AUDIO: Amor~Convertino’s “Tucson, Paris”

The Western Suite And Siesta Songs is an album due out on October 23rd through the Living Music Duplication label and if you want to know what John Convertino of Calexico has been up to as of late, you’ll want to see what he does in collaboration with Naim Amor. Have a listen to “Tucson, Paris” and find out why they’re honoring the Southwest part of the country with the utmost respect.

VIDEO: Young Moon’s “Colt

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From his new album on Western Vinyl is “Colt”, the latest from Young Moon, the core of whom is Trevor Montgomery. IF you’re on the west coast and want to hear more, they have some shows perhaps near you:

August 20… San Francisco, CA (Amado’s) @
September 10… Corvallis, OR (Bomb’s Away Cafe) !
September 11… Portland, OR (Rontoms) !

@ w/ Madeline Kenny
! w/ Roselit Bone

REVIEW: Emily Rodgers’ “2 Years”

Emily Rodgers photo EmilyRodgers_cover_zpshmpvkvmi.jpg If you’re familiar with the name Emily Rodgers, you may have wondered where she has been. While hew new release is called 2
(Misra), it has been seven years since she came out with her last album, 2009’s Bright Day and a lot has happened since then. Then again, she could easily say the same thing about her life as well but she returns with an album of ten songs, showing why her music and passionate voice has been missed.

Her music is very much today but it is also rustic, as if it was meant to be from the past or it came from the past and we are hearing something that is meant to be told to us. It’s as if Rodgers wrote this without a sense of time or timing but when you hear this a year from now, five years, ten, on our death beds, we are going to remember the moment we first heard this and why songs like this aren’t as celebrated as they once were. Or maybe it still is and I happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. What I also like is that occasionally, the songs don’t sound right either. I mean it is in key and everything but… while she sounds nothing like Joni Mitchell, Rodgers has a way of going on places that may sound unintentional but where it goes is where it means to be and where you mean to be. Call it call it No Depression, call it left-of-country, call it what should be on country radio today but isn’t but simply call it Emily Rodgers’ new album. Let’s hope we will not have to wait until 2023 for another follow-up.

SOME STUFFS: Marisa Anderson to release new album in June

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New music is on its way from Portland’s Marina Anderson. It’s a full length album called Into The Light, which will be released on June 24th. She is going to be doing a lot of shows across the country (with a few stops in Canada) for the next two months so if you’re nearby, please head to these venues and welcome her into your city.

April 16… Madison, WI (Arts and Literature Library)
April 17… Minneapolis, MN (Eagles Lodge)
April 19… Winona, MN (Mid-West Music Store)
April 20… Iowa City, IA (The Trumpet Blossom)
April 21… Milwaukee, WI (Acme Records)
April 22… Chicago, IL (The Hideout)
April 23… Detroit, MI (Trinosophes)
April 24… Ann Arbor, MI (house show)
April 26… Hamilton, ON (house show)
April 27… Toronto, ON (Ratio)
April 28… Montreal, QC (La Vitrola)…
April 29… Portland, ME (Apohadian Theater)
April 30… Hudson, NY (The Spotty Dog))
May 1… Providence, RI (Machines with Magnets)
May 2… Boston, MA (Deep Thoughts)
May 3… New Haven, CT (Café Nine)
May 4… New York, NY (Trans-Pecos)
May 6… Philadelphia, PA (Venue TBD)
May 7… Baltimore, MD (Red Room)
May 8… Richmond, VA (Strange Matter)
May 9… Durham, NC (The Pinhook)
May 10… Asheville, NC (The Mothlight)
May 11… Athens, GA (Go Bar)
May 12… Charleston, SC (O’Hara & Flynn)
May 14… Egypt, KY (Big Switch Farm)
May 15… Charleston, WV (Kin Ship Goods)
May 17… Cincinnati, OH (The Listing Loon)
May 18… Bloomington, IN (Bishop’s)
May 19… Louisville, KY (Dreamland)
May 20… Lexington, KY (Institute 193)
May 21… Nashville, TN (Little Lights)
May 22… Memphis, TN (Venue TBD)
May 25… New Orleans, LA (Siberia (early show))

Until then, have a listen to the title track from the album.

