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New Music | Little Children – Every Little Light

Swedish musician Linus Lutti and his band Little Children have just released a fantastic new single, “Every Little Light,” and it’s one of his most up-tempo songs to date. Lutti has been on our radar for a number of years, and while we are big fans of the introspective heartbreaking numbers we have come to know and love, it is great to hear the sounds of unbridled enthusiasm in the song’s rock n’ roll riffs. Linus has stated ”The song is about running away. Letting go of everything and getting out. Erasing your whole life, starting from scratch. It’s about…

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New Music | Grammar – Americana

Boston based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Barrie Lindsay creates her music under the name Grammar and has been honing her craft since the age of 15. Now 26, the musician has just started releasing songs to the world and we couldn’t be more pleased to have such a talented artist representing our city. The new single we have for you fine folks is the wonderful, “Americana,” which is four minutes of blissful synth-driven sound perfectly layered over Lindsay’s captivating vocals. The song premiered over at Stereogum last week so it is already pretty obvious that the music blogosphere has begun…

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New Music | Martha – Goldman’s Detective Agency

Things I like, in no particular order: songs that I can describe as “fun” so I guess most power-pop generally historical references historical references to people whom I admire in whole or in part mentally recasting famous or historical figures as supersleuths (seriously. Ask me about Princess Anne.) Well, guess what Martha’s latest song, “Goldman’s Detective Agency” does? It nails every single one of those things. It’s an endearing, upbeat tune that, among other things, posits Emma Goldman as a private eye. It’ll be on their upcoming album Blisters in the Pit of My Heart, which comes out July 8th.…

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Interview + Preview | Matthew Logan Vasquez @ Cafe 939

For over a decade, Matthew Logan Vasquez has been kicking ass and taking names with the likes of Delta Spirit and Middle Brother (who, by the way, will be reuniting at Newport Folk Festival this summer.) After all those years and miles, MLV has finally dropped a solo album on us during a break from Delta and after the birth of his first child. Don’t let that fool you though, this is no one-man show and you won’t find MLV’s latest an album full of slow-paced tear jerkers. For Solicitor Returns, Vasquez has taken the reigns on just about every aspect…

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New Music | Band of Horses – Casual Party

Super excited for the brand new album, Why Are You OK, from South Carolina’s Band of Horses and here we have the lyric video for the first single, “Casual Party,” to help get you ready to take the stage at your next karaoke throw-down. This will be the band’s fifth studio album and the first for Interscope Records, having recently signed with the label, which will release Why Are You Ok this coming June. Produced by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and recorded in both sunny California and snowy upstate New York, the new LP was created meticulously during the past…

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New Music | Band of Skulls – Killer

UK’s Band of Skulls might have taken a break after relentlessly touring the world in support of 2014’s Himalayan, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy planning their next rock n’ roll monster of an attack on the senses. The trio have just signed with BMG and will release their fourth album, By Default, on May 27th. If you had any thought that signing to a major label would somehow have a mellowing effect on that signature ferocious sound I have one word for you. Wrong! The first single from the new release is titled, “Killer,” and well my…

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New Music | Josiah & The Bonnevilles – Cold Blood

Tennessee’s Josiah & The Bonnevilles are about to announce the release of their debut EP, Cold Blood on Vagrant Records. The EP which was co-produced and mixed by Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Paul McCartney, Macy Gray) and today we’re featuring the eponymous single, “Cold Blood,” an earnest, heartbreaking introspective story told through the eyes of someone who has deep regret, and sorrow for what they’ve become. The sparse instrumentation & simple guitar plucking add to the atmosphere of a song that is full of brooding and self-analysis. It feels like an intimate, view into something we shouldn’t be seeing. Cold…

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Video | Bob Mould – Hold On

Alright, this post is less “wow, you need to know about this musician or band” and more “just making sure you saw this song and video,” because, well, it’s Bob Mould. I’m not going to try and explain you something you already know. So, let’s take a boo at the video. First things first, this song is a hopeful song, a things-are-going-to-be-alright-eventually-we’ll-get-through-it-together song, and that in itself is sometimes exactly the ticket. I don’t like pablum and I don’t like platitudes, but like anyone, sometimes I could stand a little reassurance. “Hold On” delivers, managing to keep its positive message…

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Video | FEWS – 100 Goosebumps

When was the last time you had goosebumps? Not the kind from the cold, because that answer is probably “this morning,” because this whole “spring” thing is really taking its sweet time getting started. Anyway, FEWS wants more of those moments. Not the chilly ones, the meaningful ones. And they’re demanding them via the expedient of lonesome guitars and breakneck drums, reciting “I got / goosebumps / whatever / gives me / goosebumps” in a disaffected half-shout. Nothing could be more perfectly placed in a crumbling former asylum – the location of the video – which I thought was an abandoned theatre…

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New Music | Beth Orton – 1973

Not only do we have a new single from Beth Orton’s highly anticipated album, Kidsticks, we also received word that she will tour here in the states immediately following the release, with a stop here in Boston on June 15th, which is all kinds of exciting. I had hoped to hear news of a Newport appearance but I will take what I can get as it has been a minute since she’s been in our part of the world.

The second track is titled, “1973,” and it’s full of sparkly, synth-dance, goodness that will fit perfectly in that upcoming summertime playlist of yours. In fact, Kidsticks, is Orton’s first album built entirely around synthesizers rather than guitar, although this isn’t her first rodeo when it comes to making beats in lieu of plucking strings.

Press play and turn it up loud. Summer is coming!

You can pre-order Kidsticks, which is out via Anti- Records on May 27th.

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