Ásgeir

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At only 22 years old, Icelandic singer/songwriter Ásgeir (born Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson) is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. His 2012 debut Dýrð í dauðaþögn went platinum in his native Iceland with roughly one out of every ten Icelanders owning the release. Critical acclaim came not only for the music, but also for the lyrics, which were penned by Ásgeir’s 72-year-old father. The world now gets a taste of the English version of the album, In The Silence. Download “King And Cross” from In The Silence and learn more […] Read more »

Hozier

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I recently traveled to New York City to introduce myself to a very talented musician from Ireland. It was the first time visiting America for Hozier, the 24-year-old with a talent and expression of life experience well beyond his years. He handled himself with grace in the midst of some very tough questions for his first national interview. I watched as the nervous wringing of the hands turned into a passionate explanation of his experiences […] Read more »

Benjamin Booker

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Benjamin Booker, a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter has accurately been described as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues”. Benajamin plays the guitar like he was handed the musical instrument at birth and represents his soul with every note played. I am so looking forward to the self-titled debut album coming this fall, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) on ATO (USA) / Rough Trade […] Read more »

The Orwells

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  The Orwells are an American rock band from Elmhurst, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. The members include Mario Cuomo, Dominic Corso, Matt O’Keefe, Grant Brinner, and Henry Brinner. A recent performance on Late Night with David Letterman proved to be legendary for the band and is best told in a recent interview by Rolling Stone Magazine: “Fierce Chicago quintet the Orwells hit the Late Show With David Letterman  to play the title track from their Who Needs You EP. Performing at the […] Read more »

Temples

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The English band Temples, from the small town of Kettering,  formed in 2012, when singer-guitarist James Edward Bagshaw and bassist Thomas Edison Warmsley began to craft the sounds that would represent their passion for psychedelia. The group created the debut album, Sun Structures, which soon followed with a recording contract. Heavenly Recordings founder, Jeff Barrett agreed to release the band’s debut single, “Shelter Song”, and enlisted drummer Sam Toms (Secret Fix and ex-Koolaid Electric Company) and keyboard player Adam Smith. […] Read more »

Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear are an Australian folk band who formed in 2009. Dave Hosking on vocals and guitar, was joined by Killian Gavin, also on vocals and guitar. The duo added Jake Tarasenko on bass guitar and vocals and Tim Hart on drums and vocals and Hart’s brother, Jon, on banjo, mandolin and keyboards. The familiar yet unique presentation of Boy & Bear is a welcome addition to the independent folk commune of musicians. Their catchy expression […] Read more »

Bad Suns

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Southern California rock band Bad Suns formed in 2012 and in the short time since inception, have managed to be musically beyond their years. Made up of Christo Bowman (vocals), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) the four piece ranges from ages 19-22 yet has a sound reminiscent of rock stalwarts from generations past. “I grew up with a lot of world music playing in the house. When I was 10, […] Read more »

Jagwar Ma

Jagwar Ma

Jagwar Ma formed in Sydney Australia when Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield bonded over a mutual passion of melody and experimental beats. The pair set out creating a sound that would capture their love for contemporary electronica and classic American Soul, Joe Meek and King Tubby, vintage drum machines and radio frequency manipulation, improvised percussion. Fusing the elements of disparate music, the vocal sweetness of Laurel Canyon, Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, and the modern […] Read more »

Washed Out

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The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, but for his second full-length, he’s taken the idea of letting your mind wander to another state a huge leap further. On Paracosm, just released Aug. 13 on Sub Pop, the Georgia-based musician explores the album’s namesake phenomenon, where people create detailed imaginary worlds. The concept has been used to describe fantasy lands like Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’ […] Read more »

Diego Garcia

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Diego Garcia was born in Detroit, Michigan to Argentine parents but was raised in Tampa, Florida. He first broke into the music world as the lead singer of the New York-based indie band Elefant and  has just released his second album as a solo artist. Paradise, will be released on October 8. Listen to, “Sunnier Days”, from the forthcoming release and let me know what you think. I get a fresh feeling from Diego’s music although some comfort […] Read more »