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Video | Newport Folk Festival 2015 Highlights

Just as we turn the corner into the coldest part of the year, Newport Folk Festival drops this heart warmer on us to recap the 2015 season and push the anticipation button on 2016. As Jay Sweet and crew spend the winter plotting and planning next year’s the best-weekend-of-the-year, we’ll have this video by SoPa Productions to come back to when Jack Frost starts nipping at our toes. Just to make sure we all get what we want for the holidays, tickets for Newport Folk go on sale next Wednesday, December 2nd at 10 AM! Stay tuned to the NFF…

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New Music | Julie Rhodes – In Your Garden

Massachusetts native Julie Rhodes is getting ready to unleash her debut LP, Bound To Meet The Devil, and we are pleased to share with you fine folks the first single, “In Your Garden.” The Somerville soulstress was born and raised in Woburn, MA and has been honing her musical chops all over New England these past few years, including a few pop-up performances at this year’s Newport Folk Festival. The first thing you notice the moment you press play on “In Your Garden” is that growling, powerhouse of a voice. Rhodes sings out “Oh go on and leave me/like another…

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New Music | Kaleo – “No Good”

In short: “No Good” = so good. It’s no secret we’re smitten with Kaleo, the Icelandic group subtly making waves in the U.S. and abroad. Well, there’s nothing subtle about the head-nodding track they just dropped. Featured in the trailer for HBO’s upcoming series, Vinyl, a new drama series from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, this song is exactly what you need to kick this week in the ass and stroll confidently into the weekend. Do it.

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Video | The Donkeys – Down the Line

This song is exactly what you need when you are deep in the throws of a gray November day in Boston. The head-bobbing nature of “Down the Line,” intermixed with the near sun soaked (to an almost silly level) visuals on the video scream California, I mean there is no escaping it here, and frankly today I don’t care to. It screams everything we aren’t allowed to have here int he northeast. It’s carefree, gentle-spirited music that is putting a smile on my face. Look for “Down the Line,” on the The Donkeys upcoming mini-album, Midnight Palms, February 12th. More…

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New Music Video | !!! – Ooo

New video from !!! (Chk Chk Chk) for their track “Ooo” which is a super fun look into the world of relationships, and how those common woes are universal, even in outer space. The video was done by Casper Kelly, who directed the viral “Too Many Cooks” video. It’s a disco laden pop track so smooth and silky, and perfect for a dance party at Mos Eisley Cantina, or aboard the Enterprise. Look for “Ooo” on their recent release As If. TOUR DATES 11/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg 11/18 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom…

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New Music | Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Hot Coals

More than two years after the release of their self-titled third studio album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have just teased their latest efforts with the release of the jazzy and atmospheric “Hot Coals.” Fronted by falsetto vocals, the track itself starts sparsely but smoothly becomes an example of a rhythm and piano driven anthem of sorts. So much so, you can see this song becoming the backdrop to free-styled lyrics inspired by whatever social movement Alex Ebert feels is worthy of attention at any moment. Per Ebert, the bands enigmatic leader: “We’ve been on for a while now,…

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New Music | Lake Street Dive – Call Off Your Dogs

This new cut from Lake Street Dive’s upcoming record, Side Pony, is a funky odyssey into the neo-soul, and I’m finding myself pressing repeat over and over again. Rachel Price’s voice is spot on, and the band seems to be picking up right where they left off on their ’14 effort Bad Self Portraits. The funky bass line, disco era string arrangements, and horns all make the song a total head bobber, and one you’ll be reaching for again and again. Look for Side Pony, released February 19th, on Nonesuch records. Lake Street Dive North American Tour Monday, February 22:…

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Photos | John Moreland @ Great Scott

After spending time with High On Tulsa Heat and catching the the all-too-brief John Moreland set during the Wildwood Revival showcase at Newport Folk Festival, I promised myself a return trip to see a full performance would make it’s way to my calendar as soon as I recovered from the weekend. As I made my way to Great Scott on the chilly November evening that finally afforded me that opportunity, I had full expectation of being partisan to a performance that captured those close enough to Moreland to feel the emotion in his performance. What I didn’t expect was for the entire place to be rendered nearly silent.…

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New Music | Benji Hughes – Girls Love Shoes

Eclecto-pop genius, yes I said it, Benji Hughes needs to be on your radar. He’s recently signed with Merge Records, and is releasing his record, Songs in the Keys of Animals. Fans of Hughes might have already had this record in their hands as Hughes self-released it digitally at the end of 2014. A year later, and it’s been remixed and remastered, and I couldn’t be more excited about this music getting out there for everyone to hear. A month ago saw the release of first single, “Freaky Feedback Blues,” and today he officially releases “Girls Love Shoes,” a track…

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New Music | Radiation City – Juicy

Sometimes it’s just best to go your separate ways when a relationship isn’t working out. But sometimes, sticking it out just a bit longer can bring forth some interesting results. As is the case with Radiation City’s founding couple, Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison who as their band and personal relationship was crumbling, got back into the studio to record another album. Sourcing Riley Geare (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) as an in-studio drummer, and employing John Vanderslice as their producer, the two are now close to releasing their third record, titled Synesthetica, and it’s first single, “Juicy.” “Juicy,” is a psychedelic…

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