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Thursday, Jan 15, 2015
This track, inspired by the musical legacy of Will Rogers, finds Oklahoma songwriter Beau Jennings joined by Sufjan Stevens for a beautiful, reflective piano ballad.

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Oklahoma singer/songwriter Beau Jennings took on a quest for inspiration from one of the greats: fellow Oklahoman Will Rogers. The film that resulted from his project, The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers, will be making its way around the festival circuit in the winter of 2015. In a few weeks, the album Jennings wrote in tandem with the filming of the documentary, The Verdigris, will be released. The LP features brand new material by Jennings inspired by his understanding of Rogers’ music. Below you can stream one of those tunes, “Scattered Lights”, which finds Sufjan Stevens (background vocals) joining Jennings for a reflective piano ballad.


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Thursday, Jan 15, 2015
This young Michigan group has two new songs of wildly infectious baroque power pop: "Mr. Wise Man" and "Lovely Lisa".

On the heels of his 2013 debut EP Virginia under the San Cristobal moniker, Ann Arbor, Michigan, songwriter Jacob Sigman has unveiled two new cuts for his distinctive take on power pop. Now a full band, San Cristobal injects a rich and infectious vibrancy into the tracks composing the double-single “Mr. Wise Man” and “Lovely Lisa”.


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Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015
The sophisticated and catchy experimental pop of "There's Nothing There" is an intriguing preview of his new record, OK It's Not OK.

When “quiescence” is one of the words used in a pop song, you guess with reasonable confidence that the tune would be best classed as “thinking person’s pop”. Such is certainly the case for the new LP by Corey Dargel, OK It’s Not OK, and its lead track “There’s Nothing There”, the video of which you can stream below. Although the main refrain of the song has Dargel singing, “It’s not a disguise / My vacant stare / Look into my eyes / There’s nothing there”, it’s easy to tell that those lines themselves form something of a mask for Dargel. The eclectic arrangements and quirky mood of “There’s Nothing There” reveals Dargel to be a composer with a lot going on in his head.


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Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015
Spare and simple, the latest number by Jesse Harris and Star Rover, is a melancholy lament to the ephemeral nature of life.

Time Out New York once said about the singer/songwriter Jesse Harris, “[His] gift lies in his deft rendering of fleeting moods and passing moments.” This holds particularly true for “Catch the Ash”, a track off of Harris’ new album with Star Rover, No Wrong No Right. The spartan tune uses delicately played minor chords to slow down time as Harris reminds us to “catch the ash before it falls”. Harris rose to fame after writing Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning song “Don’t Know Why”, but since then he’s remained a prolific and unique recording artist, a streak continued by No Wrong No Right.


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Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015
The latest tune by the New York singer/songwriter is an affable, voice-and-guitar tune that captures what Sexton calls "the twilight of the mind".

Syracuse, New York singer/songwriter Martin Sexton is going to release his eighth studio record, Mixtape of the Open Road, this winter. You’ve already heard the lead single “Remember That Ride”, which premiered on Wall Street Journal online; now you can stream the wistful number “You (My Mind is Woo)” below.


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