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Houndmouth

Monday, November 9, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Houndmouth’s second LP, Little Neon Limelight, was released back in March, but I’m (shamefully) just now giving the album its due attention. Having heard lead track “Sedona” a number of times on the local college station over the last few months, I kept making a mental note to get the record…and then promptly forgetting that mental note up until the moment I heard the song again. (It’s been a vicious cycle, and apparently I’m easily distracted.)

Now that I’ve finally listened to all of Little Neon Limelight, while I still like toe-tappable heartiness of “Sedona” – and other tracks like “Say It” and “My Cousin Greg” – the loose, lazier-tempo’ed “Honey Slider” is really the song that stands out for me, as a seemingly whiskey-drenched piece of slow Americana goodness.

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The Staves

Monday, November 2, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

English-sister-trio The Staves sound likes what my brain thinks would happen if you mashed Bon Iver and Haim into a single musical experience. Vocally synchronizing and harmonizing with a precision that I suspect is born of being both familial and familiar, the ladies play prettily with the dreamier side of folk-rock. Their second album, If I Was, came out earlier this year.

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Joan Shelley

Monday, August 31, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

I’m delighted to suggest a home-state songstress this week for your listening pleasure. Kentucky folk singer Joan Shelley’s voice is both sweet and wise, and paints itself into hills and valleys with warm guitar and the thrust of timeless music tradition. Joan’s album, Over and Even, is out September 4, 2015, but you can have a quick listen to the exquisite title track now:

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Joanna Newsom

Monday, August 24, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Darling of avant-garde folk, Joanna Newsom has a new album, Divers, due out in October. Quirky vocals and raggedy-rag piano drive the album’s new single “Sapokanikan,” which offers a complicated blanket of tightly woven lyrics that intrigue my inner historian and poet as much as my music-loving side.  Newsom explained to NPR “‘Sapokanikan’ is a ragtimey encomium to the forces of remembrance, forgetting, accretion, concealment, amendment, erasure, distortion, canonization, obsolescence and immortality.” So you know, it’s not too deep or anything… Enjoy.

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George Ezra

Monday, July 6, 2015 | by Jennifer Brandt

When you hear George Ezra’s soulful, deep bass-baritone voice you think you’re listening to a much older person, but he’s actually very young (and quite good-looking).  This English singer-songwriter has been on a steady climb to success since he was discovered on YouTube at 18 years old.  Now, at 22, his debut studio album, Wanted on Voyage, has reached number one in the UK.  He grew up listening to American folk and blues artists like Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Lead Belly, and these musical influences are quite evident in his bluesy swoon-worthy songs. 

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