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UPCOMING RELEASES

Latest Additions:

Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (7/1)
South Rail - Stars EP (5/6)
PHOX - S/T (6/24)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Johnossi - Transitions (4/29)
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean (5/20)
Birdy - Fire Within (6/3 U.S.)
The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD (4/29)
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Challenger - Back to Bellevue (5/27)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
The Shilohs - S/T (5/13)
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/19)
Amber States - Saratoga EP (4/28)
Mimicking Birds - Eons (5/13)
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment (6/16)
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love (6/10)
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (5/6 UK)
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (5/26)
Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (6/17 UK)
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War (6/3)
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff (5/12)
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (6/9 UK)
George Ezra - TBA (6/23 UK)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie (6/10)
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me (6/3)
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics (6/3)
Daughter - Live @ Air (4/15)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (5/19)
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (5/19)
Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP (6/3)
Ed Sheeran - x (multiply) (6/23)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)

April 15

Afghan Whigs - Do To the Beast
Amatorski - From Clay Figures
Amaya Laucirica - Sway (4/18 AUS)
Bobby Bare Jr. - Undefeated
Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty EP (4/19)
Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear
 Daughter - Live @ Air
Dinah Thorpe - Lullabies & Wake Up Calls
Elizaveta - Hero EP
Emerson Hart (Tonic) - Beauty In Disrepair
Horse Thief - Fear In Bliss
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) - Homo Erraticus
Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing...
Jim Kroft - Lunatic Lullabies (UK)
Justin Currie - Lower Reaches
Justin Nozuka - Ulysees
Marika Hackman - Deaf Heat EP
Matthew & The Atlas - Other Rivers (UK)
Needtobreathe - Rivers In the Wasteland
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (UK)
Ramona Lisa (Chairlift's Caroline Polachek) - Arcadia
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky
The Bee Gees - The WB Years 1987-1991 Box
The Both (Aimee Mann, Ted Leo) - S/T
The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down
Thee Oh Sees - Drop
Vaudeville Etiquette - Debutantes and Dealers
Wallis Bird - Architecture (UK)
Woods - With Light & With Love

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
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 

April TBA

Imogen Heap - Sparks
Neil Young - A Letter Home

May 6

Ben Harper/Ellen Chase-Verdries - Childhood Home
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde - Someday World
Current Swell - Ulysses
Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain EP (U.S.) 
  Gregg Allman & Various Artists - All My Friends (CD/DVD)
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
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
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
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)
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 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
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

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - New Skin
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 - TBA 
   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
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)
PHOX - S/T

Beyond

Allen Stone - TBA (Summer)
As Animals - S/T
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) - Rattlebag (TBA)
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)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
Jonah Tolchin - Clover Road (Summer TBA)
Kite Club - Fresh Air for Humans (TBA)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test (Spring TBA)
Little Daylight - TBD (7/15)
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.)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (7/1)
Peter Himmelman - The Boat That Carries Us (TBA)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)
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)
Slow Club - Complete Surrender (7/14)
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress
The Good Natured - Prism (Summer TBA)
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)
Winterpills - Echolalia (Covers) (TBA) 
Woman's Hour - Conversations (7/15)

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Tuesday
Apr172012

RADAR: Karima Francis

Blackpool, UK singer/songwriter Karima Francis, topped with a shock of unruly curls, has one of those voices shot through to the core with an aching vulnerability -- rough and a little ragged around the edges but both tender and telling all at once. Recalling the pulled-close acoustic alt/folk intimacy of Tracy Chapman and Tanita Tikaram, Francis finds that shadowy place between sharply drawn and forceful storytelling and the hushed drama of personal confession. On the surface, new single (and video below) "Wherever I Go", a first glimpse at her forthcoming summer full length, isn't all that striking. But the raw voice, pleading, emotional, impassioned, suddenly makes the melody sing with new meaning and depth and the effect is simply, quietly and devastatingly real. Picked a few years ago as one of those "new faces to watch" throughout the U.K. press, Francis makes good the promise of her '09 indie debut on August 6 with the major label The Remedy, produced by Flood (U2, PJ Harvey).  The Wherever I Go EP drops May 13 in the U.K.

