Author: Richard Moses

Hotel Lights – “Get Your Hand in My Hand”

Hotel Lights – “Get Your Hand in My Hand”

For over twenty years, Darren Jessee has been a driving force in alternative music, specifically as the drummer for Ben Folds 5. Jessee has also written many songs for Ben Folds 5, including the chorus to “Brick”, and even toured as a drummer for Sharon Van Etten a couple of years ago. This brings us to his Hotel Lights project, […]

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Carter Tanton – “Jettison the Valley”

Carter Tanton – “Jettison the Valley”

On March 4th, Carter Tanton released Jettison the Valley, what he considers his first solo record, despite releasing Freeclouds, in 2011, which he considers a “mixtape”. He also has a long history of recording music, beginning with his band Tulsa, with whom he recorded some great EPs before legal troubles ended the band. Tanton was also a member of Lower […]

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Nada Surf – “You Know Who You Are”

Nada Surf – “You Know Who You Are”

Since the release of High/Low twenty years ago, Nada Surf have been releasing consistently great records, and their latest release You Know Who You Are, is another great record in the band’s long catalog. For a long time, the band had a formula to rely on, the combination of singer/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca, and drummer Ira Elliot defined […]

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Poliça – “United Crushers”

Poliça – “United Crushers”

The third record from Minneapolis-based Poliça, United Crushers is out today. It’s an album that we’ve been anticipating for months, as Poliça’s haunting style is nothing short of captivating, thanks to the remarkable voice of Channy Leaneagh. It’s not surprising then that United Crushers is one heavy, emotional, and personal album. Channy Leaneagh’s use of vocal effects is a hugely […]

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School of Seven Bells – “SVIIB”

School of Seven Bells – “SVIIB”

SVIIB will be the final album from Brooklyn’s School of Seven Bells. In 2012, School of Seven Bells recorded some demos for a new record, a time which singer Alejandra Dejeza described as “one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives”. In 2013, guitarist/keyboardist Benjamin Curtis became ill and was diagnosed with lymphoma. The band took a […]

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Sunflower Bean – “Human Ceremony”

Sunflower Bean – “Human Ceremony”

In 2014, Sunflower Bean were dubbed the hardest working band in New York City by OhMyRockness. Two years later, the young trio have released their first full-length LP, Human Ceremony. The band draws from a variety of influences and styles – drummer Jacob Faber and guitarist Nick Kivlen grew up on Long Island and played in classic rock bands that […]

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Jenny Lewis performs Rabbit Fur Coat in New York City

Jenny Lewis performs Rabbit Fur Coat in New York City

Jenny Lewis has been one of the best storytellers in music, from her time with Rilo Kiley to her solo career. Her first solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, was an instant classic. It was folky with a soul feeling mostly thanks to the vocal assist from the Watson Twins. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Rabbit Fur Coat, and Lewis […]

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Florist – “The Birds Outside Sang”

Florist – “The Birds Outside Sang”

Florist’s Emily Sprague has been writing music for a surprisingly long time for someone so young. Years ago, Sprague played music in upstate New York. In Albany, she met members of The Epoch, a collective of artists including Bellows, eskimeaux, Told Slant, and Small Wonder. After that, she moved to Brooklyn to collaborate with Epoch members. Shortly after the move, Sprague […]

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Martin Courtney – “Many Moons”

Martin Courtney – “Many Moons”

New Jersey’s Real Estate are one of the finest bands out there today. Their laid back vibe and crisp guitar work are staples of the Real Estate sound. It’s no surprise lead singer Martin Courtney’s debut solo record, Many Moons, was one of the most laid back and clean-sounding records of 2015. Courtney is the latest of the Real Estate […]

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Daughter – “Not To Disappear”

Daughter – “Not To Disappear”

Over the last few years, Daughter have reached popularity that lead singer Elena Tonra probably never conceived when she started performing as Daughter in 2010. However, her stark, honest music resonated with many music fans around the world. Their 2013 record If You Leave is an amazing record, and one of the best of that year. In 2016, the London-based […]

