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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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CHVRCHES

Monday, August 17, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

The sophomore album from the Scottish synthpop act CHVRCHES is set for stores – digital or physical – next month. With the LP’s second single released last week, “Never Ending Circles,” the upcoming record sounds ready to continue the legacy of 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe, offering crisp and energetic electro-pop tracks, each laced magnificently with the airy sweetness of Lauren Mayberry’s near angelic vocals. Hear both the lead singles below…

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Tame Impala

Monday, July 27, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

The third full-length album from Tame Impala, Currents, came out July 17th, and, leading off with the catchy as all get-out “Let It Happen,” this latest release from the Australian act provides dose after delicious dose of electronic, psychedelic rock-pop. Overall, I think the record is a great listen for fans of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album or MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, or perhaps anyone who has ever thought, “I really wish there were more songs that simultaneously remind me of Yeasayer and Michael Jackson.”  For me, stand-out tracks beyond “Let It Happen” include: “Eventually,” “The Less I Know The Better,” and “New Person, Same Old Mistakes.”

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(And, as a side musical note, also recently released, Wilco dropped a sneaky-surprise album – brazenly titled Star Wars – for FREE. Do your ears a favor, and investigate that a bit.)  

Diamond Rugs

Monday, July 20, 2015 | by Dennis Brandt

Diamond Rugs’ second release is a “must listen” and an “inevitably own.” The band is sort of an anti-super group, with John McCauley and Robbie Crowell on guitar and keyboard respectively (each members of Rhode Island’s Deer Tick). The band also consists of Ian Saint Pé of the Black Lips, along with Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite.  The band plays a trashy but accessible style of alt country and blues.  The sophomore album starts with “Voodoo Doll” – a great bluesy guitar introduction accompanied with Berlin’s saxophone before going into a story of a woman stalking the protagonist of the song (John McCauley).  This album is perfect for fans of Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, and Deer Tick. I also highly recommend Diamond Rugs self-titled first release as well.

Key Tracks: “Live and Shout it,” “Killin’ Time,” “Ain’t Religion,” and “Blame.”

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