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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
Soul singer Paul Kelly brings a whole bevy of talented singers to cover his tunes for his new album The Merri Soul Sessions. Powerhouse vocalist Clairy Brown gives a spirited rendition of "Keep On Coming Back for More".

Following a long and productive career, soul singer/songwriter Paul Kelly has taken to looking back on his musical legacy in the form of his new album The Merri Soul Sessions. Beginning as a series of 7” singles, the sessions find Kelly and a whole host of collaborators re-interpreting many of his well-established tunes. For the track “Keep On Coming Back For More”, Kelly brought vocalist Clairy Brown, who gives the song a palpable injection of vivacity.


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Monday, Nov 17, 2014
PopMatters has 17 new songs plus notes to add to your fall soundtrack.

Catch up with the piles of colorful new music to rake up and add to this fall’s soundtrack. Bands such as Motopony, Bear In Heaven and Foxygen offer songs from solid follow-ups, while music scene stalwarts TV on the Radio and Cold War Kids return to drop more tunes into a vast archive. Solo artists Sondre Lerche, Ariel Pink and Jenny Lewis also appear on the playlist along with Dan Boeckner’s new band Operators. It’s a harvest to behold, so listen and enjoy.


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Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
A guitar-chugging good time, the latest tune by Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, "Let's Jump a Train", is a rollicking blend of vintage and contemporary blues and country influences.

With the bluesy dexterity of Leadbelly and the driving rhythm of a punk guitarist, Rev. Petyon, known to most as “The Rev.”, is an unmistakable voice in contemporary American roots music. The Rev. draws on fingerpicking traditions from the ‘20s and ‘30s in his guitar technique, as well as the legacy of the great American slide guitar players. The Rev. is a virtuoso in the true sense of the word in that he not only knows how to fire off scorching leads; he can (often simultaneously) lay down a wicked rhythm and dive into solos that require the most nimble of fingers. Joined by Breezy Peyton (washboard and supporting vocals) and Ben Bussell (drums and supporting vocals), The Rev. is readying for the 2015 release of his fifth studio venture, So Delicious. Below you can stream “Let’s Jump a Train”, a chugging number that displays The Rev and his Big Damn Band’s rhythmic intensity.


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Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
David Paige's "Not My Fault" sports an easy-breezy feel straight out of a mid '70's California rock record

Chicago native David Paige has had a pretty good 2014 already. He revived the youthful effervescence of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for his music video “Are You Ready?” PopDose named his new EP, Inside Out, one of the best EPs of this year. He’s also been touring recently to promote his new acoustic EP, Unplugged. Below you can stream his newest track, “Not My Fault”, which finds Paige taking kindly to the ‘70s California rock aesthetic.


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Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
With equal parts moody synths and driving guitar riffs, Tell Everyone, the latest by the New York duo Wild Arrows, captures the trying circumstances that led to its creation.

The duo Wild Arrows describes its history thusly: “Formed in late 2011 out of an idea from 2008, washed away by a hurricane in 2012 and finally to release a full length in 2014.” The emotional circumstances that led to the creation of Tell Everyone, the debut full length by the team of Mike Law and Shiori Takenoshita, are reflected in the music. Moving from passages of gleaming ‘80s synth sounds to distorted, low-end riffs, the album finds Law (vocals) making the best out of a trying situation.


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