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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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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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