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UPCOMING RELEASES

Latest Additions:

Marc Broussard - A Life Worth Living (7/29)
Benjamin Booker - S/T (8/19)
Luluc - Passerby (7/15)
Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear (June TBA)
Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned (Feb. 2015)
The Kooks - Listen (9/2)
Annie Stela - Whiplash Blues (TBA)
Jess Klein - Learning Faith (6/24)
Stu Larsen - Vagabond (7/15)
Tiny Victories - Haunts (6/10)
How To Dress Well - What Is This Heart? (6/24)
Chatham County Line - Tightrope (5/20)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Revelation (5/20)
Big Wreck - Ghosts (7/15 US, 6/10 CAN)
Levon Helm Band - Midnight Ramble Sessions III (7/1)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (7/1)  

April 22 

Black Prairie (Decemberists) - Fortune
Dwight & Nicole - Shine On
EELS - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Fear Of Men - Loom
 G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
Hedley - Wild Life
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil (Tragically Hip Songs)
Keb' Mo' - BLUESAmericana
Little Daylight - TBA
Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976
Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Sling Shot to Heaven
Sharon Corr - The Same Sun
The Madden Brothers (Good Charlotte) - TBA
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Days of Abandon
To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery (U.S.)
Tom and Hebron - Zoyugo

April 29

Amber States - Saratoga EP
Archie Powell & The Exports - Back In Black
Ben Watt - Hendra
Brigitte DeMeyer - Savannah Road (4/29)
Broken Twin - May
Caitlin Park - The Sleeper (5/2 AUS)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Phosphorescent Harvest
Curtis Stigers - Hooray For Lovers
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) - Everyday Robots
Dave Keller - Soul Changes
Edward David Anderson - Lies & Wishes
Fiona Bevan - Talk To Strangers
Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon) - Midnight Sun
Hafdis Huld - Home
Jackopierce - Live 25
Johnossi - Transitions
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red (U.S.)
Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
Sam Morrow - Ephemeral
The Currys - Follow
The Howlin' Brothers - Trouble
 The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD
The Old 97's - Most Messed Up
Tommy Malone (Subdudes) - Poor Boy
Wye Oak - Shriek 

May 6

Ben Harper/Ellen Chase-Verdries - Childhood Home
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde - Someday World
Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - New Skin
Current Swell - Ulysses
Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain EP (U.S.) 
  Gregg Allman & Various Artists - All My Friends (CD/DVD)
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Imogen Heap - Sparks 
Jenny Scheinman - The Littlest Prisoner
Kina Grannis - Elements
Leisure Cruise (Dave Hodge, Leah Segal) - S/T
Liam Finn - The Nihilist
Lily Allen - Sheezus
Luke Elliot - Provisions
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Natalie Merchant - S/T
Nikki Lane - All or Nothin'
Pacifika - Amor Planeta
Papercuts - Life Among the Savages
Rachel Taylor Brown - Falimy
Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? EP (UK)
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) - Seven Dials (UK)
Sarah McLachlan - Shine On
South Rail - Stars EP
The Horrors - Luminous
Thomas Dybdahl - What's Left Is Forever (US)
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Willie Watson - Folk Singer, Vol. 1
Wooden Wand - Farmers Corner
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (UK)

May 13

Amen Dunes - Love
Braid - No Coast
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt - For Keeps
Collin Herring - Some Knives
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff
Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids EP (UK)
Jeremy Fisher - The Lemon Squeeze
Jesse Denaro - Dear, Love
Joseph Arthur - Lou (Lou Reed Tribute)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test
La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
Little Dragon - Nabuma Underground
Megson - In A Box 
Mimicking Birds - Eons
Mirah - Changing Light
Molly Beanland - Night Dreams
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Rhodes - The Morning EP (5/11 UK)
Swans - To Be Kind 
Sylvan Esso - S/T
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
The Shilohs - S/T
The Trouble With Templeton - Rookie
Tom The Lion - Sleep
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Walter Martin (The Walkmen) - We're All Young Together

May 20

Bry Webb - Free Will
Cara Dillon - A Thousand Hearts (UK)
 Chatham County Line - Tightrope
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) - Upside Down Mountain
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean
Haley Bonar - Last War
Hundreds - Aftermath
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Going Home
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye: Live @ Madison Sq. Garden
Malka Spigel - Gliding EP
Nightmare & The Cat - Simple
Oasis - Definitely Maybe 20th Anniv. Ed.
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light
Smoke Fairies - S/T
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Revelation
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/18)
Yann Tiersen - Infinity

