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by Brice Ezell

8 May 2015


Coming off of their 2014 record Stop Look and Listen, the Connecticut group Lines West lost their rhythm section. As far as things a band could lose, that’s a pretty big one, and this issue no doubt stymied some momentum. Not ones to let adverse circumstances trump their musical passions, Lines West kept onward with their goals, resulting in the soon-to-be-released Two of a Perfect Pair LP.

On this new outing, Lines West continue refining their brand of pop/rock, which is flecked with country and Americana influences throughout. Below you can watch the lyric video to “Perfect Pair” and get a taste of what’s to come from this rising group.

by Brice Ezell

8 May 2015


With a fragile, delicate vocal beauty in the vein of Joanna Newsom, Sye Elaine Spence paints a vivid image of her grandmother in her tune “1964”. A bare arrangement consisting merely of Spence’s high-register voice and a guitar creates the effect of flipping through an old photo album, nostalgically gazing at all that has come to pass in a rich life experience. Although Spence is a young artist, the timelessness of “1964” makes it seem as if she’s doing it for a much longer time—in past lives, perhaps.

by Brice Ezell

8 May 2015


About a month ago, South Dakota’s own Jami Lynn released her sophomore LP, Fall Is a Good Time to Die. Six years in the making, the record is both a tribute to her home state and a fine collection of folk tunes in the vein of the best Americana. Below you can stream the pastoral “Texas”, whose spare arrangement—voice, banjo, and mandolin—puts Lynn front and center.

by Brice Ezell

7 May 2015


Photo: Patrick Bertolino

With their new record Citizens, the Houston pop/rock outfit the Wheel Workers pull off the trick of marrying “sociopolitical consciousness with a memorable hook.” Vocalist and lyricist Steven Higginbotham was nominated for the Best Songwriter Award at the Houston Press Music Awards in 2014, no small achievement considering that if one tuned out the lyrics, the Wheel Workers could just appear to be another catchy pop group.

To get a glimpse into Citizens, as well as the political insight that Higginbotham and his bandmates display in their music, stream the album cut “Burglar” below.

by Brice Ezell

7 May 2015


The Cornwall, United Kingdom trio Auction for the Promise Club have already garnered support from major outlets in their own country, such as BBC, 6Music, and NME Radio. Following their 2012 One EP, the band have now readied a followup single, “This May Hurt’, which you can stream exclusively below. With the energy of Paramore and the new prog guitar riffs of bands like Muse, Auction for the Promise Club show off their pop smarts but also bring a healthy dose of edge to the equation.

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