AUDIO: Jackson Boone’s “The Dolphin Turned Into A Cat”

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“The Dolphin Turned Into A Cat” may sound like an odd thing to say but that’s just the song title for a new song by Jackson Boone. The song is on his new album (his second) called Natural Changes, and this Portland artist is ready to take things wherever his music needs to be. His style of folk with a bit of psychedelic influences is sure to find a wider audience in the weeks, months, and years to come. He has two shows close to home coming up in the next month so if you’re in Rose City or up in Seattle, stop by and say hello.

June 6… Seattle WA (Sunset Tavern)
July 2… Portland, OR (The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge)

AUDIO: The Tulips’ “Scorpio Moon”

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This Los Angeles duo may be loosely called “psych-folk” but they do more than just that. They’re called The Tulips and they’re about to release an album very soon called Echo Blue. While this song is on the folksy side, they show something that opens them up to what else they’re able to do so for now, listen to what they do with “Scorpio Moon”. You may also want to hear “Winter Winds“, perhaps the perfect song for the winter season that’s just around the corner.

VIDEO: Wild Leaves’ “Open Sky”

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This Brooklyn group may be called creators of psych-folk, and to be honest I hear both qualities of that equation too but I hear a bit more than just that. Wild Leaves have a new 4-song EP out called Hello Sunlight and from it is a very cool and polished video that sums up what they and their music is about. This one is called “Open Sky” and if it doesn’t make you feel more optimistic about yourself and the world, listen to it again. Then again. For those with a keen ear, the album was recorded on analog tape in Brooklyn at Saltland Studio with engineer/mixer Robert Mallory, who has worked with Kings Of Leon and Paul McCartney in the past). The entire project was mastered by Matthew Agoglia, known for his work with Wavves and Spoon. It’s an earfest, basically.