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by Sarah Zupko

13 Oct 2016


Cincinnati’s Dawg Yawp weave together psychedelic rock, folk, electronica and American roots music in a wholly unique sound that’s all tied together by the sitar. Yes, I said sitar. If you never got enough of George Harrison’s sitar playing on Sgt. Pepper’s, then start here and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven. Dawg Yawp is comprised of two best friends—Tyler Randall and Rob Keenan— who moved back to their Ohio hometown to work on the Dawg Yawp project and their debut self-titled album releasing October 14th via Old Flame Records.

by Jedd Beaudoin

12 Oct 2016


Singer-songwriter Shawn Fogel returns with a six-song collection of smart, clear-eyed songs. Titled Volume 1 it is the debut recording from his latest endeavor, Brothers in Yarn. We are pleased to premiere it for you today. The opening “A Million Tiny Arms”, which serves as a kind of prayer for a return to childlike wonderment, showcasing the purity of Fogel’s voice and his gift for crafting uncluttered, unhurried arrangements. The material carries an undeniable emotional complexity, avoiding the binary of happy and sad but instead exploring those shades between, the darkness lurking in the light as well as the light breaking through the dark.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Oct 2016


Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee

Atlanta rockers O’Brother are about to head out on tour with the Dillinger Escape Plan on October 12th, but before they do they’s shared this amazing cover version of Portishead’s “Silence” from that group’s brilliant album Third. Earlier this year O’Brother released their third full-length album Endless Light, while “Silence” is a brand new track. The band nails the Portishead aesthetic as it makes the song’s sound both heavier and darker than the original.

by Sarah Zupko

10 Oct 2016


Photo: Jesse Spencer

Floridian singer-songwriter Matt Hires upended his life for the better when he and his wife relocated to Nashville and he fell in with a group of other writers that gathered each week to share the music they’d written that week over a good bottle of bourbon. That’s just one reason why Nashville births songs like Detroit used to churn out cars. That process led Hires to create the strongest set of songs of his career. With a charismatic voice that echoes R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe and a sound rooted in ‘90s alternative rock crossed with Americana, Hire’s new album, American Wilderness releasing this Friday, pulls you right in with its slate of deeply personal, searching, musically accomplished alt-pop songs. Hires has a voice to light arenas and thrill small songwriter night crowds. He’s the real deal and will make you a believer.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Oct 2016


Photo: Paul Beaty

Five well-known, always busy Chicago singer-songwriters—Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall—get together to form a pop supergroup called the Flat Five that uses vocal melodies and harmonies as the main means of delivering 12 memorable earworms that will stay lodged in your brain for days. Chris Ligon wrote this batch of songs that offer a much needed dose of positivity and light heartedness as the bitter U.S. election nears its long-awaited end. The album title of the Flat Five’s debut release, It’s a World of Love and Hope, conveys this optimistic outlook. It releases this Friday via Bloodshot Records.

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