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Paper Bird - “Make My Dreams Come True” (Hall & Oates Cover) (premiere)

Colorado's Paper Bird release a new album of sublime Americana crossed with rock 'n' roll, all produced by none other than John Oates.

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Joseph: I’m Alone, No You’re Not

Joseph fuse their folk foundation with pop and rock tendencies to develop a delicious, if not inconsistent, soundscape.

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Ryley Walker: Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Ryley Walker parades his influences out unabashedly in his new eight-track LP, concocting a technicolor amalgam of smokey, cellar-club jazz and gypsy-traveler Euro-folk

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5 Aug 2016 // 10:57 AM

Wye Oak’s Complex Performances Demand Perfection

Whenever they perform, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, the members of Wye Oak, walk a tightrope.

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Jonah Tolchin: Thousand Mile Night

Jonah Tolchin drives the Americana genre forward with a reverent eye in the rear view mirror and a right foot heavy on the gas.

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1 Aug 2016 // 1:00 PM

Keaton Henson - “Alright” (Singles Going Steady)

Keaton Henson is a purist singer-songwriter that wears his old soul on his sleeve.

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Edison - “Open Road” (audio) (premiere)

Edison’s “Open Road” is an upbeat piece of acoustically-inclined folk, all harmonicas and handclaps and good cheer.

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The Avett Brothers: True Sadness

On their latest, the Avetts set their past, present, and future front-and-center in compelling fashion.

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Loch Lomond - “Pens From Spain” (video) (premiere)

"Pens From Spain" is sedate, carefully expanding folk, slowly but surely allowing light and color until the whole thing is in bloom.

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28 Jun 2016 // 10:37 AM

Wye Oak - “Watching the Waiting” (Singles Going Steady)

Jenn Wasner's voice is a marvel of wholly natural beauty -- a phenomenon of indie-pop poeticism that seems to emerge from nature itself.

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Sing My Songs to Me: Eric Johnson on the Return of Fruit Bats

Having left behind a highly identifiable name in 2013, Eric Johnson embarked on a career as EDJ. The music stayed the same but, Johnson says, a little bit of confusion in the marketplace had to go.

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy: More Revery

Long out-of-print set from Bonny (no "Prince" and note the different spelling of Bonnie here) Billy resurfaces in expanded form. It's Will Oldham sounding ferocious and loud. A welcome return.

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Mutual Benefit: Skip a Sinking Stone

This record made me buy better headphones so I could do it justice writing about it. This record made me a better person.

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10 Jun 2016 // 2:30 AM

Wye Oak: Tween

The Baltimore dream pop duo are back with a hazy, mesmerizing collection that holds together nicely.

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7 Jun 2016 // 2:48 PM

Cass McCombs - “Opposite House” (Singles Going Steady)

Cass McCombs' new single is an extremely well-written, sophisticated song that's not unlike Bibio's latest music without all the blips and beeps.

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1 Jun 2016 // 9:48 AM

John Grant - “Voodoo Doll” (Singles Going Steady)

"Voodoo Doll" is an absurdist freak-pop hymn layered with cheesy sci-fi synthesizers, electro bass-pulses, and a thoroughly bizarre romantic sensibility.

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25 May 2016 // 2:15 AM

Cate Le Bon: Crab Day

Cate Le Bon shows the true extent of her powerfully versatile creative voice on Crab Day.

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18 May 2016 // 12:59 PM

Kacy and Clayton - “Strange Country” (Singles Going Steady)

"Strange Country" is folk music at its finest, and deserves to be heard.

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Darlingside - “White Horses” (video) (premiere)

Darlingside's most striking feature is those pristine, crystalline harmonies that the four-member band spin like the finest of weavers.

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Fruit Bats: Absolute Loser

The best stuff on the solid Absolute Loser makes for a welcome return of an underrated American band.

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Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

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"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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