.

On Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new album ‘The Navigator’ (March 10/ATO Records), Alynda Segarra tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. ‘The Navigator’ is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time. It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at its own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.

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Lady Lamb, aka Aly Spaltro, is a HearYa fave. She’s released two phenomenal albums as well putting on a couple of amazing live shows that I’ve had to pleasure of soaking in. Today, she releases her EP, Tender Warriors and embarks on Living Room Tour. I can’t recommend her music and live show enough. This EP is a nice little stop-gap before her next LP, and she’s doing a living room tour as well. Here’s what Aly has to say.

“These songs served as a path for myself that making a conscious effort to stay tender, and be kind and patient towards myself when handling my own fears is the most fruitful way to maneuver them in personal relationships. Tender Warriors Club is not just a collection of songs. It is meant to serve as an emblematic space for people to relate in the shared interest of emotional vulnerability, using music as the collective form of self-expression. It is my hope that this work and concept can be a reminder to both myself and others to find the courage to remain sensitive through emotional challenges. I’d like to bring these themes into intimate spaces musically, without amplification or a traditional stage, as a means to connect through the aforementioned concept that striving to express oneself with tenderness is ultimately a strength.”

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Run The Jewels announce RTJ3 – 1/13/17

by Woody on December 2, 2016

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I don’t profess to listen or know much about rap music. I’ll spin the occasional Kendrick , Chance or Anderson.Paak album but that is about the end of my knowledge. But with the help of my pal, Nick; I’m a massive fan of Run The Jewels. I haven’t enjoyed a hip-hop act this much since A Tribe Called Quest (who’s new album is excellent) back in the early 90s.

Nick brought me to see RTJ at the end of a long day of SXSW and I was blown away. They are an old-school hip-hop act with no bullshit. Just earnest lyrics and furious energy. Their live show has the energy of a punk show.

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Starnd of Oaks announces Dark Love – 2/17/17

by Woody on December 1, 2016

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Tim is back!!!! Following up on the 2014′s game-changing HEAL, Strand of Oaks is set to release Dark Love on 2/17/17 via the fine folks of Dead Oceans. To say we’re fans of Tim is an understatement. I think I speak for everybody who’s ever been associated with HearYa when I say, we feel a bond with his music that we don’t with may other acts. In my warped mind, I feel like we have a vested interest in his career. Anyway, the new album kicks ass. Have a listen to the first single and circle February 17th on your calendar. Here’s some more info on the album.

Tim had this to say, “Some records are built like monuments, set in stone,” says Showalter. “I want this record to be burned in effigy, in celebration of the limited time we have on this earth.”

Hard Love walks a tightrope of emotions — from rock ‘n’ roll abandon to harrowing self-reflection — and Showalter has lived every minute of it. From a life-changing psychedelic awakening at the Boogie Festival in Australia (“On The Hill“) to his own domestic troubles (“Hard Love”) and the near-death of his brother from cardiac arrest (“Taking Acid and Talking With My Brother“), Hard Love is a sledgehammer of a record rife with unrestrained sonic expression.

Written and conceptualized during Showalter’s post-tour break as he reveled in what he considered to be a life-changing experience, the initial sessions for Hard Love were scrapped. Showalter brought in producer Nicolas Vernhes to capture the loose, hedonistic vibe he was searching for. “In a time of calculation and overthinking, I wanted to bring back the raw, impulsive nature that is the DNA of so many records I love,” says Showalter, who draws from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub tapes and Jane’s Addiction throughout the album’s nine tracks.

But that rocking intensity is tempered by the wounded ballad “Cry,” a sobering moment of clarity that serves as the emotional fulcrum of the record. It’s this strain of honesty and self-reflection that helps mark ‘Hard Love’ as the most fearless work of Showalter’s career — a growing up record that lobbies just as hard for holding on to youthful foibles.

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Horse Thief announce Trials and Truths 1/27/16

November 30, 2016

Photo by Daniel Mudliar The main benefit of this high-powered job as indie music blogger and tastemaker is that I get a heads up on new albums. With that in mind, how did I not get alerted to the new Horse Thief album. I love me some Horse Thief and their brand of psych-folk / [...]

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The Big Moon announce debut LP, Love In The 4th Dimension 4/17/17

November 29, 2016

I’d first heard of The Big Moon via this article on NME and dug their sound. Hadn’t really thought about them much since then until I got an email announcing their debut LP, Love In The 4th Dimension. Check out a video for Formidable below. The album will be out on April 17th of next [...]

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Dominic annouces debut album, Goodnight, Doggies

November 28, 2016

Dominic Angella is a long-time Philly musician, a Renaissance man as described by his PR release; has played in a couple of rock bands around town as well as some session work with Kendrick Lamar among others. He also happens to be Frances Quinlan of Hop Along’s roommate. In an interview with Quinlan, Dominic had [...]

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Wolf People – Ruins (album review)

November 23, 2016

A.D. 2016 and England is in flux. This bastard island is divided, shot through with doubt and self-loathing, ruled by the feverish egos of passing power hungry-dilettantes, two-bit aristocrats and smiling psychopaths. Swathes of the country have been sold off, paved over, neon-lit. England is at war with itself and this time the enemy is [...]

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Moonsville Collective announce four-volume EP series titled Moonsville

November 22, 2016

Photo by Martin Vielma Moonsville Collective is a five-piece string-band that play a brand of Americana that should appeal to fans of earlier Avett Bros stuff and Trampled By Turtles. The track below is from a four-part EP series they’ll be releasing next year titled Moonsville. The track below leans a bit more towards the [...]

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The Molochs announce American Velvet Glory for 1/13/17

November 18, 2016

I just learned that Moloch is an ancient god, who ate children and demanded sacrifice. Sounds pretty ominous to me but as the driving force behind The Molochs, Lucas Fitzsimons equates it; it sounds like getting a career going in music. The Molochs have a distinctively old-timey feel to it. Has hints of Allah-Las and [...]

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