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    • Prince’s Vault Forcibly Opened, Contains Enough Music to Release a New Album a Year for 100 Years
      Prince passed away at his home on April 21 but he left no will and no living children (in 1996 he has a son who died of Pfeiffer syndrome a week after being born), and was also not married at the time of his death. 
    • The Kills Announce More Tour Dates
      The Kills (Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince) are releasing a new album, Ash & Ice, on June 3 via Domino. Now they have announced some more North American tour dates for September. Their full list of dates are below, followed by the videos forAsh & Ice's previously shared first two singles, "Doing It to Death" and "Heart of a Dog. […]
    • Bob Mould at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2016
      Bob Mould returned to his electric guitar roots on this raucous night in Philadelphia.  
    • Garbage Announce More Tour Dates
      Garbage are releasing a brand new album, Strange Little Birds, on June 10 via the band's own label STUNVOLUME. Now they have announced a slew of more U.S. tour dates in support of it. Check them out below, followed by their full list of dates and the recently shared single "Empty."
    • Watch My Morning Jacket Cover Prince’s “Purple Rain,” “Sign O’ the Times,” and “Raspberry Beret”
      Prince passed away at his home on April 21 and the Prince tributes and covers have been fittingly constant ever since. During their set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Friday My Morning Jacket covered "Purple Rain" and at another show in Oklahoma City last Wednesday they covered "Raspberry Beret," as well as "Purple […]
    • The Man Who Knew Infinity
      Two love stories sit at the heart of The Man Who Knew Infinity, neither of them romantic.
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      Julianna Barwick has occupied a unique space in music since her breakthrough, 2011's The Magic Place. She makes music that isn't quite electronic, because it's too organic; isn't quite instrumental, since it features voice; and isn't quite ambient, since her music isn't all drones and tones. 
    • Listen: Bob Dylan - “All the Way” (Frank Sinatra Cover)
      Bob Dylan is releasing a new Frank Sinatra covers album, Fallen Angels, on May 20 via Columbia. It's the follow-up to Shadows in the Night, his 2015-released Frank Sinatra covers album.
    • Listen to Frightened Rabbit Cover Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” on SiriusXM
      Scotland's Frightened Rabbit released their new album, Painting of a Panic Attack, a few weeks back via Canvasback Music/Atlantic. Today the band stopped by SiriusXM satellite radio and covered Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia." 
    • Braids Announce EP and Tour Dates, Share “Companion” Video
      Montreal trio Braids have announced a new EP, entitled Companion, that's due out May 20 via Arbutus/Flemish Eye. They have shared a video for the title track and announced some tour dates. The EP features four songs recorded during the sessions for 2014's Deep In the Iris.
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    • Premiere: Kyla La Grange - 'Hummingbird' April 29, 2016
      Start the Bank Holiday with a banger...Because you may as well start the Bank Holiday with a banger... Kyla La Grange has been in the studio, working on some typically ambitious material. That sugar-sweet touch is still there, but she's broadened her scope while refining her intensity. New cut 'Hummingbird' airs first on Clash, and it's i […]
    • Drake's 'Views From The 6' - A Timeline April 29, 2016
      How the Toronto star expertly surfed the hype...Today (April 29th) we finally get our hands on one of the most highly anticipated hip-hop albums this year. It truly feels like we have been waiting forever for Drake’s fourth studio album, 'Views...'. Drake has not tucked himself away to a solitary studio to solely concentrate on this album since he […]
    • Watch: Rejjie Snow New Originals Short Film April 29, 2016
      Dublin’s Rejjie Snow is blazing a trail...One of the hottest rappers around isn’t from the United States, or even from the UK. Dublin’s Rejjie Snow is blazing a trail, with his crisp flow and effervescent charm turning expectations on their head. Resolutely independent, the rapper has notched up more than a million streams of breakout cut ‘Lost In Empathy’. […]
    • Premiere: Redlight - 'Blood Moon' April 29, 2016
      From new mixtape 'Templates Vol. 1'Redlight hits hard. So when the producer announced plans for his new 'Templates' mixtape, fans knew he wasn't about to hold back. Out on June 10th, 'Templates Vol. 1' is rooted in the producer's clubbing experiences. “I am very proud to present Templates Volume 1, which is the first i […]
    • Live Report: Pusha T - Electric Brixton, London April 29, 2016
      G.O.O.D. Music mainstay grabs centre stage...Pusha T tore it down at the Electric Brixton this week with an energetic performance front-loaded with jams from his superb ‘King Push: Darkness Before Dawn (The Prelude)’ LP. The album’s woozy intro and the majestic ‘M.F.T.R.’ kicked proceedings off in grand style, as a pair of huge neon crucifixes - emblazoned w […]
    • Premiere: Lazy Habits - 'Answers With Questions' April 29, 2016
      Hard-hitting six-piece with disparate influences...Lazy Habits are a London-based six-piece whose sample-delic sound matches generations, styles, and continents. Fusing New Orleans jazz with hip-hop, pop, and more, the band's jaw-dropping live show has taken them to historic venues such as London's Roundhouse and KOKO hubs. Festival stalwarts, the […]
    • Premiere: XY&O Live In Session April 29, 2016
      For BBC Introducing...XY&O are a trio from Wales, a three-piece who specialise in artful, contagious synth pop. Electronic music that comes laced with colour, the band have begun picking up some nationwide attention. BBC Introducing stepped in to shoot their first ever live session, allowing the band to showcase their nascent live sound. 'One More N […]
    • AMP Lost & Found: Annie Mac Interviewed April 29, 2016
      Radio 1 host and festival curator in conversation...Until last year putting on a festival had only been a distant dream for Annie Mac. She’d always had the idea sat in the back of her head, but assumed that when she eventually came around to curating a festival it would be in some muddy farmer’s field in Britain. In fact, when she was presented with the idea […]
    • Track Of The Day 29/4 - Benjamin Carlisle April 29, 2016
      'Love Me Like This' (Jaguar Skills Remix)Brooklyn's Benjamin Carlisle is making all the right noises, and being tipped in all the right places. Inaugural release 'Love Me Like This' is probably the reason for this. Gaining serious radio traction, the track is blowing up online. Jaguar Skills has stepped in on remix duties, supplying […]
    • Premiere: J(ay).AD - 'Lights' April 29, 2016
      From new EP 'Keti Koti'...J(ay).AD Suriname-born, Amsterdam-based talent, who uses electronic music to investigate themes of identity and belonging. New EP 'Keti Koti' emphasises this. Out now via Cosmic Bridge’s new digital-only imprint CBD, it's a fascinating, inquisitive work. Burring together elements of instrumental grime and fo […]
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Rock Chick of the Day: Florence + The Machine – Third Eye

