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Monday, Mar 9, 2015
With sonic companions such as Billy Joel and Sam Smith, Tor Miller's brand of piano-centric pop casts a wistful and fond gaze upon New York City.

Tor Miller’s brand of piano pop will come naturally to those familiar with groups like Coldplay and Seabird, where the choruses are anthemic as they are catchy. In Miller’s case, though, there’s the added dimension of his native New York City. His experience in the city, which is reflected in the lyrics to his songs, makes him out to be the 21st century answer to Billy Joel. As it turns out, this kind of piano-driven songwriting will always find a way to get by.


Below you can watch the black-and-white video to Miller’s “Midnight”, a true exemplification of his style. His drive as an artist and as a student of music (he is studying at New York University) rings clearly, both in his impassioned chorus vocal and the dramatic piano chords.


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Thursday, Mar 5, 2015
The bluesy retro rock of the People's Blues of Richmond, especially on their latest track "Outta My Mind", is owed in no small part to producer Mark Neill (the Black Keys' Brothers).

With their latest song “Outta My Mind”, the Virginia rock ‘n’ roll band called People’s Blues of Richmond bring to mind two recent rock LPs in particular, both by the same artist: the Black Keys. The first is 2014’s Turn Blue; the psychedelic washes of “Outta My Mind” align quite closely with the ‘60s psych mood of that album. Most of all, however, it brings to mind the megahit record Brothers, with its retro-minded production and songwriting.


As it turns out, these parallels are not merely by coincidence. In recording “Outta My Mind”, People’s Blues of Richmond sought out producer Mark Neill, who co-produced Brothers alongside the Black Keys and Danger Mouse.


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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015
Bobby Womack is one of the many artists Van Morrison selected to re-interpret his classic songs for his new duets album.

In the vein of Ray Charles’ classic collaborative album Genius Loves Company, Northern Ireland songwriter Van Morrison has teamed up with a host of musicians for his forthcoming album Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue. Unlike Charles, however, who took songs from the pop, jazz, and blues standard repertoire, Morrison selected singers that he felt would best offer new interpretations of his own songs. Those who stepped up to the plate include Michael Buble, Steve Winwood, Natalie Cole, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal, Joss Stone, and his daughter Shana Morrison.


The newest cut to be released from the duet sessions is Van Morrison and Bobby Womack’s take on “Some Peace of Mind”, taken from Morrison’s 1991 LP Hymns to the Silence.


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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015
Catchy guitar riffs and political acumen make up the new tune by the Denton, Texas outfit the Demigs, "Melamine".

The ‘90s indie vibe is strong with the Demigs, a rock group that hails from Denton, Texas. This vibe is quite apparent on the tune “Melamine”, a clean guitar-driven number off of their forthcoming double LP, the 20-song Welcome to Hard Times. With sonic corollaries that include ones atypical to the indie realm, namely the New Zealand-based “kiwi rock” of groups like the Clean and the 3-Ds, the Demigs have a distinctive sound that’s matched by their political savvy. In addition to the issues tackled by “Melamine” specifically (read more on that below), the quartet has also taken a stance against fracking in their native Texas.


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Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015
Stream the cryptic and dark new album by the St. Louis rock outfit CaveofswordS, Sigils, a week leading up to its release.

Enigmatic lyrics, reverb-drenched vocals, and an overall cryptic mood make up the newest album by the St. Louis rock group CaveofswordS, Sigils. (On their website, CaveofswordS is described as “dubwave”.) The band latticeworks layers of psychedelic haze and synth-led soundscapes into a brooding collage that emits intrigue all throughout these ten tunes.


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