Category: Music

Amen Dunes, “Cowboy Worship”

Amen Dunes, “Cowboy Worship”

Last year, Damon McMahon, a.k.a. Amen Dunes, released the splendid Love. It wasn’t so much an album full of love songs, but rather the title reflected the nearly 1.5 years it took McMahon to write, record, and produce the LP. It was also an expression to describe McMahon’s “devotion” to the ’60s and ’70s music, which were major influences on […]

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Weekend Showcase: New Singles for January 23rd Weekend

Weekend Showcase: New Singles for January 23rd Weekend

With the new year three weeks old, the avalanche of new music has commenced, so we have a slightly longer playlist this week. You’ll find everything from R&B to electronic to indie pop to indie rock to scuzz rock. Some of the artists are well-known and others still developing a following. Either way, we highly recommend that you check these […]

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First Impressions: The Dodos, “Individ”

First Impressions: The Dodos, “Individ”

It’s surprising to discover that The Dodos have been around for a decade, having formed in 2005. It almost seems like yesterday they were mesmerizing audiences with their percussion-focused, rhythmic indie rock. In some ways, it was “yesterday”, as the duo began to gain notoriety with 2009’s Time to Kill and experienced a bigger breakthrough in 2011 with No Color, which included a guest […]

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The Stunning Self-Titled Debut Album by Natalie Prass

The Stunning Self-Titled Debut Album by Natalie Prass

On January 27, Nashville-based Natalie Prass will release her debut, self-titled record. Prass impressed us with the phenomenal “Bird of Prey” a few months ago, and we’ve eagerly awaited the release of this LP since then. She’s waited even longer, as this record was recorded in 2012 and is finally seeing its release next week.  She spent most of 2014 […]

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Tomas Doncker Band – “Big Apple Blues”

Tomas Doncker Band – “Big Apple Blues”

I have huge respect for the blues and especially for how much it has influenced some of the great rock and roll pioneers and even current bands we love today. I grew up in a household where thankfully rock n’ roll was shared heavily along with blues influences such as BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Muddy Waters (Thanks Dad!). I enjoy a […]

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Video: Brian Lopez – “Static Noise”

Video: Brian Lopez – “Static Noise”

Last year, Brian Lopez released a beautiful record called Static Noise. Last week, Lopez shared the video for the title track. It’s a gorgeous video for one of the more stunning tracks of 2014, and it channels some very recognizable moments in history along with some pop culture references, including the old Maxell cassette ads. Be sure to check it out below. Connect […]

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Hidden Gem: Sweden’s Brother North

Hidden Gem: Sweden’s Brother North

Scandinavian indie folk duo Brother North released their self-titled debut last April to great acclaim in their native Sweden, though they have been making music together for over a decade. Freyr Flodgren and Lucas Enquist, both in their early 20s, are childhood friends who formed the group in 2012. Featuring delicate acoustic guitar accentuated by cello and piano, the pair […]

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The Decemberists, “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World”

The Decemberists, “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World”

The Portland, Oregon-based, folk-rock veterans, The Decemberists return with their 7th album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. Their last effort, The King is Dead, was the band’s biggest commercial success to date (debuting at number one on album charts) and found the band pulling back from the obscure lyrical references of early works and focusing more on pop hooks and a cohesive […]

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Ty Segall, “Mr. Face”

Ty Segall, “Mr. Face”

Arguably the busiest, if not the hardest working, man in not just indie rock but music as a whole is back with another new release. This time teaming up with Brooklyn indie label, Famous Class, Segall has released a special edition 7″ EP entitled Mr. Face. The EP retains the whirling psychedelic rock that Segall has long been associated with, […]

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The Self-Titled EP by River Whyless

The Self-Titled EP by River Whyless

For bands with multiple songwriters, it can be a challenge to create a compilation of songs that is coherent and cohesive. It takes a tremendous amount of trust and openness in order to incorporate the various ideas being presented. In some situations, it works, but even some of the great bands in history have broken up due to creative differences […]

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The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning

