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by Jedd Beaudoin

7 Feb 2017

Photo: Tom Couture

Boston’s Replacire returns this spring with Do Not Deviate and we are happy to premiere the track “Horsestance” now. The group’s trademark blend of death, thrash, and progressive metal remain intact on this new track. It’s two minutes of technical ecstasy that provides large doses of surprise to the listener across its ever-so-brief 2:31 seconds.

by Jonathan Frahm

2 Feb 2017

From the genre-bending folk-rocking Accidentals to the darkly rock tendencies of teenage piano-pop maestro Ian Ridenhour, it wouldn’t be out of line to describe a large subset of rising indie music as “precocious”. Sixteen-year-old Ayla Rose gleefully joins these ranks as she deservedly bubbles up to the top of the scene with her soulful vocals and stunning command of her musical identity, straddling the line between soul, jazz, blues, western swing, reggae, and more with relative ease. No need to wear kiddie gloves here—Rose’s performance should be just fairly amongst her adult contemporaries, to which she arguably amounts in talent to many who’ve been hitting the electric for more years than she’s even been alive.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2017

Photo: Aaron Farrington

Amazon Music Originals is set to release two exclusive playlists of original music to celebrate Valentine’s Day, one devoted to those in love and the other to the less fortunate try to ease their heartache. Love Me and Love Me Not will release 3 February for streaming exclusively on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music— and feature an embarrassment of riches from the likes of Okkervil River, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Ingrid Michaelson, JD McPherson, Kadhja Bonet, Joyce Manor and so many more.

by Sarah Zupko

1 Feb 2017

Indiana’s Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is huge on the tour circuit, playing more than 250 shows a year and possessing one of the most charismatic frontmen on the blues scene. Now Reverend Peyton is stepping out with an album of more stripped-down, casual performances called The Front Porch Sessions. “It started as a literal whim on my part, but it turned into something really special,” Reverend Peyton says. “I wanted it to feel like you’re on my front porch. You can almost hear the wood creaking.”These recordings have that handcrafted homey feeling down pat as they crackle with heart and authenticity.

by Jonathan Frahm

27 Jan 2017

Like many up-and-coming singer-songwriters, Leah Nobel plants her base of operations out of Nashville, though with the added incentive of being one of Big Yellow Dog Music’s consummate staff songwriters. Given the benefits of such a signing, one has got to assume that this isn’t just an indie artist who’s budding, but who’s in a full-blown bloom. If this much hasn’t been proven with the awards she has already received for her work from the Indie International and John Lennon songwriting competitions, let alone global synchs with the likes of Starbucks and Cinemax, perhaps her latest project will turn you towards her musical gifts.

//Mixed media

Drive-By Truckers Packed NYC's Webster Hall (Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Drive-By Truckers gave a sold out capacity crowd a powerful two hour set filled with scuzzy guitars and deeply political rock.

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