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by Brice Ezell

15 Jan 2015


The best religious music doesn’t proselytize. Rather, it enraptures you in its beauty, showing the strength of its convictions without forcing you into its grasp—it invites you into communion with it, no matter your walk of life. The talented songwriter Manika Kaur knows this, a fact that can be heard on full display on her latest LP, Bow to You Waheguru.

The record’s press release gives some context for the LP’s lyrical explorations: “Kaur’s musical output is inseparable from her spiritual heritage. All her songs flow from her devout Sikh faith, from the songs and sacred stories her family shared as she was growing up in Australia.” As evinced by tracks such as opener “Aukhee Gharhee”, which is laced with gorgeous violin, Kaur’s ability to make her unique religious experiences feel universal in their magnanimity of feeling is a powerful one.

Stream “Aukhee Gharhee” below.

by Brice Ezell

15 Jan 2015


Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Oklahoma singer/songwriter Beau Jennings took on a quest for inspiration from one of the greats: fellow Oklahoman Will Rogers. The film that resulted from his project, The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers, will be making its way around the festival circuit in the winter of 2015. In a few weeks, the album Jennings wrote in tandem with the filming of the documentary, The Verdigris, will be released. The LP features brand new material by Jennings inspired by his understanding of Rogers’ music. Below you can stream one of those tunes, “Scattered Lights”, which finds Sufjan Stevens (background vocals) joining Jennings for a reflective piano ballad.

by Brice Ezell

14 Jan 2015


Time Out New York once said about the singer/songwriter Jesse Harris, “[His] gift lies in his deft rendering of fleeting moods and passing moments.” This holds particularly true for “Catch the Ash”, a track off of Harris’ new album with Star Rover, No Wrong No Right. The spartan tune uses delicately played minor chords to slow down time as Harris reminds us to “catch the ash before it falls”. Harris rose to fame after writing Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning song “Don’t Know Why”, but since then he’s remained a prolific and unique recording artist, a streak continued by No Wrong No Right.

by Brice Ezell

13 Jan 2015


Syracuse, New York singer/songwriter Martin Sexton is going to release his eighth studio record, Mixtape of the Open Road, this winter. You’ve already heard the lead single “Remember That Ride”, which premiered on Wall Street Journal online; now you can stream the wistful number “You (My Mind is Woo)” below.

by Brice Ezell

9 Jan 2015


The Boston/Washington, D.C based outfit Kingsley Flood has had a solid run already. Having opened for Lucius and Josh Ritter, in addition to playing a stint at the Newport Folk Festival’s main stage, the group is poised to take on 2015 with some serious momentum. The sextet is certainly not short on ambition: in addition to To the Fire, the band’s newest EP, it will also be putting out a summer EP, a fall full-length album, and multiple music videos. As if that weren’t enough, it’ll also be touring extensively throughout. To get a taste of this no doubt rising talent, you can stream the To the Fire track “Cavalry” below, a piano ballad reminiscent of Counting Crows’ “Long December”. Autumnal and evocative, the track is ripe for a powerful live performance, of which Kingsley Flood will have many in 2015.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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