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Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015
Spare and simple, the latest number by Jesse Harris and Star Rover, is a melancholy lament to the ephemeral nature of life.

Time Out New York once said about the singer/songwriter Jesse Harris, “[His] gift lies in his deft rendering of fleeting moods and passing moments.” This holds particularly true for “Catch the Ash”, a track off of Harris’ new album with Star Rover, No Wrong No Right. The spartan tune uses delicately played minor chords to slow down time as Harris reminds us to “catch the ash before it falls”. Harris rose to fame after writing Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning song “Don’t Know Why”, but since then he’s remained a prolific and unique recording artist, a streak continued by No Wrong No Right.


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Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015
The latest tune by the New York singer/songwriter is an affable, voice-and-guitar tune that captures what Sexton calls "the twilight of the mind".

Syracuse, New York singer/songwriter Martin Sexton is going to release his eighth studio record, Mixtape of the Open Road, this winter. You’ve already heard the lead single “Remember That Ride”, which premiered on Wall Street Journal online; now you can stream the wistful number “You (My Mind is Woo)” below.


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Monday, Jan 12, 2015
A driving anthem for those striving to break free from the mundane 9-to-5 routine, "Spoil Yr Party" is a potent first taste of what's to come on Sporting Life's new LP, Rivalry.

Sporting a pop streak that’s unafraid to be aggressive, the San Francisco outfit Sporting Life is set to release its new album, Rivalry, just about the time folks start preparing themselves for the springtime. Fitting, too, as the high-energy music of the group is well suited for sunnier environs. But “Spoil Yr Party”, the video of which you can stream below, is the kind of rock number that’s fit for all seasons, as it’s a driving tune that expresses a universal frustration that, in the modern day, knows no temporal constraints.


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Monday, Jan 12, 2015
For a slice of honky-tonk rock chock full of spirited backing vocals and bluesy guitar, Ivory Deville's "Dance Hall" will do just the trick.

Ivory Deville may call Los Angeles its home, but by the sound of “Dance Hall”, a track off its recently released self-titled LP, they’d fit in just as well in a Southern honky-tonk. This is just the kind of tune to jolt one out of the winter doldrums and into the mood for dancing—yes, the song really does live up to its name. “Dance Hall” now has a fun and free-spirited live video to accompany its rock swagger, which you can view below.


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Friday, Jan 9, 2015
The mood of Counting Crows' "Long December" meets Dylanesque vocals on the latest track by the rising talent Kingsley Flood.

The Boston/Washington, D.C based outfit Kingsley Flood has had a solid run already. Having opened for Lucius and Josh Ritter, in addition to playing a stint at the Newport Folk Festival’s main stage, the group is poised to take on 2015 with some serious momentum. The sextet is certainly not short on ambition: in addition to To the Fire, the band’s newest EP, it will also be putting out a summer EP, a fall full-length album, and multiple music videos. As if that weren’t enough, it’ll also be touring extensively throughout. To get a taste of this no doubt rising talent, you can stream the To the Fire track “Cavalry” below, a piano ballad reminiscent of Counting Crows’ “Long December”. Autumnal and evocative, the track is ripe for a powerful live performance, of which Kingsley Flood will have many in 2015.


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