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Photos + Review | Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats @ Royale

Thursday night was a special night out for me, my first since my child was born, and one that I’d been waiting for since the day this concert was announced. For months since a fantastic set at Newport Folk Festival, I’d pined over seeing Rateliff and the Nightsweats perform again. Thursday night, we all packed into a sold out Royale, what seemed like hundreds of friends and family who all together danced and sung along to an amazing set that was soulful, groovy, and rollicking. Starting the set with “I Need Never Get Old,” which is also opens the Stax recorded soul album named…

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#50WordReview | Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks

Ritter preaches us stories in the style of, “messianic oracular honky-tonk.” Upbeat rock, haunting songs of murderers, promiscuous teens, and sinners abound. It’s an adventurous, folk-rock album with a shiny veneer that hides behind it darker almost apocalyptic feelings with a humorous tone. Buy, Stream, Download now. * Reminds us of: Honky-tonk Paul Simon mixed with a traveling preacher (GASP!) * Add to queue: Getting Ready to Get Down, Cumberland, Where The Night Goes, Young Moses

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New Music | Son Little – Lay Down

The first thing you notice on Son Little’s “Lay Down,” is a golden, buttery smooth vocals pairing with harmony that’s just as sweet. The song just seems to exist on another plane, it breezes by before you know it, a fleeting intimate moment between two lovers. The vocals, and the sparse instrumentation over a guitar and some light percussion gives this song a perfect pocket to exist in. Good luck listening just once. Look for “Lay Down,” to arrive on his upcoming record, October 16, on ANTI records. More from Son Little Facebook | Twitter | Spotify

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New Music | Big Scary – Organism

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Hardly a band to be nailed down by style, Australia’s Big Scary duo of Tom Iansek and Jo Syme crafted this quirky pop song, Organism, that’s got a dance vibe with little stabs from the deep end of a saxophone. In my head it’s reminiscent of a Menomena tune, and it’s got me dancing in my chair.

The band is taking the song and some others on the road to cut their teeth before recording, and we’ll see them here in Boston at the beginning of October.

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New Music | Yuck – Hold Me Closer

As soon as you press play, and the distortion kicks in, the fuzz blows into your ears, there’s a pop connection on this new track from Brit rockers, Yuck. I don’t think Yuck is being held back at all from losing their former frontman, “Hold Me Closer,” is a gem, full of those 90s guitars and lo-fi vocals that we’ve come to love (again?!). This track and a handful of US shows is all we know about any upcoming album (out sometime in 2016). I for one need to hear more and would like to see a Boston date as…

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New Music | The Afternoon Edition – Canyon Lights

Really really loving the sounds coming from New York’s The Afternoon Edition, and their new single “Canyon Lights.” The band consists of brothers, Connor and Shane Noetzel, and friend Bryan Gallio, who are modernizing a sound honed from Americana forebears The Byrds or the Band, and rolling in more contemporary balladry with small flourishes and tinges of country. It’s a nice mix, that has some strong popular appeal and only whets our appetite for more from the band. Look for “Canyon Lights” to appear on the bands upcoming release Fallow, out this summer. More from The Afternoon Edition | Web…

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New Music | Rayland Baxter – Yellow Eyes

Although this tune debuted on NPR last week, it caught my ears again and I felt like I had to share it. It may be one of the best songs we hear this year, with it’s songwriting wit, it’s honeyed melodies, and its ability to slow down time I just couldn’t resist. The music reverberates inside your brain, it’s calming, introspective, and you just wish like a sunny breezy day, that it’d never end. The song elicits an absolute response and it’s the perfect jumping off point for his upcoming record, Imaginary Man, which drops August 14th on ATO Records.

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New Music | Tyler Lyle – Winter is for Kierkegaard

Georgia born singer songwriter and pal of ours, Tyler Lyle has been on a mission as of late. He got his new record funded on pledge music, has been churning out content to keep us all interested and now has finally dropped the first single from his upcoming record, The Native Genius of Desert Plants, a sophomore followup to a favorite record in my household, his The Golden Age and the Silver Girl. “Winter is for Kierkegaard” is a driving, uplifting anthem that comes out of some serious growing up. Musically reminiscent of Fleetwood, while Lyle wraps his verses around…

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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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