Nyles Lannon, the guitarist/songwriter for the band Film School, wears many hats, one of which is the n. Lannon moniker, through which he explores a unique take on the singer-songwriter formula. Using things like an 808 drum machine and atypical samples (including smatterings of Persian music), n. Lannon creates an electro singer-songwriter sound that’s like a quirky take on the style that David Gray purveyed in on records like 1999’s White Ladder. While n. Lannon isn’t sentimental in the way that Gray is (you’ll find no “This Year’s Love” here), his ability to take the intimacy and directness of the “guy with an acoustic guitar” formula and defamiliarize it with unique production and instrumental choices is certainly worth your attention. As such, we’re happy to premiere his latest LP, Falling Inside, right here on PopMatters.
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We’re big fans of NOLA music here at PopMatters, so it’s hardly surprising when we say that we’re excited to premiere the latest tune by the New Orleans funk/rock band the Revivalists, “Stand Up”. The tune, which features on the group’s forthcoming Men Against Mountains LP, is an all-out blast of aural fun and celebration, made up of equal parts Fender Rhodes and funky grooves.
With their new album Tunes From the North, Songs From the South, prairie duo Fiddle & Banjo want to bridge traditional music from both their native Canada and from America as well. Saskatoon native Karrnnel Sawitzky brings his Ukrainian Canadian heritage to his fiddle playing, while Winnipeg’s Daniel Koulack has built a reputation as one of the best clawhammer banjo players in Canada, and the pair bring vast knowledge of traditional folk music to this aptly-named project. There’s no better way to introduce the duo than with this stark cover of the old Appalachian folk tune “Red Rocking Chair”, featuring Joey Landreth on vocals, which we are very happy to premiere at PopMatters.
At 24, Chase Coy already has a wealth of music under his belt, not to mention a large online following, and the Nashville-based, Indiana-raised singer-songwriter has just released his fifth full-length album Youth. A combination of Americana influences and more modern pop touches, combined with his gentle tenor voice, it’s not a big surprise that he’s been able to attract the audience he has, and with this record it can only grow.
Miss out on this year’s Bonnaroo? Fear not, for the videos below will give some pretty excellent captures of what went down at this year’s iteration of the festival.
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