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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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EL VY

Monday, October 19, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Matt Berninger (that magical baritone voice at the heart of The National) and Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls/formerly of Menomena) have teamed up for a new project, EL VY. When the new duo was announced in August with the first single, “Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo),” I couldn’t have hit ‘Play’ fast enough and was instantly enamored. Partly because I’d gleefully listen to Matt Berninger sing almost-literally anything, but also largely because I find the new pairing of his rich but frill-less, often subdued vocals with the bouncy, varied, frequently experimental instrumentation supplied by Knopf to be fun and a charming departure from how I’m used to hearing Matt’s voice used. If The National works because Berninger’s vocals nestle and entwine perfectly with the band’s sound, this project works because there’s a complimentary contrast that keeps things interesting. EL VY’s debut album is due out at the end of October. Listen to a few of their tunes below:

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Also, Beach House sneak-attacked fans with a second new album in less than two months with the release of Thank Your Lucky Stars last week…and with my initial listen, I’m finding the record to be the perfect shade of melancholy.

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The Phantoms

Monday, October 5, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Fittingly haunting for the first pick of October, this week’s recommendation is a newer track that has been featured (brilliantly) in the promotions for the upcoming new season of The Walking Dead.

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And for a bit of extra listening, also check out this song from Calexico’s latest album, which was used in last night’s Fear the Walking Dead finale.

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(Who knew zombie shows could be such a goldmine for new music?)

Grace Potter

Monday, September 14, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Grace Potter (of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals) has taken a solo turn with her new album Midnight, released last month. Driven by plucky vocals with enough scratch to be soulful, the pop-rock record is the right balance of polish and blur, made of catchy songs that don’t sound recycled, redundant, or irrelevant.

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