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Beady Eye – Bring the Light

Bring the Light Beady Eye is the new project from Oasis, sans Noel Gallagher.  Liam and the boys have recorded this 60s inspired piano led rock track, thats loose and fast.  The album details have yet to surface, and this may lack the songwriting of Noel Gallagher, but its got a fun feel, its certainly not what I was expecting, and that may be in Noel’s absence.  That may or may not be a good thing, I’ve yet to fully form an opinion on this one 3:30 of music but for now, its fun to listen to.  I caught this…

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Video | Bad Books – You Wouldn’t Have to Ask

The official music video for “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” from Bad Books self-titled debut album. Bad Books is Kevin Devine + Manchester Orchestra.   The video is very Buddy Holly / 60’s American Bandstand-esque. Check my review of Bad Books’ album here.

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Electric Owls – Cullowhee EP Review

When I Was a Flood Electric Owls’ new Cullowhee Songs EP was released on Vagrant on Nov 9 digitally and on vinyl via the band’s website ( If you are unfamiliar with them, Electric Owls is a side project lead by Andy Herrod of The Comas.  The Electric Owls project, was recorded in Asheville, NC with Herrod, and some friends.  Written over the last few months that also served as a home recording experiment, there are guitars, banjos, beats, ukuleles, synths, accordions, horns, pianos, xylophones and bells. Simply put, the EP is just too damn short, four songs are just not enough.…

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Telekinesis – Car Crash

Car Crash Seattle power pop outfit Telekinesis announced they will release a second album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, February 15 via Merge.  The single from the upcoming album, entitled “Car Crash” has that same power pop punch that you’d expect from Michael Lerner.  It’s totally fun, got a great hook, and some sing-along harmonies that will get you humming along.  This might be the quickest two and a half minutes of your life. Lerner and bandmates will hit the road in February, just after the album release, check the dates below and see them when they come to your city. Telekinesis tour…

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Tennis – Take Me Somewhere

Take Me Somewhere Indie pop duo Tennis are set to release their debut LP, Cape Dory, January 18 via Fat Possum. Check out “Take Me Somewhere”, a light summery song that may not match the season,  but airs that 60’s sun soaked pop vibe that we heard from their earlier tracks, like Baltimore, and Marathon. Preorder Cape Dory.

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The Vaccines – If You Wanna

I posted this mp3 a month or two ago, the Vaccines are a UK based indie band picking up all kinds of traction.  Check out the live video of them performing their foot stomping track If You Wanna on Later with Jools Holland.

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Wolf Gang – Lions in Cages

Lions in Cages Wolf Gang is the project of 23 year-old London multi-instrumentalist Max McElligott, “Lions In Cages” the first single from his forthcoming, Suego Faults. Preorder here. Web | Myspace | Facebook | Twitter

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Show Review – Dawes at the Royale – Boston, MA

How Far We’ve Come
When My Time Comes

If you haven’t heard of Dawes, now would be the time.  A fusion of country and rock, Dawes (not a last name but a middle name) pays homage to musical influences from CSN to  Dylan.  They’ve got a dusty, timeless feel to them; but anyone that has experienced their live shows knows they put on a show that is nothing but electric.  Listening to their recorded album, North Hills, you can get a sense of what these guys are all about.  An americana feel with excellent writing, written mostly by frontman Taylor Goldsmith.

After seeing what could have been the best set at Newport Folk Festival this past summer, I was expectedly excited for an evening with Dawes at the Royale here in Boston.

The energy in the room was great, and apparently Dawes cashed in on their success at Newport, there were plenty of people in the crowd eagerly awaiting them to take stage.   Crowd pleasers like, “My Girl to Me,” and when drummer Griffin sang “How Far We’ve Come” took the crowd by the metaphorical horns.  Griffin was surprisingly fantastic from behind the kit echoing his inner Levon, bringing the crowd into a 500 person harmony.   New track “Fire Away,” which one can assume will be on the forthcoming album was warmly received by the excited fans, but as the night came to an near end, the band dropped “When My Time Comes” their most popular song, a boisterous yet ruminative track about life and death.  The crowd all standing on their toes singing along at the top of their lungs, it was exactly what they had been looking for.

On the encore, the sing-along “I’ve Got a Feeling,” which left us all in bliss back in Newport, was epilogue to a fantastic night that won’t soon be forgotten, in the end, “it’s gonna be alright.”

You can truly see these guys have something special, and are hands down one of the best young bands out there today.


Black Dub – I Believe In You

I Believe In You Check out the first single ‘I Believe in You,’ from Black Dub,  the new quartet helmed by  guitarist and Grammy award-winning producer Daniel Lanois. They are hitting the road this November in support of their self titled debut album. The tour will kick off November 15 in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club and finish up in Minneapolis on November 24.  Black Dub combines tripped-out soul with flourishes of rock ‘n’ roll and Jamaican dub for a sound that’s elegant and entrancing. The band features Lanois on guitar, New Orleans virtuoso Brian Blade, a seasoned musician who has…

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