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by Brice Ezell

7 Apr 2015


Like many musicians, Sam Lewis arrived in Nashville with two main goals: one, meet some friends, and two, record some great music. Waiting on You, his sophomore outing, represents the coterminus of those two goals, as he has both 12 new tunes to his name that he recorded with a smattering of Nashville’s most well-known players. Featuring Kenny Vaughan (Lana Del Rey, Ray LaMontagne), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young), and the McCrary Sisters, Waiting on You is a vibrant picture of Lewis’ growing skills as a songwriter and a troubadour.

Below you can watch Lewis perform a spare rendition of the soulful track “Little Time”.

by Brice Ezell

7 Apr 2015


With years of sharing the stage with artists like Neko Case, Rachael Yamagata, Gillian Welch, Linda Rondstadt, and Amos Lee on her résumé, the Woodstock, New York singer/songwriter Adrien Reju has built an impressive career in music. Now she’s expanding her art into new realms with the release of her latest studio outing, Strange Love and the Secret Language. This album, which is being billed as “a collection of unconventional love songs”, finds Reju joined by artists such as A.C. Newman and Marco Benevento. In addition to her striking originals, Reju also covers tunes by David Bowie, Elliot Smith, and Prince.

by Brice Ezell

6 Apr 2015


The spirit of the early ‘90s is alive and well with the London group False-Heads; specifically, the spirit of grunge. Taking a leaflet out of the book Nirvana perfected with LPs like Bleach and In Utero, “TwentyNothing”, a tune from the group’s upcoming EP Wear and Tear, is a high-energy number that’s given an additional dose of creativity in its music video, which you can view exclusively below. If you’re wondering why the drummer seems to be in absentia... well, there’s a story behind that.

by Brice Ezell

6 Apr 2015


theSHIFT may be a new band, but individually each member of this trio—comprised of John Shannon (vocals/guitar), MJ Lambert (drums) and Ben Geis (bass)—already has a strong performance pedigree. Shannon has both recorded and toured with artists such as John Mayer, Ben Harper, and Lauren Hill; Lambert and Geis have opereated largely in the world of hip-hop, playing in backing bands for Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. Bringing together their extensive musical experiences, the group has recorded a six-track EP entitled 7th Direction.

“theSHIFT is about altering your consciousness through the sheer power of rock ‘n’ roll,” declares Shannon. “Our lyrics don’t question the government; they question the nature of your reality.”

by Brice Ezell

6 Apr 2015


Once upon a time in 2007, musician Ceschi Ramos got into an arm-wrestling match with a Marine at a house party in Hawaii. Simple fun, no? Well, he left that match with a spiral fracture of his humerus—his competitor was a Marine, after all. Years later, Ceschi has now readied a full-length LP entitled Broken Bone Ballads, whose name comes from that fateful bit of arm wrestling.

Broken Bone Ballads, the fourth release from this New Haven, Connecticut musician, comes from his struggles battling in court for over three years and anticipating a prison sentence due to drug related charges, all the while trying to maintain an indie record label and pay bills as a working musician out on bond. This results in some potent lyrical meditations on the fear of jail (“How will the prison showers be? / Will I have to punch somebody just to get clean?” on “Say Something”) and what his career as a musician means to him (“I’d rather play floor gigs for 40 kids than any… festival stage / I’m a martyr at most / I’m a failure at least / In the eyes of history I’ll be no more than a leaf on a tree” on “Beauty for Bosses”). With sonic deviations that include hip-hop, acoustic punk, and off-kilter indie folk, Broken Bone Ballads tells a complicated and intriguing story well through a diverse sonic collage.

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