Wednesday December 21st 2011, 12:54 pm
MP3 Roundup: Lissie, Frontier Ruckus and The Trekky Yuletide Orchestra
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Lissie’s cover of the Pretenders’ “2,000 Miles” from a show she did last December at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. You can hear the rest of the concert (minus this cover) on her new live CD/DVD combo called Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
MP3: Lissie- 2,000 Miles (Pretender cover)

Frontier Ruckus
Orion Town, Michigan- based band Frontier Ruckus covered this The Everly Brothers tune last year in London during their Peckham Sessions. They are currently in the midst of recording their new album and you can follow all of their in-studio antics via their  Twitter page (90s sitcom theme song piano, anyone?).
MP3: Frontier Ruckus- Like Strangers (Everly Brothers cover)

the trekky yuletideLastly, we have The Trekky Yuletide Orchestra with their rendition of the holiday standard, “In The Bleak Midwinter”. The Trekky Yuletide Orchestra is a holiday supergroup composed of members of every band on Trekky Records (Lost in the Trees, Midtown Dickens and more). The band was formed to create a Christmas album called A New Old Fashioned Christmas with proceeds from the record benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
MP3: The Trekky Yuletide Orchestra- In The Bleak Midwinter (trad.)

Monday December 05th 2011, 3:21 pm
Video of the Day: John McCauley (of Deer Tick)
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John McCauley – Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant

John McCauley of Deer Tick performing his new side project’s tune “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant”. The new side project (which is in addition to Middle Brother, his OTHER side project) is a band called Diamond Rugs that consists of McCauley, Ian Saint Pe (Black Lips), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Rob Crowell (Deer Tick) and Brian Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). Check out the studio version of the tune below.
MP3: Diamond Rugs- Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant

Monday November 07th 2011, 6:13 pm
Free Loose Music Sampler featuring The Felice Brothers, Dawes and more
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Loose Albums

The fine folks at the UK-based label Loose Music are currently giving away a free music sampler featuring tunes by the likes of The Felice Brothers, Dawes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Handsome Family and more. Head over to their website for the full tracklisting and to download the sampler. For a little taste of what you can expect, here’s Hurray For The Riff Raff with the beautiful tune “Too Much Of A Good Thing” from their self-titled debut, released earlier this year.
MP3: Hurray For The Riff Raff- Too Much Of A Good Thing

Monday October 31st 2011, 2:32 pm
MP3 Roundup: The Felice Brothers, Grant Maxwell and The Cave Singers
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Felice Brothers

New York’s The Felice Brothers recently recorded a cover of “Behind That Locked Door” for Mojo Magazine’s George Harrison covers album. The record, which was included in their October issue, features tunes by Richie Havens, Yim Yames, Emmy The Great, Jonathan Wilson featuring Graham Nash, The Webb Sisters and more. Head over to Mojo to attempt to get your hands on a copy.
MP3: The Felice Brothers- Behind That Locked Door (George Harrison cover)

Grant Maxwell

Nashville (by way of NYC)’s Grant Maxwell from The Morning Pages has provided When You Awake with an exclusive solo tune called “The Liberty Bell”, inspired by the recent Occupy Movement. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments after the jump.
MP3: Grant Maxwell- The Liberty Bell

Lastly, Seattle’s The Cave Singers have just announced a West Coast tour in support of their third album, No Witch (out now via Jagjaguwar). They’ll be touring with The Builders and the Butchers and are set to stop in Los Angeles on December 10th at the Troubadour. You can check out the complete tour dates here.
MP3: The Cave Singers- Black Leaf

Tuesday June 14th 2011, 5:05 pm
MP3 Roundup: The Chapin Sisters, Live Oak Revue and Jill Andrews
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Los Angeles’ own Chapin Sisters are currently touring in support of their latest record, Two (out now via Lake Bottom Records). The group will be stopping through London on Thursday, June 16th for a show at the North Star and then will hop back stateside for a gig on June 27th in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theatre alongside Harper Simon (Paul’s son) and Henry Wolfe.
MP3: The Chapin Sisters- Sweet Light (buy)

Live Oak Revue

Live Oak Revue, the Dana Point, California band comprised of Zak Salazar, Brian Ireland of Something Corporate and Brian’s two brothers Matt and Derrick, are set to release their debut EP When The Dawn Breaks on June 21st, 2011 via Adamant Records. You can catch them tonight in Ventura, California alongside Jack’s Mannequin and Steel Train for a show at the Majestic Ventura Theatre.
MP3: Live Oak Revue- When The Dawn Breaks (Adamant website)

Ex-Everybodyfields frontwoman Jill Andrews‘ debut solo album, The Mirror, came out last week on June 7th via Thirty Tigers/Liam Records. She’s set to tour across the US all of this month and next, with a two-day stint planned at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on July 16th-17th.
MP3: Jill Andrews- The Mirror (buy)

Friday February 04th 2011, 10:52 am
MP3 Roundup: Fleet Foxes, Nathaniel Rateliff and James Apollo
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Yeah yeah yeah. Everyone and their momma has posted about the Fleet Foxes upcoming sophomore record, Helplessness Blues, which is set to be released May 3, 2011 via Sub Pop/Bella Union. But this track is really good…so we just couldn’t pass it up. Plus! Tickets just went on sale today for their May 7th gig at the Hollywood Palladium, and they just announced two one-off dates in London: May 31st and June 1st at the Hammersmith Apollo. No doubt all these shows will sell out so get your tix now.
MP3: Fleet Foxes-Helplessness Blues