The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning

The Lone Bellow are a band of incredibly talented and passionate musicians. Their live shows are known for their positive energy and raw passion.  The three driving forces in The Lone Bellow, Guitarist and vocalist Zach Williams, the multi-talented Kanene Pipkin, and guitarist Brian Elmquist create an incredible experience everytime they play music together.  Then Came The Morning is these […]

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Paperhaus – “So Slow”

Paperhaus – “So Slow”

DC psych rock band Paperhaus is sharing a single, “So Slow” off of their upcoming debut LP. This is a great track, and despite it being the shortest track on the upcoming LP, there is a whole lot going on.  A large mix of influences, with a bass line that is rooted in reggae and ska, a guitar solo that […]

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49 Above: Viet Cong, “Viet Cong”

49 Above: Viet Cong, “Viet Cong”

From the first sound of the rhythmic drum beat that eventually cascades into the shimmering sounds of a synth on opener “Newspaper Spoons”, it became immediately evident that Viet Cong‘s self-titled, debut album was something different yet something very special and personal. The concise first track is an introduction to the world of Viet Cong, one that is filled with […]

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49 Above: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, “Club Meds”

49 Above: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, “Club Meds”

Vancouver based singer songwriter Dan Mangan’s music has been evolving sense his debut acoustic based self titled EP and first full-length LP, Postcards and Daydreaming.  Gone is the straight acoustic singer songwriter replaced with a more nuanced approach with true collaboration with his excellent backing band, Blacksmith. Dan has said that Club Meds is a team album with the band and that is exactly […]

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Grand Lake Islands, “Song From Far”

Grand Lake Islands, “Song From Far”

Not too long ago, Erik Emanuelson bid adieu to his students, his stable job, and packed his bags for Portland to pursue musical dreams. The former English teacher had a lot on the line – some might say his adventure was crazy- but with a full band behind him, Emanuelson can say he’s made it with Grand Lake Islands‘ second […]

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Buzzing Self-Titled EP by Stalls

Buzzing Self-Titled EP by Stalls

There’s something remarkable about the self-titled debut EP by Stalls, the indie-rock trio from Oakland. Maybe it’s the modern spin of 70s-era post-punk and glam rock, but in a way that’s accessible, catchy, yet without all the unnecessary bells and whistles. Maybe it’s the respect the band pays to that decade’s music, as it seems every detail – from each […]

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First Impressions: Belle and Sebastian, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance”

First Impressions: Belle and Sebastian, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance”

Next week is a huge week. New albums by Sleater-Kinney, their first in nearly 10 years; Portland storytellers The Decemberists; and the fun and eclectic Belle and Sebastian. It was difficult to pick which album to focus on as our first First Impressions of 2015, but we opted to go with the Scottish troupe of Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson, Sarah […]

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Weekend Showcase: New Singles for the January 16th Weekend

Weekend Showcase: New Singles for the January 16th Weekend

Here are nine really cool tracks for your weekend. Unfortunately, we didn’t get around to writing about them, but they’re worth the time to listen and just a few more bands for you to discover. “Stress and Low”, the first single from Israeli indie band Ballet, has a dreamy, lo-fi sound, and their debut album will be out in March. “My […]

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Video: Nedelle Torrisi – Don’t Play Dumb

Video: Nedelle Torrisi – Don’t Play Dumb

We wrote about singer-songwriter Nedelle Torrisi a while back. If you missed our original post, she’s a fantastic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from California. She’s sharing the music video for the dreamy “Don’t Play Dumb”, which will be on the re-released edition of her-self titled 2013 record, but under the new name Advice from Paradise, out February 17. In the video, Torrisi […]

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Video: Ferrill Gibbs – The Happy Ones

Video: Ferrill Gibbs – The Happy Ones

Last year, we featured “The Happy Ones” by Ferrill Gibbs off of his record, Significant Trees. Today, he is sharing a video for that song.  The video is a collection of happy moments, quite fitting for the track.  It’s a lovely track that builds to something beautiful. Check out the video below, check out Gibbs on social media, and be sure […]

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