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Michigan Rattlers – Last Week

I offered a preview of up and coming duo Michigan Rattlers on my most recent mixtape, but their brief, but growing catalog has been on constant replay over the past month or so. “Illinois Sky” and “Sweet Diane” offer up approachable Americana with relatable storytelling reminiscent of Dawes and The Jayhawks. Graham Young and Adam […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #40-31

the xx, Fillmore, Detroit, June 2013 Onward and upward with more of my favorite tracks of 2013. #40 Phantogram-Black Out Days Phantogram’s brand of darker indie pop with a touch of hip-hop excelled with Sarah Barthel’s soaring vocals and the swirling abyss of bass and synth. The echo that kicks off “Black Out Days” and reverberates […]

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Americana Folk

Joy Kills Sorrow – Was It You & Wide Awake EP

My number one new artist obsession for the month of July has been Joy Kills Sorrow. The Boston-based quintet falls right in line with the wave of banjo/mandolin pop I’ve been enamored with (see The Lone Bellow, Swear and Shake, Punch Brothers, etc.). However, lead singer Emma Beaton brings a freshly enchanting voice to the […]

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Americana

Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) & Ruby Amanfu – I Wonder

Brittany from the beloved Alabama Shakes and Ruby Amanfu who sang so greatly on Jack White’s “Love Interruption” couldn’t be a better match. If Jack White is the brainiac who decided they should get together for a special 7 inch covering Rodriguez and Memphis Minnie, he really is a genius. Stream both “I Wonder” and […]

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Alt Country Folk

Dawes: From A Window Seat & new album

…and the list of great new albums to look forward keeps getting better. LA quartet Dawes is set to release Stories Don’t End, their 3rd album on April 9th. Nothing is Wrong was filled with CSR-influenced country rock and was a highlight of 2011. “From A Window Seat” includes all of the elements that have […]

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Alt Country Music Video

Music Video: The Giving Tree Band – Cold Cold Rain

Of all the instruments I’ve enjoyed over the past few years, the renaissance of the banjo has to be my favorite. More popular bands like Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers were my introduction, but The Giving Tree Band‘s latest song “Cold Cold Rain” is my current favorite use. Handclaps, violin, slide guitar and […]

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Alt Country Folk

STREAM: Great Lake Swimmers – Easy Come Easy Go

Toronto folk rock/alt country Great Lake Swimmers are readying the release of New Wild Everywhere (pre-order here) and finally offered up a new single. “Easy Come Easy Go” immediately charms with swaying guitar/strings mixed with lead vocals by Tony Decker and a little help from Miranda Mullholland. Look for their 5th album New Wild Everywhere […]