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New Music | Barna Howard – Indiana Rose

Through semblances of Townes Van Zandt, Barna Howard seems to be finding himself embedded into a time and place that isn’t 2015 and frankly I’m enjoying it a ton. His small-town folk sensibility seems to be a creative driving force behind his upcoming record, Quite a Feelin’. On new track “Indiana Rose,” Howard laments a love-lost and regret, it’s this sense of reflection and the imagery he uses within his writing that makes this song familiar even as it is brand new. Howard seems to have captured something with this one, that instantly creates a sense of nostalgia, and pure…

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The Wooden Sky – Saturday Night

The Wooden Sky will release their highly anticipated fourth album Lets Be Ready, June 16 via Nevado Music. The record marks a few changes for the band, being the first album without founder Andrew Wyatt. The video leans on footage from the bands years of touring, but it’s a driving, soaring piece of rock & roll that finds it’s way deep into your ears.

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Photos + Review | Father John Misty @ The Paradise

Photos by Boston Concert Photography Tuesday night was rife with anticipation. It’d be a few years since we saw the sass factory that is Father John Misty, and we all here at Music Savage are particularly fond of his catalog of music, his stage dancing, and his banter. Settling in to a packed Paradise Rock Club, with the lights down low, and an unlit “No Photography,” neon sign adorning the background of the stage, I couldn’t help but feel some anxiety about what could happen on stage over the next few hours. As the lights came up, Misty started the…

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New Music | Fort Frances – Anonymous

I’ve been bringing music from Chicago’s Fort Frances since 2011 and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the band continue to record and progress over those years. The band is excitedly preparing a new EP, No One Needs to Know Our Name, for a May 12th release. For the new recordings,the band headed to Maine and worked with producer and mixer Sam Kassirer (so we’re already fans) at Great North Sound Society. Kassirer has produced and worked on a bunch of my favorite records, with great artists like Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, and Langhorne Slim. So when I heard they were…

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New Music | Mandolin Orange – Old Ties and Companions

New music from North Carolina’s Mandolin Orange, the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. Old Ties and Companions is a graceful, mandolin ballad that reminds us to acknowledge the special things in life because they don’t last forever, an important reminder for folks that travel as much as Mandolin Orange has. A perfect morning jam on this bright sunny, freezing cold morning here in Boston, grab a cup of coffee and spin this twice. Look for “Old Ties and Companions,” to appear on Mandolin Orange’s upcoming record, Such Jubilee, out May 5th.

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2014 | Kyle’s Record Recommends Part 2

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to wrap up everything we loved, and this year I’d like to make this a buyers recommendation for records this year. At this point in my life, these are all records I think you should drop $20 on and spin the vinyl like there is no tomorrow. I didn’t think it was proper to put these in any type of order although most people who I discuss music with will probably know what my number one is. Without further ado, here are my recommendations for records to buy that released in…

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2014 | Kyle’s Record Recommends Day 1

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to wrap up everything we loved, and this year I’d like to make this a buyers recommendation for records this year. At this point in my life, these are all records I think you should drop $20 on and spin the vinyl like there is no tomorrow. I didn’t think it was proper to put these in any type of order although most people who I discuss music with will probably know what my number one is. Without further ado, here are my recommendations for records to buy that released in…

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New Music | Andrew Combs – Foolin’

A new tune just hit us from our pal Andrew Combs, off his upcoming new record, All These Dreams, and we fell pretty hard for it pretty damn quickly. “Foolin’,” is a social commentary on the state of people’s online lives, how we’ve come to project something very different from who we are. What you get is this killer, Orbison-like tune that shimmers, a country-tinged song with a modern setpiece. Pals Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum Jr. from Steelism lend a hand as the band on “Foolin’,” and the rest of the Combs’ upcoming record, which drops March 3rd.

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New Music | JD McPherson – Bossy

A new tune from favorite, JD McPherson, would definitely perk my ears up a bit, and when I hit play, out shoots a driving, pounding, breathy blues roots track that I totally fell in love with. It’s got a raw, pure feeling to it, like it came out of his guitar on it’s own. It may be more of McPherson’s interpretation of blues-roots, but it feels more authentically his versus a retro-style. Either way, I’m in love, and it’s only whetting my appetite for more. Look for McPherson’s new record, Let the Good Times Roll, out in February on Rounder…

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Video | Belle & Sebastian – The Party Line

Belle & Sebastian’s new tune got video treatment, and “The Party Line,” indeed sounds just that, a 4 minute party. It digs its way deep into your ears and will have you reaching for more. It’s a great funky, soulful indie-pop kind of sound that isn’t too far of a stretch for Belle & Sebastian at all. Look for “The Party Line,” to land on B&S’ new record, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance will be released on January 20th, 2015 via Matador.

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