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by Sarah Zupko

6 Sep 2017

Photo courtesy of Planet Mu

Tristan Douglas a.k.a. Antwood released one of last year’s most intriguing electronic albums, Virtuous.scr, which showed him to be a deep-thinking producer with immense compositional skill and imagination.

Now, Antwood is back with his second record for Planet Mu. Sponsored Content takes a slightly more melodic approach and Antwood heavily edited his work to reduce any extraneous elements. The music is focused and lean with aural white space giving the songs space to breathe. Like Venetian Snares, Antwood is creating his own musical vocabulary.

by Sarah Zupko

6 Sep 2017

Photo: Jen Bail

Los Angeles folk-pop group Arrica Rose & the ...‘s touch on everything from rock to pop to Americana within their sound. In fact, “the ...‘s” refers to Rose’s penchant for shaking things up and bringing all sorts of collaborators and genres into their creative work. On the band’s new album, Low As the Moon, Rose stretches her wings further with the addition of some gentle electronic elements that help keep the mood warm and welcoming. Meanwhile, Rose’s dreamy and occasionally sultry vocals take center stage and seduce the listener.

by Jonathan Frahm

6 Sep 2017

In his contribution to the Americana scene, Thorp Jenson rides the line between Bruce Springsteen’s heartland rock and the character-based songwriting sentiment of artists like Taylor Goldsmith.

by Jonathan Frahm

6 Sep 2017

Photo: Jonathan Boncek

“The tale of ‘Coyote’ is heavy,” says John Keith Culbreth (Cubby) of Stop Light Observations.

Over the past four years, the indie rock group from Charleston has amassed over 100,000 collective followers across social media. They’ve come a long way since Cubby and Will Blackburn began their band before their 2013 debut release, Radiation.

by Jedd Beaudoin

5 Sep 2017

Photo: Marisa Boras

Influenced by the likes of the Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, and a dash of original glam, Nashville’s Kid Freud refines the sometimes sardonic but always sensitive lyrical vision of Replacements Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson at their bratty best via “Shut Up & Kiss Me”. The track exemplifies an uncanny ability to know the difference between wearing your heart and your snot on your sleeve.

//Mixed media

20 Questions: Amadou & Miriam

// Sound Affects

"For their ninth studio album, acclaimed Malian duo Amadou & Miriam integrate synths into their sound while displaying an overt love of Pink Floyd.

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