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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
Stripped-down and intimate, The Shark, the debut album by Brendan Hangauer's solo project Empty Moon, evokes many images with few sonic ingredients.

Emtpy Moon is the name of singer/songwriter Brendan Hangauer’s recently formed solo project, which he devised after departing the band Fourth of July, with whom he spent ten years making three records with. Part of that departure also included moving from Lawrence, Kansas to Oakland, California. Joined by Jason Quever of Papercuts in the recording process, Hangauer crafted the LP The Shark, a stripped-down collection of primarily acoustic tunes. With sonic parallels including alt-country (“High Hopes”) and Bay Area indie folk (“Far Away”), The Shark signals a step in a new direction for Hangauer.


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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
Experimental folktronic-pop duo Euan McMeeken and Matthew Collings have their second Graveyard Tapes album, White Rooms, ready to rock this November.

Between the plaintive vocals and evocative piano of Euan McMeeken and the distorted soundscapes of guitarist Matthew Collings, which combine forces under the name of Graveyard Tapes, there is a perplexing magic. Hailing from the fair city of Edinburgh, they have that quietly triumphant, slightly depressing, poetic and thoughtful Scottish joie de vivre. The imagery is apocalyptically epic, yet there is a lightness to the album, a vulnerability in the vocals and an ineffable fragility in the ramshackle, organic percussion and brooding piano-based instrumentals outlined by the creaks and groans of analog instrumentation, like it all might crumble into dust at any moment, but their indomitable spirit keeps their corporeal form together.


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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
Previously only available on a limited edition vinyl release, The Fates, the debut LP by the Baroque pop outfit Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates, will be available on CD for the first time on November 3rd.

The San Francisco and Birmingham, UK-based Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates are aptly named. On their debut LP, The Fates, they explore all manner of morose topics. Yet while the lyrical content of The Fates may be bleak, the music makes these saturnine musings delightful to listen to.


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Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
"Pale Hooves", a brooding, dark number by the Athens, GA group Grand Vapids, is a track off of the band's forthcoming LP, Guarantees.

The Athens, GA-based Grand Vapids have one hell of an ominous teaser for their forthcoming studio album, Guarantees. The song, titled “Pale Hooves”, is built around a brooding riff that’s equal parts ‘90s indie and outlaw country. Cryptic lyrics like “Looks like death has finally given birth” add to the the tense mood of the music. On its own, it creates an intriguing mood; however, what the tune truly does is make one wonder about what’s to come from this young band.


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Monday, Oct 27, 2014
With his new self-titled album, Wade Bowen has made what he calls "the record to start the next phase of my career."

Already an established player in the diverse Texas country scene, Wade Bowen is bound to garner a lot more attention following the release of his new self-titled LP. As he told Rolling Stone back in August, “I’ve always tried really hard to make sure my music is not just a regional thing.” Wade Bowen is certainly not a region-specific LP; any fan of true country music from Bakersfield to Nashville will find plenty to like amongst the twelve tunes of Bowen’s new record.


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