Palehound – Dry Food [album review]

August 13, 2015

I don’t know what it is about this year. It seems every month, a female-fronted act that was greatly influenced by 90′s college rock kicks out a killer album. Whether it be Waxahatchee, Bully, TORRES, Speedy Ortiz, etc., the new one seems to hit at a point where I have listened to its predecessor to [...]

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rayLand baxter – Imaginary Man [album review]

August 12, 2015

Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson Just like Saw Outlaw saved me on a hungover SXSW morning, RayLand Baxter performed the same duties back in 2013. It was up on S. Congress and I was chewing on a beer after breakfast as baxter’s easy-going Americana gently wafted into the crowd. This caused Oz and I to [...]

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Ruby Boots pays the US a visit

August 11, 2015

Photo by Lisa Businovski Ruby Boots is the moniker of Bex Chilcott, another outstanding act out of Australia. Chilcott is an alt-country troubadour out of Perth. She left her home at the age of 16, spent some hard time on a fishing trawler and that is where Chilcott found her voice. Ruby Boots has been [...]

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Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes [album review]

August 10, 2015

Green Lanes, the sophomore effort by the UK’s Ultimate Painting is like a gentle drive through the country on a warm Fall day – windows open, never going too fast; just soaking it in. Fronted by Jack Cooper and James Hoare, the songs are built on spidery guitar licks that creep out of your speakers [...]

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Roadside Graves announce Acne/Ears 9/4

August 7, 2015

Its been over four years since Roadside Graves released the amazing We Can Take Care of Ourselves, an album inspired by The Outsiders. Gospel Radio is the lead track off of Acne/Ears. Don Giovanni will be releasing the album on 9/4/15. Here’s some info from lead singer Jon Gleason. I’d like to think that “Gospel [...]

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Sam Outlaw – Angeleno [album review]

August 6, 2015

photo by Matt Wignall I woke up on the Saturday of SXSW with a hangover, sore limbs and a rainy forecast. Needless to say I didn’t leap out of bed full of inspiration. But off we went to the Brooklyn Brewery party at Licha’s, specifically to see The Lowest Pair and maybe catch another set [...]

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Futurebirds announce Hotel Parties 9/25

August 3, 2015

Shortly before we did our last session with Futurebirds, they were on a short run; opening up for Band of Horses. Apparently one night after the show, Futurebirds spend some quality time with Ben Bridwell and crew, leaving BOH in a state of disrepair. That led to a “restraining order”* and “cease & desist order”** [...]

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Hinds release new tune, Chili Town

July 24, 2015

Hinds, the female quartet from Madrid, was one of my most pleasant surprises of SXSW. During their set at Cheer Up Charlies, I tweeted out the following. I fucking love @hindsband . I dismissed them as hipster bullshit hype. Yeah, I was wrong about that. Go see them. #SXSW — HearYa (@Hearya) March 18, 2015 [...]

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Protomartyr annouce new album, The Agent Intellect 10/9/15

July 22, 2015

This past Saturday, I entered into Pitchfork with SarfariMan all excited to see Bully. SafariMan asked if I was a fan of Protomartyr. I told him I wasn’t man of enough for them, subsequently tweeting the following. Protomartyr showing a commitment to black that I haven't seen since Al Davis was alive @pitchforkfest — HearYa [...]

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The Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home [album review]

July 21, 2015

I can’t believe its been seven years since The Tallest Man on Earth, aka Kristian Matsson, released Shallow Grave. Matsson came out of the gate sounding like a youthful Dylan. The follow-up, The Wild Hunt was solid but mostly similar to Shallow Grave. I slowly lost interest in TMOE which tends to happen with me [...]

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