May 27

Amy LaVere - Runaway's Diary
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks
Challenger - Back to Bellevue
John Fullbright - Songs
John Illsley (Dire Straits) - Testing the Waters
Little Barrie - Shadow
Madison - The Bright Light EP
Matthew Barber - Big Romance
Miniature Tigers - Cruel Runnings
moe. - No Guts, No Glory
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Teleman - Breakfast
The Ghost Wolves - Man, Woman, Beast
Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - World of Strangers

May TBA

Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience) - Legao
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 3

Alice Boman - EP II
BANKS - Goddess (Full Length Debut) 
Birdy - Fire Within (U.S.)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites (4/28 UK)
Ethan Johns - The Reckoning (Prod: Ryan Adams)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) - Black Hours
Howling Bells - Heartstrings
James - La Petite Mort
JD McPherson - TBA
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
Josh Record - Pillars (UK)
Kan Wakan - Moving On
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War
Matisyahu - Akeda
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics
Peter Murphy - Lion
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Sleep Party People - Floating
The Donkeys - Ride the Black Wave 
The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP
The Pierces - Creation
The Shoe (w/ Jena Malone) - I'm OK

June 10

Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
Cowboy Mouth - Go
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Glass Aniimals - Zaba
Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (UK)
Jose James - While You Were Sleeping
Jack White - Lazaretto
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love
O.A.R. - The Rockville LP
Passenger - Whispers
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
The Who - Quadrophenia Live In London
Tiny Victories - Haunts
Tomas Barfod - Love Me

June 17

Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (UK)
Glass Towers - Halcyon Days
Lewis Watson - The Morning
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment
The Antlers - Familiars
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress      

June 24

Ed Sheeran - x (multiply)
George Ezra - TBA (UK)
How To Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
Jess Klein - Learning Faith
PHOX - S/T

June TBA

Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

July 1

Levon Helm Band - Midnight Ramble Sessions III
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy

July 15

Big Wreck - Ghosts (6/10 CAN)
Fink - Hard Believer
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now
Little Daylight - Hello Memory 
Luluc - Passerby
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun
Slow Club - Complete Surrender
Stu Larsen - Vagabond
Woman's Hour - Conversations

Beyond

Allen Stone - TBA (Summer)
Annie Stela - Whiplash Blues (TBA)
As Animals - S/T
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) - Rattlebag (TBA)
Benjamin Booker - S/T (8/19)
Charlene Soraia - Love Is The Law (TBA)
Dear Plastic - The Thieves Are Babes (TBA)
Deluka - BONDS EP (Spring TBA)
Don Henley - Cass County (TBA)
Ellis Paul - Chasing Beauty (TBA)
Empires - Orphans (TBA)
Haroula Rose - Here The Blue River (TBA)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Jonah Tolchin - Clover Road (Summer TBA)
Kite Club - Fresh Air for Humans (TBA)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test (Spring TBA)
Marc Broussard - A Life Worth Living (7/29)
Miranda Lee Richards - Echoes of the Dreamtime (TBA)
Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business (Summer)
Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
Peter Himmelman - The Boat That Carries Us (TBA)
Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) - The Ceaseless Sight (TBA)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Sasha Siem - Most of the Boys (TBA)
Scott Matthews - Home Pt. 1 (TBA)
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress
The Good Natured - Prism (Summer TBA)
The Kooks - Listen (9/2)
The Vespers - Sisters and Brothers (TBA
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One (TBA)
Toby Lightman - Every Kind of People (TBA)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (Summer TBA)
Wakey! Wakey! - All It Takes Is A Little Love (TBA) 
 Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned (Feb. 2015)
Winterpills - Echolalia (Covers) (TBA)  

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Thursday
Apr242014

RADAR: Luluc

Melbourne-by-way-of-Brooklyn duo Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett, also known as Luluc, will be releasing Passerby, their new album of delicate and delicious acoustic songcraft, on July 15 via new label home Sub Pop. Clearly Randell and Hassett are not ones to be rushed: the new project follows up their critically adored 2008 debut album Dear Hamlyn, named for Randell's late father. Since then, Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE) have found some supportive fans like Lucinda Williams and Joe Boyd, the original producer for Brti-folk legend Nick Drake who recruited the pair for last year's Drake tribute album. Another admirer, Aaron Dessner of The National, stepped in to co-produce and contribute instrumentally to the songs that became Passenger.  "It was kind of remarkable how well Aaron was able to fit in," says Randell. "He really felt like part of our creative brain.” Click through to stream Luluc's version of Nick Drake's "Fly."