Denver-based musician Nathaniel Rateliff recently attracted our attention with a pair of tunes sent our way by a lovely loyal reader (“Early Spring Till” and “Pounds and Pounds” to be exact. Search them out!). The tracks are absolutely beautiful and we are very much looking forward to checking out one of his upcoming shows in London this month, including a sold out gig alongside Caitlin rose at Barfly for HMV’s Next Big Thing on February 11th and Communion’s Party at the Notting Hill Arts Club on February 13th.
MP3: Nathaniel Rateliff- Shroud

Lastly, we have James Apollo with his upcoming new release, Born Lucky, a career-spanning compilation record due out April 11th. He, too, has a handful of upcoming UK tour dates, including gigs in London at the Slaughtered Lamb on February 11th and the Bull & Gate on February 18th. You can be sure you’ll see us at at least one of them.
MP3: James Apollo- The Violins

Thursday January 27th 2011, 12:00 pm
Video of the Day: Josh T. Pearson
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YouTube Preview Image Josh T. Pearson and Dustin O’Halloran- Country Dumb

Josh T. Pearson performing the first single, “Country Dumb”, from his upcoming album Last of the Country Gentlemen (out March 14th via Mute Records). The Texan has been wowing ’em in the UK with an upcoming tour starting off with a sold out show on 23 February at the Slaughtered Lamb in London,  but is only now getting round to his U.S. live debut as a solo act at this year’s upcoming South-By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. For those of you who will be going, be sure to mark him down on your must see acts list. Some of his sound’s a bit meta, but y’all know somebody who kicks the following lines can’t ever punk the Briarpatch: “I come from a long line in history of dreamers / Each one more tired than the one before / All of us too poor to pay attention / Sweet dreamin’ was all we could afford”.  Read more about Josh and download a piano version of “Country Dumb” after the jump.

Tuesday January 18th 2011, 3:49 pm
MP3 Roundup: Hi Ho Silver Oh, The Cave Singers and Holy Folk
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Los Angeles’ own Hi Ho Silver Oh just released a brand new 7inch record today via Trailer Fire Records. Side A features “Showers Without Warning”, a tune inspired by the slasher film Friday The 13th, which you can check out below. Side B features a beautiful cover of Tom Petty’s “Time to Move On” featuring Leslie Stevens of Leslie & The Badgers. The band is also currently offering their first EP, My Friends And The Sun, for free. Click here to grab it.
MP3: Hi Ho Silver Oh- Showers Without Warning

Seattle’s The Cave Singers are gearing up for the release of their third LP, No Witch, (to be released February 22nd via Jagjaguwar). Check out the first MP3 from the record below.
MP3: The Cave Singers- Swim Club

LA’s Holy Folk have announced the release of a free digital EP entitled Heavy Hands, available now via Grey Coals. Heavy Hands features performances from members of Les Blanks, Amateurs and Johnny O’Donnell. Get it here.
MP3: Holy Folk- Kind Hearts (Keep Giving)

Friday January 14th 2011, 1:33 pm
MP3 Roundup: The Pierces, Lord Huron and The Low Anthem
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In honor of the release of their latest EP, Love You More (out now via iTunes), NY based sister duo The Pierces will be playing a trio of shows in Los Angeles this week. First, you can find them at the Henry Fonda Theatre tomorrow tonight, January 15th alongside When You Awake-favorite Lissie. Then, they will be joining Great Northern at Bardot on the 17th, with a headlining slot at The Hotel Cafe on the 18th.
MP3: The Pierces- We Can Make It

Here’s LA’s Lord Huron covering the classic “Auld Lang Syne”.  I know I know, it’s January 14th—but better late than never, right? The band is set to play the Autry Museum this coming Thursday, January 20th alongside Calder Quartet, Abe Vigods and Gamble House.
MP3: Lord Huron- Auld Lang Syne

Lastly, we have The Low Anthem, who are gearing up for the February 22nd release of their latest record, Smart Flesh (via Nonesuch). They are about to depart on a massive tour, with sold out shows in Los Angeles on January 26th at the Wiltern and in London on April 11th at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Sold out a show for April? Not bad Low Anthem, not bad.
MP3: The Low Anthem- Ghost Woman Blues

Friday January 07th 2011, 10:55 am
Free MP3s from Akron/Family, Middle Brother and The Moondoggies
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Middle Brother (formally known as MG&V), the group consisting of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit, has finally announced a release date for their debut record together. The full album will be released on March 1, 2011 via Partisan Records and you can hear the first tune from it, “Me Me Me”, below.
MP3: Middle Brother- Me Me Me

“So It Goes” is the first single from Akron/Family’s new album, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, which is due out this February via Dead Oceans. The group has also announced a string of US tour dates, which you can check out after the jump.
MP3: Akron/Family- So It Goes

Finally,  we have a track from Seattle’s Moondoggies from their record Tidelands, which was released this past October. The group recently got off tours with Blitzen Trapper and Dawes and are gearing up for their first ever headlining tour this month. Tour dates are after the jump.
MP3: Moondoggies- What Took So Long