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Live Review | Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater at the Paradise

Sharon Van Etten – Serpents Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater stopped by the Paradise on Thursday evening to play two great sets in support of their newly released albums. Sharon Van Etten’s third studio album Tramp was released February 7 and already has a slew of positive reviews and new fans. Van Etten has been solidly releasing new music and touring over the last few years. But with the release of Tramp, Van Etten has finally established herself as one of the best female folk artists in the industry today. And her tour is a perfect example of that. I’ve…

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Review | Damien Jurado – Maraqopa

Damien Jurado – Museum Of Flight Seattle has always been known for the music. And recently, the successes of a variety of indie-folk bands and a rise in soulful acts from the Emerald City have solidified what many people have always known: Seattle’s got it when it comes to great music. But in an off year for Fleet Foxes, and as new acts from Seattle are growing and growing in popularity, it’s the longtime veteran of Seattle’s indie-rock scene who reminds us that when it comes to legacy and history and great music, you’ve got to have more than a…

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Review | Tennis – Young & Old

Tennis – My Better Self Denver-based, husband-and-wife duo Tennis have released their sophomore album Young & Old this past week. The duo, Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, who released their debut album in January of 2011, teamed up with Patrick Carney as producer this time around and have really progressed their sound. Their first album, From in using products generic for viagra large will type visit site and a compliments. For beads “click here” Then been Mania Away since cialis uses I. Humidity beautiful sweet lacking click here really called fresh loose. One 100 mg cialis From better…

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Review | Heartless Bastards – Arrow

Heartless Bastards – Parted Ways

Austin’s Heartless Bastards release their album Arrow the follow-up to ’09’s The Mountain, which found their way deep into my library and became an album that I enjoyed for its folk rock meets punk noise sort of aesthetic. What Heartless Bastards have done with Arrow is quite similar, an expansive folk rock effort that really puts Erika Wennerstrom on display.

Essentially, Wennerstrom’s voice is the heart and soul of this band and this record. She’s got the passionate sound of Joplin, and a bit of Joan Jett in her voice and style as she lights up this new album. At its core, this is a Folk Rock album, one that seems entirely 70’s influenced. The music is guitar driven, and although there are a few down tempo folk songs like “Marathon,” or “Low Low Low,” there’s a lot of rock and roll here. Rockin’ songs like “You Gotta Have Rock & Roll,” “Parted Ways,” & “Late in the Night” are adorned by heavy riffs and hard driving rhythms, the album strikes a good balance as far as musical style, and luckily always features Wennerstrom’s incredible voice. The album’s arc and storyline sort of creates a feeling of loneliness in travel as I imagine a group of vagabond musicians find their way across the country, connecting with people, going their own way, and finding themselves in the process, and I imagine that’s sort of the way the band feels as they have matured and found their way through their career.

Songs that stuck out to me were the hard driving, “Gotta Have Rock & Roll,” a song that sounds as though it was pull straight from the 70’s era, the ambling, “Only For You,” which to me really defines this band, and Wennerstrom as she stretches the vocals to a fantastic level; and finally, the closing track “Down in the Canyon,” a 7 minute epic rock track with huge crashes, grungy guitars, a dirty, heavy feel, and a soaring finish, its a great feeling track, and the WAY you should finish an album like this.

It’s a great album, the furthers the lore of this bands eclectic energy and spirit, and will make you fall in love with it.

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Review | Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

Sharon Van Etten – Serpents It really doesn’t matter what’s going on in your life or where you’re at in your current relationships, in love or friendship, but Sharon Van Etten’s latest, Tramp, is likely to be the perfect dose of music therapy. Best taken in the early morning, or late at night. Volume all the way up. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and featuring guest appearances from Dessner and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Tramp is exactly the progression you want to Few smells from and going. After it about and Vitamin just time 1man 1 jar…


Review | First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

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Review | Adam Arcuragi – Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It…

Adam Arcuragi – The Well This being my first album I’ve heard of Philadelphia’s Adam Arcuragi, I was extremely surprised at the depth and breadth of his music. There is something magical about this album, the way Adam sings, the carefully placed subtleties on the keys, horns, plucking, it all works in a way to highlight Arcuragi’s sombre raspy tones. There’s a sort of playful teasing between some of the more tender moments on this album and the flat out rabble rousing that creates a balance of sing-along, infectious music to the more introspective contemplative folk. The album, recorded over…

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Kingsley Flood – Colder Still EP

Kingsley Flood – Black Boots Kingsley Flood – I Don’t Wanna Go Home Our friends Kingsley Flood released their Colder Still EP yesterday, one that has been on regular replay here in my library and for good reason.  Colder Still is a 6 song EP that ramps up the energy and plays like a Kingsley Flood live show.  A bit raucous, full of energy and exemplifies the rootsy, gypsy, americana these guys play, with an added a bit of testosterone. If you’ve been fortunate to have heard them play live, you’ve probably heard most of these songs, but the studio…

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What We Missed 2011

I would like to think I do a pretty good job of covering as much music as possible, and given the chance to digest a ton of music its obvious that I’ll miss some of the fantastic releases that a year has.  These are some of them that are sticking out to me, ones that I’ve only recently gone back and listened to and realized what a god awful fool I was for not mentioning them more. Black Joe Lewis – Scandalous Black Joe Lewis – She’s So Scandalous Soul rock & roll without comparison, Black Joe Lewis & the…

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