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Thursday, Apr 2, 2015
The husband and wife duo Lowland Hum type their heart's song on a typewriter in the new lyric video for "Olivia".

In a nice tip of the cap to the lyric video for Josh Ritter’s “New Lover”, the North Carolina husband and wife duo Lowland Hum have crafted a typewriter-centric lyric video to their song “Olivia”, which comes from their forthcoming self-titled LP. This marks Daniel and Lauren Goans’ sophomore outing.


“Olivia” is notable for its surprising twist towards its conclusion; what seems like a singer/songwriter format for the bulk of the track ends up giving way to a euphoric pop coda. As for the video, you both get an up-close look at the lyrics, and at the making of what looks like a tasty peanut butter and honey sandwich. As far as combinations go, that’s a pretty darn good one—just like “Olivia” itself.


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Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
A beautiful and melancholy baritone guitar captivates on this stripped-down take of a tune from Beware of Darkness' latest mixtape, Sanctuary Season.

Helmed by the talented multi-instrumentalist Kyle Nicolaides, Beware of Darkness has found acclaim for its brand of dark, bluesy indie rock from major outlets like Rolling Stone. A performance on Conan has also helped raise their profile. Earlier this year, the group dropped a new mixtape, Sanctuary Season, which finds them diving into new angles on their sound, incorporating electronic and hip-hop production influences.


Following an acoustic performance of the Sanctuary Season cuts “A Stranger Saved My Life”, Beware of Darkness took to the studio for a stunning performance of “M E D U S A”, which features some beautifully melancholy baritone guitar playing from Nicolaides.


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Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
For rock 'n' roll with a dash of country twang, No Dry Country's "The Night Before" will hit the spot just right.

The Lubbock, Texas four-piece No Dry Country (often stylized as NDC) may hail from the State Where Everything Is Bigger, but their kind of rock music comes from all different corners of influence. On “The Night Before”, the title cut from their latest full-length LP, the sound is quite similar to the Midwest rock ‘n’ roll of bands like the Elms. Apropos of No Dry Country’s home state, there’s also an appropriate inflection of country twang in this driving tune.


The video for “The Night Before”, which you can stream exclusively below, captures these guys playing the song in-studio. As they tell it, this track and The Night Before LP itself mark some of their finest work in years.


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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
As a tie-in to the recent release of the 40th anniversary edition of Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin have released an "interactive video" for "Brandy and Coke", the initial rough mix of the classic "Trampled Under Foot".

In my 8 out of 10 PopMatters review of the deluxe reissue of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, I wrote, “Released 40 years to the day since its initial release [24 February], this deluxe edition confirms what critics have long said about this… ‘summative’ recording: this is an album that gives a lot, and then keeps on giving.” As it turns out, this principle not only applies to the revered double album itself, but also to the video media that accompanies it. Led Zeppelin have now released a swanky “interactive” video for one of the deluxe edition’s bonus tracks, the “initial rough mix” of “Trampled Under Foot” entitled “Brandy and Coke”. As you watch the video, you can click through the many windows of the iconic building that makes up the record’s sleeve art.


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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
Angelic vocal harmonies and a wintry mood make the Staves' "Make It Holy" a stunner of a live track.

Recorded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio (where he recorded his highly acclaimed second Bon Iver LP), English trio the Staves’ new album, If I Was, is layered with intoxicating vocal harmonies. The influence of Vernon, who produced the record, is more than obvious, especially considering that the Staves have opened for Bon Iver in the past. However, the trio—comprised of sisters Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals, guitar), and Camilla (vocals, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor—took Vernon’s famed Wisconsin space and made it their own, creating an album of beautiful, contemplative reflection.


Recently, the Staves took to the stage of London’s Wilton’s Music Hall with Vernon, playing through If I Was in its entirety as a lead-in to its stateside release. Below you can watch the trio and Vernon perform the captivating “Make It Holy”.


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