First Listen: J. Marinelli – Acceptable Faces
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First Listen: J. Marinelli – Acceptable Faces

To the attention of: Julian Casablancas Exceptional fates for acceptable faces Age is a number, cool is a binary Acceptable rates for exceptional races Wealth is a ghetto, no less than poverty Sorry, the same rules apply It’s all cut-and-dry No matter who your father knows Bother what your mother owns You better pay up … Continue reading

First Listen: Faith Healer – Universe
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First Listen: Faith Healer – Universe

Mixing electronic elements with Velvet Underground guitar rhythms and a deadpan vocal delivery, Jessica Jalbert’s Faith Healer creates a steady Krautrock buzz whitewashed by the California sun on “Universe.” Faith Healer’s “Universe” is the second single from the forthcoming debut LP, Cosmic Troubles, due out on 31 March. The latest guise of Edmonton, Alberta artist … Continue reading

First Listen: Dogheart – Jawbone
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First Listen: Dogheart – Jawbone

Garage rock almost polite enough for your mom to like courtesy of Portland, Oregon’s Dogheart. At first playing nice on “Jawbone,” the trio’s debut single quickly devolves into a metaphorical sparring match between the likes of James Mercer and Dean Wareham. Keep Portland weird indeed. Joining forces in early 2014, native Oregonians Matt Jenkins (guitar, … Continue reading

First Listen: Dick Diver – Tearing the Posters Down
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First Listen: Dick Diver – Tearing the Posters Down

The frivolity of pubescent rage is punctuated by the jangling guitars on “Tearing the Posters Down,” the second single from Dick Diver‘s forthcoming album, Melbourne, Florida. Having released first single “Waste the Alphabet” late last year, the Australian quartet will issue Melbourne, Florida on 10 March via Trouble in Mind Records. Stream “Tearing the Posters … Continue reading

Video: Parker McCollum – Meet You in the Middle
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Video: Parker McCollum – Meet You in the Middle

Toeing the country-punk line of Cory Branan and early Lucero, Austin, Texas singer/songwriter Parker McCollum will release his debut LP, The Limestone Kid, on 24 February. “Meet You in the Middle,” the album’s burnished first single, is rife with choices, regrets and resigned acceptance. Watch the video for “Meet You in the Middle” below and … Continue reading

First Listen: Shana Falana – Heavenstay
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First Listen: Shana Falana – Heavenstay

Touring and recording sporadically since releasing 2011’s In The Light EP, NY-based experimental artist Shana Falana took a no-second-guesses approach to her forthcoming debut LP, Set Your Lightning Fire Free. A musical Hyra, Falana’s disparate interests have always remained separate, until now. Coalescing her musical statements for her debut, she has codified her sound working … Continue reading

Video: Liz and the Lofty Things – Your Waltz
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Video: Liz and the Lofty Things – Your Waltz

Stirrings of spring are roused on “Your Waltz,” the first single from English folk quartet Liz and the Lofty Things. Giddy plunks pierce singer Liz Williams’ ambling vocals, threatening to expose her budding jubilation. To be included on the group’s debut album, Confessions of the Seasons (out Spring 2015), “Your Waltz” will be released on … Continue reading

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