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Friday, Oct 24, 2014
With sonic brethren like Josh Ritter and Sufjan Stevens, the Portland, Oregon folk band Musée Mécanique offers up an instrumental version of its recent LP, the ornate and visionary From the Shores of Sleep.

In August, the Portland, Oregon symphonic indie folk band Musée Mécanique released its sophomore LP, the high-minded and ornately arranged From the Shores of Sleep. Musée Mécanique, fronted by the longtime musical partnership of Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie (the latter of Tristeza fame), is a band that manages to both sound very much like a product of its environment and rise above its native scene through meticulous and creative songwriting. Anyone familiar with the evergreen-lined Pacific Northwest will no doubt hear aural similarities to those environs in Musée Mécanique’s music, particularly the through-composed tunes of From the Shores of Sleep. Now, the band is offering listeners to dive even further into the music’s deep arrangements by producing an instrumental version of the LP, which you can stream below.


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Friday, Oct 24, 2014
Evocative and sensual, Kye Kye's remix of its own track "Her" reveals it to be a band always interested in reinventing itself.

Kye Kye is made up of the Portland, Oregon by way of Estonia Yagolnikov siblings, Olga (lead vocals and guitar), Alex (keyboards), and Timothy (programming, keyboards and guitar), who are joined by Olga’s husband Thomas Phelan on drums. At the start of 2014 the quartet dropped its sophomore LP, Fantasize; it then followed that up in September with Fantasize Remixes, a collection of band-made remixes of the Fantasize album cuts. Below you can watch the video for the remix of the track “Her”, directed by Marty Martin.


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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
The natural and warm vocal interplay of the husband/wife duo Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou is captured tenderly in the duo's latest music video, "For a Minute There".

With a vocal harmony that hearkens back to the days of ‘70s folk and California rock (think Fleetwood Mac and Linda Rondstadt), the husband/wife duo Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou craft tender and melodious tunes. Having spent the summer of 2014 touring with Tori Amos, the duo is already starting to make a name for itself in a big way following the release of its most recent LP, La ferme de fontenaille. One of the singles off that record, “For a Minute There”, now has a video, which you can watch below.


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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
The neo-soul of the Maytags' latest number, "Cassius", is an inviting sample of what's to come on the group's forthcoming EP, Nova.

Des Moines, Iowa is no soul music capital by any stretch of the imagination. However, that hasn’t stopped the Des Moines-based band the Maytags from adopting the genre and making it their own. This band’s take on it is less ostentatious than many of soul’s classic records, and it has a decidedly contemporary feel, in contrast to groups such as St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Nevertheless, this is warm, inviting neo-soul that incorporates gentler touches of folk music to contrast with the horn arrangements. “Cassius”, a track off of the Maytags’ forthcoming EP Nova, is one such track, striking a balance between relaxed vocal delivery and at times ebullient musical arrangements.


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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
The latest tune by the Philadelphia rock outfit Split/Red, "Road to Aguilares (for Rutilio Grande)", is dedicated to El Salvadorian liberation theologian Rutilio Grande.

Just last week, the Philadelphia rock group Split/Red dropped its newest LP, Serious Heft. The title is no joke; full to the brim with heavy guitar riffs and an eccentric songwriting approach not unlike the Mars Volta, the album grabs the listener by the throat and doesn’t let go.


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