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by Sarah Zupko

16 Aug 2017

Photo: Robby
Klein (The Press House)

Americana up and comer Christian Lopez has already impressed us with his 2015 album Onward, which he released at 19 years old. Now he’s back with another album, Red Arrow, which will be released September 22nd via Blaster Records. Two years and Lopez’s sound is maturing fast as his songwriting grows more and more accomplished with every new tune.

Lopez’s new single “1972” is shuffling country ballad painted as an ode to his 1972 International Scout truck that he owned during his teenage years. In this case, a truck is more than a truck as it served as Lopez’s means of freedom as a young man and something that produced many great memories for the artist.

by Jonathan Frahm

16 Aug 2017


Photo: Jeremy Wade

The New Zero is, in its essence, the idea that the aftermath of an event is malleable,” says Melville lead singer Ryan T. Jacobs. “Things, both good and bad, happen to people on a daily basis and we can’t usually affect the input coming our way but what we can do is affect the outcome of what has already happened and where we go from there.”

by Jonathan Frahm

16 Aug 2017


Telling an earnest story amidst deceptively simple instrumentation, Tom Irwin‘s reflective, plaintive vocals on “If She Will” seals the deal on this melding of old-school country sentiment and new age Americana delivery.

Though it’s one of the first from off of his debut LP, All That Love, Irwin is actually an accomplished player in the sprawling, ever-growing alt-country scene. It shows in the bills he’s shared with the likes of Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, and Chuck Prophet, to name a few. Better yet, though, Irwin is finally showing his songwriting and performance chops on studio cuts all his own, and the end result has been a strong contender for widespread recognition in the Americana world.

by Jonathan Frahm

11 Aug 2017


Kids and Chemicals combine the cerebral workings of electronic soundscapes with an unbridled affection for anthemic rock ‘n’ roll on their latest LP, After Life.

Expanding from a sibling duo into a four piece electro-rock quintet over the years, the Springfield-based artists’ ambitious latest project is centered around the concept of a drug-addled lover who considers going to quite literal otherworldly lengths to see his partner again. Aurally, the album invokes a medley of influences ranging from gritty rock, to modern and retro electronic callbacks, and even an acoustic-centric pop strummer to top things off.

by Sarah Zupko

10 Aug 2017


Photo: Joanna Chattman

Americana music artist Eilen Jewell has a deep love of musical history, so much so that the Signature Sounds label head called her a musicologist. That’s a good thing to be when your stock in trade is a broad range of American roots music. Knowing where different musical forms come from and understanding the traditions, makes for a better artist every time. And Eilen Jewell is indeed a real artist.

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