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The Cave Singers – Naomi

April 16th, 2013
Freed

You may not be familiar with The Cave Singers, but one listen to their latest release, Naomi, and that will surely change. Formed by post-punker Pretty Girls Make Graves member Derek Fudesco, the four piece in The Cave Singers partnered up with producer Phi Ek (Modest Mouse, Fleet Foxes) to bring a more mature and refined sound to the album. So long are the days of back porch banjo sessions, although we’re sure to see its influence. With their fourth release, The Cave Singers have been able to find their voice among the 12 developed songs. Read more…

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Josh Rouse- The Happiness Waltz

April 12th, 2013

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First Dance

Josh Rouse has always held a special place in my heart. From our first introduction in 2005’s Nashville, I was immediately captivated by the ease of Rouse’s lyrics and the softness of his singer-songwriter beats. With his latest release, The Happiness Waltz, it’s no surprise Rouse continues to amaze and impresses. His southern-esc charm bleeds throughout the twelve tracks that compile his most recent project and Rouse invites you in the personal bearings of his heart.
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Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – What the Brothers Sang

March 1st, 2013

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Soulful Tribute

When you pair up a musical vision from both Faun Fables’ Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy (a.k.a Will Oldham) and have them create a tribute album to the Everly Brothers, you’re asking for a musical delicacy. What the Brothers Sang (Drag City, 2013) perfectly blends a harmonious mixture of indie rock, folk and little bit of soul. While the duo might not be the first ones to explore this feat (the Everly Brothers have a long list of legendary musicians who have paid homage to the band including Bob Dylan), they’re nothing short of masterful on this record. With thirteen songs, each one is individual in nature and yet still holds true to Everly Brothers’ ‘60s folk sound, bridging the generational musical gap.
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Lisa Germano – No Elephants

February 25th, 2013

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Soul Bearing

Indiana’s favorite dream pop singer-songwriter, Lisa Germano, has returned with her ninth album, No Elephants.  Known for her hushed vocals, confessional lyrics and her distinguishable violin, Germano’s  latest release doesn’t sway far from her musical repertoire and offers observations on environmental behaviors, blood diamonds, and general social cognizance in a beautifully poetic way.
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Holly Williams – The Highway

February 16th, 2013

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Take a Ride

Third generation of rock-country royalty, Holly Williams, granddaughter of country icon Hank Williams Sr. and daughter of Hank Williams Jr., releases her third album, The Highway (Georgiana). Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars), The Highway is eleven songs about the exploration of family (specifically Williams mother’s side), love, and all that flows in between. It should come as no surprise that Williams’ music is rooted deeply in country Americana, it’s in her blood, but Williams also offers elements of electric guitars and keyboards to give a modern spin on traditional country music.
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Arbouretum – Coming Out of the Fog

February 12th, 2013

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Dark and Deep

Arbouretum are out with their fifth full length album, Coming Out of the Fog. Leaning more on the softer side of their normal dim folk rock, Fog offers doom psych rock with experimental outlays composed to fit into a quick 39 minute package. Founded by guitarist and vocalist, Dave Heumann, Arbouretum is also comprised of bassist Corey Allender, percussionist and keyboardist Matt Pierce, and drummer Brian Carey who all together are a unique and creative force.
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He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister – Nobody Dances in this Town

January 27th, 2013

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Family Affair

Take one part self described “glam-a-billy,” three parts “flashy folk,” mix in a dash of Vaudeville inspiration and finish with a twist of soul-filled gospel and you have the recipe for He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister. The LA quintet has perfected this blend of musical mastery, culminating on their debut LP, Nobody Dances in this Town.
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The Delta Saints – Death Letter Jubilee

January 17th, 2013

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Rooted in Soul

Nashville based rockers, The Delta Saints have just released their self-released debut album, Death Letter Jubilee. Comprised of Ben Ringel (vocals, dobro) Ben Azzi on drums, Dylan Fitch on guitar, and David Supica rounding out the band on bass, The Delta Saints bring an album full of harmonica-laced bluesy rock  with down home country soul. With 13 tracks on a debut album, you’d expect a hit here and miss there, but The Delta Spirit know exactly what they’re doing. Each song is exquisitely handcrafted with infectious gaiety, filling your soul with musical rapture that leaves you pining for more.
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By Emily Provansal Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Stumbleine – Spiderwebbed

January 10th, 2013

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Hidden Juxtaposition

Bristol based Stumbeline has a way with balancing its silky soft nature in a world of electronica.  The downtempo side from one of the members from Swarm, Stumbeline has released a new album, Spiderwebbed, that can both soothe and rock in a juxtaposition that by characteristics alone can seem unsuccessful. The genius of Spiderwebbed is an album that is a masterful contradiction, and the blending of music transforms sounds and emotions.
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Various Artists – This is 40 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

December 11th, 2012

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More than Could Be Expected

In Judd Apatow’s latest movie This is 40, the spinoff of 2007’s hit, Knocked Up we see life and marriage as it moves forward into a new chapter. As grand as the ensemble in the movie is, the 17 tracks that compile the This is 40 soundtrack are a round out of legends and indie’s brightest stars. The soundtrack features tracks from Yoko Ono, Norah Jones, Graham Parker with Punch Brothers, Paul Simon, Lindsay Buckingham and The Avett Brothers, just to name a few.
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