• White Violet – debut out 8/14 – Lays Around Lazy [mp3] MP3

    White Violet is based out of Athens,GA. They are the brainchild of Nate Nelson, who’s known for both his production work, as a touring musician (he’s played with Maria Taylor and Nik Freitas, among others), and for his solo albums (the first of which was released when he was only 16). That all may be true but I had never heard of Nate before getting an email about his new venture, but after hearing thi...

    11.06.2012

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  • King Tuff, refreshing summertime rock n’ roll. [Album Review] MP3

    Okay, enough of the folk-rock and alt-country coverage. Summertime is here and it’s time to bust out the Zinka, crack open canned beer and grill some meat. Go ahead and take your shirt off and dust off those jorts because it’s time to rock and roll. Oh, and make some room for King Tuff on your summertime playlists. Vermont’s King Tuff (Kyle Thomas) has made a splash in the underground rock scene...

    04.06.2012

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  • Cory Branan – MUTT [Album Review] MP3

    I first discovered Cory in 2003 through the Lucero song “Tears Don’t Matter Much.” Ben Nichols sang: Cory Branan’s got an evil streak. And a way with words that’ll bring you to your knees. The unique way in which Ben name-checked him made me have to find out more about this guy Cory Branan. And I’m glad that I did. The first song I heard was called “Skateland South.â€...

    22.05.2012

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    22.05.2012

  • Bhi Bhiman, Session #102 MP3

    Bhi Bhiman is a one-man folk music force of nature. He’s a Sri Lankan-American who grew up in St. Louis and later re-located to San Francisco, where he lives today. His debut album, BHIMAN, was released in January of this year and is winning over music critics, musicians, fans and long-time folkies with impeccable acoustic guitar and marvelous storytelling, taking on personas of a North Korean prisoner, a hob...

    16.05.2012

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    16.05.2012

  • Joe Pug – The Great Despiser [Album Review] MP3

    I once said that it’s hard to put a price tag on Joe Pug’s music. I received his debut EP Nation of Heat in the mail while living in Northern California, shortly after moving away from Chicago. His debut LP Messenger arrived while living in Atlanta, shortly after leaving California. And now his sophomore LP, The Great Despiser, arrived after settling down in Kansas City. This journey, all over the cour...

    01.05.2012

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  • Heartless Bastards, Live Session #101 MP3

    On day one of SXSW, Heartless Bastards gave us one of our best memories. If you’ve ever been to SXSW, you know to expect your fair share of problems – venues with awful acoustics, sound problems, and laptop failures for the hipster bands. You expect issues in parking lots set up as makeshift stages, but not at famous Austin venues like Antone’s. But just as Heartless Bastards took the stage at A...

    25.04.2012

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    25.04.2012

  • Field Report’s Fergus Falls: Best song of the year so far? [new mp3] MP3

    We mentioned that Field Report was one of our favorite new discoveries at SXSW this year. Christopher Porterfield ended his previous Milwaukee-based band, Conrad Plymouth, and emerged with a new one called Field Report, seemingly overnight. They recorded an album at Justin Vernon’s studio in December of last year and more recently, they’ve been touring in support of Megafaun (a perfect pairing). Field ...

    23.04.2012

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    23.04.2012

  • These United States – New Album due 6/12/12 MP3

    HearYa session alumni, These United States have a new s/t album coming out in June. Via the PR machine: The guys are on tour right now behind their fifth studio album, featuring collaborations with Deer Tick, Cotton Jones, Phosphorescent, The Mynabirds, Ben Sollee, Langhorne Slim, Revival, and the entire Frontier Ruckus band. The album comes from a really cool place – Frontman Jesse Elliott hasn’t had a...

    13.04.2012

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    13.04.2012

  • Alabama Shakes, Live Session #100 MP3

    The Alabama Shakes have been on quite the ride over the last year. They emerged from relatively unknown status to an opening slot for Jack White. We were lucky enough to have them in studio this past December as they were in the midst of their meteoric rise. While Alabama Shakes continue to develop, they play each song like its their last.  I’ve seen them three times now in 2012 and each time I’ve w...

    03.04.2012

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    03.04.2012

  • Trampled By Turtles – Stars and Satellites [Album Review] MP3

    Dave Simonett – vox/guitar, Ryan Young – fiddle, Erik Bery – mandolin, Tim Saxhaug – bass, Dave Carroll – banjo. Looks like I just listed names of band members, but ever since I first saw the band live, all I see when looking at each name is Trampled By Turtles. A band where five band mates play as one. TxT are a 10-armed octopus that share the same brain performing their unique br...

