Category: The Revue

Hidden Gem(s) – Demander / Futurebrite / Northern Bells

Hidden Gem(s) – Demander / Futurebrite / Northern Bells

Demander While listening to Sleater-Kinney’s terrific comeback, No Cities to Love, I was reminded of a band that I adored and followed back in the mid-2000s. The band – Demander. Formed in 2004, the New York City trio’s arrival was timely, as Demander filled the void left by Sleater-Kinney’s indefinite hiatus in 2006. Like the legendary riot grrrl founders, Demander […]

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Radio Birds share video for “Hold On Me”

Radio Birds share video for “Hold On Me”

Atlanta GA’s Radio Birds are going to release a new record, Contemporary American Slang on February 3rd.  Ahead of the release of Contemporary American Slang, the four-piece are sharing a video for “Hold On Me” which will be on the record. The track is an awesome bluesy, gritty rock and roller, it recalls some of the best blues-rock bands of the past […]

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Skye Steele – Up From The Bitterroot

Skye Steele – Up From The Bitterroot

New York’s Skye Steele is quite an accomplished violinist. He’s played and recorded with many different acts including touring with Vanessa Carlton, and his own project, The Skye Steele Quintet.  On January 20th, Steele released Up From The Bitterroot, a gorgeous record that blends many different styles into a warm folk bundle. The opening track, “The People Make The Music” […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest – An Interview with Blues Musician Peter D. Harper

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest – An Interview with Blues Musician Peter D. Harper

Peter D. Harper is an Australian-American singer-songwriter who specializes in blues and roots music. Actually, Peter was born in England before moving to Australia as a young child and now he calls Detroit home. Together with his band Midwest Kind, Harper makes foot-stomping, hand-clapping music. Harper, by the way, doesn’t just sing, but he’s an accomplished didgeridoo and harmonica player. […]

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Twerps, “Range Anxiety”

Twerps, “Range Anxiety”

On their sophomore release (first on Merge Records), Twerps have refined their sound and put together an incredibly fun listening experience. Although most of their influences are vintage (think The Feelies, The Clean), Twerps have a way of making their sound still relevant. The Aussie jangle-rockers are set for an adventurous 2015 with tour dates opening for Stephen Malkmus & […]

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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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Mundo 5: A Tribute to The Decemberists and Everything Related to Them

Mundo 5: A Tribute to The Decemberists and Everything Related to Them

It’s been a huge week for The Decemberists, who are celebrating 15 years as a band and who on Tuesday released their seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (read Michael’s review). In addition, Charlie Hales, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, where the band is calls home, announced that January 20 was Decemberists Day, essentially making Colin […]

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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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A Quick Conversation with…Made Violent

A Quick Conversation with…Made Violent

I have been following Made Violent for a while now and each single they end up releasing stays in rotation on my popular playlists.  The trio are from Buffalo, NY and started officially playing as Made Violent toward the end of 2013 and are definitely ones to watch. Their short description on Facebook reads “WORLD FAMOUS AMERICAN ROCK BAND” and I […]

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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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