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Song of the Week: “We Dream of Mountains,” Modo Stare

I only needed the cover photo and title to click “Download” on NoiseTrade. I was not disappointed. The nascent UK band’s impassioned harmonies and bells on the title track lends the electronic sound an organic sense, as well as the lyrical description of mountains, “standing on a place with crags and caves.” I also love … Continue reading

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Leagues: A Concert Review

Last Tuesday at the Townhouse’s Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, CA, Leagues played an hour set with all the effervescent energy of their album You Belong Here.  I arrived early and quickly noted band members mingling with friends at the bar. Vintage, 1920s-inspired lamps and wallpaper contrasted with the club beats the DJ was mixing. Opposite … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: “Easy to Love,” Ivan & Alyosha

Stream their debut album (including “Easy to Love”) at NPR First Listen before it debuts on Feb. 26. The catchy groove, poppy smooth vocals and earnest lyrics make this song a perfect choice for the week of Valentine’s Day. Its sincerity and effortless charm make this song–and the band–very easy to love.    

Song of the Week: “Gone Away From Me,” Holly Williams

Off her new album The Highway (released on Feb. 5), Holly Williams’ narrative powers as a singer-songwriter are in full effect on this track. Listening is like watching a Pixar short in its vividness and brief but clear story arc, except the images share the same sort of open, Southern space and heart-wrenching poignancy of … Continue reading

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Song of the Week: “Time to Run,” Lord Huron

With their debut album, Lonesome Dreams, out last week, this LA-based band weaves an organic, energetic folk sound. It’s the kind of music that sweeps you up somewhere, takes you through open, timeless spaces–rivers, ocean, island, desert, mountains, you name it. The touches of world percussion and their brightness reminds me of LA at the … Continue reading

Album review: You Belong Here by LEAGUES

LEAGUES is and endeavors to be a convergence. The band is something new and different in each member’s musical career, from that of singer-songwriter (lead singer Thad Cockrell, who’s rubbed creative elbows with Jars of Clay, Mindy Smith and Matthew Perryman Jones) to guitarist extraordinaire (Tyler Burkum, formerly of Audio Adrenaline and who’s played guitar … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Playlist

Some music seems especially suited to rainy days. Here’s my list of go-to albums these days for a rainy day. Until the Dawn Appears Matthew Perryman Jones For those who jumped on board with Land of the Living, Until the Dawn Appears is a great introduction into MPJ’s older work. With some older ones mixed … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Live Music Venues in Music City, USA

Nashville is a music lover’s paradise. Some genres of music are more represented than others, but please dismiss from your mind the notion that  you’ll only find mainstream country in Nashville. Nashville is a growing hub of indie music of all stripes–singer-songwriter, alternative, pop/rock, folk rock, you name it. And you have literally dozens of … Continue reading

Song of the Week: “Nothing! Shhhhhhhhhhhh,” Katie Herzig

Katie Herzig stealthily stuck a song up on NoiseTrade this week with a title that has me both smirking and scratching my head. The song is quintessential Katie: beautiful lyrics on love lost, experimentation with sounds outside the singer-songwriter box, both a soulful depth and a subtle playfulness combined with vocal textures you can almost … Continue reading

Song of the Week: “Anymore of This,” Mindy Smith and Matthew Perryman Jones

Just released earlier this week on the season finale of “Switched at Birth,” Mindy Smith and MPJ’s single (available here)  is a dynamic combination of forces. Mindy Smith’s “voice carves melodies so sharp and fine you can almost see them”  (New York Times). Her music evokes distinct images while MPJ’s work excels at lending emotional … Continue reading

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