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Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014
A warm, convivial collection of baroque pop-inflected tunes, Wartime Recitals' self-titled debut EP is a promising start from an equally promising new group.

Having already caught attention in their native Los Angeles for their charming, baroque pop-esque sound, Wartime Recitals are bound to go to bigger and better places now with the release of their self-titled debut EP, which you can stream below. From the beautiful piano parts of “Bad Dances” and “Short Hair” to the delicate vocal harmonies of “Ribbons”, Wartime Recitals displays a kind of joyous spirit that makes it an effortless listening experience.


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Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014
Featuring catchy melodies and entrancing male/female vocal interplay, the new album by the Los Angeles-based duo Linus Young, Category 5, is worth several good listens.

Iris Belson and Joseph Walker go by the name Linus Young as a recording duo. Walker says of the band’s moniker, “Linus Young was a family friend who lived in New Orleans. He was an older gentleman, but decided to stay during Hurricane Katrina. His house ended up flooding and he drowned, and so we picked up that name to keep his legacy alive. He was a very sweet soul. It felt like the right fit.” And pay tribute to Young the band does; Category 5, Linus Young’s debut LP, is a bold statement of intent that’s both very much a product of its time and constantly thinking about how to do things differently.


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Monday, Oct 6, 2014
Those who know Mike Doughty as an acoustic singer/songwriter will no doubt do a double take when they hear his take on hip-hop with his tune "Oh My God Yeah Fuck It".

For his latest album, the pledge-funded Stellar Motel, singer/songwriter Mike Doughty decided to go in a direction far different than he’s ever done before. Though he’s cut his teeth on a brand of “acousticky singer/songwriter” material, Doughty has now taken to hip-hop, with the assistance of Stellar Motel producer Good Goose. To say the least, the collaboration resulted in some colorful tunes.


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Monday, Oct 6, 2014
The Saharan band Tinariwen have been going strong since coming to international acclaim in the late ‘90s, playing the largest music festivals in the world and receiving a Grammy in 2012 for the album Tassili.

The critically lauded Emmaar was released this year, its song “Arhegh Danagh” being an excellent showcase for Tinariwen’s ability to create hypnotic song structures which still retain traces of founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib’s pop influences.


This month sees Tinariwen embarking on a US tour beginning in Pomona, California for the Moon Block Party Festival and culminating in November with an appearance at the Daniel Lanois-curated event “Anti-thesis” at Brooklyn, New York’s Masonic Temple, a bill that features such quality acts as Lonnie Holley, the Antlers, and Lanois himself. The video for “Arhegh Danagh”, premiering below, should give ticket holders a keen idea of what to expect from Tinariwen’s North American jaunt.


Additionally, an EP entitled Inside / Outside: Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions, is out today and features five acoustic songs recorded in tandem with Emmaar.



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Monday, Oct 6, 2014
Irish singer/songwriter Lisa O'Neill is a one-of-a-kind voice, as evidenced by "Apiana", a unique tune about a piano. The track comes off of her album Some Cloth or Not, coming out soon in the US.

It’s not often that a songwriter writes a song about a particular instrument; but, then again, Lisa O’Neill isn’t the kind of songwriter that comes along all that often. O’Neill’s latest studio LP, Same Cloth or Not, displays her affinity for atypical lyrical and musical ideas. On “Apiana”, accompanied only by a solo piano, she sings things that invite the listener to decipher what she’s saying. The song’s unusual chord patterns draw the ear and mind even further in.


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