VIDEO: Steamboats’ “Dimes”

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They are from America, New York to be exact, and are willing to call themselves Americana. Is that possible? No matter, if it’s a way to get people familiar with what they’re about, you can use any word youw ant and they are called Steamboats. Their debut album is called Chosen Peace and they’re getting some positive reviews for what they’re doing so regardless of what their P.R. people want to call them, it’s working. Have an examination through their sound with “Dimes”, which is worth much more than 40 cents (because if each guy in the group had a time, it would lead to just 40… just listen.)

SOME STUFFS: Gill Landry continue fall tour with added dates

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The dates below are a part of the second leg of Gill Landry’s fall tour so if you’re a fan of his and he’s playing within nice accessibility, go out and have some fun and a rocking good time.

November 3… Oklahoma City, OK (The Blue Door)
November 6… Phoenix, AZ (Valley Bar)
November 7… San Diego, CA (Soda Bar)
November 10… Los Angeles, CA (Bootleg Bar)
November 11… Felton, CA (Don Quixote’s)
November 12… San Francisco, CA (Hotel Utah)
November 13… Sutter Creek, CA (Sutter Creek Provisions)
November 17… Novato, CA (Hopmonk Tavern)
November 18… Arcata, CA (Humboldt Brews)
November 20… Cottage Grove, OR (Axe & Fiddle)
November 21… Grants Pass, OR (Rogue Theatre)
November 23… Seattle, WA (Triple Door)
November 24… Portland, OR (Mississippi Studios)

REVIEW: Craig Marshall’s “After All”

Craig Marshall photo CraigMarshall_cover_zpsggtbe8o2.jpg Austin, Texas musician Craig Marshall has released his new album (his sixth) called After All (Big Ticket) and if you are someone who likes their brand of music on the down home side with hints of country, folk, and an acoustic spirit, you’ll really like this.

What I like about this is it reminds me immediately of music I am familiar with and enjoy, be it Neil Young, Wilco, Little Feat, and Wilco, and it leans very much on the country side of things, or what many will call Americana, an old school spirit. These are songs that are well written and produced, and they tell the kind of stories that you want to believe not only to hear it from Marshall, but because they feel like something you can relate to it because they’re a part of your story too. He cites Bucks Owens and Merle Haggard as influences and as someone who is a huge Owens fan, I can hear it in songs like “The Only Sound” and “In Can’t Begin To Know”, where the adventures told are part of the experience, the other is to hear how the stories are explained. The songs that I got into are those featuring harmony vocals from Betty Soo, those stood out beautifully well (including the opening cut, “Standing Still”) but you’ll also hear Marshall joined with Jason Garcia, Shane Cooley and Noëlle Hampton throughout.

As the bio for the album states, this is song-driven music, for those who still believe in the power of a song that moves you. After All will become the album you’ve been searching for for awhile.

(After All will be released on August 7th.)

REVIEW: The Furious Seasons’ “My Love Is Strong”

The Furious Seasons photo FuriousSeasons_cover_zpsjakbm6mf.jpg The Furious Seasons are a band that capture the essence of pop and rock with the finesse that people like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and The Hooters, and once brought to the forefront and on their fourth album My Love Is Strong (Stonegarden), they explain in thirteen songs why that spirit is very much alive and well in 2015. The band is fronted by David Steinhart, who has Bob Gannon (drums), Jeff Steinhart (bass), and Eric Marin (keyboards) helping him throughout the album and if you’re someone who love music that only not only has a heart and soul, but with a voice that can distinctively be identifiable, you will definitely want to check this album out. They are full of stories that are need to be told, about everything from the human condition to personal frustrations, freedoms, and merely wanting to live and loving to live due to the nature of life itself. There are times when what you hear on the radio lacks any of that, or lacks any life, or maybe you’re someone if anyone is passing the type of stories you wanted to hear from your parents or grandparents. My Love Is Strong explains in full why that strength can be overwhelming and when it is, you don’t want to let that love go.

My Love Is Strong will be released on April 21st.)

FREE MP3 DL: Tidelands’ “Dog Named Bart”

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New music out today by San Francisco duo Tidelands comes in the form of an EP called Old Mill Park, which is described as a return to “a revitalized organic sound”. Gabriel Leis and Mie Araki will be having a record release party over in Oakland this Saturday at the Underwood Cafe but until then, they’d like to introduce you to a new friend, a “Dog Named Bart”