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: 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: 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

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

First Listen: Seryn – Disappear
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First Listen: Seryn – Disappear

Having relocated from Denton, Texas to Nashville following the release of their 2011 debut, This Is Where We Are, Seryn will return with Shadow Shows on 17 February. Maintaining their Denton connections, Shadow Shows was recorded at Redwood Studios with assistance from Midlake’s McKenzie Smith. Smith’s production is evident on the album’s swelling first single, … Continue reading

Download: Annalibera – Black Cat White Cat
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Download: Annalibera – Black Cat White Cat

Love goes bad Gets rusty But I’ve got your back You can trust me Today With this solemn promise, Iowa synth-pop trio Annalibera end “Black Cat White Cat,” the first single from their forthcoming debut LP, Nevermind I Love You. Fronted by former farm girl Anna Gebhardt, the distressed hopefulness of “Black Cat White Cat” … Continue reading

Video: Jeffrey Martin – Newborn Thing
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Video: Jeffrey Martin – Newborn Thing

The futility of existence can be a soul-crushing weight if pondered too hard. Leaving such a dilemma to the philosophers, singer/songwriter Jeffrey Martin posits untethering oneself from the machinations of the material world on “Newborn Thing.” Included on Martin’s August 2014 release, Dogs in the Daylight, a video for “Newborn Thing” has been produced to … Continue reading