Karima Francis - "Wherever I Go" (from the album The Remedy)

Karima Francis - "Forgiven"

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Tuesday
Apr172012

Irène Jacob - Je Sais Nager

You may know Irène Jacob as the enchanting, award-winning Swiss actress who starred in two of the best films of the past 20 years: Three Colours: Red and The Double Life of Veronique, both directed by the legendary Krzysztof Kieslowski (we highly recommend both). But you probably didn't know Irène is also a songwriter and naturally gifted singer, a fact that comes to brilliant light with Je Sais Nager ("I Know How to Swim") (May 8, Sunnyside), a new album she created with her New York-based brother, jazz composer and guitarist Francis Jacob. The music is airy but thoughtful, full of playful turns and colorful world beat rhythms, melodies that flit and sparkle with inspired arrangements backed by instrumentalists from Morocco, Brazil and Peru -- and all delightfully transcendent of language.


Irène Jacob & Francis Jacob - "Henri" (from Je Sais Nager)

 Irène Jacob & Francis Jacob - Je Sais Nager Sampler (Je Sais Nager, Sumatra, Mon Essence A Moi)

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Monday
Apr162012

Listen: Donavon Frankenreiter - "A.I."

Possessor of one of the greatest 'staches in music, surfin' folk/pop songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter is back with Start Livin', his fifth album -- and the successor to 2010's Glow -- arriving March 29. Lead track "A.I." is an exceptionally fine precursor to the full-length and heartwarming tribute to his late friend (and fellow surfer) Andy Irons. It's not surprising that the loss has had a emotional impact on Frankenreiter and theme of his new project: "Start Livin' means stop worrying about where you've been, where you're going—just start embracing what you have around you. Start loving what you have right now." And who can quibble with that? Watch the video below...

Donavon Frankenreiter - "A.I." (from the album Start Livin')

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Monday
Apr162012

Jason Mraz - Love Is A Four Letter Word

Jason Mraz - SoCal songwriter says he wants his fans to "have sunshine but not get sunburned" on the highly anticipated ode to all things L-O-V-E and the follow up to his 2008 worldwide platinum album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things -- and the phenomenal, Grammy-nominated hit "I'm Yours" (with over 21 million sold to date) // Release: Love Is A Four Letter Word (April 17, Atlantic) // Sounds like: veteran producer Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, My Morning Jacket) and a dream team of L.A. studio players give Mraz some serious room to stretch out, providing a purring musical engine that's both efficient and nimble -- the laid back reggae and loose folk/pop feel still permeates but the touch is light and the mood is more gently, smoothly swinging than dude-inspired...where strum/pop troubadour John Mayer has shifted to a more progressive blues-tinged bent, Mraz has evolved to a sophisticated, if earnestly heartfelt, plateau of effortlessly melodic modern club-meets-cabaret songcraft...

Jason Mraz - "5/6" (from Love Is A Four Letter Word)

Jason Mraz - "Be Honest" (with Inara George) (from Love Is A Four Letter Word)

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Monday
Apr162012

RADAR: BOY

The definitely non-boy Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass are BOY, a Hamburg-based duo armed with a bundle of smart, often breezy alt-pop songs on their well-received debut album Mutual Friends, released last fall in Germany and Switzerland, makes its way to the U.K. and the rest of Europe on June 12 and then -- we're hoping -- to the U.S. later this year. After meeting up at music workshop in Hamburg, Steiner and Glass began writing and performing together and then, over a nearly two and half year period, laying down tracks in Berlin at the home studio of producer and multi-instrumentalist Philipp Steinke. "We made about 10 versions of most of the songs," says Sonja. "So they have evolved over the course of time. And some of them have ended up sounding completely different from the way they began." Mutual Friends alternates easily from brightly colored, uptempo tracks such as "Little Numbers (youtube video views: 3.5 million - watch below) to the thoughtful introspective "Drive Darling" and album closer "July".

BOY - "This Is the Beginning" (from Mutual Friends)

BOY - "Oh Boy" (from Mutual Friends)

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Friday
Apr132012

Listen: Jukebox the Ghost - "Somebody"

"Somebody" kicks off the forthcoming Jukebox the Ghost album with, well, a spirited kick all its own. The Washington, DC piano-pop trio has never shied away from we've described as "twisty hooks and insanely catchy, high-energy melodic turns" -- and the new Safe Travels (June 12, Yep Roc) from pianist Ben Thornewill, guitarist Tommy Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin promises to be even bigger and bolder than ever. The beat-driven, delightfull unironic "Somebody" practically begs to be sung along to so roll down the windows, crank it up an let 'er rip. Get a free download of another Safe Travels track -- "Oh Emily" -- at the JTG website.

