Diarrhea Planet – Turn To Gold (album review)

June 10, 2016

Have you ever tried to capture a fart in a container? It isn’t easy, trust me. That’s what it is like to capture the brilliance of a Diarrhea Planet show in a studio. For anyone who has ever seen the Nashville sextet live, complete with four guitars, you’ll know that to be an almost impossible [...]

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Ages and Ages announce Something To Ruin – 8/19/16

June 9, 2016

Photo credit: Alicia J. Rose Ages and Ages won me over during SXSW ’14. I caught them twice and both times left with a big ol’ smile on my mug. I enjoyed them so much I took my wife out on a school night to see them a few weeks later in Evanston. Good to [...]

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Outer Spaces – A Shedding Snake (album review

June 8, 2016

Photo by Micah E. Wood In their initial press release, lead singer/songwriter Cara Beth Satacino cited R.E.M circa Murmur as the driving influence. In many of those press releases, I’ll struggle to here the influence the artist cited, whether it be my shortcomings or some over-elaboration. But on this occasion, there was some real truth [...]

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Ryley Walker announes Golden Sings That Have Been Sung; out 8/19/16

June 7, 2016

Photo by Tom Sheehan Ryley Walker has announced the follow-up to 2015′s excellent Primrose Green. It was one of my favorites of 2015 as it allowed me to connect to the music of my youth with a young artist. Every time I spin a Ryley album I get completely lost in the tapestry of it [...]

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Whitney – Light Upon The Lake (album review)

June 6, 2016

Photo credit: Dominique Goncalves Light Upon The Lake has slowly become one of my favorites in 2016. Funny thing is that after reading the initial PR email, I was prepared to dislike it; mostly due to the association with Smith Westerns; a band I found to be joyless and uninspired. I had no reason to [...]

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Lydia Loveless announces new album, Real – 8/19/16

June 3, 2016

Photo by David T. Kindler Real is the follow up to 2014′s phenomenal Somewhere Else. And if the lead track, Longer, is any indication; it is somehow going to be an improvement on that album. Real will see the light of day on August 19th via the fine folks at Bloodshot Records. There’s a quote [...]

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Phil Cook, Live Session #128

June 1, 2016

Phil Cook and his kickass band came through in March and delivered a soulful session full of smiles and laughs.  I first met Phil when he came through for a session with Megafaun back in 2010.  It was a pleasure to have him back, talk shop and learn about the process of making his latest [...]

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Big Thief – Masterpiece (album review)

May 31, 2016

Big Thief is a quartet newly signed to Saddle Creek and Masterpiece is their debut. They are fronted by Adrianne Lenker and she wrapped up this album in way that would put any music journalist* to shame. Here’s what she said, the songs are about, “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously [...]

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The Low Anthem are back, to release Eyeland on June 17th

May 26, 2016

The Low Anthem are finally back after a four year hiatus. The HearYa love affair with the Providence outfit is coming up on 10 years. I sure hope they get us something nice for our anniversary. Eyeland will be their 5th album and I can’t wait to hear the full thing. We’ve done two HearYa [...]

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Cass McCombs signs w/ Anti; set to release Mangy Love on 8/26

May 24, 2016

I feel like I never give enough time to Cass McCombs. But then I’ll hear a song and get on a Cass kick for a week. Well I was glad to hear he signed to Anti and even happier to hear this song. In addition to being a sweet tune, it has backing vocals by [...]

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