Luluc - "Without A Face" (from Passerby)

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Thursday
Apr242014

Watch: Dark Mean - "Happy Banjo"

Nearly three years ago to the day, we featured the song "Happy Banjo" from Toronto trio Dark Mean. Since then, the band -- led by Mark Dean (insert "aha" moment here) -- has released a self-titled debut album and, more recently, a new four-song EP Samuel the Phoenix. Their mantra is simple: "we write music, jam in the garage, and make records." For the recording of a live video for the cool Canadian webbers Southern Souls, the band went back for another take on "Happy Banjo." Good move. Click through to hear the original.

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Thursday
Apr242014

Wye Oak - Shriek

When Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak opted to explore the nuances of beat driven synth/pop in the duo Dungeonesse it now appears that her little dance-floor-driven side project resulted in something of an electronic epiphany. In the new Wye Oak world witnessed on the remarkable Shriek (April 28, Merge), the standard bearing guitar cacophonies of the past have been jettisoned in favor of plugged-in machines. Rarely has a band's signature sound undergone such a radical reinvention. And it works. As to be expected, the sound has a cushion of taut bass lines and lush keyboards, but where might opt to go light and twinkled, Wasner, partner Andy Stack and co-producer/engineer Nicolas Vernhes go deeper and darker under their electric blanket, using the dense sonic layers to skillfully balance tension and release. Wye Oak aren't the first to treat synth/pop as a medium for serious-minded indie artistry but we're predicting Shriek will emerge as one of the best and most dramatically defining bellwether albums of 2014. Click through to stream "Before" and watch "The Tower" video.

Wye Oak - "Sick Talk" (from Shriek)

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Watch: Making Marks - "Like Spinning"

Much of the debut album A Thousand Half Truths from Norway's alt-pop quartet Making Marks is so relentlessly sunny and determinedly upbeat and sweet that your head hurts and teeth ache. Not so much with "Like Spinning," one of Half Truths' best songs and the band's new video. Stream the full album here.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

RADAR: Whitehorse

Canadian roots-rock duo Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet -- aka Whitehorse -- have been on a serious roll since the release of their 2012 full length The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss. After last year's live album The Road to Massey Hall and this year's en français EP Éphémère sans repère, Whitehorse are launching a new Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming third album Leave No Bridge Unburned, duo February 2015 via Six Shooter. Producer Gus Van Go (The Stills) has been recruited for the studio work -- the first time Doucet has relinquished the production reins -- and a great new song "Pins and Needles" has been debuted (though it's not certain if it will make the final track list). Click through to stream a cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" and watch the video for "Achille's Desire."

Whitehorse - "Pins and Needles"

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Listen: Ruth Moody - "Far and Wide"

It's been just about a year since Ruth Moody released her exquisite sophomore album These Wilder Things so we were definitely ready for something new. We got it on Record Store Day when Moody dropped a new song "Far and Wide" as one side of a split banjo-driven 7" with Old Man Luedecke. Pick up the vinyl here.

Ruth Moody - "Far and Wide"

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Wednesday
Apr232014

RADAR: Stu Larsen

Vagabond is certainly an appropriate title for the debut album from Australian singer/songwriter Stu Larsen. Traveling the world, sleeping on sofas, writing and performing in living rooms and clubs, Larsen has quietly made a name for himself and his alt/folk tunes and winning fans in far-flung towns across the globe. With strong critical buzz Down Under and a successful tour opening for Mike "Passenger" Rosenberg in North America last year, Larsen was signed to Nettwerk and completed his first official full-length in Sydney with co-producers Rosenberg and Mike Vallejo. Vagabond drops July 15. Wrapping up an extensive tour in the U.K. and Europe, Larsen headlines dates in the U.S. and Canada beginning May 1 (dates below). Listen to lead track "Skin & Bone" and then click through to stream the original version "San Francisco."

Stu Larsen - "Skin & Bone" (from Vagabond)

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Tuesday
Apr222014

Watch: Lisa Alma - "When I Knew"

When asked for three words to describe her music, Copenhagen native Lisa Alma comes up with "Dreamy. Spacious. Lo-Fi." All adjectives are in full display on striking new self-directed video "When I Knew," one of four tracks from her recent EP Let's Be Adventurers. Most of Alma's songs are dripping in '80s bubbly synth excess but "When I Knew" balances the electronica with some soulful Jessie Ware-ish styled vocals and a retro between-the-sheets bumpin' groove. "The second you dare to love you know it’s going to hurt," Alma tells Nothing But Hope and Passion of the song's meaning. "When you’ve lost you get upset and angry. Then slowly you can start to let go. It’s a process. Each time you lose some – you become a little more awake."