Jukebox the Ghost - "Somebody" (from Safe Travels)

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Friday
Apr132012

Admiral Fallow - Tree Bursts In Snow

Admiral Fallow - Led by frontman and chief songwriter Louis Abbott, Scottish indie folk/pop band with a rough hewn edge returns with the eagerly anticipated follow up to 2010's breakout debut Boots Met My Face, an album we heralded as "quietly epic" and "a triumphant, visionary work" // Release: Tree Bursts In Snow (May 22 digital - June 26 CD, Nettwerk) // Sounds like: while there are elegant moments of ethereal harmonies and bedroom folk introspection to be had, the band seems to have honed their freewheeling sound and amped up the power playing over the din of ale-soaked clubs...the dramatic and artful approach to instrumentation and production sounds completely natural and unpretentious -- this is music grounded in basics yet as beautifully crafted as the most opulent chamber pop...

Admiral Fallow - "The Paper Trench" (from Tree Bursts In Snow)

Admiral Fallow - "Beetle in the Box" (from Tree Bursts In Snow)

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Thursday
Apr122012

RADAR: Amy Holford

British songwriter and singer Amy Holford isn't about the knockout punch, the big, dramatic song with the obvious killer hook. But the more subtle and subdued approach can be equally effective as she's proven on a handful of demos that lead the way for an official EP release later this year. Those fine folks at Communion (the music collective/ label co-founded by Mumford and Son's Ben Lovett) have already paid notice via their Newcastle branch and we're expecting that the anticipated fleshed-out studio recordings might be something special, particularly when you discover the richness of her vocals on songs like "Sunflower." Watch the live video for "Sunflower" below...

Amy Holford - "Sunflower"

Amy Holford - "I Have Seen"

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Thursday
Apr122012

Watch: Eight and a Half - "Go Ego"

We'll admit that there's not much going on in the video for "Go Ego" beyond the arty direction of Gaelle Jaunay-Desroches and, of course, the obvious eye candy of actress Jessica Stroup. The Canadian trio Eight and a Half -- Broken Social Scene drummer Justin Peroff along with Dave Hamelin and Liam O'Neil of The Stills -- released their fine eponymous debut this week and we'll also readily admit that it took a few listens to really take to what we've described as "dense, dreamy alt-pop, cacophonous blips and bleeps joining in a musical conversation that manages to be both droningly ambient and slyly melodic." Whatever it is, we're now happily drinking the Kool-aid.

Eight and a Half - "Go Ego" (from the album Eight and a Half)

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Thursday
Apr122012

Listen: Martha Wainwright - "All Your Clothes" (Live In Studio)

Martha Wainwright's been busy. In the midst of recording the follow up to her wonderful 2008 album I Know You’re Married but I Have Feelings Too -- and her 2010 recording of Edith Piaf tunes -- Wainwright has booked a June residency at City Winery in New York and even found time to stop by the Radio Free Song Club to lay down "two new, beautiful, sad, mad, songs about marriage and mothers": "All Your Clothes" and "Can You Believe It". The new studio project won't be arriving until the fall, but take a sneak peak below with "All Your Clothes" (and stream the full RFSC show here.)

Martha Wainwright - "All Your Clothes" (from the Radio Free Song Club performance)

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Thursday
Apr122012

Horse Feathers - Cynic's New Year

The evolution of Horse Feathers from the solo moniker of singer/songwriter Justin Ringle to a more full-fledged indie folk/pop band has been slow but steady over the course of four albums in six years. Cynic's New Year (April 17, Kill Rock Stars) isn't radically different in sound or scope to 2010's excellent Thistled Spring, but the album's more expansive alt/folk sound -- hailed as "impeccably lovely" by NPR -- gently pulls back the curtain to reveal a larger sonic stage for Ringle's superbly crafted songs. Guitar and banjo mingle with piano, strings and French horn for a sound that might be described as rural chamber pop, Ringle's smoky tenor maneuvering the songs' hushed, intimate melancholy and tender melodies with a gentle, graceful touch.

