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Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015
Watch the Nashville transplant Sam Lewis play a stripped-down version of "Little Time", a number from his forthcoming Waiting on You LP.

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”.


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Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015
The Sam Cooke-inspired "Last Call" is a track from Strange Love and the Secret Language, the forthcoming album from singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Adrien Reju.

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.


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Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015
Electronic trio Cash Cash discover their softer side with acoustic versions of their hits in the offices of their record label.

Hot off a few gigs during Miami Music Week, the electronic trio Cash Cash stopped by the offices of their label Atlantic Records in New York to perform a couple of their hit songs. However, instead of playing percussive dance versions, the trio Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf and Sam Frisch decided to strip down the music and go acoustic. They were joined by vocalist Maria Dontas and a string quartet to showcase the songs in front of label execs, media and other guests. The catchy songs were felt comparatively soaring to their electronic counterparts with the vibrant strings and live instrumentation. Cash Cash answered a few questions following their set, including the ever-challenging, ‘would you rather have a time machine that only goes backward in time or only forward?’ and to give a non-committal response to whether or not they prefer to play acoustic or electronic. You can decide yourself by checking out some video clips below, including the official NSFW “Surrender” video.


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Monday, Apr 6, 2015
The young London band False-Heads take a leaflet out of the book Nirvana wrote with its energetic new single, "TwentyNothing".

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.


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Monday, Apr 6, 2015
The trio theSHIFT prides itself on a "high octane" brand of rock 'n' roll.

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.”


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