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Tuesday
Apr222014

Listen: Big Wreck - "Ghosts"

When a song like "Ghosts" comes along you simply just stand back and get out of the way. The title track to the upcoming full-length from the Ian Thornley-fronted band Big Wreck is one of the best roll-down-the-windows driving songs we've heard in a long while. Warning to the uninitiated: wicked guitar solo ahead. Ghosts from the regrouped Toronto band drops July 15 in the states, June 10 up north. Watch the brief teaser video for the album when you click through below.

Big Wreck - "Ghosts" (from the album Ghosts)

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Tuesday
Apr222014

Watch: Dustin Tebbutt - "Bones"

Australian singer/songwriter Justin Tebbutt has been getting some comparisons to one Justin "Bon Iver" Vernon -- yes, we're guilty as charged -- and this wintry video for new song "Bones" coupled with Tebbutt's falsetto vocals won't do much to discourage the practice. Fortunately, the music can stand on its own. More DC on EP The Breach, an all-too-brief collection we described as "one of the nicer surprises" of 2013, here...

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Monday
Apr212014

RADAR: Sophie Jamieson

Londoner Sophie Jamieson pegs her own particular music genre as "haunt-folk/dream-folk/alt-folk," a lengthy bit of hyphenated jargon that does a pretty good job of summing things up. As with many contemporary solo songwriters, Jamieson has opted for a backing trio of sympatico players who help flesh out her songs with subdued sonic shadings and add the "haunt" and "dream" aspects of the music. As the follow up to her 2013 EP Where, new single "Stain," due May 19, begins with a run of acoustic lines but immediately adds a gently beating pulse and echoing layers of spacious atmospherics rumbling and rattling in the shadows. What might have been a bit o' dark, melancholic  folk with just guitar and hushed voice instead becomes an intense, swelling soundscape of cinematic proportions. Click through for "Glass" and the "Dinah" video.

Sophie Jamieson - "Stain"

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Monday
Apr212014

Watch: Ásgeir - "Going Home"

Debut album Going Home from Icelandic singer and songwriter Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson is easily one of our must-hear albums of 2014 and the title track, via this nicely surreal video, is just one more reason why. More DC on Ásgeir here. Click through below to watch him perform a cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box"...

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Monday
Apr212014

Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Slingshot to Heaven

Indie/Indy-based singer/songwriter Richard Edwards marks a decade of his Margot and The Nuclear So and Sos with Slingshot to Heaven (April 22), another insidiously melodic epistle of wistful lyrical weirdness. What Magnet calls "stripped-down and amped-up confessional garage folk" also concerns growing up and entering that neverland of thirty-something adulthood, what Edwards terms "moving on while looking back." Most importantly it's about the modest subtleties of great songwriting, a little bent, a lot lovely. Not everyone can write a sweet lullaby titled "Go to Sleep You Little Creep." Or come up with the line "neo-Nazi heartache backrub" for the song "I Don't." Fortunately or not, most wouldn't dare. That's why we need Richard Edwards and Margot. Right now. Click through to watch the animated video "Lazy" and stream "Creep."

Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - "I Don't" (from Sling Shot to Heaven)

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Friday
Apr182014

Watch: Lera Lynn - "Lying In the Sun"

The title track of Lera Lynn's EP Lying In the Sun is a soulful and sultry slow-burner that gets an equally seductive production in the new video. The Georgia-raised singer and songwriter is currently prepping the release of her second full-length album The Avenues (date TBA), an album we've described as "a collection of richly textured and accomplished modern Americana and alt-country songs that fit as comfortably in the pass-the-hat songwriter venues of New York's Lower East Site as they do in the numerous clubs near her current home in Nashville." Read more at our original RADAR, stream the EP (and get a free download of "Sun") at her Soundcloud page.

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Friday
Apr182014

Friday Cover: Rosanne Cash - "Biloxi" (Jesse Winchester)

Jesse Winchester passed away a week ago at the age of 69 leaving a legacy as a songwriter's songwriter. His first album, produced by The Band's Robbie Robertson and engineered by Todd Rundgren, stands as a brilliant and understated collection of songs and a sound that paved the way for what we now know as Americana. "As underrated a singer as Chet Baker," wrote Janis Ian in tribute. "As underrated a guitarist as Willie Nelson. A man who held the audience in the palm of his hand without moving an inch. One of the best songwriters on earth." On the 2012 Winchester tribute album Quiet About It, Rosanne Cash recorded this lovely version of "Biloxi," a song that would fit perfectly with the southern theme of her latest album The River and the Thread.