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Ummagma – “Frequency”

Ummagma – “Frequency”

The Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma have been releasing some really amazing  music over the last few years. We’ve covered them a few different times for multiple different releases. The duo of Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov create dreamy music which draws influence from dreampop and shoegaze. On November 13, Ummagma released their latest EP, Frequency on Raphalite Records. Frequency is easy […]

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Video: David Ramirez – Rock and a Hard Place

Video: David Ramirez – Rock and a Hard Place

In August, Austin songwriter David Ramirez released FABLES, a truly powerful record.  On it are some really moving tracks, including the beautiful “Rock and a Hard Place”.  This week, Ramirez shares the music video for “Rock and a Hard Place”, which much like the song, is beautiful and heartbreaking.  Check it out below. Connect with David Ramirez on his website, Facebook, […]

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Julia Holter – “Have You In My Wilderness “

Julia Holter – “Have You In My Wilderness “

Julia Holter has been putting out some truly incredible records over the last few years. Her 2013 record, Loud City Song was one of our favorite records of that year. Tomorrow, the California based artist releases her latest record, Have You In My Wilderness on Domino Records. Julia Holter’s appeal comes from the atmosphere she creates in her music. Her […]

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Ela Minus – “Jamaica”

Ela Minus – “Jamaica”

One of our favorite discoveries this year was a band that flew under the radar last year, Balancer. A three-piece band with members from Colombia and Puerto Rico. We were drawn to their music because of its positive energy. In the time since their last release, their drummer, Gabriela Jimeno, started a solo project called Ela Minus. On “Jamaica”, the first […]

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Pearl and The Beard – “Beast”

Pearl and The Beard – “Beast”

New York three-piece Pearl and The Beard have been releasing some really amazing music since their first record God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson in 2009.  Their 2011 record Killing The Darlings was full of folk pop goodness and infectious toe tapping tunes as well as gorgeous instrumentation from the trio of guitarist Jeremy Styles, multi-instrumentalist Emily Hope Price, and percussionist […]

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Heather Woods Broderick – ‘Glider’

Heather Woods Broderick – ‘Glider’

Heather Woods Broderick has been on our “Most Anticipated Records Of The Year” list for the last two years. Finally, on Friday, Broderick released the long awaited, Glider, the follow-up to Her 2009 record, From The Ground. In the six years between the two records, Broderick has created a name for herself as one of the finest touring musicians, collaborating […]

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Jesse Payne – “Ravens”

Jesse Payne – “Ravens”

Jesse Payne‘s music is a bold blend of post-rock and folk music. On August 14, Payne will release his latest LP, Heirloom. This week, he shared the track “Ravens” with American Songwriter. On “Ravens”, Payne’s voice is reminiscent of the soothing crooning of M. Ward, but with an instrumental you’d expect from a band involving the Dessner twins.  It’s a really […]

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My Dead Air – “Holding On”

My Dead Air – “Holding On”

My Dead Air‘s Dan Ballard is no stranger to hit popular music. His band, Until June was a best selling band in Europe, and had some success in North America, having their songs featured on the soundtracks for multiple television shows. After Until June’s popularity and activity settled down, Ballard decided to create his own side project, called My Dead Air. […]

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Blackheart Honeymoon – “Mountains Speak”

Blackheart Honeymoon – “Mountains Speak”

Seattle band Blackheart Honeymoon will release their first full-length record, Mountains Speak on August 7. Ahead of the record release, Blackheart Honeymoon have shared the title track from the record. “Mountains Speak” is a great alt-country track that’s reminiscent of bands like The Lone Bellow and Fleet Foxes.  It has great, crisp guitar work, gorgeous harmonies and a solo that will […]

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Leon Bridges – ‘Coming Home’

Leon Bridges – ‘Coming Home’

There have been a lot of acts lately with a throwback and retro sound. Some of those artists put their own spin on that influence. Leon Bridges, however channels the legendary spirits of Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, and Marvin Gaye to create music that is incredibly faithful to that era. We’ve covered Bridges in the past and have […]

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