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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: JOSHUA RADIN: ONWARD AND SIDEWAYS

Joshua Radin’s Onward and Sideways is his sixth album since his 2006 debut, We Were Here. And since that debut, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has become something of a folk god, amassing a legion of loyal followers. His songs have also been placed in more than a few TV shows. Whether you’re looking...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: KAIPA: SATTYG

Kaipa, a Swedish prog/folk/rock group, was originally called Ura Kaipa way back in 1973, but Wiki gives one the impression that they broke up circa 1982 and only reunited in 2000.  Sattyg is their thirteenth studio album, the name being Swedish for diablerie, which Google gives two definitions for.  One is “reckless mischief; charismatic wildness”...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: FIRST AID KIT: “AMERICA”


The idea of anyone covering Simon and Garfunkel probably makes you yawn, but this rendition of "America" by First Aid Kit is quite the touching tribute, their voices and gentle acoustic guitars the equivalent of a warm blanket on a freezing winter's night. It's super mellow, devoid...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: BEN OTTEWELL: RATTLEBAG

Ben Ottewell, vocalist and lead guitarist of Brit rock band Gomez, continues to submerge himself in the deep end of the blues on his second solo release, Rattlebag, which follows his first solo album Shapes & Shadows (2011). “Your prayers won’t raise me from this web,” Ottewell sings during the title track, “Rattlebag,”...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: EAVES: “TIMBER”


"Timber" is the latest track to be unleashed from Eaves' debut EP, As Old As The Grave, and if you like melancholic singer/songwriter fare then you're in for a real treat. From the first few stark piano notes, it's obvious that this is going to be a...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: Chad Hollister: “Breathe”


"Just breathe and breathe once again," sings Chad Hollister during his latest tune, "Breathe." It's a lovely little song that can lift your spirits on a bad day. In fact, I was having a bad day after discovering that I accidentally installed Malware with a Chrome...
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EP SPOTLIGHT: SMOKE SEASON: HOT COALS COLD SOULS

Smoke Season was formed during early 2013 and combines the diverse talents of Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen. Their music is quite the hybrid, combining elements of Americana, folk, rock and electronica. They’ve recently garnered attention with their successful August residency at the Los Angeles venue The Echoplex. Hot Coals Cold Souls is...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: PRINTER CLIPS: PRINTER CLIPS

Printer Clips is side-project of Paul Noonan, best known as the lead singer of Bell X1. Interestingly, he did not sit back and create a solo album in his downtime. That would have been too easy. Instead, he did an album of duets with female singers. Although PJ Harvey and Emmylou Harris declined...
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REVIEW SPOTLIGHT: ANGUS & JULIA STONE: ANGUS & JULIA STONE

As the story goes, Angus and Julia Stone were happy with their solo careers and had no plans to make another album together. Ever. They didn’t hate each other or anything like that. They simply went in two different directions musically and didn’t feel they would ever be in the same place, stylistically...
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