First Listen: Stone Jack Jones – Shine
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First Listen: Stone Jack Jones – Shine

On the heels of his Best of 2014 release, Ancestor, Nashville cat of nine lives Stone Jack Jones is back with “Shine,” the second single from his forthcoming album Love & Torture. Album-opener “Shine” is a one-sided dialogue with Death; Charon’s anesthetized false promises echoed by the siren song of frequent collaborator Patty Griffin. Jones, who knows … Continue reading

First Listen: Chris Smither – Drive You Home Again
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First Listen: Chris Smither – Drive You Home Again

2014 was a milestone year for American folk and blues icon Chris Smither. Having turned 70, Smither celebrated his 50th year in the music industry by releasing Still on the Levee, a 24-track collection of newly-recorded versions of songs spanning his five decades as an artist. To further commemorate this golden anniversary, Signature Sounds issued … Continue reading

First Listen: American Wrestlers – Kelly
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First Listen: American Wrestlers – Kelly

Infused with a lo-fi ethos, Scottish expat American Wrestlers now calls America home. Residing in Missouri via adventures in online dating, the 8-track auteur has released “Kelly,” a power pop missive from his forthcoming debut release to be issued on 7 April. While it’s unknown if Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable has heard the single, … Continue reading

First Listen: The Wave Pictures – Pea Green Coat
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First Listen: The Wave Pictures – Pea Green Coat

A symbiosis of art school-era Pete Townshend and The Jam’s refined punk, The Wave Pictures‘ “Pea Green Coat” is a quick mishmash of British blues and garage rock elements. The lead single from the trio’s forthcoming album, Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon, “Pea Green Coat” closes their 13-track US debut album. Tapping Renaissance man Billy … Continue reading

Video: Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Blindlessness
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Video: Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Blindlessness

For my money, the best Bonnie “Prince” Billy songs are those that don’t seem labored over. Given Oldham’s output, this point could be debated, but the stark, organic nature of his latest, “Blindlessness,” sounds off the cuff despite the well-timed dog bark. An outtake from his latest release, Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues — itself largely … Continue reading

Review: Andrew Bryant – This is the Life
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Review: Andrew Bryant – This is the Life

Life’s itch strikes us all, urging the release of our interior monologues. Be it impulsiveness or an unconscious drive, those who heed the call by singing out from distant corners, attempting to answer their own questions, are the ones for me. Battling such cognitive drama, Water Liars drummer Andrew Bryant lays his mental strands bare … Continue reading

Review: John Calvin Abney – Better Luck
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Review: John Calvin Abney – Better Luck

Belying his tender age, singer/songwriter John Calvin Abney opens his debut LP, Better Luck, with a skiffle beat on “Stepladder.” Weaving in amongst electric guitar, Calvin toys with convention a la Dylan plugging in. The Oklahoma native continues to confound expectations throughout Better Luck, from the dramatic assignation of the folkish “Scarecrow” and the affected … Continue reading