Horse Feathers - "Where I'll Be" (from Cynic's New Year)

Horse Feathers - "Fit Against the Country" (from Cynic's New Year)

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship

Here We Go Magic - Radiohead producer (and heralded "sixth member") Nigel Godrich is the guiding hand behind the eagerly-awaited third full length from the gifted rhythm-centric Brooklyn alt-pop band...headed up by frontman/songwriter and founder Luke Temple, HWGM manages to sound both densely layered and celestially spacious as ambient minimalism meets twisted, spiralling and spasmatic indie rock // Release: A Different Ship (May 8, Secretly Canadian) // Sounds like: the signature ricocheting beat patterns and odd time signatures remain intact but Godrich both expands the band's sound while contracting just a bit of their meticulous, multi-tracked studio clutter -- or as Magic-ian Michael Bloch puts it, "knowing where to stop us, knowing the limits of the sound palette and how to let the space breathe"...the result is a rush of exhilarating sonic proportions, melodies that skitter amidst a torrent of charged, sleekly arranged and eternally shifting rhythms...

Here We Go Magic - "How Do I Know" (from A Different Ship)

 

Here We Go Magic - "Make Up Your Mind" (from A Different Ship)

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Watch: Melody Gardot - "Mira"

"Mira", the lead track of Melody Gardot's long awaited The Absence, makes you want to pack your bag and head for someplace impossibly warm, sultry and exotic, where the local music makes you want to move (but not too much -- you don't want to spill your drink) and chill simultaneously. The mood is festive and sunny, the language barriers don't really mean that much, everyone's smiling and happy -- so...when's the next flight? Clearly, Ms. Gardot is looking and feeling great and the effortless rhythmic vibe of "Mira" is just the first leg of her globe-trotting itinerary --she promises "the deserts of Morocco, the streets of Lisbon, from the tango bars of Buenos Aires to the beaches of Brazil". Look for The Absence May 29 on Verve.

Melody Gardot - "Mira" (from The Absence)

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Tuesday
Apr102012

RADAR: Kirsty Almeida

When Kirsty Almeida says "I think it’s time for music with real soul" it becomes clear she's got more on her mind than even the most richly organic funky backbeat (though she's got that down, too). The much-buzzed performing songwriter's mindbendingly artful 2010 debut album Pure Blue Green -- being rereleased independently in late May with the original title DejaVoodu -- is a showcase of both style and substance, a rare potpourri of cross genre mashups that embrace hard gospel edges, brassy jazz stomps, slinky funk beats, breathy folk melodies and a sauntering rock rasp. Produced by the legendary Youth (U2, The Verve), the music defies easy categorization as much as it blows away references to influences or even eras. Retro? Timeless? Cutting edge? Modern? Who cares. All we know is that Kirsty Almeida is the real deal...

Kirsty Almeida - "Cool Down Rewind" (from the album DejaVoodu)

 

Kirsty Almeida - "Spider" (from the album DejaVoodu)

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Tuesday
Apr102012

Watch: Darlingside - "The Woods"

New England's progressive "string rock" quintet Darlingside are counting down to the July release of their debut album Pilot Machines with the release today of their new 7" and digital single Ancestors. New track -- and eyepopping video from animator Erik Tostevin premiering here -- "The Woods" sprints (literally!) on an intricate guitar lines and insistent backbeat, another sterling example of Darlingside's artful, cinematic music we've described as "meticulously arranged with orchestral flair" from an album "brimming with smarts and ambition." It's not too late to grab hold of the band's creative subscription program leading up to Pilot Machines -- and if you need a bit more check out our earlier Darlingside RADAR sighting.

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Tuesday
Apr102012

DC April 10 New Release Recap

Admit it...you need some new music. Not just some random computer streams -- though we happen to think that's a great way to discover new songs -- but a full serving of album goodness. So what's being dished up this week? Bonnie Raitt makes her long awaited return to the studio with the well-received Slipstream, Simone Felice heads out on his own with his fine new debut solo album, the heavily buzzed Alabama Shakes cover the bases with their Boys & Girls and Chi-town singer/songwriter Jenny Gillespie gives us a tasty appetizer with the new 5-track EP Belita. Also on tap: alt-pop Brits Scars on 45 finally see the U.S. release of their eponymous debut, modern, genre-busting Brit folkie Jim Moray is back with his fifth album Skulk, Canada's adventurous new art-pop trio Eight and A Half release their promising debut, Brooklynite Monica Lionheart oozes smooth, chilled out pop songs on her Indian Summer and Brendan Benson discovery Young Hines mines the retro/pop classic sound for his Give Me My Change. And don't forget the new MTV Unplugged from Florence and the Machine and worthy new releases from M. Ward, Nancy Griffith, Kat Edmondson, Amadou & Mariam, Counting Crows and Neal Casal. Click below to read more, link to DC features, streams and sites...

