Fraser A. Gorman – Slow Gum (album review)

June 30, 2015

You have to have balls of steel or gobs of talent if you’re going to come off looking like Bob Dylan on your debut album cover. Fraser A. Gorman is a 24 year-old from Melbourne, Australia and while I can’t speak of his balls; I can most certainly speak to his talent. Like fellow Australian [...]

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These C*cksucking Tears Kickstarter Campaign

June 26, 2015

I’ve been meaning to post this for a week now. And with today’s monumental news about gay marriage, today seemed like the right time. Last year, the phenomenal label Paradise of Bachelors re-released the first openly themed country music album by Lavender Country to critical acclaim. Lavender Country was the moniker of Patrick Haggerty. My [...]

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Widowspeak announce new album, All Yours, to be released on 9/4/15

June 25, 2015

Widowspeak are back with a new album set to be released via the fine folks at Captured Tracks. Combining the dreamy vocals of Molly Hamilton and the splendid playing of guitarist of Robert Earl Thomas, their last album Almanac was a real winner. I’ve seen them a few times and their sets never disappoint. Two [...]

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (album review)

June 24, 2015

Ed Droste recently tweeted that music reviews that mention an artist’s social profile are pointless or something akin to that. Respectfully I disagree with Ed. While I would never jump on board with a band because I liked their tweets, sometimes they provide a different perspective of what you thought they were about. Following UMO’s [...]

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Bully – Feels Like [album review]

June 22, 2015

While I may be a 45 y/o married father of three, sometimes I like to connect with my inner twenty-something feminine side. To be honest, I didn’t know I had one up until a month ago when Bully’s debut LP entered into my world. Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Feels Like travels at warp speed for [...]

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Phil Cook announces solo album Southland Mission – 9/11/15

June 11, 2015

I came to appreciate Phil Cook’s music during his time with Megafaun. HearYa even had the pleasure of doing a session with the guys back in 2010. Lately Cook has been producing albums and playing on other albums. In fact, the last two night I saw him as part of Hiss Golden Messenger’s band at [...]

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The Deslondes – s/t (album review)

June 9, 2015

During this past SXSW, I had the pleasure of standing in the rain and watching Run The Jewels absolutely kill it. Thirty minutes earlier I was standing in the historic Continental Club watching New Orleans act, The Deslondes, finish up an amazing set of Country-Soul Americana. It was like taking a 5 minute cab ride [...]

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RayLand Baxter – Imaginary Man out 8/14/15

June 8, 2015

I first caught wind of Rayland Baxter at SXSW 2013 when I stumbled hungover into his set on South Congress. With a belly full of Tex-Mex and a couple of Salty Dogs, Baxter eased me into another long day of SXSW. Since that day, I have spent considerable time with his 2012 debut feathers & [...]

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J. Fernandez – Read My Mind

June 2, 2015

Chicago native, J. Fernandez will release his debut album next week. The album is titled Many Levels of Laughter’ and will be released by the fine folks at Joyful Noise. On Saturday, he’ll be opening up for Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Lincoln Hall. At first listen, that sounds like a good match. Here’s some info [...]

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Other Lives – Rituals (album review)

June 1, 2015

In the span of five years, Other Lives went from having me obsess over them; to having Thom Yorke obsess over them. I’d like to imagine there are a few things I do better than Thom Yorke, but music certainly isn’t one of them. Much like a Radiohead album, Other Lives albums swallow you whole. [...]

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