    30.03.2012

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  • Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman [Album Review] MP3

    We’re all guilty of judging a book by its cover at one point or another. I’ll write off bands just based on their name alone if I’m tired or cranky. So when receiving an email about Bhi Bhiman with all sorts of plaudits about how he was the next American folk-hero and the accompanying picture of a sophisticated Indian gentleman (yes, I now know he is of Sri Lankan descent) wearing a dapper suit ...

    29.03.2012

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  • WATERS, Live Session #99 MP3

    Port O’Brien were one of those bands that resonated with us. We had a real connection with them from the first time we heard “I Woke Up Today.” They had a Neil Young-inspired folk-rock sound that was at times rocking and electric, other times organic and acoustic, and sometimes tribal and trippy. Over the years we had them in for two sessions, saw them live on many occasions, chased them down at S...

    08.03.2012

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  • Cuff The Duke – Morning Comes [Album Review] MP3

    Cuff The Duke have just released their fifth album entitled Morning Comes. Like most quality Americana music these days, it comes from the most logical place – Canada. The band is from Oshawa, but now calls Toronto home and they play a southwestern US brand of alt-country music somewhat similar to Calexico. I first listened to the album months ago on a day-trip drive from Kansas City to Topeka. It was the per...

    06.03.2012

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  • Leland Sundries prep release of new EP – The Foundry MP3

    I am a horrible musician. I can’t even keep the beat and my wife routinely refers to me as The Jerk. Therefore, since I can’t do it I became a reviewer of music. I have always assume that the hard working people who handle the PR for the bands we review were also frustrated or horrible musicians – which is why they do what they do. Alas, I met the front man for Leland Sundries when he was someon...

    17.02.2012

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    17.02.2012

  • Damien Jurado – Maraqopa [Album Review] MP3

    A couple years ago, I reviewed Damien Jurado’s phenomenal Saint Bartlett after the fine folks at Secretly Canadian sent us a copy. I’m not sure if they sent a copy of his newest effort, Maraqopa, to Woody or Oz…and quite honestly it doesn’t matter. Jurado has brought so much enjoyment to my life over the years with his music that I happily paid $15 to pre-order the new album on vinyl...

    14.02.2012

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    14.02.2012

  • Heartless Bastards – Arrow [Album Review] MP3

    2012 is shaping up to be all about the women of indie music. We covered incredible albums from First Aid Kit and Sharon van Etten already and Heartless Bastards are equally deserving of praise. Erika Wennerstrom is the heart and soul of Heartless Bastards and she’s at her best on Arrow. Arrow is the fourth album released from Heartless Bastards since 2005 and the first on Partisan Records. The album opens wit...

    06.02.2012

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  • Sharon Van Etten – Tramp [Album Review] MP3

    I first came across Sharon Van Etten when she popped up on Megafaun’s take away show. Being a Megafaun fanatic, my interest was immediately piqued. Combine that with one of our favorite sites, Muzzle of Bees, showing her a steady stream of love; I knew I had to be missing something. So I got my hands on Epic and was enamored. As I spun Epic countless times, my anticipation for the follow-up grew exponentially....

    03.02.2012

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    03.02.2012

  • Bowerbirds – The Clearing, out on March 6th MP3

    Bowerbirds are getting ready to get up in your grill and harmonize the shit out of you with The Clearing. The Clearing is coming out on March 6th via Dead Oceans. I have to say I have never been a massive fan of these guys but I am loving both of these tracks. So that means that they have suddenly become much better or that I was a dope and completely overlooked their previous efforts. Your opinion is welcomed below...

    02.02.2012

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  • Little Hurricane, Live Session #98 MP3

    Little Hurricane had quite a year in 2011. While many bands struggle for years to fight for the attention of fans, labels and the media, Little Hurricane found the buzz almost immediately. The two-piece band formed after lead singer/guitarist Anthony Catalano posted an ad on Craigslist for a drummer. I’ve used Craigslist to sell a couch, area rug, and old dog dishes and I’ve encountered my fair share o...

    27.01.2012

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    27.01.2012

  • River Whyless – A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door [Album Review] MP3

    River Whyless came to us via an email from one of their fans. She said, “If you have some time to take a listen you won’t be sorry.” No lofty band comparisons included and no hipster name-dropping – just a bold proclamation. Not knowing if I was about to hear electronica, metal or some blend of the both, I took a listen and was immediately floored. Turns out they are a four piece from Boone...

    19.01.2012

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