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Monday
Apr092012

Jim Moray - Skulk

Jim Moray wants you to jettison whatever preconceptions you may have about British folk music. While much of the current nu-folk movement in the U.K. tends to be modern songwriting dressed up (or, rather, stripped down) to an intimate and acoustic nexus, Moray reverses that strategy by reimagining primarily traditional folk songs into works of elaborate and dramatic art/pop. Any strict genre borders -- pop, rock, soul and folk -- are meaningless inhibitions in Moray's world. Taking its name from the word for a collection of foxes, the self-produced fifth album Skulk (April 10, U.K.) offers up potpourri of eclectic tracks, moving seamlessly from reworked traditional songs like the stunning seven-minute centerpiece "Lord Douglas" -- with the occasional new twist on melody or lyric -- as well as new interpretations of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love" and Anais Mitchell's "If It's True" (from her folk "opera" Hadestown). Stream the full Skulk at Moray's Bandcamp page. "If It's True" video below...

Jim Moray - "If It's True" (from Skulk)

Jim Moray - "The Captain's Apprentice" (from Skulk)

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Monday
Apr092012

Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

Highly touted down-and-dirty blues n' soul band Alabama Shakes turns the sweat and heat quotient up to eleven on their raucous, highly-anticipated debut album Boys and Girls (April 10, ATO). At the ripe old age of 23, powerhouse frontwoman Brittany Howard displays remarkably gritty old soul cred as she alternately storms and caresses her way through the album's dozen roadhouse-ready tracks, from the slow grinding lead track "Hold On" to the Memphis-styled R+B of "Ain't the Same" and "I Found You." The core of the band -- Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, drummer Steve Johnson and bassist Zac Cockrell -- began playing together right out of high school, shaping their "garage soul" sound in local clubs and honing what has become a throat-grabbing, electrically-charged live show. Howard's dramatic power, may be the spotlight but it is clearly the band's finely tuned chemistry and organic on-stage bond that gives Alabama Shakes their unshakeable timelessness and "real deal" reputation.

Alabama Shakes - "I Found You" (from the album Boys and Girls)

Alabama Shakes - "Hold On" (from the album Boys and Girls)

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Monday
Apr092012

Watch: Lissie - "Go Your Own Way"

Fleetwood Mac's classic "Go Your Own Way" gets a striking reworking at the hands of DC fave Lissie, a digital (and U.K.) bonus track from her covers EP Covered Up With Flowers. We've noted the Mac-ian influences on her own songs -- notably "When I'm Alone" and "In Sleep" -- and the comparisons fall naturally into place when you hear her tackle this Rumours gem. Lissie is currently prepping the followup to her excellent 2010 debut Catching A Tiger for release this fall. Needless to say we're ready.

Lissie - "Go Your Own Way" (from Covered Up With Flowers)

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Friday
Apr062012

Dar Williams - In the Time of Gods

Dar Williams - Acclaimed singer/songwriter taps noted producer Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel) for her first new studio recordings in four years and ninth overall since her 1995 debut...as with all Williams albums, social issues are at the lyrical forefront but this time she cleverly integrates elements of Greek mythology into the presentation...Shawn Colvin and Larry Campbell guest along with Rob Hyman (The Hooters) who co-wrote four songs // Release: In the Time of Gods (April 17, Razor and Tie) // Sounds like: Williams describes Killen as the "alchemist" behind her Gods, letting him "handpick" the studio band - including Charley Drayton (Fiona Apple) and Gerry Leonard (David Bowie) - and creating a denser, more atmospheric sound than her earlier works, what she describes as "strength and sophistication"...

Dar Williams - "I Am the One Who Will Remember Everything" (from In the Time of Gods)

Dar Williams - In the Time of Gods Sampler (This Earth, The Light & The Sea, Crystal Creek, Storm King)

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