Posted by falconi5 on May 1, 2016

florenceHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the latest effort from Florence +Machine has pretty much languished just under the musical radar, and criminally so. This song along with “Ship to Wreck” are just two of the anthemic gems from the record.

 

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Best Albums of 2016: The Bo-Keys – Heartaches By The Number

Posted by falconi5 on May 1, 2016

The Bo-Keys – Heartaches By The Number (Rating 4 out of 5)

bokeysWhile this record might not be the album of the year, we are calling our shot now. Heartaches By The Number, the latest record from the Memphis Country Soul band The Bo-Keys, will be the Retro-Country album of the year. Or maybe, the Retro-Soul record of the year.  Or maybe, both. Darn tootin’.

The album travels the intersection of Country, Soul, Rock, Folk and Blues and features first-rate country hits, some deep cut covers, and a couple of original songs as well. All of the songs are carefully curated, and if you close your ears and let the songs wash over your brain, you will be transported back to the deep South circa the 1960’s.

The band itself was formed by Scott Bomar who formed the group in 1998 using under appreciated session musicians from the golden era of Memphis Soul after Stax, Hi Records, and American Studios all shut down. The bands first two records The Royal Sessions and Got to Get Back featured mostly originals with tons of Soul legend guests the likes of Otis Clay and William Bell, and includes the stellar songs “Got to Get Back To My Baby” and the funky instrumental “Just Chillin’.” For extra credit, search these out.  Your ears will thank you.

The title track “Heartaches By The Number” lays down the Country Soul groove that never lets up throughout the song.  The tune features Stax legend Don Bryant along with a subtle Hammond B-3, which is never a bad thing. Here, you are introduced to Percy Wiggins, the singer of the group who has the perfect tonal quality and down right chops to pull off a Hank Williams Song right next to a Freddy Fender classic. The cover of “I threw it All Away,” a Bob Dylan song from the Nashville Skyline album, is quite simply a deep-track, Otis Redding inspired stunner.

“The Longer You Wait” is an obscure early-days Merle Haggard song, that places the Soul right next to the pedal steel in perfect harmony. Sure you’ve heard the Swamp Dogg penned classic made famous by Johnny Paycheck “Don’t Take Her (She’s All I Got)” tons of times, but you definitely have not heard it covered as soulfully cool as you will find here. The end of the night vibe of Floyd Cramer’s Last Date, is a band stretching, soul soothing way to polish off the proceedings.

Memphis Meets Nashville, all day long.

