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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
With a heart full of old soul wisdom, it's no wonder Jonah Tolchin's music is full of old school sounds.

As the lead track from his new Clover Lane album, Jonah Tolchin‘s “21st Century Girl” really does its job well. Everything about the song and video perfectly conveys the irony of Tolchin being a “21st century man”, albeit one with a thoroughly retro sound. After all, the kid is only 21, but he grew up admiring guys like Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt—hardly modern fare—and he’s been at this music thing for a while now: “From a very early age, I was always interested in music, running around my dining room table with instruments and wanting to have a parade.”


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Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
The singer's latest video clip takes its cues from the works of Maya Deren and Valie Export.

The latest from Vanessa Daou finds her in four-on-the-floor mode with a flowing groove of thick beats and catchy hooks. “Trouble Comes” follows the political motif set by its parent album, Light Sweet Crude, but maintains the all sexual drama that the singer is noted for. Nearly drowning in the swathes of the song’s atmosphere, the singer at once signals the trouble at both a brewing riot and a crumbling relationship: “Trouble comes when you hear the drums.”


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In "Get High", Brandy Clark's heroine doesn't linger in the shadows... she finds herself a light.

On her fantastic debut album, 2013’s 12 Stories, country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark presented exactly that… 12 stories of women just trying to move through the world as best they can. Topics like poverty, infidelity, prescription drug abuse, divorce, alcoholism, and just all-around tough lives mark the starting point for Clark’s songs, but not necessarily the finish line. This is real life in small-town America that she’s singing about, not some gussied up, fictionalized Pleasantville version of it.


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Monday, Apr 21, 2014
Frankenstein drunk dials his Bride in new video.

Back on March 25, singer/songwriter Robby Hecht released his eponymous third album. It’s a stunner, in the grand tradition of perennial favorites like Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Shawn Colvin. One of the songs, “Soon I Was Sleeping”, steps a little bit outside of Hecht’s normal folk borders and into country ballad terrain. But, hey, the guy lives in Nashville, so it was bound to happen at some point.


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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014
What is wrong with you people?

Twenty two long years after Pixies’ last album, Tromp Le Monde back in 1991, fans were treated to a brand new Pixies EP last September, and another in January. The music blogosphere was somehow caught off guard by the fact that two decades and a major lineup change managed to change the band’s songwriting voice a bit.


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