Rosanne Cash - "Biloxi" (Jesse Winchester)

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Thursday
Apr172014

RADAR: PHOX

If anyone or anything might put Baraboo, WI, on the map, we're thinking it might just be PHOX. High school chums who each left town and then returned, the group became a band in a communal home in nearby (and immensely more hip) Madison. Their bio describes their music as straddling "Feist and Monty Python," but we're hearing some rather intriguing, nimble alt/pop with enough artful and sophisticated musical sidetrips to keep things interesting and unpredictable. Fronted by singer/lyricist Monica Martin, PHOX create a curious amalgam of intricate indie pop, neo-soul, folk and tongue-in-cheek cabaret songs that never seem to end up where you think they're headed. Time signatures switch up, a kitchen sink's worth of instruments drift in and out (horns, strings, you name it), melodies turn on a dime, moods ebb and flow and Martin's lovely, natural voice just flits about above it all in one oddly compelling melody after another. Produced by Brian Joseph (Bon Iver), PHOX's self-titled debut drops June 24 via Partisan. Click through to stream a live version of the exquisite "Blue and White."

PHOX - "Slow Motion" (from PHOX)

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Thursday
Apr172014

Listen: Paolo Nutini - "Iron Sky"

“Fuck!!! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life hands down,” tweeted Adele when she saw the live-in-the-studio take of Paolo Nutini's "Iron Sky." No wonder. Taken from his new album Caustic Love, just out in the U.K., and the U.S.-only EP of the same name (full-length due later this year), "Iron Sky" takes the soulful belting of Caustic Love's lead track "Scream (Funk My Life Up)" and slows it down to a simmer while losing none of the emotional power. Click through to watch the "Iron Sky" video from the live Abbey Road studio sessions that got Ms. Adele in such a tizzy. More DC on Nutini and "Scream" here and here.

Paolo Nutini - "Iron Sky" (from the Caustic Love album and Iron Sky EP)

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Thursday
Apr172014

BRIEFS: South Rail

Boasting the tight-knit harmonies of Jay Byrd and Laura Supan and a sound that deftly balances modern Americana and timeless Dixie-meets-SoCal folk/rock, Washington DC's South Rail craft songs that wear their '70s influences as comfortably as a pair of well-worn jeans. Famed producer (and Blue Note records chief) Don Was, known for his studio work with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer and The Rolling Stones, layers a rich, organic dimension to the band's May 6 self-released EP Stars, amping up Supan's keys and Byrd's guitar and bringing in the fiddle of Punch Brother Gabe Witcher for a rustic touch. It takes only a few seconds for lead track "Be That Way Again" to evolve from a slight acoustic strum to full-bodied sound, mellow but with a formidable kick. Stream the band's self-titled 2013 debut EP here...

South Rail - "Be That Way Again" (from the Stars EP)

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Matthew and the Atlas - Other Rivers

After pair of excellent EP's in 2010 (To The North and Kingdom of Your Own), Matthew Hegarty, namesake of London's Matthew and The Atlas, didn't drop anything else but he did pretty much drop off the radar. As the few teasing new tracks last year indicated, MATA's long-awaited debut full length Other Rivers (April 15, Communion) is dramatic folk/pop unconstrained by any notion of stripped-down acoustic barriers: the stage has definitely been reset from the buskery pub stomp-a-longs of his earlier works to embrace decidedly more theatrical alt-pop environs as well. The distinctive rasp of a voice still plays like a beautiful vintage instrument, lending some natural "everyman" gravity to the instrumental grandeur. Click through to stream "Everything That Dies" and watch the videos for "Pale Sun Rose" and "Nowhere Now."

Matthew & The Atlas - "Pale Sun Rose" (from Other Rivers)

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Watch: Marisa Nadler - "Drive"

Directed by Galaxie 500 member Naomi Yang, the new video for Marisa Nadler's brooding ballad "Drive" combines Nadler's sweetly nuanced vocals and gentle acoustic backing with some interesting projected images from the work of French artist Bernard Faucon. Says Yang: "The video tells the story of Marissa facing her own ambition—as well as her disappointments — but ultimately of her desire to reach people through her music. It’s presented as a series of metaphors, or a surreal dream, but one in which Marissa is an active participant in her future (not a passive witness) as she explores her feelings about making music." Nadler's July is available now.

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