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“One to Remember”
From the album Mordechai
Dead Oceans, in association with Night Time Stories
Globetrotting Texan trio Khruangbin present their third album Moredechai. A transportive sound toward a new sense of emotional directness, without losing the spirit of nomadic wandering that’s always defined it. And it all started with them coming home to Houston.
“Hold of Me”
From the album Dandelion
Black River Entertainment
Blending folk intimacy, country grit and alt-rock muscle, Carolina Story’s upcoming sophomore album, Dandelion, is an ode to survival in the face of struggle, a full-throated tribute to the power of hope and the unbreakable bonds of family. Dandelion will be available Sept. 4 via Black River Ent.
“Your Kingdom Comes (With a View)”
From the album The Subtle Exhibitionist
Chicken Man Music
Alex Jordan was born to play, progressing from trumpet to guitar by high school. In college, he became a crew member, then a substitute player for the legendary Dead cover band Cubensis, then spent five years with Midnight North. He started writing songs, and the result is The Subtle Exhibitionist.
Bayou City Funk
Bayou City Funk is a collection of veteran musicians and brass players that have formed one of Houston’s premiere funk bands. Inspired by the originators and pioneers to the heavy hitters shaping the modern funk scene, BCF’s sound covers funk, jazz and blues, bringing high energy to live shows.
From the album Transitions
Bred in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Father Figuer trio aims to marry gritty ambience with the impetus of vulnerability. Following their debut LP Transitions, they are eager to release their sophomore collection of work less than a year later, with no intent of slowing down.
From the album Walk With Me
HMG Recordings (Horizon Music Group)
In a relatively short time, this roots-influenced jam band has risen through the ranks, having done shows with national acts such as The Marshall Tucker Band, Twiddle, Melvin Seals & JGB and many more. Their newly released album is getting a lot of attention on the scene. Make sure to check it out!
Johnny & The Mongrels
From the album Creole Skies
A high-powered, New Orleans-influenced band that is the perfect combination of a funk-filled heart and a deep bayou soul. Its founders, currently based in Fort Collins, Colo., are singer/writer Johnny Ryan and singer/bassist/writer Jeff Bostic. They have opened for George Porter Jr, Ivan Neville and Samantha Fish.
The Roe Family Singers
“Don’t Worry About the Rich Man”
From the album Roll Up the Rug
Bonfire Music Group
The Roe Family Singers are a good-time, old-time hillbilly band from Minnesota. Led by wife and husband Kim and Quillan Roe, the band marries old-time sounds from barn-dances, fiddle pulls and county fairs with the rock-and-roll passion of youth. Every performance raises a ruckus.
From the album Late Bloom
Graber Gryass is an acoustic band from Memphis, Tenn., led by Spaceman, Michael Graber. Recently, Graber Gryass recorded 24 original songs at the famed Royal Studios. Members include musicians from Public Enemy, Rumpke Mnt Boys and a Winfield banjo champion. “Marijuana” is the first single from Late Bloom.
From the EP Musical Magic
Rhode Island singer-songwriter, Devin Bender, harnesses the power of the ukulele to deliver his songs of peace, love and community. After years of growing his garden of music, he is ready to share his fruits, sew more seeds and sing in a brighter day. “Feed your heart; feed the world.”
Leaf Borbie & The Family Tree
Leaf Borbie & The Family Tree is a six-piece band from Cleveland, delivering carnival-disco sounds with roots deeply planted in blues. We are giving a percentage of proceeds from “Deadbeat,” on Bandcamp, directly to Black Lives Matter. We hear you and we stand with you. #BLM
From the album Opening
Strawberry Moon Records
Portland, Ore. artist Maria DeHart’s debut LP Opening weaves together dreamy chord progressions and ethereal vocals to create an entrancing sound experience for the listener. “Pop Song,” the second single of the album, is a whimsical and bouncy guitar-driven track about the one who got away.
Editor’s Pick: Woods
“Fell So Hard”
From the album Strange to Explain
Dreaming doesn’t come easy these shadowed days, which is why Strange to Explain by Woods is such a welcome turning of new colors. It presents an extended moment of sweet reflection for the 15-year-old band, bouncing back to earth as something hopeful and weird and resolute.
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Head or Heads
From the Album Low Angles
On his sophomore album Low Angles, Kansas City-based indie pop artist Heads or Heads paints a picture of psychedelic-laced California idealism and pays homage to the City of Angels with influences of older acts like The Human League and New Order to newer ones such as MGMT and Tame Impala.
Pat Keen’s songs are vast with an underlying restlessness. Magnetic, like a soft conversation with an old friend, he pushes and pulls, ultimately guiding you down the meandering path of your own experience. His second LP, Cells Remain, comes out on 8/21.
“Brand New Heartache” (feat. Lior and Simon Starr)
Michael Burrows is an Australian singer/songwriter. His music has been described as a fusion of folk, Americana and rock with strong influences of artists such as The Beatles, Wilco, Eagles and Dawes. He’s recorded with Neil Finn (Crowded House/ Fleetwood Mac) and opened for Martha Wainwright.
Baneful Town is an experimental singer-songwriter project strung together by drunken love songs. The result is a wistful musical experience told through an unfiltered lens with a common nostalgic theme for love and longing. Currently, Baneful Town is working on their debut EP Lovers and Loners.
From the Album Conversations with Reality
Mt. Pleasant was forged in youthful creative spurts and over the years has developed a crafty style of playing that can only be described as “Homegrown Rock.” The 6 piece group strives to write and perform music that can induce feelings of weightlessness, euphoria, and good vibes.
Miles Over Mountains
From the Album Work Harder Not Smarter
Miles Over Mountains is a progressive bluegrass band based in McHenry, Ill. Their live shows are high energy, centered around an arsenal of unique original material and clever cover songs. Touring in their 6th year as a band, they have just released their 3rd full length album Work Harder Not Smarter.
From the album Sketches
One of the Maritime coast’s most important musical exports and a superstar in the Celtic music world, Natalie MacMaster has built a career on electrifying playing and innovative recordings. After 8 years without a solo album release, Sketches reclaims her title as Queen of the Fiddle.
From the Album Lainey and the 93
Johnny Helm is a singer songwriter based out of Honolulu, Hi. He is a veteran broadcaster and production director for many of Hawaii’s top radio stations. Johnny has opened for Gregg Allman, Leon Russell, Jack Johnson and many more. Helm operates orangepearproductions.com where he produces indie artists and scores film and commercial productions.
Midwestern singer-songwriter Matt Van creates music that dispenses lyrical melancholy and elicits a sound of gentle catharsis. Amid the modern streaming era, he continues to share songs from the comfort of his room. Notable appearances include a live recorded session at the iconic Daytrotter studio.
“Kicking Back the Blues”
From the Album Kicking Back the Blues
The Streamliners are a multi-award-winning roots and blues band from Australia that are known for their fiery improvisational stage jams that go way beyond their 7 albums. They have been compared to such artists as the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and early Fleetwood Mac.
“Swoon and Fall”
From the album Trabant
Haunted by hooks and good old fashioned song-craft, Brian Larney is a non-stop music-making machine. He’s an alt folk-rock singer-songwriter with an honest and thoughtful style that’s quirky, earnest, and vulnerable. His 2020 album, Trabant, plays like a well planned 5 course meal by a master chef .
Butch Reynolds is a back to the future renaissance man. Drawing on the sound and songwriting of 70’s and 80’s pop artists from Elvis Costello to Steely Dan, Butch picks and pulls at whatever influence suits the song to create a fresh new sound and wild variation from track to track that defies genre.