 

 

 

 

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Rock Chick(s) of the Day: Taco Cat – Crimson Wave

Posted by falconi5 on April 10, 2016

There’s nothing like a little Surf Rock Post Punk to get you moving in the morning.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Shelly Colvin – Tony Joe White

Posted by falconi5 on April 10, 2016

shellycolvionA slightly swampy, definitely smokey effort from Longshot, the latest L.P. Longshot by Shelly Colvin. With the lyrics:

You Can Have Everything You Want/But You’re Never,Never,Never, Never,Never,Never,Never Going to be Like Tony Joe White

How can you go wrong.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Janiva Magness – Long as I Can See the Light

Posted by falconi5 on April 10, 2016

janivaKnown for her husky Soul and Blues pipes, Janiva Magness has come up with a fine sheen on her winning formula with her latest record, Love Wins Again. A solid set of tunes that range in influence from Bonnie Raitt to Shemekia Copeland with some Gospel on the side, the real winner is her tight rendition of “Long as I Can See the Light,” her Creedence Clearwater cover.

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Friday Funday Playlist 3: Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

Posted by falconi5 on April 9, 2016

fridayfundayIf the playlist for this week has any sort of theme, it’s this song has no title, this list has no theme sort of theme. Sandwiched between “Don’t Think Twice it’s Alright” and “Leonard,”  a song that Mighty Merle Haggard wrote for songwriter Tommy Collins, are 13 slices of musical meat loosely, and we mean very loosely, based on an Americana California Noir sort of vibe.

There is the Cowgirl Rock of Lindi Ortega and “Ashes,” the Old School Country croon of Loretta Lynn with “Everything it Takes” from her latest record, and the exquisite Emmylou Harris who sings the holy heck out of “Blueberry Wine.”

The new breed is represented by Sturgill Simpson singing one of latest singles, “Bloom,” a Nirvana cover, and two severely underrated songwriters in Blaze Foley and Chris Whitley make the cut. If you haven’t yet been exposed to Blaze Foley, here is your chance with “Clay Pigeons,” and Whitley’s “Big Sky Country” is a revelation that will have you scurrying in search of his back catalog.

Don’t mind the brief psychedelic interlude provided by “Gilbert’s Groove,” a palate cleansing instrumental from Circles Around the Sun, a loose knit band with Neil Casal at the helm, and slither deep down in your listening couch when you check out the atmospheric Escondido song “Rodeo Queen” and “King of California” a down to the bone cool song from Renn, a very much up and coming singer songwriter.

 

 

 

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Video of the Day: Little Green Cars – Easier Day

Posted by falconi5 on April 5, 2016

littlegrren3A bit more atmospheric, but no less brilliant than Absolute Zero, Ephemera, the second long player from Little Green Cars is a mature follow-up and with epic songs like “Easier Day” and “The Song They Play Every Night,” there is definitely no sophomore slump in site.

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Video of the Day: Ulysses – Kill You Again

Posted by falconi5 on April 1, 2016

ulyssesWith a vibe that could be equally vintage (in all the best of ways) or yesterdays SXSW  to-the-minute, Ulysses is a band that should be on your Musical Radar. “Kill You Again” is from their 2013 album of the same name, and sounds like a Zombies meets Yes by way of Big Star devil spawn.

The entire album is an every song sounds different eargasm of a listen. I have it on good authority that their latest long player Law and Order is coming out very soon.

Check out the band on their website, and check out their new single below.  Your ears will thank you.

http://ulyssestheband.com/

Ulysses – How Long

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Friday Funday Playlist 2: Cuts Pretty Deep

Posted by falconi5 on April 1, 2016

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The Friday Funday Playlist for this week (Cuts Pretty Deep) runs a pretty good range from 70’s Blues Rock to 60’s Rock Chick all the way to to Texas Boogie Rock and Roll.

Leading off with “Song of Everything” pretty much an out of character Psychedelic trip sort of song where the mighty Hammond B-3 is featured pretty heavily, and with “Stay with Me” a song that Rod Stewart has said was his favorite song to play, you have the ying and the yang of what this set is all about.

The great Lee Michaels is represented with “Rock Me Baby,” one of his lesser known songs, And the criminally ignored for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Warren Zevon, is front and center with Carmelita, a version that is nose to nose as the best version alongside Linda Rondstadts’

Speaking of Rock Chicks, the sausage-fest is broken up a bit with Chicken Shack Christine, McVey’s pre Fleetwood Mac band, and their stellar version of I’d Rather go Blind,” and Nancy Sinatra’s “Summer Wine.”

A couple of curve balls are thrown in the form of the energetic Vibrators tune “Baby,Baby,” and “Clap for the Wolfman,” a guilty pleasure favorite.

And of course, don’t sleep on the closer, the Humble Pie epic rendition of “Drift Away,” and whatever you do, don’t miss the man Rod Stewart has called the best singer in the world and treat your ears to “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues) by Frankie Miller.

 

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Rock Chick of the Day: Loretta Lynn – Lay Me Down (with Willie Nelson)

Posted by falconi5 on March 29, 2016

lorettaHer first record in 12 years, Full Circle is a stunning accomplishment. The vocals seem to be coming from someone half her age, and the collaborations with Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello are state of the art.  Produced by John Carter Cash, there is even a version of the classic don’t do me wrong anthem, “Fist City.”

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