Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman [Album Review]

March 29, 2012

We’re all guilty of judging a book by its cover at one point or another. I’ll write off bands just based on their name alone if I’m tired or cranky. So when receiving an email about Bhi Bhiman with all sorts of plaudits about how he was the next American folk-hero and the accompanying picture […]

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WATERS, Live Session #99

March 8, 2012

Port O’Brien were one of those bands that resonated with us. We had a real connection with them from the first time we heard “I Woke Up Today.” They had a Neil Young-inspired folk-rock sound that was at times rocking and electric, other times organic and acoustic, and sometimes tribal and trippy. Over the years […]

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Cuff The Duke – Morning Comes [Album Review]

March 6, 2012

Cuff The Duke have just released their fifth album entitled Morning Comes. Like most quality Americana music these days, it comes from the most logical place – Canada. The band is from Oshawa, but now calls Toronto home and they play a southwestern US brand of alt-country music somewhat similar to Calexico. I first listened […]

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Heartless Bastards – Arrow [Album Review]

February 6, 2012

2012 is shaping up to be all about the women of indie music. We covered incredible albums from First Aid Kit and Sharon van Etten already and Heartless Bastards are equally deserving of praise. Erika Wennerstrom is the heart and soul of Heartless Bastards and she’s at her best on Arrow. Arrow is the fourth […]

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Little Hurricane, Live Session #98

January 27, 2012

Little Hurricane had quite a year in 2011. While many bands struggle for years to fight for the attention of fans, labels and the media, Little Hurricane found the buzz almost immediately. The two-piece band formed after lead singer/guitarist Anthony Catalano posted an ad on Craigslist for a drummer. I’ve used Craigslist to sell a […]

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Yellow Ostrich’s Marathon Runner [new mp3, SXSW 2012]

January 23, 2012

Yellow Ostrich is set to release their sophomore album, Strange Land, on March 6th. This album should mark a step forward for the band. Their previous album, The Mistress, was self-produced and created by Alex Schaaf doing it all. He played every instrument on the album. Strange Land is also self-produced, but Schaaf is joined […]

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River Whyless – A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door [Album Review]

January 19, 2012

River Whyless came to us via an email from one of their fans. She said, “If you have some time to take a listen you won’t be sorry.” No lofty band comparisons included and no hipster name-dropping – just a bold proclamation. Not knowing if I was about to hear electronica, metal or some blend […]

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Simone Felice readies debut solo album. Reveals how he died once and nearly again. [new mp3]

December 22, 2011

I fancy myself an early Felice Brothers fan. Fell in love with their debut and caught them performing on a porch at SxSW (caught it on video). As a lover of folk music, it was impossible not to love the contrasting Dylan-esque vocals of Ian Felice and the Cat Stevens-esque vocals of Simone Felice. I […]

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Sharon Van Etten – Serpents [new mp3]

December 2, 2011

Sharon Van Etten has a new album coming out on February 7th via the fine folks at Jagjaguwar. Below you gives you a taste of what you are in for with the first single, “Serpents.” We criminally overlooked Epic in our “best albums of 2010 list,” but I feel confident we won’t be making the […]

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The Milk Carton Kids’ Prologue. How did I overlook them this year? [Free Album]

December 1, 2011

There were big chunks of the year where I had my head up my ass. Blessed with a toddler and infant at home and busy managing a large workforce for the day job, early 2011 piled on some busy days and sleepless nights. Here at the end of 2011 (just a couple months ago), I […]

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