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The new album from critically acclaimed Norwegian artist Ane Brun is out today via her own Balloon Ranger Records. NPR New Music Friday says, "what a cinematic rich collection of songs."
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Following in the footsteps of folk music activist traditions of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and John Prine, San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and activist Pete Kronowitt released the timely album Do Something Now. The album’s tracks are political and playful, embracing a variety of styles - acoustic folk, country, Cajun, rock and Latin.
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I'm a sucker for a glorious shoegaze hook. The first measure of Cilience's song, "Promises" doesn't disappoint, kicking immediately into high gear with the title line sung in glorious acapella arrangement that demands attention. The track stays salient and creative throughout the verse and back to the chorus, with ineffable nods to the best alt-rock...
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“C’est Magnifique” has a great end-of-summer vibe with its blend of New Order style production and Ward’s smooth, Bono-esque vocals. Energetic yet melancholy, polished yet raw, the track captures the contradictory Zeitgeist that has been 2020 for me. 
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Bouncing beats give way to a steady cadence as if heralding the urgency of the lyrical intention - and the continuous crescendo of Manos Lindas’ Gas Station Panic inevitably shifts you. Transitioning from a Mission Impossible-ish refrain to a cautious wail paired with a somber narrative, you start to feel infused with emotion. Accompanied by...
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Photo credit: Jerome Brunet; Cover art
The California Honeydrops’ new EP, Just One More, And Then Some, released via Tubtone Records, is now out! Just One More, And Then Some follows the recent release of their standalone single “In The Air.”
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Give your fans, local bands, and industry professionals something to talk about. Adrian West asked me to help him promote his album The Human Touch.
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Cigarettes After Sex will release their much-anticipated sophomore album - Cry - on October 25th via Partisan Records. The album was recorded during night time sessions in a mansion on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It has been described as a lush, cinematic meditation on the many complex facets of love - meeting, wanting, needing, losing...
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Tycho played a secret pop-up concert performance last week at The Independent. In addition, they released their new album WEATHER, a meer 24 hours prior to the show.
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On Friday, July 12th, Beebout released his debut EP (simply titled "EP") comprised of four songs: "Something I Adore," "Backburner," "Fornicate," and "You Made Me Go." Overall, the EP is a great introduction to Beebout's sound and serves to showcase his many diverse talents, both musically and lyrically.
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This is an album worth listening to multiple times. I honestly did not like it at all on first listen. What are they after? But like most works that seek to break down our sense of artistic boundaries and genres, we often are shocked before we are awed.
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If you follow your local music scene long enough you'll find that band names change, band members move on, and the whole scene morphs and becomes different every year
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