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Friday, Apr 24, 2015
Seattle quintet Ivan & Alyosha's "Modern Man" is a driving, earnest rock number that you can find on their forthcoming LP, It’s All Just Pretend.

It’s All Just Pretend finds the Seattle outfit Ivan & Alyosha expanding from a quartet to a quintet, with drummer Cole Mauro joining Pete Wilson (bass), Tim Kim (guitar) and founding members Tim Wilson (lead vox, guitar) and Ryan Carbary (guitar, piano). While the allusion to The Brothers Karamazov in the band’s name might suggest a certain highfalutin literary pretension about their music (a la the Decemberists), but such is not the case. Nor, however, is their music All Just Pretend. As the album cut “Modern Man” (stream it below) evinces, these five musicians are in the business of writing straightforward and honest music. It helps that it rocks, too, as the ‘70s classic rock tone on “Modern Man”‘s guitars evince.


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Friday, Apr 24, 2015
Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Rosenblume channels Greenwich Village and Laurel canyon folk in his latest EP, All Through the Fire, All Through the Rain.

After two years in the making, All Through the Fire, All Through the Rain EP, by the Liverpool-based Rosenblume, is now ready for the world to hear it. Although he hails from the city that wrought the Beatles, Rosenblume earnestly and successfully channels the multi-varied threads of ‘60s and ‘70s American folk, particularly the scenes in Greenwich Village and Laurel Canyon.


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Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
The Australian indie rock quintet Running Young take their music to an abandoned mill for their video to "Did You See".

“Did You See” is a deceptive little number. It kicks off with a firm drumbeat that leads the ear to expect some high-tempo riff to come in and accompany it—but then, the rest of the band enters in quietly. By the end of the tune, the harmonized vocals of the Melbourne-based Running Young complete the mood established by the drums, elevating the tune to anthemic heights. Although identifiably indie rock—whatever that genre might mean nowadays, anyway—Running Young have a clear ability to do interesting things with familiar song structures.


The group’s latest release is the We Are the Sons EP. Frontman Joel Famularo brought Running Young together after miraculously surviving open-heart surgery at the age of 25. “I should have died before I even got to hospital”, he says, “because my aorta basically just popped like a balloon”. His joy in being alive and his passion for the music he writes is more than evident in “Did You See”. Give it a watch below.


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Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
With her latest album, Weeping Cherry, singer/songwriter Ambrosia Parsley has crafted a set of songs that are "basically conversations with dead people."

The stateside release of Weeping Cherry, Ambrosia Parsley’s full-length debut, has been a long time coming. Parsley is perhaps most well known for her role in the Americana outfit Shivaree, which was active from 1997-2007. Some folks in the world have been fortunate enough to hear her first complete solo statement, as Weeping Cherry received its worldwide unveiling through a French release in 2013. Now, however, this eclectic, singer/songwriter LP—one that bridges the styles and tonalities of indie folk, jazz, and even soul (“Skin & Bone”)—will see a broader United States release next week. Stream it in its entirety below.


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Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
The up-and-coming British outfit Jingo tackles the overmedicalization of mental disorders in their powerful new tune "A.D.D.".

The East London group Jingo may be relatively new entries into their local music scene, but they’re already making a considerable splash. Both Amazing Radio and BBC London have given them the tip of the cap. When added to live showings including a successful night at the London DIY open mic night Cable Street Electric and a gig opening for Graham Coxon (Blur), these young rockers have already started paving a solid path for their musical career.


“A.D.D.”, a tune from Jingo’s forthcoming EP, captures the energy they bring to their music. With musical elements that bring to mind mid-‘90s Radiohead, the band tackles an issue that is of no small matter, delivering angst-driven lyrics such as “Your love / is my suicide.”


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