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by George de Stefano

23 Oct 2017

Pop Goes the  Pizzica -- Italy's leading traditional band makes a "songbook" for the world

Photo courtesy of Ponderosa Music

Canzoniere, the new album by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (CGS), adroitly pulls off a tricky balancing act: adapting the Italian band’s unique, folk-based style to Western pop. The album’s cover art, a photograph of a Coca-Cola bottle filled with tomato sauce, is a visual metaphor for CGS’ new music. As CGS leader Mauro Durante notes, the Coke bottle “is a container—the Western pop song—but we put our own homemade sauce into that container.”

by Jonathan Frahm

23 Oct 2017

The Australian Americana  songwriter joins forces with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy for an atmospheric tune based in equal parts light and dark.

Photo: Katerina Stratos

One could say that Lo Carmen was born with music in her blood. Her dad is progressive rocker Peter Head, after all, and she’s been following in his musical footsteps since at least 10-years-old when she wrote her first tune.

by Jedd Beaudoin

20 Oct 2017

Nothing says New  York like loud, cutting edge rock and the Fluids offer a textbook case on a new single.

Photo: Jordan Kuyper

Brooklyn’s the Fluids will release their debut album No Kidding! on 27 October but have a brand new single, “New Land Sale”, out now. Laced with early post-punk’s noisy fury, frenetic, bludgeoning guitars and drums that hit harder than a thousand heavy metal albums falling from a skyscraper, the song encapsulates the panic and predicaments of contemporary life with Beat-inspired urgency. Its simple but forceful statement burns an indelible mark into the ears and minds of listeners with the wisdom and audacity of youth.

by Jedd Beaudoin

20 Oct 2017

Wisconsin brothers leave  school, retreat to the woods and emerge with psych-soaked collection of songs filled with surprises.

Wisconsin doesn’t offer up its secrets easily. Sure, there are the urban stretches: Milwaukee, Madison, the well-paved terrain of Green Bay but there are those quiet, wooded areas, too. The tree-lined rural highways of Marinette County, the curving, narrow roads of Walworth, Dane County’s haunting beauty. There are all those blink-and-you-miss-it stops that dot the state end to end. Those are the mysterious spaces the brothers Max and Mitchel Bell found themselves after tuning in, turning on and dropping out of Chicago and Milwaukee.

by Jonathan Frahm

20 Oct 2017

Gasoline Lollipops continue  to innovate by melding folk sentiment with punk provocation.

With its barrage of influences, Americana can take many forms. Gasoline Lollipops exemplify this as the Denver-based band combines the unlikely forces of folk and punk into a singular sound.

That sound has brought them wide recognition throughout Colorado and the southwest following the release of their debut album, Resurrection, earlier this year. Already, they’re gearing up for their first vinyl release on 16 December for their latest single, “Soul Mine”.

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// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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