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Thursday, Nov 6, 2014
Neo-old-timey string band Old Crow Medicine Show released one of the best Americana albums of the year in Remedy.

Old Crow Medicine takes us through a bunch of their recent songs in this energetic session on KEXP recorded back in September and just released now. Pass the Tennessee whiskey and groove with the boys…



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Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014
The sisterly Fort Collins, CO quartet SHEL teamed up with Gareth Dunlop for "Hold On", a track off of the soundtrack to the new Nicolas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me.

The Fort Collins, Colorado band SHEL is comprised of sisters Sarah, Hanna, Eva, and Liza. The convivial sound of the quartet’s music could easily be chalked up to its family camaraderie, but there’s also the matter of the classical training that goes into its music. With deep training on the violin (Sarah), harp (Liza), mandolin (Eva), and piano (Hannah), it’s no wonder the band’s music is as meticulously composed as it is.


Joined by Gareth Dunlop for the track “Hold On”, a number off of the soundrack to the new Nicolas Sparks film adaptation, The Best of Me. Even if one isn’t a fan of Sparks’ brand of schmaltzy romance, there’s still plenty to love in the tender, lovelorn harmonies of “Hold On”, captured nicely in the intimate video performance below.


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Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014
Unabashedly soaked in corny '80s sheen, the wildly fun and creative video for Son of Stan's "Loseyomind" is a creative and delirious complement to the music.

Producer and drummer Jordan Richardson took a big step in 2012: he left his highly successful spot in Ben Harper’s band Relentless7. His tenure in that group resulted in a Grammy award for 2013’s Get Up!, to stay nothing of the extensive touring and producing he did during that time (including a stint with Ringo Starr). Creatively, however, Richardson’s departure proved to be a wise move, given the music he has made under the moniker Son of Stan. Following 2013’s cheekily titled Divorce Pop, Richardson just released his newest EP, Georgia. Below you can watch the video for “Loseyomind”, the EP’s second single.


The video has to be seen to be believed, but as far as visual descriptions go, it is a cross between Xena: Warrior Princess, Wilfred, and an ‘80s workout instruction film.


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Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014
Leading up to the November 25th release of the complete collection of his piano etudes, Philip Glass plans to drop two tracks from the 20-song collection each week. This week, you can view Maki Namekawa's performance of "Etude No. 16".

For many years, the only available piano etudes of Philip Glass’ were numbers one through ten. Now, Glass has finished the long-awaited etudes 11-20. Fans of Glass or of minimalist composition in general will soon be able to own a new recording of all 20 etudes by pianist Maki Namekawa. If you preorder the album through iTunes, you will be able to, as each pre-release week progresses, hear two new etudes weekly until the complete album is ready on Thanksgiving week.


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Monday, Nov 3, 2014
Sleepless Inn release debut music video juxtaposing ‘40s noir aura with a contemporary rave vibe

In their first ever music video, Detroit’s Sleepless Inn visually balance a neon luminescence with a dark underbelly, a trait inherent to their era- and genre-merging music. “Karol Simon”, from debut The Rainbow Room EP, is a mishmash of modern dream pop built around metallic, clacking beats, scraping sound effects and Laura Finlay’s seductive intonations.


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