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First Listen: Maggie Bjorklund – Fro Fro Heart
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First Listen: Maggie Bjorklund – Fro Fro Heart

Having tapped the likes Mark Lanegan and Jon Auer for her kaleidoscopic 2011 debut album, Coming Home, Danish pedal steel maven Maggie Bjorklund returns with Shaken on 14 October. Backed this time by Jim Barr (Portishead), John Parrish (Sparklehorse) and John Convertino (Calexico), Shaken‘s first single, “Fro Fro Heart,” finds Bjorklund trading vocal duties with … Continue reading

Video: Chancius – A Piece of You Wherever I Go
New Release / Video

Video: Chancius – A Piece of You Wherever I Go

From busking and hustling demos in the subway of New York City to fronting Automatic Duo, Brooklyn-based Chancius has released his sophomore album, Bando. Conceived as a musical opera, the title character suffers from an unnamed, mortal disease. Undergoing an alternative treatment, Bando’s consciousness is merged with technology. Amidst the implications of combining man and … Continue reading

Download: Polaris Rose – Perfect View
Download / First Listen / Upcoming Release

Download: Polaris Rose – Perfect View

Since their arrival on the Los Angeles scene as Polaris Rose, the duo of Peter Anthony and Madelynn Elyse have released two EPs and just yesterday completed their debut LP, Telescopes, to be released this November. The first single from Telescopes, “Perfect View,” is a well-crafted pop nugget, layered with wiry guitar and searing harmonies. … Continue reading

First Listen: Willie and the Giant – Poor Boy
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First Listen: Willie and the Giant – Poor Boy

Birthed from an obsession with the Stax sound of the ’60s, upstart Nashville soul purveyors Willie and the Giant have released their first single, “Ain’t Gonna Wait” with the b-side “Poor Boy.” Taken from their self-titled debut to be released in 2015, Willie and the Giant’s quartet of Will Stewart (vocals), Grant Prettyman (bass), Mac … Continue reading

First Listen: Gringo Star – World of Spin
First Listen / Upcoming Release / Vinyl

First Listen: Gringo Star – World of Spin

Following on the release of 2013’s Floating Out to Sea, Atlanta power-pop trio Gringo Star are set to release a self-produced 7-inch single, “Long Time Gone” with the b-side, “World of Spin,” on 17 October. The debut release from Michigan-based dizzybird records, the 7-inch features Gringo Star brothers Pete and Nick Furgiuele taking turns handling … Continue reading

Video Premiere: The Room Outside – The Room Outside
Premiere / Video / Vinyl

Video Premiere: The Room Outside – The Room Outside

Residing in dusty Santa Fe, New Mexico, sisters Karrie and Roxane Hopper along with Loren Bienvenu comprise The Room Outside. Trekking similar pop-Americana territory as Swedish sister-duo First Aid Kit, The Room Outside harness the sun-drenched locale on their debut album, The Room Outside, which predates First Aid Kit’s latest album, Stay Gold. With more lived-in earnestness … Continue reading