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Thursday, Mar 12, 2015
Hear the first single from the Virginia singer/songwriter Pat McGee's upcoming self-titled album, "Overboard".

Juxtaposing relaxed, introspective verses with a catchy, driving chorus, “Overboard” is the first tune to come forth from Pat McGee’s forthcoming self-titled LP. The record was in large part funded through Kickstarter, where fans showed their tremendous support for McGee’s vision through doubling the initial donation goal he set out for the project. Clearly motivated both by his own passions and by the enthusiasm of his supporters, McGee brought on a stellar cast of players to aid in making Pat McGee, including Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Watchel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jeff Pevar. Other guest stars include John Popper, Paul Barrerre, and Pat Monahan.


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Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015
With "Lonesome Town", Danish composer and songwriter Emil Friis has crafted a "Coen brothers sonic film."

Even in a world where new genre names seem to arise ex nihilo each day, one wouldn’t think that the phrase “Danish cowboy noir” would ever actually be an existing sound. Lo and behold, then, the murky little ditty that is “Lonesome Town”, a track off of Danish composer/songwriter Emil Friis’ new LP Sand in Your Eyes. As a regular composer of film music, Friis knows how to conjure a vivid environment, even one quite distinct from his native Denmark. “Lonesome Town”, as its name implies, evokes the scent of barroom whiskey and the pitter-patter of tumbleweed across an arid desert.


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Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015
In paying tribute to the extensive catalogue of the classic rock 'n' roll label Alive Naturalsound, the Ohio group Buffalo Killers take on a tune by an under-the-radar '70s power pop outfit.

Rock & Roll Is A Beautiful Thing, indeed. As a part of this year’s Record Store Day, the Alive Naturalsound label will release a limited colored vinyl under that name, which includes 21 tracks of previously unreleased material, original album cuts, and cover songs. The artists represented include the Black Keys, Radio Moscow, T-Model Ford, the Bloodhounds, and as you can hear exclusively below, Buffalo Killers.


That Ohio rock group—whose second Alive Naturalsound outing, 2008’s Let it Ride, was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys—has offered up a cover of the Nerves’ “Stand Back and Take a Good Look” for this 2LP collection. In doing so, the band highlights their presence amongst a fine roster of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and psych outfits, all the while paying tribute to a classic band.


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Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015
Folk-inspired vocal delivery and whimsical guitars come together on this cut from the forthcoming debut by the New York based indie outfit Fireships.

The New York indie folk outfit Fireships, according to their own description, “patrol the foggy edges of American music”. Headed up by Andrew Vladeck (of the Honey Brothers fame), the group is set to release their self-titled debut this spring. Leading up to the release you can stream “Come Back to Me” below, a track that sounds something like an indie campfire jam, with a sing-along chorus and a convivial mood making it an ideal invitation for the Fireships LP. Existing somewhere between indie rock and folk revival, Fireships have offered up a promising start with “Come Back to Me”.


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Monday, Mar 9, 2015
"Fall of the Seraph" is every bit as angelic as its title suggests.

With a near operatic sweep and the grandeur of Florence and the Machine, Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands’ “Fall of the Seraph” is a dramatic number that proves a powerful portent to the North Carolina group’s upcoming full-length, The Absolute Elsewhere. On its Bandcamp page, the group describes itself thusly: “This is what it would sound like if Kate Bush were to genetically fuse with Danny Elfman and Dresden Dolls in some strange biological experiment.” Given Bright’s incredibly powerful vocals, the Bush comparison isn’t far off, and overall the melange of artists mentioned in that quotation is a fair representation of the stylistic diversity the band purveys in. Bright herself is an anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist, which no doubt colors the creative songwriting of her and the Silver Hands.


“Fall of the Seraph”, like the rest of the music on The Absolute Elsewhere, drew heavily from the inspiring work of a certain photographer. For more on this, stream the track below and read Bright’s explanation for its genesis.


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