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Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
California indie rock outfit The Gromble gets a big boost from a string section at this intimate performance of the song "Creepy Jr.", performed at lead singer 's grandmother's house.

The Gromble takes its name from the ‘90s Nickelodeon TV show Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Unsurprisingly, then, this California-based indie rock outfit has a sound that evokes that decade; these folks have clearly given Pinkerton a spin or ten. The band has found a way to elevate its sound beyond its seemingly simple pop roots with its recent recording of the song “Creepy Jr”, where it is joined by a string section. The video for this acoustic version of “Creepy Jr” was captured in the house of Elizabeth Palmer’s (background vocals) grandmother. The cozy environs prove to be a perfect place to capture the dulcet tones of the somewhat misleadingly titled “Creepy Jr”. Far from being creeped out, you’ll likely come out happy after viewing this fine performance.


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Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
Anthony Pirog's emotive, slow-burning instrumental "The New Electric" receives a hazy, somewhat psychedelic video treatment.

Washington, D.C. guitarist Anthony Pirog just recently dropped his new LP, Palo Colorado Dream. Pirog has a degree in jazz studies, and while jazz is undoubtedly a part of his finely honed guitar technique, his compositional style often varies from track to track. Washington City Paper is right on the money when it said in its review of Palo Colorado Dream, “File it under ‘jazz’, but don’t expect it to rest there.” Now, you can watch a video of Pirog and his band performing “The New Electric”, a tune whose jazzy band interplay coalesces perfectly with the post-rock vibes of Pirog’s guitar. Both that and the song’s explosive finale bring to mind early Mogwai.


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Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
"Pale Hooves", a brooding, dark number by the Athens, GA group Grand Vapids, is a track off of the band's forthcoming LP, Guarantees.

The Athens, GA-based Grand Vapids have one hell of an ominous teaser for their forthcoming studio album, Guarantees. The song, titled “Pale Hooves”, is built around a brooding riff that’s equal parts ‘90s indie and outlaw country. Cryptic lyrics like “Looks like death has finally given birth” add to the the tense mood of the music. On its own, it creates an intriguing mood; however, what the tune truly does is make one wonder about what’s to come from this young band.


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Monday, Oct 27, 2014
With his new self-titled album, Wade Bowen has made what he calls "the record to start the next phase of my career."

Already an established player in the diverse Texas country scene, Wade Bowen is bound to garner a lot more attention following the release of his new self-titled LP. As he told Rolling Stone back in August, “I’ve always tried really hard to make sure my music is not just a regional thing.” Wade Bowen is certainly not a region-specific LP; any fan of true country music from Bakersfield to Nashville will find plenty to like amongst the twelve tunes of Bowen’s new record.


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Monday, Oct 27, 2014
Take an advanced look at the recording process behind the funky forthcoming album by the Australian soul outfit Emma Donovan & The PutBacks.

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, comprised of vocalist Donovan and backing band the PutBacks, is a tour de force of funk and soul hailing from the land down under. Together these musicians create a unique blend of styles and influences that converge nicely in a soul sonic that anyone noticing the recent uptick in soul music should spot right away. Donovan’s roots in the indigenous peoples of Australia, combined with the PutBacks’ experience in the Melbourne music scene, make this group a talent to watch. Below, you can view a snippet of the process behind Dawn, the band’s forthcoming album.


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