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Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014
The Victoria, British Columbia roots trio the Sweet Lowdown is a transcontinental musical vision that brings together the sounds and spirits of America and Canada.

The Sweet Lowdown hails from the beautiful environs of Victoria, BC, Canada, an island that functions as an intermediary stage between the United States and Canada. With the hipster-friendly Pacific Northwest just south of it and the chilly air of the Canadian North above it, Victoria is an ideal place for musicians to amalgamate American and Canadian musical styles. This is exactly what the Sweet Lowdown does in its music, as it brings together strong Americana influences with the sensibility of its own homeland. The trio’s latest LP, Chasing the Sun, was recently released; below you can stream the album track “River Winding Down”.


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Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014
Road-weary Americana musician Caleb Caudle's latest cover is of Fire Mountain's "Doing Fine".

Having released the road-weary piece of Americana Paint Another Layer of My Heart this year, Caleb Caudle is no stranger to covers. Taking on “Lost in the Supermarket” by the Clash for Couch By Couchwest 2014, the New Orleans singer/songwriter recently recorded a song from fellow This Is American Music labelmates Fire Mountain. Deftly handling standout “Doing Fine” from Fire Mountain’s All Dies Down, the song would not have been out of place on Caudle’s Paint Another Layer on My Heart.


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Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014
The summery, beach-evoking instrumental "Backyards" is the title track from the forthcoming album by Lanterna, due out in February.

Lanterna is the project led by guitarist Henry Faye, formerly of Ack-Ack, Area, and The Moon Seven Times. The project’s music consists of evocative soundscapes and instrumentals that focus on Frayne’s melodic guitar work awash in effects. The Lanterna project will see its newest release, the full-length LP Backyards, this coming February.


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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
Get a taste of what's to come this Black Friday from the Twin Cities soul group The Valdons through an exclusive listen to a new track and an almost lost one.

This Black Friday, the world will get a chance to spin a 7” vinyl of a long-lost track by the oft-overlooked Twin Cities, Minnesota soul outfit the Valdons. The two-track vinyl release features two takes on the track “Just How much Can One Man Stand”: one recently recorded, the other a demo from 1971. Those looking to delve into some history related to the fertile Twin Cities funk scene will have much to learn from the Valdons, who during their heyday in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s were among the most popular groups in their local scene.


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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
Scuzzy distortion and a crowd-ready singalong vibe exude from the latest tune by the Atlanta punks Lowbanks, "Treatz".

At a meager 1:22, “Treatz”, a track off of the Atlanta-based punk outfit Lowbanks’ new EP The Dogs, doesn’t have a lot of time to waste. Fitting, then, that the tune dives straight into a haze of shouted vocals, fuzzy distortion, and ear-piercing guitar leads right away, making its intentions clear and assertive. The raw punk energy, however, is balanced out with almost poppy production and convivial mood that’s bound to connect with live audiences.


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