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Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014
Jeff Austin's latest tune, "What the Night Brings", is perfect for fans of '90s country music. It's but a small taste of what's to come on his new album, The Simple Truth.

I first heard Jeff Austin perform “What the Night Brings” at RCA Studios in Nashville, during the week of the 2014 Americana Music Festival. That performance, during which Austin played the song accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, gave the song a reflective, somewhat somber mood. The album version of the song, by contrast, hearkens back to the sounds of ‘90s country radio.


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Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014
The Modernist puts a groovy, boot-stomping spin on the California psychedelic rock group Xu Xu Fang's "Noir State Beach".

Earlier this year, the California psych rock quintet Xu Xu Fang premiered the tune “Noir State Beach”. The song marked the group’s first single in six years. Now, you can stream a remix of “Noir State Beach” by the famed Cologne, Germany DJ The Modernist (Jörg Burger). Burger clearly knows the song well, as he hones in on its central groove and rides it out for the entirety of the song, emphasizing the song’s boot-stomping rhythm. Like the best tunes by Spoon and Swans, it’s a remix that exploits hypnotic repetition to the maximal level.


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Monday, Oct 13, 2014
The Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp has just dropped another track from its forthcoming and final album, The Inevitable End, out on November 10th.


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Friday, Oct 10, 2014
The latest tune by Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard's group Circus Devils, "Eye Mask of Leaves", is a lo-fi, easy-breezy number.

Robert Pollard, best known for his work in Guided by Voices, has with his project Circus Devils readied an album for November release, entitled Escape. The album will be the band’s thirteenth full-length studio release. Below you can stream “Eye Mask of Leaves”, a jangly, lo-fi acoustic number off of the album.  The music is described as an audio “Twilight Zone where dream time and real time intermingle. For best results, listen late at night with headphones in a dark room.”


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Thursday, Oct 9, 2014
The warm vocal harmony and inviting mood of Memphis Dawls' "Skin Like a Cage" is but one example of why this trio has made a splash in its native Memphis.

The Memphis, Tennessee folk trio Memphis Dawls, comprised of Holly Cole (guitars and vocals), Jana Misener (cello and vocals), and Krista Wroten (viola, mandolin, accordion, and vocals), has already made a significant splash prior to the release of its forthcoming LP, Rooted in the Bone. Though the band has yet to release its first full-length they have opened for legendary acts like Emmylou Harris, as well as more recent musical innovators like Jack White. “Skin Like a Cage”, a cut off of Rooted in the Bone, is both a cozy fit within the recent upswings in folk music and a throwback to the vocal harmonies of Linda Ronstadt’s best records.


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